Friday, June 23, 2017

BFF Birthday Outing

 One day at a time then the next thing I know, it's the end of the work week. Not posted for a week. Busy evenings. Including Tuesday evening when I met up with my best friend Tamara for a dinner together. We celebrated her upcoming birthday at my  favorite burger restaurant. She got her free birthday burger and a free sundae. We both ate from it. So yummy even though our tummies were full of food!
 What else can you do but eat some of the fries with ice cream on it! 
 The birthday girl with her gift bag of goodies I bought her.  
 Our waitress took this photo. She's always been fun waitress when Phil and I are 
there eating as well. 
 After I got home, I looked online to order a filter for my camera since I want to photograph the solar eclipse Aug 21. I bought a 2 pak from B&H Photo Video and it comes with some eclipse glasses. The filter isn't too expensive. But it will work for the event. Could have bought a more expensive one but why waste all that money. I'll show you when I get it. These glasses I bought  at The Shutterbug tent event in Beaverton on Sat. Cool, huh?  ;'} The funny thing about it all was I didn't know what type of eclipse it was...thought it was at night....not! Planning on camping out at the tulip farm on Sunday evening. Then go to work later in the day on Monday. Got on the schedule. 
I stopped into the credit union on Wed. This nice vase of peonies was on counter where I signed my check.  They are so pretty! My plant gave me two blooms this year. Last year...none!  I really need to work on my plants and it's supposed to be hot all weekend so it may need to wait til evening time. 

Today I had to get a filling done in a tooth. Old one wasn't good. Side of my mouth gave me a few problems and it took me a bit to eat my lunch afterwards at McDonald's. Feeling came back finally. I sat and talked with Kathy, who's at the dentist's front desk. We have a good time together. My mouth is better now, that I took an Advil. I'm tired enough I could just fall asleep now!  

Phil and I went on a walk this evening which was the  cooler part of the day. 85 degrees when we got back at 9:30. Sky was pretty hazy, especially east. Maybe from fire on the other side? High of 92 degrees this afternoon. The weekend is scorching hot, near 100 both days! Thankful for air conditioned house and car. Thankful for freshly made ice tea to refresh my thirst. Thankful for.......

"Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them." John 7:37-38

Have a great weekend! Be safe and wear sunscreen in the sunshine! Hugs and blessings!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Your Choice: Week 24 Photo Challenge

My Choice was the latest capture of Cape Arago Lighthouse, out of Charleston, Oregon. Oregon Coast getaway we had the other week gave me the opportunity to photograph this lighthouse again. This time I used my newer 300mm zoom lens I acquired last summer. A few years prior I'd used a 200mm zoom lens. This one is much closer. This was near sunset and was hoping for a barge come into view, like it did last time. Waited. Didn't happen, just a buoy to the right. The fresnel lens no longer resides in this lighthouse but in the Coos History Museum we visited after the Fest of Sail outing we had earlier that day.

The back side of the lens one rarely gets to see.

Description of the fresnel lens that was housed in Cape Arago lighthouse.

 An interesting piece upstairs in museum that we couldn't figure out what it was. The ladies at museum weren't sure what it was either. Opening at top allowed you to put something in and there were gears inside it and the end where it came out, which is on the left. Phil and I figured it was a corn husker and the corn came out at the other end. What's your theory?
 Fishing/crab boat outside the museum. We spent quite a bit of time reading and learned a few things about the area and sailing and lumber and....

 Near the front entrance was a boat's propeller. This looks very damaged. To the left, one prop is completely broken off and the part in foreground is very damaged. It might have hit a reef or sand bar. Not a good day for those people.

 We headed into Bandon once we left the museum. Twenty minute trip to find some cranberry treats. Here's a stained glass at an activity center.  We went to Cranberry Sweets and More store and we were delighted with all the delicious samples they had out. Phil said it was a bit better than Costco. So many things to choose from including this mug that I had to buy! So pretty! I bought a bit of everything,,,not quite, but some things to go into birthday gifts and a couple pkgs of cranberry scone mix and a brownie mix. I need to make that one this weekend.

Kite flying over part of old towne.  We ate dinner at the Fish and Chips Chowder House where you can buy fish to take home as well. We ate ours there. Another delicious meal...I had fresh bay shrimp sandwich. Oh so good! We headed out to get some gas then drove back north aways til we came to road that took us to Charleston. Quite a lot of nothing but trees and foxglove. So pretty and interesting way to go. Glad we did as we didn't have to go into town and back track. That's the end of that Friday for us on June 2. A bit caught up but now will have to go backwards to get the Fest of Sail event.

To Be Continued.......

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Vintage Flea Fun

Just this past week marked my 12th year at the hardware store. My manager bought me an ice cream from the vendor freezer. I chose this one since I like Oreo cookies....nice treat on my last break of the day on Thursday! My how time has flown by and how many people have come and gone since I've been there. Mostly good people!

Saturday afternoon Megan and I headed into Canby for lunch at Burgerville. Of course both of us had chocolate yogurt shakes with lunch. I rarely get them but need to drink something different than iced tea or soda.  Afterwards we met up with my friendly co-worker, Carrie, and her boyfriend at this farm. They were having a Vintage Flea market. We spent 2.5 hours there, looking at many fun things that we could buy. 

My one item I've been looking for was finally purchased! An old window from an old house!  Panes are about 8x10" size and I'm going to put photos of something behind each pane eventually. Possibly tulips, since I have so many photos of them. I was happy to get this window at a reduced price of $27 instead of $45!  My thought is to paint it and then put photos in it. Chalkboard paint? Not sure yet. 

I hauled the window out to the car. Went back in and helped Megan bring things out to the car. Then I went back to get a soda as I needed the caffeine from a Pepsi and a home made orange cranberry scone to share with Megan. I stopped to take a photo of this puddle to show you how muddy it was out there. I'm glad I wore thicker but comfortable shoes. Good on my feet. Look! Someone dropped a couple strawberries too! I was taking a photo of this with my cell phone while holding my Pepsi and scone. "Let's see if I can do this without dropping anything in the puddle!" Score! Nothing dropped!
Here's my car and Megan inside, waiting. Took this photo to show you clouds overhead. Heavier ones earlier in the day dumped rain and the previous night as well. I decided to park in the grass as it was closer to the building and easier to get in and out of the parking lot.
Here's a fun spot for the scone. Megan calls it the easy bake ovcn! I think it looks like a toaster!
My fun finds include a horse shoe door knocker on barn wood and a tray "Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company". I researched on the internet and found out this company started out by selling tea from China. It was in Manhattan, NY...then became a grocery business known as A&P! Even though this tray has rust on it I really like and bought it for $5. Better ones sell for $5 more...checked it on line as well! Goes with my kitchen as I like tea! Phil likes the door knocker. We're going to hang it outside our the left, not on it. We already have a door knocker but I wanted this one as it's just something different and fun!

I found a couple things I can use for my anniversary party coming up. I bought these Scrabble letters and a frame to put them on. Will find a backing first. Other frame will hold our wedding photo or maybe a newer photo of us....will see. 
I bought this glass-less frame at the same stall where I bought the window...first thing I saw! Then I bought this wreath that's hand made by a lady that sold it to me. I'm going to hang these on the wall like this. Good for this time of year....4th of July and our anniversary and Veterans' Day....and may the forth be with you...force be with you...Star Wars...haha! 

Megan is still applying for jobs ...last week and found a few this week. Not heard any word on the job she thought she was going to get. Sigh! So it's still the wait and see know how that goes!

Monday night I started a new Bible study at church with 20 other women, It's entitled "Proven" written by Jennie Allen. It's a study through the gospel of John.  It's going to be good! Jesus had a plan for our emptiness, our fatigue, our inadequacies, our sin. 
"Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in my, as scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them." John 7:37-38

Take care and have a blessed week, my friends!


Friday, June 9, 2017

Heat:Week 23 Photo Challenge

My heat challenge is on our gas stove, cooking spaghetti sauce for our lunch after church on Sunday. Phil usually makes this meal  most of the time. Boiling water for spaghetti and water for hot tea for me. I enjoy caffeinated tea, drinking it the British way, with sweetener and milk. Once I became accustomed to it whilst living there for 2 years, it's the only way to drink it! 

I became aware a few months ago that I've not been keeping up with all my activities I've photographed this year. January and February were hard months for me. I need to get back into the swing of things on this blog. I'm going backwards in time for awhile to show you where I've been. Thanks for being patient with me. I also enjoy comments and do read them.  A couple friends noted that since I'm a veteran, I shouldn't have to work on Memorial Day. This day is to honor the men and women who served in the military and died serving their country. I am still alive, thank goodness! Also Monday is my day to work and am main cashier that day. So I work and get off early. as hours were shortened that day. I worked 3 days last week as Phil and I left Thursday for our trip to the coast.  I do what I got to do! There are quite a few co-workers who are veterans as well. The most we've had in awhile. Four of us are Air Force, and one Marine and Navy. Only three of us were there on Monday, as we don't always work the same days. That's life at work. Thanks for your sentiments, my friends!

On Wednesday after a busy day at work, I headed to Baumans to pick up some strawberries. I almost always miss them. They are so delicious and juicy. I ate one after paying and of course, some ended up on my shirt! We had some with our mac and cheese dinner. I put remainder in the fridge.  It was a good thing to be out into the country and into the store where it's full of fruit and bakery goods and flowers to cruise through, even though I was a bit tired. Two days now we've had many customers and there's a line up at the register. Thankfully I have people who will help as second cashier.  A breathe of fresh air to end the day....and a walk with Phil after dinner was refreshing too. 
  Take care and have a blessed day, my reader friends around the world. God bless you!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Bridge: Week 22 Photo Challenge

I've wanted a chance to photograph the I-5 bridge near our home. A few years ago the bridge was widened and it's helped the area, for the most part. Alot of traffic flows through here, especially with the outlet mall and drag strip, special events in the area. I waited til it was dark to capture the best shot of this bridge with purple lights. Most exclusive looking over pass in the state of Oregon. Megan went with me so I wouldn't be alone in the dark. I drove the car to the spot I wanted. We'd just got back from eating with our family on Sunday late afternoon. Tired but still needed to get this photo. Chilly and so thankful I had my sweater jacket in the car. I used my tripod and zoom lens to capture this photo. Occasionally the colors change on the bridge. 

Yesterday afternoon I picked out a free drink at work, again. This time I tried black cherry lemonade. I liked it better than the strawberry one I had last time. I drank the remainder of it for dinner, by myself. But Megan made the dinner as she went to Bible study before I got home. Phil worked overtime.  The key on my purse is one I picked out of the 99 cent bin at work. Miss Piggy and Kermit. I had it cut once we got our new door lock put in. A memory of Phil and me, through the nearly 40 years we've been married ( this Oct). We've enjoyed the Muppet show for years!

Here's some photos of Sail-ly, the artistic balloon character I had made at Fest of Sail over the weekend, in Coos Bay. That's were Phil and I were. She's sitting in the car, waiting patiently for us after we got to Bandon Friday evening.
Sail-ly waiting for me to pick her up and go to car and leave for home on  Sat. a.m. Cup of hot tea from breakfast. 

Sail-ly resting at home with some stuffed bunny friends! She's still around, not sure if I'll pop her in a few days. It's been a fun thing for me...this grandma likes to have some fun!

These lovely roses are in the median where we walk across the street to the other side on Sunday evening. We went to Red Robin and friends of ourselves came in behind us. So we sat together and talked and laughed and got to know more about each other a bit more. They are younger than us.. Rebecca is our son's age and her husband IR, is from another country. So we had a good conversation going. Met my co-worker with her family as well!

I gave Megan money to get Pioneer Woman magazine that just came out today at Walmart! She picked it while she was out and about today. Only 3 copies left on the stand. so I'm glad I had her get it early in the day. I doubted any would be left once I got off work tonight. It is a nice magazine! I have looked through it already and found a cake I might make for our anniversary party. Or not. So many choices to think of. I am going to order a subscription of the magazine.
I'm off to get a few things done. I'm thankful I'm caught up with laundry and grocery shopping a couple days after we got home. Always something to do once back home.  Used cash to shop and eat. 3 fill ups on my car. One night prior, once on Friday as we were 230 miles, then about that much when we stopped at to fill up before we got home. $60 gas{cash} total. I like to save up money to use on excursions and not use much credit. Use that for the hotel bill. Our debit card is secure so we can use it at a few places as well. Money ran low and so used it.  Just some thoughts on money usage and how to stay out of debt when going on vacation. Paying credit down in that month that I spent it helps as well.  Take care and have a good week!!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Memorial Day Week

 Memorial Day was an early work day for me. Slow start but by 10:20 my boss and I had a line that took us 10 minutes to get the line finished at the register. Everybody stayed home and did projects. We closed for the day at 3:30 p.m.  I went over to a cemetery that always displays flags. It's so pretty.

 When I got home on Tuesday I boiled potatoes for I was making potato salad for Wednesday. It's the last Bible study until fall. Thankful that Megan helped me out by peeling shells from hardboiled eggs I'd made Monday. I sat at the table to mix it all.  Realized I was out of mustard but it worked with dry Coleman mustard. We had it with grilled salmon and sausages and green salad. And a delicious chocolate dessert. It was a good time at Paul and Vickie's home.

And now here I am resting, drinking hot tea and just finished peach yogurt I got at breakfast this morning when I chose what items I decided to eat before having another fun day with Phil. Oh yeah! I'll be back soon. I'm thankful for good weather, safety, good photo ops and comfy beds. Take care.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Light:Week 21 Photo Challenge

I nearly missed the sunset while we were at the coast. We got dinner a bit later than I'd expected. Once we sat down and ordered, I wondered out loud when sunset would be. Phil replied "You're the one with the phone and Google." I did and realized half way through our meal that I best eat a bit faster. Stopped into the restroom, then grabbed camera and put camera back pack on. Off I went. Phil would meet me down the few blocks where I was at the roundabout in Seaside. Scored a good sunset with two people silhouetted as well. We stayed a bit longer after it set as the moon was out as well. Then we walked back to our room.  Now I'm caught up with the photos...this was for last week. As usual there's something that keeps me busy!

Thanks for your kind comments on Megan's job search. Her Friday interview went well. She also has another one for a different job coming up  Tuesday. A job with her career field and good pay and benefits.     
I spent time last evening after a walk, cutting back the ever frustrating black berry vines that encroach my flower bed. It looks much better. I'd been gone majority of the day and was surprised I had more energy after dinner and a walk. Hopefully tomorrow evening after work. I will be able to transplant a couple plants into bigger pots. Our ground is so full of clay that pots work better for me. And I can move them if need be. I've seen some lovely pots but once I pick them up at the store, they are too heavy and would be heavier with soil in them. So I stay with lighter weight ones. 

Have a blessed and happy Memorial Day weekend! 
God bless you and America! The land of the free and the home of the brave!

"Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, 'Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord'. To the contrary, 'if your enemy is hungry, feed him, if her is thirsty, give him something to drink, for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.' Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." Romans 12:15-21