Friday, March 3, 2017

Breakfast Served All Day

No birdies at the feeders this morning, Mr. Merlin is keeping them away.  He's camped out and hopeful.

Monday, February 13, 2017

High Time for High Tea

Our church ladies had a wonderful get-together last Saturday.  They called it the Valentines Day Accessory Exchange and Tea.  The tables were beautifully set with gorgeous tea cups and tiered plates of savories and sweets, including scones with Devonshire cream and raspberry jam.  I was in heaven.  

Each lady brought any of her accessories (jewelry, scarves, hats, etc.) that she no longer wanted or needed and received a ticket for each item she brought.  After the tea, they went "shopping" and used their tickets to "purchase" new things.  What a great idea.  I didn't participate in that part since I had jettisoned all my "extra" stuff in preparation for the big move and I didn't have my camer (I know, I know...when will I learn to start carrying it around), so I had to have someone take these on their phone and email them to me.  

It was declared a huge success by all and will be repeated again next year, so I'll take my camera next time!

Friday, January 27, 2017

You say tomaahto I say tomaaato

Wally:  methodical, organized......

Ridgely:  whatever...........

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

"In the Bleak Midwinder"

It's almost winter solstice and it's dark much of the time.  I'm not a fan of darkness, so I seek light wherever I can get it.  So, I put up LOTS of lights for Christmas.  It takes a whole day to do it and probably longer to take it down, but it's a labor of love and Wally helps because he loves them too.  In our new abode we have lots of places to put things, but we still tend to fill the living room with most of them!  And we have several Advent calendars placed around the house as well, we are still little kids at heart and love opening new windows every day! Here's what we have so far, but we have so many rooms now, there is room for more accumulation...but where will we store it?  That's the rub!

Much of what we have are ceramic pieces made by Wally's Mom, Betty.  They are all lit in various ways which doesn't show up very well unless it's dark!  Their charm is the truly masterful job of painting she did on each piece.  The detail is incredible and only fully appreciated when you slow down long enough to REALLY look at them.  I am in awe of her talent.  She passed her fine motor skills on to her son.  I DO NOT have these skills, I am terrible at doing anything that requires a steady hand and tiny detail.  So these pieces are particularly special to me.  

Here's a peek at what we have so far!  We just got our tree yesterday, so that still needs to be decorated!

This is one of our favorite Advent "calendars".  Each stocking or mitten has a small ornament inside.  Someday it may go to a grandchild! 

Some of the ornaments inside!

 This little tree sits on my sewing table and can been seen from outside...a little light for others to enjoy as well!

 This is one of our other favorite Advent calendars.  It's a Victorian Village scene and each day you add a new building to the village!

 The reason for the season!

 We found this wonderful guy at the Goodwill in B'ham.  We were hesitant to buy anything else when we knew we'd eventually be moving, but his face was too wonderful to pass up!

McMinnville has a strong Christian presence.  It's not politically incorrect to talk of God or Jesus in public and there is evidence of Him everywhere like this lovely evergreen cross we found at a local nursery.

There is such detail in this, I wish you could see it.  The blanket is painted in plaid, the faces are amazing and I love the little bow she added to the horse!
The best part of this santa house is what's inside!   
 You'll have to come visit and peek inside yourself to see all the treasures inside.  There's Mrs. Claus and Santa himself sitting and resting after his long journey, and presents around the tree!
 View from the front door.

 Dining room
 Part of the kitchen
 My little Norwegian guy that I bought at a craft fair about 30 years ago!  Too bad I didn't move the dish soap container before I took this!

Betty's church and our little nativity that we bought from Sears when Jessi was just a wee one.  It was inexpensive and we wanted her to be able to "play" with it.  It's still intact, evidence that she was a careful child!  :)

Welcome to Christmas at our place!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Your Cheatin' Heart

Remember the "olden days" when you ate at a nice restaurant and your place setting looked like this:

Over time, casualness dictated that life be simplified and your place setting might look like this:

But life got busier for all of us and soon your place setting looked like this:

Mother Goose told all and let us know that the fork ran away with the dish.  The dish is missing, but when we open our napkins, we find this:

So, it must have been the salad fork that took off with the dish.  And what else is missing?  Jealousy has reared its ugly head and the spoon has also taken off.

They have begun a life of their own and now there are three--the fork, the spoon and their wee one, the spork:

And that, my friends, is why you never get a spoon with  your cutlery "package" in restaurants anymore.  The end.

Friday, June 10, 2016

School's Out

I've been more or less computerless for the past few weeks.  Wally tried to upload the new Windows program and things did not go well.  His computer is now toast, can't do a thing.  He spent more than 3 full days trying all sorts of "fixes" to no avail.  It's not worth the $ to have someone else do it.  And....the screen on my computer is very persnickety.  You have to have it in just the right position or all the colors turn into swirls and water marks.  But it's functional,. so Wally has been using it for house hunting in the Newberg area and I have learned to function without a computer--which has been oddly satisfying!

Beginning last fall and ending the last week of May, I was volunteering as a tutor for the Whatcom Learning Lab  It's a grass roots organization started by Linda Gorsuch, a retired special ed teacher with vast experience in  teaching reading.  We used the Susan Barton method for tutoring students, young or old, who have difficulties learning to read.  It's a wonderful program which anyone can use.  

My student, Kaina, was a 2nd grader who will be in 3rd grade next year.   We met twice a week for an hour and I was so pleased to see her make so much progress.  She's an extremely bright and curious young lady with a strong will.  It was a challenge sometimes to work around that. but she has been well parented, so it wasn't all that hard!  

This is me and Kaina, playing "Go Fish" with cards I made from words we were working on that week.  Look at that smile!

As a group of tutors we decided to have a Reader's Theater for our last get-together.  All parents, grandparents and siblings were invited to an evening of fun and food.  We spent a few weeks having the kids practice the short play about butterflies, bees and hummingbirds and the role they play in pollination.  The practices made us wonder if we could pull this off; the kids were so squirrely!  They rose to the occasion on the night of the performance, doing a flawless reading of all their parts with projected voices and standing still and in one place!  Here are some shots of the gorgeous costumes made by one of the tutors.

The hummingbirds

 The bumblebees

 The butterflies

The honeybee--there's that smile again!

I'm really going to miss being a part of this group next year.  We are hoping to be resettled to points south by fall.  But I've become close to Kaina's family, so I'll be keeping in touch.  Parting is indeed such sweet sorrow.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

No Law Against Cuteness!

Remember this post?  Leslie has been such a dear friend over these past 20+ years.  Not only does she supply me with a year's worth of raspberries every summer, she also brought me the Downtown Abbey book to borrow when I was hunkered down on the couch for 2 weeks with this year's viral plague.  How did she know to bring it...I hadn't told her I was sick!

Well now she has the world's cutest baby goats living at her house.  Envy doesn't begin to cover it!  I had the pleasure of visiting them yesterday.  She has four of the cutest goats I've ever seen. They were born on Mother's Day, how appropriate!  Their coloring is so wonderful, ranging from black and white (think "oreo" cows...I know they have some kind of official name, but I think oreo just about covers it!) whose  name is Bo--a la bovine, there is a multi-colored one named Dexter, (correct me, Leslie, if I've got them wrong!), another one that's kind of grey and brown named Abner and a very feminine one named Clementine.  I was hoping Leslie would turn her back for minute so I could abscond with one!  Watching their antics is a never-ending source of joy and entertainment.  I don't know how she gets anything done, you could spend all day laughing at them as they jump, hop, skip, twitch and contort themselves.

Check out the cuteness.  Warning:  the following may cause you to acquire farm animals!

Wannabe Farmer Ridgely holding...I think...Dexter

Lil' Abner

Sweet Clementine...she loves to snuggle


Ever feel like "climbing the walls"?  Abner's giving it a go!

Clementine was intrigued by my shoelaces....

Success!  Pretty impressive since it was a double knot!

They have their own playground.  The teeter-totter is a favorite

This is Bo, see his beautiful blue eye!  I don't think I've ever seen a goat with blue eyes before.

Such a fun time...thank you, Leslie, for letting me live your life vicariously!