Category Archives: Posts by Trish

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

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

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

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

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

Leeks with Hats

Leeks with Hats

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

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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.

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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

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

Imperfect Easter Eggs

Imperfect Easter Eggs

I have been craving egg salad sandwiches, but I have not been eating them because I would have to stop and boil eggs which apparently is just too much to ask of myself.  Then the other night I was skipping through a magazine while trying to go to sleep and I saw this  really cool idea for putting a leaf impression on colored Easter eggs with natural dye. Wanting both egg salad and now also to color Easter eggs was finally enough to move these dual-desires up the priority list high enough to actually make them happen.  Plus that – what better way is there to expresses my thankfulness that Jesus Christ was resurrected from death to give us all eternal life than taking chicken eggs, boiling them, and coloring them pink & blue & green & purple?!

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Best Western Agate Beach & Oregon Coast Aquarium

Best Western Agate Beach & Oregon Coast Aquarium

A friend of mine (who is also the mother of a friend of my son’s) invited us to join her and four of her kids on a one-night trip to the Oregon Coast during spring vacation.  I already had a really full week scheduled of me sleeping in, reading, maybe planting some seeds in my veggie garden if the rain ever stopped, and possibly culling through our mass accumulation of digital photos so I can upload my all time favorites to ShutterflyContinue Reading

Cyclamen – The Upside Down Flower

Cyclamen – The Upside Down Flower

So I have had this lovely little Cyclamen houseplant since mid-December.  It was a gift from one of my bookkeeping clients and is a new plant for me.  It bloomed throughout December on my kitchen windowsill, but apparently I wasn’t really watching what this little plant was up to.

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Fruit Salad – Yummy Yummy!

Fruit Salad – Yummy Yummy!

We have been on a fruit salad kick – which sounds rather active because of that kicking part, but it is really just us eating a lot of fruit salad. Continue Reading

It’s that Lenten Rose Time of Year

It’s that Lenten Rose Time of Year

The sun came out this week so I actually looked outside and all my Lenten Roses were just blooming their little hearts out.Continue Reading

Valentine’s Day Grapevine Heart

Valentine’s Day Grapevine Heart

I finally stopped working long enough to do something creative…. not that bookkeeping isn’t creative.  Oh- yeah.  Bookkeeping isn’t creative – at least it better not be.  Bookkeeping did end up causing the inspiration for the project I did today though.  One of my bookkeeping clients is a really talented artist and graphic designer.  Last year around Valentine’s Day I went to do bookkeeping for her husband’s company and they had this amazing vine/twig heart hanging on their front door from a big ribbon.  I was impressed, charmed, & inspired.Continue Reading

A Little Sunshine Among the Weeds

A Little Sunshine Among the Weeds

It was dark-thirty in the morning.  I was in my typical partial comatose state.  I had just fed Oreo the Springerpoo his breakfast and was letting him out when a little something caught my eye.

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Pips and Bounce

Pips and Bounce

Portland’s Ping Pong Social Club

Summertime church camp was an annual event in my junior high and high school life back in the ’80s.  The camp I went to every year had a ping pong table.  I fell in love.  I also fell in love with ping pong which was a good thing because the boys I fell in love with at camp didn’t end up panning out.Continue Reading

Childhood Friends

Childhood Friends

I have been very much looking forward to today.  My childhood friend Rene’ is coming to visit from Minnesota where she has been temporarily living for the past 11 years.

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Not the Dog’s Blanket

Not the Dog’s Blanket

Yes – I’m talking about you Oreo the Springer Poo

So I finally took Boyd’s plush zebra throw blanket to the dry cleaner.  When I got it back it smelled like the dry cleaning solution so I opened it up over the couch to air out.Continue Reading

Disneyland Christmas

Disneyland Christmas

A Disneyland Christmas is an extra magical Disneyland experience.  We were there for an extended weekend in late November so we avoided the busiest time, but were still able to see all the beautiful decorations.  It was the perfect time to start getting in the mood for the holidays and I’m still savoring the memories.Continue Reading

A Very Cozy Fireplace Video

A Very Cozy Fireplace Video

We are super excited to let you know that if you live in the Portland Metro area, KPTV channel 12 has licensed Boyd’s fireplace video to be shown on TV on Christmas morning!  How totally cool is that!Continue Reading

Disneyland Christmas – California Adventure Christmas Lights

Disneyland Christmas – California Adventure Christmas Lights

California Adventure Christmas Lights are such an amazing addition to an already beautiful Disneyland Christmas.  Boyd and I managed to be among the last people to get in line for the Radiator Springs Racers ride in Cars Land which put us in the perfect place to shut down the park and take photos of all the beautiful lights with nearly no one else around.  Both those factors made it really magical for us. Continue Reading

Disneyland Christmas – CA Adventure ¡Viva Navidad!

Disneyland Christmas – CA Adventure ¡Viva Navidad!

Fantastic ¡Viva Navidad Street Performance & More Christmas Decor at Disney California Adventure

I’m going to kick this post off right with Boyd’s video of the ¡Viva Navidad Latin-Themed Street Party at Paradise Gardens in CA Adventure.Continue Reading

Disneyland Christmas Decorations

Disneyland Christmas Decorations

California Adventure – Buena Vista Street & Hollywood Land at Christmastime

featuring the Buena Vista Street Community Bell Ringers

Disneyland at Christmastime is really cool.  We went before Thanksgiving since that is when our anniversary was.  Holidays at the Disneyland Resort runs from November 13, 2014 – January 6, 2015 according to our Entertainment Times Guide. Continue Reading

24th Anniversary Disneyland Getaway

24th Anniversary Disneyland Getaway

The Disneyland Hotel

Yep.  You heard me right.  The Disneyland Hotel.  I threw all care to the wind (and by all care I mean all my money) and just went for it.  Only the cheapest (ie standard view room) of the best would do for this trip as it was the first time we have actually done anything that required a plane ticket for our anniversary.Continue Reading

My New & Exclusive Tea Relationship

My New & Exclusive Tea Relationship

I was gifted this tea for my birthday back in October and have been drinking it, and it alone, ever since.

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It Took a $5 Rummage Sale Chair to get Boyd to Propose

It Took a $5 Rummage Sale Chair to get Boyd to Propose

It was 1990 and Boyd and I had been dating for around 3 years.  At about the 2 year mark, while I was out-of-town, he asked my parents if he could marry me.  At about the year 2-1/2 mark he apparently was still wracked with indecision so I broke up with him.Continue Reading

Bed Hog Dog

Bed Hog Dog

The other night Isak watched the most recent Transformers movie on DVD.  Oreo usually likes to hang out in the living room with us when there are people in there.  It’s a pack thing.  This movie is just a series of explosions though.  Oreo can’t stand explosions so he was hiding in the office with me.  I can’t stand explosions either.  OK – I’m not that bad, but I was sitting this movie out.  By the time the movie was finally over, Oreo was so tired from the 2+ hrs of battle (and I think possibly rather frustrated at not getting living room hang out time where he could nap with the pack) that he followed Isak into Isak’s room and made himself comfortable on Isak’s bed…..with no intention of moving. Continue Reading

Random Fails and Comedy

Random Fails and Comedy

Life is crazy sometimes…. OK most of the time.  I managed to actually photograph a handful of things I had to laugh about this last week.  Continue Reading

White Tights Rant

White Tights Rant

The final piece of my Halloween costume is apparently something that is highly undesirable in October of the year 2014.  I’m so not current with fashion trends I really thought I could go to the store and buy nice thick white cotton tights.  Continue Reading

15 Years Ago Today

15 Years Ago Today

Fifteen years ago last night I was sitting in a hot bath trying to get the back pain to stop and desperately wanting this baby out of me.  My doctor had agreed to go ahead and schedule my C-Section a week early since my un-turnable, breech baby seemed to be plenty big enough already and I had become non-functioning because of the pain.   Not being one to like surprises or pain (two inevitable occurrences with childbirth) I was happy to have a time planned to go in and get my baby out…. even if it meant having to get up uncharacteristically early and have surgery.Continue Reading

Grape Juicing

Grape Juicing

There are so many grapes this year that I have to admit to being totally overwhelmed by them all.  My tendency is to take on whatever is in front of me which left me rather paralyzed in this situation.  I haven’t had time to even clean my house let alone juice a million grapes which I then would have no place to store.  It wasn’t until I finally realized I needed to give myself permission to just pick a couple bowls so we would have a few liters of Homemade Concord Grape Juice for the holidays that I started to look forward to the harvest.  Continue Reading

The Davis Graveyard is a Halloween Must Do

The Davis Graveyard is a Halloween Must Do

Last October Tammy was telling us about this amazing house that was totally decked out for Halloween.  She insisted that we just had to go and see the yard.  I was figuring it was somewhere in our neighborhood and was probably just filled with inflatables and misc spooky decor from Target.  I’m not a big fan of Halloween in general, and as it turned out this house was a good 40 minutes away.   I finally did agree to go so as to not be a total stick-in-the-mud.

It was amazing and TOTALLY WORTH THE DRIVE!Continue Reading

The Grapes Smell Awesome & the Strawflowers are Sleepy

The Grapes Smell Awesome & the Strawflowers are Sleepy

It is raining.  Usually not a headline in the Pacific Northwest, but I can tell  it has been a while since we have had a dark and rainy/grey day because the rain actually feels different and new. Continue Reading

September Veggie Garden – the Good, the Bad & the Early

September Veggie Garden – the Good, the Bad & the Early

The Good is that, despite getting my typical late start, I had a veggie garden this year — which for me is a rather enchanting, feel-good thing to do. It was fun to water and watch things grow while eating berries and crushing dill or basil leaves between my fingers for that awesome garden smell. Ultimately I did something I wanted to do for fun and it made summer more memorable.

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My Praying Mantis Survived!

My Praying Mantis Survived!

We were in the shop printing signs when we noticed a Praying Mantis on the window pane above our garden flower box.  Wow! I didn’t accidentally kill them all. What a nice surprise. [See her birth story here] Continue Reading

El Granada Surfing, Half Moon Bay and YouTube

El Granada Surfing, Half Moon Bay and YouTube

San Fran Day Five

Dudes, like checkout the totally chill surf video my most excellent husband did.

[OK – I’m callin’ him out.  Boyd wrote that sentence when he added his video to my post. I’m still laughing so I figured I better leave it there. The video is really fun to watch – but I’m still glad I was napping in the car while it was being filmed.  Trish]Continue Reading

Half Moon Bay’s Sun Studios, The Computer History Museum and Pacifica Sea Bowl

Half Moon Bay’s Sun Studios, The Computer History Museum and Pacifica Sea Bowl

San Fran Day Four

After a great night’s sleep at the Half Moon Bay Inn, Boyd, Isak and I wandered up Main Street until we found a little restaurant with patio seating where we could have some breakfast. My father woke uncharacteristically early and found a Calvary Chapel just off Main Street to visit for their Sunday morning service.Continue Reading

San Francisco’s Disney Family Museum, Urban Putt, Pacifica Taco Bell, & Half Moon Bay Inn

San Francisco’s Disney Family Museum, Urban Putt, Pacifica Taco Bell, & Half Moon Bay Inn

San Francisco Day Three

Day three was sorta planned… at least we knew we would be renting a car and driving to Half Moon Bay for the last two nights.  The rest of the day happened as it did because we had our own wheels.  We waited for “car day” to visit the places that would have taken the longest to get to via mass transit.  It was a good plan that saved us a lot of time.Continue Reading

San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Warf, Ghirardelli Square, Hyde Pier & Segway Tour

San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Warf, Ghirardelli Square, Hyde Pier & Segway Tour

San Fran Day Two

The activity we all were most looking forward to in San Francisco was a 3 hour Segway Tour that I pre-booked months ahead of time.  None of us had ever been on a Segway, but we thought, “What the heck.”  We are adventurous like that.Continue Reading

San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, Cable Cars & City Center

San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, Cable Cars & City Center

San Fran Day One

We had considered driving to San Francisco back in March for spring vacation, but since we are self employed there is no such thing as “paid vacation” time which means that we really pay for every day we are away.Continue Reading

Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly Among Other Things

Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly Among Other Things

We seem to have a bumper crop of just about everything this year.Continue Reading

Veggie Garden in July

Veggie Garden in July

The veggie garden is growing so I’m at least doing something right.  Maybe it’s the water?Continue Reading

My Praying Mantis Hatched!

My Praying Mantis Hatched!

I woke up early because Oreo the Springerpoo, uncharacteristically, needed outside.  What I soon discovered when I wandered over to the window sill in my PJs was there was a jar of insects also praying I would get up soon.Continue Reading

Hood River Fruit Loop & Multnomah Falls

Hood River Fruit Loop & Multnomah Falls

Idaho Road Trip Day 11

Before we headed home from Hood River we thought we should check out the Fruit Loop if for no other reason than I love that name.Continue Reading

Sakura Ridge Lodge & Farm

Sakura Ridge Lodge & Farm

Idaho Road Trip Days 9 &10

Our final farmstay at the Sakura Ridge Lodge & Farm in Hood River, OR was just an hour and a half from home, but gave us a good excuse to take some extra time to explore around the Hood River area and was the most luxurious of our destinations.  I didn’t want to leave.Continue Reading

Maryhill Museum of Art

Maryhill Museum of Art

Idaho Road Trip Day 9

We drove back from Idaho on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge.  Our final farmstay destination was in Hood River, but we stopped at the Maryhill Museum of Art in Goldendale, Washington on our way.  I’m glad we stopped.

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