Thursday, December 31, 2009

New years at Skamania Lodge

We rarely, okay make that never...go anywhere on New Years.
We usually stay home and watch Dick Clark on the TV, Paul falls asleep and as soon as its midnight we go to bed. Our neighborhood goes nuts with fireworks, so sleep is kind of impossible. Pretty exciting.
This year we decided to treat ourselves and book a few nights at one of our favorite places to stay in the summertime, the Skamania Lodge. This is really a summer place to go because its a golf course and its a big wind surfing spot on the Columbia river. There are lots of great hiking trails all around here as well as several wineries.
We were really excited to see it in the snow and see how they decorated it up for Christmas. It did not disappoint.
Everyone congregates in the lobby. Its full of rocking chairs, sofa's and huge four story windows. Usually in the evenings someone is playing the piano.
The fireplace is big enough to walk inside of...definitely a cozy spot to read, knit or just people watch.

Happy new year, from Skamania Lodge

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

It's going to get chilly around here

Maybe I should pick up a few of those snuggies because it looks like the furnace will need to be replaced....At this point its shut off completely.
It's possible that we could just have it serviced, but at this point we've decided to just replace it. Its old and its ready to go...

From what the repair company tells us, it'll be a week before they can get out here to install the new one. Being that is January...well, lets just pray for mild temps.
In the meantime, this little guy is our source of heat. Thankfully it pumps out the heat and warms up the whole house almost as fast as our old furnace did.

The only bummer is that the house is going to be cold cold cold when we get home from work in the evenings. Poor Macie.
Come to think of it, maybe I just better pick up a snuggie for her too, and put it on her before we leave for work :)

Friday, December 25, 2009

It couldn't have been any better

sitting on the couch this morning reflecting on yesterdays day. For me, it turned out to be one of the best christmases ever.

Fritta for breakfast, nachos for lunch, brie smothered with walnuts and honey for snacks...good food all day long. Dinner was turkey which I brined overnight, (and it came out absolutely perfect if I do say so myself), twice baked potatoes, fruit salad and the king crab legs left from christmas eve's dinner.
Getting dressed was optional, although we all managed to shower and put clean pj's back on. Thats the way we stayed all day long. I had thought once or twice about taking a walk, but that would have involved getting dressed.
I also would have liked to play some wii, but we managed to watch a couple of movies.
all in all, it couldnt have been any better.
Its a christmas I'll remember as just about as perfect as possible.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Flashback Fridays

going way back ... 20 years, to the Christmas of 1989.
As you can see, Nick has probably had his retna's burned by the flash, Justin is wearing his very awesome smiley face tee shirt, and I could still see without glasses.

What a difference 20 years makes huh?

checking my list...

Well, I think I'm almost done with my shopping...almost. Except for the two people that live in this house.
Every year Paul and I save the shopping for ourselves until the very end...and I think by that time we are pretty burned out on Christmas shopping.
So, today I am going to try and knock some of that gift shortfall out. Santa has asked for my help in picking out something nice for myself, so I'm going to do my best to find something that I'll love!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

I named him Gus

but he's the travelocity gnome.
He was my gift today at the office white elephant gift exchange.
I miss him already so I may have to go back to QVC and buy one for myself :)

Thursday, November 26, 2009

being thankful

Sometimes it's so easy to get caught up in the daily grind and we forget to appreciate all of the blessings we have in our lives. Paul and I often talk about it. Thank goodness we have what we need. Thank goodness we have jobs, reliable cars, a nice home, our children and grandchildren, each other.

I think we’re pretty thankful on a day-to-day basis. Part of that comes from sometimes not having all of those things that we now have. Through hard work, we do okay. Thank goodness. Since this is thanksgiving week I'm especially thinking about everything that I am thankful for.

I'm thankful for my children. They are trying hard to establish their own lives and families, but they stay connected to Paul and I on a regular basis.

My parents and family...I was so blessed to have a mother and father who loved us, took good care of us, took us to church on Sundays, and taught us love, respect, and compassion. I know they don't always seem completely normal, and sometimes they drive me crazy, but they’re all good hearted people and I love them.

I'm thankful for my husband. I'm thankful for his strengths, and also his weaknesses. I'm thankful that he's honest, loyal, responsible, disciplined, and that he's such a great father to our kids. He loves me and he loves our children. He's good and decent and has a huge heart and sometimes endless sense of humor.

I’m thankful for my home. I love being home more than anything else. Its certainly got its issues, like a furnace that doesnt work at the moment, but Im so thankful we're having mild weather this week and that we have a woodstove if we need it.

I'm so thankful for grandchildren. I miss Kaylee so much, but am thankful that we live near Ethan and can see him on a regular basis. This love is so different than raising our own children. Maybe its that I'm older and appreciate how fast they grow up.

….And I'm also thankful for all the little things in life, my dog, my friends both online and locally, GeekSquad who helped me get Pauls computer running again last night, and last but not least, my new refrigerator :-)

Happy thanksgiving everyone.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

what extra hour of sleep?

Macie doesnt have a reset button, so she woke up at her same time... only today it was an hour earlier ... thats just great.
On a normal weekend she wakes us up between 6 and 7. Today it was between 5 and 6.
Daylight savings time should be abolished. really.
What is the point anyway?
I really dislike going to work in the dark and coming home in the dark.
Way to make a bad season even worse.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

speaking of starbucks

I pick one of these up on my way out the door everytime....
They are great for your garden.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Feeling fall-ish?

This chai tea concentrate is really good and its much faster than running through the Starbucks drive through. Just add equal parts of concentrate and milk. Pop it in the microwave and thats it. I think its a little spicier than the chai tea latte that you get at Starbucks. You can add some frothed milk on top if you want.
And to have with it, its always good to have a fresh out of the oven gingerbread cookie. This mix makes it super easy too. For an added bonus, the house smells wonderful too.
Fall in an instant....and all for about the price of one Grande Starbucks Chai Tea Latte and a slice of pumpkin bread

Monday, September 21, 2009

remember that scene in ET where ET hides in the closet with the stuffed animals?

I was looking for Macie the other morning. I looked upstairs and downstairs.
I looked in everyone of her sleeping spots.
Then I happen to see a movement under the kitchen table where her toy box is.
This is were she was laying, quite content to hang out with her toys

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

you are missed

...but none more than today.

There are places I remember all my life,
Though some have changed
Some forever, not for better
Some have gone and some remain.
All these places have their moments
Of lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I loved them all. (The Beatles)
We love you Justin


Monday, September 14, 2009

happy anniversary

to the silly

the sweet

the funny
the totally cuteman I married.
Love you

Friday, September 11, 2009

so easy, even a caveman could do it...

We were in this fancy schmancy boutique in Seaside last weekend. It was all decked out in fall and Halloween decor. I saw this cute sign sitting on a side table. Foam board with the word Boo! printed on it.
Another little sign had the words Give Thanks. They wanted $17. each for them.Not happening...
It was one of those moments when you look at something and say. . .Thats really cute, but I could make that myself in about 15 minutes. So thats what I did.
I took a piece of scrapbook paper with some writing print on it, then I inked it up so it looked old. I think the one in the store might have used a page from an old book. If I had an old book, thats what I would have used too, but this was the next closest thing I could think of.
Then I printed the word Boo on it. Just realized that I forgot the ! ... darn it.
Anyway, I cut some black foam core 1" larger than the paper and glued it down. I considered using some black chipboard I had, and it would have worked too, but I like the thickness of the foam core board...After that I just stuck a bow on it and was done!
Just the finishing touch I needed for the entry hall table.
I'm going to make a few more of these, for thanksgiving and another for Christmas.

Friday, September 04, 2009

love this

coffee table.
Well, the whole room actually.
Although I do not like the pottory barn price for it.
I keep wondering how hard it would be to make something along these lines with an old door?
I think I've seen these wheels at the feed and farm supply store....hmmmmm

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

new shoes

Does anything feel any better than wearing a new pair of shoes. I love new shoes, but Im seriously in love with the pair I bought last weekend...they are by Naot and I have not taken them off since I got them.
These things are theeee most comfortable shoe I think I have ever slid my foot into.
I've been wearing them with pants, but I think they will look equally as cute with black tights and a skirt.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

sunday sunday

We took advantage of another great Sunday afternoon taking a drive to one of our favorite little towns up north.
Every trip here requires a stop at this little cafe for a sandwich made on homemade bread. They will pack you up a lunch box to go, complete with a homemade cookie.
This is what we drive here for. A box lunch enjoyed outside while watching the boats pass by...a 75 degree day is just icing on the cookie

Friday, August 28, 2009

Cooking for 2

Last night Paul gently reminded me that I haven't updated my blog in a long time.
One reason is that I haven't taken many pictures in awhile and a blog entry requires pictures. No pictures, no post.
Today when I got home from work I needed to cook up some chicken for Macie's dinner so I decided to take the opportunity to combine all four things I wanted to do. Cook for Macie's dinner, make my own lunch, take some pictures and make sure I have the new computer set up correctly to download photos, and update my blog
First I cooked the chicken for Macie.

For my lunch, I get the broth from cooking the chicken for a bowl of soup (I got some of the chicken too...dont tell Macie).
A few onions, a couple of potstickers,

click click download...(yeah, it works)

and update the old blog...done :)
Time for lunch

Thursday, August 13, 2009

wishing and hoping and dreaming and praying...

about this little house for sale on the oregon coast.
4 blocks to the beach, and its for sale...
would you just look at that adorable stone wall and cute little garage?

marble countertops in the kitchen....deep breaths

a stone fireplace in the back yard....sigh hardwood floors...

oh yeah, I could live happily here forever and ever and ever....

Thursday, July 30, 2009

build your own kit challenge

Remember a few weeks back when I pulled a scrapbook "kit" out of my own stash?

Well, because of the heat I haven't been able to spend much time in my scraproom. Its sweltering hot up there. I was only able to complete one layout from my kit but that's one I wouldn't have done without this challenge.
I plan on getting back to the table real soon to create a few more layouts and a few cards with the kit I put together. And, this was so much fun I plan on pulling another "kit" when I'm done with this one. I really enjoyed it.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

On my back patio..

This afternoon I was sitting on the back patio, sipping on a SanPellegrino Limonata and watching Paul hang my new sling chair. Usually we spend the weekends running around or working in the yard. Its nice to just sit and enjoy sometimes, so thats what I planned on doing today.

Macie was playing with a huge ice block I froze for her in a half gallon milk carton. I was noticing the fushia starts that I had planted in June have filled out nicely.

I dont think my fushia has ever been so full and pretty as it is this year. Im really enjoying the red color. Usually I buy pink. I did put pink in the urns that are on the steps and I really like how they've filled the pot. I've never put fushia's in these pots before, but I like the way they turned out.
all the flower pots seem to be doing well this year. The micro drip watering really helps I think.

This is what I enjoy about lazy Sunday afternoons...taking time to sit back, notice and just enjoy.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Cabin work party

Today was the planned work party at the cabin.
We had 9 people show up with gloves, clippers and assorted other tools.
Here's some before and afters
Before And after Before --- After-----Back side of the cabin- Before-

and back side of the cabin after --

Trial before -

Trail after -
There was a deck outside this slider but it had rotted through so my SIL and Paul knocked it down.

While we were all cutting and tearing down outside, Mom gave the inside a good vacuum and dusting and the little kitchen got a cleaning.
Next time I go over I'm taking down the curtains and bringing them home with me for washing, maybe I'll just sew up some new ones.

the shells got dusted and returned to the window sill
We got it all done in 5 hours.
and my old bones are feeling every minute of it tonight....but it feels good too.
Its the first of many cleaning and repairing trips, but it was a really good start.