Category Archives: Weather

Ahhhh….Now I Remember

Our weather is about to change.  A few showery days are predicted starting tomorrow.  We do need the rain, but I hope it is only a few days and we are back to the spectacular weather us Oregonians have been enjoying.  Monday, after dropping Toby off for grooming and visiting with my sister Kathy; Mom, Kris, Toby and I were able to go to Portland to visit my Uncle Marcel. He is doing so good.

Yesterday, I took lunch to Kathy and went to Costco.  It was during lunch time. Last time I ever do that again. I do not like shopping and I do not like crowds.  So shopping in crowds makes for a very unhappy Konnie.  I ate a light lunch when I got back and had “issues” all afternoon. But I was able to make it to my sister Karen’s Mary Kay party.

Back to the weather. I love summer. I am not a fan of weather over 87 degrees, but most of Oregon days are somewhere between 75 and 85. Perfect.  Last summer was my two kids weddings.  Kane’s was in June, Bailey’s in August.  For Bailey’s wedding, pretty much all my time that I did not have “issues” was taken up with planning, shopping, etc.  Because we wanted a nice wedding but with limited funds, it became a full-time job.  For great hostesses, this would not have been the case, but neither Bailey nor I have any natural talent for such things, so it was a chore.  So last summer, pretty much everything I associate with summer that I enjoy, did not happen….much. Camping only happened a handful of times. We have a lovely pool and  I never went swimming.

001The pool is full and in about a week, should be warm enough for me to swim in.

I did not garden last year.  Although we went light on vegetable and ornamental flowers, it feels good to have things planted and an excuse to go out early in the morning to water.  I need to get out there when I am done here to fertilize before the rain comes tomorrow.  Something else I did not do last summer that I really enjoy.  Ride my scooter.  Because I had to be out with the car to run to Salem several times a week for wedding stuff, I always did my local errands on my way home.  During the summer, unless I am getting a sack of dog food or some other big item, I ride my scooter.

003In fact, this morning I have already rode it to the store and post office.  Saves on gas and it is just plain fun. Another summer activity I love is summer cooking.  Oh I cooked last summer, but I just did quick, not creative food. I love trying new recipes during the summer.  Anything with basil, tomatoes, cheese, zucchini, cucumbers, grilling, etc….. I am all in.  So I am back to looking at my summer cookbooks and watching an occasional cooking show.

Now don’t get me wrong.  I would not trade last summer for the world.  The memory of the weddings, all the showers, the shopping trips with Bailey, (we always managed to fit in lunch out), is a once in a life time summer.  A beautiful memory.  But this morning as I was riding my scooter, I had that moment of just AHHHHHH……..Now I remember why I love summers.  So Happy Summer to you all.


Spring Fever

Chicken coop update…..It is going to be great!  LL got home Friday night after a long week out-of-town for work.  In the back of the pick-up, he had all the materials needed for the coop.  Some of the coop is made of recycled wood, etc. But we did need to use quite a bit of new wood and paint.  Saturday, he spent most the day building it.  Then he was back on the road Sunday for work.  He will be back Wednesday night.

Yesterday was a beautiful day here in the Willamette Valley.  Dry,  sunny, and warm.  My mom, Kris, Toby and I went to Portland to visit my Uncle Marcel in his new home….foster care. It is a lovely home.  We then made a quick stop in Woodburn, then off to visit Kathy in Salem.  By the time we were done visiting her, we were hungry.  We had a nice lunch at Applebee’s.  I got home around 2:30.  I am glad I did because I knew the weather was changing and I needed to get a bit done before the rain came.  So I mowed the lawn, fertilized the roses, painted the chicken coop, cleaned the front balcony.  I wanted the balcony cleaned so LL and I can start having our morning coffee time out there when the weather is dry.

But it is not dry now… siree.  This morning is the big Wilco sale the comes 2 or 3 times a year.  Could not come at a better time, because I am low an animal food.  I was there when they opened at 7:00.  Bought sacks of potting soil, dog food, chicken scratch, and layer pellets.  Loaded up and was home by 7:10.  🙂  I impressed myself. LOL  If you go even 20 minutes later, you can plan on standing in line for a half hour or so.  At least that is my experience.  Luckily, I have my strong son Max home till 9:30. so before he goes to work, I will have him unload the very heavy sacks.

So today is all about working inside.  To say my house is dirty would not be true.  But I am not sure what happens, there is stuff all over every flat surface.  Papers, tools, etc. etc.  The laundry room is the worse.  So I will take advantage of the rain today and stay inside.  I must admit, I am getting anxious to get flowers on the balcony.  I am going light on flowers this year, but really want to enjoy our balcony in the mornings and have a few flowers sitting around to enjoy.  Maybe I will pick up a few flowers and if there is a dry spell today or tomorrow, I might pretty up the balcony.


Winter Wonderland




092What an unexpected surprise. This picture was taken on the first day of the snow storm.  We ended up with about three times the snow that is in this picture.  It started on Max’s birthday on Thursday, snowed all day Friday, and yesterday was a mix of snow and ice coming down.  Needless to say, with my driveway, I have been housebound and likely to be till Monday.  I hope I can get out Monday morning as I have a meeting in Salem for Kathy.  LL has been in Roseburg since Friday and will not return till Monday evening, so no hope for his shoveling assistance. LOL

So today will be another day of simple food and Netflix movies.  I may tackle a neglected closet or two, or maybe not.  But I did not want another day to go by without posting a picture of my beautiful Matthias.  He does not have his dad’s coloring, but most everything else looks like his dad, Kane.  Even down to the pesky cowlick on top of his head.  Oh Matthias is going to love that. LOL


Hibernating Bear to a Jazz Hand Squirrel


Boy, I have a yearning for summer.  I really shouldn’t.  Having a lot to do to prepare for the two weddings.  I get a little panicky when thinking about it.  But I yearn for summer weather.  For gardening.  For camping.  For swimming.  For peach drinks at my mom’s house.  For doors and windows open in the mornings, letting cool breezes in.

It will come soon enough.  I know this.  But this winter was a rough one.  I always feel a little down during the winter, but this winter was so hard.  I think losing family does not help.  Having weeks of digestive problems does not help.  Etc. etc.  But I am feeling a little like a bear coming out of hibernation.  As days get a little warmer, dryer, and longer; I am feeling like I am awakening from a long lazy sleep.  Could not come soon enough. 🙂

Today, the sun will be showing and it should be a dry day.  This will probably change tomorrow.  So I hope to get out around 8:00 and sweep the balcony, wash some windows, just do some general pick up outside.  And to really lift my spirits, I think I will let Harriet and Hannah out to run around and keep me company. 😀  When I get everything done that I want to, I know just getting some vitamin D will make me feel even better!  I plan to spend time with my Mom after that.  I hope you get out and soak in some of your own vitamin D.

Oregon Splendor

What a beautiful day here in Silverton Oregon!  Just about the nicest day weather wise in…..well I don’t know how long.

Moving slow.  It is almost noon and I am just getting moving.  But my hope is to do the dishes, start a load of laundry and get out a bit.  LL has gone to our campsite to get a few things done there but when he gets back, I want to go to the store to get a couple of things for tomorrow and then visit my mom.  Normally I am over there 2, 3 sometimes 4 times in a week.  The last couple weeks I have not been up to going anywhere.  Kind of missing my mom and civilization.

I am also going to take my camera.  A day like today is bound to bring opportunities for a good picture.

Eating wise, I am back to a low residue diet until I know what is going on.  Which is o.k.  But I am kind of whole grain, brown rice, fresh vegetables sort of girl.  When eating low residue, you have to think almost unhealthy.  Low fiber, over cooked vegetables etc.  But it is either that or just having liquids, and I know if I end up having surgery, my liquid days will be many in the future.  So why would I go there before I have to?

Enjoy your day.  And if you live here in Oregon with this beautiful weather…..Really enjoy your day!

The Computer…..AGAIN

Not sure if this will post.  Yes I have not been on for quite a few days.  Was very busy for a few, then my computer was acting up.  Then I gave my computer to Rett so he could fix it.  So a couple days ago, I got on Bailey’s computer to write on blog.  The thing is, my user name and password for my blog automatically comes up.  So it has taken Sme a couple days to figure out how to get on it using Bailey’s computer.  I am not fully confident as I am writing this, that it will post.  More likely, with my luck, it will post on someone else’s blog.

Silverton has been a freeze zone now for 5 days.  Very weird.  You go out of town, any direction and there is no snow and ice.  But for the four previous mornings we have had snow falling down, and it never warms up enough to fully thaw out.  It is beautiful.  I have taken pictures, but I do not want to load them on Bailey’s computer.  I want them on mine.  Rett says he thinks the problem is fixed and he will bring me my computer tonight.  Tonight, the caterer is coming over so we can decide on a menu for Bailey’s wedding.  So today I am working around here.  Staying warm.  Also, my book club book is getting really good so I hope to sit for a while and read it.

Have a great day.  Tomorrow I hope to write and post on my own computer.  But here it goes, I will publish and let me apologize a head of time in case this goes on someone elses blog. 🙂

What A Scamp

Well good morning.  Boy am I ever dragging here.  As you know, there are some nights, I am up with “issues”.  But lately, there is another reason for my lack of sleep.  REGGIE!!  This little scamp thinks night-time is a time for playing.  I should put him in his crate at night and if he starts whining or barking, put the crate in the garage.  I should……but I just can’t seem to do it.  I guess I will start doing that if I have done everything else to get him tired, but I really need to take him out for several walks a day.  It would be good for him and me.  So today, I am going to add an additional walk with him later in the afternoon.  I will see if that helps.

This week, I took a huge turkey out of my freezer.  I need the room as I start going into Christmas baking season.  I am hoping it has thawed enough to cook it today.  I don’t plan on stuffing it, so the cook time should not be too bad although it is over 20lbs.  This is not the best time to be making turkey, when there are family get-togethers that will have turkey.  But I will just cut it up and freeze the meat in my refrigerator/freezer for future sandwiches and meals.

Looks like Kane has a job.  Whoo hoo!  It is a mixed blessing which I will explain in a future post, but I am happy for him.

Today, the weather is a bit blustery.  I was hoping to go to Oregon Gardens but not sure if I will do that.  Although, that would be a perfect place to take Reggie for one of his walks.  🙂

I am having a hard time keeping my spirits up and not getting too depressed.  On the Miller side, we keep getting rough news about loved ones.  Not ready to share but I would ask you for prayers for two of my brothers-in-law.  (For their health)  Have a blessed day.

November sky

Wasn’t yesterday beautiful here in Oregon?  Dry, sunny, dry, cold and crisp, dry….. LOL!  I guess you can tell I do not like the rain.  It was beautiful though.  My day started out with a crisp, COLD, but dry walk up the abbey hill with my sister Kris. We missed our walks the last couple weeks, and boy, you could tell.  My legs were dragging before we were done.  We took a few minutes and stopped at the abbey coffee shop for our morning jo.

I then spent a few hours in Salem with Kris, Mom and David.  Picked up a couple Christmas gifts and had lunch with them.  It was a very nice way to spend the day.  I did not watch what I ate but for some reason, did not have “issues” like I would normally have.  Seems no way to make sense, and no way to predict.

Today, I will be working around here.  Bailey is moving back home today.  She and Kara’s roommate moved out and they decided to give up their house in Mt. Angel.  So I will probably help her set up her things.  She is taking the bedroom downstairs which she has never used before.  But I think she made a good choice.  Gives her more privacy and lets face it, I think both of us will do best with more space.  We get along really well but after living on her own for almost a year, our living together is bound to be different now.

Tonight I have my book club.  So looking forward to it.  It has been three or four weeks since I have been there.  One week it was on election night and so I skipped.  Kane and I have a tradition of watching election returns together.  The next week, I had “issues”.  And then last week, it was canceled all together.  So it will be fun catching up with the ladies.  I am going to try to not eat today because I sure would hate to miss it again because of my digestion.

It does appear to be another dry day today.  Although not as sunny, so I am hoping to take the dogs out for a good long walk.  Make that two.  I have to walk them separately, otherwise, the crossing leashes make the walk miserable.  Have a great Tuesday!

Update-Just got a call from Lynda, my book club hostess, and tonight has been canceled 😦  So I will just hope we all reconnect next week.  This changes my day a little.  Since I can eat, and since Bailey is moving back, I will figure out a nice lunch for us, and start a soup or something for dinner.  On book club nights, LL usually eats left overs or cereal. 😦  I know, I am a bad wife.  So since he is unexpectantly having to put up with me this evening, at least I should feed him. 🙂

There She Blows

If you are in Oregon…….How did you fair from this last wind and rain storm?  Luckily, we did ok this time.  Over the last few years, when we have had very wet soil and wind storm, one of us in our neighborhood, mostly us or our next door neighbors lose a tree.  A couple of years ago, while I was in the hospital, we had a freak wind storm in June and our neighbor’s tree went right through our roof and into our kitchen.  The last storm a couple of weeks ago, took down a huge oak, two doors down and fell in three or four different yards.  That same storm, lifted up our glass-topped patio table and shattered the glass all over the place.  So the fact that we seemed to only get a few large branches falling down in our driveway and missing cars……well we lucked out this time.

Kane is coming over today to work around here for his dad.  There are a few chores that would help LL out a lot, and Kane could use the extra money for the holidays.  Great news about Kane.  He has been going to trucking school over the last few months to get his CDL licence.  Last weekend, he past ALL his tests and already had an interview yesterday.  And they called him right back to schedule a second interview.  Sounds promising!!

So today while Kane is here, I am working inside but when he gets his dad’s list done, I want Kane’s help cleaning up an area in the coop that is hard for me to reach.  Speaking of coop.  I am sad to say I have lost Henrietta.  She went missing about a week ago.  We have looked everywhere, short of draining the pool.  She is indeed gone.  And so is our neighbors chickens.  But it is a bit of a mystery.  I am thinking she escaped and is long gone, because if a raccoon, or something got hold of her, wouldn’t there have been feathers all around?  My master coop-keeper Aunt Leone says there would be feathers, so I am happy to think Henrietta is still alive, hopefully adopted by some other strange but loving family. 🙂

Bailey is having trouble with her health again.  Stomach and digestion.  I spent from 1:00-6:30 yesterday taking her to the doctor and then to Salem Hospital for tests.  It appears she may have an obstruction in her intestines.  Oh, why does she have to get this trait from her mom?  Poor thing. 😦

One Lovely Walk

One bloom holding on….

One shriveled berry….

One nestled rock….

One of glowing color…..

One amazing walk….

One relaxing day….

Well it was a relaxing walk for a relaxing hour, ending with a relaxing cup of joe, in front of the coffee shop in our beautiful little town.  But the rest of the day was anything but relaxing.  LL was on the roof taking care of moss, fixing a faucet in Max’s house, fixing a faucet in my kitchen, unclogging the laundry room sink, raking leaves, delivering a couch to Kane, etc.  I on the other hand, stayed inside except for the walk.  Got a lot done too.

Today’s Thankfulness day 5-Another dry day here in Oregon.  I posted that earlier on Facebook, but sheesh, the weather looks like it is changing.  May have to pick something else out. 😦