Friday, August 31, 2007
After some amazing food (it always is with these folks!!), we headed to the garden to harvest the bounty. Emily asked (via e-mail from Cairo) if we are swimming in tomatoes yet. Well, those are Brandon's feet sticking out from those tomato plants -- you be the judge! We picked six bags of green beans and some yellow zucchini that Brad says are big enough to make dugout canoes.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Here are a couple bad photos of my backyard garden. I need to get some better ones to show off my free plants. WOOHOO!
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Anyone who's squirted medicine down the throat of a cat knows that it's loads of fun -- regardless of the flavor. But add to that the artificial fruitiness and you've got one pissed off feline. Luckily, the doses are gone and he's healing just fine. But I'm calling him Patchy until all the hair grows back.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
I spent Monday volunteering with the band again, then a couple days helping catalog new textbooks in the THS library (for money!) It was just two days of wage-earning work, but it felt great! We had fun and got a lot done. But you couldn't imagine what goes into cataloging a new textbook. Seriously. There are SO many steps, and they are really heavy - and dangerous! My triceps are killing me. I have a whole new appreciation for librarians, including my dear sis, Eryn.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Now that I don't have a 9-5 obligation (it was more like 6-3), I have time to enjoy life instead of just cramming to get all the stuff done. I spent three full days this week volunteering with high school kids. I still had time for a leisurely lunch with my mom- and grandma-in-law. I had game night with my fam. I went to a family reunion picnic. I ate popcorn and watched "The Holiday" while snuggled with my cat. I hung around after church today. Then I had a long lunch with the in-laws and friends. Now I'm blogging while the chores are only half done (and I'm not even stressing about it!)
It's a true pleasure to be able to linger and not worry about getting to the next activity or duty.
I know this won't last forever. I will eventually re-enter the workforce and start collecting a paycheck. But until then, I am savoring having time.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Today was spent at Ma and Pa's for their annual picnic. It was sunny, cloudy, windy, still, light, dark - but it never rained and it wasn't too chilly. We had a good time catching up with family we see once or a couple times a year and meeting new people. Of course, we ate a lot of yummy food!
Grandma and Grandpa made it out, too, a great surprise! Grandma said she had a rough morning, but she seemed to really enjoy the picnic (especially all the chocolate desserts!!) After so many years living so far away, it's cool to have them close.
Band camp was going on at the same time, so I got a sneak-peek at this fall's competitive marching band show. After just a couple days, the band already looks and sounds pretty good - I think it's going to be a great season!
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Let me say, it’s definitely worth it! This is without a doubt one of the most beautiful wilderness areas I’ve ever been to. The landscape looks like some scene from a fantasy novel. Dramatic mountain ranges, a frozen lake with a huge cascading waterfall, open meadows with wildflowers and lazy mountain streams.
Blessings to you in your travels and new lives in Egypt!
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
I put on socks and my long-legged party pants and a long-sleeved shirt. I built a fire in the fireplace and sat in front of the flames while I watched the Seahawks beat the Chargers. WOW - fall :)
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Sean, Karen, Brad, Eryn and I loaded up the folks' truck and headed downtown before 7 a.m. to begin the 26-mile journey across eight of the city's spans. Here's us on the top deck of the Marquam Bridge:
It was a good day! Next year, all 10 bridges.....
Friday, August 10, 2007
Here is one of my favorite shots of Nana. I particularly like it because it's on Christmas Eve (always spent at Nana and Johnny's house) and because she's laughing - she had a great sense of humor, and we laughed together a lot.
Thank you, God, for blessing me with such wonderful grandparents and for keeping their memories alive in my heart and mind.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Monday, August 6, 2007
This one was near the summit of Old Snowy in nearby Goats Rocks Wilderness. We could see it from the bottom and assumed that it would tell us something really exciting when we got there. Hmmmmmm..... I figure it must have said something at some point. Right now, not too useful :)
Friday, August 3, 2007
I successfully finished my week of pedal-powered errands. I ended up driving myself Tuesday night to the urgent care center and to the pharmacy for antibiotics for my sinus gunk, but that was an acceptable exception to my experiment. I may try again next week. We'll see.
My sister (the grad student who has a paper due this evening) bailed on my yard work today, but I spent several hours outside anyway. I spread some bark and got a lot of plants in the ground. I still have a long way to go, so Eryn won't miss out on all the fun. I also promised that I'd save some bark dusting for her. I didn't tell her that I'm also saving some rock spreading for her, too :)
I took advantage of the cloudy morning and cooler temps and went for a run today. I pushed myself to finish my whole loop - 33.33 minutes. We've been doing a lot of climbing and hiking, so I hadn't run in a couple weeks. It was a bit painful, but I'm very glad I got out there!
Pizza dough is rising in the bread maker. Dinner should be yummy! Maybe we'll watch a movie afterward.
Thursday, August 2, 2007
We'd heard rumor that Kasch's was having a huge sale. Turns out, the Tigard location and a couple others are closing so they can concentrate on the few remaining stores. Everything was 50% off - woooohooooo!!
I spent all my gift cards and about $30 cash and got a bunch of shade plants for my back yard. Hopefully Eryn will come down tomorrow and help me get them in the ground :)
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Right now, I'm battling a sinus infection that's making my teeth hurt really bad on the right side of my face. I'm honking and sneezing and hoping the antibiotics kick in quickly so I can move on.
But I found out yesterday that a friend had a health concern much worse than my plugged up sinuses and achy teeth. Thankfully, that friend went to the doctor and everything is fine. Since getting the good news, these words to an old hymn have been going through my head as I garden: My hope is built on nothing less that Jesus' love and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus' name.
In times of sickness and health scares, we can lean on Jesus for peace and reassurance to help us through. Amen! :)