Friday, July 3, 2015

Jammin' and Celebrating

Our daughter-in-law Kristi did some jam making.  She made me some special low seeded raspberry jam.  She also made marionberry and loganberry freezer jam.  Here is the raspberry puree before she added the sugar and pectin.

Here is my special jam - I have diverticulosis - and have to be careful with seeds and nuts - so Kristi sieved out a LOT of seeds and made me 3 jars of jam.

And here is my breakfast, toasted English muffins with crunchy peanut butter topped with my special raspberry jam.  Yum!

Up in Corbett one of the homes has a truck with a big boom on it and they put a big flag on it to celebrate the 4th of July.  :-)

We went to Costco yesterday to get chicken and ribs for our 4th of July BBQ tomorrow - when we loaded up the car and headed home we noticed the temperature on our dashboard - 100 deg F!  But this is wrong, it showed 101 just a minute later but that photo was fuzzy.  :-)

I went out last night to get a photo of the full moon but it hadn't raised up over the apple tree so this is what I got.  :-)

I just went out to snap a photo of the flag fan banners in the sunshine.

I'm so enjoying our new pebbled and weed free "no-man's-land".  :-)

Oh beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, for purple mountain majesties, above the fruited plain.  America, America!  God shed his grace on thee and crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea!

-:¦:-·:*'""*:·.-:¦:-·* HAPPY 4th of JULY! *·-:¦:-·:*'''''*:·-:¦:-

I'm loving all the flowers on the deck and you can see them all from the inside of the house through the windows in the dining room which is neat.

Kristi went to the grocery store for a few more things and I asked her to bring me some eggs for the potato salad I'm making for the BBQ.  I asked for cage free brown eggs and look what she brought home!  The coolest egg carton of eggs EVER!  It's blackboard art which is really *hot* right now.  I love this!

It even had this tiny newspaper tucked inside telling how well they care for their chickens.  

Kristi also brought home a pretty patriotic colored floral centerpiece for the table tomorrow and a cake for one of the kids that are coming to the BBQ that is having a birthday tomorrow!

These are the flowers in the bouquet, they are growing on succulents, so we can plant them after the party.  :-)

Soon I will head out to meet Gracie for lunch before we swim.  Crab salad is what we're going to have.  Yum!  Oh.. I decided to order more white alpaca to finish my shawl, hopefully it will get here before I leave on our trip!  Which by the way we will pull out early on Wednesday.  Getting excited!  I hope you have a wonderful happy weekend.  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Moon and Rainbow Rocks in No Mans Land

Oh beautiful moon, how do I love thee?  Let me count the ways.. my DIL got this photo night before last, the moon wasn't totally full, but when it's like this you get to see more craters on the bottom.  Isn't this gorgeous?  She uses a Nikon PowerShot SX50 HS.

We have a section of the garden that we call "no man's land" - it's beyond the deck and was a constant source of annoyance - all that grew there were insidious weeds, the kind that you could NOT pull out, big leafy awful weeds.  We would dig them up and it would be DIRT.. and then in the blink of an eye there would be more BIG ugly weeds.  For years I would implore my husband to put down rocks or more deck or something.  It never happened.. but our wonderful daughter-in-law Kristi has finally fixed it and it's gorgeous!  She dug the weeds, laid down weed barrier fabric, drove our big farm truck to the rock place and picked out a ton of some really pretty Montana rainbow colored rock and put it down and spread it out.  Isn't it wonderful???  Buddy is smelling it and checking it out.

I just love all the different colors in the rock.

Kristi got this plant to keep the mosquitoes away, it's called a Citronella plant and even smells lemony.  It's gotten huge and is blooming with these pretty lemon-scented flowers!

Our Crocosmia "Lucifer" is blooming.. I had wanted these plants for years and finally have them going and I love them!

Do you have these flowers where you live?  They are really popular at the beaches along the Oregon coast.

Last night Kristi called us out to see the Planetary Convergence of Jupiter and Venus.  Here is my not-that-great photo of the event.

After my shot of the planets, I got this one of the fuller moon with my pocket sized LUMIX DMC-ZS40 camera.

We are getting excited about the 4th of July - we'll have a BBQ with family after watching the fun Corbett parade with all kinds of tractors, horses, floats, kids and ponies.  I'll share some photos after the event.  I'm off to the pool soon.  I hope you're having a wonderful day.  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Shawl Progress, Photo Bomber and Yard Pix

So.  I was wondering how big my natural white alpaca shawl was getting.  I decided to lay my red shawl on the floor and lay my white one over it to see how far I needed to go.  And guess who thought I'd laid these down for him to enjoy?  You guessed it.. my beloved dog Buddy.  Hello.. ohhh you're da bestest baby ever!

He moved over close to me and I was able to get a shot of the shawls.  Not far to go!  Now.. I need your input.  I have enough of the white to finish the shawl, but not the lace edging.  

Should I go back to the alpaca farm and get another skein of white?  OR.. should I make the lace edge in this wonderful colored alpaca?  Would that look weird?  Or wonderful?  Please give me your input.

I was enjoying the outdoors yesterday and noted that the sedum in this little rock pot was in bloom.

The Streptocarpella is just doing fabulous.. when we got it, it had just finished a bloom and wasn't looking all that great, but with some fertilizer and steady watering it has come back and is gorgeous.

One of our unique colored geraniums is flowering.

Our new geranium is a lovely salmon orange.

The little flowers on my unusual leaved moss roses are divine, shades of orange and magenta flow together.  Very pretty.

We are all enjoying the deck a lot this summer.

The garden flag has brought a lot of color and movement to the back yard, I just love it.  There is my photo bomber again.

The 4th of July rose continues to bloom.  :-)

I am so enjoying the Hollyhocks!  I'd like more colors.

It would be fun to have several colors together.

Kristi potted my Sweet Peas into hanging baskets - which is rather brilliant as the peas can use the hanger part to climb and wrap around - she also added black bamboo stakes for them to grow on.. she harvested a whole pile of black bamboo stakes when she trimmed up our black bamboo stand.

My "Cocks Comb" has done well.. my maternal grandmother had these growing all in a row up next to the brick of the old bank building that she lived in in Oklahoma.  After I downloaded this photo I noticed that it is in the shape of a heart!

I had to show you how much bigger the Brazilian Begonia is getting!

I love how nice the garden looks against the newly mowed forest floor.

The Astilbe is nearing perfection.  

I had one of these in white but it did not thrive where I had it.  It comes in some pretty colors.. I may need to put some others near this one.

Do you want to help me feed the fish?  :-)

We set the Maidenhair Fern into the stream and so far it seems to like it's habitat.  The fun part of these ferns is that they have a black stem.

Dayle's fathers Chinese lantern.. his dad had a tiny fountain in his tiny back yard and when his parents were moved into assisted living Dayle brought this lantern home.  It will forever remind us of his dad.  Dayle has it plugged in so it glows at night.  I love how there is moss on the top of it.

Kristi got another science project for the kids to work on.  It's a jar and they got to decorate the outside, layered sand and rock and then planted seeds on top.  The seeds are chia and wheat and are beginning to sprout.

Buddy got a bath the other day and is looking so shiny and pretty.  Don't tell him I said that.. :-)   

We're still having hot weather.. in the 90s.  But we're keeping cool enough with 2 AC units.  Before we had those we were pretty miserable in this old farm house.  I swim today.. what are you up to?  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Butterflies and Summer Fun

Hello!  Thanks for dropping by.  The butterflies that Kristi and the boys have been caring for came out of their coverings yesterday!  Kristi put this one on my yellow flowers so I could get some photos.  What a sweet butterfly, it posed so nicely for me.  :-)  This is a Painted Lady Butterfly.

I came home from volunteering at Multnomah Falls yesterday to find that Kristi and Dayle had done some decorating for the 4th of July BBQ we're having next week.  Kristi got all the decorations for us!

We're all very excited about the butterflies that hatched.  5 butterflies are about to enjoy a very pretty part of the world.  Dayle got to release one, we're letting the others get strong and will release them later today.

Caleb has a butterfly on his shirt.

Hayden held one on his finger.

We had some new visitors to our bird feeder the other day - a pair of Cedar Waxwings.. Kristi got some neat photos of this one.

I love the beautiful muted colors of this bird!

Kristi put a Hydrangea bloom in the butterfly habitat and sprinkled sugar water on it for the butterflies to eat.

I converted a few more of my photos with "Waterloque" app and love how this young Hydrangea flower came out.

And the Lantana looks pretty.

And the red cherries on our tree.

Kristi also got us a patriotic wreath for the door and the red, white and blue tin star.

The boys are really enjoying the pool Kristi and Travis put up last year.  We're having a hot weather run and it's supposed to get up to 100 degrees tomorrow!  It was in the 90s yesterday and is nearly there now before noon today!

This is really unusual weather for Oregon.. this kind of heat is usually only during August.  We're having a bit of a drought.  The bad part is that the streams are warming and low and some fish are dying.  Not good.

We'll be leaving on our road trip adventure in a week and a half.  AAA put together this map for us.  One change is that we're heading up to Lake Tahoe and I didn't tell the man at AAA that part.  On the way back we're going to visit the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone.  We'll be quite the Road Warriors after this!

I'll be heading to the pool soon.  A good day to spend an hour cooling off, I'd say!  What are you up to today?  Do tell!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-)