Author Archives: joan

Sometimes It’s Okay to Put All Your Eggs in One Basket

It just doesn’t seem like spring until Easter Sunday.  Can you believe we actually had sunshine on Easter Sunday in Oregon?  I got an email from my good friend, Fancy Nancy, telling me that after church Sunday it rained cats and … Continue reading

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It is Finished!

It’s hard to believe but we actually moved into the new beach house a week ago.  Many thanks to all the members of our family who showed up to help us set up house keeping.  I spent the entire week … Continue reading

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Decorating a Beach House on a Budget

Even though our beach house will not be move in ready until March of this year I started furnishing and decorating it a year ago.  Why?  Because I love shopping for bargains.  It’s like digging for treasure; however to have a successful decorating … Continue reading

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A Work in Progress

Actually our beach house is starting to look more like a home every day.  Last weekend we made a quick day trip down to the building site to do some clean up and finish painting under the eaves.  When we … Continue reading

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A Family Affair

We’ve had a few really busy weekends recently trying to finish up the interior and exterior painting on the beach house.  And all I can say is praise God for family.  I could go on and on about how much … Continue reading

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Neither Snow nor Rain nor Gloom of Night…..

When it comes to working on the beach house we’ve pretty much assumed the same motto as the US Postal Service.  You know the one….”neither snow nor rain nor gloom of night will keep us from painting with all our … Continue reading

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Reflections on Christmas Past

Well the shopping is done, the presents are opened, the brightly garland tree is gone and the decorations are stored in the staircase closet once again.  Whew, I don’t know about you but I need a jammie day and a nice glass of … Continue reading

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Santa Claus is Coming to Town

This morning Grandpa and I decided to take our two youngest grandchildren to Santa Land at the downtown Macey’s.  Now if you’re an Oregonian and a baby boomer you probably remember riding the monorail train in the same location when … Continue reading

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T-i-m-b-e-r!

Remember the forecast for the beach last week?   It said there would be wind gusts up to 90 mph on the northern Oregon and southern Washington coasts.  And guess what?  They were right and we can prove it.  Just take a … Continue reading

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Dreams do Come True

Let me introduce you to the house that dreams built.  We’ve been dreaming of this house since we were first married.  Then, about six years ago we purchased a little piece of heaven on the Long Beach Penninsula and started imagining … Continue reading

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