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Sunday, June 3, 2018

May started off with my Mom having cataract surgery.  She did great and is ready to have the other eye done...oh, but wait, first they have a road trip to go on, so it won't be until the end of this  month.
Baseball continued as the month rolled in. It was fun to watch as Josiah learned to play.  
The last game ended and he was so proud to receive his very first medal
We had a beautiful sunny day for Mother's Day.  John and Jessi took me shopping to pick out some hanging baskets.  It was so fun to be alone with them finding the perfect baskets.  We took a selfie to send to Dennis because he pitched in to buy them too.

Mt Hood again...as always beautiful!

 It never gets old!
I took Lina to pick out fabric for a little dress that Arianna wants to sew for her.  She didn't take near as long as Arianna deciding what she should select.
 I just love my time with these kids!
 I have a little place that the kids have always called their secret garden.  I gave them some rocks and other things and they made a little fairy garden there.  We even made a swing set.
 One of my favorite things that I have found to give them for Christmas is tickets to plays.  It finally came time to take them to see The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show.  It was all puppets.  It was the first time Lina got to go to one. I was not sure how they would like it, but they never took their eyes off the stage!  Even their Mom liked it.  Afterwards, they had their books signed.
I met up with Maria and Alison and we went to the MidAmerica Garden, otherwise known as Sebright Garden.  It was so beautiful that I had to take my Mom and Dad to see it the next week!
 They loved it too!
Jessi bought me these crazy gloves a year or two ago.  One of the hands has little claws on the fingers.  I can't tell you how useful these have been for planting and pulling up moss and any other kinds of digging I might need when working in the yard.
 This year is my favorite year in the yard.  It looks better than ever!  The first year, I really didn't feel like it was MY yard.  It still belonged to the previous owner Stanley.  I was afraid that he would come back and be sad about the changes that I was making.  The next year, it was easier and now this year, I am full on MINE!!!  Everything is trimmed and pulled and transplanted just the way I want it and I LOVE IT!!!

I love watching the hawks soar over the canyon.  They just glide around effortlessly like that is all there is to do.
 We have seen them before, but not so many!  One day, there were about a dozen full sized wild pigeons at the feeder.  It was crazy to see such huge birds try to balance and feed.
 A little surprise I found waiting on my desk one day.  John found it dead in the driveway.  He knows I like that sort of thing.
 These guys crack me up.  They are at the end of the road where I go for my walk.  They come running up as if they were puppies.
 Rain or shine, there always seems to be fishermen down at the bend in the river.  Sometimes, I wake up to the glow of a fire down there from them.
Ariel called John one day and they all hiked down and fished.  They didn't catch anything, but had a great time.  (Ariel took these photos)

Bazzel hangs out with me every morning on my little patio as I start the day.
 The most amazing clouds one day.  It was really different the way they just hung there in a flat row.
 as the sun set, it was even more beautiful.
 With all this going on, I still found time to strip and repaper the powder room.  Then I had John put new tile on counter and I added a new sink and faucet.  It is so much brighter and updated now.
 These three photos were taken by Jessi and Ariel from a tree in their front yard.  I totally love blue robin eggs and it is even better that they were in a nest and they hatched out!
Next for the month was Cyndi's birthday.
 And last for the month was Arianna's graduation.  She was so into it, singing and saying her lines and proud of herself, just like we are!  Of course, I love the way her Mommy is so proud of her too, had to add in that part of the picture too.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

 Springtime in the valley is one of the prettiest times!  The colors of green are so unreal.  I always feel like I need to put the photo in my editing program and take out some of the color because it is so vivid that people might think I added that color.  But this is really how it looks out there.  
Springtime also brings us some pretty amazing rainbows.  Sun and rain...a great mixture.
And we always get some hard springtime winds.  I could not believe what was left of my umbrella plant!  It blew the leaves right off it.  I wish I had left it inside just a day longer!
 One of my very favorite things is finding tiny bird egg shells.This one had been stolen from a nest.  When I found it in the garden, it had been cracked open and the yolk was still inside.  Sad 
 Here are a few of the springtime visitors to the place.  A whole eagle family was soaring over the house.  They stayed for most of the month but have moved on now, I guess, since we only see the hawks now.  
A trip to Blue Lake with the grandkids.
   I am so sure that I found my Mama Goose!  I didn't have any food with me, so she didn't come all the way up to me, but she came so close!  I called her and she started walking up to me, I know that if I had some cracked corn, she would have eaten it out of my hand like she used to.  I now have cracked corn in my car and will be ready for her next time.  I zoomed in the photo and the markings on her face are just exactly like the shots I have of my Mama. I can't believe that she still knows me.
I signed up for a class at the college!  Photoshop.  I have always wanted to learn to edit with it, but it is so complicated.  I have tried to self teach, but just could not move forward.  Now I have learned what each of the tools is for and how to use them. It is going to take a lot of practice, but at least I have an idea where to begin now.   Here is a photo of my first night's project.  hahaha
Arianna has continued sewing.  She is so natural at it that it never ceases to amaze me what she can do.  I picked her up after school one day and took her to the fabric store.  We went through the pattern books and she picked out a dress she would wear.  Then to select the fabric.  That was so cute to watch.  She knows exactly what she likes and you could see her picturing it.
I have never been able to get the videos to work, so here we go again, just in case.  She runs the foot pedal all by herself and has perfect control of what she is doing.

We came home and preshrunk it while we had lunch, then she cut it out.  The next week, we started sewing and finished it the third week.  She was so proud of herself...but not as proud as I was!
 The yard is all in order for now. It seemed easier and faster than before, but I guess that is because I have spent the last couple of years trimming and transplanting and making it all mine.
Apple blossoms are always top on my list of favorite spring flowers. 
Josiah started a baseball team.  It just does not seem like he is old enough for that!
 It is pretty amusing to watch him in the field...he finds his ways to keep from getting bored while he waits to go back to the dugout and wait to get up to bat.  Sometimes, he goes through the motions of pitching the ball as the machine pitches it to the batter.
 And at his very first game, he went up to bat and he actually HIT it and made it to first, then another 
batter got him to second and then came third and
He was the first one to make it home!  
It cracked us all up as he raised his hands in victory!
I wonder if he had practiced that in his mind.

62 years!  Jessi's family and Lindy and my parents all came to dinner to celebrate.
Maria, Alison and I have been friends for 50 years!  That is how long it has been since we met in the 6th grade at Outdoor School.  For the past year, I have been going through my old photos and put them all together in a book to surprise them.  
The kids got to spend the night again.  It was one of the warmest days so far, so we celebrated with a trip to Dairy Queen.  We all had our ice cream an

d then Josiah said he really wanted a hot dog.  He sat there and ate it all, even after eating a blizzard.
 It is always fun to see what remains of the kids when they have gone home.  So sweet to find their dolls all in position for them to begin again when they come back.  I finally busted out my doll clothes from when I was a little girl.  It was my very favorite toy.  Mom made us so many clothes and they are all still in perfect shape and now the girls are old enough to play with them. I am sure my Mom had no idea that she was making doll clothes that her Great Grandkids would be playing with!
Jessi invited me along with them to the Wooden Shoe Tulip fields.  
 The colors are so vivid your eyes can not take it all it.
Two nights later, Bonnie and I drove back to shoot the tulips at sunset.  The sunset was not very vivid, but it was nice to see them fields in different light. Below are some of the shots from sunset.

 I think it is pretty funny, right in the middle of the beautiful flowers, are rows of flowers that have finished blooming and been trimmed off.