Thursday, July 24, 2014

Blooms, Boys on Bikes and a Birthday

Hi there.. thanks for stopping by!  We had a busy day yesterday, I joined Gracie in the pool for a swim, then came home just after our older son, Shawn, and his family arrived.  Everyone was outside filling gas tanks and gearing up for some motorcycle and little 4-wheeler riding and some zooming about was happening.  I snapped a few photos of my Stargazer Lilies as I was taking my swim gear into the house.


These are right up there in my top 5 favorite flowers, they are so vibrant in color, exotic and the aroma is aMAYzing!  


It had rained earlier and there were water droplets on the blooms.


See?


I lost all my "hardy" fuchsias - but this one - the others were in pots and this one was in the ground.  We had a hard freeze with snow, then nice weather where things began to grow and then another ice storm where everything was coated with ice for about a week.  That is when I lost all my young potted roses and hardy fuchsias.  It was nice to see this one survived.


I went down into the pasture to see the boys riding and saw how well the pear trees are doing this summer.  This one has a nice blush of color on it.


What a full tree of pears!


Shawn gave the little guys his boy's old quad (4 wheeled motor ATV - All Terrain Vehicle).  Here is one happy 5 year old - Caleb.  They have the speed control set at a learner's pace.


A shot of the 2 pear trees, the barn and Shawn and Beth's truck, Grandpa sitting next to the truck watching the boys zoom around.


I also walked over to our 3rd pear tree and it was also covered with pears.


I think we have Bosc and Anjou pears.


The boys are so lucky that we have a nice big property where they can zoom about on their cycles.  There is a whole upper pasture that is part of their track, too.  


Of course Grandma asked for them all to pose for a photo.  Look who is making sure he's front and center?  :-)


Here is the birthday boy - Gabriel - who turned 10 years of age last Sunday.  When he came home his parents surprised him with a new "dirt bike" and this was his maiden voyage.  Under that helmet and safety goggles is a boy with a big smile!


Here is Hayden.  Some background - last year on a quad riding trip to the dunes, Hayden had a bit of an accident and hit a tree and hurt his chin - an abrasion from the strap.  This is the first time for the quad to be available to be ridden since then and Hayden was apprehensive.  Finally, Grandpa encouraged him to try again, and it took some talking, but finally he did it and he was very happy!


When he got off to give Caleb a turn, I caught his victorious moment.. his roar of happiness.  How cute is this?  A 6 year old, conquering his fears.


Boys having fun.  5 years old.  Amazing.


Here is the cake for Gabe.  A dirt bike track.. the cake itself was delicious, light yellow cake, fluffy filling with a layer of raspberry jam.  


Happy Birthday to you.. happy birthday to you.. happy birthday dear Gabriel, happy birthday to you!


We took everyone to Chinese dinner and they let us bring the cake in for dessert.  All in all a very good day.  Do you have any fun weekend plans?  We are footloose and fancy free, no idea what kind of mischief we can get into.. yet.  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Ladies Lunch, Antiques and a Chocolatier

Hello my friends!  How are you doing?  Thanks for stopping in to visit!  I had such a good day!  I met my sisters Roberta and Denise and friend Shirley for lunch at "Gramma's Corner" in Milwaukie, OR, near my sister Roberta's house.  Everything is home-cooked and delicious.  We enjoyed our meal and chatted away and shared photos and generally had a good lunch together.  Roberta said there were two good antique shops right next door, so that was the next stop.  The first one was amazing with lots of great things and good prices and also lots of discounts!  I found this vintage enameled strainer at a fair price and had to have it as I've wanted one for years and this color is the one I love.  AND it's very useable!  


Another vintage item that I needed is this juicer or reamer made of "Vaseline" glass which glows.  


Another find was this framed print that was $10 and I got it for $7.00!  I'd been looking for one like this for years.  My Grandma had one and it hung on my Aunt Eva's wall after Grandma passed away.  I totally coveted it.  So, finally I found one with bright colors and a reasonable price and it's now hanging next to my antique oak china cabinet.  ::happy sigh::


My friend Shirley found a butter dish that she'd been looking for for years, and it was a good price AND it was 50% off!  She was over the moon!  She also got the sugar, creamer and salt & pepper.  They were for her husband's anniversary gift.. ahem.. :-)


I got a kick out of these little Cupie Dolls.


This crocheted doily caught my eye.. just $5!


We then crossed the street to this other antique mall and in the back is an old soda fountain.. I remember these so well from my childhood in McMinnville, Oregon.


Of course I had to sit on this stool.. once occupied by my favorite US President - John F. Kennedy.


And look at those four cute "vintage" ladies.


I told the "soda jerk" lady that I was going to put a photo of my chocolate coke soda on my blog so she made it just so.. but by the time I got my iPhone ready for a photo some foam was sliding down the side.  It was good!



After the two antique shops we were getting tired out and then.. I spied... a shop across the street... and it said.. "CHOCOLATIER'.. so I peeked in the window and said.. We HAVE to go in there!  What a fun place!


There was every kind of candy imaginable!


I got 2 bags of popcorn for the family and then I asked the salesgirl which chocolates she recommended and she said.. "salted caramel and mint meltaway".. of which I ordered one (or two) of each.  For research!  To see if it's any good!  Don't judge!  :-)



Near the entrance, a nice big shop!


I want to take the boys here!


I think I need a tall glass jar full of pretty candy.


The popcorn I brought home for the family.. Dayle loves popcorn!


These are mine.. don't tell Dayle or the kids.. :-)


Dayle filled the goldfinch feeder.... here is a cute little guy having lunch.


My waterproof camera is ready to go to Waldo Lake.  We leave in 2 weeks.  :-)



So.. tomorrow our older son and his family are coming over to ride some quads here and we're going to celebrate Gabe's birthday and BBQ some hot dogs and I'm going to make a macaroni salad and baked beans.. more summer food.  I'm not tired of it yet! :-)  

What is your favorite summer food?  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Lazy Weekend

Life has been busy lately.  Trying to make the most out of summer can be exhausting.  :-)  So we have been just hanging out, our older son came to visit yesterday and we just chatted away.  Today I went out for a walk in the garden to see how everything is doing.  Our huge stems of Stargazer Lilies have begun to bloom from the bottom up.  


It's cloudy today and that's just fine.. we've had too high of temperatures lately and this feels good.  Doors and windows open and it's only 66 deg. out.  :-)


We had something sad happen yesterday.  Our hens stick their head out of their safe enclosure to nibble on the green grass outside the pen... and something, and I think it was probably one of the skunks that live in our woodshed.. grabbed it by the head and tried to pull it and killed my dear Betsy Ross, the Ameracauna who laid aqua eggs.  ::sigh::  Dayle is going to line all around the edge of the pen with a finer grade wire so they can't stick their heads out.  Dang predators.  RIP Betsy Ross.


While we were at Coastal Farm and Garden shop the other day we picked up a couple of hanging baskets of cherry tomatoes.  Whoever is in charge of their garden area is incompetent and they baskets were shriveled up.  We got them for a good prices and Dayle is keeping them watered.  


It looks like a used car lot around here.. :-)



The blackberries are beginning to ripen.. I ate this one after I took the photo and ::cringe:: it was sour!  


The Lantana (3 color varieties) continues to be an eye pleaser.


The pastel one.. love love.  I think these colors would make a wonderful crocheted project!


I have a miniature rose from last summer.. during our early summer weather it was all bushy and green.. then we had the freezing weather and then the heat spells and it wasn't looking good at all.  It's coming back now with 2 little flowers.. hope it does ok.


I love how hydrangeas last so long.. a great flower, don't you think?


Dayle's geraniums that he's babied and wintered over for years and years are having their best year as it's been warm and sunny for a long time now.



Had to show you how the "Nodding Violet" aka Streptocarpella keeps on blooming.  The leaves are fuzzy and succulent like an African Violet.


Our Hummingbird population has quadrupled from the 2 that wintered over here.  The local ones are not happy with the intruders and they squawk and chitter at each other and chase each other away.  Dayle hung up a new feeder today with bee guards - so they have two.  We might hang another one up too.


A pretty bi-colored geranium.


The Tuberous Begonia is blooming.. another of D's "babies".



He also wintered over this Begonia Boliviensis "Bonfire" - we were both pretty amazed it made it through and has done so well!  He puts a shelf on the landing down to the basement where there is a glass door and put them all on the shelf and doesn't even water them and they winter over.  Amazing.


Bright red geranium.


The deck needs some tidying up.. but not today.  


Today is Kristi's 32nd birthday today!  Travis got her a melamine set of dishes with VW buses all around the rim!


Her sister gave her the bus shaped toiletry bag and Travis also got her a set of silverware with buses on the handles and I gave her the metal bus sculpture with a surfboard, cooler and float ring on the top.  She was a happy girl!



I offered to bake Kristi a birthday cake, but she said with how hot it's been they'd pick up a cake when they went to town last evening.  Travis picked this one out and oh.my.goodness.. it was tasty.


We're all going out to Chinese dinner to celebrate further.  Right now Dayle is washing and waxing our trailer for our trip to Waldo Lake so it's ready to go in 2 weeks.  I've been working on the lists in preparation to the shopping right before we leave.  :-)

How was your weekend?  ((hugs)), Teresa :-)