Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Leaves of Gold and Family Dinner at Tads

I was enjoying my drive home up the Sandy River after my DAR meeting on Monday.  These maples were aglow with the Stark Street Bridge over the river.

The trees clinging to the cliff were yellow and orange.

I pulled off the Historic Columbia River Highway and snapped this image of the sun sparkling on the river.  I do love living here.

We have a Chrysanthemum that came back from last year and the yellow flowers are so pretty.

Now that's a pop of yellow for you.

I have a "hardy" Hibiscus I got a few years back but the silly thing grows all summer and puts out a few flowers right when it's time for them to shrivel for winter.  I would put this plant in the negative column.  :-)  But what a pretty center!

The plant I brought home from my sister's funeral is happy after we re-potted it in one of my favorite old pots and I left it outside on the patio table for the summer and it obviously liked the outdoors.  

My precious little dog Mocha continues to enjoy being on the top of my easy chair in order to keep an eye on the comings and goings... and then she drops her head right on top of mine and falls asleep.  What a goof.  I have to tell you it's not comfortable for me!

I ordered her a new pink furry bed which was delivered yesterday.  She seems to always sleep in that spot.. so I put the bed there and hoped she'd find it and enjoy it.  Lo and behold I looked up and there she was.  :-)  The print was a gift from Kristi when Caleb spotted it at the thrift store.  It looks just like our little Buddy!!  Behind her is an antique cast iron doorstop I found a while back of a Westie and then another with 3 little kittens in a basket.

Kristi brought the boy's school photos for me.. I add them to a frame on the wall each year, putting them atop the last one.  When they graduate I will have all 12 of them in the frame.

Kristi came, the boys took the bus home and Travis drove here after work and we all hopped into our Flex and drove down to have dinner at Tad's Chicken 'n Dumplins last evening.  

We enjoyed spending time with our family and the dinner was delicious.  Tad's is up for sale and I'd wanted to go there before it is sold.  I'm so sad it's being sold.  

A new owner could change the name, gut the interior, change the cuisine and raise the prices.  WAH!  The locals call it the "Chic Dump" affectionately.

I just snapped this shot of our wild vine maple tree turning colors in the front yard.  Such a pretty time of year.

I will be heading to the pool.. in the rain.. brrrr.  But I gotta do it.  In one week we'll be on the road south to California!  We'll drive for 8 hours or so and then spend the night in a hotel.. the next day we'll drive 4 more hours to Yosemite and check into the Ahwahnee Lodge for two nights.  I sure do hope we have nice weather.  My friend Shirley and her husband John will be house and dog sitting for us.  What are you up to this week?
((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Monday, October 14, 2019

Halloween Decor and More

We finally found the bin of Halloween decorations.. LOL!  And the tablecloth that I got last year.  So over the weekend I transformed the dining table into a fun tableaux.  This is the little witch and cat on a moon.

I lit the candles for full effect.  You might notice one candle is unlit.. well.. they weren't even height so I had to burn two down.. right?

I've had this cute little group for several years.. it's 3 little trick-or-treaters in front of a black picket fence and a pumpkin.. there is even a bat flying above the fence.. this makes me smile.

The little witch and my favorite, the porcelain scarecrow candelabra covered with dripped wax and a sparkly little haunted house lit from within.

I so enjoy having my dining room set for the seasons, I can see it from my easy chair in the den.  See the little skeleton lady hanging from the light fixture?

On Saturday evening Dayle made dinner for us, this recipe is called Chinese Noodle Casserole, but when we first made it we thought it looked like dog food.. lol.. so that's what our family calls it.  It isn't a pretty meal but boy does it taste good!!

It also looks fun in the daytime.

I also have velvet pumpkins, my crocheted pumpkins and blown glass ones, too.

My oldest granddaughter, Jenna, is a freshman in high school now and attended the homecoming dance with a group of her friends.  They did some photos first and her little sister Paige posed with her.  So cute!

I was able to get a photo of the Hunter's Moon last night, between clouds.. lol.  

Now I must tell you a story.  Dayle has had heart issues in the past so I wanted to get him an Apple Watch which helps monitor many health issues.  He ran a test on his heart and the watch told him he had Atrial Fibrillation!  He had a doctors appointment last week and told the doctor what the watch said.. and so he listened to his heart. He then had an EKG test and lo and behold.. the watch was spot on!  So now he is getting more testing for this and will be getting the help he needs for it. 

Atrial fibrillation is:

The heart's upper chambers (atria) beat out of coordination with the lower chambers (ventricles).
This condition may have no symptoms, but when symptoms do appear they include palpitations, shortness of breath, and fatigue.
Treatments include drugs, electrical shock (cardioversion), and minimally invasive surgery (ablation).

The moral of the story is to get your annual exams!

OK.. I have to jet.. I have a DAR meeting and then swimming.  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Friday, October 11, 2019

Squirrels and Cabbage

We have grey squirrels here and I was relaxing in my easy chair and looked out the kitchen window and saw this guy on the top of our play structure roof.  It's 75 feet away.. I pulled out my Lumix and zoomed in and snapped this shot.  I just googled and this might be an Eastern Fox Squirrel.  Hmm.  What kind of squirrels do YOU have?

I volunteered at Multnomah Falls yesterday with my friend Shirley.  The best part of our time there is meeting interesting new people.  Jacob Looper came in yesterday and we started chatting and he showed me this nice photo he'd taken with his phone using the panorama feature.  I asked him if he could text it to me and if I could share it on my blog and he said yes.  Isn't this a great shot?  He is a musician and singer so it was a fun conversation.  He'd bought a flute in the gift shop and I asked him to play a tune on it and he did!!  What fun!!

Dayle came to pick me up and on our way home I pulled over by this big cabbage field on the south side of the road.  It's there every year.  I think it's beautiful in it's symmetry and blue-green color.

Sometimes they put in rows of red cabbage too.. but the green must be their best cash crop.  Soon we'll see cabbages on the side of the road as they fall off the trailer they use to haul the cabbage to market.  :-)  I have often thought that they sell it to a local sauerkraut cannery.  I might have to get to the bottom of this!  

Aren't they beautiful!  I often wish they'd sell some to us locals as I'd love to make some home made cole slaw with it.  I might have to find out about that.. too!  

When we neared home I pulled over for Dayle to hop out of the car to get the mail.. and used my iPhone to snap a photo of the barn.  Our son who has moved into his own home has left his car hauler trailer in our pasture.  I've asked him to move it.. it simply does not look scenic in front of our pretty barn.  LOL!

Meantime, I'll just crop it out.  HA!  That big tree you see is a Walnut and the ones on the right are Birch.  The two little ones on the left are green Japanese Maples which were a gift from my blog friend Kathy who no longer blogs.  The big green thing behind them are black bamboo.

I'm not swimming today as we have our housekeeper coming and Dayle will be gone to his annual physical.  I will burn calories doing some tidying and decorating for Halloween.  :-)  What are you up to today?

((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Leaf Peeper

We are having an exceptional year for colorful trees as the leaves change.  I'm trying to capture as many as possible before the winds blow the leaves all off and the trees shiver in embarrassed nakedness.  This amazing parade of trees are on the Mt. Hood Community College property.  I'm not even sure what genus they are but boy do they put on a show each Autumn.  I'm thinking they are Sweet Gum trees.

When I was driving to the pool on Monday I scoped out which trees to photograph on my way home.  This beauty is actually next to my pool parking lot.  

This maple tree is in the parking lot.. I'm amazed at the brilliance of the orange leaves.

This one is in someone's yard on the road home.. I had to pull into the street and turn around and come back.. I'm on the back of the brightest part of the tree and it's backlit, too.  

I think these are Ash trees.. they're amazing as the leaves are green, yellow, orange, red and even purple.. on one tree!

The long line of trees from another standpoint.. it's almost a half a mile long.

One of the most brilliant of those trees.  Do you have some pretty trees where you live?

One of my Rose of Sharon blooms.. too soon it will be closed down for winter.

A crystal ball experiment.. :-)

And another.. notice only one car parked by the barn?  When both sons and their families lived here with us we had a total of 13 cars here.  Now.. with just the two of us we have my Ford Flex, Dayle's Ford Explorer, the Dodge 1 ton, 1955 Chevy and a (non running) 1927 Chevy.  How many and what kind of vehicles do YOU have?

We have three sunny days predicted in a row according to our local weather gurus.  I'm going to enjoy them.  What kind of weather are you having?  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Monday, October 7, 2019

Crystal Ball Images

As I was scrolling down my Facebook feed I saw an ad for a photographic tool that fascinated me.. you take a photo through a crystal ball and people are having a lot of fun with it.  I found one for $13 on Amazon and it arrived in 1 day.  We had a lovely day yesterday so I convinced Dayle to go for a ride with me to test it out.  We headed for Portland Women's Forum to try it with the Columbia River Gorge in the background.

I set the ball on the old stone wall.

This image is not mine but it shows you why I got interested.

We put the ball in it's bag and took some traditional photos.  I use my Lumix bridge camera with the good zoom on my long range photos.

This is a shot of Vista House from Portland Women's Forum State Scenic Viewpoint - 1 mile away.  :-)

I do love living close to this view.  It takes us 5 minutes to drive there from our farm house.

I also snapped a few photos of the red rose hips left from the wild roses that bloom there.

And the moon.  Of course.  :-)

We then drove another 5 minutes to Vista House and drove around it.. because that's what you do.. :-)  That is Washington State behind it, across the Columbia River.

As we drove home I pulled onto the side of the road in front of the Corbett School to get a photo of the top of Mt. Hood that looms behind it to the East.

There was a tree full of red leaves so we snapped this.. I saw "we" because I was driving and Dayle was on the passenger side of the car so it was him taking the photo this time.  I love this one!

I posted the photo above on the local FB group page and so far it's gotten 125 likes!  I erased the last names of the two people listed.  :-)

When we were almost home I pulled into the driveway to the property across the street, it's leased for flower growing to several Laotian families.  I wanted to see what flowers were still blooming.

There is a whole field of Dahlias in bloom!

They grow them and sell them at several farmer's markets in the Portland suburbs.. I wish they sold bouquets across the street for us to buy!

There is a whole row of yellow.. something.. do you recognize it?

The sun was shining on it and it just glowed!

I had to show you Dayle's roast beef dinner he made for us when our grandsons were here for a sleepover.  YUM!

Hayden loves to play with Mocha.. I thought this was cute.  :-)

Today is swimming, after I have some reheated beef stew Dayle made from the leftovers of the roast "beast".  I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-)