Sunday, May 28, 2017

Springtime Yard Update!

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I have been absent for far too long, I am hoping to post more frequently, so first off, a big Thank You for taking the time to read this post! We had the wettest winter ever here on the peninsula, over 8.5 feet of rain! That coupled with a bit of a medical problem, were the main culprits for lack of sharing this beautiful area we are privileged to call our home.

When spring finally arrived, we had a lot to get done, here is some photographic proof it all.


The first chore on the list, replace this rusting, collapsing trellis that supports the honeysuckle plants and provides a shady spot for one of the birdbaths that we have.



My husband is building a new trellis out of scrap 4X4 posts that he has cut with half-lap notches. This trellis will fit together like a puzzle and last for many years! The upper photo that looks much like a ladder, is the top section.


We moved the birdbath to the other side of the yard, into a new home in the trees. When the trellis has been built and the honeysuckle put in place, I hope to use that new spot as a quiet reading nook!


Above the birdbath, we hung a bird house, and today are adding to this area a small ceramic suet feeder.


We moved the rhubarb to a sunnier spot, complete with rusty spikes and an identification marker.


Planted a Trumpet Vine at the end of the greenhouse/shed, this is a transplant from our Vancouver home.


Added some ceramic wall planters for succulents to the front of the greenhouse/shed.


Re-purposed this copper tea kettle into a self-draining bird house.


Planted this Zebra Grass, this is a transplant from our Vancouver home.


Found this Sedum in the old compost pile left behind by the previous owner, and gave it a new home in our yard!



When this guy came out to inspect our work, we asked if he wanted to help, he said no!


From there we cleaned up the working area of our yard, before planting the Zebra Grass.

At that point we were done for the day, so we called it quits, and went inside for a glass of something cold to drink.

Have a great weekend!

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Our backyard Includes, Leadbetter Point State Park

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We took the opportunity to visit Leadbetter State Park a couple of weeks ago. On our visit, we took the shorter Bay Loop Trail. It is a beautiful walk that starts on the bay, then into the salt marshes and finally through the trees, back to the parking lot. 

NOTE: All photos are from my camera with no editing. These simple photos will showcase the beauty of this wonderful park. 




We started on the bay side, on the Bay Loop Trail.





























It is more beautiful in person, the trails are easy to navigate and we will complete the Dune Forrest Loop Trail on our next visit! This last photo of the trees is the end of the trail, and in a few more steps you are back at the parking lot. 


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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Our backyard includes, The Columbia Pacific Museum

My apologies for taking so long to share this outing we enjoyed at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, located in Ilwaco Washington. In our little corner of the world, we have been knee deep in winter, just now coming out of a 24-hour wind storm (lost one tree to extreme damage) with continued rain and flood warnings. 
Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, Ilwaco Washington.
We took the opportunity to see the museum when we had our granddaughter for a few days visit. At this time the Astoria Megler Bridge is celebrating its 50th anniversary. During the construction of the bridge, it was said that the new bridge would be the bridge to nowhere. But in truth, this bridge was the bridge to everywhere because it was the final piece of Highway 101 needed for a continuous highway system from Canada to Mexico. 
Memories of Megler, the name of the Astoria-Megler Bridge Exhibit.
I really enjoyed all the photographs, as they helped me to realize how the world was so many years ago. I cross the bridge on a regular basis, but I would have enjoyed the ferry. Taking a ferry across the river (any river for that matter) is always an adventure! 


Newspaper article about the Astoria Megler Bridge. 






Ilwaco is a quiet, small, fishing and harbor town, we come here often to enjoy everything that the community has to offer. The Columbia Pacific Museum is a fun and relaxed place to visit. The staff is friendly, and there is a lot to see and enjoy throughout the entire museum.

The original entrance to the ferry.



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Sunday, January 1, 2017

The new year always starts with my Mother's birthday...

You better, 
Her favorite saying...

I am standing here tapping out this memory of my Mother because I just took laundry from the dryer. Laundry that was warm to the touch this winter's day, which is very cold. As I unloaded the clothes from the dryer I spied my favorite long sleeved sweatshirt and immediately put it on. Ahhh, just like I remembered from so many years ago, warm and comforting.

I was immediately taken back to the cold winter days of my childhood, where (I should say our Mother, she wasn't just mine) mother would be trying to herd us out of the bathtub and into bed. But of course given the choice of a warm bath or a cold room to dry off in, which would you choose? Yeah, I thought so.... No one wanted to budge from the warm water, and yet time was tight and kids needed to be put to bed for the evening.

So my mother had a trick, she would put a towel for each child in the dryer and get them warm and inviting, and sure enough, before you knew it, we were out, dried and into bed.....As the years go by, these memories are very important and become more so. I quietly treasure them, Mom would have been 86 today. Born during the great depression, into a large family of 13 children, she was the only girl.

She always began celebrating her birthday on New Year's Eve, because, January 1st was her birthday, and the world celebrated with her! Or that is what it seemed like when I was very small and my folks left the house for an evening out, to ring in the new year. The next morning there would be party hats and whistles for us kids to make noise with, so we did.


The morning would ensue with my father reminding us to "keep it down, your mother is sleeping" and we would try, but 5 kids do make a lot of noise.....Dad would cook us his famous fried cornmeal mush, which was golden and crunchy and a bit greasy in all the right ways. I loved the salty taste, but some of my brothers and sisters topped theirs with maple pancake syrup. Dad ate his with eggs.

This is how we started out each new year, and to this day, I still think of New Year's Eve as the start of my mom's birthday.

Happy Birthday, Mom, love you and miss you!

3 generations, my mother, myself and my daughter, 1995

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