Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Winter Continues

It snowed on and off yesterday, it was very pretty coming down.  The temperatures hovered right around freezing, so it's not horrifically frozen, the pond is still ice-free, thank goodness.  Our son Shawn snapped the 3 next photos this morning when he arrived home from working the night shift and shared them with me.

The cars have lots of snow on them.

Right in front of the barn, it's kind of a parking lot.  :-)

This is the view from our master bedroom, we have French doors that open into our little forest on the East side of our property.  This one I just took this morning.

This was yesterday when the snow was lighter in the woods.

We have a big open spot in the woods that Dayle mows with the tractor occasionally.

This is from our bedroom window facing the road, see the new growth on the Quince bush?  Spring got ambushed by snow!

Snow on the garage barn, the chicken coop and the garden shed.  :-)

But happily the creek and pond are still flowing so the koi should be safe.  

The sun is bouncing off the snow into the house and it's very bright in here!  :-)

I have not ventured far from the house for the last few days and I'm getting my photos from inside out of the windows or from stepping out on the deck a few feet.  I am not interested in falling down in this snow!  :-)

Our little shed has a lovely cover of snow.  

The boys little growing garden is working out well, we're able to snip off the lettuce leaves to add to our salads.  The dill is getting big and the tomato plant has a nice heavy stem and the two pepper plants are doing well.

The dog and I have spent many an hour working on my crochet blanket.  This is the backside of the design, the other side is much prettier with a ridged pattern.  

This photo was shared on Facebook by a photographer named Tina.  Wow!

My sister Denise and her husband and their two traveling companions boarded this ship yesterday to head to the Panama Canal, neat, huh?  The leave from San Diego, California.  Then to Cabo San Lucas, Huatulco and Puerto Chapas, Mexico.  Then to Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala, San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua, Puntarenas, Costa Rica, through the Panama Canal to Cartagena, Colombia and ending in Miami, Florida.  Wow!

I will not drive to swim today due to the snow accumulation, and am not sure I will be able to get to the lodge to volunteer tomorrow, but possibly will.  Dayle and I are thinking of a little weekend getaway.  More on that later.  What are you up to?  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Snow on the Daffodils

Just when we thought we were going to make a graceful (and warm) slide into Spring, Winter heard how happy we were and decided to come back and show us who's boss.  And it snowed.  Now I must admit, it was pretty.  And it still is!  But I hope all my budded things make it through this "weather event".  :-)

This is looking out the window of our den, facing the front yard.

Snowflakes are so hard to capture.. but do you see them?  Look closely!  :-)

The pond area.. poor daffodils are leaning under the weight of the snow.

The snow kept coming and overnight piled up pretty high.

The Chestnut trees loom dark against the gray sky.

Our grandsons built a little snowman on the deck.  :-)

Our adorable little Caleb stayed out playing in the now for a long time.  

Our son Travis snapped this image from his car as he made his way up steep Corbett Hill Road.  

Dayle just took my Lumix out and took a few photos of the snow this morning, the sky is clearing and the sun will melt the snow pretty fast, but it's still pretty for now.  This is our Walnut tree with each branch and twig with snow on it.

The front of the house with more snow.. and sunshine! 

I think the daffodils will make it, do you?

Daffodils 1, snow 0.  :-)

The barn Dayle built.  Almost completely by himself.  The kids and I helped raise some rafters while he nailed them down.  But he designed it, bought all the lumber and nails, the metal roofing and installed it, he built all the stalls inside for our herd of Nubian dairy goats, our 2 horses, 2 Angora goats and one black sheep.  :-)

And my dream come true, the red farmhouse looks charming in the snow, yes?

OK.. moving along.. how do you like the Valentine card I got for Dayle?  :-)

And here he is during our romantic dinner at Bumper's Grill.  We met when I was 14 and a freshman in HS and he was an "older man" at 16 and a junior.  I love this guy.

I had my favorite, the filet mignon with Bordelaise sauce.  I did splurge and had a baked potato and I must say, after not having one for over 3 months, it made the steak dinner sooOOoo much more delicious.  But I was back on the low carb wagon the next day.  I'm on one of those dreaded plateaus and the scale has not budged for a LONG time.  ::sigh::

Meeka visiting Dayle for a chest rub.  :-)

Dayle made a low carb meal for me this weekend.  Sauteed chicken tenderloins with mushrooms and a sliced perfectly ripe avocado drizzled with ranch dressing.  :-)

I took off the Valentine tablecloth and put on the new spring-y  one I recently got that fits the table now that we have more leaves in it due to having 7 people at the dinner table now.  :-) See the snow falling outside?

I notice that my red leaved Shamrock had a stem of pink flowers blooming.  Sweet.

Buddy on my lap and Shelby on her dog bed by the tv cabinet.

We have a pair of hummingbirds that are wintering over as in past years.  We have to be very vigilant that the feeder remains full as there is absolutely no other food for the little darlings to be found.  

Last but not least, darling little Paige, my younger granddaughter that lives far far FAR away in Ohio.  She's a real character and my daughter Amy posted this photo of her on Facebook.  How cute is she?  

I want to thank all of my readers that commented on my Call to Action blog post.  I remain steadfast in wanting to see the assault rifle ban re-installed.  Wish our country luck in having our legislators see the light and choose the lives of our school children over lining their bank accounts with NRA blood money.

((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Friday, February 16, 2018

A Call for Action

I'm writing today to express my sadness about the school shooting in Florida.  And the one in Las Vegas.  And the one at Sandy Hook.  And all the others.  


I'm tired of platitudes.. "the families are in my thoughts...".  


I'm proud of my Oregon Senators, they are working to tighten the laws on gun ownership.

I'm proud of our State of Oregon, they passed tighter gun laws yesterday.


The NRA gave 30.3 million dollars to the Trump campaign.  

* Trump Blocked a Rule That Made It Harder for the Mentally Ill to Obtain Guns

* Trump Made It Easier for “Fugitives” to Buy Guns

* Moved to Loosen Gun Restrictions on Federal Lands

* Advanced a Bill to Make It Easier to Buy Gun Silencers


* And a lot more.  Read more HERE!

* I think every school in the US needs a guard on duty.
* Every school needs a locked door and video cams at the doors.
* The age to buy a gun needs to raise from 18 to 21.
* Anyone with mental issues should not be allowed to buy a gun.
* Re-institute a ban on the sale of AR-15 rifles that come with up to a 30 round clip or a 100 round drum.
* Do not vote for anyone who takes money from the NRA
* BAN violent video games where shooting people is "winning".

In the effort of transparency, I believe in the 2nd Amendment.

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

My family owns firearms and I believe in being able to protect our family and property.  

But I also believe in rules and laws that protect our children and citizens from home-grown terrorists.

These shootings are not okay.

Let's all vow to do... SOMETHING.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Snowy Valentines Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!!  My dear husband brought these home for me on Monday and I've been enjoying them on the table.  

And look what happened overnight!  Our son Shawn arrived home this morning and drove his pickup truck to the top of the hill behind our house and snapped a few photos.  Fun, eh?

You can see our red garage/barn with the chicken pen next to it, you can't see the house but it's to the right of the red barn.  I really am happy to have acreage around our house.  I'm glad we live in a rural area, there is a growth boundary that has preserved our area from the blight of sprawling subdivisions of houses crammed together.  And we're only 20 miles from downtown Portland.  :-)

I was watching Anthony Bourdain on his show and they were in Puerto Rico and he was talking to a group of people who were trying to preserve their culture, and a man was wearing the coolest crocheted hat with red and white stripes with a royal blue top and I got the idea I wanted to make a hat with patriotic colors.. I had the red alpaca/silk skein so I ordered an ecru and "Blueberry" skein of Blue Sky yarn for my project.

I googled "patriotic pussy hat" and this came up, a design by Rahel Wachs on Ravelry.  :-)

And also found this "Protest is Patriotic" shawlette pattern by "Craftivist" Elizabeth Sovern.  Both patterns are free.  I want to make them both!  She has a Facebook page called "Craftivist" which I'm joined.

I snapped this photo of our Star Magnolia tree all budded out in the sunshine yesterday.. I hope this snow and cold snap don't kill all the buds!

And this is our hillside behind our house and barn.. these are plum trees and the snow drop patch.  Gorgeous blue sky!

Kristi cleaned the chicken coop last week and put down some fresh hay in the chicken run.  She spoils the chickens with fresh pulled grass and kitchen vegetable scraps so when they see a person come near they all gather in the corner by the gate in expectation.  Sorry girls, just the blogger wanting a photo.  :-)

I went to a meeting yesterday at Rooster Rock State Park, I'm serving on a committee to plan the 100th anniversary of Vista House, I will be leading the National Anthem for the ceremony with 5 of my fellow Daughters of the American Revolution members who are in my "Centennial Chorus".  :-)  After the meeting I drove down to the boat ramp and snapped a few photos.  You can hardly see Rooster Rock for the trees.  Lewis & Clark noted this rock in their expedition journal.

The water was calm and reflected the rocks and moss and trees.

I drove to the other end of the park to snap a photo of Vista House way up on the bluff of Crown Point - 733 feet up there.

I then went home and picked up Dayle, Kristi and the boys for a jaunt up the gorge to Cascade Locks, then over the Bridge of the Gods to Stevenson, Washington where we had dinner at Big T's Grill.. then back over the bridge at sunset to get ice cream for everyone.. but me.. wah.  It's the first trip that far up the gorge since the fire and we were horrified at the burned destruction we saw.  Hundreds of burned trees have been cut down and there is a huge pile of them on the side of the freeway up there.  I am so looking forward to the Spring when things begin to grow and bring life back to the blackened landscape.  

l hope you had a great Valentine's Day - even if you don't have a significant other, you should treat yourself to some chocolate and some flowers!!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-)