Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Fish Count

We have had a few lovely warm days and so yesterday we were out enjoying our deck and Dayle took the koi protecting screens off our fish pond and we were taking stock of how our koi survived the winter.  Happily our biggest one, Keiko, was out swimming.  (For newer readers, a Great Blue Heron was trying to eat all our koi last fall!)

We went into the winter with 4 fish, the big one and 3 smaller ones we got a year or so ago.  We'd only seen one since the heron began stalking them.  I whooped with happiness when I saw Tiger come out and swim!

We tossed some koi food in to begin their spring growth.  They don't eat all winter, isn't that odd?

Then look!  Pierre came out of hiding!  He's the multi-colored one on the left with a little black marking on his head that looks like a black beret.  :-)

The only one missing was Ashley (the gray one) and imagine how happy I was to see him finally emerge and swim with the rest.  :-)

The whole school of fish made it through the winter.  I'm so pleased.  The bad part is what to do to keep them safe.  Always having the unattractive screens over the pond?  Hope for the best and remove them?  24 hour armed guards?  What to do.  We have a lot of clean-up to do, but it will happen.

Our first daffodil to bloom!  πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’š

And then the 2nd one to bloom.. both have been brought in to enjoy right by the side of my easy chair.  :-)

Our little hummingbird nest we hung, the last photo did not show the opening, Dayle turned it so you could see it.  :-)  I will be keeping an eye out to see if they adopt it and use it.

This patch of daffs will be popping open soon!

A shot of the farmyard with a beautiful blue sky.  So promising!

We had surprise visitors this morning!  Travis and Kristi were out and about, he had a blood test done.  So, they drove on out to see us.  It was wonderful to see our son doing so much better!  They had gone to visit the paramedics who helped save him to say thank you.  What a scary time for us all.

I hope you are all well and getting your Covid-19 vaccine soon!  Dayle has had both shots and I've had one, my next one is in 3 weeks.  Have a super week!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-)  

Monday, March 1, 2021

Spring Preview

I just walked out on the deck in my stocking feet and it's warm and fresh and wonderful!  The yard does need a fair bit of clean-up but it's still so promising.  

I even found a daffodil opening up!  

I leaned over the deck railing and snapped a photo of our big patch of Snowdrops all opened up and enjoying the sunshine.  

I ordered 3 hummingbird nests that I saw on Amazon, Dayle hung this one up in the white lilac tree.  I hope the hummers make nests in them to raise their babies.  

Chef Dayle produced a gourmet meal for us yesterday.  Medallions of beef tenderloin, steamed asparagus and baked potato with garlic herb sour cream.

I got more stripes done on the 3rd series of colors on my Meadow blanket over the weekend.  Miss Mocha decided to cuddle up with me while I worked.

I have an appointment for my 2nd Covid shot in a few weeks.  I am looking forward to being protected from the plague.  

Our son Travis is still improving.  Kristi has him using the treadmill, eating more healthy and doing heart healthy things.  Again, thank you to all of you who've kept him in your thoughts and prayers.  

How was your weekend?  ((hugs)), Teresa :-)  

Friday, February 26, 2021

Daffs Survive the Snow

Hello friends, how are you doing?  The thing I waited to tell you about was that I was heading out to get my Covid-19 vaccine!  It was fast, friendly and painless - except for the 1 second zing from the needle.  I am also not having any pain in my arm or any other side effect.

Dayle took my iPhone out and snapped a few photos for me this morning when he walked Mocha.  I'm so happy that the daffodils seemed to survive the snow and freezing temperatures of last week!

I ordered some new daffodils which we planted in this big pot.  One of them is a large, white one called Mount Hood and Pacific Rim which is yellow with an orange ring around the trumpet part.  

Some daffs under our Japanese Lace Leaf Maple tree.

He noted that the lilacs are budding out.  Yay!

Our Snowdrops are in perfect prime all around the farm.  They were open on Wednesday but are closed up today.

We have several fancy daffodils under my dark purple lilac and they are up.  

This is behind the shed and garage - a big patch and you can see the last of a snowdrift there.

This was taken to show that the white Azalea is budding out, look at the lichen and moss on it.

Even the roses are ready for Spring!

This bargain lamp has joined the collection and I am not sure where it will go.. either in our den or my bedside table.  Hmmm.

3 more rows on the Meadow blanket, I really do like the colors in this.

Our son Travis is improving each day.  Kristi is taking excellent care of him and he is calling her his angel.  Aww.  Sweet.  Thanks again for all your wonderful support, thoughts and prayers.  Our family appreciates you very much.

I also want to thank those of you who take the time to leave a thoughtful comment.  I got a really nasty one today, which I promptly deleted.  Thankfully those are rare.  But it made me value those of you who are NICE all the more.  :-)
((hugs)), Teresa :-)  

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Cabinets Great and Small

Greetings dear readers!  Yesterday I took all the things out of my grandparents Hoosier cabinet and put them in the bottom of my old blue cabinet where they'll be out of the way.  Then I set out to find homes for my new jadeite collection spread all over our dining room table.  I put all the Jeanette glowing pieces in the kitchen queen, all things you'd use for baking and cooking.  The basket on the top I found in my grandparents chicken house, too.  This cabinet I found in my grandparents abandoned farmhouse and rescued it and hauled it all the way from Oklahoma to Oregon.

This blue cabinet was in the chicken house.  I put the Fire King jadeite items there.  I will organize it better soon.  For now I just wanted to get them off the dining room table.  :-)

I am happy to have these two cabinets side by side.  They are by the front door in our entryway.

I used my little blacklight flashlight to show how these glow.  

And now let's downsize to my dollhouse miniature cabinet.  I ordered some mini jadeite mugs, the D and C handle ones plus the Jane Ray cup and saucer.  :-)

I've been enjoying having this little piece by my easy chair.  

The USFS staff took this photo of the snow at Multnomah Falls, isn't this pretty?

The news of my son is that he is doing well!  He is so happy to be home and Kristi is taking excellent care of him.  He's walking a lot around the house and she took him to the doctor yesterday to get started on how to best care for him so he can get back to health.

I have something else to share with you.. on Friday.  
((hugs)), Teresa :-)  

Monday, February 22, 2021

This Happened and Son Update

OK.. so.. my dear husband has been trying to tamp down my jadeite obsession.  You have enough, he said.  No, he said.  So, imagine my surprise when Dayle was checking craigslist for car parts and then for fun.. he typed in jadeite in the search feature.  He says to me.. hmm.. there is someone selling their whole collection of jadeite...  ::perk:: What?  Where?  Aloha, Oregon, 1 hour to the west of us.  I go look at the posting.. I go.. WHOA.. a bunch of rare pieces,  75 to be exact, HTF (hard to find in Jadeite Junkies lingo) and ones that were on my bucket list.  She had no price on it, requesting an offer.  We discuss the issue.  He suggests I make an offer.  YES HE DID!  We discuss how much.  He low balls, I say, that would be an insult, we agree on a bit more.  The seller says she's expecting a few more offers and it will go to the highest bidder.  I have to wait a a few days and she emailed back and said she'd received a higher offer.  ::sigh::  She says if the deal doesn't go through she'll let me know.  The other party is coming on Saturday at 10 am.  At 11:30 she notifies me they were a no-show.  We go there that afternoon, I inspect the items, we hand over the dough, wrap it all up and were home before dark.  Whew.  

I know what you're thinking.  Yes, I do.  What is she thinking?  Where is she going to put all that?  Well.. good question on both counts.  :-D  But remember, I have a whole blue painted cabinet to fill.  :-)

It was an investment, she says!  I saved this nice lady's collection from being sold bit by bit.. it will be loved here.

For now I am enjoying seeing them on the table.  :-)

Just these 4 pieces go for way over half of what we paid for all of it.

2/3's it are Jeanette and glow in a black light.

Two pitchers, the one on the left is also a measuring cup with a juice reamer on the top.  The one on the right is a milk pitcher.

They have embossed flowers on the bottom.

A wonderful hand-mixer.  It works well!  So, that was part of the excitement of Saturday.

The OTHER excitement was Dayle headed to the hospital to spend the day with our son Travis who had a major heart attack one week from that day and found he was ready to be released!!  So Dayle was the one who got to bring him home! Hallelujah!! Kristi was so excited!  He is so happy to be home!  We visited yesterday and brought the boys home.  Kristi is being an excellent nurse, she has a blood pressure machine, an oxygen and pulse meter, and is doting on him.  We got her 2 cookbooks for his post heart attack diet and picked up a pill splitter for her.  Thank you to all of you who kept him in your thoughts and prayers!  PS, I made that blanket for him and it warmed my mamas heart to see it on his lap.

I had to share this photo of El Capitan at Yosemite which we visited last year.  I love this photo.

Well.. that's it for me.. thanks for visiting!  
((hugs)), Teresa :-)  

Friday, February 19, 2021

Update and Minis

Hello friends.  An update on our son Travis.  He had a bit of a setback on Wednesday, he had fluid building up in his lungs which left him weak and they had to address that and by Thursday he was feeling much better although weaker than he had been.  His oxygen is pretty good today and they plan to have him up and walking.  He is a busy guy and is not used to being in bed and not able to move freely so hopefully he'll be well enough to go home soon but no word on when as yet.

My green shamrock plant is full of white flowers.

I have been playing with my little cabinet to pass time while I worry about my son.  I found a little coffee grinder and some tiny cupcakes in my dollhouse to add, plus a pot of irises in bloom.. can you see the tiny bud?  Click HERE to see my dollhouse.

I have a few more miniature things headed this way, can't wait to show you.  :-)

My Meadow blanket has provided warmth, diversion and is uplifting to my spirits.  I wove in all the ends from the 2nd color segment.

Dayle made some fried rice for us.  I looked up how Alton Brown makes his rice and he tried it and omg.. it was the best rice EVER!  You brown some butter, then put the dry rice in and brown it a bit in the browned butter, some salt then add the water and cook for 20 minutes on simmer, take it off the burner and let it rest 5 more minutes before taking the lid off.  It was delicious!  You can google Alton Brown rice recipe and find it.  

For the fried rice, Dayle cubed and browned some spam (or ham), sauteed celery, peas and onions, add the cooked rice, scrambled eggs and soy sauce, stir and brown it all together and serve.    

Thank you again for all your wonderful prayers, good wishes and concern.  It has meant a lot to us.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-)