Tuesday, July 31, 2007
My grandmother offered to meet me in her garden today for lots and lots of starts. I never turn down free plants, but I was a bit concerned about my commitment to a week of pedal power. I threw my panniers on my bike rack and headed up the hill to her house. An hour later, both bags were overflowing as I sped home. I nearly lost a zuchinni, but it hung in there. Ma said I looked like a parade float with all the foliage hanging from my bike. It was really fun :)
Tomorrow I might have to buy new hoses at Bi-Mart. Those won't fit in my panniers.... We'll see!
Monday, July 30, 2007
I already made a trip to Safeway on my bicycle. It was an easy couple of miles, and the milk, eggs, butter, cheese, bread and produce made it home nicely! My next challenge will be to get back from Ma's house tomorrow with all the plants she's going to dig out of her garden for me. Hmmmm.... I need to get creative. Maybe I'll take a couple trips - I could use the exercise anyway :)
Anyone else doing the Bridge Pedal this year???
Thursday, July 26, 2007
We celebrated last weekend with a family camp out at Offut Lake Resort in Washington - Ma, Pa, Mom, Dad, Eryn, Kari, Vicki, Kayla, Jessie, Brad and Liz. We had a great time relaxing in the drizzle, swapping stories and visiting nearby Wolf Haven International. There was a yummy carrot cake and some presents.... like Ma's new Crocs??
Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Ma, Happy Birthday to you!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
We wanted to avoid the first-thing-in-the-morning rush, so we hopped on MAX about 1:30 p.m. and rode from Sunset TC to the Red Robin near Lloyd Center for some lunch. Then it was back on the train for a smooth ride to the Swedish wonderland.
We spent hours looking through the showrooms, drooling and dreaming of fancy, coordinated houses. A small snack at the restaurant kept us fueled for the shopping marathon. We each ended up with some good bargains - pillows, picture frames and kitchen gadgets. Linus even got a new pop-up cat house to play in.
Traffic and crowds were not as bad as we anticipated. I think people were scared to head out on the first day. I'm glad we did! :)
What should we do next week??
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
This week we drove to Lincoln City for shopping at the outlet mall and a visit with my Arizona aunt Cindy and uncle Don who are now summering on the Oregon Coast. We debated where to eat lunch and finally settled on The Blow Hole in Depoe Bay. Wouldn't you know that the restaurant is closed Wednesdays!?! Bummer.
After finding some good discounts at the mall, we hit my favorite coffee stand for hot chocolate on Highway 101 on the way out of town.Unfortunately, two small dogs were also dining inside the little building (one sitting right at the table!), so we left all grossed out. Dogs do not belong inside restaurants. Yuck.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Anyway, I finally awoke today to a cooler, drippy day. I threw on my running clothes and went for a short jog around my neighborhood, smiling all the way. Praise God!! :)
Monday, July 16, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Saturday, July 14, 2007
We had a great time exploring the area -- climbing nearby Mount Thielsen:
Hiking up Mount Scott (which would have been a much bigger deal if we hadn't been able to park 1,500 feet from the top!):
We didn't want to pay $30 for the boat tour, but we made the trek down to the water's edge anyway. Oh, and when I went down to touch the water, a very plump squirrel tried his hardest to get my gorp out of my backpack!
Big thunderstorms rolled in Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, causing a bit of anxiety but also putting on an awesome show!
Our only real complaint was the mosquito infestation. The little buggers were everywhere!! We used a ton of bug spray and Benadryl cream to stop the itchies.