Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Laptop Cover, Crochet & Cookery

Hi there!  I just had to show you the new laptop cover I found for my MacBook Pro.  When I ordered this laptop they only had two colors, silver or space grey.  I went with the dark grey for a change of pace, but boy does it show the dust.  I'm constantly cleaning it.  So when I saw that a company was making wood covers with thin veneers of real wood I knew I wanted one.  The choices of wood are wonderful, cedar, walnut, maple, mahogany, cherry.. and redwood burl.. bingo.. I fell in love.  It arrived yesterday and I put it on and have been enjoying it ever since.  Such a nice feel of wood instead of cold metal!

I am not affiliated with the company, just sharing my find, it comes from "Cover-Up".  They even have shell and stone covers.  I think it's really cool.

I've gotten a few more rows of my Woodland Blanket done, I'm doing a fairly wide blanket so it's not growing fast by any means.  I won't win any races here, but that's okay.  I'm doing random striping and doing my own thing that way, but Lucy is totally cool with that.  :-)

I've had a few people ask me about the low carb regimen I'm on and so I hope you don't get tired of seeing my cooking!  Costco had a big sale on whole beef tenderloins so we got a few more and Dayle will be cutting steaks and Kristi said she'd work with him and vacuum packing them in 2 steak bags for the freezer.  I'm all set!  :-)  Below is a steak grilling on my Le Creuset grill pan, the whole meal only takes 15-20 minutes to make.  I put the meat on, sprinkle it with garlic powder, pepper, NuNu's Cajun seasoning and some Worcestershire.  While I'm grilling the meat I snap off the ends of asparagus and slice some fresh mushrooms and add them to the pan.  I toss and turn the veggies and when the steak is done so are the veg.  

This pan would handily grill 4 steaks but so far the family is eating their own thing and I'm cooking for myself if what they are having isn't something that I can have.  But soon we're going to have a steak night for all 7 of us.

I thought I'd show you where we mounted the "EAT HERE" sign - right outside the kitchen.  :-)  

I am off to swim soon.. I haven't been as loyal to my swimming since Gracie is not here to meet in the pool.. :-)  But I'm going today.  

I'm going downtown on Saturday at 12:30 pm to join others in a "Women's March" event.  My sister Denise is joining me.  I will be there for the speeches and to support the effort, but won't be able to actually march too far, but Dayle is going to drop me off right there and will find somewhere to hang out until I call him to pick me up.  He is so supportive of my social concerns of what is happening in our country with racism and women's rights, actually human rights as I'm worried about the poor, the children and the elderly who are being impacted by the way the current administration seems only to care about padding the bank accounts of those who are already overly wealthy.  I'm so alarmed at how the rich few have so much and the poor masses are being stripped further of basic human rights such as food, shelter and health care.  So.. I'm going to be there to voice my opposition to this administration.  Want to join me?  :-)
((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Crochet, Tablecloth & MLK Day

How was your weekend?  We had a nice easygoing one.  I crocheted!  I'm behind in the CAL, but that is not going to stop me.  I am slow, but meticulous.  :-)  What did you do?

With 7 of us living here in the old farmhouse we had to add another leaf to the table.  Which made many of my tablecloths too short and the ones for when the table was fully extended too long.  SO.. you know what that means, I had to get a new tablecloth, right?  Of course.  Kristi measured the table for me and 106 inches was the size we needed.  

The white background and flowers are the perfect change from the reds and greens of December. It's cotton and I like the batik look of the blue print background and there are sprays of flowers here and there.

And it has a gorgeous border.  Do you use tablecloths or are you a bare table and placemats kind of person?

More of my low carb cooking.  I'm very happy using my Le Creuset grill pan for steaks.  A bit of garlic powder, pepper, NuNu's Cajun seasoning and some Worcestershire sauce.  Voila!

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day - He was a great and brave and amazing man.  My message today is - Share Love and Make Our World a Better Place.  :-)

Spread Love - Have a Wonderful Week!  I'm attending a 
Women's March on Saturday.  More about that later.
((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Friday, January 12, 2018

Piano Lessons

Caleb had his 2nd piano lesson on Wednesday.  I really am impressed with his teacher.  She is teaching him the "rules" of reading music.  Teaching him quarter, half and whole notes.  I love listening to what she's teaching him.  He even played Old McDonald Had a Farm.  She said he is doing very well.

She talks to him the whole time, teaching, explaining and he's learning.  :-)

He has to practice 3 times between lessons.  He'd doing it right now.  It's SO convenient that she comes here to teach.  

I volunteered at Multnomah Falls yesterday with my sister Denise.  It poured down rain the whole day.  We can't park by the lodge now due to the fire and the potential of landslides and rocks falling.  So, we had to park out in the middle of the freeway and walk under the freeway bridge and the railroad bridge and over the creek bridge to get to the lodge.  It poured the whole way and by the time we got there were pretty wet.  Last time we went under the railroad bridge when a train was going over and it was SO loud and quite frankly scary.  I'm glad a train was not going over this time.  It was too rainy to walk up to the fence to get a photo of the massive amounts of water going over the falls.. it was roaring.  I snapped this from my car.. can you see how much rain is coming down?

I snatched this photo off Facebook.. it's hard to get the lodge and the falls in one photo.

I have to go to a meeting soon about the writing of a book about Vista House.  Should be interesting.  Have a fab weekend!!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Rippling Away

I've been crocheting along on the blanket I'm making in Lucy at Attic24 blog's CAL (crochet along).  I really love this pattern, it's not boring at all but is easily memorized.  It's curvy and lacy and quite beautiful.  

Lucy's blog was the first I'd ever seen, I didn't even know what they were.  My younger sister Denise had found it and suggested I might enjoy it.  Not only did I instantly fall in love with Lucy and her positive personality but she inspired me to take up my crochet hook and start to use brightly colored yarn instead of the beiges and browns that my hippie, earth mother self had been using.  :-)  I owe Lucy so much, the inspiration to crochet again, to stretch my mind and bring bright colors into my life.  I now have to decide to do the "color story" of Lucy's design or the "random colors" one.  I'm tempted to do the random colors one as the color story one has all the blue at the top to be the sky.. hmm.. which would you do?

I snapped a photo of my sister Roberta giving the program at our Daughters of the American Revolution meeting on Monday - it was about the flags of the states of our members.  It was very interesting.  And just looks at woodwork of the furniture behind her.  We had the meeting at the Old Spaghetti Factory and it's full of old antique furniture and stained glass windows.  I enjoy that.

There were two of these fabulous windows in the meeting room.

I made my lunch yesterday of chicken tenderloins, cubed and sauteed in butter, garlic powder, pepper and NuNus cajun seasoning and an avocado with dill dressing.  And I'm down past a number on the scale that I was anxious to get past.  :-)

Well.. time to make lunch, pack my swim bag and head to the pool.  Then home to crochet more and listen to Caleb's 2nd piano lesson.  I am looking forward to when he is playing songs and leaning new ones all the time.  

What are you up to today?  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Monday, January 8, 2018

Woodland CAL and Tads Chic Dump

Hello, how was your weekend?  I did some crocheting.  My friend Lucy at Attic24 blog is doing a CAL (crochet a long) with her new "Woodland" blanket.  When I saw the pattern and the colors she was using I jumped right on board.  

Here is the bag of yarn for the blanket I got from Wool Warehouse in England, Stylecraft yarn.

I began with the swatch to get comfortable with the design and to see if my G hook that was recommended would give me the right size.  Mine came out slightly bigger as I'm a medium tension crocheter, but after doing a second one with a slightly smaller F hook and it came out the same size 19 cm.  So, I'm using my favorite G hook.  Here I am reading the pattern and beginning.

The 1st swatch.  I love the curviness of this pattern and the lacy open parts.  It's fun to do.

I purchased this painting from a friend who is downsizing, it's by Captain Lars Wiklund.  I have had a print of his above our mantel for years that I traded from him to design his website.  I even visited his home in Benicia, CA to talk to him about it and met him and his wife and got to see his studio.  It's neat to have an original oil of his nautical paintings.  Now to figure out where to hang it to best effect.

Dayle and I went to Tad's Chicken 'n' Dumplins for dinner last night.  It was nice, it was a very late lunch or early dinner at 4:30 and so there was still light enough to see the Sandy River.

2 drift boats floated by with fishermen trying to catch the big one before it got dark.  :-)

I had salmon grilled in butter and green beans with ham and a salad before that.  I did not have the rolls which "were" a favorite of mine, nor did I have the baked potato with butter and dill dressing.  wah.

This is the oldest part of the restaurant, I love the wood walls and ceiling, the checkered curtains and the crackling fire.  :-) The embodiment of coziness.

On the way out was completely dark and I snapped this photo of their sign - the story is that half the neon sign burned out and the restaurant got the nickname the "chic dump".  When the owner got the sign fixed the community was unhappy, so the owner put it back the way it was.  :-)

OK.. I'm off to my Daughters of the American Revolution meeting.  My sister Roberta is giving the program today.  I am taking my swim bag along in case there is time after the meeting to swim my hour of laps.  Have a super week!!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Friday, January 5, 2018

Into the Burn, Gorge Vistas and Fun Stuff

Yesterday was our Portland Women's Forum meeting, my friend Sally's car has died so I offered to go pick her up, take her to the meeting and take her home afterwards.  She lives between Vista House and Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge.  I stopped to snap a few photos of my beloved building.  The East Wind has been gusting up to 90 mph!  

This place is in Oregon, and across the way is Washington State, the Columbia River lies between the states and establishes the border.

The view east up the river.. Beacon Rock in the distance.

We went to the meeting in Portland and had a nice time, our program was about the Blue Star Markers.  On the way to return Sally to her home she showed me how close the Eagle Creek Fire got to her home.  The forest here is still alive but the trunks where all the underbrush burned are blackened.  Can you imagine this when all of it was ablaze?

The US Forest Service has been working to cut trees that are in danger of falling over the road.  When you drive through here there are blackened tree bases, newly cut stumps and the regular devastation of winter.  

The Springtime here will be interesting to see if the ferns and wild bushes and flowers will come back.

I can't believe how close the fire came to Sally's house!

On my drive towards home I passed Latourell Falls.

Just past Vista House heading west I stopped to snap a photo of the icicles that form on this cliff face every time the temperature drops below freezing.  

I worked at Vista House for 15 years as the Executive Director of the Friends of Vista House and passed these cliffs as I drove there each day.

You should see the ice here after many days of freezing weather, they can get quite thick and amazing.

I pulled down into the Portland Women's Forum State Scenic Viewpoint (our society's park!) and snapped this image of Vista House and the view up the river.

Last evening our son Travis made homemade macaroni and cheese for the family, which I can't share in due to my low carb regimen, so I heated up my cast iron grill pan and seared a beef tenderloin and roasted some asparagus and mushrooms.  My son remarked that it didn't look like I was suffering much not being able to have the mac and cheese.  :-)

I had to show you what I got at the White Elephant Sale at the meeting yesterday.  Sally actually had brought these two pictures that she'd bought in Mexico when they wintered there for years long ago.  They are made with real feathers!

I saw this metal sign on Amazon the other day so I got it to mount just outside our kitchen door.  I thought it was fun.

I head off to swim today.  What are you up to this fine day?  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Calligraphy, Cooking and the 3 Rs

Hello!  I'm learning to cook low carb and this is the meal I made for myself last night when the rest of the family were having something that was not allowed on my regimen.  I went to White's Meat Market yesterday after taking Dayle to his 2 week check-up (he's healing well!) and bought some little beef tenderloins and some other meat to cook.  I heated up my grill pan on the stove and grilled the steak, asparagus and a big sliced fresh mushroom.  YUM!  It was good!  I'm down 15 lbs. now!

I found some inexpensive calligraphy pens on Amazon, you can get one for as little as $7.50 and the whole collection of 4 nib sizes for $23.00 or so.  They work really well!  As you can see I did some practice today.. and Caleb really is starting piano lessons today!  Hayden is learning to play the violin at school, so now both boys will be getting music instruction.  This grandmother envisions future evenings singing along with my two grandsons playing piano and violin together.  :-)

I was reading my favorite blogs yesterday and Barbara at Coastal Ripples blog was saying how she plans to cut way back on plastics consumption this new year and I am with her on this.  When at the meat shop I turned down a plastic bag for a paper one and usually use my re-usable bags.  I vow to do my part in not using disposable water bottles (we use our own stainless steel re-usable ones) and we do NOT use those disposable Keurig style coffee pods.  I hope you join us to say NO to plastics!  Remember the 3 Rs, REDUCE, RE-USE & RECYCLE!! 

I need to go shine up the piano, pack my swim bag and figure out something fast for lunch.. eek.  How is the new year treating you?  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Monday, January 1, 2018

A New Journal for a New Year

Hello!  Did you have a big New Year's Eve?  We celebrated at home, watching "Suits" and capping it off with the NYE celebrations on TV.. wished each other a wonderful 2018 and then hit the hay.  I was reading about the Prince Harry's fiance', Meghan Markle, and when we were scrolling through Netflix we saw it and decided to try it out.. it is SO clever and SO good that now we're binge watching it here and there.  I highly recommend watching it. NOW.. I bought a packet of notebooks from Pendleton and decided today was a good day to open them up and begin using one for the new year.

There were 3 designs, which one is your favorite?

picked the cream background one for my first to use.  I gave one to Kristi, too.  I think I'll put my year "bucket list" at the beginning.  I want to take Dayle on a trip to Victoria BC and to the other islands, Friday Harbor and Orcas Island.  Where would YOU pick to travel to if you could pick anywhere?  If the sky was the limit, I would pick Fiji.  One of those thatched cottages on stilts in the water where they deliver your breakfast via canoe.  :-)

I got some new ink.. well.. I had too.. because it has fine gold flecks in it.. :-D  It's J. Herbin 1670 Anniversary Fountain Pen Ink - Emerald of Chivor.

See the gold flecks on the bottom?  You have to shake the bottle before you fill your fountain pen.  I love it!

I thought I'd share what is allowable on a low carb regimen.  This is a crab salad.  Yesterday for lunch I had a baked cod filet with a lemon butter herb sauce and sauteed broccoli.  

Shelby and Meeka.. I was going to photoshop the lint off the carpet, but in the spirit of being real I didn't.  LOL!  Kristi gets them toys all the time and the dogs love to shred them.  We call them "German Shredders".  

My resolution this year is to stick with my low carb regimen, to keep swimming, to be a loving and supportive grandmother, mother and wife.  Do you have anything you want to accomplish in the new year?  Do share!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-)