Monday, September 17, 2018

Grab the Popcorn

I read the Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society book a while back and loved it.  I found out they'd made a movie of it and found it on Netflix on Sunday.  It was so good!

Here is the book cover.  It's about a writer who learns about how a group of people struggled through the German occupation of the island of Guernsey during WW II.  She visits the island to learn more.  The book and movie tell about what she finds.  

One of our favorite English actresses plays the lead in the movie, Lily James.  The farmer on the island is played by Michiel Huisman.

I tried to snap photos of some of the grander scenery in the movie and was always too late.  LOL!

I absolutely LOVED the period designs of the sets, the clothes, the cottages, the items in the sets, all antique.  

If there is any chance of you watching this movie, I can guarantee you will love it.

And I loved the ending!!  Do let me know if you read the book and what you thought of it, and if you've seen the movie.  

Travis worked on clearing out more things in the barn that we don't need, note the dumpster in front of the barn.  He brought out our two old goat milking stands that Dayle built painted white, and I embellished.  We took them to the county fair when we showed our goats and also used them for years at home in my milking room.  A stainless steel bowl of COB (corn, oats and barley) was placed in the hole and they ate it while we milked them.  Morning and night for years and years.  I put a photo of them in the Corbett Group on Facebook - free - and within the hour a young woman came to pick them up.  Sigh.  The end of an era.  Poof.  Gone.

I passed some time on the deck enjoying the flowers before the cold and winter takes them away.

I'm now reading a Debbie Macomber book, "The Shop on Blossom Street".  I'm finding it a bit depressing and predictable.  I did a search for "books similar to Rosamund Pilcher" and am going to try "Indian Summer" by Marcia Willett and "Circle of Friends" by Maeve Binchy - both are downloaded onto my iPad.  Any good book recommendations?  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Friday, September 14, 2018

Changing Seasons and The Falls

Today is sunny and warm, but the season has definitely turned.  We had a good soaking rain on Wednesday and it cooled off.  Leaves are turning and some are falling.  So, time to put up the Fall wreath!!

I might need to get a pumpkin or two to set out there, and maybe a pot of yellow chrysanthemums.  

My daughter took a new photo of Honey to share, isn't she cute?  :-)

I volunteered at Multnomah Falls yesterday - the road to the front of the lodge is still closed so we have to hike in from the freeway parking lot.  This is Multnomah Creek as it meanders to flow into the Columbia River.

Walking under the railroad bridge by the stream, loving the ferns growing on the edge.  I've been under the trestle when a train roars over and oh my.. it's thunderously loud and rather frightening.

Very little water coming over the falls right now.. remember this image for when I share a photo soon of the falls gushing with rainfall water.

I was working on my Woodland blanket while chatting with the visitors and got a lot of compliments on it.  One girl was so fascinated I convinced her to soon buy a G sized hook and a skein of worsted acrylic and find a YouTube video on how to crochet.  :-)

I picked this Double Delight rose yesterday and put it on the table between our easy chairs where the scent brings happiness to me.

I'm off to swim soon and will be happy to have the sun shining outside the big pool windows.  My thoughts are with those being hit by Hurricane Florence.  We just saw TV news coverage of the water and wind hitting the cities on the shore and it's awful.  Stay safe!!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

9/11, Salmon and Garden

Yesterday Americans remembered what happened 17 years ago - where a group of evil terrorists highjacked 3 airplanes and used them as weapons of mass destruction to murder over 3,000 innocent people.  Why?  Hate.  Please join me in fighting against that, spread love with me.  I remember where I was when I found out about the attacks, my younger sister Denise called me and woke me and told me - "Turn on the news, something terrible is happening."  I worked at The Oregonian newspaper in the Circulation Department, taking missed paper complaints, starts and stops of deliveries.  In between calls I began working on this peyote stitch necklace and then the earrings - I felt so helpless at what was going on in NY City.  It was my own way to do something, which was to create something that shouted out my patriotism, my love of my country.  When will terrorism end?  I wish I knew.

Last Sunday my son Travis went fishing with his friends.  For the first time he didn't catch anything, but his friends did and they sent him home with half of their catch.  On Monday Kristi prepared the salmon, made rice and peas for our dinner.  YUM!

She sprinkled my Cajun seasoning, NuNu's, on the salmon and baked it.  It was delicious and soooooo tender.  

There is a huge Hawthorn tree on the top of the hill behind our farmhouse.  It's covered with berries, the birds love them.

It's on the border of our 5 acre property.  We have several of them on the farm.  I'm pretty sure they are bird trees, in other words, the birds dropped the seeds here and there.

The garage barn roof used to be completely covered with a thick carpet of moss, but lately it's been sliding off.  :-)

The weather forecasters told us it was going to rain all this week.  WELL.. a very pitiful amount has fallen.  But some is better than none, right?

Our September is mild so far, as in no frosts, so our flowers in pots are still blooming away.

Dayle over-winters our geraniums and they are performing well.  It won't be long, though.. until he brings them into the landing to the basement.

I bought a few Rose of Sharon bushes last year and I'm happy to see they are growing and blooming.  I've admired big bushes of these for years now and am gratified to have some on the farm.  

This is another color Rose of Sharon.

This orange begonia will also go into storage, it may someday need a bigger pot as it's gotten huge.

It's a swim day and then home again.  I got a new magazine rack for by my chair, it's metal and wall-mounted.  When we get it installed I'll take a photo to show you.  I'm so happy to get my "nest" more organized!  Dayle also did his side!  Have a super day and thank you for visiting today.  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Monday, September 10, 2018

Orchid and Porch Swing

Hello!  I wanted to show you the orchid that has been blooming in our garden window.  Kristi got it for me a few years ago, the blooms were dyed blue, I think.  Amazingly it put out a new shoot last year with pretty white orchids with pretty purple centers.  It also sent out a new shoot a few months ago and these incredible flowers have lasted for weeks.  Have you ever tried to grow an orchid?  They really don't take a lot of special attention.

The photo above I had to go around to the other side of the table to get the light ON it.. this is from the other side.  Do you see the photo bomber?  I love how colorful the flowers on the deck are this summer.

Aren't the little Adirondack chair candle holders cute?  They're a surprise gift from my younger sister Denise.  She's so sweet!

These are just so pretty.

The centers are amazing.

Richard came yesterday and finished painting our old porch swing and re-hung it.  YAY!  

We thought of getting a new one, but decided that this one will suffice.  :-)

I woke up early this morning and thought of how I might decorate the swing for a photo.  :-)

So I grabbed my Woodland Blanket designed by Lucy at Attic24 blog, my Pendleton blanket pillow and my traditional African Bolga basket full of yarn I'm using to crochet the blanket.

I'm pleased with how we rescued the old porch and it's now it's a pleasant place to spend some time enjoying the countryside sounds, sights and aromas.

Kristi tried a new recipe, pear muffins.  They're delicious, spicy, nutty and with a streusel topping.  Yum!

I'm on my third Sara Gruen book and am enjoying it.  It really makes you understand the horse world.  I'm halfway through and the heroine is going through some pretty awful things, I sure hope she gets back on track!  

I'm off to my Daughters of the American Revolution meeting and then on to swim.  Have a wonderful week!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Friday, September 7, 2018

Farmhouse Porch Restoration Finish

The saving of our old porch is done!  We decided to just keep the old porch swing and Richard is going to put a coat of white paint on it tomorrow and hang it for us.  We also plan to add two white rockers as soon as we can find them.  We're very pleased!

It's nice to know that the old farmhouse porch has been given new life and will last longer than.. us.  :-0

Cedar really makes some wonderful decking!

He also added some siding below the railing down to the ground and painted it and it looks so much better, it used to be concrete foundation and not pretty at all.  He put a fresh coat of white on the trim so everything looks snazzy.  Pardon the xmas lights that we should have removed.  But it's almost time to put them back up.. LOL!

The new red siding.  Any suggestions of what we might plant in front of the porch?  Or leave it as is?

I walked around and snapped these photos just a bit ago, this is from the other end of the porch looking out to the driveway.

A closer look at the cedar wood.

This is the little forest to the East of our house.

I'm off to swim soon.. then the weekend where they've predicted rain, thankfully.  I hope it pours and pours.  Do you have any fun weekend plans?  There is nothing on our docket, but I'm sure we'll find something to do.  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Quill Pen Artist

Hello!  Thanks for dropping in for a visit.  We're already enjoying our front porch, but it's not done.. yet.  Today Richard is doing the painting of red and white.  Tomorrow he will put the finish on the wood deck.  We've decided on the lightest color transparent stain so the wood will show through.  I'll show you how that looks when it's done.  Our latest decision to make is - do we want to put a porch swing back on the porch, OR.. some Adirondack chairs.. OR.. some white painted rocking chairs?  What do YOU think?

Yesterday my grandson Hayden found a couple of feathers, I think it was from our chickens.  He came to me and asked me if he could make a quill pen from it.  I said sure, and his dad carved the tip for him and scraped out the pulp in the tip so ink would fill in the tip.  Then I told him where I kept my ink, in my secretary in the living room, and had him bring a notebook and I demonstrated how far to dip the quill into the ink and how to use it for writing.  Then he sat at the table and proceeded to write with it.  I was so impressed!!  What a neat kid!!

Awww.. I love this kid.  I have decided that I will let him use one of my fountain pens and sit with him at the table and show him how to write cursive.  

Our new chairs are being delivered today, we're waiting for the deliverymen.  Then I'm off to swim.  It's a perfect weather day, a good day to plunge into cool water and drive home with the sunroof open and all the windows too.. the best way to dry your hair.  LOL!!  Have a super day, and thanks for the visit.  ((hugs)), Teresa :-)