Saturday, October 5, 2019

Salut!



 It has been eleven weeks since I went in to have my hip fully replaced after more than eighteen months of recovery from being hit by a car.  My leg is slowly getting stronger and while there is still a way to go, I feel like I am finally starting to regain a true sense of independence.  I am so very thankful to all my family and friends who have kept my spirits up during a very difficult time in my life. I have appreciated all the kind wishes, prayers and notes from my blogging friends as well.  You have truly been a blessing.

While I spent much of my summer on the couch, now that I am up and moving more freely, I am fully enjoying all the sights, sounds and smells of Autumn.  That has included putting away the summer pillows, flowers and candles and replacing them with the beautiful golds, reds and bronzes that I truly love the best. 

A pumpkin patch on the desk.


 Fall leaves arranged in a vase.




I have made a new centerpiece for the dining room table.



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Looking back over the summer we did take one small trip just a few weeks before my surgery.  We drove over the mountains to the little Western themed town of Winthrop located on the east side of the Cascades.









  While we were there we wandered into a little gift shop that was filled with these lovely pear shaped candles.

 


About 15 years ago I saw some candles similar to these in a little shop in Arizona.  I liked them but decided not to buy them at the time.  For years afterward I searched and searched for them both in gifts shops and on line but could never find anything like them again.  So when I spotted these I was pretty excited, and naturally I made sure some came home with me. I knew they would make a perfect addition to my autumn decorating.   I picked up two yellow ones the first day and then went back the next day and picked up three more in other colors.  Right now, I just have the two ones on display but I will definitely be finding a place to display the others as well.


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So, I added these other candles but I am not sure I really like this display.  I think I might add some small pumpkins instead.  What do you think?


Hopefully, as I continue to get stronger you will hear from me more often.  Meanwhile, I wish each of you a joy filled and blessed day.
Adieu!





Monday, May 6, 2019

A Spring Day

We have been enjoying some warmer than usual spring weather the past few days with more to come.  The Lilacs are in full bloom as are the  rhododendrons. The bench is one that the kids all gave me last year for Mother's Day.  I think it really looks pretty next to the red blossoms of the Rhody.



 






 This beautiful weather has given me a chance to get outside and enjoy a little gardening.  I can only be on my knees for short periods, but little bits of time can all add up.  On Friday one of my girl friends came over to help me do some weeding in the back yard.  When I had done all I could do, we went shopping for some plants to fill the pots in the front of the house followed by lunch at The Bakery in Snohomish.  It was past the lunch rush so we had the place pretty much to ourselves.  That meant we were able to sit by  a window overlooking the street.




Over the weekend our youngest came over.  While he and his dad washed the cars I was able to pot the plants I had picked up on Friday. I also repotted a little Flaming Bush seedling I had planted a couple of years ago.



 This is the old bench from the back yard. It will be a good place to sit and read a book on a summer afternoon. The giant teacup planter was a gift from my daughter for Mother's Day a couple of years ago.  I love the bright colors.



 That's about all that's been going on with me.  Life is quiet at the moment as I try to catch up with a few things and prepare for the surgery I will be having this summer to replace the hip that was damaged last year.  I hope we can take a short trip up into the mountains for a couple of days before that happens.  Meanwhile, we are just enjoying each day as it comes.  God is good.  Blessings to each of you. Adieu!



 

Friday, March 29, 2019

Preparing for Easter

Like most everyone in the country, we have experienced a colder than normal winter with the largest snow levels in our community since 2008.  





Now change is in the air.  We are in the third week of Lent and I have been decorating the house for Easter, which is just around the corner.  It's been fun to brush away the darkness of winter and let the sunshine in.  I have lots of bunnies everywhere for my Granddaughter to enjoy.




Ooh, I think I need to iron this tablecloth!









But I haven't forgotten that "It's not about the bunny, it's about the Lamb."




The lighting here isn't very good but the picture of Christ is a print of an original painting that was painted by The Inspector's Great-Uncle in 1920 and presented to The Pope in 1939.  It still hangs in The Vatican art gallery.  

In keeping with the Lenten season, I have been trying to prepare my heart for Easter with daily readings from the Anglican Lectionary as well as other books, focusing on working on the "log in my own eye" before looking at the speck in others.  Not always easy but important.  Wishing each of you a day filled with blessing.






 

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Roadtrip to the Southwest

It's hard to believe that it's been more than a year since our accident.  As you may have already noticed, there have been long periods between blogs, partially because it was hard to sit at the computer for any length of time, and partially because there was very little going on besides recovery much of the time.  Adding insult to injury, my camera doesn't seem to be working and many of my photos from the past few months didn't turn out.  Hopefully I will be able to change that as this year moves forward.  For now my camera phone will have to do.

Like many others around the country we have been experiencing a very cold winter.  However, we did manage to get out of town between snow storms and spent the month of February chasing after sunshine.  I found that I was able to travel in the car fairly well, but we kept much of the tourist activities to a minimum and concentrated on making short stops to visit with various family and friends throughout the Southwest.  

Even in Southern California we couldn't completely escape the cold.  As you can see, there were bits of snow on the hillsides of this large wind farm we passed on our way into the desert.  I won't bore you with my opinion of wind farms other than to say that I find them very unattractive. This one went on for miles and most of them weren't even working.








 Eventually we left them behind though and we were able to enjoy the arid beauty of these Joshua trees instead.




We passed through the town of Barstow, California which is located in the middle of the Majave Desert.   I did share these photos on my Facebook as this area is where I spent part of my growing up years when my dad was stationed here while in the military.  In the distance you can see the words Calico on the side of the hill.  Below it is an old silver mining ghost town. It was bought out by Knotts Berry Farm in the 1950's and my dad used to work there on the weekends driving an old mining train that went around the edges of the town. While we didn't stop in for a visit, I have many fond memories of spending hours up there with my brothers exploring the old buildings, riding on the train and taking burro rides up and down the little street. I see from this brochure that it must be much more commercialized than it was when I was a little girl.  Isn't that true of just about everything?  It's now a county park and is listed on the California Historic Registry.  If you are interested you can learn more about the history and images of Calico here






Eventually, we made it to Las Vegas where we spent four days at a beautiful resort hotel on the outskirts of the city.  The pool was gorgeous.  Unfortunately, it was too cold to use it!  Still, I loved looking out at the mountains in the distance.



We had some lovely sunshine here but don't let the pictures fool you.  As you can see, I was still in long sleeves and a winter vest.  We met up with my oldest cousin and his wife here and enjoyed some yummy pizza.  Another day they took us on a tour of the town.  For all you football fans we got to see where the new Raiders stadium is being built. 









Finally, it was time to hit the road so we headed into Arizona before crossing back over to San Diego.  The desert in this area is completely different from the Mojave. We hit some rain but eventually the sun came out and there were lots of interesting rock formations.



 





After a night in Phoenix visiting friends we headed to San Diego where we met up with another of my cousins who lives in the hills outside of the city.  She has a wonderful view of the valley and the hills beyond from her back yard.  She tells me that at certain times she can hear the bells chiming from the church below. Lovely!





It rained quite a bit while we were in San Diego as well, but we were rewarded by this beautiful rainbow in front of my cousin's home at the end of the day.



Finally, after two weeks on the road and numerous rain storms and even some sleet we enjoyed our first patch of warm weather in Carlsbad, the town where my family retired to after my dad left the military.  We were only able to spend one full day in the area before meeting our children near Los Angeles but at least we were able to enjoy an afternoon of warm sunshine at the local harbor. 








This was the first half of our road trip and there will be more to share, but for now, thank you for stopping by.  It's nice to be back on line.  Feel free to leave a comment if you so choose.