Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Birthday Party and Last Day at the Beach

We made it home.. safely.. almost.  More on that in a bit.  First I want to show you the lovely birthday party that Kristi put on for Dayle!  Here's the carrot cake and yes.. that is how old he is.  :-)

Happy Birthday to you o/~

Grandpa and his beloved grandsons.  :-)  Thank you, Kristi and Travis for the nice party - you're such good kids!  We appreciate you!  Our daughter Amy and our two granddaughters in Ohio called and sang Happy Birthday to him and our son in California wished him HB on Facebook.  :-)  And he wants to thank you, dear readers, for your birthday wishes.  You're so sweet!  

And so.. we did have a casualty on the way home from the beach.  :-(  MY NEW PHONE!  WAHHH!!  I was trying to take a photo of the deep forest we were driving through for YOU to see.. and rolled down the window and the phone was plugged in to the charger and I was trying to get a photo and the side view mirror was in the way so I raised it up and WHOOOOOSH.. the wind grabbed it and out the window it flew.. while we were driving 60 mph!  EEEK!  So, Dayle quickly pulled over and then we did a U-turn.. all 60+ feet of truck and trailer.. and then drove back to another wide spot in the road where he did ANOTHER U-turn where we thought it might have landed.  I stayed with the truck and dog while Dayle went walking back to find it.. he did.. and brought it to show me.  Aww shoot.  So, I called Verizon on D's phone and checked to see if it was covered and thankfully Dayle had bought the insurance policy on our phones.. they emailed me directions for putting in a claim which I did after arriving home and apparently my new phone is in Memphis, Tennessee waiting to be loaded onto a jet and is supposedly to be delivered to me before 4 pm today.  Amazing, huh?

Now.. to backtrack a bit.  I thought I'd share with you our last day at the beach.  I happily was crocheting away on the little blanket and Buddy was on my lap.. I thought this was a cute image.

We tried a new restaurant -- well it's not new but we'd never tried it -- Blackfish Cafe.  It was fun, a VERY nice hostess chatted with us and gave us a nice booth.. she commented on my candy corn glass earrings.. the food was okay, but we're not sure we'll go back.  Afterwards we stopped into a candy store that we'd never visited.. and bought a bag of saltwater taffy for Kristi.  They make it all right there.

We then stopped at a glass blowing shop.. I LOVE these handblown glass tumblers.. but guess how much EACH one was?  $55!  Oh sure.. I think I'll buy a dozen.. right?  But I'm in love with the pink and lime ones.

I enjoyed all the colors in these glass floats made there.  Which one would you pick if you could have any of these you wanted?

This was was eye catching!

Here are where the glass kilns are.. you can actually pay to do one yourself.. but maybe someday.

I supported the local economy by purchasing this cute little pumpkin to bring home and add to my little collection.

We pulled out in a viewpoint at Taft and I zoomed in to see if I could get a last shot of the seals out on the spit.. a small group was there.

And a shot of the calm of Siletz Bay and across the spit to the wild and wooly ocean waves.

Running the lens back in.. the island of 3 rocks, the spit and ocean.

Our last day started out with grey and rain and then slowly cleared off for our adventuring.. we got some neat shots of our last sunset.. 

So pretty.. 

We don't really see the sunsets from our house.. so I must say.. I adore the sunsets we get to see when we're at the beach in our cozy caravan.

Dayle took my phone (before I killed it) and got some shots of the ocean as the waves were really crashing away.

Roar and crash.. boom.. 

I will close with this lovely shot I got from the door of the trailer.  Love the peach and blue and gold.

So.. I'm waiting for the UPS truck and doing some catch up things.. what are YOU up to today?  Oh.. we're doing our vote by mail ballots today.. be sure and get out and VOTE!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Out and About at the Beach

We sure have been enjoying our week here at the beach.  Dayle takes Buddy out for a walk occasionally.. this fur kid of ours loves the great smells here.  :-)  This photo really shows how close the ocean is to us.  NOTE:  We had no more leaks in the trailer once we re-positioned it using a few boards under the wheels on the lower side.  :-)

I waved at Dayle from the door and he snapped this photo of our truck and trailer.  There is only one space below us before it's oceanside.  I sure wish the person below us had a smaller rig!  This guy is huge, backs in and raises his satellite dish and there goes our view.  LOL!

Our day goes like this.. up at 9 am-ish.. coffee and a roll for breakfast.. watch The View while checking our email or me blogging like I am right now.  We then relax and chat or I crochet or play Scrabble or Words with Friends.. la la la.  Then at around 2 pm we head out to find a nice lunch somewhere.  As we pull out I snap a photo of the ocean.  :-)

We had lunch at Georgie's Grill again in Newport and then drove down to the Historic Bay Front which is a working fishery with fishing boats and fish and shrimp packing plants on the water.  Dayle walked down to get a photo of the sea lions that hang out there for me while I stayed in the truck with Buddy.  You can hear these guys ORK ORKING from all over the bay front area.

This one was waving at him.  :-)

He snapped a shot of the Yaquina Bay Bridge from where he was by the sea lions.

This is the bridge from the fishing boat marina.. a favorite place for me to take a photo.  We had our sailboat Stargazer in the Embarcadero Marina - just inland from this area - one summer and we sailed her out under the bridge into the big blue Pacific.. one of my favorite memories.  

I adore the fishing boats.  

The crab pots stacked up ready for the crab fishermen to take out.  

This Pampas grass plant was in full bloom.. oh how I love these.

Then we come home from our adventure of the day to relax.. do the same things as mentioned above.. watch tv until after the 11 pm news and head to bed.  SUCH a taxing schedule.. however do we manage?  :-)  The next day we arise and repeat.. this is us heading out on Saturday.  

Saturday was to be a very fair day, no rain and some sun.  I love this shot of the sun reflecting on the ocean and the beach.

We lunched at Kyllo's restaurant - and we both had the tenderloin steak and oh my goodness.. they do a mighty fine job at the grill.  Served with fluffy garlic whipped potatoes and perfectly cooked veggies.  OH yes.  

I may or may not have told the hostess that I was a food blogger.. :-).. and we were given a fabulous comfy booth with a wonderful view of the D River, the worlds shortest river, and the ocean.

On our way south back to our trailer I asked Dayle to pull in at this antique shop that used to have a nice collection of glass fishing floats.. they didn't have them any longer but they had this clever Halloween display set up in a corner.  :-)

They had a really impressive display of antique bottles and jars.

And a really neat display of Vaseline glass all lit up under a black light.  These are the same kinds of dishes that Kristi brought home from her grandmother's house.

Then back to the trailer for more relaxation and crochet and watching the dog watch the ocean.  :-)  Do you wish you were here with us?

I'm starting a blanket of my own design of shell stitches.  I just LOVE how this yarn is working up in the project.. it's the Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable line.

This is how far I am so far.  I will need to buy one more skein to finish this.

Do these colors speak to you?  They sure do sing to me.

I did some housekeeping and tidying so I could take some photos of our cozy home on wheels.  The lounge, dining area and kitchen.  

The dining room... I put on this autumn colored woven tablecloth when we're here in October and I brought my favorite candlesticks that my daughter Amy gave me and a few Halloween decorations from my collection.

A stack of ceramic pumpkins that holds a tea light candle.. a funny cat in a hat in a dress and my little witch.

Our comfy bed.

The sink and shower in our bedroom.  The loo is enclosed behind a door which is nice.

Our lunch destination yesterday was another place I'd been wanting to try - the Wildflower Cafe.  It's just north of Lincoln City inside a darling old beachy house.

We were seated in a lovely glassed in room on the back with this view of the river there.. a large group of Mallard ducks were paddling around down there and a Great Blue Heron swooped in, landed on a branch for a bit until it's mate flew low over the water and kept going so it took off to follow with great flapping of wings and long legs hanging down.. floop floop.. 

We both ordered the fresh dungeness crab salad.. nummers.

On our way out of the cafe I enjoyed a bush full of blue Hydrangea blooms.

We did some adventuring.. driving down Road's End area to the park there and looking at the houses along the beach.  Then home.. for more hanging out and listening to the roar of the ocean and the crash of the waves right outside.  :-)

And a nice sunset photo to end my post for the day.  :-)

Today is our last full day here.. tomorrow is Dayle's birthday and we'll be packing up and driving home.  We'll celebrate his special day with the family at home.. I think Kristi might be baking a special cake for him.  :-)  Thanks for visiting my blog this week, I hope you've enjoyed seeing the magnificent Oregon Coast.  ((hugs)), Teresa :-)