Saturday, June 29, 2013

It was a busy day at the Graffis house.

 Joe has been waiting for a nice day to get on the roof and paint that white board just below the roof.  Over the years it has gotten ugly with black marks from debris from rain running off the roof.

Getting close to the end of that project and the sun was getting hotter.

 Nice Burn.
 Last year I did my best to thin out our lace leaf maple that is over 40 years old. But alas, I didn't do a great job... I did expose the "bones" which is where the beauty of the tree is suppose to be.  Well my friend Ruth's son has a nursery and one of his specialties is the lace leaf maple. Over the years, Ruth has learned to thin the maples the correct way.  She offered to come over and help get our tree back into shape.  The idea is to be able to see day light through the tree.  By next year, the branches will be longer, and eventually will look like the tree we want it to be.
 Nice to see daylight through the branches now.
Eventually the leaves will come down to the last curved bones. Looking more like a beautiful umbrella.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Enjoying Summer Weather

At almost 99, Viola loves to be warm. So this afternoon she enjoyed sitting outside reading her book.  For those who know her, Look, no sweater.

 I love the sweet fragrance of Jasmine
 And not to be outdone, the Heliotrope also gives us a delightful fragrance.
And last but certainly not least, Mr. Lincoln is giving us what I think is the most wonderful of all Rose fragrances.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Meeting New Blogger Friends

I've been following Laurie and George's  "Owens on the Road" blog for a while. One day while I was reading their blog I noticed they were headed for Hebo, Oregon. HEBO??? What on earth would they be  doing there? They didn't mention they had family there. You see I lived there back in the late 60's and I knew for a fact there isn't much there.  At that time there was a grade school, a church, a sports shop, a small restaurant and a service station. My brother one time was coming to visit us and asked how he'd find me.  I told him Stop at the Y and holler and I'd hear him. He did......and I did.  The little berg is actually that small. We were there because at that time my former husband was in the Air Force, stationed at the Hebo Radar Station. I called my mom when we first arrived and told her Hebo was so small I had to tell God where it was........Well, I contacted Laurie and told her the story about our living there and they actually don't live right in Hebo but South of town at the Cedar Creek Fish Hatchery. I thought it would be fun to try and connect with them before summer was over and they were gone.  Well today, was the day.  We got to meet Laurie and George. They were kind enough to come closer to our home for lunch so we wouldn't be gone to long from Viola.  They were so easy to visit with and after five minutes it felt like we had known them for ever. 

We are looking forward to taking a Sunday Drive to the fish hatchery to see where they live and work.  

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Lots of Blueberries

Picking the blueberries for today. I bought two tiny bushes last year at Grocery Outlet for $2.50 each. This year they are so loaded with berries, the branches lay on the ground.

 The ones that aren't quite ripe, turn all blue by evening . Makes great evening snack
 Went to Fred Meyers to pick up a few things and when I got out of the car this huge St Bernard, in the pick up next to me seemed to be smiling and saying "Hey I'm smiling take my picture" so I did
We went to visit friends in West Linn last night. In the 70's we lived right across the street from them in this house. Our back yard was beautiful. Only a chain link fence divided our yard from Mary S. Young State Park  The tree on the left wasn't much taller than I was back then and the tree on the right wasn't even there. The current owner has done a beautiful job of keeping the house and yard up.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Quite an array of pictures today

Happy 92 Birthday to my momma (Friday, June 21st). This is the 2nd year she has celebrated it in Heaven.

 Being a single mom, raising three kiddos by herself she always dreamed of having a retreat, a place to go where she could fish, walk in the woods, listen to the birds. So my sister and I picked out this Thomas Kincaid picture for her memorial folder. She would have loved it here. "I Can Only Imagine" the retreat she must be enjoying now!
 On the way home from visiting a friend of ours we saw this doe standing there watching us while she was munching on some leaves. Can you see her? ( click to enlarge the picture then maybe you can)
 Further down the road were some mini burros
 This one must have had an "itchy" back because he kept rolling back and forth in the dirt.
 We were North bound on I-205 this evening and heading right towards these mean looking clouds. At this point, they were right over  the Oregon City/Milwaukie area but it never did rain on us. I'm sure someone got dumped on though!

 As we turned into our mobile home park, the clouds were still hanging over us but still no rain. It just went around us.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Five Days Of Fun

Joe and I were able to take a little vacation this past week. We spent the first three days at the Columbia Riverfront RV Park, Woodland Washington. Exit 22 off I-5 Our RV faced the river. The lots are set up so you can either back or pull straight in. ( according to the best view from your rig.)

We are facing the front of our rig here.

 I think  part of  the smiles came from the knowledge of knowing the sun was going to shine the days we were there.
There was an abundance of river traffic,
At night, we could hear the drone of the huge engines as the ships passed by
There were incredible sunsets
The first morning I fixed Joe waffles for breakfast
Then it was off to toss a few horse shoes.
While he was doing that I took pictures of what I saw along the river where I was sitting

I'm sitting on a lawn bench with my feet up on the fire pit. The only place fires are allowed are in these fire pits along the river bank.
There were plenty of sailboats, motor boats with fisherman dreaming of catching the big one.
There were many huge stumps that had been tossed up on the beach after a winter storm

I loved sitting in this chair. I didn't think it would be comfortable but it really was
When we first got there, someone told us where to find an Osprey and her babies so we took a walk down the beach and sure enough there she was, in her huge nest atop a piling.

My hair doo was compliments of the wind. It was windy most of each day then would be still in the evening.
Fishermen lined the waters edge fishing for what ever was legal to catch.
Joe was interested in what looked like bees but they couldn't fly. 
This gives a good picture of "park so you have the best view"

Taking a walk around the park
Lawn Chess any one?
The office included a well equipped convenience store 
The swimming pool which opened for the season while we were there, but too cold for us.
Joe said it doesn't get any better than this....
These two gals, had a lot of fun and laughs riding the horse in and out of the water.

Some had fun flying their kites. I was a bit disappointed because I too am a kite flyer. But I keep mine in the trunk of the car, and we didn't tow this weekend.
Joe decided to pitch a few more shoes before we left Sunday Morning. He wasn't impressed with the pits as they were gravel. 
Sunday afternoon we parked at my sister's house and Joe's family took us to dinner at Mazatlan Restaurant to celebrate Father's Day.
Monday my sister took us to The Windmill in Sumner, Washington where I picked up my favorite tea, Pochong Oolong Coconut. Then we went on to Vassy's Nursery in Puyallup. It was one of the nicest ones I've seen in the area.
The hanging baskets were beautiful

My sister in law, Blanche came to visit while we were at Jan's. She will be moving to Canada before to long so it was nice to spend some time with her.
Tuesday, Joe's almost 99 year old mom took a day trip with her sister and niece to see family in Redmond. They have an abundance of lambs at the moment and she really enjoyed getting to see them.