Wednesday, June 6, 2018


I decided to add to my patio area, a gnome garden in an old wheel barrow.  I don't remember where I saw this done.  I just loved it, so I had to try it for myself.  I think it turned out pretty well.  All my flowers are starting to bloom pretty nicely now.

I have decided to down size on the animals, I am going to give up the mule and the pony.  I will then be down to the old lady (Annie at 24 years), and then Sirocco.  I haven't been riding and doing much with the horses.  So, I think it is time to be done.  I will keep Annie until she passes and Sirocco for now.  I do hope to work with him more this summer, but I don't know if I will, I am still not riding him yet because after all these years I am still a novice rider and he needs an experienced rider.  NOT ME.  I will keep working with him from the ground.

Matt is still working and playing with the engines.  The son is right along with him, seems we do more on the weekends with engines than at home much.  Or we are running around doing errands. 

Hope you are having a great summer.

Monday, May 21, 2018


It hasn't stopped.  The hubby is still getting lots of engines to show.  This just happens to be one that he inherited from a close friend, that passed away and left all his toys to Matt, inside the building that was also included.   This is a large 10 horse engine.  One of the largest that he has, if not the largest.

We now have to buy a building to house all of his engines, plus any that he may get between now and the near future, if I know him :)

Hope you have a wonderful week.

Monday, May 14, 2018

LARGE trees!

Took a 6.5 hour drive to go see the Red Wood Trees in northern California.  I have never seen trees so large!  It was just awesome to be able to walk through them.   I had such a wonderful time going out to Washington and Oregon, along with California and spending the week with the hubby.  He missed coming home though.  He decided to stay out there and let me go see the sights.  He is only getting home every three weeks and that time it was 6 weeks before he got to come home.  Thanks to my wonderful husband, I got to see some wonderful country that I might not of been able to ever see!

Friday, May 11, 2018

Mount Saint Helens

I think the high point of my visit was Mount Saint Helens.  It was just beautiful but then you think about how ugly it was back in 1980 when it exploded.  You can still see some of the trees that were blown apart by the blast, and the desolate ground at the bottom of the gorge.  I never really thought much about the volcano until I went to see it.  I brought home this big coffee table book on the eruption and the destruction of the volcano with some awesome pictures and lots of history on the event.

Have a great day.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Cannon Beach

This is a pile of mussels, even though it looks like a lumpy and bumpy rock.
 Bird sanctuary, that is not allowed to be climbed on by us humans.  We had to stay on the sand and not walk on the rocks.  The rock is called Haystack Rock.
 This is the scenery from the side of the rock.
 This is a close up of the rock of mussels.  As you can see it had a wonderful array of sea life attached.
 Matt walking towards the rock.
This tells is just one of the signs.   It was a chilly day but I still took off my shoes and walked on the beach with crocs on.  You can't get to the rock when the tide is in.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Multnomah Falls

Before I was scheduled to go out to Washington to see Matt; I looked up things, that I would like to see.  The Multnomah Falls came up on the Internet, and I just had to go see it.  People used to be able to go on the bridge, but the fires, that they had out there made the trails impassible to get to, and unsafe.  I thought it was just beautiful!

Click on the first picture to be able to read about the falls.

Monday, May 7, 2018

More On the Dam

We saw some good size sturgeon at the habitat at the dam.  They also had some very nice rainbow trout.