Thursday, October 30, 2014

Tis Pumpkin Time

Everywhere I look are pumpkins and many recipes on how to use all those pumpkins. Including ones at our house..,,five. Two are smaller ones. Last Friday I drove through the country to Bauman farms. Guess what I found?   PUMPKINS!!

copyright Becky Lowmaster 2014

copyright Becky Lowmaster 2014copyright Becky Lowmaster 2014
I also found apples which I bought a 20# box of braeburn. I intend to make applesauce and dehydrate some as well. which means I need to get another box soon. 
This is the scene from garden area at Baumans. I did not explore far as I was just getting over a stomach issue. It was great to be outside, in nature, away from stores. For the most part.
My daughter brought home a fresh cauliflower from Wooden Shoe Tulip farm. Huge!  I t was so big I had to put it on a shelf in the fridge since it wouldn't fit in the veggie drawer.......Megan is working the Pumpkin fest this year. So thankful she has had some part time, seasonal work. But tomorrow, is her last day. Unless she gets asked to help clean up the following week, It's been raining so it's been muddy. {They grow more things than tulips at Wooden Shoe tulip farm....grapes, grasses, pumpkins, gourds. It is a working farm.}
My co-worker saved a cookie for me. She'd brought some to work to share. Of course, the guys, early on, ate them all. Save this one C. brought to me on my last break. It looks like an owl in a tree. But in reality, it's a spider, just didn't have legs on it. I took the photo, then promptly ate it. Cookie was peanut butter! YUM! 
{All photos copyrighted....Becky Lowmaster 2014  (Ask before using, please!) }

Have a good weekend! I will be busy! Thanks for stopping in for a visit!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

book I just finished making this weekend....

I just made this photo book for my nephew. Hope he likes it! That's why I've not blogged this weekend!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Some Color for a Rainy Week

photo by Becky Lowmaster 2014
It has been raining a good portion of this week. The other day I decided to add some color to this post.  I spotted these measuring cups in the dish drainer the other week. Nice!  Just laying there, being colorful.  Wednesday afternoon was very rainy and I watched it from inside the store. Warmer and dryer for sure. Alot of people were wearing their coats and hats.

photo by Becky Lowmaster
I got a new lunch tote and have been enjoying the colors. Not sure when I bought it that I'd like it. It adds color to the break room. Not to mention my day! Good deal for $10 at a discount store. I've used it on little trips as well.
photo by Becky Lowmaster 2014
This afternoon, I was watching tv. Not at work, since I didn't feel well last night...stomach gave me a scare. {But I am better tonight.}  I couldn't figure out why it was getting so dark at 2 PM.  Then the rain and wind hit. Here is the storm from my front living room window. The leaves below are dripping with rain, out our front door.
photo by Becky Lowmaster 2014

photo by Becky Lowmaster 2014
It's dry enough to venture out and get the mail, after another rain storm.
photo by Becky Lowmaster
Clouds above our house. Quite the weather day. Longview, WA had a tornado that ripped off a roof of a business and took out a big tree by an assisted living building. A couple weeks ago there was a straight line wind {almost a tornado} that did damage to trees and a house a few miles from us. Tornadoes in Oregon aren't usually a norm.  So glad I was cozy inside. Thanks for stopping by and have a good weekend!

 All photos from my LG 90 phone's camera....copyright, Becky Lowmaster 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

Here We Go Again!

 Just this week, which seemed a fast week, was another Toastmaster contest. On Wednesday we took off before work was over. On this very rainy, windy day here in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. I watched the rain pour down. I took my raincoat with me to work. Pouring by the time I got to work. So I shrugged into it quickly. Gotta get into the store!!!!  Watched the rain pour and then early afternoon, the rain was going sideways. Wondered what the late afternoon drive would be like?  Turns out it was good, cloudy as I left work 2 hours early to meet up with Phil at his work. He drove us to Portland, where the contest was. We managed to get into traffic but it wasn't too bad. At least it was moving!!!!  We made it after missing our street once we were off I-5. We didn't know the street divided. So he went up a few blocks, turned and finally got to Stanton where Legacy Emanuel Hospital was. Once we got out of the parking garage, which way to go? Good thing there was a map.  Once we got to correct building, there was enough time for me to get food for both of us. Phil needed to stay there, for briefing. So I wandered over to the next building, remembering where it was from last year.  On my way through, I spotted this cow. I remember it was here last year. But I needed a photo of it! Lovely!  Got to the HeatBeat Cafe and decided on 2 hoagie sandwiches. There were free drinks at the contest so I didn't spend more than $6 for food there.

 On my way back to the auditorium was this lovely stained glass window. Another photo! Good thing the food was in a bag. {Emanuel means God with us.} We were able to eat most of our hoagies before the contest began.  First was the humorous speeches. Phil's speech was entitled "The Trials and Tribulations of a Photographer's Husband." Then intermission. Where we ate the rest of our sandwiches. And talked with people and moved out of the room for fresher air. Then there was table topics contest, which Phil didn't participate in.

 These are the contestants for humorous speech contest. They were to tell what their club was, and something that they were thankful for today. Phil is on the very left.  Rodrigo, man with hat, was third place, Kathryn got first so that left Phil with 2nd place. It was so close between the two of them....they were both good. They got the most laughs! Kathryn goes on to the next contest in November. {No photos while he was giving his speech....per instructions for audience.}

I always enjoy going to these competitions. An evening of laughter and people are so nice. We had a good drive home, little rain. Once we got to the right parking garage. We'd gone through a building to get to the auditorium but it was closed since it was after 8:30 PM. So we had to go around....Phil was sure he knew where we had parked.  Oh dear, I pulled out my smartphone and looked up my map I'd downloaded.....the parking garage was the next one.  I stood still til he located the car. As he was walking down the level, I looked over and down and spotted our car. Then he wanted to know if he should drive around and get me? No, I walked down!  He is keeping his speech in his head, just in case Kathryn can't participate. He's already thinking about next year's speech. Oh dear. And it's always in late Sept and Oct.  Messes up plans for us, sometimes. Oh well.....will see if he can make next year too. Maybe a speech about homeschooling. There are a few incidents that could work. But I'm not holding my breath. Mrs. Tag-along-Photographer-Wife with give suggestions if asked! 

(Photos were taken on my smartphone. Lighting wasn't the best either. 
But wanted to share it with ya all!)

Happy Weekend!!!!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

37 years

Last evening Phil and I enjoyed a cherry pie with chocolate ice cream. We were celebrating 37 years of marriage. We had both worked that day. So I stopped at Shari's restaurant and picked up a pie. Their classic pies are on sale all month. Secretly hoping for a cherry pie. Yes! After a dinner of pork loin chops, veggies and already made biscuits, meal by Megan, we went on a walk in the dark of evening. After walk we enjoyed pie and ice cream. This specific dessert was from early on in our marriage.
Years ago, when we were still in England, at RAF Bentwaters/Woodbridge, we ate dinner at the NCO club. Our selection for dessert was cherry pie ala mode. The server, who was British, came back to our table. She said "We are out of vanilla ice cream. We have chocolate ice cream."  We said "that would be fine." She queried, indignantly, in her British accent,"On cherry pie?"  Yes, we ordered it and it was delicious. Even though it is not the British way, not what Queen Victoria or Elizabeth would have for dessert, we USAF Airmen ate anyway. Good memory to share with friends.

Today we are enjoying time together on the coast. Fog when we got there. Fun time at the aquarium. Good visit with former neighbors. It was good to catch up with them!

Of course walk on beach tomorrow. I am tired tonight. It has been busy at work for three days. Busy in evenings. Never a dull moment in life right now. That's good. RnR is a good thing. Phil had a long six weeks of overtime at work. Life and death happenings haven't helped matters at all. Stress. Definite plus for getting away from the ordinary. Thankful for the ability to get away, especially with my dear husband. Thankful for our relatively good marriage, our dear children, daughter in love and adorable grandchildren. We are blessed.

A neighbor, a few blocks away from us, gave me three Chinese Lantern pods last eve, on our walk. I had asked them, a few weeks ago, if I could have some seeds from their plants. I want to start my own plants next year. (Lovely, but don't wanna pay $25 for a plant. At a nursery.) These pods are on ground cover by our front step. Now pods are in my house with other dried flowers for the moment.   Now I feel the need for hot tea and a piece of chocolate cake we brought with us. Megan gave it to us last eve. Little did she know that I was buying dessert as well.  Thanks for stopping by and I so appreciate all of you. Hugs and blessings!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

But Why?

It never ceases to amaze me how life's challenges turn into life lessons. I'd been thinking just the other day about how unfair it is that my daughter, Megan, who is mid 30s, is still not working steadily.  She leaves a job, for a good reason. There seems  not to be another one on the horizon very soon. She had a job interview the other week. She was qualified. Piece of cake. At the interview. But waited til this week to find out she didn't get the job. Only so many spaces in the training class coming up. More openings, if you are still interested. Keep looking. Disappointment. She keeps applying for work that is in her career field. But she struggles to understand. She knows God has something for her. But she says she doesn't have to like being unemployed. Feels a bit let down by God. She moves on. She's happy. She works a seasonal job right now. Been moving pumpkins from the field. Washing pumpkins. Driving the cow train. Today she said that she drove 5 different vehicles including her car.

As her mom, who loves her dearly, I pray daily for work. But Why can't she get a good job? Why is there always experience needed? Is there no such thing as OJT? (On the job training). If they just knew her, they'd see that she's qualified. She's a good worker. Reliable. She's worked many a job. There's always something you need to learn anew on the new job anyway!  But Why don't they see that? That's what all the form filling out is there for. In front of their eyes. Call!  

Although she is single, living at home, it's better than the alternative. There are much worse scenarios in life.  This past week a husband left his wife and two young children. For another woman, younger. But Why couldn't he stay with the woman he first fell in love with?  But Why did he leave, momma? How are their lives going to be any better off without him?  It just adds to the But Why I was thinking about. I've been working on this post in my head. For the past few days. God is teaching me. But Why is that He still loves us. There's a reason all things happen. It's a fallen world. We do things we think are right. But Why didn't the last job work out? But Why did she go into the Navy? Only to get hurt?
8 years ago? Only to come home. Alive! (thank you Lord!)

But Why not continue to read God's word? "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path."  Psalm 119:105 I remember it from days of yore.  

"Through the Lord's mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning. Great is Your faithfulness. 'The Lord is my portion," says my soul. 'Therefore I hope in Him'. The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord." Lamentations 3:22-26

"Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I say rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."  Philippians 4:4-7

Through all the trials I have encountered over the years, one more scripture keeps me running for the prize in this life. Right.Into.Heaven.  "Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith,who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."  Hebrews 12:1-2.

But Why not have our eyes on the prize!?  His promises never fail! He never leave us nor forsakes us. 

Linking up with Lisha, Give Me Grace Community

Linking up with Sarah,  Still Saturday

Saturday, September 27, 2014


Weekends are usually busy around our house. But this past weekend was different. Very seldom are all three of us not feeling well.  I had not felt well for a couple weeks. I wound up going to see the doctor early Thurs. afternoon. Left work to do it. I needed help with breathing. Asthma and the wildfire smoke didn't help matters.  It amazes me how hard it is to get into see my regular doctor. Last time I saw another doctor, when I was sick and mine wasn't available was an issue. He had access to my records but didn't know me.  I made it a point, this time, to get my doctor. She did have a slot open. Today! Good! One battle down. Now to get well!  But daughter wasn't feeling good either. I am sure I brought this bug home from work. Sigh!  I won't go into's not something to belabor here for readers of mine!   Blankets and couch looked cozy!  Sleep wasn't too far away in my mind...but had sleeplessness due to med. Next day, I was tired, did some errands both work days.  But I was breathing better.
But by Saturday, husband wasn't feeling good after dinner. Sigh......we wound up staying home on Sunday. All 3 of us. I couldn't bear getting up and dressing for church. Just not on the program that day. The extra sleep was good.  God wants us to rest. It was Sunday!  I got up and it was almost time for tv church. I have a favorite pastor I like to see when I am not at my real church. Answers with Bayless Conley was my preacher man that day.  Lunch consisted of toasted cheese and meat sandwiches for Megan and me. I cooked them in a new skillet. I had to throw my other skillet away since the coating coming off. This pan is ceramic coated and came with a lid!  Just wanted to show ya!  Moving right along.....
french bread seemed to be the favorite this weekend. Our daily bread!  It was so delicious. Went well with our canned chicken and veggie soup on Sunday evening. We had some Monday with leftover chicken and tater tot soup. For dinner.  Needed to be consistent to keep stomachs happy and people feeling better. I appeared to be the healthier of the 3 of us. But I was tired!  I wound up doing more than I wanted to. Putting away food I'd bought from the store, on Sat.  Putting pork chops in ziploc bags and freezing them. In smaller quantities. Wash dishes. Clean. Did find some time to relax. In all this, I muttered to myself about doing too much. But then I realized there were two people feeling worse off then me. They slept. They sat. They whined....jokingly, I think.  I persevered, was strong. God was my daily bread, giving me strength to carry on.  People think marriage is a 50/50 ordeal. It's more like a give and take ordeal. I gave more than took this weekend. I said nothing. I stopped complaining in my heart. "The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him." Psalm 28:7
Later in the afternoon, I decided to get some plants repotted. I was feeling better. So out came my gloves, potting soil, plants from one pot to another.  I realized I needed to move this pot before I filled it up. Pot and saucer was heavy just by themselves. Lovely color. Sedum is lovely this time of year, and will be here for awhile. Succulent.  Notice the brown leaves on the ground already!  I swept the step and walk as well. Never ending job til the tree quits shedding leaves. 

Lavender plants daughter bought the other week. Bigger for next year.   Love and care through the fall and winter. Seasons of life, just like a human.  We need maintenance as well, physical, mental and spiritual.  I seem to find analogies about life as I garden, sweep leaves...apply it to life...need the good soil and sun to grow plants. Sweep away the cares like leaves. Keep sin from coming into the door of my life and spoiling what I believe.  Direct my paths, Lord.  Keep me strong in you, Lord! In.All.Ways.

"And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith." Galatians 6:9-10

Linking up with Lisha, Give Me Grace