Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Raining Today

from Pinterest
The University of Oregon is my school, so I couldn't resist this pic of the football stadium to show you.  The long, dry weather has finally changed to rain. It rained about 2 1/2" over a few days, here on the farm. This weather will slow down the wildfires around us. 

This rain may start the fall mushroom crop. I look forward to hunting and collecting the Chanterelle mushroom. This mushroom is very good fresh, and I dry them to use throughout the year.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Vintage Enamelware Again


I would think with all my junking, flea markets, antique store and fairs....that I would have found 2 plates like this one. I did get a mug about two years ago. The plates are a hard find, I am wanting 2 10" floral plates...meanwhile I have 2 plastic plates to use. I don't want to use any glass in Prairie Flower, rough rides do break things. I am keeping my fingers crossed!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Mini Electric Fireplace

from Juli Thorson

One of the Girl Camping women, Juli Thorson, shared her mini fireplace electric heater on facebook. It is a tiny fireplace that puts out enough heater for a small vintage travel trailer. It sits on the kitchen stove, decorated as you wish. They cost about $50 on-line. I would like to get one to use in Prairie Flower, when I have electricity in the fall, or cold spring. I imagine that sleeping with this glowing would be terrific. Cute!!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Under the Boardwalk


A fun little song to learn on the ukulele. Love!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Enamelware Bowl


Look at this great vintage bowl, it is 9" in diameter. The great thing is that it is perfect for Prairie Flower, my vintage 1963 Aloha trailer.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Air is Clean!




The sky is clean and good to breathe!  I am happy to be able to open windows and enjoy the outdoors. The fire danger is still extreme, so the lovely air may be only temporary. Love it right now!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Living in Smoke Part 2


It just rained 1/2 inch, but in terms of wildfire....that is not much. The forests probably just got a little damp, and that doesn't change the potential of fire very much.  However, right now I don't expect any fires for a few days...until next week when the high temperatures are back in the 90's.

I have a plan. I am hooking up my trailer to the 4-Runner. Prepping for the potential of a fire near here. There is enough space for some valuables, and important papers. I can fit in the stuff that I need, and for Radar (Lab). I will park the tractor and other car in an area near the barn, where there is nearly bare ground.

Next, I make a list of the things to put into a suitcase, insurance, computer, photos, jewelry, hand gun, etc. Most of the important stuff is in the gun safe.

Now that I have said this...the situation for my home is that it is well prepared in the event of a fire. The officials have been here (3 yrs ago) and evaluated the ability to defend the structures. The officials told us that our property was the best to defend of all they evaluated. That is a relief!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Living in Smoke



It has now been over a month that I have been living in thick, sickening, forest fire smoke. It will not be over until the fall rains begin in earnest. The air pollution is very bad...it is rated in the very unhealthy level. The visibility is sometimes so poor, it is hard to see more than 1/4 mile. I am at home taking care of the farm.  I stay indoors most of the time. The fire danger is extreme, it is so.... dry, and hot. 

There are fire fighters from all over the USA here and I wonder if they will be able to do much. When forest fires get this huge, the men and women are busy saving homes and structures. They protect communities and important places. 

I personally spent one summer as a fire fighter, it was very difficult work...I could not handle breathing the smoke. One time I spent 3 days in a row in thick smoke. It was terrible, and never again did I do any of that work. Yes, I had respiratory problems result and went to get medical care.

I am starting to feel the affects of smoke, it is like smoking cigarettes all the time according to my Doctor. I am beginning to cough and have throat issues.

I want to hang sheets outside, but they will just smell like a campfire. I have been doing things at home. I have been sorting my clothes for donation to a thrift store...I actually found a pair of shoes under my chest of drawers. The funny thing is that I don't remember them...surprise...into the donation pile.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Treadle Sewing Machine Base


Today's junking adventure was rewarding. I found an old cast iron treadle sewing machine base for cheap. I want to use it outdoors as a potting table. It is shorter than this one, so I think that a wood frame to add some height, and maybe I can find a thick chunk of wood for the top, or a big flat rock of some kind for the top. I want to be able to leave it outdoors year around. I will see what turns up...I will make something with this.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

I Heart Sunflowers!


I went out to the garden today...I always check the garden to see if there is any problem to deal with. I saw that I have a heart shaped sunflower. I got a pic to share with you. It was extremely smokey from the forest fires near here. UGH.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Total Solar Eclipse 2017



I have my solar eclipse glasses and I hope that the sky is clear so that it visible at the farm. We are having trouble with forest fire smoke.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Mowgli's - I'm Good (Lyric Video)

I'm Good



I love this song, it makes me happy to hear it and sing along. Here are the Ukelele chords for everyone. I am going to learn to play this song!

The Mowglis - I'm Good (Ukulele Chords)

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capo 5 

Intro: C G D Em 

        C                            G 
I'm good, I'm good, I'm good, I'm good 
                           D 
Living life just like I should 
                           Em 
Wouldn't change it if I could 
                          C 
I'm good, I'm good, I'm good 


C                                G 
Trying to figure out who I am 
                            D 
Or who I'm supposed to be 
                               Em 
Feel good about where I stand 
                                  C 
So I can make the most of me-I'm 
                             G 
Coming back down from space 
                     D 
A million miles away 
                                     Em 
There's a lot of love in this place 
       
(Oh) And I'm just trying to say 



(Chorus) 
(Verse) 
(Chorus) 



You only live once 

I'm good with myself 

I'm there for my friends 
Em 
Til the very end 

You only live once 

I'm good with myself 

I'm there for my friends 
Em 
Til the very end 



I wanna see another love revolution 
G                                   D 
Find a way to be a better person 
                               Em 
If we come together like we should 
                 C 
We could all be good 

(Chorus) 

  C          G          D          Em                  
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  ||||       |o|o       ooo|       |||o     
  |||o       ||o|       ||||       ||o|     
  ||||       ||||       ||||       oo||     
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Thursday, August 10, 2017

SUNJOE - A new garden tool

I saw this battery operated garden tool in Country Gardens Magazine. I thought that this would be a good addition to my gardening tools. I searched online and at garden centers for a tool much like this one.  There just are not many to select from. I decided to buy this one because it doesn't weight as much as the other one.

I have been hand trimming the lavenders and other perennials, it is lengthy (time wise), and hand and wrist tiring situation. I needed some tool to make the situation better.

My new SUNJOE just arrived and I charged it yesterday. Today, I trimmed some plants.  I am impressed with the ease and handling of this tool. It has not had much hard use, so I hope that it will stand a test of time.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Navajo Cuff Bracelet




Do you like it?
Wow, it is beautiful and vintage. 
Would you wear it?

This beautiful vintage cuff bracelet is now mine, and I will wear it often, and enjoy the wonderful pleasure it brings me. I am a little quirky that way...

I had planned to go to a Vintage Faire at Brownsville Oregon....but it was just too hot. I went junking - antique(ing) instead, an interesting hobby.

The Pacific Northwest has been in the middle of a heat wave. It has been much hotter then normal (100 to 105), and is terrible. Forest fires are burning and growing very large, the smoke is bad.  The air is bad, so much smoke that I don't go outside much. The garden and patio plants are begging for water. I put out extra water for the honeybees. I put out a small water trough that is used for the baby calves....for deer and other wildlife that passes by.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

1927 Lynn Bouge Hunt Print

Lynn Bouge Hunt, 1927 print
 I have begun shopping for Christmas.  I have been finding this type of vintage art for Hubby. Mine is not the magazine cover, however I know that she did this painting by 1927. I may have a 90 year old print. The colors are not this intense in my print, my print is much clearer and is embossed adding dimension. This will be a great addition to the man cave. I happen to have a nice vintage frame to use with the print.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Vintage Fruit Chalkware Collection


I have been collecting the 1940-1950's fruit chalkware for about 15 years. What is chalkware? It is a plaster of paris material formed in molds, and painted by workers for inexpensive American decorating.  There are many subjects and forms of this art. It was often a fair game prize, or a cute little item at the 5 and dime store. 

I have been collecting them for about 15 years...I have not added to my collection for 3-4 years. I haven't seen any in good condition, and very few anyway. 

The collection started when I saw a huge garage sale, and saw one of these fruit plaques. It was new, still in the gift box...never used. That started the search for these things. I get them here and there, sometimes I get one as a gift, sometimes I run across one at a thrift store.

I found this pear plaque at the Salvation Army in Moscow, Idaho, for $1.89. This is an amazing price for an item like this...BTW, in Oregon the price would have been much higher. 

I have now completed the collection. There are about 30 fruit plaques decorating above my kitchen cabinets.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Catmint - I love it!


I wrote a blog post in May 2017, about Catmint, and that I planted several of these blue flowering mints. I have been enjoying the plants ever since. The deer have not eaten it, and it is flowering beautifully all summer. It is a keeper! The winter will be another test to see if the plants are still thriving next spring.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Yummy Fruit Dip!

I found this recipe in my email yesterday, and I am going to make it this week, when the extreme record breaking (110) heat hits the Pacific NW Oregon.

from Sugar Pie Farmhouse

The Yummiest & Easiest Fruit Dip!




STRAWBERRY DIP

One of my family’s favorite go-to party snack or dessert is a bowl of fresh strawberries with this classic fruit dip! It’s pure bliss! It tastes like cheesecake only creamier! It’s perfect for picnics, BBQ’s, family get-togethers or if you’ve got a sweet tooth and you want something fast.
The best part (besides tasting so scrumptious) is that it’s so easy to make! Just two ingredients!!


STRAWBERRY DIP 2
Just whip together with an electric mixer or food processor:
1 jar of Marshmallow Creme and 1 tub (12 oz.) of Cream Cheese!
That’s it!  Keep it chilled until ready to serve.
Here’s some extra ideas for you!
You can add orange zest to spice it up
You can use Strawberry Cream Cheese
If you want it sweeter you can add a tablespoon of powdered sugar
ENJOY!

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Vintage Bauer Pottery USA




Vintage Bauer Pottery, made in the USA, in S. California..... and they are still in business today.

I collect the Mid- Twentieth century pottery. I do like the bright, fun, and wonderful colors. Bauer is in my collection, although my knowledge is limited.
I found this little gem, a creamer, at my local thrift store for under $2. It has an old Bauer mark on the base. The creamers are useful...I serve salad dressings in them, and they are cute small gravy boats. They will hold the small serving bags of sugar.

Here is a useful bit of information, when shopping and collecting the pottery, check the weight...old pottery is usually heavier than newer items. I find that many items do not have a makers mark. If the item has USA on the bottom...it is old. Modern items only have paper tags, or the standard ink type marker.

I also look at the color, there were only certain colors used at that time. 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Well..............I have been away.............


I had a death in the family, and just got back home. I am getting myself back to normal life. I still need some time.....

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Living on Ukulele Time


Hi, This is from Uke University of Central Oregon. I am such a beginner...ugh. Those mountains in the background are the Three Sisters. I don't do to well with taking selfies. 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Taking a Trip with Prairie Flower


Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho, Its on a trip I go! I am driving over the Oregon Cascade Mtns, to the Sisters, OR area. Our first trip of 2017, am I excited! Yes...very....
and I have reservations at a campground. I am packing up 2 Ukuleles, songbooks, and other special stuff. So happy!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

I am going to UKE U in Bend Oregon, over the next few days. I am looking for personal growth, learning to be a better ukulele player, and people who are interested in things that I like to do.

This is a quote from Brave Girl's Club.

It's so important to surround yourself with the right kinds of people when you are striving to live a meaningful life. We can not always choose whom we walk with on our paths in life, but whenever we can, it makes everything easier, more joyful, and so much more productive when we choose to spend our days with people who bring out the best in us, see the best in us, and believe the best about us.

Seek out kinds of people who make you want to become a better person, the kinds of people who are focusing on positive and good things in life.

It will inevitably rub off on you and before you know it, YOU will be the one that others are seeking out because YOU are leaving everyone better, happier, and more hopeful than they were before you found them.

You have SO MUCH more influence than you know. 



Thursday, July 6, 2017

Be Kind to Yourself

Today it is time for you to be kind. To yourself. You are the only one who knows the parts of you that need kindness the most, and for this reason, only you can provide this kind of deep kindness that you so need.
brave girls club - as valuable as anyone else
 So today, please just try to be kind to the weak parts of yourself. Be kind to your addictions and your frailties, your mistakes and all of your human parts. Rather than treating these parts of yourself with hatred and disgust, please just take hands with these parts and say, “I am with you, we will make it through this.”
There are these kinds of parts to ALL of us. These parts are lonely, scared and act out in ways that make us sometimes feel ashamed. BUT, they ARE parts of us.
Just try, sweetest girl — just try. BE KIND to ALL of you. Let her know that it’s gonna be okay, that you are going to stay with her and love her no matter what as she works through all of this.
It will be worth it.
You are so deeply loved.
xoxo
Brave Girls Club

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Sunshine Makes you Happy!

A new study has revealed that the amount of time between sunrise and sunset impacts mood.
Does sunshine actually make you happy? A recent study from Brigham Young University has revealed that the amount of time between sunrise and sunset influences virtually everyone's mood — even more than factors like temperature, pollution, and rain.
Researchers investigated how someone’s mood is connected to weather and related factors. The team found that people reported more mental distress when the days were shorter and there was less sunshine, according to a press release from BYU. Results showed that the length of daylight was more influential in affecting people’s moods than the amount of actual sun rays being absorbed.
These conclusions were reached after researchers examined meteorological data from the university's Physics and Astronomy Weather Station and pollution data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. They also compared weather with the mental health of patients at Brigham Young's Counseling and Psychological Services Center.
“That’s one of the surprising pieces of our research,” study author Mark Beecher said in the press release. “On a rainy day, or a more polluted day, people assume that they’d have more distress. But we didn’t see that. We looked at solar irradiance, or the amount of sunlight that actually hits the ground. We tried to take into account cloudy days, rainy days, pollution ... but they washed out. The one thing that was really significant was the amount of time between sunrise and sunset.”
Recently, several other studies have attempted to look at the weather’s effect on mood, but many came back with mixed results.
Source: Beecher ME, Eggett D, Erekson D, Rees LB, Bingham J, Bailey RJ, et al. Sunshine on my shoulders: Weather, pollution, and emotional distress. Journal of Affective Disorders. 2016.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Vintage Cast Iron Door Stop


I made a stop at a Goodwill Store today. Look at this vintage cast iron flower basket door stop...a great find! Circa 1900 to 1940. Less than $5! Now I will not need to use a boot to prop open the bedroom door. It could also have over uses... a bookend perhaps.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Dear Brilliant Girl,

Wonderful, fabulous you -- listen for a minute, OK?

It's time to stop waiting. It's time to become who you want to become and do what you want to do and learn what you want to learn and rest when you want to rest and take little pieces of time and do terrific things with them that are beautiful and personal and unique and true. 

If we are truly honest, we have no idea how long that wait will be, and it is not worth it to lose minutes, days, weeks, months and years of our lives waiting around for something that in all honesty, just might not ever happen the way we think it is going to happen.

Every day we can make progress toward our own big and little dreams. No more waiting, OK?

It is time. Time to find peace, time to be happy, time to really live. It is time. Today.

You are so beloved. Right now.
xoxo

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Is This You?



I am getting recovered from the week of hard work, while having extreme heat. It has cooled off today! 

How about this quote from Queenofyourownlife.com?  Hum, reminds me of someone I know very well...me.  I don't care for the mushy, finicky, weird stuff people do. I am straight forward and don't like BS.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

2017 Hay Season



The last 7 days have been completely occupied with getting the hay crop cut, and baled....then getting it into the barn. A hard job for us, because we need labor.  It is getting very difficult to find teens willing to work for us. Today's teens are not willing to do any labor, it is a crisis for this generation. 

We somehow survived 7 days of work, and made 1400 bales of hay. The weather was a huge challenge. Very hot (up to 104),and about 20 degrees above average.

It is over now....and the good news is that the equipment worked well and there were no breakdowns.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Betty The Best, by Kimberly Valzania

This Description of Vintage Camper Heaven is No Joke.

Via Kimberly Valzania
on May 29, 2017

A vintage camper is my own private Idaho.


What is it about a vintage camper that gets me all hot and bothered? Do I want to run away? Do I pine to live the life of a vagabond, a nomad, exploring the many secret (and not so secret) pit stops and places that this great, wide, open, and wondrous country has to offer me?
Yes, that must be it.
I imagine myself relaxing inside, (or outside, or on top), reading a book by myself in the middle of Red Rock, Sedona, or Bluegrass, Kentucky, or Big Sky, Montana, while a tea kettle begins to whistle on my little mini stove, and the wind chimes (the ones I bought when I went to see the Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico), gently lull my senses.
Is that too much to ask?
I am seduced by these thoughts. These thoughts of vintage campers and wanderlust. They have become a bit of an obsession. Is it possible for you to understand my yearning? And if it isn’t possible, can you at least indulge me for a bit?
I love traveling. Let me rephrase that: I love traveling inexpensively.  A camper provides a way to do it! No hotels. I could easily don a pair of shorts, and live this way for three straight summer months every year.
What’s not to love about that?
There is something to be said for all the activity surrounding the “set up” of a camper as well. Unrolling the canopy, putting out the lawn chairs, building a little campfire. I’m the type of cutesy person who would insist on a darling welcome mat for the doorstep. And I would more than likely pin up little solar lights for simple, twinkling, evenings of enchantment. I would heat up some chicken noodle soup to have in a mug with crackers on the side, after my rugged hike and quick dip in a pristine lake on a glorious day—a day without  worries.
That sounds exactly like what I want.
Also, the thought of campers and wandering sure beats the heck out of scrolling and trolling through my Facebook news feed.
I guess it’s the sort of retirement I dream about. A benign 55+ “community” (shudder) where a perky activities director tries like hell to get me all worked up about going to bingo once a week? Sorry, but no, thanks. I don’t want to go to “mixers”  where they play music from my generation. Honestly, what would that be like? A bunch of gray-haired people, post knee-replacement, dancing around to Jay-Z, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Pearl Jam? (Cue the second shudder).
I don’t want another house. I want a camper. Seriously. I want my own private Idaho. 
Did you know that the word “Idaho” derives from the Shoshone language and means, “the sun comes from the mountains”? I didn’t either, but I love it.
I want to check things out firsthand, go to flea markets, and eat in greasy spoon diners (sometimes). It would be appealing to visit friends around the country, take in a few flea markets, or enjoy our nation’s parks, recreation, and landmarks. I want to camp by the ocean and walk to a coffee shop. I want to sleep in a cramped, but comfortable corner inside four sturdy walls with just a light, six-point Hudson’s Bay blanket to keep me warm, a cool breeze gently lifting the sheer curtains through an open window.
At night, I want to stare at the moon and swim. In the morning, I want to rise with the sun and listen to Earth wake up. I want to wash my damn clothes in a creek. No joke. 
I want to live frugally and respectfully and meaningfully and adventurously. For at least three months a year.

And any vintage camper will do, because I simply love them all.

How about this bright yellow 1964 Thunderbird?
I could live in it, cultivate my succulents, and read novels.
Maybe I could wear bright, busty, apron dresses with retro cherry clusters or birds on them while eating sliced and salted avocados and buffalo mozzarella on a French baguette for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Perhaps I would enjoy a few chilled Moscow Mules right around happy hour. For three whole months I could run in the canyons, float in the surf, and ride my bike through the Redwood Forest.
And my trailer would be tricked-out like a complete bad-ass.
A girl can dream, can’t she?
In my dream, her name is Betty. Betty The Best. 
~
Author: Kimberly Valzania

Sunday, June 11, 2017

A Memory from 2014

Camptown Girls at Big River Campground


Here I am. Hooked up, stocked up....and ready for the trip. I only wish my friend was on time....I had to wait a half hour. The drive was great, a Thursday morning, and little traffic. It took about 1 1/2 hours to reach our destination....Big River Campground.



Here is the campsite, a lovely place in the Ponderosa Pines along the river.



The river, so lovely......is known as the Deschutes River, in Central Oregon.



My picnic table, with floral tablecloth and solar candlestick.



Prairie Flower with the "trimmings", all ready for the weekend.



My friend Connie playing her violin beside the river. I snuck up behind her to get this pic. Her playing is very lovely, and I enjoyed the music very much.

The Big River Campground is very close to Sunriver Resort, and Bend Oregon. 






Happy Trailering...until next time. Have a nice campfire, and roast your favorite treat!!  Sharon

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Waiting for ?

Dear Ready Girl,
One of the worst mistakes we can ever make is to wait and wait and wait for there to be the "right amount" or the "right people" or the "right person" or the "right circumstances" to start living the life that is calling to us. No matter where we are or what we have, there is always a way to get headed in the right direction...and to just begin.
So, dear friend, begin today. Begin with something big or begin with something small, but begin. Begin with one step. And then just take another and another and another and another.
If you are waiting for the perfect time to start, the perfect time is now. If you think the time has passed and it's too late, it is not. Begin today.
We really just have to decide that we are going to make something happen, and somehow we will be able to pull together what we need to do it.
As the old Chinese proverb goes, "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago -- the second best time is today."
Do what you can with what you have right now, today. Begin.
You are so very very very loved.
xoxo
(...pass it on...)