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)

18 November 2015

The Feathered Ones (Part II Of Surf, Sand + Seagulls)

From November 11th...
Just because life continues to be challenging here
(though I am feeling MUCH, MUCH better),
just because I'd rather be on the sands right now instead of home
(unless it's pouring down rain or freezing cold when you read this),
just because I can't get enough of the surf, sand and seagulls
(is it possible to get enough of those three?),
just because laughter is great for the soul and gulls make me laugh,
just because it's late and I don't have a lot of words tonight
(probably because I should be in bed at this time),
I bring you more of the feathered ones --
with lots of thanks to the seagull-feeding strangers standing on the seawall above us,
who without knowing it made these photos possible:)
I wish seagulls could talk.
 I mean I know they do, but
 since I don't understand gullish and they don't speak English,
 I just have to imagine what they are saying--
or in this case thinking.
In this case, I am imagining that the bird, behind the one in front, is a girl gull
and she is crazy in love with the guy gull.
Yep, she is totally smitten.
Meanwhile guy gull is totally smitten with the idea that there is food nearby.
The message is out.
Seagull feeding strangers on the seawall.
"Come one, come all".
Seagulls on the seawall.
Seagull sentinels.
It's a regular bird convention it is.
Love these guys (and gals).
Loved the foamy surf!
Another fisher gull enjoying his (or her) catch of the day.
He apparently likes sushi as much as I do--
however he prefers his without the rice, the seaweed, etc. etc.
Mmm. Sushi.
The End:)

10 November 2015

Of Surf, Sand + Seagulls

Recently -- in between a horrible bout of gastroenteritis,
some other kind of awful ailment,
severe sciatica/back pain
and numerous challenges, 
we took time to enjoy the high surf at a familiar beach...
The "regulars" were all there and we even had the bonus of sunshine--for awhile that is!
The beach wasn't cold, the tide was coming in and we got front row parking--
a benefit of the less crowded off-season:)
And the surf?
Well, the surf was glorious, captivating and beautiful!

The skies above were pretty awesome too.
The "regulars" were very entertaining...

Some of them, we discovered, were very skilled at fishing.
Others kept busy elsewhere.
Papa and the Small One seemed to really enjoy the high surf--
she also enjoyed watching the gulls, playing in the river and building a sand castle
(she also got her photograph taken by a REAL photographer--I can hardly blame him as it was pretty fun watching her and the wild waves)
It was a wonderful time of peace and wonder.
Even now, as I sort through the photos, I am reminded of the beauty we found there.
There's nothing like time in God's creation to feed one's soul and
I definitely needed some "food" this day.
I came, I ate and I left satisfied.
The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear Him,
and delivereth them. O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him.
O fear the LORD, ye His saints: for there is no want to them that fear Him.
Psalms 34:7-9 KJV

05 November 2015

Autumn Immersion

When I was young, autumn fun didn't have to cost you as much as a fancy dinner out. No!
And before the end of October we set out--
Small One in tow--
to prove that was STILL true. 
Fortunately, thanks to a wonderful farm family and some other people, we found it is!
After a couple of false starts, we headed towards a farm I thought
would fit our idea for autumn fun quite well (link and info below).
After a bit of exploring Small One and I tried out the corn maze
(first photo). It wasn't hard to figure out, but it was great exercise and had some lovely views of the countryside and autumn color!
Pumpkins were all over,
as were "cobwebs" and other autumn themed décor.
Small One, of course, wanted a really big--HUGE--pumpkin.
This is the moment she found out Papa had one rule about choosing a pumpkin...just ONE rule...
can you guess what the rule is?
Does this photo help?
Small One finally found one she could pick up...
and it was a very lovely one too.
Will get to that photo in a bit...
but, before the choosing of the pumpkin, came a VERY fun tractor pulled wagon ride which left us shaking at times, giggling at others and very thankful we had some here:)
Perhaps I shouldn't post a pic of that as I don't want to give the surprise(s) away
Total cost: Less than $3 for the pumpkin.
We'll definitely be back!
Later on, we found another farm giving away FREE pumpkins!
We only wish the farmer had been around because we were so very grateful for this lovely gift!
Soon, we met up with a friend of mine,
my BFF to be exact, who I see all together too rarely since she has moved.
Off we headed to a neighborhood park where our grandkids played for awhile on the playground equipment and then discovered another FUN and free pastime--thanks to a family there who apparently had the same kind of philosophy as I do re: autumn fun.
Yep! Leaf piles on a lovely bed of grass are always a recipe for LOTS of fun:)
 And, the experience stays with you even after you leave.
Total Cost: nothing
On the way home we swung by a place to pick up another necessary ingredient for autumn fun---
caramel apples,
specifically gourmet caramel apples.
No need to show you this one, but they were the most expensive part of our day and still under $10 for 2 of the most yummy treats known to man (or in our case--girls).
Next up: pumpkin carving
One of our two carved pumpkins--
designed by Small One and carved with lots of love by a REAL Farmer Boy,
which just happens to be a Papa too.
Although we had other autumn adventures including a mini birthday celebration for the Small One.
my load of dishes is just about done, so I'll end this post with another autumn tradition from my childhood...
Wishing you all a very blessed November filled with love, simple blessings and priceless memories.
A HUGE thank you to the Jim Dandy Farm Family for the awesome time we had there
(I am still smiling when I think of that GREAT wagon ride--teehee!). Thank you also for your kind permission to post photos taken there!!!
Here's a link to those who would like to know more:
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