Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Outside

Hello!  Dayle and I ran some errands yesterday and went out for lunch, it was a sunny day.  When we arrived home our feral cat Simba was sunning on the deck steps.. lo and behold he allowed us to walk by without streaking off under the deck.  


A not so good photo of the lilac buds.. but seeing them makes me hopeful for the future.. I can't wait to have bouquet of 3 different colors of lilacs on my table.  White, lavender and purple.  Did you know there are some yellow lilacs?  I think I'll pass on those.


The iris patch is showing promise, too!


And the Daffodils are in bloom.. I need to cut a bouquet!


The little chickies are feathering out nicely.  Peep, peep.. cheep.. peep.  It's kind of fun to have their music in the house.


In national news, the FBI head Comey announced that they found no truth to 45s tweets that Obama had his wires tapped in Trump tower.  The FBI is also looking into Russian contact with members of 45s campaign.  

Who would have thought reading the headlines in the US newspapers would be like watching a bad movie?  :-)

((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Two More Chicks

When we picked out our other chicks on Wednesday they were out of the Ameraucanas which lay aqua eggs.  They assured us they would have them on the weekend.  Dayle and I went in on Friday and got our two little chickies.  As we were driving home I asked Dayle to come up with some names that make one think of Easter as they lay colored eggs.  First word, Peeps.  OH.. perfect for the little yellow one!  Next.. Jellybeans.  Yes, that will be the name of the colored one!  LOL!  They have adjusted well with the other chicks in the bathtub.  


Dayle captured the two chicks for the photo shoot in my little basket.  But they didn't show up well in the basket so I asked him to set them on the tablecloth.. lol.. 


They definitely did not show up well in the basket. :-)


Kristi made corned beef and cabbage in our Instant Pot for St. Patrick's Day and it turned out so good!  We all loved it, even the boys.  The recipe is HERE.  


We all decided we need to have this more than once a year.  LOL!


It's the first day of Spring!  Happy Spring everyone!  We made it through Winter!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Wild Violets and Baby Chicks

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

Spring begins in 3 days!  I was out walking about the yard yesterday and was thrilled to see the wild Violets in bloom!  Kristi picked a little bouquet for the house.. oh they smell simply divine!  There are 3 colors of these violets, the white ones come out first, then the lavender ones and also dark purple.


I put this first posy in my little vintage milk glass cream bottle that the dairies would use to sell cream to cafes.  Also in the photo is the vintage Devon Violet pottery perfume jar I found last year.  I need 2nd bouquet!



Did you know that there used to be a massive farm industry of forcing violets to sell in bouquets in the spring?  They were more popular than roses.


I had gone out to photograph our daffodils which are blooming in the garden by our back deck.  They are a bit beat down due to all the rain we've gotten lately.



I stuck my camera low under the flowers to get a shot and laughed at myself when I realized that I still had the zoom lens out.. but thought I'd share this anyway as it's kind of a fun image.


This is more what I was going for.


On Wednesday after the children got home from school all six of us headed to Coastal Farm & Garden store to pick out some chicks. Caleb picked out this one - I'm excited because I'd read about this breed which lays dark brown eggs.  He named his chick Jack.  I said.. you know these are girls, right?  And he goes, I know.  :-)



This was his 2nd choice.. he named this one Jackson.


Hayden pick out this one and named it Fluffy.


And this one is Black Fluffy.  :-)



At the farm store they keep them in these galvanized water troughs.


Kristi had gotten all the needs for the chicks ahead of time and set them up in the guest bathroom vintage clawfoot tub.  Here they are in their new home with their "parents" Caleb and Hayden.  Oops.. you can see it's a working bathroom and the towel is not hanging neatly.. lol.


Caleb is gently holding his Welsummer chick.


You should hear the peep peep peeping going on in this house.  They sound adorable and even have a little peep trill sound.


Kristi brought out Jack so I could take a close up of her.  Sweet!  Travis picked out a Bantam he named Boots, Kristi picked out a Red Sexlink she named Sexy and Barred Rock she hasn't named yet.  They were out of Ameraucaunas that lay aqua eggs, but said they would have more on the weekend.  I will get two of those.



In the news here, the White House has come up with a proposed budget which will go on to the Congress.  It increases military spending and cuts all social agencies.  Here is a chart I found.  So.. 45 and the Republicans want to cut Environmental Protection, Labor, Agriculture, Health and Human Services, Education, etc.  All things that help the middle class, the poor and our country as a whole.  Cutting school lunches, cutting Meals on Wheels to home-bound elderly and sick people, etc.  


To find out more - click HERE.

I hope you have a good weekend.  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I love St. Patrick's Day - I knew I had some Irish in me, but when I did my DNA test found out I'm 49% British Isles!  Now I can officially celebrate this holiday.  :-)


My little collection of St. Patrick's Day decorations that I found a few years ago.  This little girl is carrying a basket full of clover!



The little boy has golden buckles on his shoes and hat.


I love the message on this decoration - "Live, Laugh, Dance".



My little bunny girl that is knitting fits in my St. Pats things because of the clover designs in green on her dress.  :-)



The markings on the bottom tell about her.



I also wear some jewelry for St. Pats - I made the 4 leaf clover earrings using Swarovski crystals - on the top I added an Oregon Sunstone bead.  I also made the gold hoops myself - it's pretty easy to make with a loop on one end and a turned up point on the other end.  I made the hoops like 30 years ago and they've held up well to almost daily wearing.


I found this adorable Irish hat charm on the Brighton website so I wear it as a necklace on my chain.


When you open up the top of the hat you find a pile of gold coins!  :-)


I love the detail in this charm.. there is a feather stuck in the hatband and it curves up over the top and becomes the loop on top where the ring is to hang it on your chain.


I took a closeup of a new bud on my little pot of Cyclamen.. isn't it cute?


Lastly, my sister Denise sent me a link to this activity - it's called The Ides of Trump.  You send a postcard to the President at the White House to let him know what you think of how he's doing.  I drew a pink Pussyhat on my vintage postcard to send.  My message on the back is... "You're fired!".  :-) I will send this today.  

The latest thing 45 did was accuse Barack Obama of wire-tapping his phones at Trump Tower.  That has now been disproven - the president lies at the drop of the hat.  

The health care bill has been looked over and it's a disaster - millions of people will lose health care and get this - the rich will receive a tax break and my question is, WHY should a Health Care Bill have anything to do with tax breaks for the wealthy??  What????  


I'm slightly better than I was.  I'm still coughing with bronchitis, but hopefully I'm on the uphill side of this.  It's raining here.. how is it where you are?  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Spring Lamb Table

I spread a new tablecloth on the table and set out my little collection of sheep and put in a pair of candles - oops I need to trim the wicks.


My little flock.. the big white one with a grey face is a gift from my grandsons they found at a craft show.  The two little ones are vintage style.  The purple one and little mottled grey one are from a local craftswomen.  The legs on hers are horseshoe nails!  Her shop is on Etsy - LionGateFarm.


My little vintage Devon Violet perfume bottle is ready for the first Lilies of the Valley flowers to bloom.


Dayle informed me that a little patch of Daffodils were in bloom in front of the farmhouse on the edge of the road that goes in front of the house.. so I asked him if he'd go out, in the rain, to get a photo for my blog post I am writing..:-) so he did!


Yay.. our first to bloom!


See all the rain drops on the flower?  We had a nice day yesterday but that was just a tease, the rain is back. At least we aren't having the blizzards that are happening on the East side of the USA.  Thank goodness.  I hope Spring is peeking in at you today!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Good Little Hens

We're getting 1 or 2 eggs a day now.  Our good little hens are giving us these beauties.  We'd gotten some acrylic egg holders in the past but when we put them through the dishwasher they melted. So I found these porcelain ones on Amazon, I got two and they're working great for us.  


We plan to get some chicks when the kids get home from Disneyland.  Kristi already got a brooder and light.  We plan to put them in the old clawfoot bathtub in the guest bath.  That should be interesting!  


Thanks for the good wishes for me to battle my way out of this bronchitis. You are all so kind and thoughtful. The kids will return on Sunday.  I look forward to hearing all about their trip and how much they enjoyed Disneyland.  They got to visit our other son, Shawn, and his family in Temecula.  They all celebrated the boys birthday at Legoland!  Fun times for the kids and grandkids.  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Wintery Excursion

On Monday we headed off to Multnomah Falls for Dayle to do some Treasurer work, we snapped this photo from the car window as we headed out East.  We'd decided to go to Big Ts for lunch in Stevenson WA, so off we went.  There were big clouds but sun breaks on our way there.

  
After lunch we visited the Cascade Locks Marine Park so I could snap some images of the snowy mountains across the river in WA. I also snapped some of the Canada Geese that love the grassy lawns at the park.


This is what I wanted to show you.. isn't that dramatic?


We're not done with Winter here.  


This mountain is to the right of that last one.


Zoom..


This is the Oregon side rising up behind Cascade Locks.


A last shot of the gorge from the little park under the bridge and off we went towards home.


I've had a relapse and am suffering from bronchitis.. but I'm sure to get better soon.  I'm doing some crocheting and TV watching and need to do some reading. We're watching Doc Martin from season 1 on.. I really love that show.  Thank heavens for the fire in our den.. is there anything more lovely than radiant heat on a cold winter day?  ((hugs)), Teresa :-)