Friday, September 23, 2016

Cozying In

Hello my friends.  Well.. one more summer done and dusted.  Fall is here.  It's rainy, grey and chilly here now.  We have the heat on and are cozy in our little old farmhouse.  On Wednesday it was still nice and Gracie and I went to the hot springs to swim.  We had lunch at Big T's and then went to the park to look for black acorns.  I found a beauty!  I found two more smaller ones with no caps, too.  I picked up a fallen twig with a few leaves on it and laid the prize acorn on top of the russet gold leaves.  Oh pretty.


Big T's sits on a hillside and there are California Poppies there.. *snap*


Nothing says Autumn like brown leaves and acorns, does it?


The American Empress was at the dock again.  I wonder if it runs all year or goes into dry dock in the winter?  I'll have to check.


Sun pennies on the river.. not many sparkles during the next few seasons.  :-(


I volunteered at Multnomah Falls with Shirley yesterday.  I took my knitting.  It's really neat how many people ask me what I'm doing.  I have fun having them touch the cotton I'm using.  To those who were knitters I'd show them my faux tortoise shell knitting needles that I use.  I have a nice collection of them - I get them on eBay from Australia where they obviously used to be quite popular.  My blog friend Wendy from there even sent me a few sets of needles that her mother gave her.  Wasn't that sweet!?


You should keep an eye out for some needles like this.. you can find them in antique stores or vintage thrift shops.  They are flexible and feel great to the touch.


Remember the baby hat I made for a young friend of mine?  Emily took a photo of her darling little baby girl Lynden and posted it on Facebook for me to see.  Isnt' she cute?  She has a handsome older brother and they look a lot alike.  Sweet family.


The Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival is on tomorrow.. I hope we might go visit.  Do you have any fun weekend plans?  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Cue the Orange, Pumpkins Stage Left

I'm not much of a fan of the color orange.. until Autumn.. then all of the sudden I crave seeing the color orange, and rust.. browns and olive greens.. yellow.  Our old Fall wreath had gotten a little.. well.. sparse.  So, yesterday was one of those great free days, so I asked Dayle if he'd take me out to lunch and to Pier 1 Imports to buy a couple of birthday gifts for a party next week.  I didn't tell him right away that I was also looking for a new wreath.. :-)  I told him I needed him to help me pick out the very best one.  Look what we found?  What do you think?  It even has little battery operated lights in it!


Here it is all hung on the back door and the lights are shining.


And of course.. my collection of pumpkins took center stage.  Blown glass ones, handmade velvet ones.. and the three crocheted ones I've made.  


I got the velvet pumpkins off of Etsy and adore them.  


I have a couple Indian corn cobs that last forEVER and use them each year.


How about we step out on the deck for some fresh Autumn air?  Our Dahlia that has orange and white flowers gave us an all white bloom.. isn't it pretty?


My succulent basket has been a total joy all summer.. now to see how to winter it over.. I am guessing it will come inside.  See the sand dollars?  Kristi found all of them on the beach when they were on their anniversary trip.  She has cleaned them all and has them outside to dry in the sun.  She's been thinking of ways to use them.  Sand dollar wreath?  Why not!  :-)


Quite the beachcombers haul.. eh?


Our pond and waterfall garden is still looking lush.. I've been thrilled with the King Tut Papyrus that I got last Spring.. 


Look how tall it is!!  It obviously loves sitting in the stream.


The huge Pin Oak by our house is just starting to turn color on selected branches.. soon the whole thing will be flaming red-orange.  There is something bittersweet about how the light changes in the Autumn when the sun begins slanting from a different angle.


Sometimes our driveway looks like a used car lot.. :-)  Travis and Kristi are unloading some things out of the truck as Dayle, Travis and his work buddy and his boss are going fishing in our boat this afternoon.  


One of our yellow little cherry tomatoes is ready to eat.  It's name is "Sun Sugar".


Kristi brought home some carved turtles that her parents had gotten in Hawaii, this is the mother and baby.  The dad one is in the living room on the coffee table.  The boys and I oiled this one with mineral oil, isn't it neat?


Kristi snapped a shot of Simba as he enjoyed sitting with her on the deck in my old rattan chair.  :-)  


Just FYI - all the photos in this post were taken with my iPhone 6S, except Kristi's which was done on her phone.  I'm curious to see how well the photos are from the new iPhone 7!  :-)  I'm off to the hot springs to swim soon with Gracie.  Maybe some acorn hunting too.  :-)  What are you up to today?  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Monday, September 19, 2016

6 Years of Blogging and a Trip to Kahneeta

Hello my friends!  I've been blogging for 6 years now!  And interestingly my first blog post was about a trip to Kahneeta.  :-)  I've enjoyed blogging.. to be honest it's gotten me out and about more.. taking more photos.. keeping a virtual journal.  I can't tell you how many times I google something to find it on my blog.. it's been nice to go back and see what happened in the past.  I will tell you that the absolute BEST part of blogging has been making friends around the country and even around the world.  How amazing is that?  Pretty AWESOME!  

This is my 1006th post!  20,000 published comments over the years.  Almost 1,000,000 page-views in 6 years.  About 600 page-views a day.  Those are the stats.. but to me the greatest part is that I've made real-time friends locally that meet me for lunch, one friend that I swim with 3 times a week, friends from out of town that have visited me while I volunteer at the falls.  I've talked to my fellow bloggers on the phone, I text them.. we share our lives with each other.  

Now.. back to regular programming :-)  On Friday Dayle and I and our two grandsons headed up the Columbia River to Hood River, took a right and headed up towards Mt. Hood beside the Hood River.. got to the top of the road and look a left and headed to Kahneeta.  This was a shot we took of Mt. Hood on the way up, I pulled over by a farm that grew flowers and fruit.


When we drove through Simnasho on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, Caleb spotted a small herd of horses on the side of the road.  They roam free here with is so fun to see, but you have to watch out while you're driving!



Every year I take a photo of the old church there when we drive to swim in the hot springs pool.  I so wish someone would restore this church before it's too late.



We arrived at the pool and I took my waterproof Lumix in with me.. :-)  The boys are now old enough to go down the water slide and tube.. Caleb must have gone down the green tube 15 times!


There are 3 sections of the pool.. the shallow end for kids, the middle part where older kids can swim and use the slides and a lovely deep end where swimmers can lap swim.  I would do a lap, come back and check on Dayle and the boys, then do another lap, etc.



They're doing very good swimming now after lessons this summer, I hope they keep going until they're very proficient.



And here's Grandpa with the boys.



When I was taking photos of the boys I heard a cute little voice say "Take a picture of ME!".. the lifeguard posed for me.. so sweet.  Kahneeta is great as it provides jobs for the young people that live on the reservation and are part of the tribe of Warm Springs Indians.  


One of my favorite parts of the pool is the 3 bears fountains where water shoots out of the mouth of the salmon each bear holds.  :-)  As a swimmer who mostly swims in indoor pools, this one with the desert hills as a backdrop is pure delight for me.  Birds flew low over the pool.. this one had a brilliant blue undersides.. so beautiful.  The fresh breezes.. the sun.. total joy.


Do you know how hard it is to capture a photo of a boy shooting out of a water tube?  Do you see Caleb?  He seems to have come out sideways.  LOL!


There is Hayden.  What, you can't see him?  :-)


After our swim and shower we drove around the teepee camping area to get some photos of the gorgeous tents.. each is hand-painted.. they are for rent for people to stay in.  Very neat.


The horses on this one are reminiscent of petroglyphs found on rocks in the Columbia River Gorge.


Aren't they beautiful?



When leaving the Kahneeta Pool area, you pass over this beautiful river.


Kahneeta is in a canyon and as you drive away you pass by these amazing rock formations with caves in them.  



Aren't these something?


Just a ways past that rock we spotted a small herd of horses, this paint horse is gorgeous.



Three bay horses and a fabulous dun Mustang.



I adore the paint horses.. also called pinto ponies.. 


There is a viewpoint as you come out of the canyon with a great view of the desert countryside and mesas.  The dirt is red.


Mt. Jefferson is South of Kahneeta and I always try to snap a photo of it when we're heading home.  


Here it is from the roadside with yellow wildflowers, sagebrush and the desert landscape.. and mountain.


We came across another band of horses and I LOVE this leopard spotted Appaloosa.


We saw several foals in all the herds which is neat.  Love that Pinto one.


Which is your favorite color of horse?


I hope you enjoyed going along with us on this trip to the big blue pool.  :-)  I think I will do some fall decorating today.  What are you up to?  Thanks for visiting.  Have a super week.  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Two Days on the River

On Wednesday Gracie and I headed up the Columbia River Gorge for lunch at Big T's and then on to swim in the hot springs pool.  After lunch we drove down for a quick view of the river from the boat launch park at Stevenson.  Such a calming view.


I love looking across the river to the massive craggy cliffs of Oregon.


Then on to Bob's Beach to watch the windsurfers and kite surfers - and to look for black acorns.  :-)  They've recently installed a lovely bench in the park where you can watch the river flow by and the surfers fly by.  I loved seeing the sun pennies on the water.. a favorite thing of mine.


This guy was coming in to shore.. 


A kite surfer.. 


The park, the oak trees, the river and surfers having fun.


A few more acorns for my collection.


I love the colorful sails.



Then heading on to the pool.. the maple leaves are turning.. fall is coming.. 


I love the long wall at the hot springs where water flows over.. 


It was pretty crowded when we got there but slowly we got more of the pool to ourselves.. :-)  A good hour of lap swimming.. then home to fresh-caught salmon dinner with homegrown zucchini.  :-P


Yesterday after the boys got home from school we all hopped in the truck and hauled our C-Dory to Cascade Locks to launch for an afternoon/evening cruise.  The boy's friend Ayden joined us and spent the night at the farm.  Here we are cruising along under the Bridge of the Gods.


Dayle and I got to sit in the open cockpit of the boat on folding chairs and the fresh air, sunshine and the scenery was wonderful.  


We tied up at the same boat launch I pictured at the top of this post at Stevenson for the boys to swim, they had fun jumping off the dock.


They'd jump off the dock, swim to shore, walk up to the ramp and back to the dock and jump in again.. :-)


Boys.  



Kristi packed us a picnic dinner of sub sandwiches, potato salad, chips, grapes and drinks - and chocolate bars for dessert.  They dried the boys, put them in dry clothes and we all had dinner on the dock.  Then we cast off and headed back to Cascade Locks.. the golden sun was shining on the mountains as we zoomed by.



Wind Mountain and behind it Dog Mountain.


Something told me to stand up and look at the scenery and boom.. there was the Sternwheeler Columbia Gorge!  



How fun to see the sternwheeler!


Wave wave!


We are now packing up to take the boys to Kahneeta Hot Springs for an afternoon swim.  There's an old saying.. "make hay while the sun shines" and summer is leaving us rapidly.  I hope you're grabbing the sun while it's still here.  ((hugs)), Teresa :-)