Friday, October 21, 2016

The Oregon Coast, Rain or Shine

We've had an assortment of weather since we arrived at the beach.  It rained on the way here but when we got here it had cleared up and was actually dry and WARM when we were backing the trailer in.  I am the person who stands outside giving hand signals when Dayle is backing in.  So, I was happy for the warmth and dryness.  :-)  On Wednesday we went out for lunch at a Mexican restaurant and we did some sightseeing, it was grey and cloudy but no rain.  Here is one of my favorite things to take photos of.. a little group of islands in Siletz Bay at Taft.

NOT the best photos as it was so grey.

On the spit that makes the bay there are always some seals on the beach where they're safe from people.

The beach at Taft was nearly gone with high tide.. this is looking across at the spit and the ocean beyond.

Seals are pretty cute.

We drove up the Siletz River to check on my favorite "nurse log".. I was happy to see it doing well and looking beautiful. 

Nature certainly planted a beautiful garden, didn't it?

Of course we drove on a bit further to see the house built for the movie "Sometimes a Great Notion".. I found out you can rent this to stay in.. wouldn't that be amazing?  Click HERE to see photos of the interior.

We then returned to our trailer for the evening.  Then the rain began.  All the sudden a leak happened next to my chair.. drip drip drip.. DRIPPPPP.. POUR.. Dayle quickly grabbed a bin that we had brought and put it next to me on a chair.. it poured outside.. and we had to add a cook-pot to the table to catch more drips.. the bin filled up halfway which D emptied before we went to bed.  It was half filled again yesterday morning.. we had to come up with a plan.  Thankfully the rain quit in the early afternoon.  Dayle had to unhook all the hookups and hook up the trailer, move it out and he put 2 2x8 pieces of lumber down to lift up that side of the trailer.. and I signaled to him while he moved the trailer back.  We haven't had any rain since.. but we hope that works!  :-)

After the trailer moving.. we headed off north to have lunch at the Otis Cafe -- we pass it coming and going but always have the trailer behind us so we don't stop.  So, we drove there as Dayle has never dined there and I tried it out when I was at the coast with my friend Sally and it's really fun and good.

The interior is so charming and so are the window boxes full of red geraniums.

The yellow walls, white trim, red gingham valances and wood booths make it a happy place to be.

There is also a lunch counter with stools and LOTS of signs and coffee cups.

I had a halibut sandwich on a homemade bun with house-made potato salad.  It was yummy!

Dayle had a breakfast meal.. a chicken fried pork cutlet with hash browns and gravy.. 

AND.. 2 eggs over easy and toast.. using their home-made bread, wheat and a dark molasses.  It was delicious!  But of course he could not eat all of that and brought half of it home.

We stopped after lunch at the hardware store for a roll of plastic and some duct tape in case the leak returns and we get more rain.  

The sky was turning pretty and so we went out to take a few photos.  I loved how the fog was creeping up on shore.

I worked feverishly to finish flowers for the hats and had trouble as the sun was shining in my eyes, but my nephew and his wife were bringing their 3 little girls to visit us in the evening and I wanted them to be ready to give to the girls.

All done!  My nephew and his wife brought the girls by in the evening.. Ella is in 1st grade, Zuzu is almost 3 and new baby JoJo.. just a few months old.  OH.. she is so cute!  All of them are adorable and I'm happy to report that all the hats fit them perfectly.  I don't have a photo as they don't place photos of the kids on the internet.. but trust me.. they're beautiful girls and looked so cute in their hat.  We had such a nice visit!!  

I have a few sunset photos to share with you.. 

This one reminds me of a Monet painting.

And then the sky was pretty in pink.

We're off for some more adventures soon.  I must say we're enjoying our beach time!  We're off for lunch soon.  What kind of adventure can we find today?  What are you up to?  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

On the Waterfront

Hello friends.  How are you doing?  We are happy as clams.  :-)  We got on the road yesterday around noon and although I was playing Scrabble on my phone and missed Dayle going the wrong way.. (I'm the navigator).. we got to the beach in good time.  We usually go through McMinnville and come home via Salem.. this time we took the Salem route first.  We were amazed and quite pleased to arrive and set up with sunny skies and warm sun on us!  It was so nice that we had the door open and enjoying this view out the trailer window!

We relaxed and enjoyed our new view for a while and then headed out for an early dinner.. as we didn't have lunch due to our change in route.  :-)  I snapped this image of our view looking north as we left.

Looking southwest.. 

We had a wonderful dinner at Georgie's Grill in Newport, halibut fish and chips.. and we shared a bowl of clam chowder.. nummers.  Then we drove to the Yaquina Bay park to catch the sunset.. it's just a few minutes drive from the restaurant.    

Day is done.. gone the sun.. 

It's interesting how some sunsets are reds and orange and some are gold.

We were right above the jetty and heard the US Coast Guard helicopter coming by.. zoom.. snap.. 

See him out above the ocean?

A moody evening shot of Yaquina Bay Bridge.

Yaquina Bay Lighthouse.

As I was packing I ran across the one pair of socks that I knitted.. this photo is for KathyB who loves to knit socks.  :-)  I used cotton sock yarn.  These were such a brain strain for me that after finishing the pair I've never knitted a second set.. but I did finally buy some sock yarn and have a pattern.. I just *might* cast on while we're here.

The pair.

We have a lovely lazy day stretching ahead of us.. :-)

I have to finish one of the 3 hats I made for my nephew's girls.. and 3 flowers to make for the side of them.  They plan to visit us at our trailer on Thursday which will be fun.  I hope your week is going well!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Big Red Flowers, Boys on Boat & 3 Girl Hats

I have a red Hibiscus tree in a pot in the dining room.  It's not the most attractive plant to be honest.. but boy does it put out some spectacular blooms!  Yesterday I was happy to see three big red blooms as I walked to the kitchen to make my morning coffee.  *LOVE*

I think 3 flowers are the most at one time I've ever had.  

If you ever want a plant that will bring you joy all year, this is the one.

Dayle, Travis and his work friend Ernie took out boat out fishing the other day - they didn't catch any fish but they were in a very scenic area, in fact, that is Multnomah Falls way over there!

Someday I want to be on the boat and explore this area from the river.  :-)

Funny thing is when I was driving home from the hot springs we spied the boat and just past where we saw it I saw a big barge and hoped the guys would not be in the middle of the shipping lane when it went by.  WELL.. I guess they were right on the edge of the shipping lane.  

Dayle was in the back of the boat fishing.. (see his fishing pole?) and was rather surprised by it coming by so closely.  :-)

Then a nice big boat owned by National Geographic went by.  Always something exciting on the river.

Look at the neat surprise Kristi got for me!  She said.. "You didn't have a Halloween tablecloth."  Isn't it great?  It's 100% cotton, too.. my favorite.  It's on the table now after a washing.. and I'm going to decorate the table for Halloween before we leave for the beach tomorrow.. the boys love those decorations.  

I'm almost done with the third hat for my nephew's girls.  I am happy to be able to make 3 hats out of one skein!  Pretty good, huh?  It's neat how the colors in this yarn self-stripe.. each hat is coming out with it's own personality.  I will make flowers for the sides of them, each a different color.  Fun!

Today we're packing up to leave tomorrow for a week in our trailer right on the beach.  I was worried about how stormy it might be there, even though I even love the ocean in all it's moods.. but the forecast is for quite a bit of fair weather, can you believe it?  My next post will be all beachy.. :-)  I hope you have a wonderful week, too!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Yarn, Volcanic Plug, Gushing Falls and Baby Hats

I guess I'll start with the yarn.. :-)  Someone posted on Facebook the other day about a new line of yarn from Red Heart and it looked intriguing.  SO.. after swimming on Wednesday I found it and instantly loved it.. it's so soft, brilliant colors, looks like hand-spun single ply.. what's not to love?  I thought it would be fun to work with for making things for donating and gifts.  I got 2 skeins each of 4 color-ways.  


Stained Glass.


Sunrise.  And to be honest, these photos do not do the real colors justice.  They are brilliant and shiny and soft.  I would call them jewel toned.  More yarn-y photos after a few scenics.. :-)

After lunch and swimming at the hot springs on Wednesday we drove west along the river to try to catch a glimpse of Dayle, our son Travis and his friend Ernie who were out on the river in our C-Dory fishing.  We didn't see them so I pulled in to show Gracie Beacon Rock State Park... she'd never been there!  When I looked at this photo I thought how nice it would be to pack a lovely picnic to dine at that table.. with a tablecloth and all.  :-)

Beacon Rock is 848 feet tall and was first named by Lewis & Clark who called it Beaten Rock.  It's volcanic basalt.

I also showed Gracie the pretty little creek burbling along to empty into the mighty Columbia River.

I wish you could have heard the lovely music of this water.

Yesterday Dayle volunteered with me in the Visitors Center of Multnomah Falls.  After all the rain the falls was GUSHING and ROARING!  7,500 gallons per second when the falls are very full like yesterday.

It was very dramatic with a cloud so low right by the falls.

The roar of the falls was amazing.

We had lunch before volunteering in this wonderful old lodge.. there is a wood fire going all fall and winter and spring..  the leaves are turning.. so pretty.

The green glass ball that we had hanging up has a stamp on the pontil or plug end of the ball.. Betsy, can you ask your son what this one means?  :-)

I made a baby hat for my brother's son's new baby girl with the new yarn.. and I am going to make 2 more for her older sisters.  We'll be at the beach next week and they live nearby.. I hope to be able to give the 3 hats to them at that time.

This one is for the oldest of the girls.. I just love how it self-stripes and the luscious colors.

My little oak splint basket from the Appalachian mountains.. just the size for my hat-making.  This will be going to the beach with me.

The yarn.  100% acrylic.

Kristi has some smoked ham bone and navy beans in the Instant Pot.. we're experimenting with the slow cooker option on it.. she has celery, onions and carrots in it too.. it's starting to smell wonderful in here.. we'll have corn bread with it for dinner.  We're in the middle of big storm warnings here.. a tornado hit down on the coast and there is massive damage there.. it's all over the news.  The wind is blowing here and there is some sun and then black clouds .. I hope it's safe and dry where you are!!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-)