Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A More Commercial Sculpture

Dedicated to a gentleman  who worked at the fair for
many years.
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Monday, July 29, 2013

Carving on the Fair Grounds

A wooden sculpture near the
Domestic Arts building.
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Sunday, July 28, 2013

State Fair Grounds

I went to a quilt show yesterday. It was an amazing event.
Hundreds of quilts, all hung with labels; vendors selling patterns, fabric,
tea towels, crocheted rugs, food and there was
a silent auction. I know how much work there is
in setting up and taking down those displays.

The building has been on the State Fair grounds for many years.
I love the old buildings they constructed years ago.
Some have been remodeled and put to new use
but this one still has the quaint name, "Domestic Arts."
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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Friday, July 26, 2013

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Hydrangea Bush

I wish they grew like that here in KS.

From OR.
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Circa 1913

This is a photo of my mother's family.
She is the one with the large bow.
I met all of them people except my grandfather.
He died before I was born.

I wonder if the photographers all said,
"Don't smile."
Perhaps with a time exposure it is easier to maintain a
serious look than a phony smile.
My memories are full of smiles from them.
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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Clouds Before the Hail Came

Someone else had a panoramic view of this storm
on facebook.
It really was oddly round.
This formation was Tuesday night.
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Beautiful Sky

Last night we had a display of clouds.
Not much moisture - again! 
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Monday, July 22, 2013

Bachelor Button Variation?

This morning we had clouds; rain to the north of us, rain to the south of us.
Not a drop here.
Maybe tomorrow.
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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Daisy Plant or Bouquet?

I think that's how they grow them in Oregon.
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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Friday, July 19, 2013

Police on Segways

Is it possible that these are more economical
than motorcycles?
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Thursday, July 18, 2013


Jack is black and Jill is tan.
In a quiet moment; Jack may be part cat.
He likes to  climb on things.
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Wednesday, July 17, 2013


 A follow-up trip to the doctor today was an amazing experience. There was NOBODY in the waiting room at 10:30 a.m.

This was first for us. PN wondered if the clinic was closed.

Nope, they checked us in and we eventually got into the presence of the physician.
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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Motorized Bicycle or Motorcycle

Anyway, it's made  of wood and I found it on the internet.
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Monday, July 15, 2013

Rose of Sharon

Our new, small bush has one flower and lots of buds!
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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Playing With Picasa


One of the many effects you can choose in the program
that stores my photos.
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Friday, July 12, 2013

Imitation Thunder Coats

These coats were originally made for warmth.
After seeing Thunder Coats on television, I decided
to try these for calming down our dogs when it thunders.
Thunder doesn't happen very often but when it does,
we bring out the "made from old sweat shirt" coats.
They do seem to work.
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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Chocolate Wine?

 I will admit when I first heard of this combination, I was not enthusiastic.
Chocolate is my favorite flavor but I had never associated it with wine. Maybe a chocolate liqueur.

Well, when friend B. tried it and told me how good it is, I had to spring for a bottle.

We tried it last night and all four who tried it said it was good. Different, but good. (One was too young to try it and one was indifferent.)

Ms. E. even mentioned it reminded her of a chocolate liqueur.  So there you go!

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Brunch at the Carriage Crossing Restaurant

On previous trips we have ordered mush. It came with either syrup
or gravy (on the side if requested.)
Yesterday E. ordered mush, one biscuit and gravy.
Imagine two plates delivered heaped HIGH with gravy.
Much scraping was done to get the gravy off the mush and
this is what was left of the one biscuit after several at the table
had a bite or two.

Two Much Gravy!
(But it was delicious.)
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Monday, July 8, 2013

One More Flower

PN says this is actually in  his and CSN's yard.
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Sunday, July 7, 2013

All Help Needed

I've tried all these for "chigger relief."
No matter which one I use, it's only temporary.

The smell of spearmint, eucalyptus oil, known for its healing power
according to the label on the Novum APR, and menthol
brings back some very old memories.
When I was in junior high, my grandparents came to live
with us. There must have been a form of Absorbine Jr.
or some kind of liniment available to relieve arthritis.
My grandmother used it.
The whole house smelled of it.

I'm afraid it's the same here now. Thank goodness the bites will heal
eventually and so far - no arthritis to treat. I hope the smell is gone by
Wednesday when we are expecting guests.
I may be burning some candles.
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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Oregon Flora

 These remind me of torches.

Happy Saturday morning! We did not have enough rain to measure in the rain gauge; the streets are barely wet; but as usual, our "land line" doesn't work. Why do we still have it?

It comes with the bundle that is supposed to save $$. What good is it to save money if it doesn't work when it rains? I guess a call to the provider is in my future.

Life's little problems.

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