Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Welcome to our Autumn Garden

Hello there...welcome to our autumn home and garden. It's dahlia time once again, and I just knew you would love for me to share the beauties that we grew this year. One big difference was that we were able to winter over all our tubers (we dug them up) and didn't have to buy any. We actually remembered to wet them down each month during the winter. One result was that we got more of individual flowers and less variety. An interesting change.

A really nice patch of dahlias, and I have so enjoyed them.

We got a variety of 'mutated' dahlias this year, interesting specimens.

 This one was a two sided dahlia, with two different dahlias grown right together. Two sides, one bloom. At least they color co-ordinated.

And yes, it is an Autumn garden now days. 

Virginia Creeper is brilliant

Burning bush and autumn sedum

Sumac just starting to turn

And lovely crab apples putting on fruit and leaves changing. Yes, definitely 
autumn colors. But the leaves are still on and theres a bit of Indian Summer left too. I love this time of year in the garden. Hope you do too!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Tourist Spelunking

Well, finally here is the next post...whew that took me a while to get to it. Anyway, while Joy and Macy were here we decided it would be fun to visit a local cave for some spelunking adventure. We drove out south of us in lava flow country, parked and got out our lunch. We haven't had a picnic together in quite a while, and it was fun and made us wonder why we don't do it more often. Simple good food, sunlight on the pine trees and family...a great mix.

The insurance man  took an afternoon off and we were all glad he was with us.
The cave we went to is called Lava River Cave, and it is a large lava tube running underneath Highway 97, and was originally found in the 1930's. Today it's a tourist attraction. Back in the day that we were raising our three girls, we investigated this cave, as well as three other local caves. Some were flat, some rocky and all adventurous. So now it's the granddaughters' turn to do a little cave exploration.

We look prepared, with jackets, gloves, headlamps, a walking stick for me, and smiles!

 On our way....
Nice to have ramps over the rocks as you descend.

 It's quite a ways down into the cave, and it's an even 42 degrees all year round. 
There were several informative signs along the way which was helpful. When Macy started she was hanging back and wouldn't let go of her mother's hand. By the middle, she was running ahead of all of us, and telling us to hurry up! We had a fun few minutes when we turned off all our lights, and actually FELT darkness. Macy was OK with that, because there really were no living things in the cave (besides people). 
A fun time, and probably my last time, so I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

August Doings

 We have been spending time in Burns with my in-laws. Good summer times together. Here we are relaxing in the shade of their front porch and watching the world go by.
 We always enjoy good food together, and Mom baked an apricot pie...my first! Her pies are always great!

We had a visit from granddaughter Kory, always a fun time.
We wanted to cook together, so we tried out a ham and veggie Risotto. It took a lot of stirring, but between the two of us, it wasn't bad at all....and the results were tasty! With a bit of fresh dill on top.

We got creative with breakfast too, and made an Eggs Benedict, only used fresh spinach instead of an English Muffin (gluten free) and I tried a Hollandaise sauce made in the blender. Loved how easy it was. We took it outside to eat, and it sure was fun having Kory here. She has now officially begun her first year as a high school science teacher. Good luck Kory!
 Next came a week's visit from Joy and Macy. We were blessed to have Macy with us for two weeks this summer. 
One night I put on some Frank Sinatra, good dancing music of course. We listened to music and danced as the sun went down on another beautiful summer day.
 Joy is a walker these days, and an early  morning one at that. She got up the first morning and enjoyed a great walk at sunrise, with the beautiful Cascade mountains in view...
and along our canal. After she got back, she joined the sleepyheads, and we all went for a walk together.
 One night we had a bonfire in the back yard, complete with S'mores. 
 A really fun time together as a family,
and Aunt JoAnn joined us too. We really enjoyed their summer visit. More about that in the next post.

Friday, August 12, 2016

I Usually Dislike August....

but not this year!! It's been such a pleasant mild summer, and even today (August 12th, my Dad's birthday) it's only 90 degrees at the peak of the day. Wonderful warm weather and clear blue skies. My kind of August! Here's a peak at what we've been doing:
First, an evening at the Deschutes County Fair. Normally the days at this Fair are abominably hot and uncomfortable. But not this summer. It was the coolest, most comfortable afternoon and evening ever. We had such a great date night.
 We enjoyed looking at all the exhibits. The first photo was the only quilt there that was hand quilted and it was beautiful. We took some photos of the crocheting entries for JoAnn who stayed home. The little bear above reminded me of one that my girls had when little.
 There were many beautiful doilies, but no blankets.

 I always enjoy the place settings, and really liked this one. It is for a Game Night dinner, and the plate, napkin (score sheet) and silverware are all on a scrabble board placed on a place mat. So cute. The menu is a Bingo card and placed in a puzzle as a stand. They used a plastic cup with dice in it, and a pencil for keeping score.There were scrabble letters that spelled the person's name out as a name tag, and it was all ingenious.
We love to see the photography, and although this doesn't do it justice, it was my favorite adult photo. The lights and reflections were outstanding.
 We splurged, and each got an ice cream cone. I asked for Salty Caramel, and the insurance man asked for a wild huckleberry. YUM.
 There was a full size pirate ship for one of the shows, so that's where we took our cones and enjoyed looking around.

We also attended a Bend Elks baseball game. Lots of fun, and again not too hot, even in the direct sun. We had hamburgers for dinner, and with a sweet green tea to wash it down it tasted mighty fine. We sang the 7th inning song along with everyone else and wondered why we haven't been going the last few years?
I think August is going to be a favorite this year.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Celebrating With Kory

For those of you who read here regularly, you will know that Kory is one of our 7 favorite granddaughters. We attended a wedding shower for her about a week ago. 
It was held at their family property on the beautiful Lewis River, the weather cooperated and it made a beautiful setting.

Her Aunt JoAnn went with me, and here are a few of my favorite photos.


And we do....love her to the moon & back! Can't wait for this girl's wedding!