Thursday, June 13, 2013

500th Blog Post!!

I am happy to celebrate my 500th blog post in 2 1/2 years of blogging!  I have really enjoyed it - and the BEST part EVER is meeting YOU!!  Thanks for being a part of my life. :-)

It took 2 days and mostly 2 people - but the gazebo is done. Dayle and Kristi, our DIL, did most of it with some help from our 2 boys, Travis and Shawn on the finishing part.  I am really not sure what to call it, the manufacturer called it a "trellis".  And it's not a true gazebo, and it's kind of a pergola. I thought of "dining pavilion".. lol!  But I like the sound of gazebo.. I don't know what to call it.  What do you think?  Now.. I had wanted to "stage" it for the photos, but mother nature decided to rain on our parade, so here it is without a tablecloth, or crocheted throws and pillow.. without the lantern or faerie lights.  Maybe I can do that when the sun shines again.
We are going to plant those Jasmine plants in pretty pots and train it to climb up the trellis'.  It frames up the waterfall and pond nicely. 
I definitely want some more colorful chair cushions.. these are drab and grey and worn. 
Looking south to the barn and our mossy garage and shed.   
Rain, rain, go away.  
Remember I told you about the lady in my "We Love Lucy II" group that is battling cancer - and that another lady in our group organized us all to make some granny squares to send to her so she could sew them together for a blanket for her?  We also were supposed to take a photo of our squares in front of a local landmark - so here is my photo with the Columbia River Gorge behind them. :-)  (You can join the Facebook group by clicking on the link on my blog - top right.)
On Monday when Kristi and my son Travis were visiting and helping us out around the farm, I asked Caleb if he'd like grandma to trim his curls a bit, they were in his eyes and he said yes.  I got permission from Kristi and I got my scissors and brush and got busy.  He *loves* his curls, so I was a bit nervous, hoping I would do a good job.  I must confess, that after I'd done the trim, I was worried I'd messed up... so I whisked him into the house and we washed his hair in the sink and I was SOOOOOOOOO relieved to see it all curled right back up.  ::WHEW::  Then I trimmed Hayden's hair on his neck and ears and he looked very nice too.  Here are my blurry, wiggle-y, hard to photograph little darlings.  I showed Caleb the photo and told him his hair was blue.. lol!  He said it was the tv, grandma!
They love each other and giggle and wrestle and hug and tumble and are so cute.
Today I am heading off to volunteer at Multnomah Falls with Shirley.  Denise is ill with a cold.  She just got back from Ashland, OR where they watched 6 plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  Next month they had to Russia!!  Also next month my daughter and 2 granddaughters are visiting for 10 days!  Woohoo!  I hope you have a fun weekend planned.  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 


  1. I think I'd call it a pergola, maybe a gazebo! Whatever it's called, it looks really nice. Maybe you need to crochet some new covers for those chairs. Haha, I don't know if that would hold up to the weather though. But you could sew new covers, if you can find the outdoor fabric on sale, it wouldn't be too hard to make sort of sleeve-like covers you could slip over the old ones to brighten the chairs up. You give good haircuts! The boys look great. What a versatile grandma you are! :)

  2. Love your new pergola! And all the green moist lushness that is yours - so jealous here! You will have many wonderful times in your new outdoor space.

  3. Whoo-eee!!! 500 posts! That's wonderful Teresa!

    I love, love, love your GAZEBO. I like gazebo. Of course you can name it whatever you like. :-) It's so perfect in your backyard.

    Somehow I missed the posts on facebook about the squares. Can you text me with the details when you get a chance?

    The boys look so cute together and you did an outstanding job on the haircuts too. How great that they get along so well. And you'll see your grandgirls soon. Yippee! I know that has you waiting with bated breath.

    Have a lovely time at the "Falls" Teresa. I'm so blessed to have you as a friend.


  4. Happy 500th post. That is awesome.

    Thank you for sharing your life with us, I love reading your blog. Your photos are always works of art.

    Blessings always

  5. I love visiting here and get so much joy out of your photos! The gazebo looks great and you are going to get so much fun out of it! You grandchildren are so cute. :)

  6. I'm loving your gazebo/pergola/dining pavilion! Looks perfect.

  7. I love the new trellis, it is going to be so beautiful to sit underneath it and eat a meal. The little boys look adorable with their hair cuts, well done Grandma.
    Hugs to you and hooray about your daughter and grandgirls coming for 10 whole days!

  8. Your gazebo is gorgeous all on its own, but I know you will have it looking even better as time goes by. I can see all kinds of plants and flowers and other bits of color (some bright pillows maybe?)to liven the joint up. I think the neutral, plain furniture is a good choice. Gives you more opportunity for splashes of this or that color.

    Happy 500th post! Congrats! So glad I've gotten to know you and your family through your blog...and I've gotten to see beautiful bits of Oregon too. I'd never have known what I was missing! Love and hugs. Would love to look you in the eyes some day and kiss your cheek.

  9. Trellis is gorgeous. Enjoy your beautiful family. Happy 500 post!

  10. Hello Teresa, it has been 7 weeks since I have been visiting anyone. I was without my internet and ended one contract and now have another provider, so back to the blogs I come and as usual I see plenty of lovely things right here on your posts. I love the new structure on the deck. I think it looks wonderful and like anything it will take some time to get use to being part of your landscape. I am sure when you finish dressing it up it will be something you will spend a lot of time admiring. It should be a fun spot for out door dining and just a great gathering place. I checked back and saw all the beautiful flowers you shared and I am thinking you have pretty green thumbs. Your beading is another sweet talent. I wore one of the pairs of earrings I got from you and received several nice compliments :)
    As always, Susanne ♥

  11. Congrats on 500! Your new gazebo (?) is looking fabulous and a great spot to get out of the rain :)


  12. Hi, Teresa! Your gazebo looks wonderful in rainy weather. It will be so good to sit there with your family, chit chat and have a tasty meal. Very happy for you!
    Your grandsons are very cute, good that they love each other so much :)
    Have a nice weekend!

  13. Your gazebo/dining pavilion is great! What a wonderful place to spend hours. Your yard is gorrrrrgeous! Wow! So pretty! And, your grandchildren are adorable. They look like a joy to have a round. :-)

  14. Happy 500th!!! I am SO glad I found you!!! The Pergola is beautiful! What a lovely view, from every direction!!! Oh the meals you will have out there!!!
    The boys look so cute, and fun! Good haircuts Grandma!!
    xo Kris

  15. Wow.... 500 posts is pretty impressive and I've enjoyed every one of them! The pergola or what ever you end up calling it, is just beautiful there on your deck by the pond. It's the perfect out door living space. You have a pretty view from it in all directions. I just love it! Your little Grandsons are adorable. I could never have cut all those curls off though. :-) I was lovin all those curls!! One of my Grandsons got curls too, but some how none of the Granddaughters did.

  16. Hi Teresa,Congrats on you 500 post!!!You really have a lovely blog and I always look forward to your next post!!!Mmmm!!!Gazebo or pergola???Well you have a LOVELY GAZEBO!!!A pergola is an archway in a garden covered with climbing plants whereas a gazebo is a roofed structure in a garden used for relaxation or entertainment!!!
    Your grandsons are super cool and soooo adorable!!!Have a happy weekend!!!

  17. Fantastic 500th. Love the Pergola too. excellent fun ahead under there.
    wendy in oz

  18. Your gazebo is so pretty Teresa....they all did great!!!! I can tell you and your family will enjoy many wonderful times out there. The kids hair cuts are so cute....good job! I know you are counting down the days until your granddaughters arrive and staying 10 whole sweet! Have fun! Hugs...Shari!

  19. Congrats! I think I've been around for about 450 of them?!? Maybe? I'm so glad we met too. By the way, I like the sound of gazebo too. It's the perfect addition to your bit of paradise!

  20. Fantastic 500!!!!! Blogging is an exciting creative outlet that allows one to explore different forms of artistic expression with the added benefit of rapid response to our efforts, from others....instead of pen pals, computer comrades :-) at any rate, I am enjoying it and am so glad you are, too, Teresa!

    I request a reservation at your Great Gazebo, please. And the promise of Jasmine is so lovely~~~~

    Your Grand Boys are grand and I am so excited for you that Amy and her family will soon be with you for 10 DAYS :-)

    Carolyn and I are busy with some transitional chores and appointments with sunny warm weather to cheer us on.
    xx, Gracie

  21. Congrats on reaching 500 Teresa!! You are going to have SO much fun decorating your new garden addition--especially since we are expecting real SUN this weekend. It will be fun to see what you do:)
    An early Happy Father's Day to your hubby Dayle and wishes for a great weekend to both of you!

  22. Happy 500th, a nice celebration !

    Il like the word "pergola" but anything else will be yours.
    I imagine, that was a big job to do it.

    It's by Lucy's blog "Attic24" I Knew your onw blog ; since few years ; I like you both so much. For me it's a big sun in a happy blue sky ! With the smile.

    The little brothers look more similar now with their lovely hair cut. Another good job !
    You never stop. (I hope I won't be in the SPAM with Alicia Paulson blog's link ! ?)

    Read you
    PS : have you seen Alicia Paulson, June 3,
    they where :" Go to Multnomah Falls on the old Columbia River Highway and be enveloped in green. If it's raining, so much the better. Green grass, green mist, grey rocks wet with rain, rocks everywhere, green trees. Everything smells of mud and rock and water and green things. Wildflowers and weeds that flower. The falls are high, and there's vertigo. I've been up on the bridge one time, long ago, and I didn't like it. It's as high up and close to the water and as disorienting as it looks, and I was scared."

  23. Congratulations on 500 Blog Posts. The 'pergola' is fabulous and I can't wait to see it when you have finished 'decorating' it. Those boys are gorgeous!!!! You must be so excited as i gets ever closer to your daughter's visit and seeing your beautiful granddaughters again. The view of the river gorge is breathtaking. Love and hugs Anne x

  24. What a nice gazebo my dear friend Teresa and what a lovely picture of your pretty squares in this most beautiful background. Your grand kids are absolutely adorable and you did a wonderful job with their hair.mi didn't think they could look any more adorable but they did after the hair trim :)
    I miss you and hope we can get together here soon :)

  25. I'm so sorry I got do excited about the kids and their hair I forgot to say CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR 500 posts... That is absolutely fantastic! And I'm so glad you decided to blog because that is how I met you my dear friend ! Hope we can make some time to meet soon :) miss you !

  26. Congratulations Teresa on your 500th blogpost...that's amazing!! Your gazebo looks fab and I can see lots of happy times ahead sitting under it...
    Gorgeous pics as always and I'm so thrilled to know that my little stitch marker also contains an Oregon made my day Teresa to know this!
    Not long now until your girls arrive!
    Happy Weekend,
    Susan x

  27. Congratulations on your 500th post, quite a milestone!

    The gazebo looks fantastic, you are going to enjoy sitting out there over the next few months.


  28. Dear Teresa, your new pergola is so beautiful and fro your chair you can crochet granny squares multicolor to put on it. You are very lucky because you have a happily, smily and emotionaly family. Congratulation. Marieta, friend of you from rav, from very far... from Greece. Now I have my blog with my husband you can see it here bb Marieta.

  29. Just found your blog and loving it. Maybe we can follow each other on GFC or bloglovin? Please feel free to stop by my blog and let me know. XO

  30. Congratulations on your 500th post, Teresa!! The pergola looks lovely and fits perfectly the way it frames the red barn! How cute your grandsons are :) love the granny squares too!
    Wishing you a happy week.
    Helen x

  31. Congratulations! Your blog is amazing and I love it. Keep those posts coming. XOXO


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