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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Back From A Short Trip To Southwestern Oregon


Hi Sister Bloggers!
I've just returned from a five day trip 
to visit our daughter and granddaughters
in Southwestern Oregon.


When I arrived home yesterday evening
a package was by the gate
with these three lovely books inside.
A sweet gift from Nana Diana of
Nana Diana Takes A Break

Thank you so much, Diana
you are a sweetheart.


Those of you that have followed my blog
for a long time, know that I do not post
photos of our daughter and granddaughters.
You have to believe me when I say that 
they are beautiful . . . inside & out :) 
These are their ladies and each one lays 
a different colored egg :)


Excuse the next two photos
they are scanned from business cards,
but my belated Mother's Day gift was 
to meet this dear artist and tour her 
charming home studio in Ashland, OR.
I'm sorry it was a surprise to me,
so I didn't have my camera with me.
The carving above was one she made from 
a redwood tree that was stuck by lightening.


This is her today age 76 working on a piece of 
copper jewelry.  While we were at her studio
our daughter told me to pick out something
 that I loved and it would be her gift to me.
Her name is Lavelle M Foos
this is her website:


 I chose this copper cuff.
Copper is suppose to help with arthritic pain
and I have a lot of pain in my hands.


The native American symbols have these means:
The Bear:
Wisdom, strength and healing.
The Moon:
Protector and guardian of the earth.
Feathers:
Inspire the courage to fly to where 
one is called.

 
 This is a bag that I purchased in Ashland.


 It made a great carry-on for the 
flight home.

I would have loved to show you photos 
of our granddaughters.
They both had rolls in a production of
Alice In Wonderland
at a community theater. 
It was so much fun and they did 
a great job :)

Well, that's my post.

Have a great weekend.

Your blogging sister,
Connie :) 

48 comments:

  1. Wonderful artistry! I hope that bracelet works for your hands.

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    1. Me too! I'm a jean wearing girl so it works well with my everyday wardrobe, too. It will be great if it works, I remember my mother also wearing copper and saying that it helped her hands.

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  2. Hello, I love Oregon. It is a beautiful state. The bracelet is beautiful and the bag is cute. I am glad you had a fun visit with your family. Happy Friday, enjoy your day and weekend!

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    1. Go away for a week and come home to grass that grew and weeds, too, LOL. It's good that I love working outside in the yard and garden :) Our weather has cooled down from the 90's to the mid 70's so nice weather for being outside. Thanks for your good wishes :)

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  3. Sounds like you had a wonderful trip! I love the colorful bag. :)

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    1. I did and thank you . . . that bags is a lot of fun. I want to use it was a pattern and make some of my own.

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  4. You might not have photos, but you made beautiful memories while you were there!

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    1. I certainly did, we did so much together. My little granddaughters are very resourceful and have gone out and gotten after school dog walking jobs in their neighborhood. It was fun walking with them. I also gave them some sewing lessons and projects. Then there was the chickens. I've been wanting to get some, but I've never really been around them . . . so sweet . . . the girls showed me how to pick them up and pet them and I loved gathering eggs. What a difference a fresh egg is from a store bought egg, amazing :)

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  5. Hi Connie, What a wonderful surprise gift from a wonderful daughter! The bracelet is very pretty and I hope it helps. Our friend has been wearing a copper bracelet for years and claims it helps. His is just a chain and not beautiful like yours. I am sure that gift means so much to you! I like your purchase of that purse also. Now you are home taking care of your gardens and creating more wonderful things. May you enjoy it all! Nancy

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    1. Nancy, you are just the sweetest blogging sister ever. Thank you for all of your kind wishes, I wish you the very best of all things, too. Have a marvelous weekend.

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  6. I can certainly understand why you don't post photos of your daughters. I'm hesitant too. They sure did surprise you with a nice gift. Sounds like a wonderful way to spend the day. That will be a nice memory for all of you. It's always nice to be home though isn't It? :)
    xx Beca

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    1. It was a wonderful visit, but yes, there is nothing like sleeping in your own bed. My sweet husband gives the best hugs, too. After 5 days with none of his hugs I was in need of a big squeeze, LOL.

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  7. Hi Connie!

    Happy mail is so much fun! That is one thing that I plan to do -- surprise people with happy mail. You never know when I'll strike!! The bracelet is so beautiful -- I can see it happily on your wrist, protecting and guiding you through life. What a lovely gift from your daughter and her family. I'm glad you had a wonderful visit to Oregon. I've heard of Ashland but am not sure exactly where it is. I used to travel (for work) to Salishan every year and loved it. It's close to Newport along the coast.

    Thank you for visiting my Friday Smiles post. I am definitely on countdown mode - am actually at work now (shh). You are right about me not sitting still for very long. I will look up wisteria to see if I find the secret to make it bloom. I would love it if it did!!

    Hugs,
    Kay

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    1. Good Morning Kay, what a lovely comment . . . I am so happy for your new right of passage into the world of retiree . . . you are going to love it! Ashland is very near the California boarder and about an hour away from the Ocean if you could take the straight route that the crows do, LOL It's an old hippie town and very famous for it's live theater and Shakespeare festival.

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  8. Hell Connie, Being with family is always the best, creating memories not just for yourself but for your daughter and granddaughters too. That's a beautifully designed bracelet, as you say, perfect for wearing everyday. I hope it helps you hands as you work in your garden and continue to create beautiful crafts of your own.

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    1. Hi Sweetie . . . Oops! Did you leave the "o" off your greeting? So much for spell check, LOL. It was a lovely trip and I'm looking forward to seeing if the bracelet works, my Mama used to wear one and swore my it :)

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    2. Goodness!! that's a big OOPS!! LOL! Sorry about that.

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    3. I knew that it was a type-o, LOL

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  9. Sounds like a wonderful break away, creating some wonderful memories. Loved the copper bracelet and the beautiful meanings behind each symbol making it extra special. Such kindness to get the books, a lovely gift on your return.

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    1. I have to say that I am a very blessed woman. I truly felt like the Lord was cradling me in His hands, the whole trip. I get nervous before a trip . . . silly me, I think my husband won't that good care of himself if I not home. Truth is he probably takes better care . . . we both love food and when one of us has a craving, it's easier to give in when we both want it, LOL.

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  10. It sounds like you had a lovely time visiting your daughter and granddaughters. The bracelet is just lovely and I hope it helps with the pain in your hands. Thank you for telling us about the artist. I hope to go to the Oregon coast again sometime soon. Maybe will make a visit to this artist.
    Blessings, Betsy

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    1. It sounds like you visited her link. Isn't her work marvelous! She is a very sweet soul, truly an old hippy that is into the holistic and tree hugging movements. Without people like these our parks could all one day become housing projects . . . what a world that would be for our next generations.

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  11. What nice surprises. The books look good and I love the cuff bracelet. Very cool bag tt

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  12. I am so glad you like the books, Connie. What a wonderful memory-making trip you had. My hubby wears a copper bracelet all the time and thinks it helps. I love the one you picked out.
    Hope you have a blessed weekend...and welcome home!!! xo Diana

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    1. I hope that I become the next in line that swear by the power of wearing copper . . . my hands could truly use some help. The doctors and therapist have done all that they can, I've even thought of having acupuncture, but maybe this will help . . . I have hope. It was truly a gift of love :) It feels great to be back in my hubby's arms, but my trip was glorious. I wish our girls lived closer. Thank you again for the books. I have them sitting on the table by my chair and have been devouring them :)

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  13. How nice that you had such a lovely visit with your daughter and grands. I'm always envious when I see that some can post pics of their grands and although the grown=up grands don't mind my putting their pics on my blog my DIL doesn't want me to post any of the 2 youngest ones. The ones that live with us and that I have so many cute pics of!! Oh well, I get to enjoy them in person and I'm so thankful.
    Please let me know if the bracelet helps as I also have OA in my hands/fingers.

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    1. I love my blog and it might be a way of putting too much information about one's self out there for all to see, but I don't see the harm in seeing that I love gardening, quilting, painting and what have you. I also can see the reason for not wanting your children's photos put out there for the world to see. All that cruise the web are not doing so with a mind set on friendship and building a better world. If the bracelet works I will be praising it's value . . . winter will truly be the test :) Have a lovely weekend.

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  14. How wonderful Connie that you got to make that trip to see your daughter and grands. Isn't Ashland wonderful? I went there a few times in my "hippie days"!!! It's hard for us when our kids live so far away, but at least it's not too bad and is even within driving distance. How much fun you must have had! The artist you mentioned does beautiful work. I love that bracelet and let us know if it works. I too have arthritis in my thumb and fingers and also have carpal tunnel in both wrists (severe, but I wear wrist braces at night which make all the difference in the world). Being away from home does something wonderful for me... as when I get home, I'm so GLAD to be home and I see it all in a new light.. and i'm usually really energized to do more things around the house and yard! And I do love sleeping in my own bed.. nothing beats that. With a bad back, I'm usually suffering by the time I get home, from sleeping on too soft of beds. I hope your daughter and grands get to come visit you sometime soon too! Have a wonderful (and cooler) weekend! Marilyn

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    1. It's true what you said about coming home with a new energy and seeing things in a new light. I've never really thought of it that way before, but it has been my experience, too . . . many, many times :)

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  15. Those are great books. I don't have those but do have quite a few books from that series.

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    1. I've been going through them in the evening and truly getting inspired :)

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  16. Welcome home, Connie. I would love to visit Oregon some day. We have visited all the states, except Oregon. We must change that! I do hope your bracelet helps your arthritis. I could use one for my knee. Lol Getting older is a privilege, but not for sissies. Have a great weekend. ♥

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    1. Oregon is truly a beautiful state. So many alpine areas, high desert and the coast is breathtaking. I do hope you visit there soon and take it all in :)

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  17. It's always lovely to read your posts Connie.
    I'm so pleased you had a lovely family visit, times like that are so special.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Yes they are and thank you for your sweet words. You've touched my heart :)

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  18. I'm sure your granddaughters looked wonderful up on stage. What a thoughtful gift from your daughter, I've also heard that wearing a copper wrist band can help,with arthritis xx

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    1. I have already been experiencing a major difference in the pain level of my hand . . . but summer and warm weather are my best times . . . winter will be the true test.

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  19. I'm glad you got to spend time with your daughter and granddaughters, Connie. I know they must have enjoyed having you there. Your new bag is unique. . .so colorful. Very artsy. The cuff is stunning. I hope it helps with your arthritis. I have a touch in my right thumb. Oh, the downside of getting older. Nice of Diana to send you the books. Have a great week! Hugs.

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    1. It's so sweet to see you here this morning. I'm thinking that,that means you are back from your break. You were missed. We all need to get away once in a while :) I hope that you had a joyful time and time to relax. I'll be checking my blog-list to see if your posted.

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  20. Glad to hear you had such a wonderful trip to see your daughter and granddaughters. That copper cuff is gorgeous!

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  21. Oh how fun, sounds like a great trip, we just got back from a trip too :) That was great of your daughter to surprise you with that visit to see that artist and to gift you with one of her creations. You also found a fun purse too :) So great to have those trips to visit with family!

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  22. Connie, so glad you got to go visit them! What a fun Mother's Day surprise. Love the cuff and that purse is fabulous!!
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thank you . . . it is always fun seeing our girls :)

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  23. You picked a beautiful bag and the cuff is stunning, Connie. What a lovely gift from your daughter. Hopefully it will help with your athritic pain.

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    1. Oh, I hope so, too! Thanks for stopping in to visit :)

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