"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~George Bernard Shaw

"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time." ~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Monday, June 18, 2018

It's Awww Monday June 18, 2018

Sauvie Island, Oregon 1978
Hey Paul!
Happy Birthday One Day Early !!!!
My wonderful, hard working son.
Who takes time for others before himself.
We love you Paul!
Have a lovely Happy Birthday!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Splendid Saturday! June 16, 2018

2018 Photo Project
Photo #160
 I love my little garden.
It has a variety of herbs; 6 basil plants, lavenders,
oregano, thyme, valerian, rosemary, chives and mint.
Plus 5 tomato plants and 6 basil plants.
Not forgetting I also have two rose bushes
marigolds, hops and daylilies.  
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Photo #161
Old fashion rose that smells lovely. 

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Photo #162

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Photo #163
Looking towards Mt Eddy.

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Photo #164
Here's a better view of the mountains to the west of us.
Have a GREAT weekend!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Feline Friday June 15, 2018

Lucy so enjoys being outside...
even tho' she's always on a leash.
That's for her safety primarily and
also for the birds and small animals  
that she would be stalking.
We don't take Lucy for walks....
she takes us for walks!  
After Russell ot I take walks with Lucy
she loves to just hang out watching the
 world go by.  
Have a lovely Feline Friday!!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Tuesday Fun June 12, 2018

Unusual Friends
After spending a lot of time alone in the same room of the
owner's house, a crow and a dog grew fond of each other.
The crow is almost always on the dog's back,
the dog even barks when people try to touch his pal.
The owner built a custom harness for more comfortable rides.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Awww Monday! June 10, 2018

Railroad Days in Dunsmuir, California!! 
2018 Photo Project
Photo #154
Every year the railroad town of Dunsmuir
celebrates the railroad.
A lot of young and old railroad riders
come to town and a lot have their dogs
and their musical instruments.
Here's just a few of the many visitors!
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Photo #155
They played some really toe
tapping music! 
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Photo #156
Snack time! 
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This young couple also played fun music
and had CD's for us to buy. 
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Photo #158
Everyone deserves a snuggle.
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Photo #159
Time for a snooze!
Have a great week!
Words to think about:
Don't judge a person by their appearance,
but by how they treat others.

Friday, June 08, 2018

Feline Friday June 8, 2018

2018 Photo Project
Photo #153
Norton takes a nap!

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Thankful Thursday June 7, 2018

Last week we had to take out two
dead Oak trees. We left the two stumps
about 4' tall so that Samuel could
carve the two stumps into Morel mushrooms.  
2018 Photo Project
Photo #150
Here's Samuel beginning to shape the stumps
with his chainsaw..... 

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Photo #151
Now that the basic shape is there
he then cut in the Morel texture
before sanding and staining the mushrooms.

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Photo #152
And here's the mushrooms after he applied
the Thompson wood sealer. 
We will reapply the sealer when necessary.
Thanks Samuel!
And thanks Brian for Thankful Thursday!

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Wordless Wednesday June 6, 2018

2018 Photo Project
Photo #149
A quiet afternoon interrupted by
the noisy freight train!
Thanks Sandee for Wordless Wednesday!
And here's the recipe I promised you!
Mocha Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup unsalted butter softened
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup unbleached flour
1/4 cup unsweetened Dutch cocoa
2 Tbl instant coffee powder
(If crystallized crush to a powder) 
1/2 tsp salt
1.2 tsp baking soda
1/2- 3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2  - 1 cup sliced raw almonds
preheat oven to 350F
cream butter with brown sugar and then white sugar
until completely mixed. Add the egg and vanilla and mix
well again.  Sift together the flour, cocoa, coffee powder,
salt and baking soda. Stir into the creamed  mixture
until well blended. Stir in the almonds and chocolate chips.
Drop rounded teaspoonful's onto parchment paper
covered baking sheets. Flatten the mounds slightly with
the heel of your hands or a rubber spatula dipped in sugar.
Bake the cookies for about 12 minutes .  They are done
when they have puffed up and then subsided a bit to 
have a crackled surface.  Cool the cookies on the paper for
a fewminutes before removing to a wire rack. 

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Tasty and Fun Tuesday! June 5,2018

2018 Photo Project
Photo #147
Dirt or cookies ???

2018 Photo Project
Photo #148
Cookies of course!!!
Mocha Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies!
Recipe to follow tomorrow....

Sunday, June 03, 2018

Awww Monday! June 4, 2018

I am posting early as we have
a lot of out of town guests arriving today!
2018 Photo Project
Photo #145
Downtown Camas, Washington
There are a lot of murals to be seen here.
Camas is a very pleasant town
outside of Vancouver Washington.
We visited here a few weeks ago.
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Photo #146
Here's a close up of the mural....love those bees!
Have a great and Awwwsome Monday!
Thanks Sandee!

Saturday, June 02, 2018

Stellar Saturday June 2, 2018

2018 Photo Project
Photo #144
I took this photo two evenings ago looking east
from our deck just as the sun was setting.
Have a lovely weekend!

Friday, June 01, 2018

Feline Friday! June 1, 2018

2018 Photo Project
Photo #143
Astro is such a sweet loving cat.

Ellen of 15andmeowing and Lorianne of Four-Legged Furballs, provide Friendly Fill-in questions.
This week's questions:

1.My neighbors are the best!
We help each other through thick and thin. 
2.The last thing I purchased online was cat food.

Lucy's food is difficult to find here and she is picky! 
3. I have never gone water skiing, scuba diving or sky diving!
4.Anything is possible if you just focus

on the positive.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Thanksful Thursday May 31, 2018

2018 Photo Project
Photo #140
Thankful for living where fresh organic
vegetables are readily available.

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Photo #141
Try roasting them!

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Photo #142
Delicious in salads.
Have a lovely day!
Thanks Brian!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Tuesday Tummy Fun! May 29, 2018

2018 Photo Project
Photo #138
While up visiting friends in Lake Oswego Oregon
I captured this adorable shot of Norton!
He sure is a cutie pie!
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Photo #139
I also went to the Farmers Market in L.O.
This photo reminds me to start making
this Rhubarb Relish.....
Combine the following ingredients in a
medium saucepan and bring to a boil
over high heat:
2 cups diced rhubarb
1/2 cup sugar
Grated zest of one orange
1/3 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup chopped shallots or red onion
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
Reduce the heat and simmer until the rhubarb
softens, about 12 minutes.  Yum!

Monday, May 28, 2018

Awww Monday. May 28, 2018

2018 Photo Project
Photo #137
Remembering those who died while serving
our country. May they rest in peace.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Wordless Wednesday May 23, 2018

2018 Photo Project
Photo #136
Looking towards Mt Shasta.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Fun on Tuesday May 22, 2018

2018 Photo Project
Photo # 133
Uh oh.....

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Photo #134
Never have I ever seen this before.....

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Photo #135
Lucy was quite amazed.....
You can go to this link to learn even more!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Awww Monday! May 21, 2018

A good friend of ours recently became a Grandpa!
His daughter had twins which means
everyone will have twice as much fun!   
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Photo #131

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I certainly had fun making them!
Have an awesome week!

Friday, May 18, 2018

Feline Friday! May 18, 2018

2018 Photo Project
Photo #130
Lucy's very favorite spot for her afternoon nap.
Here are my answers to this weeks questions:
1. Happiness is being married to your best friend .
2. Ten years ago, I truly retired.
3. Laughing with friends is the best medicine.
4. Most people don’t know that I am a liberal conservative.
Fiscally conservative and socially liberal.
Have a lovely Friday!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Thankful Thursday May 17, 2018

2018 Photo Project
Photo # 129
I am so very thankful for
my sweet and very smart husband.
He can fix anything and has carefully
and thoughtfully created our beautiful home.
I am also thankful for our sweet Lucy.
She is such a lovely cat!
Thanks Brian for Thankful Thursday!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Wordless Wednesday May 16, 2018

2018 Photo Project
Photo #128
When the hammock goes up...
summer is just around the corner!
Have a relaxing day!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Tuesday Fun May 15, 2018

2018 Photo Project
Photo #127
This cute dog really wants to go inside,
but knows he's not allowed.
So he is patiently waiting.
Such a good dog!
Have a great day!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happy Mother's Day! May 13, 2018

Happy Mother's Day!!
Here's one of my favorite photos of
my mother and me. I think
I was between 12 to18 months old.
She was a fabulous mom and I miss her every day.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Weekend Neighborhood Photos for Awww Monday! May 14, 2018

2018 Photo Project
Photo #125

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Photo #126
While walking in downtown Mt Shasta
I went past this adorably planted front yard.
Pretty pansies in a purple pot,  but what
caught my attention were the little pansies
coming up in between the pavers. Too cute!
Have a great day!

Friday, May 11, 2018

Feline Friday May 11, 2018

Springtime photo of a  
cat smelling a pussy willow!
Have a lovely springtime day!
Photo credit goes to https://www.maxpixel.net/
Thanks Sandee for Feline Friday!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Wordless Wednesday and Thankful Thursday May 9-10, 2018

Spring is here!
One of my favorite spring blossoms is
the Red Flowering Currant bush.
Pretty and has a lovely scent.
I am always thankful for every season.
Especially spring!
Thankful Thursday is brought to us by Brian!
Thanks Brian!