Monday, June 24, 2019

All Set for my Girls

Well.. we've been cleaning and setting up beds getting ready for my daughter Amy and granddaughters Jenna and Paige's visit from Ohio.  I was to pick them up at the airport at 9 pm.  Their flight was delayed and delayed and delayed and finally they had them de-plane.  Then it was cancelled.  Apparently the FAA had lost track of half the planes in the air due to an electrical storm.  SO.. the poor dears had to take a shuttle to a hotel for the night.  They are expected to arrive at 9 pm this evening.  I sure do hope it goes as planned.  

I laid a fresh tablecloth on the table and put out my small collection of patriotic decorations.  Kristi gave me the cute Uncle Sam candleholder in the center, my new little figurines go great with him!

Now we're all set for the 4th of July which is coming at a rapid rate. 

I also put up these luminaries with vintage patriotic designs.

I found this cotton boll wreath on Facebook "Corbett Unstuff" which goes with my stems in the old whiskey jug that was Kristi's dad's.  

Here is the "bunk attic" we have set up for the girls.  I hope they find it comfortable.  Tomorrow we head to the beach.  I'm looking forward to that.

My dear little dog Mocha has taken to spending a lot of time atop my easy chair.  She will actually lay her head on the top of mine to nap.  Now I must tell you, that is not very comfortable for me.  :-)  But I enjoy it for a moment and pet her and coo to her.  We love her a lot.  

So.. I guess I can go swimming today after all.  Then I will come home and pack for the beach and wait for the girls to arrive.  Wish us luck with that!!  Have a super week.. I'll be back with some beach photos soon.  

((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Saturday, June 22, 2019

My Wild Columbia Tiger Lilies

Well.. they're not really mine as they are wild but I may very well love them more than anyone on Earth.  :-)  I was worried I'd missed them... so yesterday we drove up towards Vista House and lo and behold they were in bloom.. ::swoon::

As you can see.. they are prolific in this one spot.  When I rode home from Multnomah Falls last week with my sister Denise after volunteering for the afternoon I noticed the roadsides had been mowed and not ONE single Tiger Lily had survived.  :-(

I simply adore these wildflowers.. They are "Columbia Tiger Lily".  Do you have these where you live?  They are small, the bloom is about the size of a silver dollar.

I was pleased to see one plant of Columbine, too.

After our photo session with the flowers we drove on to snap a photo of Vista House just down the road a ways.  The farmland you see behind it is actually in Washington State, the mighty Columbia River separates the states.

Then back towards home with a stop at Portland Women's Forum State Scenic Viewpoint.  See the Vista House over there?

Wild Sweet Pea delights the eye with its vivid pink hue in the greenery that edges the park.

The undergrowth is starting to obliterate the view.. but if it's cut, there goes the wildflowers.. how to judge how it should be taken care of.

Someone drew in a smiley face on this fencepost which I find charming.  He looks like Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy, don't you think?

"The Rock" at PWF - it has many historic bronze plaques on it's side.  This marks the entrance to the park.

Then home, with a quick pullover at the Bates Lavender Garden, our neighbor across the road.  They are having a big open house next week, we plan to walk over for the event.

You couldn't ask for better neighbors than the Bates and this is our view from our farm.

And this is their view from the lavender field.  :-)  This photo was posted on Facebook by local photographer, Kathleen Payne.

We are heading out to run some errands to get a few things we need for our daughter and granddaughter's visit.  The beds in the attic are made with each covered with one of my crocheted blankets and pillow.  They arrive late evening tomorrow.  :-)

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Outdoor Living

Oregon really is a wonderful place to be in the summer.  Blue skies, warm days... is your weather playing nice for you?  The tree in the upper left of this photo is a Corkscrew Willow.  It has a story.  My daughter Amy took a floral arrangement home from my Dad's funeral.  She called a week later and exclaimed that roots were growing on a twisted stick in the bouquet.  I told her she should stick it in some dirt, which she did.  She put it out on her deck and it looked poorly, so I had her bring it down to my houseboat and it flourished there.  I planted it by the pond we had installed here on the farm and it's really getting BIG!  So, each time I see it I think of my Dad and the journey of that little stick.  

I feed the koi and enjoy watching them swim about in their watery habitat.  

I'm looking forward to having our daughter Amy and granddaughters here and enjoying hanging out on the deck and some alfresco meals.  

The roses on the property are doing well.. the fair weather, sunshine and occasional rain has made them happy.

My 4th of July rose is such a happy flower.

I think this Begonia is going to get massive this summer as it's so big already.  

I have two trees that need planting, the Red Bud and this long needle pine.  I dug this up when it was 6 inches tall and it's grown and thrived in the pot but I do know it needs to go into the ground.  Problem is - it's so hard to decide where to put a tree as you have to think of how big it will get.  I am determined to make the decisions and get them planted soon.

I love these bright orange-y red flowers.

I've put more rows in my Dune blanket.. I wonder if I'll get one of them done and be able to start the second one while the girls are here.  And if I get one done.. how will I decide who gets the first one?  You might notice that Mocha looks a bit "shorn".  We took her to get groomed a few weeks ago and were rather shocked at how close she cut her.  We kept wondering how she got the idea to cut all her hair off!  It will grow.. we tell ourselves.  

I'm off to swim soon.  Dayle got the two rollaway beds put together and up in the attic yesterday.  He's going to put the new sheets and blankets on while I'm gone.  I can't wait to get it all ready for them.  We're going to put a little table and lamp up there too.  And we got a little AC unit in the window up there.  They arrive on Sunday evening.  OK.. off I go.. have a great day!!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Monday, June 17, 2019

A Good Weekend

We had a very nice Father's Day weekend.  On Saturday I worked on the newsletter for the Friends of Multnomah Falls and Dayle busied himself with mowing the yard and getting the attic tidied up.  We are getting it ready for our granddaughter's visit next week.  We ordered two new rollaway beds for them, new sheets and new soft blankets.  After dinner out we came home and I captured this sunset over the lavender farm across the road.

We noticed a sign for a pizza restaurant in Troutdale the other day and decided to give it a try.  It's called "The Way Out Inn".  It was delicious and we'll definitely be going back again.  You design your own pizza, we had half sausage, bacon, mushroom and black olive and half Canadian Bacon and pineapple.

Dayle's half.  The oven bakes at 500 degrees so it was nice and crunchy.  Question for you - what do YOU like on YOUR pizza?

Yesterday we had a lovely Father's Day.  Our son Travis, his wife Kristi and boys Hayden and Caleb came for the afternoon and evening.  Travis made home-made macaroni and cheese using our family recipe - it's SO delicious!  (Recipe at the bottom of this post)

Hayden came in from the barn and asked if he could use my phone, sure.. why?  He wanted to take a photo of some young birds in a nest in the barn.  I have no idea what kind of birds these are.

We sat outside and visited.. Caleb loves to make faces during my photos. :-) 

Today I need to put the finishing touches on the newsletter I've been working on over the weekend.  Then a board meeting this evening.  I hope you have a wonderful week of summer.  We have sunny skies.  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Preheat oven at 350 degrees

24 oz macaroni
6 TBS Butter
5 TBS Flour
1/2 tsp salt
4 Cups milk
1 1/2 lbs Velveeta
1 Can baby peas, drained
Sliced Tillamook Cheddar for the top

Get the water to boiling - like 3 quarts, with 2 tsp of salt and with a dash of oil.

While it's coming to a boil, melt butter in saucepan and add flour and salt - stir until blended and cook for a minute or two, then add the milk and stir until slightly thickened - it won't thicken much.  Add sliced Velveeta and stir until blended, add drained peas and stir in.  When the water came to a boil you added the pasta and stir often - check OFTEN to see if the pasta is done "al dente" which means done but chewy, (never ever overcook pasta, it turns to mush and is horrible).  When the pasta is cooked, drain in a colander.  Toss till well drained, then add to cheese mixture in a oven proof baking pot - stir well, sprinkle with pepper and stir again.  Then lay cheddar slices over the top.

Bake for a half hour or up to 3 quarters of an hour until slightly browned on top and bubbly.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Bunting and Blooms

We just hung up one of the buntings/banners that my sweet younger sister Denise made for me.  Isn't it cool?  This is going to look perfect with some of our other patriotic decor, just in time for the 4th of July coming up!

I'm enjoying my comfy chair on the deck and my little woven footstool I got from IKEA.  

Our neighbors across the road have put in a lavender garden and are inviting the public to visit on their opening day - Bates Lavender Farm - Grand Opening on June 29th at 11 am.  This is not the best photo, we shot it last night as we went out to dinner.  

The Yarrow we planted is doing very well this year.  So pretty.  It's by the garden shed.

My self seeding Rose Campion which I love.. did you know it's part of the carnation family?  I just found that out when I googled it.

They are also related to the Dusty Miller plant, hence the grey leaves and stems.

They look kind of neat in front of the lace leaf Maple which is finally taking off and filling out.

The 4th of July rose.. to me it looks like fireworks bursting in the sky.


Double Delight.

Unknown coral pink rose.  Any ideas on name?

The sound of water splashing and gurgling sure brings serenity to our relaxing time on the deck.

I'll be working on a newsletter deadline this weekend.  What are your plans?  Do share.  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Peonies and Summer Sun

I was surprised by this bouquet of Peonies yesterday morning.  A local lady raises them and had them for sale yesterday at the coffee cart in Springdale.  Dayle hopped in the car right after he arose and bought me a dozen of these beauties.  What a darling husband!  :-)

Deep rich red, bright pink and white ones.  So pretty on the table!  See the boxes on the deck?  We got 2 rollaway beds for the attic.  Our daughter Amy is bringing our 2 granddaughters for a visit in a week and a half.  :-)

Do Peonies grow where you live?  Do tell.

Such a blissful fluffy flower!

I love how the white one has a bit of red edging on the center petals.

We're having an early heat spell here.. it was 96 deg. F here yesterday and is supposed to get to 97 today.  We have kept the house at 73ish using 2 window AC units, thankfully.  The Pin Oak tree has gotten HUUUUGE and now shades the back deck which make it very pleasant out there.

My 4th of July rose is perfection and in full bloom!

Dayle's little Bonsai tree is happy.. new growth all over.  I get so upset when Dayle goes out and pinches off ALL the new growth to keep it small.  :-)

I thought I'd show you the latest progress on my Dune blanket.  I'm working on the sandy beach colors, then the sea, sunset and sky.  I'm on the 3rd repeat of the colors.  A few more and I will be done, it will be a lap-ghan for my granddaughters.  One each, so I have more work to do!!  

Our Bolivian Begonia "Bonfire" is doing well after it was brought up from our basement and watered.  Some buds are ready to open soon.

Kristi has a friend who sells these big lush hanging baskets and we ordered two this year.  She sells them as a fund-raiser for Sandy High School.  Boy they are filling out well!

The other one with the Jasmine below and a pot of Hollyhock budding out

I'm off to swim soon and after a long absence, my blog friend Gracie is going to join me!  So, we'll have a lot to catch up on as we paddle along.  What are you up to today?  
((hugs)), Teresa :-)