Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Thursday, July 26, 2012
The insurance man was very interested, and I think my grandsons might be as well.
My cousin, Larry Erskine, went to be with his savior Jesus, on July 14th. The service we attended was a wonderful tribute to this man, and of the legacy left from a life well lived in obedience to God. We were privileged to attend, and enjoyed time spent with Larry's family as well as my brother and his family.
Finally we stayed the night in Port Angeles, which is on the northern coast of Washington, on the Strait of Juan de Fuca on Puget Sound. Directly across the strait is the city of Victoria, with ferry service from Port Angeles to Vancouver Island. The sun finally broke through, and we had a glorious evening where we could see Victoria across the way, eat fresh salmon and cod, and have beautiful views of the snow topped Olympic mountains behind us.
Friday, July 13, 2012
This week I had the chance to go kayaking with a friend up at Sparks Lake in our Cascade Mountain range. Since our days have been hot, we got a pretty early start on the day, and took along a small lunch to eat on the water, before heading home. This was one of the views we enjoyed while we munched. South Sister (mountain), Sparks Lake and wildflowers.
Another wonderful view...this time of Broken Top, a popular hiking destination here in Central Oregon. As you can plainly see we enjoyed fabulous clear skies, and warm sunny weather.
Here is my friend Phyllis, and my kayak as well, sitting and drifting while we ate. The kayaks are hers, and are not fancy...but they felt a true luxury that day....just to be able to get out on the water. Sparks Lake is one God fashioned from lava rock, and there are many side rock channels to explore and most were filled with wild flowers just now at their peak. A picture perfect summer day.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Ashley's brother Brad walked Joy down the 'aisle'.
Even the moth that attended was all decked out in white...even nature enjoys a wedding!
If you would like to see more of the wedding, I have provided two links to watching Macy and Lilly walk down the aisle, as well as Ashley and her Dad. It was really special, and we had a beautiful July day and a beautiful bride.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
4th of July Good Eats and Treats
Oven Baked (till they fall off the bone) Spareribs
Corn on the Cob
Raspberry Sour Cream Jello (with fresh raspberries: )
Mom's Best Macaroni Salad
Watermelon Slices with a platter of Oreos
Served along with 3 or 4 friends, it's a great way to celebrate!
HAPPY 4TH EVERYONE!
Monday, July 2, 2012
The hummingbirds are at the feeder, the monarchs are in the garden, God is in His heaven, and all is right in my world.
First is the golden chain tree. In other climates it grows really large and beautiful, but here it has barely grown in the last five years, and I've been patiently waiting for a year that the blooms would show up. This is that year, and the bonus is that the blooms last a long time. I've been enjoying it from my office window for several weeks now.
The bottom is a bit of baby's breath, which is always so nice in arrangements.
It's daylilly time...both for Julie and me. So bright and cheery!