09 April 2016

Abundant Blessings

So much has happened since last I posted, but first I would like to take a moment and extend a HUGE thank you to those who left comments on the sad passing of our little Eskie gal. She will be missed for a long time always, but we have a lot of sweet memories of her and lots of photos. 
THANK YOU everyone--you are most KIND!

Now for the main reason I have been absent for a long time...and it's actually a GOOD thing, one of those blessings this post is about. Not too long after THAT sad day, my eldest son gifted me with a new little toy to play with and that is what I've been doing these past weeks....
to be honest, there were definitely some moments when it felt more like WORK than play, (that's what happens when you have to learn a totally different OS from what you have used FOREVER),  but now I am pretty good still learning to do things the Apple way and I mostly LOVE my laptop! Of course it helps to have SO much info on the web and a son that does tech support:)

Besides computer challenges and triumphs, my hubby and I have been taking a lot of day trips. We've been to beaches, bays, rivers, historical sites, lakes, wetlands and up hills. We have also been planning a few trips--some close, some further away. We'll see...

And now a few photos...I still haven't transferred any of the ones on my phones and even the most recent ones on my cameras. BUT, and this is an important but, at least I know how to transfer the photos now to my laptop and somewhat edit and organize them:):) And, as of just a few moments ago, I can actually upload them--sort of--to blogger. LOL.
 I am just SO used to doing things the other, non Apple way.
Oh well, challenges are good. I think:)
Update: my phone, the phone I was going to transfer those photos from...
well it's now decided not to respond anymore. Sigh. Good thing I had texted some of
them to my e-mail awhile back--but some photos are probably lost for good.
Now on a happier note...photo time!
(Still learning this new photo editing app so bear with me please.
Suggestions welcome!)

One day we came back from a wetland area to find we had some visitors of our own. 
Apparently these guys take their "free ranging" seriously! 

Our wetlands adventures were many and we loved seeing all the geese, swans, ducks, eagles, egrets, heron and even beavers close up this winter! It almost made ALL the rain worth it (almost being the keyword here). 

Aren't they amazing? 

Beautiful on the ground, in the lake and in flight!

One last photo for now--
this is Depoe Bay on the central Oregon coast. 
The surf and sea spray was amazing that day spraying up onto the parking area...
a BIG blessing!

Yikes! I just looked at the time and it's way past bedtime. Hopefully by my next post I will have perfected the photo editing programs and can upload faster. Until then--


PS: Is everything in your yard in bloom right now? I can hardly believe it but we have roses--yes roses--in bloom! It isn't the first time, but it is still a bit shocking to see daffodils and roses all within a few yards of each other. Spring is AMAZING!

03 February 2016

Weeping Wednesday

She became part of our family in 2003 --
the last year all of our kids called the PNW home;
the year the changes began.
The "runt" of the litter--a wonderful combo of white fluffy fur, emotions and energy.
She was perfect paw-fect and we knew she should make her home with us.  
As the years passed she would become more sure of herself
and in time took a more dominant role in her "pack".
She loved spending time with
her aunts, who often would feed her treats...
her human brother and sis who loved her...
her nieces and nephews too.

but most of all, she loved spending time with her Alpha Daddy Dog
(AKA Farmer Boy).
He was EVERYTHING to her.
She was an accomplished blogger,
creating at least two three posts on this blog
Her favorite subject being HERSELF
(of course).
She was not one bit conceited
or maybe she was just totally secure in our love.
She could be sad, happy, shy, bold, curious, temperamental, manipulative,
loving, cuddly, wanting to be left alone--
the one thing she never was--
was boring.  
She loved people food.
She didn't like dog food.
She hated chickens (the live ones).
She had a love-hate relationship with cats
(but apparently learned one day they are best left alone).
She had a love-hate relationship
with her doggie brothers too
 (especially if there were any chickens in sight or earshot).
She hated her picture being taken.
Kind of like yours truly:)
She was a good watchdog;
incredibly loyal to her Daddy Dog.
She trusted him implicitly and he never, ever let her down.
She was one of a kind;
I can't imagine ever finding another pup like her.
Could there ever be one?
She loved to travel and did so routinely--
from the heights of Timberline Lodge (Mt Hood)
to the sandy beaches along the Oregon coast.
Forests, the Coast Range, the valley...
Trips will not be the same without her. 
Sad sigh.
I thank God for creating you my furry one and for bringing you into our lives.
I thank Him for answering my prayer and letting us know,
beyond a shadow of a doubt,
it was time to let you go
(even though my heart is breaking from your loss).

Know that I will miss you intensely each and every day but
 your paw prints will forever be etched in my heart.
Go with God now my Furry One.
Farewell and thank you for everything.
Love Always,
In memory of our Baby Girl Eskie who died this week

27 January 2016

Wetlands Wednesday

Like a hawk I have been watching...
for another rain break
for a certain road closed by high water to reopen.
This week both happened
and we (hubby and I) set off towards a certain wetland I had been wanting to visit
 since I first heard about it.
When we arrived I was truly blown away by the tranquil scene before us.
It was better than a massage,
better than dark chocolate,
better than...
well at least it was better FOR ME than a whole lot of things:)
A lot of the usual feathered friends were there...
an egret
(I think he fit in well with the Oriental feel that part of the wetlands has),
(A special thank you to Teresa for reigniting my desire to see these beauties this winter!
BTW, for some amazing close ups of Mirror Lake's tundra swans see Teresa's lovely post on "her" feathered friends here:
The trail around the lake was amazing--
all except for one snake who was definitely NOT hibernating
(being that this blog is a no-snake zone,
I am not posting any of the 3 photos I took of the slithery one)
The trail is mostly flat and only a tiny bit over one mile in length.
Oh, oh DH is up and foraging through the fridge in search of food.
Better go:)
Night all!

22 January 2016

Sunshine On My Shoulder Makes Me :)

Every so often a miracle occurs here in the Pacific NW.
The gray, drippy and very dreary winter skies give way to blue ones
(or at least partially blue ones)
Aimee, sick or not,
escapes to one of the many roads which -- sooner or later -- leads her to a wetland area.

You see one of the TWO things Aimee likes LOVES about winter are the numerous wetlands
and their amazing inhabitants
(the other, as you may already know, is snow, snow and more snow)!
Today Farmer Boy and I set off to explore a wetland I had just learned about
and another that we had driven by, but not stopped at before.
A tiny chipmunk we saw.
Perhaps his name is Alvin?
"My" beloved geese.
A mourning dove?
A hawk who likes heights better than yours truly.
A lovely snow white egret.
Guess who?

One of the major challenges was actually being able to get there...
we got turned back twice when trying to visit one of the areas I wanted to explore.
Of course, sometimes one HAS to get out even if the skies aren't blue
and we've done a little of that too. Those photos another time.

26 December 2015

Scenes Of The Season

Life has been busy...
First there was transitioning to the hubby being home,
then there was the getting used to the darker days of gloomy gray all over again,
then there was the rain, wind and more rain
(SO thankful we had a certain tree removed earlier this year),
then there was the whole
getting ready for company preparations,
attempting to find all the Christmas decorations I hadn't put up for 5 or so years
and all THOSE other things that come with life:)
BUT, then they began to arrive,
one by one...
(yep, those pictures are on my cell phone).
And, since some of them are still here, life continues to be busy
(in a very good way though)
But before the company we had time to make a little road trip to see some feathered friends
and a whole lot of flooding
(I think I read yesterday was Portland's 25th day of recorded precipitation)
There were my beloved
Canadian geese...
and ducks in various poses!
Two bald eagles
(so much better a view through the telescope that was there).
And then there was the flooding...
And more flooding--almost up to the road in places,
over roads in other places...

We were happy to see a certain famous couple survived the flooding though
as a certain Small One was part of our expected company.
I was pretty good about not adding to my Christmas décor this year,
but couldn't resist these Swedish candleholders at Goodwill--
only 99 cents each:)
Couldn't resist some figurines to add to my Christmas village either...
also very inexpensive.
Speaking of flooding,
we had a foot of water under our house at one point this month.  
Have I ever told you how thankful I am for pumps?
Well, one of my kids should be arriving back soon--
I believe spaghetti is on the menu for this evening.
(I LOVE having kids that cook so very well)
So far we've had yummy
beef bourguignon,
salmon chipotle and twice baked potatoes,
Christmas ham and all the trimmings,
jalapeno poppers...
a beautiful lattice topped apple pie
(our oldest granddaughter made),
homemade treats my wonderful SIL made...
I am know I am going to have to diet forever,
 after all this feasting,
but NOT yet
They're back so I need to sign off.
Hope you all had a very joy filled Christmas!
My apologies for any typos and such,
no time to proof read--

04 December 2015

Valley Views + A Very Special Blessing

You'll have to excuse me,
 but we haven't taken any interesting drives lately due to coming down with nasty colds Thanksgiving week (sometimes sharing isn't a good thing--LOL).
And, I haven't put up decorations for Advent yet
(of course, I should confess that I never took all of them down last year.
I like being surrounded by Christmas trees, wreaths, nisser and reindeer no matter the season).
No baking, no garden strolls, no special meals to share with you either.
Instead lots of TV, time spent catching up with Bible reading
(in Revelations now--yippee), lots of prayers, lots of changes,
some sadness, some anger, some laughter...
lots and lots of sleep...
Anyway, today's post is just a collection of photos --
mostly from the valley I believe --
that I haven't posted yet.
Another river view from Clackamette Park. I miss these colors already.
Feel the need for some lovely, bright white snow to color my world
(or a sunny day in the mid 60s to warm me up AND color my world).
Tis the season...
love these guys!
OK, Bigfoot most likely does not walk around with one of these.
But, according to my hubby, Bigfoot does walk around here in the Pacific NW,
and he should know.
You see he saw one
 on a quiet, forested mountain road some 40 years ago--
and his story
has stayed totally consistent for the whole time I've known him.
What about you?
Do you think they exist?
Perfect location for a "Avoid Distractions..."sign.
Don't you think?
Fortunately Farmer Boy was driving, not his VERY mountain distracted camera toting wife.
Not quite the contrast of the day before when I was west of this area and the sky was a fabulous blue!
Still a pretty scene though.
(Jonsrud Viewpoint, Sandy)
And now for the BIG announcement I kind of hinted at quite awhile ago.
Just so you know, there's been a bit of a change whole lot of changes since this was taken...
Yep! That's right.
Our family is about to get bigger by ONE lovely little baby girl!!!!
that means we're about to become GREAT grandparents for the first time:)
(Insert happy smiles here)
Told you it was a VERY SPECIAL BLESSING!
And with that special announcement I will close for this eve...
Advent Blessings,

25 November 2015

Giving Thanks Down By The Riverside

Difficult challenges in life can make you sad, depressed, hopeless, angry and bitter
(been there; done that)
Or they can make you think of all the things in life you are truly and completely grateful for...
kind bloggers,
sunny days,
a pumpkin pie tempting me from our fridge right now,
a sandy beach during HIGH surf,
 a certain lovely river and some of its feathered inhabitants.
Ah, yes. It is THE season for a bird lover like me:)
Just like my feathered friends at the beach,
the feathered friends here by the riverside make me smile...
cause me to admire their beauty and grace as they float with the current
or swim against it.
And their unique characteristics cause me to be filled with joy and a deep sense of wonder!
I may not like the rain of autumn
(though I am very grateful for it after months of drought),
I may not like the cold
(though there is no snow without it and I LOVE snow).
And I may hate the decrease in daylight hours...
but I look forward each autumn to seeing some of the feathered ones
who only visit us at this time of the year.
So, in my little unofficial beauty contest here,
which of the feathered ones is your favorite?
So many to choose from--
ducks, Canadian geese, pigeons, gulls...
I can't choose.
I LOVE them all!
Wishing you all a very blessed and joy-filled Thanksgiving no matter where you live.
Clackamette Park
(located at the confluence of the Clackamas and Willamette rivers)
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