Sunday, April 23, 2017

Easter: Week 16 Photo Challenge

 The Easter photo challenge was relatively easy one for me. This year our church had a cross where we put in freshly picked flowers. This cross photo is after second service. It's so pretty. The biggest challenge was to get a photo without anyone in the picture. People wanted their photos taken by it, people wanted to put more flowers on it. It's ok. It all worked out with patience!  The wonderful cross where our Savior Jesus died on the cross and saved us from our sins. Who else would have done that for us? He rose on the third day and many people saw Him and interesting stories written in the Bible about this piece of history that has changed everything!


Good Friday service at church was music, low lights, candles, communion. Scripture was read from when Judas betrayed Jesus up the to crucifixion. Then everyone was invited to write down a sin and then come forward and nail it to the cross that was laying on the stage. Oh the noise of the hammers brought it close to being there. I can only imagine what it was like. If I could only time travel back to that time when it happened. He did it all for me. And you!
 This past week was busy as I was gone 3 nights in a row. Here's a cross in a church I was at on Thursday for a writers connection meeting at Oak Hills Presbyterian church in Milwaukie. They'd done the same thing with their cross but pastor had taken the flowers off that afternoon. Friday Phil and I were at Northgate Bowling Alley where we met up with some of my co-workers to bowl. A few didn't show up but 6 of us had fun! Phil and I tied in our 2nd game, which was our last. I'm getting better! Will do it again next month, most likely. Wed was Bible study. As always it was good and nice to drive in the light, since time change a few weeks ago. On Saturday, Megan and I went to Yamhill to meet up with girlfriends from a former church we attended in Milwaukie. Yummy salad lunch where each of us brought something to add to the salad. I made angelic eggs (we don't call it deviled). Teresa B made bread and brownies as she hosted it. I'm good friends with her and so good to see her, Faith, MaryAnne and Leigh Ann again. Three of the 4 I know from when we attended Concord, other lady came later but it was a fun time. We get together a few times a year. Then Megan and I went shopping at Fred Meyer. We spent time shopping for clothes and I wound up buying 2 skirts, which were just what I needed and two tops. Latter two were on clearance racks. Skirts were on sale and then a 20% off coupon to take more off the skirts! Sweet!

 Here's the inside of the tulip I shared in last post. When it's sunny out, it opens up flat!

 After church today. we met up with five friends from church for Home2Home, where we eat and talk and have a good time. There were two different soups. This one is butternut, which I enjoy. Other one was Italian chicken, which I didn't eat, as I only have so much room in my stomach. There's salad with mandarin oranges and carmelized pecans and delicious muffins. I had a cup of tea as it's my caffeine for the day...a must have for me! I like this mug too.
 Then we played Dominoes, Mexican Train version. Never played that one but it was fun! Of course, Phil won both of those games.
 Dessert time we had my oatmeal chocolate chip cake with ice cream. There was a bit of chocolate ice cream left so I was able to nab it! A bit of tea left for me to wash it all down. We played a quick game of Bananagrams, like scrabble but with a twist. And Phil won that one too! 
 We had figured out our next 3 month meet ups and off we went...after Ulises got a group photo of us all.
Lyle, Vera, Becky, Ulises, Erin, Phil and Wanda.

It's been a chilly day with some rain showers, which we had to run through from hardware store to our car this afternoon. Seems so much like winter today with a heavy coat to walk in late afternoon and a bit of rain coming home. Megan and I want to get plants into pots but weather has not been! But I'm happy to have blooming plants which cheer me up when it's cold and windy and then.....a woodpecker has made two holes in the front of our house. Phil has put wood over them. I purchased an scare owl. It's helped. So far. A few days earlier we had a couple nice, warm days that brightened our lives. One was Friday when I was able to see my dr. She decides that I need to see a dermatologist which will be just fine by me. A bit of rash and allergy. Right now it's at bay, calmed down. Glad it's not quite so bad. 
Have a good week and enjoy some blessings amongst your day.

"Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation." 
1 Peter 2:11-12.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Flower-y Days

Just some fun flowers to show you today. This little tulip I bought a few weeks ago has grown so much. Bloomed and opened up on Sunday. It opens in the sun and shows it's yellow prettiness within. I will capture it soon. I was on my way out the door to tulip farm late Sun afternoon. Flower was closed when I got home.
 It was a lovely afternoon. Temp around 67 with clouds which made it great for taking photos. These are from cell phone camera. More coming soon.

I'm happy the days are warmer. Second day I didn't need to wear a coat to work. Short sleeve shirt weather is coming soon. Finally! Have a blessed day!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Pre-Easter Week

As usual we've had a busy week. Phil and I added a movie to our schedule Monday evening. We both work so it's usually a weekend venture but Facing Darkness movie was featured only two dates. I was able to get off 15 minutes early. Phil stopped at Subway and bought us dinner. The movie was more of a documentary with people who were really working for Samaritans Purse in Monrovia, Liberia when the Ebola virus was rapidly causing suffering and death. But it was good and made one think on many things. So glad we went. It's coming out in DVD and Blueray soon. Afterwards we went to Wendy's for a frosty before heading home. Click the link and it will tell you more about the movie.

On Tuesday, Megan went out to the tulip farm east of town. This is the photo she sent me via cell phone. It was a good day to be out. I've yet to be out there. Weird wet weather then the storm last week prevented me to go. Maybe this next week before all the color leaves!
I sent Easter goodies via Phil to Justin to family. They both work at the same company. Here's granddaughter Lydia with her stuffed Peep bunny I picked out for her. She looks like she's loving it. I can't believe she's going to be one year old next month!  They will be at the coast for Easter so we won't be with them. If it wasn't so far, where they will be, I'd be driving over there to join them. Oh well, I'm glad they are able to get away. They got a good deal on a hotel which is a bonus.

Melody being happy with her Easter surprise.
Owen enjoying his stickers with googly eyes.
Eggs from their hens. I won't have to color those eggs.
Tulips that Megan brought home from the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm. They are opening up today.
The reason we celebrate Easter! Jesus died on the cross for our sins. We await Sunday when we celebrate Him rising from the tomb and coming back for us....soon! But until then, His spirit lives within us and we have the Bible to read as well.
Have a Blessed Easter!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Graffiti: Week 15 Photo Challenge

I wasn't too thrilled with this week's challenge but I did it anyway. I searched a bit yesterday afternoon in town and another town. Found nothing. I was hoping for a freight train since some of the box cars have graffiti on them. Late afternoon today I went out in search of graffiti again. As I drove up and back on Front St, by the railroad tracks, I spotted this electric box. So I found a place to turn around and parked. Got a few photos. Sat in car and waited for a train. Here one came....oh dear me, it's only Amtrak! It doesn't have any graffiti on it. Oh well....I waited another 20 minutes, freight train. I had limited time so off I went back home. I don't like just sitting in that area very long anyway. I realized as I looked out my passenger side window that a bird or two had "graffiti-ed" my car! Sigh! So I cleaned that off when I got home. Now I have a clean patch on the side of the door as well. I've not washed the car lately. Won't happen til we get back from the coast! Sigh!


We didn't have much damage from the wind storm on Friday. We did lose power for 50 minutes late morning. I did get a bit of shopping done at Safeway around 2. I didn't get to go to dr appointment as they had no power! Neither did McDonalds and a grocery store across the street. The traffic signals there were out as well. I am hoping to get in this week. Messes up my calendar and my schedule! I am doing ok, just a little annoyed! There have been trees that have fallen and messed up a few places. One in our neighborhood, a few blocks away, fell on a neighbor's garage and house...bummer. Two trees by the middle school have ripped off branches that are touching the ground. Last fall one had to be cut down. Not sure but they aren't the best of shape, what I hear from a maintenance man from the school district.  I'm looking forward to a good week. Phil and I are going to Facing Darkness movie, put out by Samaritan's Purse in the evening. Interesting but sad movie....true story.
                                                     Have a good week, my friends.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Fruit:Week 14 Photo Challenge

"Time to eat your fruit," say the rabbits at my house!
I decided to do a bit of fun with my challenge this week. I'd taken a photo of fruit at grocery store then other people had other nice shots of creativity so I thought I'd better try to be creative too. Get out of my zone of laziness and do something spontaneous like using stuffed rabbits for props. The banana needs eaten soon or it may turn into be in banana bread!

      It's been a good work week. It's been quite busy all week and I've had a rather good week of optimism at work. Good sleep at night helps. I remembered a quote from our pastor awhile back saying "Intend to Attend. Attend to Intend" (as in being intentional.) I mess up, occasionally, as I'm ringing a customer's purchases up and I don't like that at all. So I am trying to concentrate on the moment and keep my head in the game. I'm thankful for patient and understanding customers. 
        We woke to wind this morning. I donned a coat and shoes to go outside and rescue plants. Ones wind would devastate if weather stays stormy. Wind gusts predicated and incoming rain. Landline phone is out.  Pixelated people on tv. Radio was fuzzy but seems working now. Dr appt today, finally. Two weeks ago they cancelled due to downed internet which took out phones. Hopefully some answers for my skin issue will be given. Better but still there. It's getting old but I shouldn't complain.  I've been goofing off awhile and peeking outside so I best get breakfast and on with my day.  God bless and happy day!!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Garden Palooza and More

 It was a fun weekend that went by fast. I was gone a majority of Friday afternoon. Then Saturday late morning I met up with my friend, Carrie, and we went to the Garden Palooza near Canby at Fir Point Farms. Her step mom went with us too. We had a fun time browsing through the vendors stalls that were undercover. That was nice as weather was a bit rainy but not too bad. I saw many lovely items and plants. Here are a few of my favorites I photographed. I tried to stay with my friends but at times we did get separated. There were many people milling about.

 I liked the metal heart signs and this owl.  I never can get away from owls anywhere I look in the gardening world. My mom enjoyed owls and many birds very much. At one time we'd given her little owls for gifts. Now I have them and have yet to decide where to put them. Or just keep a few favorites and give others away?

 After we got our fill of the garden shopping, Carrie drove us back into Canby. We stopped at the Backstop Pub and Grill for lunch, in which she treated us. Both of us ordered the battered cod fish sandwich with tater tots. Lynn had a bowl of split pea soup. The building was built in 1913 and was IOOF (Odd Fellows) building for years. It's been various venues since then. The building was beautiful. Once we parted at Carrie's house, I went shopping before heading home.

My how shopping for plants and groceries and perusing quilt magazine (and buying one) can wear me out. But it was a good tired, not a weary tired like a few weeks ago. It's good to feel better again with some energy. These are my take home plants on my doorstep. Far left is Royal Velvet Lavender that's culinary; Euphoria Blackbird, an evergreen; Wandering Jew Maidens Blush; and Lilac Wonder, a plant originally from Iraq and W. Turkey. It's starting to bud already, as you can see in the photo below. Three of the four of the plants I've never had. And the little square is a lavender sachet I needed for the fragrance. Maybe it will clear my head as I've been plugged up lately
 with blooming trees.

After photographing my new arrivals, I spotted a new budding tulip from last year. Everlasting Flame from the tulip farm. So pretty!

After lunch this afternoon,which I made (spaghetti) and ate...all by myself.... I decided to open these M&M Eggs I purchased while shopping yesterday. I had a coupon for Easter M&Ms and used them to buy two bags of these. Oh they are delicious. I didn't eat all of them. Yet!

Phil took 2 days vacation from work (also Sat & Sun) and went to Game Storm again this year. It's board games and he enjoys it very much. I missed him but it's ok. He likes to play all sorts of games and he's been working long hours this past month. I was hoping he'd be home this evening so we could go out for dinner. There was a slim chance...and he did come home without playing last game. He told me about his games while we ate at Panera and had an acquaintance sit with us while we were eating. Anthony likes games as well. Nice, cool, dry evening to walk as well.

My pre-washed flannel fabric that I've just let sit. I've yet to figure out the quilt I've been wanting to make. I wanted to cut out pieces, but I lost the paper I had my drawing on. Then I decided I really don't have a pattern, except it's all in my head and not for sure it will work. Thus the quilt magazine yesterday. My thought was 7 blocks across and 8 rows down. I saw it on someone's blog I read last year. Now I can't find it. Sigh! I NEED to get this finished for a Christmas gift. Something simple. Still searching. Any ideas would be great. Pattern I was in magazine is close to what I want.  

I've started my 2nd book of the year. Since it's nearly Easter, I am reading "He Chose the Nails" by Max Lucado. I've read it before but I want to read it again. Couldn't find "Six hours on a Friday" by Max that I got years first Max book. Since then he's been one of my favorite authors.
I didn't visit my grandchildren this weekend since they and their mom have been down with colds. Sigh! Hopefully late this week. Need some hugs and fun with them.

As always it's close to bed time. Days are busy but usually good, for which I am thankful. I appreciate all of you, my readers, and your comments. I hope your week will go well. I look forward to a week of dry weather, so maybe the lawn will get mowed, as well. It's been too wet.  God bless you and keep you. 

Scripture that the sermon was based on this morning.
"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them." Ephesians 2:8-10

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Jewellry:Week 13 Photo Challenge

On Monday evening, after dinner and nobody to bother me, I gathered up some of my jewelry. Evening light was waning so I made the best effort of using what's left of daylight instead of using my flash. In the midst of the necklaces and bracelets sits my prized jewelry.  My wedding ring. The necklace to the far right belonged to my mom. I have it hanging with my other necklaces and sometimes wear it. Good memories.  The wood stump they are displayed on is from my neighbor's tree. It fell over in the fall when there was a wind storm. He saved a piece for me so I could use it for photography projects.  I hope you are enjoying the photo challenges I've posted so far. Which one is your favorite and why? 

Many people are getting tired of the rain we are having. It has been a cooler spring than normal and less sunshine. Rivers are close to flood stage. Mud is prevalent in fields and I'll need boots when I go to the tulip farm next week. Hopefully I can find out which weekend the hot air balloons are going to be there and photograph them and the tulips. The tulip colors are appearing this weekend, from what I hear from tulip farmer. Yippee!
I'm hoping to see my grandchildren later this week. Am going to an outdoor garden
show of different nursery vendors this weekend with a co-worker/friend. I will wear boots even though it's not going to rain, allegedly. Oh dear, the rain is appearing right now as I write....heavy rain, as it's been, on and off this afternoon. Wind blew heavy
this early morning. That's what woke me up! 

Megan finishes her CERT class this weekend and graduates, with a final test at class. 
CERT stands for Community Emergency Response Team. 
Volunteers that help at events to help people if hurt before emergency people get there; natural disasters; to name a few. Quite interesting thing to do for the community. One never knows when disaster will strike. One must be prepared. 

Found out this afternoon that friends of ours, who live in TX were with the group of people from First Baptist New Branfels church returning home from a retreat.  Bart and Kathy were riding in a car, not in the van that was hit by a pickup . They weren't hurt. People in the van and pickup were killed. So sad for our friends. And to see all of it happen, more than likely.
Prayers appreciated for this loss. Bart and Kathy used to pastor at the church
we attended when we lived in New Mexico, years ago.

On a happier note, I've been getting Easter goodies together for my grandchildren. They may just get them this weekend, since we probably won't be with them on Easter.
Over the weekend, I went shopping at TJ Maxx then over to Walmart. I love all these colors.
Until next time, enjoy your week and God bless you!