Friday, August 26, 2016

Oregon Lighthouse #5

This is my last Friday lighthouse post from our trip down the Oregon Coast. This is the Cape Blanco lighthouse. It's 9 miles north of Port Orford, built in 1870. It is the oldest lighthouse on the Oregon Coast and stands 245 feet above sea level. We walked down the trail to get up close to the lighthouse.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wednesday Update

Friends,
I'm using my Wednesday post to give you updates on the project you have heard me talk about with an abandoned property near our church. In any case, the church council voted last Monday to go ahead with the asbestos abatement. This decision doesn't yet mean we will be able to move forward with the project, just that the property will be ready for any future decision, whether it be a mission of the church or just sell it. My hubby has given the go ahead to the asbestos abatement folks, so that should be completed in early September. We'll see what happens after that. 

Found this amusing comparison on Facebook:

And for you dog lovers, this is quite adorable:

This would not be my Polly, as she is terrified of the car, not relaxing in it!

Linda Kay

Monday, August 22, 2016

Monday Selection

Happy Monday, my friends,

Thought I'd share a few random things with you today, linking in with Tamar for Good, Random, Fun. Maybe even "Blue Monday" with Jeanne?

Good:
Daughter Heidi continues to improve from her stroke. She has all feeling back in her hands and face, no speech problems, and only occasionally feels a little tired and stressed. She mentioned a few days ago a feeling of fear she is trying to overcome. I found this website about emotions following a stroke, and thought I'd share it with you, just in case you know someone who has had a stroke, many times more severe than my daughter's. Emotions and Stroke. 

Random:
As we were driving from the Ozarks, I had called ahead to meet up with a former boss and mentor. Peter was instrumental in the direction of my career in banking, and is still working as a financial advisor for Wells Fargo. We met at a country club in St. Louis for lunch. I'll always be grateful for his leadership.
Fun:
We have just about six weeks to wait for the arrival of our great granddaughter. Here's Lexi at the shower I attended in Illinois. She has always been very photogenic with her peaches and cream complexion. The new baby will be Adalyn Beth. 

Have you ever seen a diaper cake? This is a series of rolled up paper diapers around a bottle of baby lotion of baby oil, then tied with a ribbon of some sort. In addition to two "cakes" like this one, Lexi's hubby had a golf outing of about 30 guys, and each brought a case of diapers as an entry fee. Big help for this young couple. He is starting dental school this fall in Chicago.

Have a super Monday, everyone. Keep cool....fall is on the way!

Linda Kay

Friday, August 19, 2016

Oregon Coast Lighthouse #4

This lighthouse is one of my favorites, mainly because it is so different from most of the others. It has sort of a tan appearance, instead of the usual bright white, and the surroundings with all the driftwood were intriguing. 


This picture made it to an 8x10 for framing. Note that the light is not sitting on this hill but on a base on the lower part of this hill. This is the Coquille River lighthouse at Bullard's Beach State Park north of Bandon, built in 1896. Here's what Wikipedia has to say about it:
Originally named Bandon Light, Coquille River Light was commissioned in 1895. First lit on February 29, 1896, the light guided mariners past the dangerous shifting sandbars into the Coquille River and harbor at Bandon. The light contained a fourth-order Fresnel lens and connected to the nearby keepers house by a wooden walkway. In September 1936, a large wildfire swept through the surrounding area, and destroyed most of Bandon. The town soon became bankrupt as a result of the decline in shipping. Coquille Light was shut down in 1939 and replaced by an automated light on the south jetty.
The light was originally built with a Daboll trumpet for its foghorn, which was used as the light's fog signal for several years. However, at certain times due to specific weather conditions, the sound of the trumpet would fail at sea, and in 1910 the trumpet was replaced by a more reliable fog siren. While mariners liked the new signal, many Bandon residents did not. The siren would eventually be removed along with the Fresnel lens after the light's decommissioning.
Over the next 37 years, the condition of the light deteriorated due to neglect and vandalism, until the 1976, when its first major restoration began. However, by this time, the keepers quarters and other outbuildings had deteriorated past the point of repair, and were eventually removed. In 1991, a new solar powered light was installed in the tower. 

Have a great weekend, my friends!

Linda Kay

Friday, August 12, 2016

Oregon Coast Lighthouse #3

Blogger friends,

It has been quite a week for my family. My older daughter, while on vacation in Wisconsin, suffered a mild stroke on August 1. Because of her nursing knowledge (nurse practitioner) and some cool heads among her friends, she was life flighted to a stroke center in Duluth, MN. Now a week later, she has no serious residual effects except for some sensation issues in her hand and face. Praise the Lord for that! They have found the source of the stroke in one of her carotid arteries, so she is now seeing doctors to find out what if anything can be done except to be on anti-cholesterol drugs and such. She is seeing a vascular surgeon and will have some decisions to make going forward. For those of you who follow me, this is Carson's mom. He is only nine. Since she is on "house arrest" as she calls it, I'm spending time with her to keep her from running at her usual 90 miles per hour!

This is the third lighthouse we visited on our tour south on the Oregon Coast. It's called the Umpqua Lighthouse. Here's the write up on Wikipedia:


Located at the mouth of Winchester Bay, Oregon, the first Umpqua River Light was built in 1855 and lit in 1857. Built along the river channel, the original light was vulnerable to seasonal flooding. This led to yearly erosion of the sand embankment of the light. In October 1863, the building's foundations had become too unstable and the structure soon collapsed. Before its collapse, the Light House Board had foreseen the need to build a new light at the location. However, it was 1888 before Congress approved of a construction of a new light.[1]
Construction started on the new light in 1892, and it was first lit in 1894. Built at the same time as Heceta Head Light, it was built from the same plans and is virtually identical to its more northern sister.[2] Unlike its predecessor, the new light had several advantages over the original light. Built 100 feet (30 m) above the river, the new light was safe from flooding. This was partly due to the Light House Board's insistence that ships be able to plot a course based on visible lighthouses. The original light was not visible at sea and was only usable as an aid to ships approaching the river. The new light used a clockwork mechanism to rotate the Fresnel lens, and was eventually automated in 1966. The rotation mechanism served in the light for 89 years before it finally broke down and was removed. The Coast Guard, in charge of the light at this point, wanted to replace the mechanism with a new one. However, strong public outcry forced those plans to be aborted, and in 1985, the old mechanism was returned to its position after being fully restored.[1]
The structure was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.[3]
Visitors can tour the lighthouse and adjacent Coastal History Museum from May through September. The museum is located in a historic U.S. Coast Guard station and features exhibits on the lighthouse, local history and the U.S. Coast Guard history on the Umpqua River.[4]
All lighthouses are beautiful to us. Be sure to watch for the one I post next week, as it is one of my favorites.
Linda Kay

Friday, August 5, 2016

Oregon Lighthouse #2

The Heceta Head light is 12 miles north of Florence on the Oregon Coast. Built in 1894 it stands 205 feet high in the 1000 ft. Heceta Head trail from Devil's Elbow State Park.



This one had a path to reach the top of the hill above the sea, so we trudged up the hill along the fence.


The picture below was taken through the trees before we arrived at the top, and it is one of my favorite shots.


Traveling on down the highway, we took this shot looking back. Kinda cool, right?


Hope you are enjoying the tour of lighthouses along the Oregon coast. Have a fabulous weekend. I'll be attending my granddaughter's baby shower this Saturday in Illinois. 

Linda Kay

Monday, August 1, 2016

Joy of Poetry

My reading friends,

I want to share with you a book published by my Writer's Group friend, Megan Willome. Here is the link to Amazon. Megan is an editor for the Wacoan magazine in Waco, and works from home. She was asked to put this book together as a guide for those who don't really understand or read poetry. It has been selected by a Christian reading group as one of the top ten reads for the summer. Here is the intro for the book.

Part memoir, part humorous and poignant defense of poetry, this is a book that shows you what it is to live a life with poems at your side (and maybe in your Topo Chico®). Megan Willome's story is one you won't want to put down; meanwhile, her uncanny ability to reveal the why's and how's of poetry keeps calling—to even the biggest poetry doubter. If you already enjoy poetry, her story and her wisdom and her ways will invite you to go deeper, with novel ideas on how to engage with poems. A great title for retreats, poets & writers' groups, and book clubs. Or, if you're a teacher who has ever been asked, "Why poetry?", this book is the ready answer you've been needing. Includes extras like how to keep a poetry journal (this is not just about putting poems in a journal!), how to be a poetry buddy, and how to take a poetry dare.



Hope you enjoy this as much as I do.

Linda Kay
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