Every Blooming Thing: Feathers and Flowers Edition

It was such a lovely day for our walk yesterday. Sue and I set out on the Fanno Creek Trail. Sometimes, when it's been raining during the week, we start at the end of the trail where it passes the Tigard Library, and that was our course yesterday. We avoid the worst of the flooding by starting at the far end. Along the way, we saw lots of fun stuff. There weren't so many flowers, and most of the trees have finished blooming at this point. Nevertheless, we passed by this red flowering currant...an Oregon native and one of my personal favorites:

On the way back, we spied this hummingbird enjoying the flowers. What a lucky shot!

Also, a mama duck with about twenty ducklings. Make way!

What are these? Blue bells?

A bush loaded with pretty red camellias.

We looked off in the distance and saw what looked like a carpet of clover.

Sue correctly pointed out that they were little white daisies.

When we start at the library, our walk takes us through an old neighborhood. The Adirondack chairs in this yard caught my eye, but I love this old gingerbread-looking house.

Their neighbor was a cat lover.

When I got home, I baked cookies. These are the Chocolate-Chunk Oatmeal Cookies with Pecans and Dried Cherries. They are so good they're the last cookies recipe you'll ever need.

At Christmas, I make them with white chocolate chips and dried cranberries, but the dark chocolate and cherry ones are my favorites. The cookies are for Mike and the kids. They're taking off to watch a road rally over in Goldendale, Washington. That means I have the house to myself for the weekend.

There's plenty of sewing in my future. Before he left, Mike helped me set up my plywood/sawhorse tables in the garage so that I can sandwich some quilts. First, I'm going to finish up the Mommy & Me baby quilt, and then I'll have six quilts to sandwich. That ought to keep me out of trouble during my home alone weekend.

9 comments from clever and witty friends:

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I just love your blooming things posts expecially since we are so far behind in anything blooming. The cookies look so yummo!!! Enjoy your home alone time.

claudia said...

Oh! I am so glad you know what those Red Flowering Currants are! I have seven of those planted purposely in the back area of my property. Your walk and pictures are gorgeous!
I got outside for about ten minutes and loaded some garbage for the dump run tomorrow. I was supposed to get help from my daughter and room mate, but they abandoned me! Oh well! They will be here later and I will just sit in the sewing room. (snicker, snicker)

WoolenSails said...

What beautiful sights to see along your walk today. We got to see a lot of egrets today, but most were in marshes by the side of roads with no spaces to stop and park.


Brown Family said...

THe cookies look good! Enjoy your weekend alone!

Wendy Tuma said...

Are you sure the six will keep you out of trouble, at the rate you buzz through quilting?? Hehe. Loved the bloomin' things you saw while walking. So good to see all that spring color! 20 ducklings -- that mama must be tired by days' end! Enjoy your time with the house to yourself. Looking forward to seeing what you get done!

Lee said...

Spring is busting out all over, and it's so beautiful. I love hummingbirds - and have a nest right out my kitchen window! She's been sitting on it for two weeks, so hatch-time is getting close. This is the 2nd setting for this year - the last set survived and flew off to somewhere. Thanks for sharing your sweet photos :)

quiltzyx said...

You keep talking about the gloom and rain...and yesterday it was a stinkin' 95 or so here. Ugh! I actually turned on the a/c when I got home. So far it's only 82 today, so that's not too bad.

heartsease54 said...

Yep, those are bluebells. Love seeing things blooming, things are coming along very slowly in my neck of the woods. Loved the ducklings picture too, babies in spring are such a hopeful sign. Good luck with the harness you decide on for Sadie, gotta keep her safe, whether she likes it or not.

Junebug613 said...

Pretty flowers and that is an amazing shot of the hummingbird! Those cookies look mighty tasty too.