Friday, January 19, 2018

In The House: Week 2 fun photo challenge

Christmas ornaments waiting to be stored this week.

January means it's time to put away the Christmas items. Phil took the tree apart and put in the garage til next Christmas. I still need to put a few other items away as well. Always something to do, whatever season it is!

Thursday I took a sick day from work as I was too weary to get out of bed. So tired and my throat was hurting. No fever though. I slept 2.5 hours after going back to bed after breakfast, calling into work and a bit of reading. Sitting around and doing very little has helped besides drinking water and tea.  I washed up a few dishes from last night early afternoon today. Too tired/weary to do it last night. Loaded what I could in the dishwasher last night. I am feeling better today, thankful for little coughing, throat not swollen. Tomorrow is pedicure and a bit of grocery shopping. Rain and breezy days ahead. Thankful I'm inland, not on the Oregon Coast. Yesterday there were huge waves that hit along the coast. Kyllo's restaurant, by D River, Lincoln City, was damaged, Wi-Ne-Ma Christian camp, north of Neskowin was hit as well. Flooding along the coast and beaches are closed. More wave action coming. I saw an amazing photo on Facebook this evening. WOW!  It would have been fun to see the action but from a distance. One man drowned, another lady was taken to hospital as she was on the beach when wave hit and there was a log in it that hit her leg. Not sure why people are on the beach when told to stay off for safety sake. Oh well!

Yesterday I started to work on another photo book thru Shutterfly I was notified I had a free 8x8" book available thru Sunday. So I've been uploading photos and nearly have it finished. That's what I'll be working on when I'm finished here. I spent time looking thru photos on my phone that I didn't have on my Canon camera for our celebration. Any of the ones I was able to get into my photo files from phone say they are corrupted. Not sure why. The tech man I spoke with from Tmobile told me where photos are located on my computer. . I didn't know that existed. Something that has photos from camera and phone camera. I found them and was able to use the photo above in the file and copyright it then put it on my blog! Score! Live and learn!     
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Have a good weekend and I'll be back soon! 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Goofing after work

    Hello! I'm slacking and slouching on the couch. Megan's on the recliner. I had take out chicken pot pie fill up from KFC. Watching Trailblazer game although I should be doing something else. Oh yeah, laundry load from dryer. I need to upload photos from my phone to computer via connection of phone to computer. Problems with photos allegedly being corrupt. Not sure what device changed. Sigh...crazy upgrades most likely. I've taken many photos on this new phone, while out and about Sat, which was so lovely out...64 degrees!
    Two co-workers are sick with the flu. Then Lon has had a viral infection in his lungs. Last week when he was at VA clinic in Portland, he fell and broke his leg!  So in hospital and now in a nursing center for rehab. He's not able to work. Hope to go see him on Friday. I miss him as he's been not well for awhile. He's been at hardware store almost as long as me.
   I guess I'll have more time to work on quilt as Bible study I'd hoped to lead didn't work out. Nobody signed up. That's been happening lately at our church, which is sad. But there's other studies out there too.  Life is busy. Not the right timing....A bit disappointed but will continue to re-read The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp again this year.

    I went shopping at TJMaxx on Sunday after lunch at Red Robin. I had a gift card from my secret Santa co-worker. I needed to redeem it. While shopping I laughed when I saw this book box. I took a photo to show Phil. He'd written a humorous speech for Toastmasters about taking over the world.....he ended it by.....what's that nurse? Time to make my medicine? Okay I'll be right there after I..!
    Best go and get a few things done, including clearing up papers on the coffee table in front of me while watching end of the game!  Blazers won!!


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Close to Home: Week 1 of The 52 Week Fun Photo Challenge

I'm back at it again, with a different group. The Super Wolf Full Moon, on Jan 1 was close to home. It was right down the street and around the corner. So pretty! Phil and I had seen it on our walk as it was coming up! I didn't know it was up that soon. So once I got back from the walk, I hurried in to get my camera and 300mm zoom lens. Walked down our street with Megan coming up soon. Dark and chilly outside but good thing for a warm coat! I had to wait out the clouds and got a few good shots. The last group I was part of, the leader is taking a year off. So I hunted and found 2 different groups on Facebook for photo challenge. I think I'll stay with this one as the other group was more like last year's themes. And it's based in England so I get to see more photos from there! My second home....besides the coast! 

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It's been a busy week at work. Getting everything set up around the cash wrap and merchandising, done by co-workers. Today I worked on organizing a few drawers at the register then waiting on customers as well. Figuring where to hang the plastic handle sacks for ones who need bigger bags. Ones who walk and need a handled bag. We also have paper bags. I had to organize those Tuesday as I realized there were 2 rows of one style bag. Move some to the back, put others on bottom shelf. Tomorrow I work on another drawer. May not need the other organizer that's not arrived yet and most expensive one. Hopefully we can return it.  I am just weary and was hard to drive home. Once home, I came in, dropped my lunch box in the kitchen then went to our bedroom. Laid down for a bit to get off my weary feet. Even though there is a anti-fatigue mat at work, my feet hurt. It's different than where I stood before that didn't have concrete underneath. Didn't help being tired either. It will all work out.  I'm glad Megan had dinner almost finished when I got home. I don't cook on week days but there's food and directions to follow. Sometimes it's crock pot day! I still need to prep myself for the Instant Pot! Sigh!
  Hopefully things will work out for Megan as it's been real slow at Subway. She's not working much this week at all. That hurts, money-wise. So praying that more people come in and maybe a new job opens up for her.  Job opportunities and how people are chosen, not even a job interview, just what they see .....yep, you qualify then don't even see you is not a good way to treat people searching for work.  Annoying that everything is done on-line now. 
We just wait up the Lord in these times of need.    

Take care and have a good week!

"...the one who is in you is greater than who is in the world." 1 John 4:4

Friday, January 5, 2018

My Breathe of Air

Breakfast time with a book. 
     It's the end of my first week of work of the January in the new year. I've been battling another virus. It hit me over the weekend. Worse when I'm trying to have fun playing Spaceship Catan with my husband on Monday. Yesterday I worked on clearing out drawers at the register between customers. I'm glad it was a bit slower. The new cash wrap was set up last night with the electrician coming in, the man from epicore who does the signature capture pads (credit card machines) and male co-workers. They took old cash wrap apart and made a new path register. Two drills were by the register. Waiting for J and A to start disassembly. It started before I left. Goodness! But I'm excited to see the new area.  Not working til Mon but may pop in to see it with my own eyes!
   I feel like doing little today.  A few phone calls to make. Figure out grocery list and menu for a few weeks. Possible stay home day? I need a moment to breathe as the book title states above. Rest for the weary whose feet are sore and weary already in the new year.
    No resolutions. Just want to move forward into 2018  by...better menu planning; figuring blog time or do I let it go away; find time to read, knit and make quilt for granddaughter's 10th b-day in late May; work outside more than last year with reconfiguring my plants. Blackberry vines chopped back. Find time in evening to work on home things not computer or smart phone reading. Bible study reading. Waiting and praying about women's bible study I'd like to lead. The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp. I went thru it last Jan online bible study. It was so good. I felt inclined to do it with women from our church.  Christmas tree and decor need to go soon even though it's still pretty. Lights are unplugged. Walking for exercise when weather and energy allow. Finding a place to house my Instapot Phil got me for Christmas. Downsizing. Being more frugal still in the works of less money spent and using and wearing what I have. Looking forward to a planned birthday get together with my sister next month. I've already booked a hotel at a great low price. I've stayed there before and I enjoy it!

Even tho he won by one point, I gave him a run for the prize! I like this game and know how to play it. 
Have a good weekend and thanks for stopping by for a visit.

"For I am now trying to persuade people, or God? Or am I striving to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ." Galatians 1:10

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Weeks 45-52 Photo Challenge Plus....

My last post of the year features the last two months worth of the photo challenge I was part of all year. I did every.single.week. Some weeks were more challenging than others. But it's been fun! 
Week 45:Pairs-Our dinner at Panera Bread restaurant with soup, bread,and drinks.

Week 46: Sign-toilet display at the hardware store where I work!

Week 47:Broken-Mushrooms breaking through the ground!

Week 48:Bicycle-On the beach at Fort Stevens State Park, Warrenton, OR.

Week 49:Slow-Marching high school band at a Christmas parade in Canby.

 Week 50:Hands-Two girls at Sunday school after we got all the colors in their gak. It was the story of Jonah. How did you think it felt like in the belly of the big fish? Icky, gooey, slimey! 

Week 51:Shopping-Kohl's and Christmas pajama display. Reindeer pajamas?

Week 52:Tiny-Handmade tiny nativity scene from Guatemala sitting in the church yard of St. Stephens church, from my Lilliput collection (made in England.)

I hope you enjoyed all the challenge photos. I know some of you have favorites. How would you like to win a 2018 calendar with 2 of your favorite photos? They need to be horizontal photos.
I've got photos printed up already but if those aren't already printed, I'll print you no more than two of your favorites. Or you go with what I've got printed?! You have until January 6, 2018 to comment and let me know you'd like to win. Must have left a comment on my blog this year.  

Thanks for following my blog and I appreciate all my readers! Have a blessed, peaceful and joyous New Year!!
I'll be back next month/year!!! :-} 

Update----Kathy is the winner of the 2018 calendar! Congratulations!

"I call unto thee, for thou wilt answer me, O God; 
incline thy ear to me, hear my words.
Wondrously show thy steadfast love, 
O savior of those who seek refuge from their 
adversaries at thy right hand. 
Keep me as the apple of the eye; 
hide me in the shadow of thy wings, 
from the wicked who despoil me, my 
deadly enemies 
who surround me."
Psalm 17:6-9

Friday, December 29, 2017

Last Week of my Thoughts

Petals from my gemstone orchid. 
  ..............hello!  ..............
   I'm resting on the couch from my day trip down Albany. I took my brother out to lunch at Burgerville. Some rain and wind along the way. More so on the way home. Temp 55 F degrees. Stopped at Fred Meyer to get some items on my list. Found a few things for January birthdays for my grandson, Owen,  and his mom, Erin.  Stopped and got some ink for my Canon printer at Shutterbug in Salem. I'm running out of one ink and decided to buy a few locally instead of ordering another pkg thru the mail.  Also checked out a couple selfie sticks and bought the heavier duty one.
Cozy sole mate sox to keep me warm on Christmas!
We woke to ice outside on Christmas.  This is arborvitae out our back door. Chilly day that had Megan drive slow on the street she was house sitting in Tualatin. Her friends had gone for awhile. Good thing the interstate
 was ok. 

Tree at outlet mall Tuesday evening. I stopped in to use my $10 coupon at Eddie Bauer before it expired the next day. I found a purple sweater that was $9.99 after 50% off and my coupon. I need to let go of an old sweater.   I hope you all had a nice Christmas. We did and I'll be back with some photos. Also the last of my 52 week challenge photos will be the next post. I've done every week. Now I'm working on a book thru Shutterfly to see them all in order. Good memories. The group on Facebook won't be doing it in 2018 but there might be another one. Or I'll figure out something to do myself! 
Take care and a great new year.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Goodies and Work

      Tis the week before Christmas where this grandma was busy at work. Stayed up too late two nights. Got 3 calendars made Wed evening. Had to print out a few more photos. All done but 2 need assembled. One for a giveaway.
 Our tree is up. Some decor. Packages almost wrapped.  Used bags for some.
   We had goodies on Monday. My boss brought in the donuts and a new customer brought in cranberry fudge. Someone else brought double chocolate muffins. Oh goodness so much good food. We had our work Christmas party yesterday. So much food. Secret 🎅 gifts. I always give a calendar and a bit more.
Under the clock is new peg board. It has 2 shelves now . The new cash wrap arrived on Wed. The cash registers will be running from there after first of new year. Merchandise has been moved around in the store since we got the new area for paint. We call it the paint cave.
  Merry Christmas to every one and God bless.  Be safe. Enjoy the holidays.

     "After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, "Where is the one who has been born the king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him."
Matthew 2:1-2