Thursday, February 16, 2017

Ready For A New Tasha Tudor Adventure

I am so very excited tonight! We will be heading for Long Beach WA tomorrow for a little getaway.
My Tasha Tudor friend Diane and I have been trying to start the Pacific NW Tasha Tudor Museum Chapter for about a year and a half. We are doing it! We are meeting on Saturday February 18th for a belated Valentine's tea. It's going to be so fun to actually meet these ladies in person and get to know each other.

Tasha and her children had a little post office and the family made tiny Valentines for their dolls. They were delivered via Sparrow Post. As fans, we like to make doll Valentines for our friends.

These are some that Tasha made years ago. You can know buy the set from the Tasha Tudor and Family site. Of course, it is always fun to make your own. All the ladies who are coming are bring their dolls and everyone has made cards for the all as well as the dolls.

Diane has planned a Valentine tea for our group. We will meet at 11 am....I can't wait! It's going to be so much fun. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Valentine's Dinner

It was such a miserable wet and windy day yesterday on Valentine's Day! Duane came out to see about the roof on my cottage and I felt so bad for him, up on the roof in the wind! He said about 8 shingles were missing on the backside. He came over today and replaced them, so I am thankful.

Jimmy brought me roses and these are so lovely. They are named Arleen and I love the old fashioned look. Isn't the color so pretty? He is so faithful about bringing me flowers and  I do love it.

Otto and his mommy stopped by and brought me this fun little box of candy. He thinks the Hershey's miniatures are funny little candy bars. I'm not supposed to be eating candy, so these are treats. I will share them with him when he stops by. He had to show us his Valentine's from his preschool party. It sure is exciting to be 3 years old!.

We stayed in for dinner, so I set a little table and fixed a simple meal. We are going away this weekend, so we will have a nice dinner out in Astoria at one of Jimmy's favorite restaurants.

I fixed turkey meatloaf, green beans and a baked red sweet potato. It was simple but yummy.  All low sodium too.

Jimmy brought some chocolate dipped strawberries home for dessert. They were very good. I love to use my sterling silver strawberry forks. This is the pair I bought in New England on my first trip back there for our first Tasha Tudor Gathering.

Just for fun, I had to wear my Valentine socks! It turned out to be a pretty nice day and dinner was good...especially with my sweetie. 

Monday, February 13, 2017

February 13th

It was a challenging day! The electricity went out around 11:00 AM and was out until 2:00 PM. A huge Douglas fir tree went down on Troutdale Road, about six blocks from our home. I drove by about 4:00 pm and they were still cleaning up the mess. Luckily, the tree did not hit the house, but it did destroy the fence, fell on the power lines and the tree ended up blocking the street.

The wind was blowing so very hard that the shingles on my studio cottage were blowing off! Our handyman Duane is going to come out tomorrow and see what he can do before the rains come back on Wednesday! The wind is still blowing tonight with sustained wind at 35 mph. Occasionally the house just shakes with the big gusts. We have had so much wind this winter.

This weekend, Jim and I are going to the Washington coast for a few days. I am so excited to join my Tasha Tudor friend Diane at her lovely home for the first meeting of the Pacific NW Tasha Tudor Museum Chapter group. We have been working on this for over a year. Diane is providing the tea and I am doing a craft project. This photo shows what I was doing today! Lots of goodies and treats are all ready for the gathering. I will show them in detail after our meeting. I don't want to show too much right now and spoil the fun. All the ladies are getting really excited. Dolls are invited and there will be a tiny Valentines too!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sunday Thoughts

Happy Sunday! We are enjoying a bit of rest after church before we join the grands for a birthday celebration and dinner.

The pastor gave a great sermon on Mark 4:1-20. He took us through the whole soil and seed talk, as I'm sure many of you have studied in the past. I really loved how he summed it up by showing us the that when we are really following Christ, our actions will show through as we see listed in the fruits of the Spirit in Gal 5:22-23! If your soil is good and your are a real believer, the fruit will be there.  What a perfect time of the year to review these fruits. How are you following Christ? Is He shining through in your love for others? Are you joyful, even when it is hard? Are you at peace, knowing God is in control? How is your patience when waiting on a difficult situation? I love this one...are you kind to others, even if they don't deserve it? Are you generous with your money as well as your time? Are you a faithful believer and does it show? We live in a world that isn't too gentle...what can you do to bring gentleness into the lives of others? How are you doing with self many areas here on this one!

So, cast the seed out there, share the good news, pray for those in your life and let God do the rest.

It's Valentine week...get out there and share some love! Have a great week filled with God's blessings. 

Saturday, February 11, 2017

February 11th....Full Moon Tonight!

Full moon tonight! We have clear skies and it is bright out there. The moon has many wintery names this month...snow, ice, wind, sleet, rabbit, crow and storm to name a few. These graphics are just so cute and include the rabbit, cupid and the full moon.
It was a busy day today and I am ready to call it a day. We will be celebrating our 3 February birthdays tomorrow in the afternoon...Ava, Jimmy and Chris. It should be fun.

Friday, February 10, 2017

February 10th

Today was my Jimmy's birthday. I thought it would be fun to feature some ideas I found on Pinterest using CONVERSATION HEARTS. who doen's like conversation hearts?

Have fun and enjoy some Conversation Hearts to celebrate the season.