Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Time to plant Blubs


Today I received a notice in my P.O. Box that I had a package that was too large for the box. I had forgotten that this past spring while we were at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival we ordered four different kinds of tulips, and a beautiful variety of Daffodil. And today they arrived!!! It is suggested that the bulbs be planted as soon as possible after they arrive. It was a beautiful day today, so after Joe got off work, he started planting..... Forty new bulbs. We had dug up the old ones last year, and they were in a paper bag..... not sure where we're going to plant them
I received an email today and decided to share it with you because it made sense to me.


Put your car keys beside your bed at night.
If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies.

This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this: It's a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain.
It works if you park in your driveway or garage. If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the burglar/rapist won't stick around.
After a few seconds all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won't want that.

And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there. This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime.

Would also be useful for any emergency, such as a heart attack, where you can't reach a phone. My Mom has suggested to my Dad that he carry his car keys with him in case he falls outside and she doesn't hear him. He can activate the car alarm and then she'll know there's a problem.

And this one is from me, more than once I've had to set the alarm off because I couldn't find my car..........:)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

An Evening at the Symphony and Tuesday night Pickleball

Joe was asked to take residents from Miramont Pointe, where he works, to the Oregon Symphony last night and I got to go with him,  compliments of Joe's boss. I love symphony music.
 The bright lights were beautiful. The front marquee is just as beautiful.
This is one of the side doors of the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
The inside of the Concert Hall is very ornate. This is a small portion of the overhead ceiling that we sat under.

No matter where I go, church, concerts, theater.... I have people taller than me sitting in front of me.  Fortunately, last night, there were empty seats next to us so at the intermission, we moved over.

Tuesday nights Joe plays pickleball. Just recently they moved to Risely Park, about five minutes from our house. The tennis courts are striped for pickle ball too. Very nice courts. 

So after fixing Viola's supper, I went over to watch him for a while.

After each game the players tap each other's paddles.

Both courts were used for two hours of play. Everyone seems to have a good time. The sixth grade son of one of the players was playing tonight . He seemed to be pretty good too, but then his dad and uncle play too. Joe won all his games tonight. He has a spin that is unique to him but  anyone who plays with him more than once knows how he plays.......... I loved the color of the trees in the park tonight. Even though the weather is beautiful in Portland, the nights are getting cooler and the leaves are turning colors.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Very busy Weekend

I started coming to this fair as a kid in the late 40's.  On "Eatonville Day" students were given a free ticket and a school bus took us to the fair for the day. Times have changed and over the years so has the fair. It has become very "commercialized" but we still enjoy it. It goes for 16-27 days and to really see all of it we usually go 2-3 times.  This year we scrunched everything we wanted to see in two days, from 10:00AM to 10:00PM

 On Saturday, Joe's son and daughter and their family's joined us and oh the fun we had!

These are The Gothard Sisters. We really enjoyed their music and dance.

Kevin and Joleen, two of Joe's grand kiddos.

I think we laughed more watching this than anything at the Fair on Friday and on Saturday, Joe made sure Kevin and Joleen and daughter Kelly gave him a few more laughs by asking them to have fun inside those bubbles.

Viola loves the Ferris Wheel. Now keep in mind, she will be 98 in December. Joe, her son, Kelly and Rob her granddaughter and grandson, took her on the BIG FERRIS wheel. Usually when there are so many people at the fair, you only get a few times around. But I think a few people who controlled the Ferris wheel were thinking it was so great that someone that age was able to do this..... that Ferris wheel kept going around and around. They'd let others off after a short time, but not Viola........13 TIMES around before they finally ended her ride.  She was delighted.!  We were delighted she was even able to be there, because  about 2:00 AM that morning she took a really hard fall. Bruised her hand, skinned up her elbow and bumped her head.... but come time to leave for the fair (9:00AM)  There was NO WAY she was going to be left behind. By the way, she did very well the rest of the weekend.  I had a consult with her Dr. this a.m. and was told unless she starts feeling bad, or starts displaying questionable symptoms, there was no need to bring her in to be checked out. 

This is Joe and Joleen. Grandpa is trying to terrorize her, but I don't think he succeeded. She got off with a big grin on her face.

O.K. This is one of my favorite things to do at the fair. I was getting pretty tired, and decided to sit. These two ladies were next to me and we struck up a conversation like we'd known each other all our lives.  We discovered we had a lot in common. Viola is trying to figure out who they are and what my connection is with them....Joe took our picture because when he walked up he said we were having way to much fun and thought maybe I'd like to remember it.

This was an interesting way of rolling out the dough for Elephant ears.......

Sunday morning we had to head for home early because there was a VERY important birthday party we had to go to. Princess Emily will be 3 years old tomorrow (18th) and the family was celebrating her birthday Sunday afternoon.  She met us at the car door with a Tiara, a wand, pretty dress and jewelry and her special black patent leather shoes.

She loves tea parties and now she can have one using her own little tea set.

She loved the fluorescent red and purple dolphin

Cake, Ice Cream, lots of fun gifts  and a wonderful visit with cousins, aunts, uncles, parents, grand parents and great grandparents, and friends on both sides of the family, all out side on a beautiful, sunny afternoon.  Happy, Happy 3rd Birthday Princess Emily

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Events of the Week

A recent visit to a friends home. The water was as calm as a mirror

I love all the seasons.  This pretty little leaf was just laying on the grass, but there were plenty more that color on the tree just waiting its turn to twirl to the ground.

Two of my great grandsons. Brothers CJ and Dylan off to their first day of school. CJ begins the 2nd grade and Dylan kindergarten.  Funny story CJ's family are all Oregon Ducks............Check out his shirt... ..... yep, he's a Beaver!

Princess Emily will be three on the 18th of this month, but she got a early birthday present. Meet  her new puppy, BOOMER.

Earlier this week Joe and I went to Our Gelati Shop  for a cool treat on a hot evening. Outside, under the table next to us, was a well behaved nine week old Great Pyrenees puppy whose name was West. I asked if I could take a picture of him. The owner, a very nice young lady showed me where the flash was on my new Android (Samsung Galaxy S11 Skyrocket), then she even took the pictures for me. She even showed me how to put it on auto flash. This generation is so electronic savvy!  It took me two days to figure out how to answer the phone. I kept tapping the green spot instead of sliding it..............The smart phone makes me feel dumb sometimes. When the the gal got ready to leave, she tried to get  puppy to come, but he wouldn't even budge when she called.  The pavement was nice and cool and he was tired. She had to carry him to the car. I laughed as I told her, "remember he's just a nine week old baby....."

In the little town of Sandy, Oregon there is a really nice theater and out in front of the theater are two bronze statues. One of Elvis and one of Marilyn Monroe.  Because Joe is such an old movies buff, I got him to pose with two of his favorites......

Joe is using a new polish in addition to his beloved Solution.  He first applies the Solution and then finishes the auto with THE BULLET POLISH. I teased him, telling him if he polished it any more I'd have to wear sunglasses to even look at it. The product is as easy to apply as the Solution. It's a concentrate. Four ounces makes a gallon. Spray it on, wipe it off.....The two buses and the two towne cars he drives and takes care of where he works are already shiny. Can't imagine how they will look when he gets the Bullet Polish on them! One of the lady residents told him one day she felt like she was riding in a limosine because Joe was always out there cleaning and polishing them.
I don't  know about you, but there are days when I just need to lighten up and laugh a little.  I did exactly that today after I read the following that a friend sent me.  I hope it makes you laugh too.
These sentences (with all the bloopers) actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced in church services:

Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals.

The sermon this morning: 'Jesus Walks on the Water.' The sermon tonight: 'Searching forJesus.'

Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of those things not worthkeeping around the house. Bring your husbands.

Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our community.

 Smile at someone who is hard to love.Say 'Hell' to someone who doesn't care much about you.

Don't let worry kill you off - let the Church help. *

Miss Charlene Mason sang 'I will not pass this way again,' giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.

For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.

Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.

A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow.

At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be 'What Is Hell?' Come early and listen to our choir practice.

Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and the deterioration of some older ones.

Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered.

Potluck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM - prayer and medication to follow.

The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.

This evening at 7 PM there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the Church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.

Ladies Bible Study will be held Thursday morning at 10 AM. All ladies are invited to lunch in the Fellowship Hall after the B.S. is done.

The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the Congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.

Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM. Please use the back door.

Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use large double door at the side entrance.

The Associate Minister unveiled the church's new campaign slogan last Sunday: 'I Upped My Pledge - Up Yours.