Sunday, August 30, 2015

Heartbroken Smile

I love to smile and I love to laugh.  Sure, I have tears sometimes, but they soon pass and the the joy returns. Many years ago in my darkest valley, My sister who, herself, was working through the loss of her beloved husband came to visit and we went for a walk. I was pouring out my heart to her when she suddenly stopped and said something like this. "Betty, stop! you can't even hear the birds singing"  She was so right. I was so wrapped up in my own pain I couldn't see or hear the pain (or the joy) of those around me. That conversation changed my outlook on life. Now when I am sad, first I ask the Lord to change my sadness in to joy then I start looking for the good in whatever the bad is.  If you look hard and long enough you can find something positive about the situation. I guess I'm just a "Pollyanna" at heart.  So when I saw this video this morning on my Facebook page, I just knew I had to share it with my blogger friends. So click on the link below, enlarge to full screen and enjoy .

Heartbroken Smile

Last night, we received a phone call from North Dakota informing us of the death of a friend Joe has known since childhood. A few days before that we received a phone call telling us one of our RV friends we met on our honeymoon in Soap Lake, Washington had died. Joe and I talked about this, acknowledging the older we get the more of these phone calls we are going to get.  So how do we smile about phone calls like that??  You don't. You shed tears, then try to remember all the wonderful times you had with these friends and family members. Then you find others that  are hurting .......and try doing random acts of kindness to them.  You both will smile.

Friday, August 21, 2015

The Northwest Washington Fair and A Trip To Mt. Baker

It's been a fun week with beautiful weather at TT Birch Bay. Wednesday we went to the Northwest Washington Fair in Lynden.  We love fairs. 

 Now this cow has a soft pillow, wouldn't you say?

This little one really took a liking to Joe

These two little ones, were so fun to watch. Click on the picture to get a better look. 
 This goose just tickled me with her attitude. She wasn't about to let ANY of her friends share that pail of water.
These babies were just a couple of days old

These little piglets were pretty rambunctious while getting their dinner.

We love little pygmy goats and these put on quite a show for us.

Isn't this just the sweetest little face?

If you click to enlarge this picture I hope it makes you smile too.  The lady was giving this big horse a shower and all he wanted was a drink of water. She would shoot the water up to his face and he'd just drink away.

Joe is standing beside a 1950 Ford tractor  with a two bottom plow like one he use to drive as a kid.

The finale of a great day at the fair was the rodeo with a beautiful back drop.

My sister in law lives close by in Lynden so I called and asked her if she would like to take a day trip with us to Mt. Baker.  Neither her or Joe and I had ever been there.  When we left it was cloudy and misty and we figured we wouldn't get to see the mountain but it would be a nice ride.  Along the way we saw signs to Silver Lake County Park and decided to take a look.

What a beautiful place. We will definitely return here for some quiet camping time. 

Remember I said it was "misting" when we left?
Well now, Isn't the Lord just so good???? Look at that view. When we got up to the ski lift parking lot, we decided to go on to Artist View parking lot.....the end of the road, and this is what we got.

Turn the corner and we were up in the clouds.

Look at those sweeping mountain sides, and the little ponds below.

We made it to the top, turned around and came down to this beautiful lake.  Then name you ask?....Picture Lake of course.

We've been to Lynden a couple of times and today we parked the car and looked around a bit. It is a pretty and quaint little town.  What impressed me the most was the beautiful, huge hanging flower baskets. 

This picture borrowed from the internet
The town has a two windmills, one on each end of town. We parked the car close to this one and checked out some shops including the Dutch Bakery......mmmm good.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

New Friends and A Beautiful Sunset

I am a member of a group on Face Book called Thousand Trails - Good and Bad. A couple of days ago, I posted that we would be coming into TT Birch Bay on Monday and a Mr. Moody also a member of the group said they would be coming in on Tuesday.  This morning, Joe was pitching horseshoes. (the horse shoe pits are fairly close to the welcome center) and we noticed a very nice Lazy Daze RV checking in. As the driver was getting into his rig, Joe commented to him how much he liked the RV. Low and be hold, we get back to our rig later and this Lazy Daze is parked right across from us. Later, Joe was outside doing was he does best, cleaning on our rig and  I was busy on the computer and Joe asked me to come outside. He had four chairs set up and two of them were occupied by this very nice couple!! Jim and Denice Moody!  The very one who casually commented  on FB they would be coming in today. Neither of us had a clue who the other was when they parked their RV across from us.  We had such an enjoyable time visiting with them, finding out we had a lot in common too.  We are looking forward to meeting up with them again this winter in California.

This evening we went down to the water to watch the beautiful sunset here

This little boy was to the left of our car (yes his parents were close by  keeping an eye on him)  Joe said he sure didn't need electronic devices to keep him entertained.  He was having so much fun seeing how far he could skip rocks on the water.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

The Grande Finale To a Beautiful Celebration Week

Our week was full of fun, laughter, smiles, and giggles but Saturday it turned to tears of joy.........
Saturday we were invited to join Rob and his girlfriend Gloria for a BBQ at her parents home in Olympia to meet them. Rob was the chef, and served us BBQ Salmon and BBQ ribs, baked beans and potato salad and surprised us with a cake that was inscribed with Happy Birthday Joe and Betty.  We had a great time visiting with her parents and grandma.  Then they asked us to follow them to Sumner, Washington, but wouldn't tell us why. We pulled into a parking lot across from a building that looked like a church.
Both sets of parents were pretty quiet as we followed Rob and Gloria into this building.  We were greeted at the door by a lovely lady named Jeannie who told us the history of the building as we stood in the spacious room with beautiful paintings on the wall and ceiling.  When she was finished she asked us what we thought of it and we all oooo'd and awed and told her how nice we thought it was.  Then with a big grin on his face, Rob (with Gloria by his side smiling that infectious smile of hers) told us we could come back on September 10, of next year for their wedding in this very spot.  From there, she took us on a tour  of the rest of the building.  I would suggest you enlarge your screen, turn up the Sound and enjoy the rest of the tour as we did.

When the tour was finished we were back where we started, Rob put his hand in his pocket, pulled out a pretty royal blue box, turned to Gloria and said he thought this would be a great time to put this on her finger.....  She couldn't figure out how he could surprise her like that.  She knew it was coming but didn't know when.

The size was right but her finger was a little swollen so he had a time getting it over her knuckle. That's when dad stepped in and steadied the hand so Rob could give it a little push.  Does Joe look like a happy dad?  At that point, Rob looked at him and said "your the best man" . You see what makes that so special to Joe, was Rob was his best man at our wedding.
Because this was such a Surprise to the parents, we didn't come prepared to take pictures. I had the presence of mind to grab my iPhone and take the one above, but because this was a first for Jeannie, having someone receiving her ring in their event center, she asked if I'd take a couple more and send them to her. So the happy couple gladly re enacted the presentation for her and then we took a couple of them with both sets of parents.

A footnote from this step momma,  for many years Joe has prayed the Lord would give his son a wife that loved the Lord with all her heart and when I joined the family my prayers were the same.  Gloria has told me several times her prayers were that the Lord would give her a husband with the same desire, and He did just that. 
Another prayer answered.  Thank you Lord.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Beautiful Silver Falls State Park near Silverton, Oregon

Joe's Birthday choice was to take the back roads to Silver Falls State Park near Silverton Oregon.
We love taking the back roads to anywhere.

It was interesting to me to see all the black fields.  Controlled burning of these fields, helps prepare the fields for the next crop.

The farmers were out in their fields with very large tractors, creating a lot of dust in the air, but it is also necessary in preparing the fields for the next crop.

Although the wheat has already been cut, these fields remind me  of "Amber Waves Of Grain"
We stopped at a beautiful roadside on the way to the falls.

The Birthday Boy/Chauffeur taking a break.

My awesome sister at age 68 showing me she still has the ability to do a balancing act.  She did gymnastics as kid. 

We parked the car at the South Falls and paid our $5.00 parking fee. 

The path to the falls goes past the Lodge, a little cafe and store, and a little theater where you can learn more about Silver Falls.

This was our reward for our hour and a half drive from home.  A beautiful view of Silver Falls. I have to say I was surprised how little water was flowing but then Oregon is in a pretty severe drought.  Joe and Jan hiked down under the falls and continued on for a round trip of about 3 miles.  I and my friend Ruthie stayed on top and enjoyed the view and people watching. It was a beautiful day.  How is Joe this evening you ask? Well after a nice long warm shower and a good nights sleep he says he will be fine. He expects a few aches and pains in the morning, but the toe is healing nicely.  For those of you who didn't hear, He was pitching shoes ( in his Nike flip flops of all things) and wore the skin right off his little toe.  So we have been nursing that all week too.  My knee still isn't doing to good. I have an appoint with the ortho Doc when we get back from Birch Bay and I have a hunch I'm going to have to get it fixed. our last day of the birthday week for us.  We are going to explore the little town of Aurora. When we get home it will be time to start loading up the motor home. We will take Jan home Friday morning, spend the weekend there and head out for Birch Bay on Monday.
Have a great week.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Flowers and Fresh Fruit - Bauman's Here We Come!

Today we went to Bauman Farms.  Wow!  So many flowers, so much fruit!!

This is a Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea 

I love nurseries.  They are beautiful, quiet and peaceful.

This is one of the entrances to the farm store.  Straight back is the bakery. There are always samples of bakery goods, fruit and cheese. We purchased a lemon pound cake, 

the sweetest peaches and plums we've ever had and.....

And the biggest cantaloupe we've ever seen. If Joe looks tired, he has a really good reason to be.  He's been busy all week chauffeuring us around. But he tells us driving makes him happy... A good nights sleep and we'll be off again tomorrow. Shhhhh I'll tell you a secret. Tomorrow is HIS birthday. :)