Sunday, February 26, 2012

Snowman Building

The perfect day, my grandsons, Kevin, Ashton and Jordan, along with their daddy came up to play in the snow. Yesterday we got 3 inches; as it would turn out the snow was perfect for building a snowman. It snowed while they were here, the sun came out and it just was perfect. Perhaps this will be our last snow of the season. Did you get to enjoy this last snowfall?
Jeremy started the process to make the snowman. Thank you Jeremy.
Kevin rolling a ball for the snowman. Good job Kevin. From here he was off to build a snow fort. I will share it next post.
Team effort from Jeremy and Roger to lift the second ball onto the snowman. Good job guys!
Ah the second ball is up on the base.
Roger putting the finishing touches on our snowman. Might handsome, I am thinking! We picked a carrot that was still in the garden bed. How fun was that?
Kevin, Ashton and Jordan making "Snow Angels" completing their fun day in the snow.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

It's About The Miles This Day!

Sunday was not about time, but about getting the miles in. Roger and I are starting to prepare for a half marathon. (We are walking the half which is 13.1 miles) We got in seven miles this day. Sometimes I think it is important to allow ourselves just to truly enjoy the view. The weather was perfect, great for taking in the clean crisp air. We did the Molten Falls trail, starting at Hantwick trail head. There are a few off trails you can take, allowing us to get more miles in. It is a rather flat trail, so almost anyone can do this hike. I marvel at all of natures beauty that we see as we travel these trails. What are you doing to enjoy natures beauty?
Venturing out onto the train trestle was fun but eerie all at the same time.
Damage on the train trestle, a tree perhaps, or just the weather worn wood.
Um where does these tracks go?
Roger checking out this piece of equipment. You can see the log along the track. This winter there was a lot of trees that came down on this trail and along the tracks.
The trestle bridge that takes you across the river. It is so amazing that bridge actually holds a train.
The amazing nature is bountiful on this trail. Check out this multiple trees intertwined into one. I marvel at how this happens.
This bridge that takes you to the Molten Falls, during the summer kids jump off the rocks near this bridge.
Our break point is at Molten Falls, we refuel and hydrate. A perfect setting for enjoying the scenery at its best!
The roaring of the Lewis River. Oh so beautiful!
Ahh this water does me good!
A decision to cross the Lucia Falls Road took us to this trail. Over here are some picnic tables to our surprise and some great walking in the woods. Do you go exploring during the winter months?
As you can see I love to be outside in the woods. What do you love to do outside?
Big Tree Creek Falls was roaring.
The history of Chelatchie Railroad.
If you really look close you can see a skiff of snow on the hillside.
The stairway to no where. Actually we think the bridge is over to the side during the winter season to allow logs and debris to pass through from the falls.
I marvel at the rock steps as we climb these. All the work that has gone into this beauty.

Check that metal ring around that tree.
Um how did that ring get around that tree? There were no soldier markings.
Natures sky. The vastness of the height of these trees. Wow!
Roger being childlike or romantic. Writing our initials on this moss lined rock. "Smile" from me. I do love that man!
RM + FS Forever! If you look close you can see our initials.

Sunday, February 19, 2012


This was my first attempt at making chocolate dipped strawberries, there is still some perfecting to be done. I have so enjoyed sharing them with family and friends. I just wanted to share some of my "Heart" holiday images, as I look around and see all these settings, I just smile. Do you create little vignettes to make your "heart" smile?
A weakness of mine. I only take a few out to have as a treat. Then they are out of here. No temptations. Or more motivation to get out there and walk!
Heart jellies in a tin pan, creating a welcoming "have one: please".
I bought this from The Dutches last fall. A perfect way to showcase these small heart shape marshmallows. Don't you think.
I have great collection of wood bowls, their uses are endless.
The simplicity of wood, wool and cotton. Wool heart from My Shabby Roses, striped red lavender pillow from Sue of Birdsong.

A closer view of my LOVE banner. Don't you just love this? I got this at Junk Salvation in Hillsboro, Oregon.
I love this heart that I got from Enchante, a chocolate shop in Milwaukie. One of my most favorite places to go and visit. Soon there will be another shop a few doors down with some great glittered gifts. Go to K.Marie's site to find more information on her grand opening.
All that glitters!
I made this heart valentine card last year with my Farm Girls.
Roses from my sweetie! There are three yellow representing our three daughters and of course the red rose represents my honey. Thank you Roger!
Cyclamen from my friend Erin.
I have a great variety of many different cookie cutters, they are used for so many different uses, not just cookies.
Spatulas, don't you just love all the choices we have these days?
One can't have too many aprons. I love to go to my collection to choose what apron I will wear this day for my household chores. How about you?

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Junk Salvation

On Saturday Feb. 4th I adventured to Hillsboro, Oregon to check out Junk Salvation Vintage Market. It would not disappoint. There was plenty of great treasures to be had. I saw many of my wonderful blogging friends. I think it is hard to describe the friendship that develops through this blog world, all I can say it is pretty awesome. The photo above and the two photos below are from Sue's space. Joe and Sue bring some of the best things to these shows. I only wish I could afford everything I want. I might have to build a bigger house. Oh! Oh!

Roost Reimagined, these two ladies have some great finds. I first met them at Farm Chicks, not realizing that they are from Oregon. Go to their site to see where they will be next.

Ormolulu's space, Deb knows how to find some of the best treasures and put them together.

This sums up Deb "Heart" that woman puts her whole heart into this business.
Susan from Birdsong. She does not have a blog, however she is involved in The Vintage Gathering sales, go and check out their site for upcoming sales.

This lady Lorene Edwards Forkner has a must have garden book "Handmade Garden Projects," she has great ideas to decorate our gardens.
Antie Joy's space is never without flowers. I love how she always adds this touch to her space.
I don't think one could have too much of this, there are so many uses for these platters and trays. What would you do with them?
That Joy, she sure knows how to find the "Bling" don't you think so?
Lisa of A Thing For Roses. Love her sweet spirit. Go to her site to see where she will be next.
Michelle of My Shabby Passion. That girl has so much energy. I could only strive to have half a much as that girl does. What an inspiration!

Isabella's space, oh so lovely.
Diane of Molly Mo's. They will be having a show coming up in March, you'll want to check out their web site for more details.
Junquesoiree they had lots of paper scrapping products and finished art projects to purchase.

It was so fun to run into Heather Bullard a very talented photographer and Serena from Farmchicks. They really looked like they were having a great time.
Today's Country Farm and Frills was there with some great items. They are also at Monticello Antiques. They used have a store in Sumner, Washington, but are now going to do just shows and some antique mall spaces from what I understood.

This travel trailer was so fun to enter, as you will see below how it was all decorated in Valentine colors. Enjoy!

I think this setting says Romance all over the place. Don't you?
Faded Charm's space. Love all these galvanized pieces.

This space caught my eye. Forget Me Not Dreams, they are from Lake Oswego, Oregon.
I went home with one of these burlap banners for a valentines day decoration. You will want to check out Junk Salvation web site for their next show. They bring together some of the best Junk a girl could want. Next show in the Pacific Northwest is in June in Puyallup, Washington.