Friday, October 20, 2017

My Greenhouse Cleanup

Last weekend I cleaned up my greenhouse, meaning, got rid of the dead leaves and reorganized the space. I needed to make room for my Geraniums. Every year I cut them back and put them in the greenhouse to winter over. These, the pots that are on the white plastic things, are over five years old.

The main worry bringing them into the greenhouse is the fear of slugs and snails that may be in the pots. I have about 75 orchid plants and those slimy critters love eating them.

So far so good. I think I have caught about 4 of them in time!!!

Now if you look at the back wall you can see that the plastic is all shredded. So I removed that plastic and replaced it.

It is so much nicer and I can feel less cold drafts coming through that wall. I should have done this years ago. Oh well, it is done now!!!

Looks like there is more space for more orchids!!! HMMMMMMM.........

I'll post some orchid photos soon. I have one in bud now so it won't be long.

Take care and enjoy the earth. Martha

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Halloween Rock Painting

 I had a lot of fun painting rocks this weekend!! Candy Korn, Pumpkins, a skeleton ghost and a spider

 I use these paint pens a lot and then seal the rocks with the Mod Podge below. I prefer the matte finish but sometimes the gloss is just right.

 While I was sealing the rocks the little grand-daughter decided to paint her teeth!!! Luckily the markers she was using was washable. Lucky for her she is cute.
And the pumpkins. Love them a lot. They remind me of the Kool-Aid characters like goofy grape.
Now to get them all sealed and placed out in the public for others to find. Or I may give them away.

I'm also working on some sunflowers. Five to be exact. They have more painting to be done and then each will have either a lady bug or bumble bee glued on.
 I did these a couple weeks ago. The bee rocks were given away and I still have the other two. Below are the new rocks, not quite done along with my ghost skull rock.
Rock painting is turning out to be a fun new hobby for me. Try it out if you're bored!!! Enjoy, Martha

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Rock Painting-Rainbow Heart

 Yes, I have been painting more rocks. This one is for a friends daughter and the lady bug represents my friend :^) This is really a fun activity and the people who find them seem to enjoy them as much as I enjoy painting them!!!

"Looks like chocolate" is what it says on the back of this one

Have some fun. Paint a rock!!!

Take care!! Talk to you later

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Painting Rocks

This is what I have been doing lately, painting rocks and hiding them in the public. We have a Facebook group of over 13,000 now in Linn County painting and hiding rocks in the community. Tons of fun!!!! Literally, those rocks can get heavy. :^)

I will have to say that this is a fun activity. I have the grand-kids joining in too!!!

Take Care and see you again soon!!! Martha

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