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Spring Brunch

Our church fellowship has an annual auction fundraising event for the missionaries. There are open auction and the silent auction. Members of the group donate goods or activities for auction. We then bid on the items and all proceeds go to the missionaries.

My husband and I donated a steak dinner event, and the bid went up to $400 from two couples. A friend and I sponsored a silent auction of brunch for 12 ladies with $25 each. There were more ladies who wanted to sign up, but it quickly filled all the spots.

We signed up for five silent auction events and bid for two open auctions. One of the silent auction I got was a Spring Brunch held last Saturday. The hostess decorated her home with Paris theme. The co-hostesses did a fabulous job to make the event memorable. The food was delicious and beautiful. Being with this almost 30 years of long-time friends is always a delight and enjoyable.

 

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #8: Colorful

End of Summer Party!

Our weekly women’s group has the summer off, but we had fabulous summer breakfast gathering four times. I couldn’t go to the previous three events because I went to see my granddaughter once a month. I was glad to join the lovely ladies two Saturdays ago. The hostess did a marvelous job of decorating the tables with colorful table clothes, matching napkins and centerpieces. The vases for the centerpieces were made with fresh lemon peels (scooped out the pulp and juice).

The food was also colorful with quiche, mixed berries, slices of bacon, toast and other items I didn’t have on my plate. I had coffee and orange juice for the drink. We had a good time catching up with each others of our summer travels and news. Most of these friends have been together for more than thirty years!

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In the courtyard, the hostess has a wooden bench. The back of the bench is a one-piece carving of a colorful fruit basket.

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Nothing gives us a happier memory than having a photo taken with lovely smiles on these ladies in colorful fashion.

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Happy End of Summer, my friend around the world!

 

Please visit Tina for this week’s photographers and their colorful posts.

Tina R Schell Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #8: Colorful

 

#Blue Sky Tag – Time for a little fun and distraction…#TGIF

I have not played any tag since January 2018. Sally G. Cronin at Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life tagged me with the Blue Sky Tag created by Rachael Ritchey

This tag sounds a lot of fun and here are a few rules to make sure the game is passed on smoothly, but these are easy to remember as they all revolve around the number 11.

11 tags, 11 answers, 11 questions

Use the Blue Sky banner 

It is sort of polite to mention the person who tagged you 

You need to answer the 11 questions set by your tagger        

You will need to make up 11 original and interesting or funny questions for those you tag.

You need to tag 11 people 

Here are the eleven questions from Sally…♥♥♥

  1. What was the name of your first pet and what did you love most about them? (if you have not had a pet, substitute, boyfriend, girlfriend, or film star!)

I didn’t have pets, so I go with my girlfriend. The name of my childhood girlfriend is Shirley. She is my fifth-grade music teacher’s daughter. I love music and visited her often in fifth and sixth grades. I love listening to her playing the piano. We’ve kept our friendship throughout the years. I got to visit her and her husband when my husband and I traveled to London. They took us sightseeing for five days.

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  1. If you could meet anyone from history, who would you meet and why?

I would like to meet President Abraham Lincoln because I admired his desire to learn credited to his mother and stepmother. Even though schools were not available, he managed to study law, became an attorney, congressman, and President of the United States. He was the only President who has a patent for his invention.

  1. What are the most common misconception people have about you?

This is a good one, people usually think of my age a lot younger than I am. Overall, people look younger these days, so the number doesn’t really matter.

  1. If you could buy any car in the world what would it be and why?

When I bought my current car which is an Acura, I made a spreadsheet listing all the features I wanted for a new car. I compared the prices among Audi, Lexus, Infinity, and Acura. They all have the features I wanted, but Acura was less expensive. I’m practical. I want a reliable car, not something that impresses somebody. My next car would have a navigator and a rear mirror that shows how far I back up the car.

  1. Do you have a hobby your friends don’t know about?

I play computer scribble (against a computer player). My husband and my daughter know about it, but it didn’t come up in the conversation with my friends, so they don’t know about it.

  1. What was the last movie you saw at the cinema?

Oh, it was the Metropolitan Opera – Live HD Encore of Puccini’s La Bohème.

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  1. Describe your perfect day

Have morning coffee in my garden and no appointments for the day. Better yet, visit my daughter in Portland, Oregon and spend the whole day babysitting my 10 months old granddaughter.

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  1. Summer or winter?

Winter, because it rains, we need rain storm. Our winter is short so it won’t get too cold.

  1. Looks or Personality?

Personality. The look won’t last for too long. ♥♥♥

  1. City or countryside?

I’ve lived in different cities my whole life. I don’t know what it is like living in the countryside.

  1. Action or comedy?

Comedy with the replay of my favorite comedian.

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Here are my eleven questions should you accept this fun play.

  1. When was the last time you handwrote something lengthy?
  2. Does your birth order affect your achievement?
  3. Do you listen to music while you read or write?
  4. What was your favorite childhood holiday?
  5. Are you open to try strange food?
  6. Are you a collector of anything?
  7. What is your natural talent?
  8. Are you adventuresome?
  9. Sleep with the door open or closed?
  10. Morning lark or night owl?
  11. Tea or coffee?

Here are the 11 lovely bloggers I tag. You know that you’re not obligated to accept the tag. I would be delighted to read your answers. If I didn’t make the list long enough to include you, feel free to jump in.

If you do accept the tag and participate, please share the link of your post to me in the comment so that I could read and share it.

Irene Waters

Susan Sleggs

Brigid Gallagher

Norah Colvin

Liz Husebye Hartmann

D. Avery

Bella

Heather

Ruth

Grace

Radhika

Please make sure that you’re not obligated to accept the tag. I would be delighted to read your answers. If I didn’t make the list long enough to include you, feel free to jump in.

If you do accept the tag and participate, please share the link of your post so that I could read and share it.

Tag Link: Sally G. Cronin at Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Good Shape

My husband and I spent last week with Mercy, Will, and Autumn. On Saturday, February 17, we went hiking in Silver Falls State Park, Oregon. One area is the Trail of Ten Falls which is a 7-mile loop. This loop is a moderately difficult hike with unpaved trails, some muddy areas, steep sections and an overall elevation change of 800 feet.

The photos included in this post are two Falls. South Fall is a 177 feet waterfall where we could walk behind the Fall underneath a rocky canyon. The Lower South Fall is 93 feet, descending from South Fall with stairs. Walking behind the South Fall reminded me of walking behind the Niagara Fall years ago!

It was a heavy rainy day and we all were soaking wet. The three of them wore hiking boots, so it was easier to walk in the muddy area. I was not prepared to go hiking, and I wore regular running shoes. My shoes were wet and muddy and my toes were almost frozen.

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We were in good shapes and found no difficulty with the hike. Mercy gave birth to Autumn four and a half months ago. She has a remarkably fast recovery from the pregnancy and birth.

I was impressed with the spectacular views of the Falls and the mossy forest.

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Frank’s Dutch Goes to Photo – Tuesday Photo Challenge – Good Shape

Dessert for Breakfast

We get together with friends and have dinner or potluck at each other’s homes for many years. Many wives and some husbands know that I drink hot water instead of coffee for dinner. I can’t have dessert after a certain hour either. Caffeine and sweet simply keep me awake for hours at night. My friends take me seriously when I say I could eat dessert for breakfast. That’s the time I could eat sweet without affecting my sleep.

I went to a breakfast party lately. The hostess served me hot water instead of coffee. She knows I drink hot water, not coffee for dinner. Perhaps I failed to tell her that I could drink coffee for breakfast.

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It was a beautiful morning. I enjoyed this delightful breakfast with my coffee and dessert.

Wonderful Baby Shower

Mercy had a fun Baby Shower on Saturday. Many friends came from near and far. The hostess was very creative in decorating her house for the party. There were several activities such as filling out a “Guessing” card, guess the gender, the weight, height, eye color of the baby. Another activity was filling out an “I Wish” card addressing to the baby of the thing they wish the baby will be or will do. After eating, Mercy opened the gifts. The person who gave the gift also gave her some advice or insight of being a mom. As part of the support, the hostess had the ladies sign up a “Meal Train” to bring meals to Mercy and Will after the baby is born. It was a successful party full of surprises and laughter.

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It Takes A Village

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My group of ladies is specialized in one thing – showering our daughters and daughters-in-law with love and blessings. We do that consistently to each other’s girls.

We give bridal showers to bless the marriages of the brides and grooms. The bridal shower gifts are enough to help the new couples to start the new homes with bedding linens, bathroom items, kitchen pots and pans, utensils and more.

When these princesses are expecting their babies, we give them baby showers – showering the new parents with warm wishes, cute baby gifts to support their new parenthood.

Even though my daughter lives 1000 miles away, and her baby shower is in Portland, Oregon. This group of ladies shows their love and support by contributing a sum of money to get several large items of baby gifts for my daughter.

This afternoon I went to a bridal shower for the daughter of a lady in this group. The party was elaborate with beautiful decoration and delicious food, sandwiches, scones, different kinds of tea and dessert. The gifts were generous. We enjoyed so much sharing the happiness of the bride-to-be. The groom-to-be showed up at the end, helping to carry the gifts home. We had a chance to congratulate him.

We will continue this tradition. It takes a village to support a child and the child’s child!

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