Thursday, November 19, 2015

So let's get sewing!

We had grandchildren for the 
Even though I'm not functioning at my normal
Jim took the day off Saturday to help
and have some time with

My sewing machine was down stairs for me
and I got the kids machine running
so Rachel and Abby  and Natalie took turns sewing most of the day.
They came up with all kinds of things, headbands,fanny packs, blankets, and
They even put zippers in.......all this on their
It was so awesome watching them and too see the confidence they had in themselves.
It's so important that children
learn that they really
can do anything if they just try.
There's a reason our kids always said, "Oh my mom 
can make that or my dad can make that. Actually they probably said that because
we always said to them
"oh I can make that!"

It was fun just hanging out on a rainy day together.

8 yr. old Natalie

Maddy had gone to the store to clean and when Grandpa brought her 
home the others were sewn out  so she made
a circle skirt from a pattern from
on line. Talented little buggers!

Monday, November 16, 2015

My Love Affair with the Columbia River

Poems have been written and songs have been sung about the mighty Columbia River.
It will always hold a special place in my heart because a lot of my growing up was done on or around the river. Living in a desert it was like an oasis , the one thing of beauty.

I learned to water ski on the Columbia. One of my biggest delights of my childhood.
By the time I was a teen-ager I could ski on one ski. I was extremely proud of myself!

A family picnic at the park. Four generations! I'm the little girl up front on the right.

Many family picnics were held at Columbia River Park.(now called Howard Ammon Park) It's a beautiful park right on the river and now there's a wonderful path that goes for miles.
Benches and swings give you a chance to rest along the way and enjoy the view.

The wading pool I splashed in as a child is still
there, and a few of my grandchildren
have got to try it out.

Many happy outings happened on the banks of the Columbia. I remember hunting for arrowheads and agates with my mother and grandmother.
One outing we were picking wild asparagus  and we saw a rattle snake.

Jim's nephew Joshua a few years ago getting married at the park.

Jim and I leaving the reception.

The summer I graduated  from High School my dear friend Leslie Scanlon and I would
ride our bikes after dinner almost
every night down to the river.
Once there we would sit and watch the river and talk as only girls can.
I seriously had the nicest thighs by the end of the summer!

Floating the river as we got older was also great fun. Whether on tubes or in a raft it was a great way to start your summer tan!

The "Fingernail" is what we called this when it was built. I remember my children playing on it's stage when we visited the park. It was for "Arts in the Park." People pretty much made fun of it from what I can remember.

One of my favorite views of the river are about 40 miles North of where I grew up. We've crossed this bridge hundreds of times on our way to Seattle. It's always breathtaking to me.

This is the Columbia River Gorge at Vantage.

You see alot of these rock formations as you make the drive. Dated back to the ice age floods.

Another wonderful view of the Columbia on your way to Portland, Oregon. It's a treat to drive.
Though I remember some horrible ice storms we drove through as a child along here.

I'll add more pictures as I find them but for now this is my tribute to the
Columbia River.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Let's be Real

Some day's I don't get out of bed. My body tells me it's that kind of a day.
Sometimes I love those kind of days. It doesn't make it a "bad" day.
I manage to be productive in little ways......or some days I watch reruns all day.
But, I really love those days when I get up and my body says "Were going to get things done today!"
"Were going for a walk", "Were going to run errands". I do love those days!
So two weeks ago when I broke my foot (tripping down a couple stairs) I was able to go with the flow pretty easily. I got a knee scooter (God bless the inventor!) which gives me more independence, and is a huge hit with the grandkids! It's still a pain in the neck, not being able to drive my biggest complaint. 
I go in today to see if they'll put a pin in or not. My Manly Man has been very good to me but I think he too will be glad when........this too will pass!

Sunday, May 24, 2015


Since we don't have church til 1:00 P.M. this year we have the mornings to prepare lessons, listen
to uplifting messages, and as
I'm doing this morning, reflect on the blessings
of life.
Jim asked me last night,( as we were cuddling on the couch watching old war movies) what was
the most wonderful thing about my life.
(Besides him of course) I said, "My children".
He nodded and said the same.
I love my children so much. They are great
people, helpful, loving, growing, believing, generous,funny, kind, hardworking . They try to be the best parents possible, way better
then us. I just adore and admire them all.
Their so good to us and make
us feel  so loved. I'm just
so thank-ful for our family and I know its "all" about families!

A blast from the past! Since James just turned
thirty this was probley 25 years ago!

My babies!

My sweetie!