Saturday, July 28, 2012

Just Across The Fence

Right out my kitchen window, across the fence
stands a beautiful garden, its colors intense.
Each morning I'm greeted this sight to behold.
Tis a wonderous place as its colors unfold.

This lovely garden belongs to my neighbor, Sharlie by name.
She has a green thumb. She is known for its fame.

My neighbor is a treasure, as kind as can be.
She does all the work and shares the results with me.

Saturday, July 21, 2012


When I was traveling, I use to purchase a pin from any place that I visited. I also 
                                      have pins representing achievements like my CLIA award and my Princess Cruise expert. There are pins from softball tournaments and some pins that I just liked but my favorite are the pins from my trips.
There is a pin from Athens, Greece of  the Parthenon.  Carolyn Shoup, her father, David Adison and I all climbed to the top. It was a hot day and David was no youngster. We made him stop and rest and drink lots of water but he made it and we each got a pin to remember the experience.
There is another pin from the Effil Tower. David wanted to go up and so did I but Carolyn had a problem with heights so she stay on the street level. David and I journeyed to the top and were rewarded with an incredible view. I bought David and I each a pin to show that we had accomplished a shared dream. Carolyn got some great shots looking up so she had fun too.
These pins bring back lots of memories. I'm glad I have them.  

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Consider The Lilies...And The Hydrengia too

 I think the Bible has it right. You should consider the lilies. They sure are pretty. Our backyard is full of them and they bask in the sunlight of the early afternoon.
 It is also nice to check out the hydrengia as well. We've got a big old bush located over by our shed. It doesn't always get all the water it should but it manages to survive anyway. Tough little bugger. I love our garden. God sure knew what he was doing when He gave us flowers. It sure does lift ones spirit. Thanks, God.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Three Days Of Fun

We have had a wild three days here this past week. Elinor had a journaling class with her new found friend, Elaine Frenett. Elaine is an artist who uses watercolors to enhance her journals. If you want to see what her work looks like, check out Elinor's blog. She and Elinor have been exchanging journal entries for a while and they are truely fantastic. Elaine invited Elinor to join her in teaching a class. They had nine students from as far as Connecticut to Montana to right here in Vancouver. The ladies were wonderful. Elinor took them to her favorite gathering places to pick up various things to use in their journals. Then, Elaine took them to the Vista House in the Columbia River Gorge and a nearby area where they painted. Saturday, they put it all together. 

These picture show Elaine and one of Elinor's dearest friends, Sally Lampi, making sandwiches.Sally is the one with short hair.  Don't they look intent? Well the food was good.

It was a fun three days. I had as much fun as the students and I made several new friends in the process. The one who was in seventh heaven was Cashew. She got patted and scratched and made a fuss of the whole time.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Happy Birthday, USA !

Oh. say can you see by the dawn's early light?

And the rocket's red glare....the bombs bursting in air.

Oh say doth that star spangled banner yet wave....o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.Amen
I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. Thank you, God.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

What A Gift !!!!!!!!!!!

This is what our garage looked like yesterday morning. There was junk everywhere but low and behold, there were heroes waiting to help us out. With Elinor safely in Nebraska, my niece, Evie and her husband, Joe Coleman attacked.
In true honestly, Evie was assisted by her sister, Maureen, Maureen's husband, Christian and their two older sons, John and Thomas.

Old patterns of Elinor's dolls were tossed, gardening tools were sent to our shed in the back yard along with lawn mower; stuff that we hadn't seen in years was sent to Goodwill or the recycling center or the dump.

 Shelves were organized, some were actually taken down, tables shifted, boxes moved to the chicken room closet.....IT WAS GLORIOUS!
This is what it looks like now. Elinor is going to just die. I love it!!!!!!!!!!

Here are the two major stars of the show. Boy, are we going to miss these two. They are leaving on Saturday and heading East where Joe will be attending the War College before he gets his command. I hope the Navy knows how lucky they are. I have to admit, I feel a little safer having Joe on our side.