Sunday, October 19, 2014

Glowing Windows in the Dark

I've been a bit missing.. trying to get over this cold before it goes into bronchitis - but it might be too late as I've got quite a cough making itself at home in my lungs.  But enough of that.  Do you like to drive through a neighborhood at dusk and see the houses all lit from within.. glowing golden.. and you wonder about all the different people in the world and how their lives are.. is it happier or sadder than mine?  Are they nice or not?  Imagine all the different life stories of all the people in the world.  It boggles the mind.  I was outside for a breath of fresh air last night and snapped this image of our house lit from within.


I tried to capture the light from the Chinese lantern reflecting in the waterfall of the pond.  


I lit the candles in the tiny pumpkins for the boys to see last night.


Do you have some little ceramic pumpkin lights?  They are inexpensive and fun.


We had a bit of a trauma a few days ago.. the boys were playing in their room and wrestling around and I heard a yowl that didn't stop.. Caleb accidentally kicked his brother in the mouth and the two front teeth on the top were loose and bleeding.  Poor guy - the next morning they were both gone.  He'd pulled one out and his mom the 2nd.  The saving grace is that both of them were starting to wiggle and would have come out soon, anyway.  


What are you up to this weekend?  We're just hanging out, it's another gorgeous day.. the front door is wide open and I have bare feet.. and here I thought it was going to be coolish and fall-ish.  I hope you have a great week ahead!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sheesh

My dear husband and I went out to lunch, the bank and then on up to Jonsrud Point in Sandy, Oregon to get a photo of the fresh new snow cover on Mt. Hood.  I walk up to the viewpoint, pull out my camera, click the "On" button and nothing happens.  Battery is dead.  Sheesh!  So, this pixelated image below done with my iPhone zoom with clouds in front of it is it.  The battery is on the charger now!


I'm having a funky week.  Both of us have a cold and luckily I had no appointments that I had to keep, and I've had to give up swimming.. ::sniffle:: ::whine::   Yesterday I put my little collection of pumpkin candle holders across the TV cabinet and Dayle lit them last night and the boys were fascinated by them.  



They're all smallish.. big enough for tea lights.  I need to buy some more tea light candles!


We picked up some fall toned flowers and I filled this ceramic pumpkin with water (it had green foam stuff in there from last year) and I stuck the flowers in.. and I got a new fall candle to light on the table.  My son thinks that I have too much stuff on the table.. ::shrug::  But our mantel is in the living room which I can't see much of and we never use it so I don't decorate it for fall.  So, all of my pumpkin stuff ends up here.  :-)



My huge paper lantern pumpkin actually photographs better during the day.



I think I need to snip those flowers down a bit.. 



A walk outside, the hydrangeas continue to be a pleasing purple-y gray.


Yes, that is more blue sky today.  But tomorrow the rain is supposed to return.



I turned and noticed the sun illuminating my creepy ghost bride... eek!


BOO!


Don't tell the begonias.. that it's fall.. they don't know yet.


Oh, I'm so pink!


The back deck and a corner of the garden shed.  That is going to be a project of mine someday.  :-)


Our son, whose family lives with us, informed us last night that his wife's family has rented a room at a beach hotel for them all for Tuesday through Friday - over Christmas.  :-(  They are also going to her family's house for Thanksgiving.  So, our traditional family dinner would be small, then our older son asked us to go to their new house for Thanksgiving.. a gluten free dinner.  :-)  Hmmm.. ok.. I guess we'll try something new!
((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Autumn is Here

Hello.. how is your week going?  I've had my boxes of Halloween decorations sitting in our living room for a few weeks and I could not get into the mood to put them up as it was still summer weather, hot and sunny.  But today the mood finally hit me as it's rainy, cool and cloudy.  I happily hung the fall wreath on the door and Dayle helped me hang up my ghost bride and wind sock pumpkin on the gazebo.  :-)


Isn't she scary?  I think she needs some stuffing, though.


Every Autumn I keep an eye on my Pin Oak tree - it turns a brilliant red before the leaves turn brown.. it's starting to turn!


The leaves are really pretty on this oak.


Zoom... the tree is 50 feet tall!


Our wild little garden is settling in for the winter.



There is one little 4th of July rose in bloom.  :-)


And 3 white clematis surprised me by blooming so late.


Dayle hung up my paper lantern that we've had for years.. the pumpkin face is all sparkly.  I added my crocheted pumpkins and other fun decorations to the table.


My little scarecrow that I made is in the twig chair, I have a little black cat sculpture, a scarecrow candelabra, etc.


My scarecrow holds a little vintage pumpkin... I got the 2 glass pumpkins last year and this year added a little glass one.


See the little fence?  It's porcelain and the three little trick-or-treaters are also and I just love it.  I found it at a pumpkin patch when we took our 2 granddaughters there.. before they moved.. 3,000 miles away.  :-(


I was happy to see my crocheted pumpkins again... I think they look neat with my velvet ones I got last month.


My wonderful blog friend Gracie brought us a gift of 2 plants on the day we took her on the adventure to find Lost Lake.. wasn't that sweet?


We had fun at the BBQ at my older son's new house, our 4 grandsons love each other.  I can't believe this is the only photo I got.. but they're still unpacking and decorating so I'll get more next time.  They're having a big open house on November 1st, it's going to be FUN!



Everyone liked the potato salad I made to go with their tri-tip steak.  I tried to make a daisy decoration on the top with a cut up egg, but it got a bit mushed.  :-)


Dayle is making baked pork chops for dinner using Shake 'n' Bake - have you ever tried it?  It's pretty tasty!  And he's making fried potatoes with onion and crumbled bacon on top, and corn.  Yum!  I'm enjoying the cooler weather, it's almost time to fire up our pellet stove!  I hope you are cozy and warm at your home.  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Finding Lost Lake

Hello, thanks for visiting!  Would you like to go for a drive?  Ok, buckle up.  As I watched the weather forecasts, it looked like our long run of summery weather was drawing to a close and endless rain was coming our way.  Friday was supposed to be the last nice day for a while, so I suggested we take the boys on a drive to see a beautiful place.  Lost Lake at the base of Mt. Hood.  I also asked my blog friend Gracie to join us.   


But let's start at the beginning, shall we?  Gracie arrived shortly after noon and we headed out to Hood River to try a new place (for us) for lunch.  We were very happy with our lunches here and will gladly go back.  The boys had a mac and cheese, Gracie a turkey rollup, Dayle had soup and salad and I had a grilled turkey sandwich with cream cheese and cranberry sauce.. and sweet potato fries!  Yum!



As we drove up the mountain, the crossing gate came down and we were treated to the Mt. Hood Railroad train going past.. blowing it's whistle as it went by.  FUN!  I quickly found my camera, rolled down the window and stuck my camera out.  Bloggers are funny that way.


We had not been here for a LONG time.. maybe 20 years or so.  I was dismayed to see that most of the forest on our drive up to the lake had been logged off!  What a shame to drive through miles of stumps in such a beautiful area.  Fortunately the forest surrounding the lake was untouched.  We arrived at the Lost Lake Resort & Campground.
  1. Lost Lake is a lake in Mount Hood National Forest 16.2 kilometres northwest of Mount Hood in Hood River County in the U.S. state of Oregon. It is 34.4 kilometres southwest of Hood River, a 26.4-mile drive. Wikipedia
  2. Surface elevation3,146' (959 m)
  3. Area245 acres (99 ha)
  4. Length1.022 miles (1.644 km)
  5. Width4,150 feet (1,265 m)


After you pass through the resort center - which is really just the boat launch and store, you drive over a bridge and are treated with your first good look at the lake.  (Above)  You then can drive around the lake a ways and they keep one area trimmed back to expose *THIS* view.  Awwww... lovely.


Lewis & Clark College brought their rowing teams and boats up for some paddling with a magnificent view.  It might also be that they want to train them at high altitudes so they build up more endurance.



Of course we took way too many photos from the viewpoint.. zoom.. 


What do you think?  Was it worth the drive?  :-)  Actually, this place is only a 1 and a half drive from our house.


Now - it might be prettier with the mountain covered with snow - so maybe we'll make the trek again in late Spring, once the road is passable and snow free.


This tree was next to the cabins you can rent there.  Vine Maple, all beautifully orange and red.


There were several boaters enjoying the lake.


This tree is directly to the right of the bridge above.



Here is one of the cabins they rent out.  Isn't it cute?  We stayed here once years ago.


Gracie and I walked down to the dock area with the boys while Dayle checked to see if they could rent a rowboat for a while.  Dang.. it was too late for that.  Oh well!  We sat and watched the boys run around and took deep breaths to enjoy the freshest air ever, and watch the sun sparkle on the lake.


I realized that I didn't get a shot of the boys, so Gracie sent me a few that she got.  The image below is one.


I zoomed in on these three people enjoying their fishing.


We even drove back up to the viewpoint for a few more shots, the sun was illuminating the face of the mountain and a fishing boat is pretty in the shot.



A close up of the craggy, rocky mountain top.


OK. Time to bid this beautiful place adieu and wind our way down to Hood River and home.  I'm so glad we came back here.


Down the hillside we were treated to technicolor maple leaves.


We'd crossed this river on our way up and I promised myself we'd stop on the way down.  Gracie and I walked out on the bridge and snapped some photos of the roaring Hood River as it descended towards the mighty Columbia River and then on out to the Pacific Ocean.



We walked across to the other side of the bridge and looked UP the river.. I wish you could hear the sound of the rapids.. 


When taking the photo upriver I noticed a little peak of the mountain, so I zoomed in for this shot.


I noticed that Parkdale was just 5 miles further up the road so we drove up to show that small mountain town to Gracie.  She snapped these images of the boys climbing in the cherry trees in the park.


EEP EEP.. little monkey boys.  Not long after this shot by Gracie, I saw Caleb fall out of the tree right onto his head, thunk!  He scraped his side but suffered no other injuries.  He'd grabbed a tiny branch for support and it broke off in his hand and down he tumbled.  I think he learned a valuable tree climbing lesson.  Hayden swinging happily.



I know this next image will be out of context!  But my sister Denise, her husband Steve and their oldest son Shane attended the balloon festival in Albuquerque International Balloon Festival in New Mexico - and got to go up for a balloon ride.. this is just one of the fabulous photos my nephew Shane shared with me.  Be sure to go to the URL on his photo.. he's traveled the world and taken amazing photos.


I have potatoes and eggs cooking on the stove, I'm making potato salad to take to our older son's house for a BBQ.  They are all moved in and I can't wait to see their new house all full of furniture!!  Very exciting!  I hope your weekend was and is going wonderfully.  Remember to make the most out of your time on this blue spinning globe.  ((hugs)), Teresa :-)