"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.



  1. I believe the British prime minister has resigned as well, interesting times indeed. Your sprig of flowers is so pretty, such a sweet little gift from your grand daughters. Love the woodpeckers, really funny.


  2. I'm not even sure where to buy dishcloth yarn - let alone purple! I would knit many more if I knew where to get it. I have finally had a go at crochet though. So far it's only granny squares - but it's a start.

  3. Gracie....we too have similar guardians at one of our local parks....


    My walk home from church differs rather from yours......how glorious.

  4. You live in such a beautiful part of the world. I love the flowers that your granddaughters brought you. Very unsettled times indeed especially in our part of the world. Have a lovely weekend xx

  5. Beautiful pictures of the birds. What a wonderful sight to see. I love farmer's markets. The main one in town is so vibrant and hopping. It's great to see all the fresh fruit and veggies. Your trip to the mineral pool sounds wonderful and relaxing.

    Hope you have a great weekend

  6. Wonderful photos and five lovely things. I love the woodpeckers:)

  7. Love Mr. and Mrs. Woodpecker! Fresh raspberries -- yum! It must be berry season there. Lucky you! I'll have to remember Bonneville Hot Springs Resort and Spa for the next time I'm in the area. I'm finishing up a baby blanket, too. Have a lovely week.....

  8. Beautiful photos! Enjoy your week.

  9. Indeed, the democratic process was taken and the UK voted to leave the European Union, what that actually means remains to be seen. Interesting times ahead I think. I loved seeing both yours and Teresa's account of the Spa, what an amazing place to visit. Love the blanket. Take care.

  10. What a fun five Gracie! Your world looks like a happy and content one. I read all about your swimming day on Teresa's blog, I must say I would've loved to have been there with the two of you. I read about that vote just before I went to sleep last night. The world is indeed changing isn't it? I hope you have a lovely weekend sweet Gracie. Blessings, Betsy

  11. Oh my gosh! You live in a beautiful area, like living in a postcard. I love pileated woodpeckers. They're here daily, sometimes making a racket that gets the dogs' attention. I don't think I've ever seen a fledgling like yours though!

  12. enjoyed your 5 today. the purple yarn is extremely pretty and the sweet garden treasures from the grandkids are adorable.

  13. I envy you your trip to the market and the pool. They both sound as though they were great trips. Thanks for showing us your knitting area. It looks so cosy!

  14. I love the wood pecker exchange. What fun. Your Oregan scenery is so beautiful. Love the look of the Columbia river gorge and your swimming expedition. Have a great weekend. X

  15. What a beautiful area, I love the mountains. :-)

  16. You sound like you have had a wonderful week Gracie. So glad you had a great time out with Teresa. Change is knocking, I hope it is the right decision for all of the European Nations.

  17. You do live in a beautiful area. The mineral baths sound wonderful. What pretty colors you're knitting with!

  18. That pair of woodpeckers must have made quite a racket. Beautiful views of the mountain and the foliage. A visit to a mineral springs always makes me want to nap.

  19. My friend just returned from a visit to Portland. She had a wonderful time and now I'm yearning to see the Japanese Garden. Her brochure listed each area with what should be the name of a perfume. I think one was called "Mountain in the Misty Rain".

  20. Nice to see your outing pics and how sweet of your grandchildren to get flowers for you :)

  21. We visited Portland and RV'd alongside and across the Columbia River on our way to Canada, what a trip that was. How lucky you are to call that part of the world "home".
    bon weekend

  22. Lovely moments from your week! I really like the two woodpeckers greeting each other! Beautiful summer delights! I am sorry to be so late visiting, we had a minor domestic drama yesterday - nothing serious in the end, all ok - but I didn't get a change to do any blogging. Thank you so much for taking part in Five On Friday, I do appreciate it! Hope you are having a great weekend!

  23. I enjoyed visiting your blog and seeing the beauty of where you live. Your crocheted blanket looks wonderful. It sounds like we both belong to a knitting/crochet group at our church. We are currently working on market bags for ladies in Haiti.

  24. A lovely post, yes I'm a bit shell shocked by the Europe result, the summerhouse is nearer to France than london so I consider myslef to be a European, I'd love to visit those hot srpings some day they sound amazing, loving all the yarny goodness as always
    Clare xx

  25. Gracie, You have had a wonderful week, it's so lovely to see your pictures and join you in seeing those highlights. I love your garden visitors too. Sarah x

  26. Hello,Gracie
    You live in such a beautiful place. Wow, the mineral baths must be so refreshing. It is fun to see the carved bench!!

  27. Oh a lovely post Gracie and I did read posts while I was away in New Zealand xoxoxo

  28. I love to catch up with your news Gracie. We are a bit devastated by the vote but that is what happened. Love all your projects and always like a glimpse of your part of the world. Jo x

  29. Oh yes, your photo of Mt. Hood is gorgeous! I never ever tire of that view.
    I heard you were enjoying more rain. I was hoping to bring some home with me but so far it hasn't followed.
    Great photos of those woodpeckers!

  30. Change is all around for certain, love those woodpeckers and could do with a swim at that gorgeous spa myself right now!
    Have a great week
    Wren x

  31. Wonderful five! So nice that you and Teresa had a very special swim together. I don't know one single person who is happy about the vote to leave. I'm a bit concerned about what the future holds, especially with the November election. Lord help us all. Have a great new week, Gracie. Hugs and blessings, Tammy

  32. Loved those woodpeckers...what a great sighting! Your swim at the spa with Teresa sounds wonderful, and I like the idea of the music...so relaxing! How sweet the posy is that your grand daughters brought you. Wishing you a happy new week Gracie.
    Helen xox

  33. Love seeing all the beautiful photos in your amazing 'neck of the woods'! So much beauty there. I could use a good spa soak, myself - sounds wonderful! I love the little berry stand:) x Karen

  34. Sorry I'm playing catch up! Loved your GORGEOUS photos!! That part of our country is so incredibly beautiful. Thanks for sharing some of that beauty with us. HOpe you have a wonderful week ahead!! xoxo

  35. We need those prayers. Your photos are so beautiful. You live in a spectacular area

  36. Loving the Knock Knock photos - what an amazing thing to witness

  37. Hello Gracie - your trip with Teresa looked lovely. The pool is super - I wish the one I go to was like that. Your way home from church is stunning - you are so lucky.
    Things here in the UK are indeed changing. At the moment everything seems up in the air and there have been some unpleasant thoughts voiced and indeed some unpleasant actions by some. I pray that things will settle soon. Hugs Anne x

  38. I enjoyed your Five on Friday post. Yes, that pool sure was divine.. not too warm.. not too cool.. just right! I'm glad we're going back next week! I loved the images you got of the two Woody Woodpeckers! LOL! Lucky capture! We've had one or two hear but they are very hard to photograph, they are shy. I enjoyed our swim today.. see you next week! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)


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