Weekend Roundup~T

It’s time for the Weekend Roundup hosted by Tom the Backroads Traveller. This weeks prompts are…

1. Starts with “T.”
2. A Favorite.
3. “T”all.

Starts with “T”: Thanksgiving Table

A Favorite:

The trees in our front yard in the morning sunshine.


Tall trees on the trail loop.

Parting shot:

Perched a’Top the tall tree hanging on with it’s talons.

So we are soon entering Thanksgiving week here in the U.S. Lot’s of T’s associated with a Traditional Thanksgiving meal with Turkey and trimmings. We had an early Thanksgiving with family back in October and this time around we will have a small gathering and try a deep fried turkey on Friday since our son has to work on Thanksgiving. I have a fresh turkey ordered to pick up on Wednesday. No out of town guests are coming this year. What are your plans? Are you cooking or are you invited out?

Thank you Tom for hosting and travelling to show us so many cool sites!


Juniper Tree


I committed the bloggy error of not taking recent photos of this juniper tree before we cut it down. That meant I had to go digging in the archives for photos I might have and this is the best one I could find.


What we found out this past weekend is that raccoons were using our Juniper tree as a ladder to gain access to our roof. We did not like that idea at all. We have had problems with rats, too, so we thought it would be best not to have sturdy tree branches close enough to the house for varmints to access our roof.

I’ll miss the views it enhanced from my computer window and our living room window.

Trees etc 001We still have to deal with these stumps. I was joking around with Dear about carving something into these stumps for yard art. Taking the tree down also gives us more urgency to finally finish replacing the siding on our house. So many projects so little time when your handy man works full time!

Trees etc 004If we ever put a fire pit in somewhere on our property we could use this wood once it seasons. We have on more huge tree that we hired someone to take down and we’ll have lots more wood. I did take before photos of that tree and will share the proper before and afters of that tree.

Trees etc 007In the meantime we have lots of yard waste to deal with besides our weekly mowing the lawn yard waste. We have wondered on many occasions why yard waste is not collected every week during the summer months instead of every other week.

Thankfully when the tree guy comes to chop down our huge tree on Monday he will be putting all the branches through a chipper and taking the waste away with him. He will leave the large logs for us.

I’ll take some photos of the tree guys at work.

It’s June! How did that happen so fast? We have some fun events scheduled for June like our end of year barbecue with our small group, my niece and her husband are coming to visit, a fun day with the MGCC girls, and a wedding in Portland the end of June. In the midst of all that we have to demo our main bathroom and order all the new fixtures. What do you have going in June?


Helping Hands…

…and open hearts that I am so thankful for.

On Sunday we were invited to a get together with dinner on Hatzic Lake in British Columbia. Anneliese and her dear husband put the invitation out for an end of summer celebration with any of us “girls” and our husbands that were available.  So thankful for their open home and hearts for hospitality!


Dear and I were the last ones to arrive after a long wait at the border crossing. Thankfully we realized just a mile from home that we had left our passports at home and turned around to retrieve them. Sheesh…that would not have been a sad discovery if we were farther up the road.


Anneliese and her H had made preparations for us and also made sure we had everything we needed while we were there.


IMGP0962Such a beautiful peaceful setting to enjoy time together.



Thankful hands received all that was prepared for us to enjoy starting with appetizers.


Bev prepared the marinade for the salmon that her husband Harv caught and then prepared on his smoker grill for us. So thankful for these generous and helpful hands that are always ready to serve us.


Judy and her dear husband Elmer just home from a trip East brought the famous and fresh Chilliwack corn for us all to enjoy. So thankful for these hands that are always open to blessing me with a place to stay when I come to B.C.


Anneliese prepared several side dishes for us to enjoy with the salmon. Thankful for her generous hands.




I am so thankful for friends that speak my love language of enjoying food together and their hands that don’t tire in preparing dishes for us to enjoy.


IMGP0987We enjoyed the meal together after we sang “Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow”


Our canopy at the dinner table was a beautiful very old Walnut Tree.


We enjoyed several different trees during our time together…



IMGP0968This is an interesting tree that has fallen over but is still producing fruit. Julie wrote a great post about it and if you click here you can read it.


Who knew this swing would be a temptation to our group?

IMGP0972Anneliese and Judy got us going enjoying the tire swing that one of the large trees supported. You can see more fun on the tire swing at Lovella’s blog post.


The fire was lit just before we sat down to enjoy dessert that Lovella’s and Julie’s hands prepared for us.


Lovella made a delicious Coconut Cream Pie.


Julie made her Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake from the cookbook (gluten free, of course!) Rich and Yummy!


Just before we left to cross the line back to the U.S. Dear and I took a short turn on the tire swing, too.

On the road back to the border we were able to enjoy a double rainbow reminding us again of God’s goodness to us.


We had 2 long border crossing wait times this time around but it was worth the time to enjoy these cherished moments with our “Canadian Cousins”.

More From the Road…

Although the eagles and mountains we saw on our roadtrip were the most majestic of our views we saw other lovely sights. This robin sat still long enough for me to capture with my lens.

The sun played nicely on and through the moss on the trees we passed along the road.

The last photos I took on this trip were of this Orthodox church in Arlington where we returned to Interstate 5 to head home. Love the design of the crosses.

What’s up for you today? We are having a meal tonight with 3 of our 5 kiddos. I’m thinking I’ll set the table with pink, red, and white…

Mystery Solved!

My mystery tree is a Chinese Flame Tree. Thank you Nikkipolani for helping me identify my tree.


Here’s her comment that she left on my previous post…


Oh yeah, I’ve got one of those. It’s a Chinese Flame Tree. Beautiful little yellow flowers, turns into papery bougainvillea type pods, drops them everywhere, seedlings a few months later in all the places the pods have dropped.


I decided to go back out and take some close-ups of the pods and leaves. Bloggy friends are such a great source of information!! The photo below shows the tree before all the blossoms rained down on my lawn and patio slab.


Have a great Sunday everyone…

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My Mystery Tree…

I’m on a quest to figure out what kind of tree this is in my yard in Washington.


Here’s a view of the top of the tree from my bedroom window. The yellow blossoms are a real treat to bees. I can see them enjoying the nectar all over the tree top.


Right now these yellow blossoms are raining down steadily onto the lawn and back patio slab.


It’s hard to see them but all those little black dots on the yellow are bees…

I’m going to have to find me a tree specialist…an arborist?

Photobucket is holding all my photos that I stored on their site from 2007-2015 hostage replacing them with ugly grey and black boxes and asking for a large ransom to retrieve them. It is a slow process to go through all my posts deleting the ugly boxes.

ABC Wednesday ~ N is for Nest

N is for Nest


I saw this perfectly built nest that had long been abandoned in late September. I was really impressed with the construction. I had to zoom in and get a closer look. I was happy to remember this for my N post! Have a good week everyone!

To see more ABC posts visit the ABC Blog.

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Bellevue Botanical Gardens

While I’m in the Seattle area for a spell, Katie and I are doing some tourist projects on her days off. We’re going out to enjoy God’s creation around us here in the Puget Sound Area. On Tuesday we took a trip to Bellevue to stroll through the Botanical Gardens. There were so many beautiful things to see. The garden is free with free parking, too. It’s located on Main Street between 120th Ave. NE and 124th Ave. NE.


So lush, so green, this is one of the benefits of our climate in the Northwest.


Makes you think that Faeries might be living here.


The different shades of green were wonderful. The sun was shining without a cloud in the sky so the light made for some great contrast with shadow.


Many of the Spring blooms have faded but there were plenty of summer blooms for us to enjoy. I’d love to come back here in the Spring.


Golden shades of yellow ~


Some more exotic looking blooms and ferns.


The Fuchsias were blooming.


Lovely shades of purple.



Don’t you just love all the pink flowers God created for us to enjoy. Hydrangeas are just coming out in their glory. And now for the prettiest blossom in the garden…


Our sweet daughter Katie. Today she had a crooked smile because she had just had some dental work done and half her mouth was numb. Beautiful never-the-less.

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Dallas Arboretum ~ The Star of Texas


It was a beautiful day at the Dallas Arboretum last Saturday.


Just in case there’s any confusion as to what state you are in here’s the Star of Texas, a Longhorn, an Armadillo and a cowboy hat to set you right.


It was so lush with pinks, purples and many shades of green.






Lots of beautiful trees. The crape myrtle had such smooth interesting bark.


We were a little late for the wisteria but I can imagine how lush this was about a month ago. On our way out I bought a souvenir here that I will share in a future post. The afternoon was so lovely, sunny but not hot.

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