Monday, June 26, 2017

Seattle and Back

We traveled over to Seattle
 and stayed for a few weeks.

We didn't go alone.
Our daughter and son-in-law came,
along with the 5 grand kids!

It was a fun but a sad trip.
We have sold our little Cottage
and the properties next door, 
where we kept our trailer.

Inside our trailer
It was so convenient when we visited Seattle to
have our own little place to stay.
I called it The Penny Lane Condo,

The hardest part was saying good-bye to our
 Little Cottage.
We lived there for three years. 
It holds so many wonderful memories

Inside the Cottage

Lulu, one more time at...

The Little Free Library,
that we built.
It's still going strong!

Tom bought the Cottage
a few years after he moved into
 the "other" little house.
Both the "Business" house and our little Cottage,
side by side

Tom ran his business here for 22 years.
Then the building was rented out.

The back door.

This huge hedge and opening
 is between the two properties.

These adorable little homes were built in the 1930's.

The trip wasn't all "good-byes"

While we were visiting,
we went to our grandson's Pre-School graduation.

We also celebrated Todd's hard work.
He is renovating his basement,
one wheel barrow and one nail at a time,
with a lot of sweat.

The cement crew came to pour
a perfectly level floor,
that Todd has been working on.

Trey peeking in.

I added my 4 cents worth.

Each penny has the birth year of
Todd, Steph, Trey and Scarlett.
They carefully place them in sight
 but not in the way.

We also celebrated Father's Day, while in Seattle.

Tom got a hand, painted shirt...

and an apron, with a picture of ALL
the grandchildren,

Then headed home, with our trailer in tow.

God only knows
 what our next adventure will be.
We are looking forward to
what He has in store for us.


"Every good and perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows."

~James 1:17~

Thursday, June 8, 2017


This is an acre of dirt, soon to be an
acre of vines and watermelons.

I have a friend who asked for help 
planting  watermelon seeds, 
on this acre of dirt.

We each got several rows and 
a cup full of watermelon seeds.
We were to poke a one inch hole in the dirt with our finger.
Insert three seeds.
Cover  the seeds.
Count out four feet and
do it again.

Getting our instructions

These were my rows.
And these were my seeds.

Now I know
I'm not in Redmond anymore,
I'm in country!

Everyone had their own style of 
planting and pace.
There were mothers with young children.
Teenagers racing each other.
And then there was me...
I had so much fun being apart of this 
gathering and planting.

The watering process is called,
 flooding irrigation.

A long, large tube runs the width of the field
and then the "shoots" open up, every foot or so
and the water runs out.
The water then runs down the rows, 
until the field is
flooded or soaked.

Water running down the rows of  just
planted watermelon seeds.

Harvesting will be in 85 days.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Dinner, Made By Lulu

Our grand daughter, Lulu got this book for her birthday from her Papa (Tom).
He had one request...
that she make something for him.

To celebrate the first day of  summer,
Lulu invited us over for a  special dinner.

She picked out all the recipes,
and cooked us a 
Little House On The Prairie dinner.

Lulu with all the ingredients:

Come and get it! 
Dinner is ready!

Waiting for their turn...

We had Buffalo burgers
Creamed carrots
Oyster soup
Pickles and Tomatoes

After dinner Lulu and Levi put
 on a performance of 
new songs that they had learned.

Lulu on the violin...

Levi preformed an original song...

Isaac didn't want to be left out.

Other performances by Silas and Isaac.
Summer saults instead of dancing!

Thank you Lulu for a fun and
very special dinner.

Welcome Summer!!!


"There is a season, a time for every purpose under Heaven,"

~Ecclesiastes 3:1~

that our grand daughter


" Do unto to others as you would have them do to you."

~Luke 6:31~

Monday, June 5, 2017

Roses Are Back

The last time I saw my roses, was way back on 
Dec.6, 2016.

This was the temperature. 

These were the last living roses!


June 4, 2017
This is the temperature.

And here come the roses!!

Even our brutally cold and harsh winter,
couldn't stop these roses.


"The grass withers, the flowers fade, but the word of God stands forever."
~ Isaiah 40:8 ~

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Went For A Drive

Tom and I went for a drive the other day.

We test drove a convertible.
Man, they are fun!

You can see so much more with the top down.
You can hear and smell 
 all kinds of things, too.
Especially, when you take the back roads,
 out in the country.

While driving, hair blowing everywhere,
I spotted this clothes line on a little farm.

This is THE most colorful laundry I've ever seen.

Yup, you can see a lot more in a convertible.

We ended buying that car.
And a hat, too!
Now, we are a two car family after
several years of sharing one car.

(We named her Dorothy, 
which means, a Gift of God,
 but we call her Dot for short)

Looks like I might have a company when I go for a drive.


"Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides for us with everything for our enjoyment."

~1 Timothy 6:17 ~

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Visitors From the West Coast

Our Christmas present from our son,
 and daughter-in-law, ( Todd & Stephanie),
was a visit to OUR HOME, in late April.

They came and we had the best time!

Below is a collage of pictures the
day they arrived. 

Picnic in our backyard.
Afterwards, mom and dad got naps. 
(they got up early to catch a plane) 

Todd chose the sunshine.
Stephanie chose the bed inside.
Tom and I were happy to play with the grand kids.

It was so much fun to watch ALL the kids,
finally greet each other. 

Dinner, talking, jumping, talking, wrestling, playing and more talking! 

We visited the 

There is an old railroad track,
 that is now a walking bridge.

 The kids enjoyed throwing rocks off the bridge.
Papa was the lookout for boats coming up the river.


For a special treat, 
each child got to ride a horse.

 City kids turned into cowboys.


This is when we took family pictures!

Great Christmas present.


"I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh." 

~Ezekiel 11:19~

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