Thursday, January 19, 2017

Nostalgic Week 3 Photo Challenge

My pick for nostalgic theme this week was my Betsy Wetsy doll from my childhood. I dressed her in a crocheted sweater with a hood that was my (now adult) daughter's when she was a baby. The knitted blanket in the background was hers as well. I remember opening the box of this doll one Christmas and was so happy to receive from my parents, around age 6 or 7. It's been so cold I couldn't bear her just wearing her little dress. So she's still wearing the sweater and is wrapped in the blanket and laying near my sewing machine.  I love her little face! So much so I took a close up of her. 

I still have fond memories of a few other dolls and a couple stuffed animals that I had while young. What's a good memory of your childhood toy? Or game?

Weather update---our snow is gone. It started raining yesterday and it's much warmer. As we were headed to Bible study, the wind was really blowing hard from the southwest. Rain fell as well. We had to go around some tree branches on the road headed home, a different way. A train was impeding traffic so we had to go a back road.  Good thing I have good reflexes! 
 We're still waiting on the part for our furnace. Hopefully tomorrow or no later than Friday. It's been a trial but we're surviving it. A bit of coughing from Megan but I think it's due to cooler house as I've got some happening too. Not good on asthma but the cold weather didn't help much. We are doing good with some heat from a oil radiant heater, new one so it's safe, and a couple smaller ones that are helpful. Thanks for your concern and appreciate your prayers for our trying times. 

"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand, do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made know to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your heart and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:4-7

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Transportation Week 2 of Photo Challenge

 Photo challenge I took was on the interstate going home last weekend after we met up with family in the Milwaukie area for a birthday brunch. Just cold, above freezing when we left our house down south. Took us 45 minutes to get there. When we left there was snow sticking on the parking lot. Once we got close to West Linn area, ice and snow really developed and caused driving to be challenging. Phil was driving as I don't like driving on ice/snow. We made to I-5 slower than normal. A semi-truck passed us close to this ODOT reader board. We got home an hour after we left Bob's Red Mill! That was a relief and thankful we weren't any of those people over in the ditch! The photo is grey because that's how it was! 


 Tuesday night the snow was falling in huge, lazy flakes that covered the ground barely before I went to bed. Next morning these two scenes were taken on my phone from inside the garage! I was 1/2 hour late to work..because I had to be up early and not sure of the roads into work. I made it ok and thankful the semi truck behind me stayed a good distance away from me.  Phil and Megan stayed home from work as the roads north and south on the interstate weren't good at all. We were busy at the hardware store. Late in the week there was no ice melt to be had. Apparently more came in later Friday. Good thing but now we don't need it much. Well, it's Sunday and there's still snow on sidewalks and side roads. It's been freezing all week. Tues we are to get rain and temps to 50 degrees?! What? Portland area got at least a foot of snow by Wed! Still icy as Phil went there for a work party last evening. I decided to stay home. Can't complain too much as this has been an interesting winter so far!

Ice from fountain outside dr clinic in town on Friday.
You know it's cold when there's still ice in the little bit of water that pools in our garage at 12:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon when I went out shopping.  I've enjoyed the beauty of the snow and ice. Little sparkles in snow as I walked to mailbox yesterday. Lovely sunsets a couple evenings. Thankful for cozy boots to keep feet warm and furnace blower that didn't go out! Of course it happens when it's so cold out. Phil fixed it in the middle of the night and has ordered a new blower. I bought 2 small heaters in case we need them if it heat goes out. Megan uses one in her bedroom as she's a chilly chickadee!!  
Happy week my friends and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Our Christmas 2016

Our Christmas as a family was  celebrated on Christmas eve at Justin and Erin's home. He always finds fun music and scenes on his computer and sends it to his tv screen. Very festive indeed!

 Sweet granddaughter Lydia, 7 1/2 months old, showing  that she loved her first Christmas this much! She's got the loveliest blue eyes. But she can be such a serious baby.
 Owen and his Lego creation that grandpa helped him with.  It "dispenses" mustard and ketchup at Burgerville. It's one of his favorite places to eat!
 Chicken cookie jar dressed up in sunglasses and bib!
 Sugar cookies photo bombed by Megan and Melody. They were delicious and 
made by Erin and the children.
 Lydia allowing me to holding her for awhile. No crying!
 Grandpa and Lydia.
 Megan and girls!
 Melody and Owen with me while I'm opening my gift from Justin and Erin...jam, pear sauce, and some other goodies. Justin is to the side...
 A brother/sister Christmas photo...both wearing same type of flannel shirts and being sort of silly...well Lydia did need her diaper changed.
 The best of 5 photos of the 3 grandchildren!
 Lydia wearing 'My First Christmas' sleeper I gave Erin at her baby shower. It's size 9 months and barely fits, length-wise.

 Dr. Who and the Tardis
 Lego wreath

Once we left, we headed to Red Robin for dinner in Wilsonville. It was one of the few places open...until 8. It was weird to be driving myself on a holiday as I'm usually with someone of the family. Made me think of missing my mom again, my 3rd Christmas without her. Oh the memories!  As I pulled into the parking slot at RR, "Breath of Heaven"song began to play on KLove radio. Amy Grant was singing! I've sung this before at church Christmas eve services. I've not heard it all season and so I turned up the radio and "we" sang a duet in the front seat of my car! I felt so blessed and was happy to have a few moments with God in the car. He knew I wanted to sing it, I guess, as I'd been singing it a few days earlier, not remembering all the words that time though. Phil had tapped on the car window that they were there, yes, I am coming in after this song...he understood. He and Megan came together ......I will leave it at that. Won't bore you with details!

Our tree and gifts at home.Not a lot but just fine with us! I didn't get the big tree up this year. I seem to have gone into a slump after Thanksgiving, for some reason.

Precious Moments nativity scene. This year I added flameless candles to the scene and they made it look like little camp fires in the dark.
I'm setting up our celebration of our 40th year of meeting over a cheese ball (in England, on Christmas eve...RAF Woodbridge). Cranberry goat cheese with these delicious crisps.  Oh dear me, I left the lens cover on the counter and it's in the photo! I'm always laying it around somewhere or putting it in my pocket...where did it go?!!!
Here we are properly getting the cheese on our crisps!

Love for many more years!
After that little bit of celebrating, each of us opened one gift. 

Sunday morning we went to church. Yes it was open, even though other churches weren't. But that's ok. Megan met up with us for church service after we went to our Israel Bible class. Danny lit the last of the advent candles after Diane read the scripture.

We get spoiled on Christmas as we get served delicious homemade goodies.  Last year we had cinnamon rolls. This year it was pull aparts and so yummy!
As I was going down the stairs to main floor, the Dickens Carolers were coming upstairs to sing in the coffee shop for a bit then they went on a break.
Looking into the sanctuary from the side door. Our church is decorated nicely every year by a team of people. Far back by the drum "cage" is the big wooden nativity scene.
My friend, Maria, and me. I snagged Ethan, our pastor's son, to take this photo. "Hey, I get to be the photographer for once!" he said, then asked how to do a certain thing. He did well. His mom and sister are photographers.
Three wise men in the entry way...narthex, as some people call it! We were greeters that month.
The Dickens Carolers singing during our worship time. They also sang the Hallelujah Chorus after the sermon. We all stood and then they started singing. Megan and I joined in and we could hear our friend, Jill, in the row behind us sing. I've not sung it in awhile and it was wonderful to hear it again!!
Our church bulletin for the day. The front design was drawn and colored by my friend Carol Jooste. She also has designed written a book that's available on Amazon.
We headed home for Christmas dinner. Here we have some angelic eggs and the table is waiting to be set. Candle scent is vanilla cinnamon brulee. It smells so good I could just eat it.
My Christmas tea mug.
Hey, leave my egg alone!
After lunch we opened our gifts. I wanted to show you my attire I wore at church. All red! It was so pretty! Skirt was a find at a second hand shop!
Megan was a happy Blazer fan as I got her a Trailblazer license plate frame. Cheaper than the license plate itself. Paintings on the wall are ones that Phil and I did last year at a Paint Nite. I enjoy them alot! Good memories!
Our morning newspaper!
My gift from Megan. Cape Meares lighthouse, near Tillamook. 
"Advise from a Lighthouse"
"Stand tall. Be shore of yourself. Look on the bright side. Weather life's storms. Be a shining example. It's ok to be a little flashy!"

Phil put together the office chair he got me for Christmas. I'm comfy and ready to blog away! I bought him a laser printer that he wanted. Yea, a bit big but they were items we wanted, nothing piddly. He wasn't expecting the printer but he hinted at it when we were in Office Depot near black Friday. My other chair was old and it needed replaced. We sat the old one outdoors a few days later, when it wasn't raining...giveaway! Somebody snagged it!
Megan made these Pillsbury sugar cookies  for her co-workers to enjoy at their cookie party.
My adorable stuffed friends. Three are Precious Moments dolls and then there's Bug's Bunny!
A music box I've had since about 1993 that plays Silver Bells. Years ago our high school choir would sing it for the program at Lloyd Center.
Fiber Optic Christmas Tree with a reflection in glass in hallway!
I hope you all had a nice Christmas holiday! Now we are into the New Year! It's been a different one in many ways.  Losing some precious friends in our lives last week. My spirit has been uplifted since Tues. But I feel sadness still and will for awhile. I'm thankful for your kind comments in good wishes, thoughts and prayers. We've had snow 3 different times already this month! Much colder as well since the snow level has been in the foothills lately. Til Saturday and last night when we got about an inch of snow each time! It's it gives us something to complain write about. Take care and God bless you all!!!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Photo & Life Challenges

Life has had its challenges this week, more than the 52 week Photo Challenge I decided to join on Facebook. The Photo Challenge is a different topic each week. This week was wet. I decided to use the strainer after Sunday's lunch since spaghetti had been drained after cooking. Phil helped with holding and tipping the strainer a bit and added some color. It took a few tries to get the photo I wanted. The man who has the challenge going is from England, in same area where I used to live, years ago. No prizes, just posts to see other people's photos. My friend, Tina, tagged me on Facebook and that's how I knew about it. I will be posting each week's challenge photo here on my blog.

 The bigger challenge this week was when I found out that a church family apparently died in their house early Tuesday morning. Their house and 2 other buildings on their property were set on fire. As of right now, nobody knows who or why or what happened. Investigators found 5 bodies within the house today that were consistent with the family count. One adult male, one adult female and 3 children. The autopsies are being performed for ID to make sure who the people actually are. It saddens our hearts as we know this family and can only speculate what has happened. We have taught all 3 of their dear children in children's church. It's really hard to fathom this!  Your prayers are greatly appreciated for the Kroeker family's loss and friends. Thank you!

"How precious is thy steadfast love, O God! The children of men take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of thy house, and thou givest them drink from the river of thy delights. For with thee is the fountain of life; in thy light do we see light." 
Psalm 36:7-9