Monday, April 13, 2015

Off to the Big Easy

Do you recognize these people?  Rather fetching, aren't they?  I'd seen people talking about "Outlander" on other blogs and when we were clicking around on the television looking for something to watch, I saw this show and said, let's check that out!  Oh. My. Goodness.  What a good series this is! Now I must warn you - it's not PG or for the faint of heart.  But the story is amazingly interesting.  We've watched 2 or 3 episodes at a time and have caught up to current showings.  I am going to download the first book and read it on the plane.  This is set in 1743 Scotland.  I just love being taken back to that time and seeing the costumes and castle sets.  Love!


This is the hero of the series, Jamie Fraser.  Oh. Yeah.


Kristi asked for my camera the other day and captured our little squirrel sitting in the planter.. munch munch.


Last friday I met with Taci to give her the ten little baby hats that I made for her - she is going to Brazil this summer to spend time with her mother and family and her mom collects baby things for underprivileged expectant mothers in a mountain town.  Taci wanted to take as many hats as she could collect to help out.  Gracie joined us too and brought her three hats.


Our cute little pile of good deeds.  :-)  It was time to say goodbye to them and think of the sweet little heads that they will warm and protect.  And I'm hoping they will be used and passed on and on.


We dined at Boccelli's in Gresham.  I always get the Farfalle with mushrooms, asparagus and salmon in a alfredo sauce. Nummers.


Taci surprised me with an early birthday gift!  A cute card, some pretty pale aqua cotton, an aqua candle, some Easter chocolate and a neat pocket filled with seeds that you can warm in the microwave oven and put on a sore muscle.  Isn't that sweet?  Thank you, Taci!


The girls.  I brought my bag to show them, it's not finished yet, though.  I also brought each of them a big sprig of purple lilacs to take home.


I want to update you on my friends John and Molly at Celtic Swan - who make the wonderful sterling silver crochet hooks.  John is very ill and Molly has been taking care of him.  John used to make all the crochet hooks but has taught Molly how he did it so she could carry on their business.  I ordered two hooks some time ago and Molly's hooks arrived last Wednesday.  I am happy to say that Molly has produced two exquisite hooks for me - a C and E - to fill out my collection.  I wanted to show you - the one John made is on the top - my beloved G hook - the two below are Molly's work.  I am very happy with them.  


And so I must bid you adieu for a while.  I have to be at the airport at 4 am.   Tomorrow night I will be sleeping in an old hotel in the French Quarter of New Orleans.. with a balcony out the door and 3 courtyards to enjoy.  I will try to post a few photos from my iPad when I have a few moments.  I hope you have a good week ahead of you!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-)  

Friday, April 10, 2015

Camas Lily and Growing Things

My sister Denise and I volunteered at Multnomah Falls yesterday and I was happy to see that the Camas Lily was in bloom.. it's just starting but it was so pretty that on I pulled over and parked on the side of the road and walked over and snapped some photos.  The local native people used this as an important food source, they would dig the bulb and cook it in their stews.


There is this mossy hillock where they bloom every year.


I raised my iPhone (my camera battery went dead after I took some photos at the falls) up high so you could see the Columbia River and Washington state across the river.  Soon there will be way more flowers here.


I love the blue and lavender color of these flowers.


As we headed home after securing the visitor center and locking up - there is a spot where I always admire the light on the river and yesterday the sun was sparkling away on the water and there was a hint of sunset colors in the sky.  I opened my sun roof on the car and held my iPhone up high and hoped to capture the pretty image -- a bit of cropping and here you have it.


During our shift in the Visitors Center - I offered to go get some coffees for us - one of the perks (ha) of volunteering is we get our coffees for $1.  Denise gets a latte and I get a mocha.  While the barista was preparing our java I hiked up to the viewing plaza and got my shot of the falls for the day.  :-)  See how the trees are budding out and everything is greening up?


From where I take my photo - to the right is a little waterfall gurgling down the hillside.. the mosses certainly like all the moisture and mist.  


As I walked down from the plaza I noticed these tiny licorice ferns growing out of the cracks in the stone wall.


Further on I saw a Sword Fern starting to unfurl.


This morning I went on a walkabout to see what was happening in our world and snapped this photo of my orchid in the garden bay window - I've been so pleased that it re-bloomed for me as I've had a couple of orchids in the past which after their first bloomed never put out another flower.


This Lady Fern is a "volunteer" in one of our deck pots.


I've been keeping an eye out on this rose bud - it's a "Double Delight" - a very pretty and fragrant rose - if you only have room for ONE rose - this should be the one.  This is the earliest rose to bloom on our farm.. ever.  


I went to our front walkway garden to check the progress of the Lily-of-the-Valley and it's almost ready to pick for a bouquet.. I may miss my LofV bouquets while I'm gone to New Orleans.  :-(


The apple blossoms are profuse!


See what I mean?  I worry about all these early blooms as there haven't been bees to pollinate the flowers.  


I walked back near our little creek and the Japanese red maple is all leafed out and is even putting out it's little seeds with wings called a "samara".


On further down I saw a patch of Forget-Me-Nots among the Rose Campion.


Our garden is pretty wild.. we wait and see what it plans to do each year.  :-)  And you know what?  It does a pretty good job of things!  I am delivering my 10 baby hats to Taci in a few hours, then off to swim with Gracie.  This weekend I will be packing for my trip to New Orleans.. I hope everything fits in one carryon suitcase!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Bag Making

Hello.. thanks for stopping in for a visit.  I have been working on a 2nd "Lucy Bag" using the design by Lucy at Attic24 blog.  I am using the Premier Home cotton yarn I got a while back.  I was wondering how tall I was going to make it and for this photo I put a bag of fiberfil inside it and I realize that this would be a perfect size right now!  I will do a shell border and some long handles.  I'll show you how it turns out.  I think I will take this to New Orleans with me for a shopping bag.  :-)


I forgot to show you this photo - both of our grandsons had their birthday last week.  Caleb turned 6 and Hayden turned 7 - this was at Hayden's birthday dinner and they sang happy birthday to them both.  In my last post about Easter I showed the boys opening gifts and a question was posed - do we give gifts for Easter in the USA?  So, I wanted to clarify that we had a combination Easter and Birthday party here.  :-)


I found a few more ceramic bunnies on Etsy - :-)  Time to put them away until next year but I thought I'd show you the new girls.. one is knitting and one is sweeping.  Aren't they cute?  I actually keep them in my china cabinet among the dishes, so I get to see them all year.


My daughter Amy sent me this cute photo of my 2 granddaughters in the new Easter dresses she made for them.  It looks like they each got a stuffed animal too.  We hope to see them in July, I can't wait! 


Now - I want to tell you that when Dayle retired I insisted he get a colonoscopy while we were still on his work insurance - he'd never had one.  Long story short, they found cancer, performed surgery a week later to remove it, got it before it spread and it saved his life.  He had a follow-up procedure yesterday and they removed 3 polyps (those are the things that can turn to cancer).  The reason I am telling you this story is that if you have never had a colonoscopy - please get one, especially if you're over 50 or have a history of any colon cancer in your family.  THERE ARE NO SYMPTOMS IN THE EARLY STAGES.  

OK, time to pack my swim bag and head out.  I hope you have a fabulous weekend.  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Monday, April 6, 2015

An Eggs-tra Special Day

Hello, thanks for stopping by.  Say, I forgot to say thank you to those who are following my blog - I'm at 400 now and that makes me happy!  I so enjoy meeting you all - when you join in, I try to pop over and visit your blog and return the favor.  I hope you had a great weekend.  We sure did - yesterday was a fun time all day.  Our DIL Kristi is a great party planner and surprised us straight away with an Easter basket for Dayle and I - along with the kids!  LOL!  We were so touched as no one has given US a basket since we were small children.  These wonderful hand painted eggs were in the basket - aren't they pretty?


Then, when my son hid eggs in the yard for an egg hunt - there were some especially for me.  :-D  The kids helped find mine.  Kristi came up with a great idea so the kids each got the same amount - she had the boys draw an egg out of a bag and they had to find the same egg design - footballs and soccer balls, etc.  So each of them got a dozen eggs filled with chocolates, etc.  Those pretty ones below are mine.  :-)



Our surprise baskets.


The boys showing me their bunnies and baskets.  Their mom and dad.. and Dayle's feet.  :-)


Grandpa and his basket of goodies and a bunny.  


Kristi spent hours in the kitchen putting together a snack buffet with a MineCraft theme.  All the boys had fun with this.



After our son Shawn and his family arrived we hunted eggs in the yard.  Mother nature was good to us and it was warm and dry and partly sunny.


The boys and their eggs.. the big boys used their riding helmets for baskets! LOL!


I noticed that the apple blossoms were opening so I had to go take a snapshot.



Such a pretty and fleeting bloom.. 



Forget-Me-Nots are popping out here and there.


Our wild garden of Purple Ajuga, Star-of-Bethlehem and see the tiny Forget-Me-Nots?



Above those flowers my Honeysuckle is beginning to bloom!



And the Pink Rosebud Azalea is beginning it's bloom.


The big floppy Rhododendron.


Our Elder flower is in bloom, too.


Red Azalea.


Want to smell my dark purple Lilac?  :-)



Our Stargazer Lilies are coming up nicely!


And then the boys wanted to ride their dirt bikes and quads so off we went to the pasture to watch them have fun.  Here is Caleb - just turned 6.


Here comes Gabriel down the hill.


Gabe zooms by and the storm clouds are moving closer.


Our four grandsons.. a good bunch of boys.


Our youngest son Travis joins the kids for a photo.


The coming storm.. 


And behind me the blue sky is in retreat.


2 of our pear trees - the one on the right is leafing out lushly.


I felt a raindrop so I headed back to the warmth of the farmhouse - this is our 25 foot tall old-fashioned farm lilac - all the good blooms are way up high!



Dayle roasted our big ham in his smoker/grill leaving the oven to me for my "Classic Bistro Style Gratin French Dauphinoise Potatoes" - I had to wing it as I didn't have quite enough potatoes, but we had enough for the dinner and everyone raved about them.  The obligatory traditional family photo before we dig in.  I raised my glass of ice water in a toast to the day and the family.


I sliced into the ham before I remembered to take a photo of our dinner.  I made sure to watch the asparagus closely, it gets done so fast!


Hayden requested a Black Forest Cake.. with marshmallows.  So, Kristi baked 2 round layers of rich chocolate cake from scratch, cut them in half so there were 3 layers, made a whipped cream frosting, added cherry pie filling to the top and sprinkled mini-marshmallows over it all.  :-)  She then got 5 pints of Haagen Dazs "Black Cherry Amaretto" gelato to serve it with.  Oh yum.. num num.  They put a 6 and 7 shaped candles on top, one for each boy.. we were singing Happy Birthday and Caleb blew both candles out in the middle of the song.. so we had to re-light the candles and start over.  LOL!  Fun times!


Lastly we had them open their presents - they got a LOT of Lego sets!  This should be fun!


Our daughter Amy lives in Ohio and she called us to wish us a happy day and she and her husband sent the boys these HUGE trucks and a plane each.  



We had a VERY busy and happy day full of activities and a wonderful dinner, I hope you had a great weekend, too.  ((hugs)), Teresa :-)