Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Tired Mid Week Feet

My feet just don't want to hold me up tonight. I'm resting on the couch right now. Dishes and hot water for tea are waiting for me. Phil and I just got back from going to a spot to photograph a night time photo for this week's challenge. Finally got a few good ones to choose from Thursday night. So I was reading the newspaper.  Front page news. Eclipse is coming. I'm mostly ready. Got my glow in the dark t-shirt. Megan and I both have one. Bought them in Lincoln City last month. We look forward to all the news hype to go away. We're staying in town. Phil has to travel I-5 to work. So will look at travel times on Google  Maps that morning. Megan and I are planning on being in a park that morning. I'll go to work early afternoon. Weather predictions look good. Cloudy with sunshine. 85 degrees. We hope no fires get started by people smoking in the mountains. It's very dry in this state of Oregon. Only about 1/4" of rain Sunday. Not much to quench forest fires and threat.

I made a calzone for dinner. Pizza crust I bought came out a bit thicker than I thought it would. But it was delicious!    Time's up and into the kitchen I go. Megan was kind enough to get my tea going. Now I need to enjoy it in my untidy kitchen. Have a wonderful rest of your week! 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sweet:Week 30 Photo Challenge

 I had too many sweet choices for the 30th week challenge. I decided since week 29 was railway crossing, I'd follow it up with a birthday cake at a friend's party. Jeff is an model train enthusiast. {I don't know what size he has.} Engine is Thomas the tank engine. The cake was made by someone his wife knows. So delicious! To the right are Egyptian style baklava, made by a man in Salem. So good!

A couple days earlier we were at a wedding for Miriam and Mark. Delicious cupcakes for their reception and drinks.

Mark and Miriam with cupcake before they feed it to each other.

Jeff is cooking hamburgers on the grill for lunch, late Sunday afternoon. It was delicious! I realized this Coleman RoadTrip grill would be a fun one to have. I did a bit of research on line. I wound up buying one a week later! Now we need to get it out and use it. Phil got it put together the other week. 

Jeff and Laura looking at his birthday cards. Laura and Megan were roommates in college.

 After eating and talking and before headed home, I walked over to the covered bridge by the park. It's not an old one but it has a story behind it.    

The hardware girl side in me always wants photos of bolts and nuts. Here they are! How else do you help a bridge stay together?

Just south of the covered bridge is another bridge, over the Santiam river. This scene really looked refreshing after a semi warm afternoon. Thankful for the shade trees in the park that kept us cooler than expected!

Speaking of coolness, we have had a two days of cooler weather...75 yesterday when we were in Willamina for another wedding! This morning I looked out the front window and found out the rain did come and wet our lawn and flowers quite well! Most of the week the temps are to be in the 70s and that we can handle after the heat of a couple weeks ago! Enjoy your week and thanks for stoping by for a visit!
"For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creatures of the sea, is tamed and been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue, It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. 
My brethren, these things ought not be so." James 3:7-10

"He who speaks truth declares righteousness, But a false witness, deceit. There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, But the tongue of the wise promotes health." Proverbs 12:17-18
  {scriptures from sermon this morning. We are going through the book of James.}

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Birthday Get Together

May holds two birthdays for my granddaughters, Melody and Lydia. Melody's is late in May and she turned 9 this year. I remember her being little like her sister, Lydia, who turned one at the beginning of May. Where has the time gone? Just goes like it usually does, one day at a time! I found a cute little musical jewelry box for Melody at a second hand store. The top of it is so cute! I picked it to represent her and me....well she decided it was her and Lydia! That's fine too. I also gave her a couple crosses and had one chain, making them interchangeable, and some clothes too!
We met up at Burgerville where the three of us ate dinner and had to have a yogurt shake...chocolate with some strawberries on it to go with my dinner. Justin and family had dessert as they ate earlier than we do. 
Adorable Lydia with her lovely blue eyes. She actually said hi and waved at me from across the table. She's still shy towards others, even her dad. But she will get it figured out eventually. She doesn't want to cry when she looks at me. 
Owen was being goofy that day and finally warmed up to me. We'd been talking about the movie "Guardians of the Galaxy" that we'd just seen. We'd just been talking a bit about Groot, one of the characters. Here, Owen is saying "I am Groot!!"  He turned 6 in Jan. We'd celebrated his and his mom's birthday on a Saturday that turned frozen in January! 

Erin with her girls and a Burgerville employee photo bombing the photo! I told her thanks, that was funny! Really it was!
We headed over to a park, as usual for the outings with children. Swing Time! Tickle those toes!
Megan resting on Memorial Day weekend....on the slide! Sliding right into the weekend!
My girls, nearly time to go home. Lydia was getting tired, her bed time. She probably slept on the way home. In the car that could get them home. Other car, that they had bought after wreck #2 a couple years ago, went out on them. They were able to get a bigger vehicle in June...Jeep Grand Cherokee! Much more room for a family of 5 and air conditioning! I've not seen it yet.
Phil and Justin talking about games, as Phil is looking at something on Justin's phone.
Melody and me. Gotta have a photo together! 
An attempt to get grandchildren together....this was the best of the 4 attempts! It's all good!

Memories of May are amid the cooler days of this year. August has been quite hot, to say the least, for Oregon.  One thing we are anticipating, is the solar eclipse on Aug 21. Do you have your solar eclipse glasses yet? I do.

How about these? E-clips glasses! Not! Made up by a co-worker that has been funny to show people, stump them til the smile and laugh comes. I showed it to our Do It Best took him a minute to get it!TeeHee!

Now these are the real eclipse glasses that you need to wear if you are going to look at the solar eclipse! Anybody who looks through them think they are too dark but that's the way they appear but it will look different once you look at the sun. We sold out of 150 in 3 days. More are coming. I already have mine! Yes, I'm going to try to capture the event....more on that later after it happens!

Inland heat gave way to a cool coast getaway, just at the right time. Phil and I reserved a hotel room in Newport in July. My cousin invited us to a family reunion. We decided to stay in a hotel, just 6 miles away. Good choice as there were quite a few people staying there. Dogs too which would be noisy and.....we don't know anybody else but 2 people.....but it worked out fine.  Made it through all the I-5 traffic past Salem, late Friday morning. It got slowed and when lanes went from 3 to 2 lanes more congestion. I finally got into right hand lane and speed to 50 when should have been 65. Finally off exit at Corvallis/Lebanon.....better after that. Stopped and at lunch at Panera. Our usual blowing straw wrappers at each other gained a sweet comment from a lady across from us. When she was done eating, on her way out, she stopped at our table and said. "continue playing with each other. You look so happy together." In which we thanked her and said "We've been doing this for nearly 40 years." She said her husband died 3 years ago. Aw, but the comment was sweet to remember! Loved it! Good encouragement!    Beach photo taken Sat. a.m. after we checked out of the hotel.  It was foggy Friday afternoon and 65 degrees. Couldn't see the ocean for the fog from our room...only a bit of the white from the waves.  We didn't traverse the stairs as we needed to get back to the house, where we visited the evening before.

 We shopped at the local Thriftway. I liked the sign out front. Newport Bay Bridge is on the sign with a sea gull and the sun. We taste tested a couple potato salads from the deli. We chose the mustard potato salad, since it tasted closest to mine. I decided against making one and trying to keep it cold enough while we traveled and still be safe to eat.  Picked up a few more things then headed the six miles to house. We passed this sign headed onto hiway 20 that read "Boston, MA 3,365 miles!" Whut? {Whut--a word we saw on a vehicle's license plate, which became the fun word of the trip!} Will need to check if there is actually a hiway 20 that you gets you there, or not! Whut-ever!!  We enjoyed our time meeting people and sharing stories and plan to see next year. I'm glad Wayne and Pat invited us to come and join in.  It was a cool get away, in more ways than one. 68 degrees felt great!  Right now it's 88...but walked to dinner and around afterwards was pretty good as well. So happy week, enjoy the last full month of summer!
"Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust. O my soul, you have said to the Lord, "You are my Lord. My goodness is nothing apart from you."  Psalm 16:1-2

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Railway Crossing: Week 29 Photo Challenge

I made it to a railroad crossing just in time to hear a train coming and bars went down. Pulled to a stop, brake on, and waited til Amtrak came into view. Score! I'm glad the engine is in between the signs, which I wanted to happen. I used my cell phone camera to take this photo.  A early summer Saturday!  My mom always knew what time Amtrak was coming, if it was late, or early and which one was coming! My brother loves to photograph trains and hot air balloons. I think this one will be for his Christmas card. Happy travels this summer, my friends!

July was full of activities besides work! I'm behind on posting again! Better get up to date so you won't think I've melted in this extreme heat we had today. 90 degree F weather yesterday and today it was 106! My weather app on phone had hazy clouds and sun...some forest fires burning...from Canada and Mt Jefferson forest area. I actually spoke with a forest service man today..He frequents the hardware store where I work. He had been on the Jefferson fire and it's just been crazy, a couple people were hurt. He's off for a week then he goes back. He had his radio on while in the store. He's nice to talk to, friendly and good looking! Anyway....On Monday evenings I've been going to a women's Bible study. The book is Proven by Jennie Allen. This specific evening I was not using much electricity, as we were to be with out it for an evening. I had been out drawing what I saw that made me happy. My garage side door, tree leaves hanging down and plants. One night before I went to bed I opened up the door and it was just so pretty with the leaves just so green and peaceful. So I drew it and shared it with others at the group. About 8 of us did that activity. I just thought the candlelight and books just looked cool!
My sister and her fiance', Kerri and Ranor, were at the coast, Lincoln City. They came down from WA and I decided since they were going to be there til Friday that I'd go over and have lunch with them. Not seen them since Feb for my birthday get together at my house. Megan went with me as she's not had a chance since last year to go to the coast. This was the 3rd time I have been to the coast this year. I'm not going to! We had a good time over lunch, inside.
Here I am at the beach. Both Megan and I wore our Seaside sweatshirts. Nope, don't know why I didn't get a photo of Kerri as well. Sigh! Nice day out and will share more of that later.

The day I saw the train I was coming back from Bauman Farms where I bought some cherries to eat. Use for lunches, snacking. And a flat of marionberries. I made some jam out of them and froze the rest.

We were at a wedding a couple Fridays ago. Here were are at the photo booth. We're supposed to text the photos to bride on facebook. Phil had gone already as he had a meeting in Beaverton to attend in the evening. So he didn't stay too long at the reception.

The newlywed....Mrs. Miriam C. We've known her since she was a young girl. Serving in China. The wedding was so low key but lovely and just felt blessed being there.
Phil got his USAF plate for his car, when he renewed his car's license. His came quicker than mine...about a week! Mine took about a month! Maybe they've got caught up with making them.

I got Phil to finally hang the horseshoe door knocker outside the front door. I'm glad he waited til I told where I wanted it hung. He was going to screw it into the front door that already has a knocker on it. Glad he procrastinated. I'm not sure it that would have been a good idea on the door. Oh well!

Last Friday we were invited to a friend's house for a BBQ in honor of their son, Reid. He graduated from US Air Force basic training. Tech school training and graduated a couple days early and came home. He's headed to his first base next week! It was good to see him again! I made an oatmeal chocolate chip cake. Decorated it with M&Ms I bought at Safeway. I saw them while I was waiting in line at the register! Score more M&Ms!  Alot of family and friends came. BBQ good. Later there was grilled sausages. Phil had to have one of those as well.

I'm wearing the tshirt Reid bought me. I laughed when I saw it. I'd asked him if he get me a couple AF shirts and I'd pay him back.

Phil and I taught Bible class again 4 Sundays. First Sunday was our church's outdoor service and picnic. The story was about the fall of man, Adam and Eve. Here Eli is drawing a tree in the garden. Other children were drawing animals to hang around the room The child who played God in the drama session we had, went and found a couple animals to "skin" and give to Adam and Eve after they sinned. I think the 3rd graders did the best but they all enjoyed it. K-1 graders, 2nd grade, 3 graders.   Genesis 3
Here's one of my new skirts I wore one Sunday. It's so cozy! Goes well with my purple shirt, that's also new this year!
Teacher Cindy is sharing some things about the story of the month in front of the complete group.
One Sunday we helped teacher Rebecca, in art class. Life can just be a mess. After all that happened to Adam and Even in the garden of Eden, their lives now were a mess. She came up with quilt idea. She had the children pick out paper pieces that they wanted and make their own design. Life became beautiful again!

I know these two photos are sideways but it looks good either way. I had issues this time with my cell phone photos turning the wrong when when I downloaded them into my post! Oh well!
I made one as well! I did help a few of the children but they did their own designs quite well.

I was given a nice flower arrangement one day at work. I'd come back from my break and there it was. Oh dear me! A lady had tapped me on my head with a cpvc stick earlier. It didn't hurt. I was fine. I told her it was ok! Little did I know I would be surprised later! Not someone I knew either! Wow!   And a good end to my post in a bit of celebration of 8 years of blogging! Early July! Again....late! But it's ok! I'm still around and glad I've got readers reading old posts lately! I hope you've enjoyed your searching of my blog. Let me know you're here! Take care. Stay cool! God bless you!! ********************************************************************

"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9  

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Mid Summer Blessings

Tuesday. One more day of work this week after today. Vacation day. Plans. Last evening after Proven women's Bible study and talking with Phil, I headed outside to water plants. Hot weather has made a few plants limp. Cool evening. Afterwards I sat on the front step to catch up reading a few things I've needed to read. So refreshing to read Sarah Bessey's monthly newsletter. She's from Canada. She is a great writer. I feel refreshed when I read her words. I've super busy lately with work and one evening gone with Bible study. But I'm feeling blessed through this time of God's teaching through another woman's work, Proven by Jennie Allen. I'm deepening my faith walk. Two sessions left and we're feeling blessed and wanting it not to end. It is good to draw closer to a few women in our small group after big session. Amazing. And summer is quickly waning. Temps this week have been high 80s and 90. Fall is coming so I proof read my order for anniversary invitations and return address labels. Paid. Click. Order confirmed. Vistaprint much cheaper than Shutterfly. I'm giddy with excitement.  Almost like a bride again but a bit different. So thankful to be celebrating life with Phil another decade married!! On that note, I'm outta this blog til a few days when I can post again. Have a blessed day!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Stairs: Week 28 Photo Challenge (and 25)

These stairs are made from douglas fir and are in the Coos History Museum in Coos Bay, just around the bay where we saw the tall ships in June. Interesting museum. I didn't take any photos indoors except for a few on my phone and outdoors, which I showed you a few weeks ago.

I just realized a few minutes ago I was missing a photo challenge.....Travel. So I am going to have to fix my numbers, apparently. This was week 25 and I have Bokeh in that one. This is at the Fest of Sail, where the tall ships were in Coos Bay. So you get to see a few more of this trip. Freda B giving a sailing trip to people on the bay next to the Lady Washington ship, on the right. This photo was taken on Saturday.

Friday evening we were at the docks to see what was going on. Not a big crowd but we watched a ceremony with tribal Indians give gifts to two of the ships there. I've not got alot of time right now to show you that. Afterwards we were visiting with this man who is there for educational purposes. He was in the cannon shot the next day, which we went to.
 Pirate fun! And I met this man again Sat when I got my balloon rabbit. Same man, different venue! He actually made this flamingo!

The first thing we saw when we came around the corner into North Bend was this huge rubber ducky! This 61 foot tall, 11 ton world's largest rubber duck makes the bay at Mill Casio in North Bend her personal bathtub. She spreads happiness and joy to people of all ages. Mama Duck serves as an inspiration to enjoy the world's waterfronts and conserve our natural resources.
Well, my friends, another week is upon us and I must head into the kitchen to get dinner ingredients together and then finish a project for Bible study tomorrow evening. We've had a good day at church and a home to home dinner. Good food and fellowship.   Down side of things includes my girlfriend, Laura, has brain tumor giving her problems again. My uncle Nathan died on Monday. He was my mom's only sibling. Megan's still job searching and waiting to hear from applications. Prayers appreciated and hope you all have a blessed week!

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with comfort we ourselves receive from God."
2 Corinthians 1:3-4