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Garden Railway Tour

Garden Railway Tour

Garden-Railway-Engine-TunnelThe annual Rose City Garden Railway Show (Driving Tour) in Portland, Oregon is this Saturday, June 18th from 10am – 5pm.  What a fun way to celebrate Father’s Day! Continue Reading

The White Bathroom

The White Bathroom

Although the bathroom in our tiny home was one of the first areas to be worked on when we purchased our home – the walls and the storage areas were left mostly untouched until now.Continue Reading

Reclaimed Wood Chicken Coop

Reclaimed Wood Chicken Coop

The stores are loaded with cute baby chicks this time of year, and boy does it make me want to bring some more home. When I really look at it though – I know I don’t need more than 4 chickens, and they do grow up so fast.

Being that it is chicken season I thought I would show you guys what we did with our chickens when we moved last summer.  We ended up building a reclaimed wood chicken coop for them.Continue Reading

Rustic Kitchen Shelves

Rustic Kitchen Shelves

I just love the rustic kitchen shelves we put up in the kitchen! Even though they didn’t turn out like I originally planned.Continue Reading

Too Much Stuff!!!

Too Much Stuff!!!

What do you do when everything you own gets moved into your little, bitty house before you are ready for it, before you even have storage areas installed for it?

You CRY!

That’s right – you cry, cry, cry and then you get over it!

Literally, you have to step really tall – to get over it!Continue Reading

A Little Snowflake Day

A Little Snowflake Day

This winter I designed a little snowflake and created some very simple Scandinavian style winter and Christmas signs.  It was super fun to learn how to make a snowflake using graphic design software.  I started out using scissors to create a design, but my paper snowflakes just didn’t cut it….. get it?  ….cut it? 🙂  OK – I’m sorry.  Continue Reading

Entertainment

Entertainment

Entertainment is a funny thing.

People find entertainment in many different areas; some enjoy being outdoors, others enjoy building or doing crafts, many enjoy sharing meals together, while others enjoy exercise, and so on and so on.Continue Reading

Clothes Line Drying

Clothes Line Drying

My grandma always used the clothes line to dry her clothes during the summer, partly to save money and partly because she loved the fresh air smell of the sun-dried clothes.Continue Reading

Living Room Furniture

Living Room Furniture

It is finally time to bring in the living room furniture – well at least the couch!

One evening when my husband wasn’t home my daughter and I decided to unload the couch from the storage unit and bring it in. We wanted him to be surprised, and have a comfortable place to sit when he got home.Continue Reading

Shiplap Walls

Shiplap Walls

Shiplap walls are really popular right now. So I was so happy when we ripped out the cabinets in my daughters new room and found shiplap walls.Continue Reading

Sorting Kitchen Items – No Fun!

Sorting Kitchen Items – No Fun!

Sorting kitchen items should be fun especially when we’ve been living without a kitchen for a while, but instead it proved to be really stressful.Continue Reading

Fall Planting with Discount Plants

Fall Planting with Discount Plants

Fall planting time is my favorite time for planting plants. Spring planting works well also, but in the fall the rain does such a great job of watering for you – that it is my favorite planting time!Continue Reading

The Master Bedroom

The Master Bedroom

Now we are moving into the master bedroom to finish the walls and work on the laundry area.

With the living room looking good and almost completely finished we planned to move our camping mattress into the living room while we worked on the master bedroom, but there ended up being a hitch in our get along.Continue Reading

The Kitchen Countertops Have Arrived

The Kitchen Countertops Have Arrived

The kitchen countertops have arrived!!!

I am so glad to have them!!!Continue Reading

Cooking and Cleaning While Remodeling the Kitchen

Cooking and Cleaning While Remodeling the Kitchen

Cooking and cleaning dishes while remodeling the kitchen can be a real chore. Its been about 6 weeks now of living without a kitchen. Even though the cabinets are in and the fridge and the oven are now working it is stillContinue Reading

Working on the Living Room

Working on the Living Room

The living room is up next on our to do list!

Since we have to wait for the counter tops to be measured, cut and installed we decided to move on and get the walls ready in the living room.Continue Reading

Labor Day – The Day to Celebrate Work by Not Working

Labor Day  – The Day to Celebrate Work by Not Working

What’s not to love about that.   Apparently Oregon was the first state to make it a holiday on February 21, 1887. Not surprising to me that even way back then Oregonians were finding a way to celebrate work by not working 🙂  Labor Day became a federal holiday in Continue Reading

Installing Kitchen Cabinets

Installing Kitchen Cabinets

Installing kitchen cabinets is an exciting turning point in any remodel project. After tearing apart so many things in our house, the cabinets were the first visually pleasing item to be installed since the bathroom tile three and a half weeks ago.Continue Reading

Dwarf Sunflowers Standing Tall

Dwarf Sunflowers Standing Tall

I’ve never been able to figure out how to keep regular sunflowers from falling to the ground once they bloom.  I think I finally outsmarted gravity this year.  OK – I might be giving myself a bit too much credit claiming I conquered gravity, but I will say that my sunflowers finally stayed upright this year.  Continue Reading

The Cabinets Arrived Early – Oh No!

The Cabinets Arrived Early – Oh No!

The Beginning of the Kitchen Remodel

We have now moved out of the tent and are sleeping in what will be our rooms when the house is remodeled. I am not claiming them as our rooms quite yet, because the pretty and clean factor is still missing.Continue Reading

Wood Floor Refinishing

Wood Floor Refinishing

Old squeaky wood floors have so much character. I think they are perfect in old houses.Continue Reading

DIY Bamboo Tower for Pole Beans

DIY Bamboo Tower for Pole Beans

Although bamboo makes a great screen, certain varieties of bamboo can be VERY invasive.  My neighbor planted some about 15 years ago so I wouldn’t spend all my leisure time standing at my kitchen window looking into her backyard.  At the time I asked her if she encased it in anything when she planted it right up against our shared fence.  She assured me that they knew what they were doing and that it was in a metal something-or-another and wasn’t going anywhere and … well the rest of what she said wasn’t very nice so I won’t repeat it.Continue Reading

Not Exactly Glamping

Not Exactly Glamping

Glamping is glamorous camping. I love the look and feel of glamping, and have always wanted to go glamping.Continue Reading

Moving Day Miseries

Moving Day Miseries

Moving day miseries – is putting it lightly!!!

We woke up to a busy schedule of packing, hauling, cleaning, and bathroom installing.Continue Reading

The Start of the Tiny House Remodel

The Start of the Tiny House Remodel

Most of the demo on our tiny house was over that first weekend. So the next week, my other nephew came over, while we were out-of-town, and started our tiny house remodel by working on the plumbing.Continue Reading

Leeks with Hats

Leeks with Hats

I am easily entertained.  There is no question about that.

Especially when my leek blossom is wearing a silly hat.Continue Reading

Our Tiny House Demo

Our Tiny House Demo

The first three days after we got the keys to our new home were busy.

Our – Tiny House Demo – started right away!

We had one month before we were to move in and we were determined to move into a finished house, now I know some of you are chuckling, because you know already we didn’t make that deadline, not even close, but we had to try!Continue Reading

Just a Little Over 600 Sq Ft

Just a Little Over 600 Sq Ft

I’ve Been Shopping!

Not for shoes, or clothes, or hand bags – but for houses!

Truly, I’ve been watching RMLS for many years now, maybe about 13 years, just hoping for a good price on a house in the country. I bet you couldn’t tell from all my previous posts that I love the country!Continue Reading

Cheater Chili Verde

Cheater Chili Verde

Remember the pork loin from Winco?

Part one was yummy grilled pork steaks.

Part two will be chili verde.  Make no mistake, I am well aware that this is not even close to an authentic recipe.  It is a fast, easy, yummy dinner though and that’s what counts in the end, right?Continue Reading

Twofer Deal on Pork – Pork Steak

Twofer Deal on Pork – Pork Steak

I bought a big ole hunk of pork loin from Winco for less than $10.  Big enough for at least 2 meals for my hungry family.  As usual I chucked it into the freezer until I figured out what I wanted to do with it.Continue Reading

Oh, Those Dog Rolls

Oh, Those Dog Rolls

My dog Winnie loves to sleep! Her favorite place to sleep is on my daughter’s bed, but she only sleeps there if my daughter is with her. She doesn’t like to be alone!

During the day she sleeps on the chair in the dining room, that way she can be as close to us as possible.Continue Reading

Lucky BBQ Souvlaki

Lucky BBQ Souvlaki

When spring rolls around it’s a good time to start checking for marked down lamb (especially around Easter).  I almost did my happy dance when I saw this boneless leg of lamb marked $2.99 a pound.Continue Reading

Winnie the Pooh Photo Shoot at Disneyland

Winnie the Pooh Photo Shoot at Disneyland

In trying to cull together all my most favorite photos from the past two years I ran across the photos from my spontaneous Winnie the Pooh photo shoot from our trip to Disneyland exactly two years ago today.

Silly ol’ bear.Continue Reading

A Hornet Nest in the Woods

A Hornet Nest in the Woods

Last month we went out to the woods for a day. It was beautiful outside so we took a drive just to escape the busyness of town. While hiking around we found a hornet nest. I personally had never seen one before, except in movies. My husband on the other hand is all to familiar with them.Continue Reading

Salmon – Foiled Again

Salmon – Foiled Again

So being as we aren’t made of money, I’m always happy to take food contributions since we seem to just keep eating several times a day.  My mom and dad gave me some frozen salmon that my aunt’s husband caught (We Portland folk like to know our food’s provenance).  I thawed it out and it smelled, well, a bit..fishy.Continue Reading

Vegetable Garden Do-Over

Vegetable Garden Do-Over

I love having a vegetable garden because every year I get a vegetable garden do-over.  Continue Reading

Hells Canyon – Eastern Oregon

Hells Canyon – Eastern Oregon

My husband took a hunting trip last week to Hells Canyon.  Hells Canyon is located in Eastern Oregon by the border of Washington and Idaho.  Although his trip was not long enough by any means, he still had a fantastic time.  Hunting trips for my husband mostly consist of sleeping in, eating good home cooked meals and taking photos to show me the things that he has seen.Continue Reading

Shepherd’s Pie – The Full Meal Deal

Shepherd’s Pie – The Full Meal Deal

Alright, first off, I realize this is not an “actual” shepherd’s pie.  They contain lamb (shepherd-sheep-duh).

What I’m making is more like a red-headed stepchild of the cottage pie.

Whatever it is, I call it shepherd’s pie and this is how I make it.Continue Reading

Airstream Trailer Vintage Vacation

Airstream Trailer Vintage Vacation

Retro Camping at the Lakedale Resort

While trying to plan an entirely different trip, I stumbled across a glamping and camp ground off the coast of Washington State on San Juan Island that has an Airstream Trailer (camper) that is parked lakeside and restored and can be rented out by the night.  I was so enchanted by the possibility of getting to stay in an Airstream without having to own one that I abandoned my original plans and worked out all the details that would put us on this Pacific Northwest island in the sunny summertime in a glorious restored Airstream.

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Lakedale Resort – Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

Lakedale Resort – Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

Stranded on an Island

I planned a Vintage Vacation for our family last summer.  I found a place called Lakedale Resort on San Juan Island that has a restored Airstream trailer we could stay in for a couple of nights.  This Airstream glamping trip inspired Boyd to want to do a vintage photo shoot and bring props and dress me up and all that.Continue Reading

San Juan Island Road Trip

San Juan Island Road Trip

If you have any kind of transportation there are a lot of places to explore on San Juan Island.  We had a vehicle for most of our trip so we drove around the island.Continue Reading

Ride the Ferry to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island

Ride the Ferry to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island

If you are anywhere near Seattle, WA in the beautiful Pacific Northwest you should plan to drive a bit further North to Anacortes and take (at minimum) a day trip to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island.  The Anacortes ferry departure point is about 80 miles north of Seattle.  We live about 5 hours away, so we opted to say in Anacortes for the night so we could get on the ferry in the morning.   We were very much looking forward to Friday Harbor, but the ferry ride itself ended up being pretty fabulous too.Continue Reading

I’m a Pepper

I’m a Pepper

I tweeted my daughter – “What do I make well (besides children)?”  Her response was green bean casserole, which of course I make well because I use the traditional French’s fried onions and Campbell soup variety, so I can hardly claim that as my own.  She also mentioned stuffed peppers.Continue Reading

Lambtastic

Lambtastic

I like lamb!

Lamb is expensive!

I am not an expensive type person!Continue Reading

My Swing’n Chicken

My Swing’n Chicken

Have you ever heard of a swing’n chicken before?

No!

Well, let me tell you about one!Continue Reading

Righteous Loaf

When I was a young wanna-be housewife in my twenties, my boyfriend and I had a friend over for a meatloaf dinner.  Once the friend was done eating he said “That was a righteous loaf.”  I think of that every time I make a meatloaf.  Now that I’m in my fifties, it’s one of my eldest daughter’s favorite meals.Continue Reading

Forest Grove Views & Hillside Bible Church

Forest Grove Views & Hillside Bible Church

Until the age of 5 my family and I lived on my grandpa’s farm in Forest Grove. We lived up on a hillside near the Forest Grove and Gales Creek boundary. My grandpa was a filbert farmer, who owned a lovely piece of land with a view. The home we lived in was surrounded by filberts, and my grandparents home was below us through the orchard. When I wanted to visit my grandparents my mom would call my grandma to inform her that she was sending me down. Through the orchard I would run to the waiting arms of my grandma.Continue Reading

Fishing for Dinner Ideas?

Fishing for Dinner Ideas?

I don’t generally cook with recipes.  I consider them guidelines.  I read a recipe, think, “oh, what a good idea,” and then I do it my way.Continue Reading

Portland Aquarium – Photoblog, Tour and Review

Portland Aquarium – Photoblog, Tour and Review

Hey I’m posting some photos and a video clip from my recent trip to Portland Aquarium.  I wasn’t even aware a public aquarium existed in Portland, but it’s a fairly new destination, opening in 2012. Continue Reading

Western Riding Lessons

Western Riding Lessons

My girl loves, loves, loves horses!!! She researches anything and everything she can about them. Almost all her free time is spent doing research or watching YouTube videos of western riding.

Last fall I filmed her riding, but I would have to say that I am surprised at how much she has already improved since then. I love this little video though. I love capturing moments in time, so that you can really see the improvements, and remember the event.Continue Reading