Wednesday, March 21, 2018

New Duvet & Nice Auntie

We decided it was time to get a new mattress for our bed as the other one was 15 years old.  So off we went mattress testing.  How weird is it to lay on one mattress after another in front of other people?  Not super relaxing.  :-)  After testing them at three different stores and all the subsequent discussions over which one to get.. we went with the very first one.  How often is that the case?  The mattresses won't be delivered for another few weeks, but last weekend we decided that we should get a new down comforter and duvet cover for the new bed.  You sure can tell I'm an old hippie!  Dayle thinks that this looks like the old "Indian bedspreads" we used in the 60's.  

I love the pattern!  After I downloaded this photo I noticed there are 2 pine needles on the bed.. that's what happens when your dog sleeps with you.  :-)  Do you have subdued colors on your bed, or do you go for brights?

My younger sister Denise just got back from a cruise down the coast of Mexico to Cabo San Lucas, Huatulco, Puerto Chappas, Puerto Questzal, Guatemala, San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua, Puntarenas, Costa Rica, through the Panama Canal and then Cartagena, Colombia.  She brought this bright colored soap dish for me, isn't she sweet?

Also this neat bottle of Mexican Vanilla.

And she brought each of the boys a hand-woven friendship bracelet and a hand-crocheted little bag/necklace which holds a tiny handmade doll inside.  Thank you, Denise!  She also got some amazing photos while on her trip.

I had planned to meet Gracie at the pool for a swim today but I am suffering from a cold and did not want to share it with her, plus I don't think it's good to spend an hour in cool water and walk around with wet hair when you're not well.  So, it's home for me today.  Yes, Gracie has returned from her long stay in California with her sister.  I look forward to seeing her soon!  I hope you are having a good week!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Monday, March 19, 2018

Bunnies, Eggs & Gnomes

Hello Peeps!  Yesterday I stowed my leprechauns in a bin and brought out some Easter decorations.  My egg tree, some bunnies and eggs, etc.

The bunny I sewed by hand, design by Alicia Paulson, I even knitted her dress!  My crocheted Easter eggs.

The Easter egg candles Kristi surprised me with last year.

The old glass bunny which originally filled with colorful jelly beans.

My collection of Peter Rabbit character figurines.

A basket of eggs and a chick sent to me from a blog friend in England, Lucy.

And introducing this year's addition to the collection, 3 adorable figurines designed by Bethany Lowe. *love*

I adore the crocheted eggs and chick.

A cute little nest with speckled eggs.

A fellow blogger, Sue at "The Cottage at the End of a Lane", showed some tacky gnomes at a store and did a post about those who love garden gnomes and those that don't.  I told her I have a cute little cast iron gnome that I told her I'd show her.  What is your vote on garden gnomes, yea or nay?

I added some colorful hobnail vases to my collection, all I had before was white.  I think these are so cute and I can't wait to put some Lilys-of-the-Valley or lilacs in them.

Last evening Hayden came in from outside and told me to grab my camera and come outside - there was a Hawk in the trees.  Unfortunately my camera focused on the branch above the bird and the bird is fuzzy.. then he flew away.

My granddaughters at the Father Daughter Dance in Ohio.  Jenna is getting so tall and pretty and adorable Paige is a character!

We have a busy day ahead!  My brother is in town so we're meeting him and my sisters for lunch.  Then an appt. with my lung doctor after that.  Then on to a board meeting of the Friends of Multnomah Falls.  What's on your docket today?  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Friday, March 16, 2018

Retirement Party at Vista House

Yesterday Dayle and I attended a retirement party for Kevin Price held at Vista House.  He worked for Oregon Parks & Recreation Dept. overseeing the state parks in the Columbia River Gorge, of which Vista House at Crown Point State Park was a jewel in the crown of the parks in the gorge.  

This is the approach to Vista House from the West, with Washington State across the Columbia River Gorge.

I was one of the founders of the Friends of Vista House and served as Executive Director for 15 years.  This was my commute.  :-)  My office was in the lower level for those years.

Vista House was built as a viewpoint and comfort station in 1917-18 after the completion of the Historic Columbia River Highway.

The interior of the building is wonderful, the floor is Alaskan Tokeen marble and the walls are made of Kasota limestone.  It has wonderful original heavy glass and bronze light fixtures.

Many friends that worked with Kevin Price over the years came to honor him.  That is Kevin on the right, telling a story.

He was presented with a wonderful framed document to honor his work with the Historic Columbia River Highway Advisory Committee.  Kevin is known for his booming voice and was given a gag gift of a gold painted bull-horn. 

Kevin and I - Old friends.

Here is the certificate of appreciation - if you click on the image you can see a bigger version.  It has historic photos of different sections of the historic highway.

I am chatting with Jeanette Kloos here, she was hired by Oregon Department of Transportation to lead the charge on restoring the Historic Columbia River Highway.  After years of work for ODOT, upon her retirement, she founded the Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway and has led that group as it's president since its inception.  

I am always in awe of the ceiling of Vista House.  See the carved sections?  Each of the eight panels has a different pioneer family name on the crest in the center of them.  Each one also has carved leaves and flowers of Oregon fauna and other things such as shovels, wheelbarrows and tools.

There are 4 different Native American Indian heads on the walls, they look across an image of themselves.  During the restoration the stained glass was restored and broken pieces replaced and all the years of paint on the limestone walls was removed the the stone reinforced.

The marble clock with bronze numerals and hands is original to the building.  Interesting story - when the restoration was finished on the interior of Vista House the clock was missing.  Kevin called the restoration company and asked where it was, they informed him it was THEIRS!  Well.. Kevin told them in no uncertain terms that they were to return it immediately or he would be contacting the police.  It was quickly returned and re-installed in it's place of honor.  :-)

Kevin's replacement at Rooster Rock State Park on the left is Clay Courtright.  Can you believe that I knew him as a cute little tow-headed boy who was our Horse 4-H leader's son?  He went to school with our kids at Corbett.

Dayle got some shots of the view from Vista House for me, this is looking West towards Portland, Oregon.  Washington on the right.

Looking East where you can see Beacon Rock and Bonneville Dam.  Washington State on the left, Oregon on the right.

There is snow in the Silver Star Mountains on the Washington side.

A last look at my beloved building and good memories of honoring Kevin Price, my good friend.  May he enjoy his retirement as much as I am!  

We are having a 100th Anniversary Celebration of Vista House in April.  I will be leading the DAR Centennial Chorus to sing the National Anthem - The Star Spangled Banner at the ceremony.  :-) ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Attic Treasures, Martha Washington & Me at 33

Our DIL, Kristi, is cleaning out our attic.  Yes, she's amazing.  And she has been bringing down things she's found as she clears it out.  And she goes..what do you want to do with THIS?  :-)  This plate below is a treasure of mine that I had no idea was up there.  I made this on my potters wheel and fired it in my kiln, mixed the glazes and painted it with oxides in my pottery studio at our last house.  I'm so happy to have this back!  She just brought down a wonderful wooden child's loom.  Yesterday she found a box of red glass wine glasses and porcelain teacups and some other things.  More on those things later.. this is a fast post as I have to head off for a meeting and swimming soon.

At our DAR meeting on Monday we had a program by this wonderful woman portraying Martha Washington.  OMGoodness.. she was fantastic!  Did you know she was married to another man first, had 4 children, then widowed at the age of 26 and inherited her husband's plantation and became the wealthiest woman in Virginia.  She met and married George Washington and then moved to his plantation of Mt. Vernon.  They never had children of their own.  She loved him dearly.  More history is located HERE.

Those that are putting together a book of Vista House history asked for photos of the time when I first was hired as the executive director for the Friends of Vista House. I found this one of me in 1982 when I set up my office in the basement and set about organizing the cleaning and painting of the interior of the building.  I was just 33.  I devoted my heart and soul to bringing the building back to a thriving place for all to enjoy over the next 15 years.  :-)

Today school kids across America are staging a "walk out" of school to protest school shootings.  I'm so proud of them!  Something needs to be done!  We need to listen to them!  I'm very proud of the adults who are supporting these kids.  I certainly do.  

I hope you're having a wonderful week.  What's new with you?  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Monday, March 12, 2018

Plum Blossoms and Wild Violets

I'm so happy that there are once again flowers to share with you!  We stopped at a grocery store on Saturday and while Dayle ran in to get a few things I used my iPhone to capture these photos of the plum trees in bloom in the parking lot!

There were a LOT of these trees in the lot.. it was beautiful to see them all pink.

And a blue sky, too.  Divine!

Do you have any flowering trees in bloom where you live?

These trees have red leaves and are pretty all summer.

And look!  The wild Violets are in bloom!  Seas of white and purple flowers in our farm yard and on the edge of our little forest.

A patch of white ones.

As you can see, the ground is not manicured, little branches blown out of the trees.  And many people don't even notice the Violets as they are very small on the ground.

My dear husband picked a bouquet for me to bring into the house.  It's fiddly work to arrange them as they're so small.

I just wish I could share the amazing aroma of these sweet little flowers.

I just love Spring when these little darlings bloom and I try to always bring in a bouquet and each time I pass the table I lift it to my nose and inhale deeply of it's magic fragrance.

It was so nice yesterday with blue skies and temperatures reaching 67 degrees F - so we all sat in the sunshine on the deck for a while - Caleb collected the eggs and showed them to me on his way into the kitchen.  We have a LOT of eggs in the fridge!  

The boys have spent hours on the trampoline over the weekend and in this photo Caleb is swinging and Hayden is on the trampoline with Buddy and Meeka!  

This morning I head to my Daughters of the American Revolution meeting and then on to the pool for my swim.  And a new week begins.  Thank you for stopping by for a visit and a special thanks for those who take the time to leave a comment - your efforts are much appreciated!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-)