Monday, November 12, 2018

Veterans Day Parade 2018

Today we honor our Veterans here in the USA and I know many other countries are doing the same.  We drove our red car in the Hollywood area Parade along with my Daughters of the American Revolution War - Portland Chapter, plus the Sons of the American Revolution, pictured below, and Wahkeena chapter.  My sister Roberta's husband Teddy is the one in the buckskins below - he's descended from Daniel Boone's younger brother.

This is the SAR group.

The guys.  :-)

Our group photo.. #1.  :-)

My very own personal veteran, my husband I married almost 49 years ago, Dayle.  I just had new magnetic signs made for the parade, his has 2 of his medals, his wings and his 1st Cav patch.

On my side of the car is my sign.

Group photo #2 after more of our group arrived.

My friends, it was CCCOLD!  The wind was blowing through our open windows as we waved to the appreciative crowds.  

We also had 2 passengers, Chapter Regent Jane and John, a chapter member's husband who was also a Vietnam Vet.  I'm not sure why our chapter has turned around and was looking at us, but it made for a good shot!  :-)

I snapped this quick shot as a band of bagpipers passed by us, oh how I love the sound of pipers!  And men in kilts.. well.. all I can say is.. YES!

So many people came out to honor our veterans and waved at us and were waving flags.  I just love being in this parade.

Here is the ribbon we were given for participating in the parade, we had it hanging on our rear-view mirror in the event.  A great day was had by all.

My Dad, Wallace Winston Shaklee when he was in the Marines during WWII.  He was on Iwo Jima during a terrible battle with the Japanese there.

Husband Dayle was a Warrant Officer, flying a helicopter in Vietnam.  He was shot through the thigh on one scouting mission and was later medically retired from the service.

Here he is as a very young guy learning to fly.

Dayle's dad Ralph served in the Army and was lucky to be placed in the military post office.

My brother Robert also served, Airman First Class, Staff Sergeant.  Russian Linguist. (Served in Misawa, Japan and St. Laurence Island, Alaska.

We had to get up at 6:30 am to be in the parade, I am tired now!  I would like everyone take a moment to remember and honor those in your family who have served in the military to protect your country and your freedom.  Do share if you have someone you're proud of in the comment section.  

((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Friday, November 9, 2018

Falling Leaves and Blue Sky

When returning home after my lap swim on Wednesday I was pleased to see the late afternoon sun lighting up the red leaves of our Pin Oak tree and the golden glow illuminating our red farmhouse.  So, out came my iPhone and *snap* I captured the moment.  What did we do before we had phones with cameras built in?  I guess we forgot these moments.. and now we can have them frozen in time in our little pocket devices.  :-)

I am seeing some trees in my travels that are devoid of all leaves already.  To them, winter has come.  And then some trees are still covered with green leaves.  I do believe that each autumn has a different personality.  Have you noticed that?

There has been talk of removing this tree due to big roots pushing up our brick walkway and possibly impacting our foundation of the house.  But I balk at cutting it down.  Not yet.  :-(

Every fall I watch this tree with eagle eyes as I come and go.  Seeing when the first leaves begin to turn, then more and more until it's ablaze in scarlet hues.  And then the east wind comes and poof.. the leaves fall in a deep carpet of rusty red on the ground.

My daughter Amy, in Ohio, 3,000 miles away, posted on Facebook that their 4 month old puppy, Honey, has been enjoying her little fenced run in the back yard.  When she is ready to come in she stands on her back legs, looking in the house and gives one bark.  At which point someone will bring her in.  Apparently she wants to go out, then in, then out, then in... :-)  I requested more photos so Amy texted me this, Honey right after a bath, with a bow on top.  How cute is this?

My sister Denise's middle child, Kevin, has been working on Mt. Hood and snapped this photo of the fog rising off the lake with the mountain peaking above.  Isn't this neat?

I found this photo on Facebook, there was no name attached to it, but thought you'd all enjoy seeing Mt. Hood and Timberline Lodge via a drone.  Amazing, isn't it?

And so.. we're getting used to our new family dynamic.  Michael is enjoying being here with us and is helpful and good-natured.  I'm off to swim in a few minutes.  I'm happy it's sunny as it makes heading to the pool and the swim so much more pleasant.  Going there in icy cold rain takes a lot of fortitude on my part.  :-)  Thanks for the visit!!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

There is Nothing Permanent Except Change

There are changes afoot here on the Kasner farm.  Our son Travis and his wife Kristi are in the midst of buying their own home and will be moving soon.  Happily only about a half hour away.  Our grandsons will stay in Corbett school for the foreseeable future, and will ride the bus home here so we'll still get to see a lot of them.  The new home is on one and three quarters of an acre, 4 bedrooms and a big shop.  The boys are thrilled that they will have their own bedrooms now.  Kristi is thrilled that she'll have a nice big kitchen of her own.  :-) And...

Above, meet Michael, our middle son's stepson from his previous marriage.  Michael wanted to come back to Oregon, so Shawn drove to below Los Angeles to pick him up now we have 8 people living in our farmhouse!  He's sleeping in a nook on the upstairs hallway for now.  When our son's family moves to their new home he will have the other bedroom upstairs.  Shawn will be getting his own home at some point.  But for now.. we've added another chair to the dinner table.  :-)

Yesterday my younger sister Denise hosted her own birthday luncheon at her house.  She's on the left, elder sister Roberta on the right.

Denise is a fabulous cook and prepared "Butter Chicken" in her Instant Pot, and served over rice, and Naan bread.  Her hors d'oeurvre was a mushroom Brie with rice crackers and big juicy green grapes.  YUM!  

Butter chicken or murgh makhani is a dish, originating from the Indian subcontinent, of chicken in a mildly spiced tomato sauce.

Shirley's gift was this lovely etched glass serving tray which she had added these delicious dessert bites.  These are called "Love Bites" by Carnie Wilson.  Delicious little cheesecakes, brownies and cakes.  YUM!

I gave my sister a Willow Candle by Park Hill Collections.  I have one that the scent is "Corner Bakery" which I loooove.  I wanted one of those but the shop was out of that scent, so I got her the "Bundled Evergreen" scent which is a light pine scent.

Dayle and I were watching Good Eats by Alton Brown on the Food channel and he was making the ultimate pecan pie, he used this English "Golden Syrup" instead of our light corn syrup my mom used, so I ordered this on Amazon and Dayle and I are going to try to make one.  I'll make the crust while he puts the filling together.  :-)

The mailman brought the above and also this bracelet below.  I support 4Ocean - for each bracelet you buy they pull one pound of trash from oceans around the world.  The beads are made from glass recycled from bottles and other glass pulled out of the seas - the cord is made from recycled fishing line and plastics also removed.  I try to buy one or so a month - I want a whole rainbow of them.  I also give them as gifts.  My 2 sisters and Shirley all wear them 24/7.  :-)

And so.. the election was yesterday.  Progressives such as myself hoped for a more thorough victory for a positive change.  But we DID win the House of Representatives!  PLUS, many new women were elected of different ethnicities which I'm pleased about.  I was disappointed that Beto O'Rourke of Texas and Stacey Abrams of Georgia lost their Senate run.  Unfortunately the Republican male winner of the Georgia election was also in charge of over-seeing the election and he did some terrible meddling with the election which makes me angry.

But there is hope!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Monday, November 5, 2018

VOTE and Goat Naming

Election Day is tomorrow!  If you haven't voted early or by mail, please go out and vote at the polls tomorrow!  And please vote to bring balance back into our national government.  Right now our country, like a ship, is listing to the right.  We need to get some people to move, like ballast, to the left so our ship will not tip over and sink.  And my friends, it is listing dangerously to one side now, into a country that I do not recognize nor trust.  If we do not right it now, we might be seeing the fall of our nation as we knew it.  So.. please please please do your patriotic duty and save our country. 

My friend Diane stopped by to visit the other day and to gift me with some scones her son had baked.  We chatted away and then I asked her if she'd play some songs on our piano.  She is a fabulous player and I so enjoyed listening to several songs she performed.  Diane and I were 4-H Dairy Goat leaders for 5 years with her 3 boys and my 3 kids.  Some great memories.  Yes, I need to tidy up my piano top.

We had to clear the living room out as I'd hired a carpet cleaner (I found on the Corbett Area group on Facebook!) to give the room a freshening up.  All done, today we are putting things back in there.  

While we were gone on our trip to the beach, Caleb did some drawing and proudly showed them all to me.  I was especially amazed at this one.  It's Harry Potter's glasses with castles and Hogwarts School reflected in the lens.  Isn't that clever?

And then he pulled out his violin and played for us and again, I was amazed at how well he was playing!  

While I was in the living room I snapped a current photo of the front yard, it is healing somewhat from the porch restoration project.  But we still have too many moles making hills out there!

I can't remember which blogger was reading this and suggested it - and I LOVE IT! 

And while I'm suggesting leisure time pursuits, we found this on cable the other evening and watched it and it was GREAT!  You will learn more about why we were in the Vietnam war and why we stayed there so long.. and how 3 of our presidents made terrible decisions on it.. and this wonderful woman has a central role. The central issue of the movie is freedom of the press and how important it is to our country.   I highly recommend this movie.

Oh, and did I tell you that I HOPE YOU VOTE?

And the name I have selected for the little white metal goat?

Gertie Rose!!  Thank you all for your great suggestions!

((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Friday, November 2, 2018

Got Your Goat?

The little metal goat we brought home from our trip to the beach is trying out a spot on the deck railing.  :-)  Someone noted that she looks like she's eating the rose bush.

The goat needs a name, Dayle thinks it's a girl.. any suggestions?  

The Pin Oak is losing it's red leaves and they are EVERYWHERE.

Our little pumpkin is hanging in there as we did not carve it.  I did pack up all the Halloween decorations, we took down the lights and the lantern.  In a few days I will put out some turkey decorations for the upcoming Thanksgiving.

As you can see there is very little green left in the leaves.  

Our little Japanese Maple is going bare quickly.  I have a bit of a hard time seeing the trees go devoid of leaves.  I'm not a big fan of winter.

The rainy season is upon us, I snapped this from my car in my pool parking lot.

I have an app on my iPhone that converts photos into watercolors, I used it on my last lighthouse image, isn't this neat?  It's called "Waterlogue".  

The table display for Halloween.

The pumpkin by the back door.

The Pin Oak.

And so.. it's a swim day.  And the sun is coming out!  What are your plans for the day?  Have a wonderful weekend!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-)