Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Miracle of Electronics

When Viola moved to our home in 2006, not only were there life adjustments for her, but she slowly got use to Satellite, Flat Screen TVs, A desk top computer in the living room, a lap top  "connected" to Betty's lap, Cell phones, Betty reading her Nook instead of a book, just to name a few. But tonight topped them all for her.  Joe brought our cell phone in the bedroom and told her to talk to her grandson Rob. (FaceTime)  We put it on speaker phone and turned up the volume.  She just giggled. I think she was trying to process as fast as she could, but she couldn't stop laughing to SEE Rob on the phone.

After we left her room, we talked to Rob for a bit and then I remembered Rick  from Rick & Paulette's RV Travels  had set me up awhile back with Google + Hangout. Rob figured out how to do it on his end, and BINGO there we were looking at him. So Joe and I had a good time visiting some more on a larger screen. Thanks again Rick.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

A walk in Marymoor off leash dog park

I could easily talk about how wonderful Thanksgiving dinner was and how wonderful it was to be with family, that is all so true, but I decided this evening I would rather talk about a walk in the park. Marymoor Park is right across the highway from where Joe's daughter and family live. They asked us if we would like to go for an hour long walk with them and their dog Gage.   The dog park is 40 acres.  This is a link to the park.  Marymoor Off Leash Dog Park

Gage remembers this little friend.

Now I need to tell you, since I was a very young girl, I have had an unhealthy fear of dogs of any kind big or small.   I brought this on all by myself because I didn't know you don't go near a new mommy dog and try to pick up her puppies.  And that is what I did. Promptly a  very large ( to a little girl) German Shepherd came at me with her teeth bared and took a chunk out of my inner thigh.  Need I say more.....

Before we left for the park, son in law Hoi, talked to me about my fear and explained that the dogs were more interested in each other than me. He told me how to stand when we weren't walking so I wouldn't get knocked over by a fast running larger dog, and off we went to the park. It was  really unnerving to me, but after a few minutes, I found I was really enjoying watching the dogs play and racing around with each other.  I think about every breed of dog I had ever heard of was in that park.

Kelly and her dad

Give me a camera and I go a little nuts...I didn't want to carry my Nikon around so I just used my IPhone camera. These next few pictures were all taken from the dog path we walked.

There are a lot of Holly trees in the park

This windmill along the slough,is   modeled after windmills James and Anna Clise had enjoyed in Holland. Taken from an article I Googled)

There were many huge trees along the path but this one really caught my eye, and it smelled sooooo good.

Part of Sammamish the  Slough

Before heading for home yesterday, we went to the Sumner Cemetery where my mom, brother, son and other family members are buried.  On the way there, you have to cross a bridge over the Stuck River in Sumner, Washington.  Now this isn't just any bridge. Right after Thanksgiving the bridge is decorated with lights, and then closed for a three hour celebration.  At the end of the bridge is    The Old Cannery Furniture Store
 Now this isn't just any furniture store. I can't even began to describe it to you. You have to experience it. So fun to shop in there.  And for every occasion, they turn the parking lot into a picnic area and offer free hot dogs and soda.  But at Christmas time, it is a very special, pretty place.

This real sand castle was in the parking lot at the Cannery. I called my sister and told her she really needed to come see it.  Her reply was "It's still there?"  They built that Labor Day Weekend!!!!  It's beyond me how they have kept it in such beautiful condition in this rainy Washington Weather.

And more blooms.
These next few weeks at the Graffis house are so full of shopping, surprise birthday parties, concerts, Church Ladies Christmas Supper, dinner with friends...and the list goes on.  I choose to take this time of year to take life one day at a time. I will get up in the morning and have quiet time just for Betty before I start my day, eat right, exercise and be thankful for how good God is all the time!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

In The Mood

This afternoon, Joe had a date to go see the Musical Revue,  In the Mood  at the Schnitzer Hall. They will begin their Tour again in January 2013 and if they ever come to you area, I highly recommend them for an afternoon or evening of entertainment. I love driving, or rather riding through down town  Portland. Joe is the best chauffeur a girl could have. As you can tell it was really raining hard. Traffic was at a standstill at times, because The Nutcracker was performing at the same time at the Keller Auditorium which is close to the Schnitzer.  We were fortunate to find ANY parking at all. So we gratefully paid the $8.00 without complaining. A couple of the pictures are dark because of the lighting, or the lack there of and we were using or iPhone camera. Clicking on the picture to enlarge makes them clearer. 

We got there early because we knew traffic would be a mess and didn't want to be late. Our seats were near the back, on the right side of the auditorium, but unless a very large person or one with a  tall hat, sat in front of us, we don't think there are really any "bad" seats in this auditorium. My only complaint would have been there isn't much leg room and I really needed to stretch my legs.  So during intermission, we moved to an area where there were plenty of empty seats.

Joe took these pictures during intermission. This is the view to our left. We agreed this was the best  musical we have been to in a few years. There wasn't a song we didn't know!

And to end tonight's blog, here is week two of my Cactus Blooms.  They are getting more beautiful. I can't believe I am having such success this year with this plant.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Exciting News at the Graffis Home

Here is my exciting news. I am holding great grandson number six.

Bronson Asher Hall
Born November 14, 2012
8lbs 6oz    20"  Long.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A Restaurant, Music, and a Cactus

We have a favorite restaurant near us.  Tebos  We have been eating there for over 25 years. If you click on Tebos, then click on history.  Quite a story.

We enjoy Southern Gospel music and Friday night we had the opportunity to hear The Liberty Quartet in Concert at Central Nazarene Church in Portland. 

We are going to spend Thanksgiving with Joe's daughter Kelly and family in Redmond, Washington. He got a phone call from her asking  if he will  bring his trombone and play some music with granddaughter Jo who is playing the...............Tuba :)  I don't doubt her musical talents at all, she also plays the piano, it's just that she is so... petite and that is such a big instrument.  So he's brushing up on his Christmas music. I even sat down to the keyboard and accompanied him.  Haven't done that in a long time.

And an update on the Christmas Cactus. This is just one corner of the little plant.  I'm so tickled because I've never been able to get one to bloom.  I think it's the Miracle Grow.
There is some exciting news happening around here tonight.....I can hardly wait to share with you tomorrow.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

In Honor of our Veterans

Joe was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division. He was a paratrooper, he worked on HU-1D and Sikorsky helicopters, and played the trombone in the 82nd Airborne Division Band. He also played in the Drum and Bugle Corp
 To My Joe, and the veterans of my family and my extended family,
 To all veterans and veterans families, Thank you for your Service!


Wednesday, November 7, 2012


In the eight and a half years Joe and I have been married, probably the biggest thing we have to work on is our communication skills.  And boy, I'm the worst.  I know what I'm thinking but it sure doesn't come out that way sometimes.  Or he will say something and I totally don't get it.   I borrowed this from a blog I follow. It made me smile this morning and thought some of you might get a giggle or two out of it also

Misunderstanding Text Message

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Christmas Cactus in November

This is a short post tonight. I have been so excited to see all the blooms on my Christmas Cactus And it's only November

So I thought I'd share it with you.

Almost every "leaf" has a bloom on it. I know the correct name isn't leaf, but don't know what else to call it. Please feel free to tell me if you know what to call them.

Friday, November 2, 2012

The Canby Ferry

 Today we went to a huge electronics store, Fry's Electronics in Wilsonville, looking for an adapter. Instead we found just the water pic Joe's dentist wanted him  to start using at a very reasonable price.  The almost unbelievable price of $16.99!  At Target and Walgreens, the least expensive one we could find that would do the job was between $40-$50.

On Sunday's, Joe takes the Miramont Residents for a Sunday ride. The 18 passenger bus is usually full. On Thursday or Friday, we "scout" out where he will take them on Sunday.  On the way back from Fry's he found some beautiful back roads and one of them led to the Canby Ferry.  He will take them close to the river but won't cross the river on the ferry with the bus.  The ferry Captain said he has taken some of the Retirement Home buses on there, but Joe doesn't feel there is enough clearance between the bottom of the bus and the highway getting on and off the ferry. We saw lots of scrapes and digs in the pavement

Joe and I took the short five minute ride. The ferry is pulled across the river by an underwater cable.  It holds  about four cars or a small bus and a couple cars.  The river was as clear and calm

This is just about in the middle of the river. We both noticed about the same time a huge fish jump. It was a beautiful sight.

The end of the ride. The road took us back 99E through Canby, Oregon City, and home to Milwaukie.  It will be a very nice ride for the residents, rain or shine. Lots of farm animals, a Dahlia Farm that still has flowers in bloom, and beautiful trees.

A refurbished "Oregon City Bridge"  It connects Oregon City with West Linn and was closed for almost 2 years while repairs took place.  You can read about the history of the bridge here. Oregon City Bridge