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


Linda W. said...

Looks like you've been busy! Love the fabric you chose for the quilt. And the weekend's nice weather has everyone thinking of gardening.

Betsy said...

Hello Becky:
I think Dennis has all of Max Lucado's books. I've read most of them too. Dennis retreads them often. I think my favorite photo today is the flower sculpture. Very cool. I'm glad you had such a great weekend and are finally well and over the creeping crud, as I call it. :-). Our trip to Missoula went well and although we stopped every hour or so to stretch my back, it was great. I'm so glad to get out of town!
Have a lovely week my friend.

Anonymous said...

Blessed Wednesday to you Becky. It's SO good to see our PNW blossoms again! Hopefully the weather will stay sunny more than a day or two soon!
PS: That owl is really cute 😄

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Hi Becky, looks like you had fun with 'the girls' at the garden palooza. It's always nice to get away for the day to do something fun and have a nice lunch. You found some interesting plants, too. My Mom loved owls, too, and I have one of them, which I use for my fall decorating. Your quilt fabric is so cute and cozy-looking. It sounds like you are thinking of a 'nine-patch' quilt. They are 3 squares across and 3 squares down, usually 2-3" squares, to make a 'nine-patch'. Then the nine-patches get sown together, with a strip of plain fabric in between each 'patch'. Anyway, hope that helps.....Wishing you a lovely and dry week ahead!
Hugs and blessings xo