Monday, August 14, 2017

Gas (eclipse)


Well overnight gas went up 20 cents... and long lines at Fred Meyer, so went to Arco and half their pumps were not working???
Went to Madras Sunday to see brother Jerry, as felt I needed to see him. He appears fine, but all sad and depressed.... due to the physical issues he is having....
The drive there and back was horrid!!! Took me 1 1/2 hours, normally takes about half hour or a bit more, never that much.  the fairgrounds had all kinds of tents up, looked like a Mash unit!!! But all bare lots were weed eated. think they are worried about fires and not being able to get to places to even put out a fie if there is lots of traffic and everything is booked solid, even farmer fields!!! Boy would that be fun to sit in a tent in a farmers field, fun.... and it is getting downright cold, upper 30's last night....
Then to FM today, to stock up for two weeks, just in case, don't want to get all crazy here, but, well, be prepared..... and they had STACKS of pop, beer, water, gatoraide, I mean LOTS and then the shelves were getting bare, veggies were depleted, clerks were dashing here and there with bins and carriers of things that they were trying to stock shelves in every aisle, I mean people are going crazy... why weren't all these people at work?? Some you could tell were on vacation, but not all of them, Parking lot was FULL
I mean, WOW... people are starting to come in and things are getting weird....
Am going to start taking pictures of 'stuff'  tents, traffic, stacks of brickettes and wood to start fires, even tho those have all been banned....
on a good note, we could see the mountains this morning, thru a haze, but they were visible....
Take Care All and God Bless

oh, the picture is my lavender harvest, I have 3 little plants that I got last year I think? and they have doubled in size, but still are not full grown...

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Sunflowers N Hollyhocks


I just DO love taking pictures of flowers, maybe someday I will take the perfect picture!!






 Look at these hollyhocks gone wild.  Decided this year to NOT try to tie them up or put cage around them, I think there were only 2 cages left from last year that I just left in there, in the midst of all the mess... and boy have they taken over.  Think I will have to take some of them out.. will have to anyway to get a fence in there!!  You can see all the seed pods and dead flowers on the ground, am sure there will be more next year!
Love the middle of them and the variations of color.  But would dearly love a different color....






See these are flopped right over into the chair, don't dare sit there!!!  It is a mess, a wonderful, wild mess. Isn't that the way gardens are supposed to be?  Wild English gardens, not a formal garden, which is NIT what mine is for sure, wild and wonderful and flourishing, growing, fragrant, with nary a weed!!! Due to my continued work and diligence.


Hahahahahaha, this picture is for my friend in Iowa.  she is in the process of cleaning our her attic, why, I ask??? Things are probably fine up there.... I HAVE got to get after this, it is a continual problem.  How do people take care of all the paper that flows thru their house?  I try to take care of mail as it comes in and put it in the proper place immediately, file, throw away, whatever... but the stamping things, the cards I make, the new things I get and am going to use or have an idea for, plans for tomorrow or xmas or whatever needs to be done or thought about, bin to go into.  then have ideas for filing for the future and finding when I need it. So this is for my friend, oh, how I wish she were here, I am sure she would get me in order straight away!

Take Care All, live wild and wonderful....

Monday, August 7, 2017

Getting On

I have two brothers, younger, one 5 years and the other 8 years, he will be 62 the end of this year.
He drives a log truck, owner/operator, as did our Father.  Dad would be so proud! Dad was an owner/operator in the 50's in Tillamook  (then in Central Oregon he worked for McClain Bros driving truck for over 25 years) as was his Dad. Grandpa Larrance had one of the 1st PUC permits issued in the state of Oregon. Owned a milk delivery in Hillsboro, with horse and carriage, then delivery trucks.  He lost all of that in the Depression.
Jerry fell off the upper deck of his log truck, Thursday. Hit his head, had a TIA.  His wife, our Rita had a devil of a time I gather getting him to finally go to the ER on Saturday. Because he was 'just not acting right'.  A CT scan did not show anything and a MRI and neurologist is next. Waiting on a appointment.... He is returning to work on Wednesday anyway and as normal. Had some numbness in his right hand, no pain tho.  Heart looks good... So all in all appears he is doing well and returning to 'normal'.  Can't keep a good man down....



This aging is not fun, for ourselves and seeing it in others.  Sitting and watching it in others and not being able to DO anything to make things better is not  a bowl of cherries either....
So...
If you feel so inclined, prayers and thoughts of healing are in order and are greatly/dearly appreciated.

Take Care All and God Bless
Care for  and Cherish one another...................

Saturday, August 5, 2017

JUST!!

Just trying to survive the heat and smoke here in Central Oregon.. Geez, what fun this has been. Keep watering the flowers and yard to keep it from dying! The doglets are doing ok, or I am in keeping them cool and they are not laying there panting. but seem to be comfortable enough.. Carl spend his time on the wood floor, tummy down or laying front of the fan on his bed.... Luci stays by my side as always, such a trooper.  she has spent a couple of nights OUT of the bed, finding her own way to stay cool.
have cut back the Shasta daisies as they were spent.  let the yard go and have not mowed as felt that would cause both of us less stress, hahaha  :)
But all in all think we are faring relatively well
Take Care and God Bless

Thursday, August 3, 2017

At the Fair!!


This lovely spot is right in the middle of the grounds, a quiet, cooler place to sit and reflect  :)

Love flags....

Judging GOATS!!!!

This was one of the Clydesdales....(sp) they were huge and one of them wanted OUT and was kicking the wall/gate repeatedly....

This is the Queens horse.. Queen of the Fair... they take part in the rodeo and ride in different Fairs throughout the state as form of advertisement for our Fair..... This horse had BLUE eyes...


There were quite a few of these in pens... Longhorns!!! Wow!! and this was not even the biggest one!!!
The 'babies' even had tiny little horns already...

 
 
Love the ferris wheel!!!
 

they had a different set up this year with the kids rides in  different place than the 'regular' rides.. lots of rides and games.
love looking at the handiwork, quilts, crochet and photos, all the garden/canned things.... always amazes me that people already have producing gardens and things canned already, my yard/garden is never that ready to go at Fair time.. guess I put things in too late!!! And of course this year I have nothing.... darn deer!!!!  I WILL get a fence next year (oh, how many years have I been saying that?)
We did not have a Fair parade this year, 1st year they made that decision and it is really too bad, love a parade and it always seemed like the Fair parade was more free and out there than the staid Veterans day or patriotic July 4th....
Love having a corn dog w/mustard!!! Had a pork chop on a stick at the Iowa State Fair.. THAT is a Fair!!!!  Mom had great stories about going to that one when she was a child in the early 30's..
Wednesday was the 1st day and was free for seniors/veterans, so I went that day, it cost $12 now... hard to believe BUT they always have specials going.  They also had concerts, Montgomery Gentry, Melissa Etheridge, Marshall Tucker Band...
Remember when the new fairgrounds opened, don't remember the year but within the last 20 years, it was the 1st NEW fairgrounds built/opened West of the Mississippi in 50 years!!! and Alabama opened, it was a VERY big deal.  The Confederated Tribes dedicated it, I went, it was wonderful!!! 
Love, love my fair!!!! (it is configured like a huge wheel, round with spokes)  do miss the OLD grounds (where Fred Meyer is today) right in midst of the town, the cute old building and animal sheds, the wooden grandstands (where Lowes is today) huge old trees, but the trees are growing at the new one and will be great and wonderful in time.....
It was a fun morning and I partook of the old people shuttles/golf carts to get from one end to the other after walking that far to begin with  :0
Take care ll and God Bless

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Lilies are blooming


Aren't they something?  Have them under my bedroom window out front, direct morning light and shade in afternoon, facing East. Can't quite figure them out, they come up in different places, in the same area. the tubers must migrate or something.  Had some on that horrid South side in the heat all day and they did not make it.  Even tho I do water all the time, just not enough I guess and just too hot, they just dried right up.


Still have some sunflowers, but some are over the hill, but the bees and birds still like them, so leave them in until Fall even tho they are ugly..


 Love this sweet little birdhouse on a stick.  next to my oregano and can't remember what those pink things are.. they do good now and again, this was a good year. Then there are getting to be more of them too spreading...

Not much going on, just trying to stay as cool as I can and not be uncomfortable.

Reading  Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbe, about immigrants from Camaroon, Africa and it is not very uplifting, I hope things work out for them, but does not seem promising... ICE and Lehman Bros in 2008,, so things are slowly going downhill while they all are trying to hold on by their fingernails. They are nice/kind people too.

Think Luci got stung by a bee. She leaped in the air, yelped, ran across the lawn shaking her right/front paw.  Would not let m look really good, but could not see anything and gently tried look between toes, on her leg. Now she is sleeping across the room from me. Not whiney or anything tho.


Someone asked about knats or mosquitos while I was sitting out and NO, we don't have those. Don't remember knats at all, BUT we did have bad mosquitos in the 50-60's but I remember them going up and down the allys spraying for them, probably with DDT, that's probably why I am getting dementia now!!  Hahaha...  There is bad mosquitos in the mountains tho... and probably if there were any standing water, but the water soaks into the volcanic dust/cinders in no time at all.  that is why I have to keep watering my yard!!!! Just soaks it right up/in.

Take Care All n God Bless



Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Close-ups...


 Am taking silly pictures of every part of Luci and Carl.. because, someday... well you know.... and I want to have pictures to remember every little part of them

They do such cute things, lay in such odd positions...

I mean, just look at this sweet little tummers..... so soft and relatively hair free.. 10 years from now will I remember it.. exactly????

How she lays with her little legs crooked over her tummy.... I want to KNOW what those things looked like!

This is where she is most of the time... right by my left side.... even in bed she is by my left side (while I cling to the edge of the bed)  ;0 yes, she pushes me out and over and out of her way and lays right in the middle of the bed...


life is hard, you know....



such a sweet little face..... she has her little sheepskin pad that she lays on.... If I keep taking pictures, then eventually I will get the perfect ones.... I do have a 'baby' book that I have done of Luci, I know, I know, a bit over the top, huh??? she was such a cute little thing, fit in the palm of my hand, when I brought her home.  My room mate and I saw a little one with some people at the pet store, talked to them and they gave the name of the people out near the hospital in Bend, we called, made an appointment and went right over.  did not take long at all to make a decision and write a check... she was mine and I have been her mama/person ever since.... she has been a constant companion and great traveling partner. (and I know, people that know her think she is a shit, she is that too!  :)  BUT she is MY shit....

I read in a book lately  that had"small house, great peace" carved over the door of a long cabin in Alaska,   want to have that done on a wall plaque.. neat huh???

Take Care All and God Bless