Camera’s and Hummingbirds

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Dale has purchased a nazzy Cannon EOS80 for our trip to Vancouver Island. So he is outside learning how to use it.

He found an app for his phone to use to take photo’s. Today’s subject was the hummingbirds.

We purchased a humming bird feeder at the Crane Festival in Lodi California when we were visiting his mom. We love it.

 

He put to good use our tri-pod from the TV dish! It’s going to be heavy lugging around though.

Here’s some shots.

 

As you can see the hummers have been buzzing around our home. ¬† Dale is having a lot of fun with his new toy! I expect some great shots of whales this summer !! ūüôā

Life is good on the ranch! God loves us so much!

Sit and Sew

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I have found a new hobby. Quilting.

I enjoy sitting at my sewing machine and put together something that my family will have to remember me by!

I formed a sewing group here at Timber Valley SKP Park and we have a great time sitting around and working on whatever project we have handy at the time. We do get a lot of chatting done along with our sewing! It’s a great way to get to know one another too.

Jeanie is working on her beautiful flower quilt. Here she is getting her binding ready to finish of the quilt.
Linda, Sally and Joy discuss what color to border Linda’s placemats.
Sally is working on a “camper” themed quilt and is cutting out all the little pieces she needs to put material to.

 

We have show and tell about our projects and Marlene shows off her bag and pillow cases.

I finally finished my Downton Abbey “Sybil” lap quilt. This will keep me warm in the motorhome as we travel down the road. Chicks and Roosters quilted it for me and she did a beautiful job.

Us gals are going to make barn quilts for our sheds. ((Photos when they are done)) but I made this small one for the motorhome. I used the material I purchased in Whitehorse, YK and Alaska (Denali). The design is the bear paw block. Dale made the wooden bear paws and we mounted them on a piece of bamboo.

So we do more than sewing! Some of the gals are working on the corded baskets. This is Joy’s favorite craft.

I will miss this time with some good, good friends when we leave for the summer. I will also miss all the wonderful projects these gals craft. I’m asking for photo’s from them so I can keep up.

Life is good, awesome, beautiful, fantastic, crafty, delightful! God happens to be the same.

It’s Exciting!!! to be Making Plans for Summer

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As I mentioned in an earlier post that we volunteered to be camp hosts in Telegraph Cove this summer.

This was a difficult decision for us as we usually have been in “paid” positions. This job means all expenses to get there are on us without a “salary.” We decided the adventure and exploring a part of the island we haven’t been to is compensation enough.

Telegraph Cove, BC. It’s a beautiful spot on the Johnstone Straight and near Port Hardy. The RV park is 48 spaces and very popular with international campers. Check it out here.

We have been as far as Campbell River back in 2004 when we went on a week-long kayak camping trip out of Cortes Island and kayaked through Desolation Sound. 

We are so excited to have this opportunity to explore this part of Vancouver Island. More exciting is the fact that we are making ferry reservations TODAY! And they are having a sale to boot on ferry fees!! A Win – Win!

We will sail out of Vancouver, BC to Nanaimo. We are looking for a space to park for the night once we arrive. Canadian Tire seems to let RVers park in their parking lot. An email has been sent to them to make sure. Wal-Mart and Cabelas do not allow overnight parking.

Plans are starting to jell. It’s going to be a great summer.

Life is so good!¬†God’s love is amazing and real.

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My sweet daughter has let me use her Cannon EOS 50D digital camera. Today, we took it out for a test drive. I have even purchased a book, David Busch’s Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR Photography. Thankfully, I found it used on Amazon and it was even Prime! So far I am learning all the buttons on the camera and what they do. So please don’t expect “expert photography” YET!

I thought flowing water would be a good test so we headed east on 138 to find us a waterfall. Hwy 138 has many waterfalls as well as the North Umpqua River. This part of Oregon is so picturesque and beautiful. We stopped at Susan Creek Falls trailhead and hiked up to the falls. The weather held here and there but we did get wet by the intermittent rain.

This is Dale’s rendition of “Rain on the Windshield.”

We can’t go by the North Umpqua River without getting a photo! This would have been great if an eagle had come by!

I took a bunch of photos here with different settings and filters.

Susan Creek Trail is a very easy trail. Well maintained and wheel chair accessible. You will agree it is very beautiful.

I can’t go past a flower. I HAVE to take a photo. I used the little flower setting or Macro setting for up close photo’s.

The Trilliums are flowering in pink and white.

It has been so wet in our part of Oregon. We wanted to see how much water was coming over the falls. We were not disappointed.

These were taken with a slow shutter speed 1/30th. A polarized filter was used also.

Walking bridge over Susan Creek by the picnic area.

And finally – are you ready for it! A selfie.

See that big white spot? That is water on the lens. Lesson learned.

A wonderful day with a stop at Steamboat Cafe for a quiet lunch. I encourage you all….get out and enjoy nature! ūüôā

Life is good. God’s power in the cross of Christ.

Time To Do A Little Crowing

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I’m not usually a self “horn tooter” but at times it just needs to come out!

Back in August I was determined to lose weight because I did not want to go on meds for diabetes. (the year before I had had enough of many things and ate my way through many buffets!)  At my last check up my blood pressure was up and my blood sugars were high and my weight was up 17 pounds. All  a very serious risk to the old ticker. I was determined to healthier.

The first book I picked up for advice and help was “The 8 Week Blood Sugar Diet” by Michael¬†Mosley. This way of eating is only consuming 800 calories a day. I know, for myself, that eating certain foods puts fat on my body; takes my blood sugar up; and generally makes me sluggish. So some of the recipes in this book were not for me. Although, I have seen awesome results for people who follow this plan.

The seconded diet I looked at is called the Ketogenic Diet. This is a low carb, medium protein and high fat diet. What sounded good to me was the fact that when I¬†take my¬†body into¬†ketosis it starts burning the fat in my body instead of glucose. Which means that my liver and pancreas don’t have to work as hard to make glucose.

I chose to keep by carb grams under 30 and have pretty much done that for the last 8 months. I have eliminated fruit and some veggies that have high carb value and are high on the glycemic chart. Of course, no sugar, no pasta’s, no flours (only Almond and Coconut), no rice (only cauliflower rice) and anything high in carbs. It’s amazing how your body fights not having all these carbs but now those carbs only make me sick.

I have found some great tasting recipes that make this way of eating something I want to do forever. Here are some links to the sites I use on the internet.
ibreatheimhungry.com
  https://www.ruled.me/
 https://www.healthfulpursuit.com/

I’m also on a very encouraging and informational group¬†on Facebook ¬†https://www.facebook.com/groups/ketoforbadassbabes/?fref=nf¬† ¬†I’m amazed at the results of this WOE from the photo’s posted to this group.

As we all know, exercise is essential to any “diet.” And this WOE is no different. I haven’t been as active this winter because of the cold and rain and I still lost inches and weight. I am now able to get out and walk more and I am keeping my weight at a steady number.

The result: My blood sugars are back to normal and my blood pressure is back in the normal realm of numbers, without meds. I have lost 21 pound with 10 more to go but they are being stubborn. I have lost a combined total of 20 inches off my tummy and hips. Yay!!!!

With these results this “diet” has become my way of eating for life. There will be no going back (yes I’ve cheated and regretted it). My energy level is awesome now and my body feels so good. Healthier is beautiful.

I write this for anyone who is struggling with weight issues or health issues. If I can do this YOU CAN TOO. I had to get in that sweet spot (or scary spot) in my life to WANT to do this. It takes effort and time (I hate planning dinner etc but it is a must now). It is worth it!

Life is good. I love how God gives us direction in our life. I couldn’t do this without Him guiding me.

A New Adventure

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It’s been a rainy, cold winter this year. We decided, after being gone a year from home, to stay home after our Alaska/Canada trip. Boy, did we pick the wrong year to do that!!! Like most of the PNW, it has been¬†wet, wet, wet and the rain hasn’t stopped yet here in April.

We did take a few jaunts to the beach over the winter. My son, David, moved to Brookings, Oregon so we visited with him and his gal, Brook a few times. It is so good to have him back in his home state and close to me. We are about 3 hours away from him now.

While visiting him a last week, we got a call from the guy who bought our BigBlue Dodge Ram a few years ago. The call went something like this: “Dale, this is Tyler. I, with my family, own an RV resort and wondered if you would like to be a camp host. I don’t know any other RVers and thought of you.” Dale: “Tell me about it.” Tyler: Our RV park is on the northeastern tip of Vancouver Island, B.C.” Dale: “I will talk with Gwen and get back to you.”

After several phone calls to his mom who lives there and then to their manager, we received those details and made our decision. We are going to be camp hosts for the summer! We are excited about this new adventure to a place where we have never been. Telegraph Cove RV Park and Marina on the Johnstone Strait. Duties aren’t much at all and we will have time to explore the island. We will register walk-ins in the evening and check¬†the bathrooms and report to the¬†manager if anything needs done and he will take¬†care of everything.

More to come as we don’t start until July. My daughter, Lesa, has loaned me her Canon EOs 50D camera, so I hope to have some awesome photo’s to share. A friend has said she has been there and it is an awesome part of this big world.

Life is good. When God puts something in front of you, grab on with both hands!