Providence Church and Me

Yesterday, Bob and I went to the last regularly planned Powell-McKinney reunion at the Providence Church between Lacomb and Scio. The church was established by Joab Powell and Ann Peeler Powell along with others in the 1850s. Joab and Ann were my great-great-great grandparents who came over the Oregon Trail from Missouri to settle in Oregon. Joab was a well-known circuit preacher in Oregon.
Bob took a photo of me beside the monument to Joab and the founders of the Church. The stone needs some cleaning to show the inscriptions better. I'm sure they will get there.


Better Late Tried and Done

Now that calls upon my time has decreased, it is time to catch up on craft projects built up over the years. One of the major ones was a quilt bed cover kit for both the boys beds as youths. A long time neglected. This quilt has lost its instructions and also at one time got wet and faded in parts. There could be pieces that are missing. I have about 1/2 triangles sewn together into 4 in squares.I now have a downloaded instruction that offers different ways to lay out the triangles. I think this was a pinwheel pattern. On to see how this comes together and can make 2 single quilt bed covers.
Triangle quilt

Brilliant Central Oregon Sunset

We were RVing at the Cascade Meadows RV park outside La Pine OR last week. The clouds were moving in for a cooler weekend on Friday evening, June 16th. I saw a red glow to the window of the 5th Wheeler to our north. It made me look out toward the west and Cascade Mountains. The sky was a brilliant red with some orange and yellow tones. It was as if on fire. Bob was able to get some images on his cell phone.

A Storybook Land of Oz

In May, we took an 11 day trip to South Dakota and back through Yellowstone National Park. While in Aberdeen, SD where we visited David, Renee, Nicolas, Ryan, and Jesse, Ryan had his birthday party at Storybook Land where the theme is of The Wizard of Oz. The story was written by L. Frank Baum who lived in Aberdeen and owned a store there in the late 1800s.

Here is some background about The Wizard of Oz:

The Wizard of OzL. Frank Baum’s book and the beloved 1939 film it inspired — is a quintessentially American fairy tale. It features the hallmarks of a Brothers Grimm story, with a young adventurous child bumping into wizards, witches, and talking animals. Yet it transports these classic conventions to scenes of middle America, a place of scarecrows, prairies, and hot air balloons. All of this imagery is neatly wrapped into a reflection on the American dream, or the idea that brains, heart, and courage — combined with hard work — can help you reach what you desire. Even when that desire is simply to go back home.
Wizard of OZ small image

Loch Ness Info

I have visited Loch Ness around three times in my travels to Scotland. The last time was in August of 2018 when we traveled to Scotland and Norway. We spent a few days in Inverness and drove around the eastern portion of Loch Ness. Did we see Nessie or the Loch Ness monster? Wouldn't you like to know.

Instead I will share some information about the Loch Ness monster or what its real scientific name should be.

Nessiteras rhombopteryx, or “Ness monster with diamond-shaped fins,” is the proposed taxonomic moniker of the Loch Ness monster, also known as Nessie. As a brief cryptozoology refresher, Nessie is a fabled reptilian monster believed to reside in a lake called Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands.
Loch Ness 2018 small
The scientific name Nessiteras rhombopteryx may look more or less like any other. As with many Linnaean labels, the species name rhombopteryx references the creature’s overall appearance — in this case, its diamond-shaped fins. But there’s one key difference here: The creature it describes doesn’t exist (probably).

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