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 :-) 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

North Coast Exploration

After checking out of Timberline Lodge we made our way down the mountain.  We drove through Gresham, got on I-84,  through downtown Portland, saw the big ships on the waterfront for the Rose Festival as we drove over the Marquam Bridge and headed west towards Cannon Beach.  We stopped for lunch at Camp 18 which is a huge log restaurant.  The fire was crackling, the chandeliers made of antlers.

I tried something new, a bowl of beef stew and it was DEE-liscious!  After we were all refreshed and rested we all got in our cars and headed on for the last leg of the trip that day and to our hotel.

My sister Denise was riding with us and encouraged us to pull into Ecola State Park to show my cousins the view down over Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock beyond.  You drive through a mossy Sitka Spruce Forest on your way up to this grassy bluff.

There is Haystack Rock!

My sister Denise spotted this sailboat down in the surf and was worried there were people in trouble so she called the Coast Guard to report it.  Later we googled for news and found that indeed two men were aboard and the captain had been hurt and the passenger did not have the skills to sail.. first one motor went out and then the second.  The men called for help and were rescued and this beautiful 40 foot sailboat was eventually washed ashore and ruined.  Story and photos HERE

We then wove our way through the mossy forest and drove into the charming town of Cannon Beach, filled with shops, galleries, cafes, taffy shops.. and a beloved bakery.  We found two parking spots and all visited the bakery and picked up a few things for breakfast the next morning.  This is my favorite thing they make, a mocha horn.  It's a crispy, nutty cookie, rolled into a tube, piped with coffee cream filling and each end is dipped in chocolate.  :-)

When we checked into the hotel we had a bit of a blip.  I'd called in January to get the room we had last summer when our daughter and granddaughters had visited - it was oceanfront and wonderful.  WELL... the person on the phone must have had a BLIP in their brain and gave us this room.. with a view of the BACK of Mo's Restaurant and their parking lot.  Thank goodness the room was the same and very nice.  ::grumble::

I'd made a reservation for all 7 of us at the Wayfarer Restaurant that evening.  Most of us had this wild salmon with asparagus risotto.  YUM!  Then we all headed back to our rooms for a well-earned rest.  

The next morning we all headed to Astoria for a day of adventure.  We headed straight up to the Astoria Column which has an amazing view over the city and the Columbia River and Pacific Ocean.

Here is the bridge that takes people from Oregon to Washington.

The Astoria Column is amazing, you can walk up a circular stairs to the top.  It's decorated in a sgraffito technique, a layer of dark plaster covered with a lighter plaster and all the images are etched through to make the designs. To learn more about the column, click HERE.

A zoom in to give you an idea of the amazing artistry on the column.

Isn't it something?

We then drove down to visit the Columbia River Maritime Museum.  I was thrilled to see that Lady Washington was at the dock there.

Several years ago I found that you could book a passage on this wonderful brig and so Dayle, my sister Roberta and I boarded in Newport, Oregon and sailed overnight up to Astoria, Oregon.  My Dad took us all down there and Roberta's husband picked us all up in Astoria the next day.  I can tell you that it was one of the more memorable things I've done in my life.  We slept in bunks right next to the thick timbers of the hull of the boat and could hear the water shushing and bubbling by as we were lulled into sleep.  At night up on deck we could see the phosphorescence in the waves bouncing of the bow of the ship.  We were underway using the diesel engine overnight, but the next morning the winds had turned favorable and they dropped the sails and we quietly sailed north.  We watched the sailors work and it was warm and lovely on board.  What a great memory.

The boat's name on the stern of the vessel.

While I was taking photos of the Lady Washington I saw this massive ocean going ship go by.. you would not believe how big this vessel is!

I stayed outside to visit the Lady Washington but Dayle went in the museum and snapped a few photos for me.  I'd visited the museum already not long ago.  Here is a lighthouse Fresnel lens on display.

A display of things made using whale bone and teeth.  I was particularly impressed with the umbrella swift used to wind skeins of yarn.  What an amazing artifact!

He knew I'd enjoy this display of fishing floats since I have a collection of Japanese floats.

I saw this dog walk by and asked if I could take a photo of it.  Isn't it cute?  It's a cross between a Pomeranian and Schnauzer and his name is Beau.  I had a nice chat with the owner and her son.

Denise's husband joined us at the museum and he had some ideas of where to go next so I handed over leadership of the caravan.. he took us to an old shipwreck of the Peter Iredale.  Click HERE for more history.  Here are Denise, Steve, Melanie, Nancy, Paul and Charlie.  

Steve showed us around Fort Stevens State Park and a lake there.. then he pulled into this beautiful old golf clubhouse which is now owned by the McMenamins brothers.  We got a table in the lounge and Steve treated us all to a refreshment.

At 6:30 pm we met up with our sister Roberta, brother Robert and his wife D'Ann at the Boardwalk Restaurant for dinner together in Seaside, OR.  This was the view from our table of the beach there.  All 11 of us had a wonderful visit over dinner.

After dinner we all strolled out to the "Prom" (Promenade) - a walkway goes all alongside the beach in Seaside.  What a gorgeous view!

I asked a nice man to take our photo.. from left.. Robert, twin sister Roberta, Steve, Denise, Charlie, Dayle, me, Melanie, D'Ann, Nancy and Paul.  :-)

This wonderful bronze statue of Lewis & Clark is there.

We headed back to the hotel where I snapped some sunset photos of the beach from the park next to the hotel (since we had no view from our room.. lol).

Day is done.

The next morning I got a shot of Haystack Rock and people enjoying the beach even though it was a bit chilly.. it wasn't raining!  :-)

I love this big rock.

I zoomed in on this old lighthouse - Tillamook Rock Light.

A fun part of the hotel we stayed at is that there are a whole bunch of bunnies that were let loose here and have multiplied.. well.. like rabbits.. and you can see them hopping about.

On Saturday morning our cousins went to my sister Roberta's lake house for a visit and lunch then they headed on to check in to their B&B called "Portland's White House".  Then on Sunday Denise hosted a dinner for us all at her house.  She made the most delicious pork tenderloin, mashed cauliflower bake, a pasta salad, bread and 3 berry crisp with vanilla ice cream for dessert!  What a fun time we all had together.  The girls.

The guys.

My cousins thanked me for organizing our adventure - but the pleasure was all mine as I love my cousins very much and now we've had a chance to get to know each other so much better.  Nancy taught music to grade school kids for 30 years, I admire her so much.  Melanie plays the oboe in an orchestra in Oklahoma!  Paul is an amazing pianist, who taught and is still playing professionally.  Charlie is a "land man" in the oil industry.  Thanks for everyone who has read this journal of our travels.  Back to flowers and crochet on Friday.  :-)

((hugs)), Teresa :-)