Monday, July 16, 2018

Weird Light

 some of these are just NOT good pictures, fuzzy.. BUT
It was weird, like orange outside..
There was a rainbow and a strong smell of rain in the air, but we never got any rain, hardly any wind... And it not last very long at all, grabbed the camera and started taking pictures...
 Brian had to come out and see what was going on too... he thought it weird too....
On Sunday he just stays in pajamas. haha charming..
Have been nagging him to drink LOTS of water, they are out all day in the sun and heat. Thursday he came in and said he did not feel good, got a bag of ice and put on back of neck, sat in chair and toppled right over onto the floor.... was incoherant for about 15 min and did not know how he got on the floor.  It was rather scary.. had to call my nurse friend to see what i needed to do!!! Put cold, wet towel on his head.... made him suck on ice cubes to get some water down him.... he came out of it and appears none the worse for wear.  But made him take extra bottles of water and his hydro flask (64 oz) full of ice water... he has been taking that, just think he does not take time to drink it!!! As often as he should...  Will see how he feels tonight.... after another day out in the heat...

These pictures were not doctored up at all, just the light as it was... pretty huh?



The sky was really weird looking.....

Take Care All and God Bless.... stay hydrated!!!!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Summer Yard


These are such happy flowers!! And no matter how much i clean out, they still come back, bigger and better than ever...


 AND the sunflowers!!!!  I looked out the window this afternoon an there they were!!! Swear they were not ready yesterday, and these just come up, i think from bird droppings from the bird seed.... Not as many of them this year as in the past, but there were two that are fairly tall. Had some come up near the pick-up and they are not destined to do very well, as keep running over them!  either with the pick-up or the wheel barrel getting things into the back of the pick-up.... That is just the way it goes i guess, can't baby them where they came up....

Hollyhocks are from just ONE that was here the first year we moved in and i moved it and did not think it had a chance, BUT they have done really well, last year they were all over and huge, i pulled out many of them this spring, they were just in the wrong place!! This one is right next to the sidewalk, but is standing up really straight and tall, this is way over my head.... wish i could get white or rose colored ones, but these sort of not so nice deep purple ones are what i have.  Have tried to get the others to start with seeds from other plants and so far, it is a no go. 

The lavender!!!! I had tried a couple plants from Lowe's or Bi-Mart and they did not take... a couple years ago my niece, Sacia n Chloe went to the lavender farm in Culver and i got 3 plants and they are all doing really well and are like 4 times bigger than they were at 1st... really happy with how they are doing...

I do normally get plants from Bi-Mart and have really good luck with them, that is where i got the tomatoes a couple years ago that did really well, had TONS of little tomatoes off those plants, and their flowers are good too.  Lowe's don't have so much luck with..... magnolia did well, and this salvia to the left i got there and it is doing well.... But normally Bi-Mart is the place to go to....
Well saying that, i DO have different bushes i have gotten from Lowe's that did ok, but then again got a different lavender this year and it is already dead.. think it is the place i put them in also.... did not like back yard, BUT the hostas are doing ok back there, think it is just too varied of moisture, either too dry or too wet and in shade most of the time, the Iris do't like it back there either....  but have Iris out front that are doing really well, but are ignored alot of the time  ... who knows!!!!

But i do like my flowers and it is sort of zen to go out and water and watch how they are all doing.
And plan what to change or move... Have a maple vine that has started out by the sidewalk... just started up, it is getting really thick and big, am going to move it over to the opposite side of the honeysuckle on the trellis, so it has somewhere to climb.... that honeysuckle had lots of blooms a couple weeks ago, gave it lots of water, as in a dry, hot place, now the blooms are mostly gone... ???? Maybe it cycles in its blooming.....

Take Care All and God Bless

Saturday, June 30, 2018

New Author

Oh my goodness, found a new author!!! Julia Keller... Just finished Bitter River (got it at Fred Meyer!!) Spent two feverish nights until 3am reading this book.... It is the 2nd in a series.... hate when i do that, but the book cover or inside said nothing about that!!! And can catch up!! Went to used book store and found the first book: A Killing in the Hills.... and ordered the next 3 from Barnes & Noble..... you know what i have been running into when i look for books is that the author, i suppose, just releases to Nook or Kindle and there is not a hard copy.. Diana Galbadon does that too!!! with add on books to her series, that are short novels expanding on the already LARGE books that she comes out with every two years in the Outlander series....
I just can't get into reading that Kindle... I did when i was in the RV, it came in really handy and did not have to find used book stores or even a book store.  Altho i did pick up some books in the RV camp places..... they normally had a small library....
BUT i like to have a book, to hold and turn pages, the smell and feel of them, just the way i like to read...  AND i DO have stacks of the everywhere around the house... and am getting so that i forget what i have read and not read, have to really work sometimes to remember :)  great, huh, i should just re-read what i already have here, probably would not remember in any case!!!! But some i do, they apparently were memorable....
I have thought for posterity's sake i should be doing something with my time to leave behind, like crochet or quilting.. who will remember, oh!! Loree read that book or recommended that book.... don't think so.  But i do get my enjoyment out of it, so i guess there is that... and i can't think of a time that i don't have a book with me, i always carry what i am reading, as you never know when you have to wait, tire store, doc office and that is time to do something... read... rather than just sitting there, staring...
IN ANY CASE this was a really good book, set in the Appalacian Mtns of West Virginia... I have been thru West Virginia and it was truly beautiful.... mystery/murder, good character development, you really get to know these people..... even the subsidiary people, not just the main characters, they are all people in this little town that you get to know and become attached to...

Good Reading and Take Care and God Bless

Thursday, June 28, 2018

McKenzie Pass


 
 Today was the day to drive up the McKenzie Pass.. It reopened a couple weeks ago, we had a BIG rain and there were mud slides (mud slides as there is nothing holding the dirt, no trees, no undergrowth or grass)  and it closed, then reopened here again last week.  It is closed during the Winter months, they do NOT keep it plowed.. It is a twisty, windy road, loved by bicyclists and goes over and meets the South Santiam Hwy to Eugene. It is a favorite drive in the Fall as the leaves on the 'other' side are beautiful...
Our family used to take Sunday drives up there all the time...
Last summer there was a BAD fire, the Milli Fire and it got really close to Sisters, they had to cancel some events, the jazz Festival for one as the smoke was just terrible in Sisters... Also the hwy was being used to fight the fire.... and needed to be open for fire vehicles.
And much of the beautiful, old growth forest is now gone....

You can see behind this sign  all the brown and hardly any green at all.. This was  all forest last year.


This is the start of the fire, or rather where it ended on the way down the mountains...
McKenzie Pass is only 11 miles from Sisters..


 This is the Dee Wright Observatory at the summit of the McKenzie Hwy..

It sits in the middle of a huge lava flow, there are many trails out into the flow.

And a walkway up to the top of this structure, where you can see the mountains all about.  It was COLD up there, Luci was shivering and not too very happy with me.  I did carry her up but made her walk back down.

This is looking South at the side of the Three Sisters ..


Mt Scott


 My car.... :) always have to take a picture of the car in the surroundings.... with the blow down and dead/burned trees in the background.

Little Luci waiting for me... Note my Starbucks cup by the front tire, if i do NOT do that, she gets into it and spills it all over the seats... she loves her Starbucks!!

Lupine... even tho there were dead trees all about, devastation, there are harbingers of new growth and hope for a future for the forest.

Altho i know that forest fires are a 'natural' order of things and that they regenerate the forest and it is good for them, gets rid of disease and nasty things...
I would still much prefer if this not happen in my lifetime, that i did not have to see the lovely, beautiful forest no longer there..






Here you have a couple trees that survived  and in a hundred years or so, they will be soaring and will be the beginnings of a new forest..


This is what the forest looks like just out of Sisters, they do controlled burns of the undergrowth, and ponderosa pines have room to grow.


In the meantime, this is what we get to see from now on...

You know when this happened in Tillamook, that horrible fire in the 30's, they had school children on field trips that went out and planted trees, i know as my class was one of them that did that in the 50's.. all along the Wilson River on the way over to Tillamook there are signs telling what year a section was planted.. they are now starting again to log out of the Tillamook Burn from some of those trees, of course trees grow much, much faster on the Coastal Range, what with all the rain they get over there, than they would in this area. East of the Cascades...

They even replanted a portion of area burned by Tumalo Falls West of Bend, there was a fire there.  Brian's class in early 80's replanted some of that.
Maybe they will here. who knows?  But right now it is pretty devastating.... But by next year maybe there will be grasses and manzanita that will be coming back. as the Lupine is this year.

Take Care All and God Bless

Monday, June 25, 2018

Long Post...


 This is my friend Carol's cute little carriage house in Davenport on River Drive.... right smack next to the Mississippi river, but up on a hill so she does not flood!!! and behind the BIG mansion where her landlords live!!! That has been redone and is Beautiful... they take care of all the yard.. it is a cute little place to live in and to visit, if she just would not keep the air on so very cold... :) there is a great deck out back to sit and watch the many birds that stop by.
Was also there just when all the bulbs were blooming and then the wonderful peonies!!! this lady, i am just assuming it is a lady had both sides of her house along the sidewalk covered in them, they were so very beautiful!!! Had to go around the block and get LOTS of pics...
 The last week we took the older kids for a trip to Iowa City to stay in a motel with a huge pool and room service.. such fun and a treat!!! Along the way we went thru Columbia City and went across the suspension bridge, that was fun!!! They got that to swaying something fierce!!!
This is Guthrie and Laithe, he looks rather demonic there... you know it is a thing to try to look horrid when taking a pic, then maybe people will stop taking pics.... Me.... i just record for posterity ALL pictures.... that's the way we were!!! Except ones of me, and since i have the camera i can delete the bad ones of me!!!

Here are our roommates, Harry on the right and Freya on the left... good kitties....


the above is  the Mercantile in Pawhauska, OK where the Pioneer Woman lives.... I have been following her blog since forever, and she has exploded into cookbooks, she is on the Food channel, they refurbished this building into a store and bakery, have a boarding house in building behind this one where you can stay for 250+ per nite!!! They also opened a pizza place, the week after we were there!!! The bakery was really huge and really something, they also have a restaurant in the lower part of this (deli) but there was a line out the door... They have a BIG cow operation out of town about 1/2 hour away, they have tours, we did not stay to go on that.... but the store had MANY things that a person could want, mostly kitchen wares tho.... as that is what she is really about, is cooking.  It was fun to go there and now when we see it on TV, we can say, "oh, i saw that!"

The whole purpose of our road trip the 2nd week i was there was to go to Waco, TX to see Chip and Joanna of Fixer Upper on HGTV!!! And the Pioneer woman in Oklahoma. !   .It was a loooong ways down there, much longer than anticipated... but we had a good time and saw LOTS of the country...

You know after a month being home it appears that i am NEVER going to put this all down as it went, so am doing this one BIG blog of everything, and it is rather disjointed and not in order.... but apparently that is just the way it is going to have to be.  I should have taken the computer and did daily blogs as i am supposed to do, it would have been so much better, and then would have remembered everything but was trying to save on packing and weight and what not and that just did not happen as it was supposed to.  I ended up sending a box ahead of me thru post office and STILL checking a bag, as decided i did not want to carry it thru airport with me and doubted my ability to lift it over my head into the overhead bins on the plane, which was a good thing, as i would not have been able to!!!
Then on the return trip i even had to borrow a HUGE suitcase to get all of my 'plunder' home, as i figured i would more than likely NOT be going there again, so might as well get everything i wanted right then.... geez..... what was i thinking????

This picture is in Paris, Texas, and YES there is such a place...  there is also another place in the states called Paris, with a replica tower and to make this one taller, they put a cowboy hat on it!!!!


This is the Red River and yes it is red, due to the soil i was told.... but the lady i asked said it 'soul'.... she was a nice lady, but with a real, authentic accent!!!
I was eager to see these rivers as you are always reading about them in the western books, and cattle drives to the North...

AND this is the Brazos River.... this is at a place where it was easier for the cattle to ford the river, many cows were lost in the fording of these rivers....

AND i had read about these statues and really, really wanted to see them!!!
The first day we got to Waco about noon, so we could take a tour we had signed up for of the area, and it was THE greatest tour...  love taking these if available in cities.... have taken ones in Nashville, Pensacola... where ever i can to get a feel for the place and and learn all you can about where you are... This was a Christian based company Waco Tours, and we even started off with a prayer.... they just knew everything about the city and surrounding area and lore, were very personable.  And we went by these statues, could not stop at the time as there was a wreck right in front, someone rear ended another car, probably gawking at the statues and not watching what was before or after them, they really are cool and quite striking, got all sorts of pictures of them.... we went back later in the day, after the tour..


 This is the Mississippi River at one of the dams and locks, it was above flood stage, but not so high as to flood the streets yet or even this year..... but still it is rather dramatic looking and very, very swift....

We took the younger kids, Cort and Juniper to story/craft time each Tuesday at Chick A-Fil, they had a good time, there was also a gym thing that they could play on.  The 1st day taking them Cort got up in the apparatus and then started to cry, so i had to crawl up there to get him and get him back down, thank heavens Carol did not take a picture of that ...!

Here is picture of the Alico building/hotel?? in Waco, It is pictured quite often in the Fixer Upper show... Waco had a huge hurricane in the late 1800s' early 1900s that decimated much of the downtown area, it is still not built up and they have paved it over and use lots of the blocks as parking which is really nice, lots of places to park, and this hotel was one of the places that survived...

One of the businesses that figures in the show also.... this was a little cafe with lots of outdoor seating, it is right near Baylor College and gets lots of student trafic, they also have little concerts in the backyard area...


 Here is lovers leap... any drop off in the mid-west apparently was a lover's leap... lots of leaping going on..... and the Brazos river, you can see this is NOT a place to get cattle cross the river!!!

Harp Design is where Joanna gets her woodworking done, tables and signs and what not...

These are the Silos and the low building is the stellar bakery, oh, yummmm....


The front of the Magnolia Mktplace.... Such a great store... could get anything you wanted as souveniers  (sp)  of the show.... t-shirts, hats, bags, decorative items, kitchenware.... it was wonderful...

So that is a capsule of my trip, finally and where we went some of the time and what we saw.  It was a very good trip, loved my time with Carol and the children and seeing new sights and places.

Take Care All and God Bless

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

My Flight Home


Don't u think this looks like a ship?  Denver Airport...

Went to Moline airport on Saturday May 26th and the plane from Chicago that would be going on to Denver was late, making it impossible for me to make connections in Denver for Redmond, SO back to Carol's... poor Carol and she thought she got rid of me!! HA!!
So the 27th back to the airport, try again.. got boarding pass and luggage checked, lots of moving things around so that both were under 50# each... Got to TSA and had the wrong boarding pass.. back to the check in counter, the machine was spitting our duplicate passes and i had the one for the person that checked in just b4 me!!!! Never occurred to me to check the names..... Well good to know.. Back to the TSA line.... and they had a thing that moves around you, you don't just walk thru it like in Redmond, and i LIT up... places were highlighted on her little screen, so i had to have a thorough pat down.. i mean THOROUGH, everywhere... i mean really, i am trying something nefarious !!! a terrorist.... suppose i am glad that they check but REALLY... i felt so very much safer and i am sure all the people that were there seeing the whole thing, did too.....
Got to my gate and they were already boarding..  got a bulkhead seat... my those are almost comfortable.... AND it was the most bumpy, horrid flight ever... weather, jostle, jostle, drop... even a little child screamed..... fun
Then in Denver did not really have long to wait for next flight BUT no... gate change, twice.... then the plane from Memphis was late due to weather, time changed at least 4 times!!!! Then they moved us, said they were boarding and we went down a flight of loooong stairs and down a loooong hallway to gate (it was a situation where you had to go out on tarmack to get to stairs to board plane).. THEN they had us stay in the hallway for a good 20 minutes.... i mean there were infirm older people, on crutches, in wheelchairs.... so people sat on the floor and waited....why we could not have just stayed in the waiting room until they were ready, who knows... a person did come by tho and checked us in so when they did actually board they did not have to do that too, we just trudged to the plane.... this was a bumpy flight too but not for long periods of time.... I am sure other people have stories of plane travel too, but this was a first for me to have like everything go wrong
And we got to Redmond just as the sun set.... really bright orange that turned darker and darker, with the mountains silhouetted  on the horizon, it was truly a wonderful, beautiful sight... 1st time seeing mountains for a month!!!!  It is flat, flat, flat in the midwest.. all the way from Iowa to Texas..  oh there are dips and heaves here and there but nothing high on the horizon that u can see for miles......
So... Take Care All and God Bless

Monday, June 4, 2018

Curtain Installation


You know, i don't have to do this, BUT just goes to show....
Think i am getting older or loosing reason ability, things just don't work as they used too.
This curtain  ........  You notice there is a high and low side to the rings holding curtains up... i use a cloth liner, just prefer that, can bleach and wash it to get musty smell and gunk off of it....
THEN i like it really high up so that my son, who is 6'2" does not splash water all over, because that is not really a concern of his......
SO.... well first i got the hooks on there the wrong way, so the short side was on the inside... then the liner showed over the top of the  outside curtain...(notice this AFTER everything was hung) can't have that, it is wrong.... soooooo ... decide to read instructions, as did not do that before, because this looks easy enough... right...
Then had to take curtains down and reverse the hooks so that the short side was on the outside... and the liner was hidden by the outside curtain.. that looked much better
You know, these rods you just pull them out to fit shower, then twist a certain way and it affxes to the walls of the shower and magically stays there.
THEN you know there is a little connector in the rod - a plastic thingy, weeeellll it was holding up the  hooks from freely rolling to the side when you moved curtains to get into the shower..  becuz there are these cool hooks that have rollers on them for easy sliding back and forth on the rod  .. that was not right... walked about, did some other things.... thought about it and NO there was NO way to get those curtains OFF all in one piece so that i did not have to do each step yet again, you know put on the hooks then put on each curtain separately.....
SO.... took the whole thing down yet again... this time i used a stool to stand on to get the damn thing up high enough, cuz really it was not high enough the 2nd time and might as well do the whole thing all over again as was having to take it all apart again in any case....
SO now i had to use the stool to put up the rod (because it was just a tad higher than i could reach)  and reverse the ends so that the plastic thingy was on the left side and the roller hooks could roll freely when getting into the shower... don't really need to worry about it being on the left side as only pull the curtain partially open anyway from right to left and does not go as far as the plastic thingy..... so up on the stool to hang rod, get down to pick up hooks, back up on stool to put on hooks, then down to get liner, up again to put on liner, down again to pick up outside curtain, up again to put up on outside curtain....  and THERE it is done and picture taken to show installed shower curtain and rod and rollers..... HA!!!!  SEE, think i just did not think things thru far enough, BUT you know i think things thru or start to and then just can't figure them out so just don't do whatever and keep thinking about how to go about, whatever.....
AND i HAD to have the shower curtain up, as  not something a person can do without...
So now think i will go outside where it is chilly, will we not ever have a summer!!!??? and finish edging the lawn... sounds fun, huh.....   Well i don't really have to think that thru....

Take Care All and God Bless