Monday, April 22, 2019

To the Sea

I'm waving to you from the edge of the Pacific Ocean - 44 latitude by 124 longitude.  :-)  Lincoln Beach is the name of the place where we bring our travel trailer/caravan and this is the view from our door!  :-)

Our wonderful son Travis and DIL Kristi met us here to help Dayle get the trailer backed in and hooked up.  Good thing as the big slide wouldn't go out and Travis opened an access panel under the trailer and used a wrench to get it to move.  Then he helped Dayle hook up everything!  Yay!  They rented a hotel room for two nights and made a vacation out of it and had a great time.  

We had a bit of a sunset that first night.

Kristi surprised me with this beautiful Easter basket so we brought it with us to the beach to enjoy for the week.  It has an African violet, a sedum with orange flowers and plus other living plants.. so nice!           

Their pup Ozzie had fun playing with our pup Mocha while they visited us in the caravan.

We surprised Kristi with an Easter Azalea!

The kids spent hours on the beach and our amazing beachcomber daughter-in-law brought back all these treasures she found.  

I was amazed with this black coral tree she found with white stuff on the branches.

And this bright pinky red sea moss or ?

She also found this unusual nut thing and we mused that it may have traveled from some exotic country across the ocean.  Ideas?

On Easter Sunday we surprised the boys with a chocolate bunny filled with jelly beans.  Then we treated them all to a nice lunch at a Mexican restaurant before they headed home.  

Kristi took her favorite beach finds and left all the agates and one shell for me.  WAHOO!  I do love beach agates!  Thank you, Kristi!

We've had some lovely weather while here so far!  

Travis is walking Ozzie the Australian Shepherd while the boys play and Kristi searches the beach for treasures.  Travis turned his back to the ocean and he and the dog got wet feet!

After bidding farewell to the kids we headed south on 101 and pulled in to snap a photo of my favorite rocks in Siletz Bay at Taft.

I just think this tree topped rock is so picturesque.

Then a turn up the road next to the Siletz River to check on my "nurse log".  My it's grown!  And the tide was so low that it was sticking way up in the air.  I worry that some day it will roll over and float out to sea.  

The kids were so lucky to be here during a very low tide and were able to walk around and see starfish and anemone and all sorts of wonderful things.

Kristi collected some shells, making sure they were old and not inhabited by anything and washed them up at home.  I am not sure of the names of these shells but if I find out I will add identifications here.  Kristi said the big ones are Whelk.

Their pup Ozzie had a wonderful time on the beach.  Here he is with his own beach find.  :-)

Today we meet fellow blogger Betsy and her husband Dennis for lunch at Kyllos.  That will be fun as I haven't seen her for years now it seems.  Have a super week!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Friday, April 19, 2019

Jewel Tone Silk and Waxing Moon

I decided to put a multi-colored lace border on my shawl that I'm working on.. I needed a fingering/lace weight yarn.. and look what I found.. from KnitPicks.. silk in the prettiest, shining jewel tones.  It's all set for me to work on while listening to the tides roll in.  :-)

Someone posted on Facebook that the moon was looking fetching the other night.. so I grabbed my big Lumix and went out at 11:30 pm.. here is my "waxing moon".  

So.. we've packed everything but the kitchen sink.. lol.. we head off soon.. I'll let you know how it goes.  Tata for now!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

.••..• Happy Easter! .••..• 

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Enjoying Spring in the Farm Garden

My big pot of daffodils is holding up well, even with days of rain and cool weather.. or maybe it's because of that!  :-)

I so enjoy the different varieties of daffodils. 

I was surprised by the big huge bumblebee on this flower stem.

This one is like a golden halo on the cup.

The purple lilac will open soon!  I'm kind of upset that I may miss the whole lilac bloom while at the beach.  :-(

My Iris garden is coming along.. I can't wait to see them bloom.. my metal goat looks at home in their leaves.

My one and only tulip is in bloom.. lol

The white lilac is starting to open, I will try to cut some branches to take with us for the trailer.  I've never tried to cut them this early and am not sure they will bloom?  Have you?

I stood very still near the hummingbird feeder and snapped a photo of this cute little guy.

This is he and his mate.  They stayed here all winter, little dears.

Yesterday my 2 sisters and Shirley, my best friend from 7th grade, met me for lunch at Fir Point Farms, a fruit stand in Canby that is also a bakery and cafe, where we had lunch together and celebrated my birthday.  My 2 sisters told me they'd buy me some plants at our next stop at Margie's Nursery.

They are newly opened and will have a lot more color and plants coming up.  But I found some fun things.

As we drove from Fir Point to Margies we passed this amazing field of Mustard, so after I left the nursery I stopped and took a photo of it on my way home.

Shirley gave me this cute little lavender glass bunny candy dish.  It will join my chicken candy dish collection.  :-)

One more daffodil photo.. :-)

My big purchase at the nursery was this Red Bud tree, my sister Roberta pitched in for this.  They are very popular in the south USA and I didn't know they'd grow in this zone, but over the last few years I've seen them and wanted one and now I have this!  :-)

The color of the flowers are a beautiful fuchsia!  I think I'll plant it above the pond area near the bird feeder.

Here are my other purchases, a King Tut and Prince Tut Papyrus - these are my birthday gifts from sister Denise.  I got the cute little Coleus for myself.  

I've loved colorful coleus for a long time but haven't gotten one in years.. this will be fun on the deck.

The koi are more active now that winter is over.  I fed them and snapped a photo.. we will get a few more when the pet store gets them in stock.

We are trying to get the trailer/caravan ready for leaving on Friday.  So much to do.. I'm making lists of things to pack.  See you on the other side!

❀.•❤•.✿.•❤ Happy Easter! ❀.•❤•.✿.•❤ 

((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Monday, April 15, 2019

Trilliums and Time with the Kids

Nothing says Spring more than when the Trilliums bloom in our little forest.  We took these photos from the French doors in our master bedroom that face the woods.  I say "we" because I got the camera and stood by while Dayle wedged the screen door open and took the photos for me.  LOL!  

This is our view from our room.. see the little Trilliums on the forest floor?  We battle the English Ivy which climbs the trees and chokes them to death.  In fact I wish nurseries would banish this ivy from sale as it's taking over whole forested areas here and killing the trees.  Please don't ever plant this in your garden.

Do you have Trilliums where you live?  It's important to never pick these as it can damage the rhizome and can kill the plant.

We were invited to dinner at our son and DIL's home on Friday.  Their puppy Ozzy was fun to hold as he's so soft and wiggly and cuddly and licky.. lol.  

My darling grandson Caleb drew a picture for me.. he asked me what he should draw and I suggested an Easter basket.  Didn't he do a fantastic job?  

Hayden showed me the Lego things he made from the kits we gave him for his birthday.  He even staged them in battle and took a photo of them with my iPhone.  He so enjoys playing with these.

Kristi made fried chicken, biscuits and had some deli salads with a buttermilk pie for dessert.  My son showed me this huge bush covered with red flowers, they didn't know what it was, I told him that it was a Camellia bush.  He picked a few flowers and sent them home with me.  A nice evening with our son and his family.

Dayle has been getting our trailer ready for a trip to the beach, we leave on Friday.  I'm excited to breathe in the sea air and visit our favorite places like the lighthouses.  You can expect some blog posts from there next week.  :-)
((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Friday, April 12, 2019

Gushing Falls

My sister Denise and I volunteered in the Visitors Center at Multnomah Falls yesterday.  With all the rain we've been having the falls were ROARING and running at an estimated 7500 gallons per second!  In late summer when it's been dry it dwindles to 75 gallons per second.  Just one of the fun facts I enjoy telling the visitors.

Here is a video I took a few years ago Gushing Falls

With all the moisture in the air the mosses at the falls are happy and lush.

When there is so much water coming over a second falls forms.

And Multnomah Creek was running high.. it's fun to see it like this.

Can you imagine how many years it took for the falls and creek to cut through this rock to the river?  See the neon green lichen across there.. it is always there year after year.

In the middle of the plaza is a rock with a fountain...

Donated and installed by a DAR chapter.

The best part of volunteering to help visitors make the most of their visit to the gorge.. is the wonderful people you meet.  These two recently moved from Oklahoma to Richland, WA and are enjoying getting to know their new home area.  The nice woman gifted each of us with a small "pocket prayer" crocheted piece with a little cross crocheted in.  How nice is that?

Our chickens are in full springtime production of eggs!  We sent my sister home with a dozen.  

We snapped this photo of Mocha as she napped the other day.  So funny.  You can tell she feels secure in her environment.  :-)

Here she is cuddled up on my lap with my arm around her, out like a light.  She is everything we hoped for when we adopted her.  A real sweetheart.

We've been invited to our son's home for fried chicken dinner tonight.  I offered to make chicken gravy for the mashed potatoes.  We're looking forward to it.  Any fun plans for the weekend?  ((hugs)), Teresa :-)