Saturday, October 6, 2018

Pleased to Make Your Acquaintance

Hello there!  I'm still sorting through photos from our September trip to eastern Oregon.  In my last post I mentioned we took a long walk to see the sights.  We skirted the highway and ventured down back roads to get a good feel of it.  Paused to say "hello" to a local resident.

Our dogs don't have much experience with large animals, but Wally was very polite.

The photo below was taken on a back road.  Heck of a view from the farmhouses we passed along the way.  The big D is for Dayville.

These folks love their town and, it's true, their fossils are friendly.  Dayville is situated near the John Day fossil beds.  I like the signage.  We're thinking of getting one of those "drive like your kids live here" signs for our street.  They were posted throughout the town.

Heading back to camp...  We stopped on the bridge so I could photograph the South Fork of the John Day River, which is the river that runs along camp.  You can see why I call this camp a desert oasis.

These plump wild turkeys were in camp every day.  This photo was taken from our motorhome window and, of course, they wandered off when I went outside.

Someone would love to chase them.

Another friendly campground resident below.

And this...  I found the rock in camp.  You're supposed to post it on Facebook and move it to a different location, but I left it for another camper to enjoy.

Its smile is contagious.  I hope it worked on you!  Have a happy day!

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Fall Color

Fall is already showing its colors, and how beautiful it is!  Truly, there's something to love about every season, isn't there?  Today I have a few photos taken on our September trip and, of course, I've got Wally and LuLu up first.  They posed nicely for me in front of this bush of rose hips, as pretty now as it was when blooming in the summer.  There are flowers growing all over this camp, looking quite natural in their setting.  I wish I'd photographed the hollyhocks when we were there in July.

With our preponderance of conifers here in the Pacific Northwest we don't get quite the fall foliage display you see in other areas, but where deciduous trees grow there's bound to be color.  In certain areas of McKenzie Pass, Oregon the maples, sumac, and conifers were taking a foothold in the lava beds and the contrast was quite striking.

We were unable to stop at some of the prettiest sites as we passed by the pull outs too quickly.  We were on our way home with a long drive ahead of us, but we did want to linger here and there to enjoy it.  In the photo below there's more lava bed showing.

Back at camp in eastern Oregon... we went for a long walk, exploring the area.  Apples on the branch speak "fall" very clearly.

Well, gee, here's Wally and LuLu again.  Can't take just one pic.

These don't look like happy faces, really.  They aren't thrilled about posing and they just want me to finish up and give them the treat I promised.  Sheesh, Mom.

I'll be back with more next Saturday.  Have a beautiful day!

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Our Goofy Kids

As this post goes live we've just returned from another trip to the desert oasis we happened upon back in July.  I'll go through those photos later, but thought today I'd share a few fun pics from our July trip.

First of all, doesn't Rich look cute holding his little purse?  Okay, it's not his purse, and it's not even a purse.  It's a tote bag I'd packed up for a picnic.  We crossed a creek and headed down this little trail.  I cannot resist following a path in the woods.

We'd intended on simply crossing this creek on our way to the lake, but LuLu had other ideas:

The water was slow and murky, but, trust me, it's nothing gross.  Just earthy and natural.  However, we hadn't planned for the dogs to swim there.  Once she was in the water, LuLu had trouble getting out again.  The bank was steep and undercut, but we called her over to a different spot where she could climb out easily.  LuLu is a very obliging little girl.

Wally, however, has a stubborn streak.

No way was he letting LuLu have all the fun, so he jumped in, too.  Same spot and he couldn't climb out, either.  Do you think he would be called over to a different spot?  NooOOOoo!  Rich to the rescue.

Here's LuLu again after a dip in the lake:

Everything is double the adventure with these guys.  Enjoy your day!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

What's in a Name?

If we'd waited to name Wally and LuLu we might have called them Shoes and Socks.  When one shows up with socks, the other cannot be out-cuted, so will run for a shoe.  Naturally, we find it adorable.  Not sure why something like that is so adorable to us, but we're under their spell.

LuLu with socks:

Wally with shoe:

Really, though... can you imagine what the neighbors would think if they heard me calling out "Shoes!".  "Socks!"?  They'd think I was the crazy lady of Pine Street.

When we were awaiting the day we'd bring our brand new Golden Retriever puppy boy home...

... we knew we were in for a beautiful thing.  A faithful, sweet, kind, gentle, intelligent, loyal, trusted friend was coming to live with us.  He needed a good name.

I looked up names meaning qualities such as those.  Everything sounded too intellectual and pretentious.  So where did Wally get his name?  Well...

...from The Most Trusted Man in America -- Walter Cronkite.  Rich and I had both grown up knowing Walter Cronkite as a household name, and he'd recently passed away.  We felt like we'd lost a friend.

Also, on a lighter note... there was this guy:

He tugged at our heartstrings.

So there you have a trusted friend who's also adorable.

Now... how about LuLu?  We were waiting for the day we'd drive out of town to pick her up (I was SO excited) and we went over and over names.  It couldn't sound anything similar to Wally -- Wally and Lily, Wally and Daisy, Wally and Molly.  You get the idea.  Then Rich looked over my shoulder at this:

It's a Little Lulu doll my friend made for me years ago.  He said, "How about LuLu?"  Oh, my gosh, it was perfect!  I loved it!  And that's how our little LuLu got her name.

We all lived happily ever after.

Wishing you a happily ever after kind of day.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Calendar Pics

Hello!  I just have a couple of calendar pics today.  I'm pretty sure I shared these on my stamping blog, but not here yet.  The first is this LuLu for this month:

August's calendar picture is Wally and LuLu together.  It was taken on our first camping trip in our brand new trailer, which we've now traded in for the motorhome.  Many good times yet to come!

I have some busy projects going on right now, so didn't have time for much more than this.  We'll be going on our last fair weather trip soon, and I can't wait!  Have a good weekend!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Embracing Time

Hello again, and happy Saturday to all!  We went away again in August.  Just four days and only an hour's journey, but it was lovely.  As always, my favorite photo subjects are Wally and LuLu, and I'm especially fond of the portrait shots with just enough landscape showing to suggest their beautiful surroundings.

The first here is LuLu, framed by arching grasses and backed by deep shadow.  She's looking across a little stream at Wally. 

And here's Wally looking back.

Rich and LuLu are standing alongside that little stream (click the pics for a better view).

The stream fed into this, the middle fork of one of our local rivers.

All the joy of raising our son, introducing him to new experiences and watching his face light up has, for the last several years, been transferred to Wally and LuLu.  To see them happy means everything to us.  Corny?  So be it.

Back at camp...  Little by little we're becoming acquainted with the best dog friendly RV parks, and the best sites in those parks to request when we call to reserve.  Look at all this space!  And that's just a smidgen of the space we had in this site.  We do not like the RV parks that are little more than a parking lot with no room to call your own.  Who wants to sit practically underneath the next RV's slide out sipping coffee in your bed head and jammies?  Not me!  In this end site we had plenty of privacy.

LuLu again:

The nice thing about these little getaways is time.  We all have it; the same number of hours in each day, but having time on your hands, time you can embrace, is a wonderful thing.  No reason to hurry.  Go at your own pace and, really, there's plenty to do, but it's not housework, laundry, grocery shopping, cooking, running errands, paying bills, keeping appointments...  We're planning another trip in early September.

See you next Saturday!  Have a happy day!

Saturday, August 25, 2018


Now that we're doing all this fair weather motorhome travel I'm having a difficult time with the garden.  The last thing before we leave and the first thing when we come back I spend a good part of the day out there watering and deadheading.  If I'm lucky, the deer don't move in and feast while we're gone.  It's hard to keep deer spray on things that are constantly growing and blooming.

I'll share a few recent blooms that survived, some of which are done blooming now (click to enlarge):

And because the garden isn't complete without a Golden:

When we came home from our most recent trip the deer had chomped down all my Impatiens.  The next day they'd nipped off a few blooms from another plant.  I'm moving more and more flowers to pots in the fenced-in dog yard.  The hydrangeas aren't doing well this year and that's not because of the deer.  Some of them do not have a single bloom.  Weird.  At the rate things are going, the garden will be all evergreens and ferns soon.  I persevere, sigh...

You take care, now, and enjoy the remaining days of summer.  I'm stretching it out as long as possible.  See you here next Saturday!

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Picking up where we Left Off

Driving through Oregon's hot, high desert country... I have bunches of pics, but will limit to a few.  LuLu was happy to keep on exploring...

(Click on all pics for enlarged view.)

... but after a quick sniff around, Wally was ready to return to the air conditioning.  I'm with Wally!

Pictured below is the severely salty Lake Abert.  Getting saltier as the water level drops.  Do not enter!  It's so caustic it will eat the bottom out of a boat, so you can imagine what it would do to your skin.  Water birds don't seem to have a problem and there are always a few swimming around feasting on brine shrimp.

After a long drive we came to a desert oasis.  Yep, that's what I look like when I'm saying "LuLu" -- goofy -- but LuLu's plenty cute with her little furry paws reaching for me.  Speaking of paws... notice behind the sign.  It looks like I have dog feet, tee hee!  That's Wally.  Too funny.

Pictured below is the first thing I saw when we drove into town.  Tiny and cute!  I was impressed by the level of civic pride in this itty bitty town.

We were so busy being enchanted by the diminutive city hall and library that we almost missed the RV park which was the true desert oasis.

They were full up when we arrived, but the owner put us up in a temporary spot for the night and moved us into the best site in the park the next day.  Actually, all the sites were large, shady, and beautiful, but this one on the end was amazing.  We had all this...

... and much, much more.  Wally and LuLu had the run of the place.  Jump in the river any ol' time and have a roll in the grass afterward.  The structure you see in the background is a vintage dwelling the owner moved to the park.  The only thing dwelling there now is bats.  At night we'd watch them swoop through our site and over the river accompanied by the sound of coyotes howling in the hills.

The picnic table beyond us is not an RV site.  It was used only once in the four days we stayed, and that was by an older couple who stopped for lunch.

Some days we were the only campers in the park.  Everything on this side of the RV is ours.  Are you getting an idea of how much I loved this place?  We're going back in September.

On the road again:

Looking back the way we came:

A quick stop at the Painted Hills on the way home.  For real.  What more can I say?

Well, friends... as this post goes live we're returning from yet another little getaway.  Just an hour's drive from home, but idyllic nonetheless.  It sure is nice to have a chance to slow the pace now and then.  We'll visit again next Saturday.  Take care!