Thoughts and prayers are welcome here

As we drove along to OHSU yesterday for my mom’s chemo appointment, I was just in awe of the beautiful colors on the trees lining the sides of the row. Mostly yellows and oranges with bits of red thrown in. Wow. I’m sure it will all be gone by the time we go back again, but it sure was a pretty drive on a beautiful fall day.

A couple of weeks ago we went to Schedeen’s nursery and produce stand in Gresham. As Saturday market is drawing to a close, this one will keep going through December – where it will turn into a Christmas tree lot before closing for the winter.  There were a lot of pretty fall colors there, as well. I’m trying to just enjoy it all before we trade it in for the bleakness of winter. Bleh. Not looking forward to winter at all…

Enjoy the beauty that is around you in this season!

 

Schedeen's Fresh & Local

Schedeen’s Fresh & Local

 

Bunny bird bath

Bunny bird bath

 

Pink straw flower

Pink straw flower

 

One lonely flower

One lonely flower

 

Lemons and limes

Lemons and limes

 

Red hot chili peppers

Red hot chili peppers

 

Mini pumpkins

Mini pumpkins and gourds

 

Purple ruffles

Purple ruffles

 

To any of you who sent me thoughts and prayers as I had a major setback in healing my back a couple of weeks ago. Thank you. I know that phrase is getting a bad rep on Facebook, and I just want to say, as far as I am concerned, I will welcome any thoughts and prayers coming my way because, for one, who am I to be worthy and blessed to be in your thoughts or prayers in the first place? And second, I believe in the power of prayer! I believe it can heal my mother’s cancer. I believe prayer can help heal me or place me in the hands of someone capable of healing me – in my case, the chiropractor, the acupuncturist, or the people at the physical therapy office – and if that doesn’t work, I’m sure God will place me in someone else’s very skilled hands to heal me up. Or heal me Himself.

I’m not sure what this world is coming to where everyone has to criticize everyone else in order to feel better about themselves. I blame social media. When one person gets on a band wagon about something, everyone else jumps on and blindly follows. I’m not even sure what a band wagon is, but I certainly don’t want to jump on one with the rest of the world.

So many of the people I know are so far away, all they can do is send thoughts and prayers. Even if you are closer to me, what can you do to help me along in the healing process, anyway?  I need to go work with my team of ‘healers’ in order to gain the healing I need to move on from this place in my life.  No one can do it for me. If I’m in a lot of pain and you live nearby, food is always welcome. And by food, I mean the good stuff. Sweets. Desserts. Treats. Or, you can just throw dark chocolate at me and slowly back away… Just kidding. (But not about the dark chocolate. I never joke about dark chocolate. )

If you are nearby and also in pain, perhaps we could form a pain buddies group. Where we sit around lounging on junk food and doing mellow things that won’t cause any of us to be in more pain. Haha. Otherwise, I just want to say, your thoughts and prayers are welcome here…

 

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Saturday Farmer’s Market

You’ll have to indulge me for a moment as I wax on about the Saturday Farmers Market. I’ve been going to the Saturday Farmers Market a lot in the last month or two, but wasn’t really going much at all the first half of summer.  At first, I was in search of the honey lady. She used to be at the main farmer’s market in downtown Gresham, but moved over to the one at MHCC a few years ago. I know. I hunted her down a couple of years ago as summer was drawing to a close and I wasn’t seeing the honey lady at the Saturday farmer’s market in downtown Gresham anymore. She has a Facebook page, but hadn’t updated it in years. Hmmm. Must not realize the power of social media in keeping your people informed… Maybe I should post one of my pictures of her honey on her wall informing others where she is now located…

 

Cute little honey bears

Cute little honey bears at the Farmer’s Market

 

These wind chimes were so awesome! I kept taking boomerang shots of them because it caught the wonderful spinning action. Still pretty like this, but way funner when they are moving.

 

Wind chimes

Wind chimes

 

After finding my honey this summer, I had to go back to see what fruits and vegetables are in season. Okay, mostly fruits. I don’t think I’ve bought a single vegetable from the farmer’s market at all this summer. I have in the past, but this summer I’ve been in search of fresh fruit. Ripened on the tree or vine or bush or whatever plant it’s growing on. I wasn’t too thrilled with my peaches this year. Obvi they were picked way before they were ripened because they had no flavor whatsoever and started going bad without ever gaining any. Big disappointment. My nectarines were wonderful, but my pears, just so-so. Couldn’t find any plums at either market, so we headed off to another stand for those.

 

Radishes

Radishes – I hate them, but they sure are pretty

 

Love the way the light shone through this red glass plate!

Love the way the light shone through this red glass plate!

 

I may have to buy some of this purple cauliflower before market ends this year because – well, it’s purple! How much more fun is that than the regular white kind? Right???

 

Purple and white cauliflower

Purple and white cauliflower

 

Pretty bouquet of flowers

Pretty bouquet of flowers

This week, my mom and I went to the Salvation Army Harvest Days and picked up a bunch of fruits and vegetables. This is for seniors and people with low incomes. They have it once a month on the first Wednesday of the month. Not too proud to take free food when I need it. Nope. So we loaded up on, again mostly fruit, so I didn’t even go to the Saturday farmer’s market this weekend. Way. Too. Much. Fruit. To. Ever. Eat. In. A. Lifetime right now in my house. I seriously made a honeydew/peach smoothie today because that was the fruit that needed eaten the quickest. Sounds weird, but it was pretty good.

 

Green and orange striped mini pumpkins

Green and orange striped mini pumpkins

 

It’s always fun to see the fun craft items people sell, the flowers and the food and all the little doggies that come with their owners. The lady who sells painted rocks also hides 10 of them a week around Gresham. There is even a Facebook page for people who hide rocks around Gresham called Gresham ‘Rocks’

 

Bumblebee rocks

Bumblebee rocks

Even though I didn’t make it this week, I’ll have to make sure I go again in the next weekend or two because soon they will be closing for the winter. In fact, the one at MHCC  already closed the end of last month.

I still miss the elephant ear stall at the main market in Gresham, though. It’s just not the same looking for a treat at the food stalls, but never finding the elephant ear one…  🙁

What are your favorite things at a Farmers Market near you?

 

 

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