Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Lace Edge is Growing

Hello!  Thanks for stopping by.  I've been working on the lacy edging of my summer shawl.. there are 15 rows in the lace and I'm almost done with row 8 of it.  I did a shopping expedition in my craft studio yarn stash and found a few more colors to add.

This shawl will be fun to wear, I think of it as a Boho, hippie look.  Just up my alley.  LOL!  I use shawls in the summer when we go out to dinner or lunch as many restaurants are so cold with their AC blasting.  Also when I go swimming I use it to wear after the swim when I'm chilled.  

I've learned at least one new stitch in this pattern, the puff stitch.  I'd never done it before and it was interesting to master it.  I'll be working on this more today - this is one of those wonderful weeks for me with no appointments or meetings.  Summer joy.  I am not swimming now as the pool I use at LA Fitness is being completely remodeled and the whole gym is closed for weeks.  

A friend of ours that is going to work on our deck for us stopped by and he brought his new puppy for us to meet.  It's a Yellow Labrador and it's name is Marley.  :-)  Kristi cut the boys hair for them.. Caleb wanted a Mohawk so this is what a curly haired Mohawk looks like.  Cute!

Wiggle wiggle.. cuddle.. wiggle.. lemme down.. 

This will be a different summer for us.  Dayle has been dealing with bad sciatic nerve pain in his back so he said we won't be able to go to our annual camping trip to Waldo Lake in August.  He's been to the doctor and is going to physical therapy to see if that can help.  So, we've decided to get some needed home maintenance taken care of.  We're going to get the house painted, a new deck and 7 new windows installed in the dining room, living room and den.  There are old wood windows in there now and they don't open, are single pane and leak a lot of frigid air into the house in the winter.  

Do you have any home maintenance things that you plan to do this summer?  I hope you're having a good week!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Summer Shawl Progress and Flowers

Hello!  Are you keeping cool?  Our temps got to 100 degrees F yesterday!  We have 2 AC units keeping us at a comfortable 73 in the house.  I've been working away on my cotton shawl and have made some progress!  I must say, doing the main body of it in one color got to me.. so it was with great joy that I got to the end of the pink.. see below.. just a few more stitches.

I was stressing out about if I'd run out of yarn before the end of the pink.. I even laid awake in bed worrying about it.. lol.  As you can see I had a bit left.. thank goodness.

I have to say seeing a new color energized me on this project.  There are 15 rows of lace edge, all in changing colors!  I am so excited to see this done.  First up is "Pear" green.

I got the row of "Cherry" done and am now working on "Lagoon".  I worked on this while we watched the Disney move "Moana" last evening.  OH my GOODNESS.. have you seen that movie?  I loved every single thing about it.  It's so fabulous for boys and girls to see a strong girl character like Moana!  And having lived in Hawaii when I was young hippie chick.. seeing all the Hawaiian art and scenery was magical for me.  When I wear this shawl I will think of Moana.

I am thrilled with how the colors are popping on this.  To remind you, this is the Sunday Shawl designed by Alia Bland, yarn is made by a mother/daughter team in Africa, MoYa Yarn.  I bought it online from Little Woolie in Australia.

I am using my size H sterling silver crochet hook made by Molly Swan from Celtic Swan Forge.  By Wednesday I should have a lot more to show you!  Wahoo!

The hanging baskets keep on flourishing.

The deck project.. well.. when the guys saw how many boards needed replaced they decided to replace them all. So, they are in the process of trying to get some delivered.  Then the process of tearing up and replacing will begin.  Argh. 

Kristi planted several pots of lily bulbs and placed them around the garden in the creeping Myrtle ground cover.. they are blooming now.  No, you're not leaning.. they are growing towards the sun.

My big bush of Hydrangeas are flowering out.. *joy*.  Plus, Kristi got me a "Limelight" hydrangea which is to the left and slightly behind this one.. I can't wait to see how the flowers look.

The Hosta are doing well.. and the purple Astilbe is budded out and will open soon.

This is a miniature rose is in bloom.. the flowers are only as big around as a silver dollar.

Kristi made a picnic dinner a few days ago.  Cheeseburgers, macaroni salad and baked beans.  It was good!

The 4th of July is next week!  Time for me to get out my red, white and blue tablecloth and a few decorations.  Then we need to decorate our gazebo for the 4th.  We'll go up to watch the country style parade on the 4th.. fun!  

I hope you're enjoying summer.. any fun plans?  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Friday, June 23, 2017

First Strawberry Shortcake of the Summer

Dayle brought home some fresh picked Hood strawberries the other day and some shortcake cups and a loaf of pound cake.  After dinner we worked together, he plucked the stems out of the berries and I sliced them.. just like my mom used to.. and then I sprinkled some sugar over the top.. not too much.. just the right amount. Then I gently stirred them and put them in the fridge for a few hours to let the sugar dissolve.  Then I sliced up the pound cake, asked who wanted the cake cups or cake.. ladled on generous amounts of bright red berries and added some whipped cream, and the boys wanted some ice cream too.. lol.  Oh my goodness.  It tasted so good.  I told him the only difference is that my mom made homemade whipped cream so I'm doing that next time.  What do you serve your berries on for strawberry shortcake?

My sister Denise and her husband Steve are traveling in Colorado - she texted me this photo of them in Aspen!  Isn't this photo amazing?

My red hibiscus has been producing a lot flowers recently, it loves the longer daylight hours.  I adore this old tree!

I didn't get any photos from Multnomah Falls yesterday - it was very busy with all the people out and about as school is out and the weather was perfection.  We have all the flowers removed from the deck as we were going to have it spray washed and stained, but on further inspection the guys have decided it needs all the decking replaced!  It sure looks different out there.  I hope they get it fixed up fast so we can put it back to rights.  We're having a heat advisory here.  Time to get the air conditioner going.  I hope you have fun weekend plans.  We don't.. yet.. ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Crochet by the Pond

Ahhh.. summer.  It was so lovely, warm and pleasant yesterday that I took my crochet basket out on the deck and spent some hours listening to the water and adding more rows on the Sunday Shawl.  One more skein of pink and it will be time to start on the colorful lace edging.  :-)

Dayle ran some errands and then joined me on the deck.  We noticed that our feral cat Simba had come down to the creek for a drink.  I must say that a lot of wildlife enjoys the water of our creek and pond.  Birds drink and bathe and who knows what kind of wild animals visit under the cloak of darkness.  I can say without hesitation that skunks, raccoons, coyotes, deer and possums use it for their drinking fountain.  I'm not sure what else!

He kind of looks like a little cougar.  We have those in the forests around us but am unsure if one has ever visited our pond.  I kind of hope not!

After enjoying our visit to Timberline Lodge so much I decided to join the Friends of Timberline.  Just today I received a thank you letter and 2 pins, one for Dayle and me.  I will proudly wear this on my Friends of Multnomah Falls vest I wear when I volunteer at the falls.  Which I will be doing tomorrow.

Our daughter Amy took our granddaughters to King's Island in Ohio and sent me this photo of them in front of the Eiffel Tower there.  I thought... when did they go to Paris?  LOL!  Jenna is now taller than Amy and Paige is catching up, too.  :-)

Dayle just dropped Buddy off at the groomer.  We're trying a new one as the last one nicked him badly in a few spots which resulted in us having to take him to the vet!  I hope this one is more gentle.  Poor little guy is 14 years old now and is getting elderly.  But he still can run like a puppy!  

What are you doing on this fine day?  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Here Comes The Sun, do do do do

After a few days of pouring rain the sun is back.  Now it feels like summer!  We're just relaxing a lot.  :-)  We all went out to Chinese dinner last night for Father's Day.  Hayden ordered a Bento dinner and tried sushi!  And he loved it!  Yesterday afternoon I took Buddy out for a walk and snapped a few things with my iPhone.. so some of the images are a bit pixilated but I know you'll forgive me.  :-)  The volunteer pot of Sweet William is at maximum bloom.. love, love.

We have pots of lilies in amongst the ground cover of Creeping Myrtle and they're starting to open.  

I pulled a chair up to watch for the new koi we have.  I must say, the garden is lush right now and the sound of the waterfalls is like music.

I'm so happy our Papyrus made it through the winter.  Kristi snipped all the old leaves off and so it's all new leaves now.

We love the Goldfinches that flock to our thistle socks.

We tossed in some koi food and all the fish came out to dine.  Kristi got one little koi who we're worried about as it never comes out to eat and is very shy.  She got Travis a fantail goldfish which is very pretty.

She got a new koi for me that is gold with grey markings on the back that remind me of a dinosaur so I named it "Dina".  :-)

A bright yellow finch and it's browner girlfriend.

Our Curly Willow is getting rather huge.  Fun story about it.  My daughter took home a flower display sent to my Dad's funeral.  She called me a week later and exclaimed that a branch in the vase had started to grow roots.  I told her that she should put it in a pot of dirt and see what happened.  She had it inside and it was doing well but my older sister told her it was a tree and needed to go outside.  It was winter and the little leaves withered and she called me worried about it.  I told her to bring it to me and I'd see what I could do.  WELL.. that was 2002 and I planted it by our pond and look at what it's done!  This is my Dad's tree.  

Since we tidied house for my cousin's visit I thought I'd take a photo of the living room before it gets inhabited by legos.  :-)  

My son is a small bore rifle expert and met a fellow marksman at his job at Nabisco.  He earned a 4 year college scholarship via his shooting and has been to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado several times.  So, he now has a friend to go to the rifle range with.  And of course he needed a new special rifle custom made for his endeavors.  He brought his new rifle home and is very proud of it, it is totally custom built out of several parts that he's had made.  He has assembled it for competition target shooting at 100 to 600 yards.

The windows are open and the birds are chirping.  I wait all year for these nice days.  I think I'll go out and watch the fish swim around.  :-)  What are your plans for the day?  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Summer Shawl, Garden Flowers and Sternwheeler

Greetings!  I've been working on my cotton summer shawl.  The pattern is the Sunday Shawl by LittleBee.  It's very enjoyable to crochet as it's easy to memorize and the pattern is written so well.

The wow factor on this shawl is the gorgeous lace edging - you use 6 different colors and these are the ones I'll use.  I can't wait to get to that part!

We've been rained on for 2 days now, but on Wednesday we still had fair weather so I took a few photos of the flowers in the garden.  The 4th of July roses are flourishing.

We have a pot of Campanula aka Fairy Bellflower - that was found growing in our driveway.  Kristi pulled up the plant and potted it and it's come back every year to grace us with it's beauty - in gratitude for saving it's lovely little life.  :-)

The Mandevilla continues to delight us with it's blooms.

A closeup of a 4th of July rose.. I adore these spectacular blooms.

The big flower baskets are also getting bigger and better.

I can't believe the rich deep velvet purple of this unfurling Petunia.

Kristi was given this potted chrysanthemum so she potted in a bit pot on the deck and it loved having fresh dirt to grow in.

We went on the annual cruise on the Sternwheeler Columbia Gorge yesterday - this group are volunteers from the Friends of Vista House and the Friends of Multnomah Falls.  In the 25+ years we've gone on this cruise, this is the first that rained heavily throughout the whole time.  But we're a hardy bunch and we all enjoyed ourselves never-the-less.

One of the Vista House ladies that dress in period clothing for events.. isn't she cute?

We sailed past the American Empress. :-)

Back to the dock.. thanks for the cruise!

Simba has adopted the comfy new chair that Dayle bought recently.  It's by our back door.  Poor old skinny boy.

Kristi has been keeping an eye on the chicklets to see when they'd decide to use the roost.  At first they all huddled together in a nest box.. then a few tried the roost.. this time they were all up there so she snapped a photo of them.  :-)

A friend of our son Travis came to visit yesterday and told us of his climb to the top of Mt. Hood - he shared a video and I thought you might like to see it.  Enjoy!

05.03.2017 Mt Hood Summit w: Lee Schoenborn from Scott Schoenborn on Vimeo.

((hugs)), Teresa :-)