Friday, November 30, 2007
This is what the fireplace looked like before the re-do. The mantel was very narrow and hard to decorate. See the one nearly white brick? That was my trial-run with Kilz. My sweetheart couldn't believe I did that before we started the project! Just checking. This was the 'old' built-in bookcase beside the fireplace.During the process it looked like this.And then this.Finally, after many long hours of cutting, nailing, sanding, priming and painting there was no way to miss the beauty of the finished project.Over the top - better than we dreamed possible. . .Every detail just right. . .Every little piece a labor of love - a team project with the goal in mind. . .In time to decorate for the holidays.We didn't tell our kids what we were doing. They only knew that we were working on a project in the house. Imagine their amazement when they arrived Christmas morning.
I love the fireplace, the mantel and the bookcase now and I don't want to hide any part of it. Last year I kept the decorations very simple so I could enjoy every little detail. This year I will make a few changes and add something new (perhaps) but I won't do anything to hide the charm we worked so hard to accomplish.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Not far ahead of the carrot truck we came to The Dalles, a community on the banks of the Columbia River, about 2 hours from Portland. When my sweetheart and I were first married we lived in a small, rural community near there and we did our shopping and business in The Dalles. That's where our son was born. Whenever we travel we hope we are close to the area around mealtime. Our favorite place to eat there is at Cousins - good food, friendly staff and great atmosphere.
Farm animals 'talk' to you when you open the front doors. Everything around and about the restaurant is done in a farm theme. As soon as you enter the hostess greets you with "Good afternoon, cousins." The interior is so interesting that it's hard to follow her to your table or booth. The counter and stools area is special. It's usually full of people but I just happened to 'catch' it between occupants.
The stools are milk cans!
Everywhere you look around the restaurant you will find farm and country items. Water is served in pint-sized canning jars. Reading material that includes a cute little recipe book and farm and cowboy stories is provided at every table for your enjoyment while you wait for the food to arrive. My sweetheart grew up on a farm and he loves tractors. Imagine his delight when we were seated next to this one.If you are in or around The Dalles, Oregon near mealtime you might want to check out Cousins Restaurant and Saloon on the west end of town, just off of I-84. You won't be disappointed, I'm sure!
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
The Mighty Columbia River winding her way through The Gorge, blue skies and sunshine once again and barges carrying on the business of commerce. . .Clouds again, rain and the sun breaking through the clouds. . .
And, finally - at long last - home! In time to see a gorgeous sunset painted in the skies above our neighborhood. Somehow a reminder of God's grace and mercy to us and of His tender care for us.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Give thanks unto the Holy One
Give thanks because He's given Jesus Christ, His Son
And now let the weak say, "I am strong"
Let the poor say, "I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us"
I will be away for a few days. We are leaving this morning to drive to Idaho for the memorial service for my sweetheart's cousin tomorrow. We would appreciate prayer for safe travel through the mountains and for our time together with family during these days ahead.
Written by Henry Smith
Integrity's Hosanna! Music
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
And each one sheds his share of tears
And trouble troubles us all.
But the hurt can't hurt forever
And the tears are sure to dry.
And it won't rain always -
The clouds will soon be gone;
The sun that they've been hiding
And it won't rain always -
The sun's gonna shine
And He will see you through.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
Here is where we will be safe and warm from the stormy weekend that is predicted. Today my dear little mother, my sweetheart and I will travel to the beach. Later today our son and daughter and their families will join us there. We are all excited and looking forward to our time together. We have talked of making this an annual event. Wouldn't that be great? I'm sure I'll have lots of pictures and much to tell when I return home on Sunday evening.
Monday, November 12, 2007
Another pair stands on the entertainment center. . .a sweet gift from a special friend.