"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

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Grand Times!
















Friday morning the Grand Girls were in charge of me while their parents went to another pre-natal appointment.  We had a wonderful time outside in our yard, counting mushrooms, and the girls and Teddy enjoyed swinging and the older girls loved sliding down the slide.  [The midwife expects the baby to arrive within three days, but no steady contractions yet....sigh ]

Saturday, with plans in place to be ready for the baby's arrival, I met my blogging friend, Teresa, at an Asian restaurant in Sandy, Oregon. I told Teresa I had finished the baby cocoon blanket and she was disappointed I did not bring it to show her, but I did bring the hat I started that is part of the cocoon blanket set.  I was concerned that the hat would be too small, and Teresa agreed that I should rip out some rows and increase the crown of the hat.  After a yummy meal and good conversation we ventured off to Designer Yarns and managed to get out of the store without buying anything....What???

Then we set out to take photos of Mt. Hood and the surrounding area.  There are many commercial nurseries and farms nearby and the autumn colors were wonderful!

Have you been having grand times, too?



30 comments:

  1. It sounds like a perfect way to spend your day, being with your darlings girls, visiting with your special friend and seeing gorgeous views. But no yarn? Well that would have made it super perfect.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  2. Hello Gracie, How exciting that the new baby will be arriving soon...What glorious photos of the Autumn colors and especially Mt Hood.. Love them... We had a grand time with our Grandchildren this past weekend too.. Hugs and have a great week. Hugs Judy

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  3. It sounds like you had a nice weekend, Gracie. I'm so excited to hear all about the new baby when she arrives! I'm glad you had a good time being watched by the others. :) We've had a good weekend, mostly sticking close to home and getting some things done. This afternoon, I stripped all three beds, washed all the blankets and put everything back on clean. I'm excited to go to bed tonight. :)

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  4. Oh, your little clutch and girlies are so cute! It was fun to see your different take on our day yesterday.. it was great for me to get out, I had cabin fever! I'm feeling better today, too.. we got a LOT of fresh air! :-) Keep us informed as to the arrival of Rosie! I'm working on her booties today. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  5. Oh my goodness you and Teresa got some lovely pictures of your afternoon. The fall colors are amazing! I can tell Grandma, that you are anxious for this little one to make an appearance. Soon that baby will be in the midst of all the fun happy times the others are having in your photos. How blessed they are to have your kind and loving spirit for a grandma.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  6. Such an exciting time for you all, wonderful photos.

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  7. How exciting! Sounds like baby's arrival is coming soon. Lovely photos but I'm disappointed in you girls not making any yarn purchases, Not sure I would have had that much will power. :-)

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  9. Grand times are great !! You have lovely grandchildren. I am still a mom of ten-year-old ...enjoying that right now:)

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  10. How exciting that there'll be a new grand baby wrapped in that blanket any day soon :)

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  11. Gracie, I love the way you keep feeding us with glorious colours of autumn. In the UK the fungi in the first picture is called a purple russala. I love a bit of 'shroom spotting! Would love to see your finished cocoon. Keep making. Jo x

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  12. Looks like you've been having really grand times Gracie - such lovely happy pics of your Grandies and of the beautiful and colourful tree foliage. How lovely that you could also fit in time to spend with your good friend, but how did you ever come out of that store without new yarn - that is incredible!
    You are obviously very excited at the prospect of the sweet little new addition to your family - I'm looking forward to hearing the great news also!
    Take good care of yourself, warm hugs and blessings,
    Joy xo

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  13. Your granddaughters look as though they are having the time of their lives. And, it looks like they took great care of you. :-) Your fall photos are so pretty and an afternoon with a treasured friend is always a treat. I hope the new addition arrives soon. Have a wonderful day. Heather

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  14. What lovely autumny pictures. Bet you can't wait for the baby to come. Does Mt hood have snow all year round.

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    1. Even when it is in the 80s or 90s down here in the valley there is some snow on Mt. Hood. My mind kind of flips the mountain over and I start having a yen for a snow cone to help me cool off :) But by the end of summer there is considerably less snow than during the rest of the year.

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  15. Hello Gracie it's so lovely to see your Autumn colours you don't get anything as magnificent as that here! The Grand's looking as if they are having a fantastic time!
    I would love to see a picture sometime of your dog overlooking the sea.
    Sarah x

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  16. Love that MT Hood, well actually always love all your pictures ☺ Great times with grand kiddies and exciting with a new arrival. all the best xoxo Me.....still away and will be for many weeks

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  17. Love seeing all the beautiful colors of autumn in your photos and your grandkiddos! LOVE that viewpoint:)
    Blessings,
    Aimee

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  18. Oh, Gracie! The colors are vibrant! So beautiful! And your Grand Girls look like they love spending time with their Grandma! :)

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  19. beautiful children, colours and photos Gracie. I have been having very busy times but generally enjoying things. Best wishes for safe delivery of the new little one. Hugs Anne x

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  20. Gorgeous photos and gorgeous colours Gracie! I loved your description of the kids being in charge of you :)

    Hope your newest addition arrives soon.....

    Enjoy the rest of the week! Hugs and love, Sarah x

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  21. I'm in love with all the colours of the leaves, especially the one 11th photo (if I counted right?) where it looks like a rainbow. Absolutely stunning!

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  22. The colours of the leaves in your photos is astonishing. And that mountain - wow! I love the photos you share of your local area. x

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  23. Beautiful pictures, you have captured the atmosphere of golden autumn days so well. The scenery is so amazing there! The children look so sweet......hope the little new one will be with you soon.
    Helen x

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  24. Awww, such lovely photos, Gracie! Totally heart-warming... I love that you spend so much time with your grand-babes. They're so fortunate to have you in their lives. And I just love that gorgeous autumn color where you live!!!

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  25. Gracie... Waiting for a baby seems a long wIt. Hope your new little Grand is here to be a part of your family really soon.
    Thank you for your continued support over at Chalkys

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  26. Hello Gracie! I've finally found your blog again! Lovely colors of Fall surely are taking over your neighborhood...beautiful for sure!
    I am a little behind on things with you and the family.....I am overjoyed to hear you will become a grandmother again!!! How sweet! Can't wait to hear all about it more in the days to come.
    Hugs...Shari!

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  27. Those photos are breath-taking, Gracie! Amazing fall colors. I love the close-up of Mt. Hood, where you can see the glaciers. And your grand-daughters are having so much fun!

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  28. You read about my 'grand' times. None of my grands live nearby so I treasure each moment I have with them. Wow! Mt. Hood has so much snow on it--unusual for October. I hear you've been having grand weather too.

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  29. Beautiful Autumn colours and the photos with the mountain in background are stunning. Your garden is certainly a fun place for the Grand children Gracie.

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