Sunday, September 30, 2007
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
We woke to the sound of rain pouring down from the sky very early this morning. A click of the TV and we heard "rain is extremely heavy right now to the south, in the . . . area." We already knew that - that's right where we live and we could hear it pounding on the roof and the patio outside. A short time later it had lessened and we stepped outside. There is a certain 'smell' to the first rains of the season - rain stirring the scents of the deep, rich soil and beating on the fragrance of the flowers nearby. We love the feel and the scent of the early rains.
Back in the shelter of my warm house I remembered an old, familiar song.
I'm singing in the rain
Just singing in the rain
What a glorious feelin'
I'm happy again
I'm laughing at clouds
So dark up above
The sun's in my heart
And I am in love
Let the stormy clouds chase
Everyone from the place
Come on with the rain
I've a smile on my face
I walk down the lane
With a happy refrain
Singin' in the rain
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Ho! every one that is thirsty in spirit,
Hymn by Lucy J. Meyer - 1884
Saturday, September 22, 2007
A stop at Chanticleer Point high above the floor of the Columbia River Gorge gave us a fabulous view of Crown Point and the Gorge to the east. Our weather had been clear and sunny for many days and we were a bit dismayed to wake that morning to a cloudy day. But that didn't stop us from enjoying every minute of our trip.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Written by Stuart Townsend (1995)
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Cape Meares, near Tillamook, Oregon, named after Captain John Meares who first charted it in 1788, was 'deemed' an ideal sight for a lighthouse. Easily seen from the sea, the outer point is below fog line, making the light visible during conditions when it is most needed. The lighthouse served from 1890 until it was replaced by an automated beacon in 1963. (See the brass hand-holds between each pane of glass? The lightkeeper held on to them when it was necessary to work from the outside walk during storms. A passing seagull is reflected in glass.)
Cape Meares lighthouse was tended by three keepers: an appointed keeper and a first and second assistant. The main tasks were to keep the light burning from sunset to sunrise and to maintain the equipment. Among the main daily tasks done by the keeper and his first assistant were: 1) clean and polish the lenses to prevent pitting from salt spray; 2) trim or replace the large wicks; 3) filter the kerosene; and 4) fill the lamp. Kerosene was strained many times, using fine silk for the final filtering. The second assistant swept, dusted and cleaned the inside of the building. Keepers wore linen aprons to keep from scratching the lens with their coarse clothing.
The French hand-ground Fresnel lens at Cape Meares is one of only two eight-sided lights in the United States - the other is in Hawaii. Keepers were given detailed instructions for maintaining the masterpiece.Shaped like a giant beehive, the outer surface of the lens is made of prisms that bend the light into a narrow beam. The beam then passes through a magnifying lens at the center of each side that intensifies it, producing a brilliant sheet of light visible for 21 miles. The original light was a heavy bronze five-wick kerosene lantern that was turned by weights and pulleys. Four sides of this eight-sided lens were covered with red glass which produced an alternating red and white beam as the light turned. The Cape Meares light, weighing one ton, is of the "first order," the largest of seven lens sizes.This little window looking seaward is the only one in the lighthouse. It intrigued me - I wondered what was on the inside. Who sat beside it and watched the sea beyond the edge of the bluff and the rocks below? What was their life really like? Were they ever afraid? What incredible stories would they tell? I'll never know the answers to my questions but I will remember the small lighthouse with the big lens that warned captains and sailors of the perils nearby.
Information courtesy of State of Oregon Parks Department
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Friday, September 7, 2007
Father and son
Big brother, Mr. R.
Big brother, Mr. G.
Mr. H.'s two big brothers were very proud to introduce us to him when we arrived at the hospital. It wasn't long before they joined the two grandmas who were very busy with their cameras.
Just before they left for home and bedtime, Mr. R. and Mr. G. spent a few minutes near their mom while she shared the news with a good friend by phone.Our hearts are full of praise and gratitude for the precious gift of life that has come from God above. Little Hudson has come into a home and a family who will dearly love him, enjoy him, teach him and help him grow to be the man God created him to be. I am filled with awe that we should be so blessed! And I am truly happy to be part of this little boy's life. I am a grateful grandma.
We are leaving in a few minutes to drive to the hospital to meet him and enjoy this wonderful, little answer to our prayers. Pictures and more details will follow!
With a grateful heart,
Mrs. K's doctors feel it is wise to induce labor and bring our precious little grandson a bit more than a week early. In the past she has gone beyond her due date and her babies have been big. It seems to be in the best interest of Mrs. K. and this little one to convince him to come a bit early, so today is the chosen day! His little lungs are well developed, he is in the correct position and it seems he's just waiting for the signal that it's time to come out and meet his family. His mom and dad are more than ready to hold him in their arms. And his two big brothers can hardly contain their excitement. He will be welcomed into a family that is just waiting for him to join them.
So, today is a waiting day - waiting for a 'birth day' celebration. Mr. J. plans to stay in contact with me by phone and keep us informed of the events of the day. We live about 40 minutes from the hospital where they will be and you can be sure we will be there as soon as possible after this precious little boy makes his entrance into the world.
We would appreciate your prayers for Mrs. K. and her baby boy today. You will be among the first to hear the news and see pictures of our wee grandson.