Tuesday, January 16, 2018

A walk on the mild side

Just the way we like it. 😉

Sabbath we invited friends over for dinner, then we went down to Brown-Minto Island Park to get outside on a beautiful day. Since the Carousel was open and I have a punch card, the two of us gals and the two teenaged boys took a detour for a mild ride (pictures from my weekend rides on Lance over on my dressage blog):

Then we proceeded across the bridge to enjoy our walk, closing the Sabbath hours with a sweet sunset.

The next night Brian went bowling with friends after basketball practice. When it was time to pick him up, we took the Wheatland ferry. I got a cool photo of the ferry lights on the Willamette River on our way over,
and were treated a great big blue heron at water's edge on the way back:
Love the simple things in life!

That's it for now from . . .

Friday, January 12, 2018

Our wonderful winter

If you're a long-time reader of my blog, then you know our flower parade begins in January. I'm in no hurry for spring, because it's followed by summer; I'd happily live in our Willamette Valley fall and winter forever!

That's it from the green, green grass of . . .

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Go ahead, "make" my day!

I feel so productive; I've completed three small knitting projects since Christmas! Yesterday I finished the hat from Theresa's merino/camel/silk handspun; it is slouchy and reversible (could also be folded up and worn as a beanie):

Now that I've scratched my knitting itch, I can go back to spinning the rest of my camel down:

That bowl is Rick's most recent, made out of madrone. I need to take some beauty shots of it by itself to show off its shape and color; it has a lot of interest for a usually bland wood! He has another piece of it roughed out, with that rich red streak at the base instead of going across the top.

Last night was Brian's third basketball game in a row as a starter. He's getting more playing time since one of the seniors got injured, and it's showing. Forgot my camera and iPhone at home, though, so no photos!

That's it for today from . . .

Monday, January 08, 2018

Thankful for family, hearth and home

This afternoon my oldest cousin and his wife came for a visit after attending a conference in Portland and before flying home tomorrow morning. I haven't seen him since my sister's wedding in 2008 and I'd never met his wife before (and they've been married 20 years!), so it was wonderful to get to see them. With grandparents (and in his case, parents) long gone, us cousins get together rarely now.

So I'm thankful Dave contacted us and drove down, and I'm thankful we were able to welcome them here to a warm house and a home-cooked meal....

Yesterday was a busier than usual Sabbath. After church, potluck, and visiting, we came home just about long enough to unload the car, change clothes, take care of the animals, load the car, and take off again – in different directions. I was going to our Christian trail-riding club's annual planning meeting and officers election in Portland; Rick was going to take Brian to open gym at his school to practice basketball. I asked Rick to stoke the fire; there weren't many coals left so he loaded up the firebox and left the doors cracked so it could take off again. I was supposed to close the doors before I left – and forgot.

When Rick and Brian came home (a half hour before I did), the firebox doors were wide open, the house was filled with smoke . . . and a smoldering log was laying on the hearth, inches from the carpeted floor.
Everything could have been gone (most heartbreakingly, the dogs), but we were mercifully, undeservedly spared.

Thankful and humbled at . . .