Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Summer Heat

Hello!  We're having more repairs done around the farm.  Dayle built the barn and had found this big multi-paned window and installed it some 33 years ago.  Recently Kristi found a window pane on the ground below the window, can you believe it was unbroken?  Apparently the caulking around the pane had fallen out and the window blew out.  SO.. I asked our handyman/painter/fix it guy if he'd replace it and some broken windows in the door end of the barn.  He found that a lot of the caulking was gone so we gave him the go-ahead to re-do all of them and paint it.  He's working on it now.  Now I'd like him to install 3 more windows on the lower level for more light and air in the barn.  We have the windows.

Yes, it's been a hot week.  Thank goodness we have 4 window AC units in our house to make it bearable.

Dayle has been doing extra duty watering our garden around the back deck and pond.

The flowers on the deck are making our view out of the dining room windows very colorful.  

The Hollyhock has bloomed almost to the end, it's a very tall plant this year, almost 6 feet high!

The boy's tomato plant is producing a few big ones but have yet to turn red.

My blog friend Kathy b is knitting some mittens, so I told her I'd show the mittens I knitted from my own natural colored Alpaca that I spun into yarn on my spinning wheel.  I made up the color pattern as I went.  I made them for Dayle but he never wore them, telling me they were too good to wear.  LOL!

I have a good friend named Steve Terrill who is a well-known photographer here in the Portland area.  We're friends on Facebook.  He just posted this amazing photo of a sunset in the gorge with Vista House and I asked him if I could share it.  Pretty, huh?

This was posted on Facebook in our Corbett Area group, I thought it was hilarious.   

I need to start a packing list for what I'm going to take on my trip to Ohio to see my daughter's family.  I picked up a few new summer tee tops yesterday, one is lime green!  I'm off to swim again.  Thanks for visiting!!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Monday, July 16, 2018

Midnight Moonwalk

So. Last night Dayle read online that the moon was right next to Venus.  WELL.  You know I had to go out and see what kind of amazing spectacle I would see in the sky.  My friends, there was no moon to be seen at all.  Not a sliver, nothing.  But I did enjoy being out on the deck in the warmth of a summer night.  I snapped a photo of the back of the house lit within.  Do you love seeing homes lit at night?  I do.

We've got the gazebo lights on a photo cell timer so it's neat to see when they automatically pop on when dusk falls.

Dayle has all the pond lights going and they also come on at dusk.

My chair ready for a night-time visit.  We had a BBQ on Saturday, a friend of our sons came and brought her little girl and met us for the first time.  We all got a kick out of the 2 and a half year girl who loved the dogs and playing with our grandsons.  Shawn, our older son, did the BBQing of the chicken and made macaroni and cheese, baked beans and potato salad.

Earlier in the day I noticed a pot of geraniums that Dayle had wintered over - it was a magenta colored flower, and poof, out of nowhere there was another bright orange-y red flower blooming in the same pot.  Hmm.. how did that happen?

A quick snap of the flower basket.  

I just talked to my daughter Amy and we might be going to see Lake Erie, one of the Great Lakes, while I'm there visiting.  She said there is a lighthouse there and islands to visit.  That's an exciting idea!  Two weeks until departure! What are you up to this week?  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Friday, July 13, 2018

We're Having a Heatwave

Hello, how are you?  We are having some pretty summery weather right now!  It got up to 93 deg. F yesterday and is expected to get to 88 deg. today.  I just went out on the deck to snap a few photos of how the flowers are doing and it was 76 right now, perfect.  Our big Hydrangea bush is at it's peak, I think.

The sun is shining in our little forest of Douglas Fir and Cedar trees.

A close-up of the florets of the Hydrangea are like a watercolor.

One of the last to turn purple, I really love the lime green and lavender together.

Dayle sprinkled fertilizer in the outdoor pots and this Bonfire Begonia is growing like it's on steroids!

The flower baskets just keep getting bigger.. :-)

I'm so glad we had this pond installed with 3 waterfalls, it sure sounds nice when you're relaxing on the deck and the koi are fun to watch.

This is a Citronella plant that Kristi got to keep the mosquitoes away.  It smells good too.. like lemon, it's a member of the geranium family.  You crush the leaves and rub them on your skin to repel skeeters.

The Astilbe is so neat how it dependably comes back every year.  I really need more colors of this plant.  It comes in a red, a coral red and white along with this pretty purple.

The Jasmine is scenting the air nicely.

Did I tell you that we have the guy who finished our attic doing some more work around the farm?  He has painted some of the really high things Kristi couldn't get to, power washed the house and roof and I asked him to do a fresh coat on the back door, which I am pleased about.  He also is replacing some broken windows on the barn.  He is also going to work on our front porch, which needs some new deck boards.  Then to decide what color to paint the deck of the old-time porch.  

Shirley and I volunteered at Multnomah Falls in the Visitors Center yesterday.  These two darling girls asked for the Junior Ranger books.  Their Dad had a really interesting accent, I asked where he was from and he said Texas.  :-)  WELL.. it certainly wasn't a Texan accent, so I asked where he was from before Texas and it was Spain.  The kids had to answer questions in the book and then answer questions by Shirley and when they got things right we gave them a Smokey Bear pencil and pencil sharpener.  :-)

My big news is that I've booked a flight to Ohio to visit my daughter and granddaughters.  In 2 and a half weeks.  Dayle is staying home and taking care of the dog - his doctors are re-adjusting his heart medications and I didn't want to stress him.  It's a swim day, it's so nice to go when the weather is sunny!  Do you have any fun weekend plans?  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Treasure Hunt

Our DIL Kristi is working on clearing out our barn.  So, I am going through things to see what is a keeper and what gets thrown into the dumpster.  In one of the old wooden crates I found this folded up paper and when I opened it up it was this photo of the Earth taken from space.  

On the reverse was this amazing painting of all the astronauts with a list of all the space ships and a chart with all the names.  I don't remember this at all but I think it's neat.  Keep.

I was amazed I still had this.  It was a lampshade pattern that I made when I was going to do a stained glass lampshade.  Apparently I had re-used the card-stock from some calligraphy projects I did.  Which were wedding invitations that I did for Dayle's sister Lorna and also for my best friend from 7th grade - Shirley's marriage.  :-) I guess I was a re-cycler way back when.  :-)  

In my old letters box I found a wallet photo holder stuffed with pictures of my 7th and 8th grade friends and buried in the back was this FABULOUS photo of my father and his horse's colt!  Isn't he adorable?  I'm thinking he was like 15 or so?  This was taken on their farm in Oklahoma.  Grandpa and Grandma had a "section" of land, a square mile.  

I had written this on the back, so I assume Dad had told me the name of the colt.

I also came across some things from when I was the executive director of the Friends of Vista House.  I did the cover for this in my own calligraphy, this was before computers and I used a typewriter for my duties.  :-)

Here is the "before" - the things I've selected to bring in to the house.  I have to bring things into the kitchen and wash them.

Some of my pottery, a cute little wooden keg of my mom's, copper utensils that I bought, handmade, years ago and much more.  Bring in, wash and put away safely in my kitchen.

I've loved that little keg but don't know what it's original use was - any ideas?  And this cane wrapped dark brown bottle.. my mother was a lover of old and unusual things.. so my friends.. I come by this naturally!  Does anyone know what this bottle might have been used for?

Two of the rescued items are planter pots that I threw on a kick wheel while taking Ceramics class at Mt. Hood Community College.. can you believe 42 years ago?  I had taken Sumi Ink Painting at the college so as to be able to decorate my pottery.  It was taught by Sumi ink master, Wing K. Leong.  These had to be scrubbed clean and I will plant some flowers in them.

I also found my mom's scrapbook from her trips to China and Thailand.  This is her cuddling with a lemur! 

And here she is with her traveling companion, Mr. B.  We actually called him that.  Still in Thailand.  He also took her to China and on a cruise through the Panama Canal and to several places in Mexico and South America.  

I also re-discovered my great grandfather's special implement that me made himself.  What do you think this was used for?

The handle is made of oak, and I had to scrub this well!

OK.. I'll tell you what it is.  It's an apple butter stirrer!  He would cook down apples in a big cauldron over a fire and used this to stir and mash the apples as they cooked.  He was a blacksmith.  :-)

And I found these cute little vintage sewing items in a bag of mom's buttons.  Have you ever heard of pins that hold buttons on?  I have two big containers of mom's things yet to go through.  I have no idea what is in them.

I'm off to swim today.  I hope you're enjoying your summer!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Monday, July 9, 2018

Hibiscus and Barn Treasures

Hello.. thanks for stopping by.  I repotted my beloved Hibiscus last year and the pot was quite big, then I gritted my teeth and pruned the tree as it had gotten leggy and unattractive.  It's taken a whole year off from blooming to pay me back.  LOL!  But this weekend I finally got one flower.  They only bloom for one day, then close up.  But that one day.. it's worth all the wait.  :-)

The stamen is so pretty on these flowers.

Over the weekend I stripped off the 4th of July tablecloth and put on a fresh cloth.  I used a long lighter to melt the bottom of the candles and put them back in the candlesticks.  They seem to love to fall out.  And the vintage glass "chicken on a nest" is a gift my sister Denise brought when she came for the 4th of July.  :-)

I have a little collection of these and this one will join the flock.

Kristi has been cleaning out the barn.  I was down there helping to figure out what to keep and what to throw in the dumpster she had delivered.  It looks so much better now.  I was able to walk down to the end and snap a photo of the old 1927 Chevy we have back in there.  LOL!

Dayle got this years ago with the idea of getting it all fixed up.  But.. well.. you know how that goes.

Kristi found this box of my old letters.  I brought in a bag of them and have started reading each and every one.  I am then disposing of them as I guess sometimes you just have to let go of things.  I am saving special ones.

The first one I pulled out to read was this one from my friend Shirley.  She had called to say hello and my mother told her I'd moved to Hawaii after graduating from high school.  I snapped a photo of her letter and texted it to her and she got a huge kick out of it.  :-)  I didn't fuzz out the addresses because neither of us still live there.  

Then I found this treasure - a letter from my beloved grandpa, my dad's dad.  I thought I'd share it with you as it's precious.  You can get a better view of it if you click on it.  This was written after grandma passed away.

He finishes on the back of the paper.   

The boys spent the weekend whizzing around the pasture on these quads.  They had a friend here and they took turns.  Dayle watched them for hours.  What a good grandpa.  Note Kristi's little orchard she and Travis planted?  She even has a few apples and pears on those little trees.

I want to thank the readers who left a comment on my 4th of July post.  :-)  I guess I wore people out with a long post and they didn't have the energy to leave a comment.. LOL!!  I got a new swim bag as my old one was a bit rusty and one pocket was ripped.  This one is hot pink!  Dayle gets my old one now.  I'm off to swim today.  Have a good week.
((hugs)), Teresa :-)