Saturday, December 6, 2014

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas. . .

‘.Pittock Mansion - Library Ceiling’. . .everywhere you go.’

Everywhere, that is, except at my house!  We’re working on it but it’s not ready to show you yet.  Our decorations will be very simple this year so it won’t be long before I can share them with you.  We had a nice Thanksgiving at our son’s home less than an hour south of ours and we’ve helped my dear, little mother do her Christmas shopping and decorate her house.  We’ve enjoyed a grandson’s first-of-the-season basketball game out of town and it seems like we’ve been here, there and almost everywhere! 

The gorgeous ceiling in the photo above is from a historic mansion my sweetheart and I toured yesterday.  It was fabulous – decorated for the holidays, upstairs, downstairs and in the basement!  I took a lot of photos to share with you.  I’ll tell you all about it soon but I need to get back to making my home begin to look like Christmas.

With a grateful heart,
      ~ Adrienne ~

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

VIntage Thanksgiving Card
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
His love endures forever.

Psalm 118:1

Wishing you and your dear ones a wonderful Thanksgiving Day. 

With a grateful heart,

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Did You Know. . .

Marty's Birdhousethat there’s a vintage trailer tour going on over at Daffodil’s blog? Come over and join the fun.  The ‘Daffodil – My Vintage Trailer’ tab at the top of this page will take you there so you won’t miss a thing!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Winds Of Change

Autumn is my favorite season of the year – I think!  Ask me in springtime and I’ll tell you I love Spring most of all.  Check back in Summer and you’ll find I am thoroughly pleased with that season.  And, if you ask me, I may tell you Winter is the best time yet.  I love the seasons and the way they change.  Where I live in Oregon we are blessed to watch all four seasons come and go.  We've been having very cold temperatures and some days with beautiful sunny skies.  The crisp colors of Fall are quickly turning to the neutrals of Winter.  Over the past few days we’ve had very high winds that have changed the landscape.  Leaves that fell in our neighbor’s yard across the street suddenly found themselves in our yard.  All over town you could find leaves and tree limbs in strange places.  Throughout our area some were not so fortunate – huge evergreen trees broke and fell across their homes.  We, however, have been fortunate to have electricity when others were in the dark and we were safely snuggled inside when the winds blew hard. 

The story of our home is a bit unique.  We rented our home for a few years before it was available to buy.  We had wonderful landlords who wanted to return to our town when they retired.  We were in a time of transition and unsure where we would land so we became caregivers of their sweet home.  One day they decided to retire and relocate somewhere else.  When they put this home on the market they offered us a very sweet deal.  Knowing every nook and cranny of this house was an advantage and, because we had lived here for a few years, we knew exactly what we would change if this house belonged to us.  So, we bought our little home.  It was the easiest move we’ve ever made!  No packing, no pulling up our roots, no changing schools for our children, no finding new doctors and dentists – and no making new friends.  The day we signed the papers and officially ‘owned’ the keys to the house we drove to a local business and bought a beautiful maple tree to plant in the front yard.  We knew we wanted to shade the living room in the summer and add interest to the yard year round.  The tree was small, not much taller than me.  Now that tree towers high above our home and it is a beauty.
Big Maple TreeIn the early days of Autumn the leaves begin to turn high up at the top of the tree – and the colors gradually move down to the lower branches.  I watch the top of the tree and always seemed amazed when the leaves at the top begin to change.  The green leaves turn to yellow. . .
Green and Yellow Leaves And then  they turn orange and red.
Red and Orange LeavesNot long after they turn color – they fall.  All. over. the. ground!
Fallen LeavesIt just gets worse if you don’t get busy and rake up the leaves right away. 
Deep LeavesThe winds came and blew more leaves from the tree.  My sweetheart has been very busy raking leaves and tidying up the yard.  At times he laughs and says he thinks he will wait to rake leaves until the last one has fallen from our big tree.  There he is working hard finish cleaning the flower beds.Bare Maple Tree Just as the wind changes the landscape in our yards, winds of change have come into our lives again.  We had to stop much of our daily routine and go a direction that was needed to a few weeks.  My dear, little mother needed eye surgery that was medically necessary – there were no other options. The surgeon told us it was risky and quite challenging because of other issues in her eye, but it must be done.  Following surgery she needed several weeks of different medicated drops at various times through the day.  The regimen changed frequently and she knew she couldn’t handle it herself.  We are dealing with moderate dementia and it just wasn't reasonable to think she could do what was needed. I told her my sweetheart and I would be there with her every step of the way.  She argued with me at first - she said she didn't want to 'disturb' my life!  I did what I often do in cases like this - I asked if things were reversed, if it was me, would she do it for me?  Of course, she said.  When I asked her to let me do it for her, she agreed.  Her surgery was successful – with no problems at all.  Many people were praying for her and we were thrilled to hear the surgeon's positive report that she is healing well.  At first my sweetheart and I went to my dear mother’s home three times a day to put drops in her eye.  For the first week we returned at bedtime to put a patch on that eye for protection while she slept.  Each week the routine changed and now we just have to go once a day to do her drops.  We will be finished with the medication in a few days – and we will celebrate.  The thing that has made this whole process much easier to handle is my sweet mother's gratitude.  There has not been one time we were there that she didn't thank us and tell us how much she appreciates us.  We know the future will bring more winds of change in our lives.  Until it does, we plan to enjoy every moment of beauty and wonder as the seasons of life come and go.
Leaves in a Leaf

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Unexpected Color

Beside a busy street in the middle of a small Oregon Coastal town I recently spied this beautiful hydrangea.  I wonder how many people pass by and never notice it there.  There is beauty all around us – bits of color where we least expect it.
Hydrangea You can read about the maiden voyage of my little vintage trailer by clicking the tab marked ‘Daffodil – My Vintage Trailer’ at the top of this page.  I’ll be back soon to share a tour and close-ups of some of the trailers gathered at our recent camp-out.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Falling Behind and Catching Up Again

Oh, dear me!  It’s Fall and I need to get busy and catch up with myself, my Autumn decorating and with you, with my dear friends.  I really didn’t mean to drop out of sight.  Honestly, I didn’t. It’s been nearly a month since I last posted anything here.  I told you I was about to take my sweet, little vintage trailer on her maiden voyage – a journey that would be my first time to tow a trailer far from home by myself.  She and I made that trip and we had such fun.  I’m editing photos to share soon.  We had a great time away together and I learned a lot of things I never dreamed I would need to know.  See, there she is – surrounded by dear friends for a few days of fun together.
Daffodil At Camp Life took off at a fast pace after we got home from our camping trip.  There were days away from home for business, for fun and for time with treasured friends.  Days to deal with home life and days to catch up with myself in the middle of a hectic schedule.  Then a sweet friend from college days came to visit.  My guest room was made ready for her arrival.
GuestroomNot long after she arrived we headed to the Oregon Coast for time away together.
Oregon CoastlineOur visit was sweet, but short.  Then it was over and we both returned to every day life at home.  It’s been a busy few days since then.  There have been places to go and people to see and work to be done.  But I’m back - back with things to tell you and photos to share.  Yes, I’ve fallen behind – but I’m working hard to catch up!  Like the story of the little train that said, ‘I think I can, I know I can, I knew I could’, I’ll make it.  Yes, I will.  I know I will!

Friday, September 5, 2014

On Sharing A Secret

SunriseYesterday on the blog for my vintage trailer I said I had a secret that I would share today.  If you would like to know the secret – that’s not a secret anymore – click the ‘Daffodil – My Vintage Trailer – tab at the top of this page and see what Daffodil and I are doing today.