"I started photographing my domestic world and writing not just about what I had made,
but why I made it, examining the thoughts that accompany creativity and the act of making."
Jane Brocket from The Gentle Art of Domesticity p. 189 UK edition

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Five on Friday: Knock! Knock!

Thank you to all who visited my last post and special thanks to those who took the time to comment so that we can type back and forth and get to know each other better :)

Once more I am joining Amy's Five on Friday Link Up.

ONE: My youngest son, Tim, and I witnessed the following exchange out in front of our house this past week.
Knock! Knock!
Who's there?
Just me, Dear! 

TWO: Exploring a new way home from church on Sunday I saw the following.....
Headed East to Mt. Hood on Kelso Road, Boring, Oregon 
Raspberries growing on Leopold Farms
Mountain View Club House across from Leopold Farms
Mountain View Golf Course across from Leopold Farms
Do you see the mascot guarding Leopold Farms' berry stand?

THREE:  From Boring, Oregon, I drove about eight miles to Sandy, Oregon, to check out their Farmer's Market, and bought some apricots.
Sandy, Oregon, Farmer's Market, Centennial Plaza                       
FOUR:  On Monday Teresa drove us across the mighty Columbia River to swim in a beautiful, warm, mineral pool. If you haven't already, I hope you visit her post and enjoy her account of our adventure.  Just click on her name to visit her post. Besides the lovely weather, water and setting, the resort played soothing floaty type music so that I came away feeling I had the best hour's swim in my 65 years of life!
From the entrance to Bonneville Hot Springs Resort and Spa
Grand living room at the resort
A carved bench in the pool courtyard
The mighty Columbia River Gorge looking south toward Portland
FIVE:  Wednesday morning I got to meet with my knitting/crocheting church friends to work on the crocheted baby blanket I am making.  Of the acrylic baby yarn I have used to make baby blankets, Deborah Norville's Premier Serenity Baby yarn is my favorite.  It is incredibly soft worsted weight.
           Usually I have a dishcloth on a set of needles...this time another purple one in Paton's cotton.
           My grand girls Joy [4], Molly [6], and Hayley [8] brought me sprigs of Lavender, a Daisy, and a Chive flower from our garden which I have been enjoying on the table beside my favorite chair.
A crocheted baby blanket I am making
Lavender, a Daisy, and a Chive flower with a dishcloth I'm knitting
We had a true and proper rainy day today, Thursday, as I type this and my niece from California just texted me telling me that the UK has voted to leave the European Union!

Change is knocking at the world's door.

May the Lord bless us one and all with good leaders in authority and with His peace in all circumstances.


Friday, June 17, 2016

Five on Friday: Pioneering

Joining in Five on Friday with Amy at love made my home:


Have you read Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House" series of books?  I have lost track of how many times I have read through the series, but after ten days of camping in the forest east of Mt. Hood, recently, pioneering has especially been on my mind.  I was on roads that followed the Oregon Trail formed by brave and foolish folk who wanted to stake claim on land in the western United States.  We drove home to our log sided house, and since then I have thought how I have felt like a pioneer of sorts as I have traveled back and forth across the USA over my 65 years.  I have never lived in a true log cabin, but have often joked that I have lived in houses with dirt[y] floors!  When I saw this book this week I was primed to read and enjoy every page of it! I also finally framed the Multnomah Falls poster I purchased last Fall at the Centennial Celebration of the Falls as a national park site, and it reminds me of the wonders nearby and around the world that we can pioneer our way to see, and protect and treasure.


Many of the pioneers were dependent on their gardens as they settled on their land and needed to grow food to sustain themselves and their neighbors.  While I have not fought the effects of plagues of grasshoppers or the effects of foul weather on my gardens, I have had marginal gardening success, so I am especially hopeful as I note that three years after I planted them, I have two Holly Hock plants and one of them has a huge flower bud!  Also, for the first time in the many times I have planted Sweet Pea seeds, I have Sweet Pea vines growing up the trellis by the Holly Hock!  Still on the theme of growing, I enjoyed reading the first issue, FLORA, of making which has many patterns for stitching projects including a sweet counted cross stitch pattern by Alicia Paulson.


June 14th we celebrated Flag Day here in the USA although I did not attend any celebrations focused on it...I just noted that I am grateful to those who pioneered their way here so that in my lifetime I have been protected to live with much freedom...and I yearn to share that freedom and peace with everyone.

Teresa and Dayle found a knit happy mug for me to keep some of my knitting needles and crochet hooks in. Thank you again Teresa and Dayle. I also have a crochet hook holder that Taci made for me in it, and a sock needle DPN holder that Betsy and Dennis made for me in it. To me these ladies are all pioneers in stitching who have traveled much farther in their stitching skills than I have, and I am grateful that they and others still cheer on my efforts to grow my stitching skills.


When I noted that my four year old grand Joy was saving her pennies in some sort of tin can...which works fine...I was nonetheless inspired to pick up a piggie bank at the craft store for her.  Joy's mom, Joy and I pioneered our way through mixing red and white acrylic paint and brushing the resulting pink onto the pig...phase one of the pig's decoration.

Have you been pioneering this week?


Saturday, June 11, 2016

Five on Friday: Camping!

For quite some time I have been enjoying viewing posts published by bloggers participating in Amy's Five on Friday gathering.  Since I find myself creating posts about once a week, I am going to have a go at joining Amy's link up and share five highlights of my past week.

One: Forest camping between Rock Creek Reservoir and Wamic, Oregon, on the east side of Mt. Hood, for the last ten days has been wonderful! Some of the roads my family traveled on to go camping are part of what was the Oregon Barlow Pioneer Trail.  Although we set up my tent, my youngest daughter and her husband invited me to sleep in their camping trailer which was very comfy.

Two: Fun was had by all who came with me as well as those who just visited for a day. Our campsite was right alongside a manmade irrigation creek.  It was so relaxing listening to the water ripple past although we ventured away from our campsite nearly every day for a bit. One day we drove to the nearby lookout over the Tygh Valley and it was lovely to see the farm land below us. Another day we played a round of miniature golf, and then my son and son in law played 18 holes on the beautiful, nearly deserted golf course in around 100 degree sunshine! On Sunday we visited the local log cabin Wamic Community Church and enjoyed their Pot Blessing lunch after worship.

Three:  Firelight and heat was our friend for some daytime cookouts and in the cool evenings.  We enjoyed playing Scrabble, Pegs and Jokers, Bannangrams, and, Five Thousand here and there during the days and evenings. I finished knitting two dishcloths and crocheted three little round face scrubbers. During some days my youngest daughter had to use WiFi at a local cafe to complete homework assignments for her Master's in Nursing Informatics.  While she did that I colored some more pages with watercolors, and fiber tipped pens and sketched and watercolored a view of our campsite. Some of the time I spent reading, too, from the "One Year NLT Bible," and Jan Karon's  pastoral but driving Father Tim novel, "In the Company of Others."  

Four: Feathers were a highlight of our days. We visited Rock Creek Reservoir frequently and gathered many goose feathers and a pretty little orange and black feather that I think may have come from a red winged black bird. On one of the near 100 degree days we went swimming in the clear cool water.  Ahhhhhh....  While we were out in the water  without our cameras we were thrilled to watch a Bald Eagle swoop down to the water, catch a fish and then fly directly overhead so that we could almost see the scales on the fish! Family members and friends also went fishing, but unlike the Bald Eagle, no one caught a fish.

Five:  Flowers were a delight to see tucked here and there in the green grasses and bushes around us.  When four year old grand Joy visited for a day she picked a sprig of Queen Anne's Lace for me which I brought home with me although it is a bit worse for the wear. The photo of the Thistle I took with Jennifer of Thistlebear in mind.

Now that I am home and unpacked and reconnected to more reliable internet connections, I look forward to visiting with and finding out, "what is new or old with you?"


Monday, May 30, 2016

A Growing Tribute

As the final days of Spring spin toward the first days of Summer I find myself noting and celebrating the growth of much in the natural world around me. [I have been mourning some slug and snail munched leaves, but have managed to catch a few of the munchers...and am not sorry.]

Although I am just sharing a photo that shows two growing ducklings, we have seen four dashing and bobbing about in the yard by the front pond. Most of our photos have been blurry thanks to all the dashing and bobbing, but my youngest son, Tim, managed to get the photo I am sharing so that you can appreciate how much the ducklings have grown in the last month...even with herons lurking about.

I finished knitting the baby blanket on size 6 needles, with one skein of Lion Brand acrylic DK light worsted weight Creme Glacee Helado  Tutti Frutti yarn.  Then I crocheted an edging.  I am pleased with the softness of the blanket, but for the new baby blankets I have started I am using thicker worsted weight acrylic baby yarn. One blanket I have cast onto size 8 needles.  The other blanket I am crocheting with a size I hook, but am going to experiment with a size N hook.

We celebrated three family June birthdays yesterday, [my oldest daughter, Mary Kathrine's, and her daughters Joy's and Molly's] with a cookout by the pond.  Molly will soon be seven and I crocheted an art bag for her out of Lion Brand's Incredible nylon ribbon yarn with a size I hook, and all in single crochet. I showed you the bag I crocheted for Hayley in November in an earlier post. I had purchased four balls of yarn at an "incredible" sale price, and have now used up all four balls by making two bags. The bags are nice and stretchy and it is fun to pack them with art supplies.

My oldest son in law made the rounds of our fruit trees and bushes this morning and said I could show you the photos of this year's growing fruit crop he took with his cell phone: cherries, peaches, apples, and blueberries.  We might grow enough for each of our thirteen household members to have some bites of fruit if all goes well.

Also this morning, my oldest daughter, Mary Kathrine, and her girls helped me decorate my table for Memorial Day which we are celebrating in the USA today. We continue to grow in gratitude for those who have given their lives for the cause of peace.  

My great nephew is currently serving in the Army, and Mary Kathrine put his photo and the Peace Be With You card on the table, too.  We are thankful for so many around us who continue to invest their lives in the cause of peace.

A few hours ago my youngest daughter and her husband drove to a nearby camping area on the eastern side of Mt. Hood National Forrest. I plan to drive there with my youngest son on Wednesday, and will be without reliable internet service for the next two weeks so I will not be visiting posts or publishing posts for the next few weeks, but you will be in my thoughts with love and I will be wondering, "What is growing around you?"

Gracie :)