Monday, July 24, 2017

Shell Crochet, Steelhead Salmon and The Resistance

Hello!  Did you have a fun weekend?  We had a very mellow weekend.  Dayle even went fishing with our son Travis and his friend Ernie yesterday.. photos of their catch up next.  But first I wanted to show you my progress on the "Shell on the Half Shell" crochet pattern I wrote up.  I really do love how you can see the shells so clearly.  After the intricate lace pattern of my shawl, this was a pleasure to mindlessly crochet without worrying about making a mistake.  I'm not done yet, but getting close.

I really enjoy using this yarn.  It's Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable yarn, it's soft and acrylic and is self-striping.

I'm already thinking about my next project, which will be for Ernie's new baby they're expecting.  :-)

Each of the guys caught one Steelhead Salmon!  Here is our son Travis.

Ernie used his boat this time.  He's such a good friend for Travis!  They work together at Nabisco in the Engineering Dept.  Their plant makes Ritz Crackers, Premium Saltine Crackers, Chicken-in-a-Biskit, Wheat Thins, Oreos, and Chips Ahoy.

And here is Dayle with his catch!  He said it was a good fighting fish.  He's going to try smoking it in his pellet smoker/BBQ.

I got an email from one of my readers telling me she was curious how one goes about resisting an elected President.  She even googled it to learn about it and shared the link with me.  I read each person's views of what RESIST means to them and it resonated with me.  Please click on this link to learn more.  Thank you, Rachel!

I'm off to swim this afternoon.  What are you up to?  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Barley Twist and Paint Progress

Do you have a collection?  If so.. what is it?  Please share!  I have.. a few.. :-D  Candlesticks.. check.  My daughter Amy sent me the tall barley twist candles a few years ago and I adore them.  I recently saw a photo in one of my Country Living magazines of a table with several different barley twist candlesticks on it and of course I thought.. wouldn't my table look nice with a few more?  Off to eBay and Etsy.. look look.. ooh.. ahh.. bingo, a set of very reasonable price.  They were obviously antique, dirty and dry and a big bunged up.  They arrived yesterday and I set to cleaning one and rubbing it with Howard's Feed-N-Wax made with beeswax, carnauba wax and orange oil.  After cleaning one I thought I'd show you a before and after.

The wood before.. dry and scratched up.

It was so neat to see the wood soak up the oil and wax and shine.. the grain of the wood shone.



Here is what I used on my candlesticks, I also use it for my wood spinning wheels and other wood pieces of furniture.

The painting project continues, this is the front porch.  Our son's friend, who is helping us paint, brought his girlfriend yesterday so 4 of them were working on the house.

I am working on a writing project - my memories of the beginnings of the Friends of Vista House.  I was given a box of old reports I did in the beginning of the project and on the cover of one I did this drawing.  I was happy to have it back and scanned it.  It was fun to see it again.

The pool is open!  I swam on Wednesday and will head back there today.  It felt good to get back into "the swim of things".  :-)  I'm sure my heart will thank me for the exercise.  

I would like to thank you all for your support when I told the story of the man who was threatening to me.  I am okay, but when someone tells you you should be killed.. it does stick in your mind.  But I will not let the poison from that man lessen my fervor to RESIST when I see things happening in our country that will harm the old, the infirm, the poor, the sick and the children.  I will continue to speak out and to do my best to stand up for those who need my support.

What are you up to today?  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Summer Days and Death Threats

The weather here has been.. dare I say.. perfect.  Kristi says that it's supposed to lightly rain tomorrow.  But for now.. it's perfect.  We're still in painting mode so things are askew.. but it's coming along.

Right now Kristi is painting trim.. a LOT of trim.. we have a plethora of the stuff.  :-)

The plants are all in odd places but they don't seem to mind.

The hanging baskets are probably at optimum.. and dress up the paint buckets and ladders.. lol.

The other one that hangs near the pond.

The koi are making short public appearances.  

One of the geraniums that Dayle wintered over in the basement.

The "volunteer" bell flower is happy.

Kristi got this pretty pink flower and I can't remember what it is.. readers?

Now.. something happened yesterday that has me shaken but steadfast in my beliefs.  I have this magnet on the back of my car.  I've had at least one woman mention it and we agreed on the state of America now.  But yesterday I had the opposite reaction.  I was waiting in the car for Dayle to make a bank deposit and a man walked by and glared at me with an ugly face and was saying "Someone needs to kill you".  He kept going, got into his beat-up old red truck and pulled out and stopped in front of me and began shouting at me calling me a fascist and other awful things.  My only reaction was to lay on my car horn right at him and not to stop until he left.  Which I did.  Other people have told me they wouldn't dare to have this bumper sticker on their care due to concerns of people like this.  I understand now why.  But dang it.. I feel strongly about resisting what is going on in Washington DC and will continue to keep this on my car.  What gets me is when I see Trump stickers on people's cars.. it would never occur to me to threaten their life and call them names.  What is with people?

So.. in other news.. the pool is open and I'm heading there soon.  Yay!!  What are you up to this fine middle day of the week?  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Tablescape and More Paint

I found a new tablecloth.. fell in love with it.. had to have it.  It kind of goes along with my newfound love of PINK.  It popped up on Amazon.. you know how that goes.  I loved the watercolor quality of the print and the color.. oh yum.  

Can you spot the photo-bomber?  The furry one?  He's never far away from my feet.  Kristi is hand painting the white trim off the back deck.  I'll be glad when the blue tape is off the back door.  :-)

I envisioned a bouquet of on the table, so I found my purple glass pitcher and Kristi cut me a bunch of purple Hydrangeas to arrange in it.

I had to show you a miraculous thing.. I had a pot of green and a pot of red/purple shamrocks in our den and they were *not* doing well.  So.. I put them on the back deck to fend for themselves.  I am aMAZed at how happy they are outside!

There never was more than a few leaves on this one and look at it now?  And the flowers are pink!

And the old green one I've had for EVER.. in fact my Mom gave me the tubers a long. time. ago.  And look at it.. so lush and thick and happy!  This makes me so pleased.

I found a recipe for key lime pie while browsing the internet and Kristi got all the ingredients and made it for us the other night.  It was yummy!

Travis painted all day yesterday.  Kristi painted white trim and he spray painted the underside of my carport white and the underside of the front porch and other trim on the front porch.  

He also painted the side of the garage where the chicken house is attached.. that must have been a challenge.  Next we have to pull off all that moss off the top of the chicken run roof.  And the barn roof, too.  Such are the chores when you have a lot of buildings!

The Crocosmia is in it's glory.

I had to show you this photo taken by a local photographer of the Vista House with Aurora Borealis lights in the sky.

We have a lovely sunny warm day here.  I so love summer!  What plans do you have for the week?  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Friday, July 14, 2017

Painting in Progress

We're a work in progress around here!  We are half-painted or less.  But it's looking good!  Kristi has been helping with the project by taping off things and also some painting.  We are also going to paint the railings white on the deck which I think will look so pretty!

We picked a paint with some sheen to it and I love how it shines.

There's some overspray of red on the white trim, but that will get new paint soon, too.

The garage-barn is getting it's new coat of color.. I'm so happy with it!  That is my carport there on the right.

We might need a second coat on the face of this building as it looks a bit light in places.

Our little garden shed looks so cute now!  That is the wood shed behind it.

I will be calling the pool in a bit to see if it's open and warmed up, they did a complete remodel of the LA Fitness location where I swim and it will be fun to see what they did, plus I need to get back "in the swim of things"!  I hope you have a fun weekend!!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Lunch Out and Before Photos of the Farmhouse

My friend Gracie and I had lunch together on Monday.  We both wore our newly finished shawls.  Gracie made one using the yarn I used for the Ruby shawl.. doesn't it look wonderful on her?  I'm enjoying wearing my pink and muted brights on my Sunday Shawl.  We had a nice long chat over lunch before she heads off for a very long road trip to see family.

We both had the crab salad and, oh my, was it good!

The guys have put a primer coat of paint on the areas that need it.

The "before" photos! :-)

The garden shed is getting painted right now.

The face of the garage-barn was really dried up so our son Travis scraped it and they put a primer coat all over it.

The end of the house -- "before".

The front.  Yes, the xmas lights need to come down.  LOL!

Meet Lee, our painter!  He worked with Travis at The Oregonian newspaper for years in the press room.

This is a fuzzy shot but I love the bright red cherries on the wild cherry tree.. the birds love them!

The red Crocosmia is blooming.. I adore this plant and it reminds me of the beach where they grow them a lot.

Talk about RED!

I'd given this bracelet to Gracie for her birthday and on Monday I noted she wasn't wearing it.. she showed me that it was broken so I offered to re-string it with soldered jump rings.  Our blog friend Meredith had sent me some bead supplies not long ago when she decided she wasn't going to use them any longer.  So, I told her I'd share with Gracie.  I went through her supplies and found the soldered rings and also two very special beads to add to Gracie's bracelet, the cute little owl beads.  I texted a photo to Gracie and she said the owls reminded her of Meredith's love of feathers and was happy to have something of Mere on the bracelet too.  :-)

Aren't these wonderful owl beads?  Thanks, Meredith for your gift to me and to Gracie.

The garden shed has some red on it now.. and Hayden got to help paint as far as he could reach.  :-)  I love it!

The next post on Friday I should have some more photos of red buildings.. with white trim!  How is your week going?  ((hugs)), Teresa :-)