Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Auld Lang Syne

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
And surely you’ll buy your pint cup!
and surely I’ll buy mine!
And we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.

We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine;
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.

And there’s a hand my trusty friend!
And give me a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.

Happy New Year to all of our family and  the friends we've made through our travels and our Blog.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas With Family in Washington

Christmas this year was spent with my sister and her family and Joe's Son and daughter and their family. We went up to Bonney Lake on a Thursday and look what we woke up to Friday morning. It was just beautiful. There was an inch or less, and about 3" In Redmond. Just enough to make every thing beautiful!

I love it that Jan has a candle (electric) in the front windows. 

Her neighbor has a Palm in the yard and I thought it was beautiful with snow on it.

Jan got Joe to paint an old sled she found at a garage sale a few years ago.  I didn't get a picture of it, but when it was dry, she added greenery and a beautiful red bow and it now stands by the front door.

Remember my last post, the fun we had at Watsons, a nursery/gift store? Well guess what. We found another one, this time in Woodinville, Washington. It was all about Christmas. We ate at the little Cafe there. The food was wonderful

But this time we had to behave ourselves because Joe was with us......so you won't see any "Where's Waldo" Pictures or Jan framing her face with a wreath. Nope we were really good girls this time.

But we still had a wonderful time. There were Carolers dressed in Victorian Attire that sang in beautiful harmony. And if you look close on the right of the picture, a gentleman was carrying a basket full of candy canes and passed them out to those of us standing around listening to the beautiful carols.

After finishing the gift shop area and the great lunch at the little cafe, wandered out to the actual nursery area and I found a desert friend....
Monday we met Joe's daughter Kelly and treated the grand kids to Pizza while She had lunch with a friend. We love spending time with them. Here Joe is in awe of how this talented Grandson playing with my iphone can land a jet and take off of an aircraft carrier and has never played the game before.
After lunch we had some time, so we found this really cool store full of hands on games. While they were trying them out with grandpa, grandma Betty was busy buying three of their favorites.... They played right in to that one and were wondering after they opened the gifts how I did that.

Joe was at Ted Brown Music Company in Tacoma, looking for some Christmas music for him and his grand daughter to play. She plays the Tuba. His  son met us at the music store after he got off work. Now here the fun begins and I'll finish the story later.

Christmas Eve at Jan's house with her son and family. A beautiful evening, with soup, salads and finger foods.

A beautiful fire in the fireplace sets the mood for the rest of the evening.

A family tradition passed down from father to son, the story of Jesus birth is read before opening our gifts.

A family picture followed before ending the evening. Those three youngsters needed to get home and get to bed. Christmas comes early.

Christmas Day we headed for Joe's daughters home in Redmond. We had a wonderful brunch, spent time visiting, and then opened gifts. Remember I said we were at a music store in Tacoma and Joe's son joined us there?  Joe didn't have a clue, this was all planned. He thought his son was looking and dreaming about a new Trombone for himself and wanted to show his dad. Joe looked at it with him, drooled over it, paid for the song books he picked out and we were off.... and Rob went off in a different direction with that new trombone in his truck.

Do you see the look of shock on Joe's face?  That trombone was a gift from his kids. We thought maybe he would cry.... nope he was speechless. But some of us had the tears.

He showed us what it sounded like, and then  spent time in another room playing it until his lips were sore. 

We had a wonderful Christmas Day. 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013


It's off again to Washington tomorrow morning. This time we get to stay until after Christmas. Because we weren't going to be home for the holidays we chose not to decorate the house or put up a Christmas tree. I do have my Nativity Scene out and a pretty Poinsettia and we've been playing Christmas music for a month. Best of all we opened our gifts before Christmas. I'm all wrapped up in a wonderful warm blanket from a dear friend. Yes, it is going with me tomorrow.

Mr. Joe has the car mostly loaded. He is a much better organizer than I am. I would never have gotten every thing in there. The gold star he is holding over his head is full of his favorite candy. And our dear friend knows this. So thank you dear friend. You are the best.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Magic Piano in Chicago Amtrak Staion

I don't usually do  more than one blog in a day, but I saw this as I was going through my Facebook posts and it tickled my funny bone.

Magic Piano

Old Cannery, Fantasy Lights and a Nursery Gift Shop

As most of you know by now, the person hired to replace Joe didn't work out so "good ole Joe" said he would help Miramont out until they found another replacement. After he finished work last Wednesday we headed for Washington State to spend time with my sister and Joe's son and daughter and family.
 Jan loves to play games as much as we do.  We hadn't played Mexican Train for ages and had forgotten how. So we spent each evening relearning the game and had a lot of laughs too.

Friday Morning we had a nice breakfast at Berryland Cafe in Sumner, Washington and after breakfast we headed for the Old Cannery. Ten acres of furniture and fun indoors.  It really use to be an cannery.

They go all out decorating for all the holidays including Christmas.

Look overhead and you will see not one but two huge train layouts.

They are known for their fudge all made on the premises. There are many antiques in there also.

Remember the days of the turquoise appliances?

My cousin Betty Boop. (Check out my purse, Joe bought for me at the beach a couple of years ago...)

This was taken on the "Train Station Platform" where you have a better view of the surrounding area. 
This is a beautiful handcrafted locomotive. I'm sorry I don't know the type of wood they used.  Look at the Tinker Toy Ferris Wheel behind it, and the old bicycle.

Every thing in the store is for sale including these large signs.  I would loved to have a lot of these but there is no place in either our home or our little RV, so I just took pictures to enjoy later.

How true!

This is a chair and a half. We were in there so tight it was hard to get out but we got a lot of laughs trying.

So much truth in this one.

After visiting the cannery we went down the road a few hundred feet to the Cemetery where our mother, brother and other family members are buried and placed a Christmas wreath on mom's grave. Then it was off to Old Country Buffet for an early supper before going to see Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Lake Park near Tacoma.

I didn't have my Nikkon camera with me so these were taken with my iPhone. But you get the general idea. The lights were clever and beautiful.

On the way home from Fantasy Lights we drove through some beautifully decorated homes not far from where my sister lives.

Mount Rainier was in all its glory the whole weekend 

Coming down the hill from Bonney Lake towards Sumner and Puyallup, we can see the Olympics. Between the Mountains and the trees is the Tacoma Smog.

The next few pictures depict the wonderful time Jan and I had on Saturday while Joe was in Redmond with his daughter and grand kids.  This is Watson's Nursery and gift shop in Puyallup and Oh the fun these two sisters had!!

Trees of all sizes and each decorated in a different theme. 

Poinsettas of every color and little stone people too.

Loved all the display cases and what was in them.

All of these were so pretty, cute or fun, I wanted one of each. But again pictures don't take up as much room..

This was probably one of the highlights of our time there.  These are two sisters. And the music they played was so beautiful you just wanted to stand around and listen or just shop and buy.... The sister standing, was playing the flute. Then at times she would sit down and the both of them would play the piano together.

On the way to See where Santa sits, only he wasn't there.

But my sister is....... somewhere ;)

That wreath was laying on the table...... silly sister.

Beautiful white mums and Red Poinsetta

We finished up our time at Watsons by sharing a coffee and lemon cheesecake desert.

Then it was off to a Filbert Farm.  They  had taken out all the trees as they were diseased and had replanted new ones so it will be a few years before Jan can buy Filberts there again. But along side the driveway were tractors, old trucks and other old equipment.

Sunday, we spent a few hours visiting Jan's son Tim and his family. The kids enjoyed Uncle Joe tossing football with them.

This is the birthday girl. She would really like it if they would let her play football at school. She is already an avid and accomplished baseball and basketball and if I'm not mistaking soccer player.

We are looking forward to spending Christmas Eve with Jan's son and family. We are hoping to touch bases with her daughter and family while we are up there also. Christmas Day we will be with Joe's Daughter and Son and their families.

Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year from Joe and

 Betty to our family and friends 

Heading back to Oregon. We look forward to seeing what the Lord has in store for us for 2014. A second person hired to replace Joe didn't work out either. So after we return from our Christmas Holidays, Joe will continue to fill in for them until they find a permanent replacement.