Thursday, July 6, 2017

Orchids in the Greenhouse

Here are a few of my Phalaenopsis orchids in bloom right now in the greenhouse.

this one is so bright and cheerful

hard to pick a favorite

This one is called Brown Sugar. The rest are nameless.

And this one, above and below is ready to open. It is going
to be a really dark pink!!!


This is a fun hobby. We are considering shrinking the greenhouse by about half the size. I need to be downsizing everywhere and since it needs to fiberglass, now is a good time to do that.

Hopefully it will a little less expensive to heat during the winter.

That is it for today. I will post more photos as the next few begin to open.

Enjoy the Earth!!! martha

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Joseph Oregon in the Wallowa's-Gods Country


We recently arrived home from an eight day road trip to eastern Oregon and then across the state of Washington.
Our granddaughter has moved to Wallowa County and we went to see her new little home.
While there we had dinner with her very good friends at the The Evans Farm,
All I can say is beautiful home, beautiful country and beautiful family. We ate great food and enjoyed meeting them and seeing their gorgeous land.
They have become innkeepers as they rent out the house and the walled tent for people wanting to visit Joseph and Enterprise.


There's lots to see and do in Wallowa County. Fishing, boating, camping, hiking, quilting, shopping, eating, horseback riding, etc........

We took a drive to Imnaha and ended up behind an actual cattle drive on the road!!! Seriously!!! It was a small drive but it was a true cattle drive. So fun watching the dogs work those cattle!!!




We followed them for several miles until they were at their destination and moved off the road.



And then we were on our way again to Imnaha. Population, not many!!!


This is the post office below.




Notice the kind of vehicles they drive  to the Imnaha tavern/store.!! There's lots of pickups too.


We left Wallowa County via the northern route through the Rattle Snake pass. It was very curvy and very steep at some points but still gorgeous country.

Simply amazing!!

Enjoy the earth, together we can take care of it, we only get one!!!
Later, Martha

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Memorial Day Traditions in the USA


Every year my husband and I go to Astoria to clean my family's grave sites and stones. My grand-dad is off in a separate cemetery so we go to his first, which is above.

We actually go on Mother's Day weekend here in the US. That way it is all ready for Memorial Day.
The one below is the before picture, One year later. Then the above is the after picture.

I make new bouquets to put out each year and the caretakers leave them up year round.





 It looks awesome!!!

Below is where my mom and dad, grandma, and three aunts-three uncles are. Well, they really aren't there, but the dust is!!

Above is the before and below is the after. This cemetery has wonderful caretakers who keep our area mowed all the time. They remove the flowers, mow, and put them back in place. So sweet of them. 



Yes, that is me after the work is done. It poured on us while we were there. Good ol' Oregon weather.
Funny that both places have given us a water view. I grew up with a water view of the Columbia River. in Astoria Oregon.Love that place!!!


Below are the views from our Hotel room.




And this was the hospital where my mom worked, St. Mary's. Love this place too.





If you ever get the chance to go visit Astoria Oregon, go. You will not be disappointed!!!!!

Take care my friends
Enjoy the Earth
Take care of each other
Martha

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Painting rocks with the grandchildren

I'm still spending some of my time painting rocks. It is fun and relaxing. I will get many washed and ready for the grandkids and keep a couple for myself to paint. this one was fun. Moons are really fun to paint and the effect is so cool. Makes it look like I know what I'm doing, which I don't!!!

This little peach often poses when I get the camera out, she is so hilarious!!! And she loves to paint rocks like her Nana. A perfect grandchild activity.

That morning we had gone on a walk and found rocks at a neighbors house. She had put a notice out that anyone who wanted rocks could come down and dig in the pile. So we walked the three blocks to her house with a bucket and found these rocks!!!

Great Fun!!!

Enjoy the Earth Friends!!! Martha


Monday, April 17, 2017

Pine Needle Basket

Here is a very sweet Pine-needle basket. I just finished it on Saturday. All the needles I used were picked up in Daytona Florida by myself and my cousin Kathy.

They have a winter home there and on our daily walks with their dog Opie, We would pick up the long pine needles that lay in the lawns and flower beds.

I used every single pine-needle that we gathered.

And this is the result of those walks!!!



I learned how to make pine-needle baskets several years ago from a patient of mine. She was around 88 years old when she taught me. Her baskets were so amazing!!! I am so appreciative of the time she took showing me how to do this art.

Here is a series of photos showing the progression. I decided to do a little woodburning of a sand dollar in the center. Reminds me of the coast!!


The pine-needles and rafia





I picked out some beads to add for a sweet touch






If you want to check out how to make these baskets, there are tons of online resources. There is also a place called Prim Pines. You can purchase all your supplies including a book to learn from.

Take care and enjoy the Earth!! Martha