Thursday, July 24, 2014
We fought over what we were going to paint for two or three days. Everyone had different taste and ideas about what they wanted to paint. In the end, we all had a great time and were happy with what we created. The gal that owns the store had some really funny risque aprons. It is pretty amazing how real they look when you take photos with them. Even the guy in the group had fun with wearing a little negligee apron.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
I got up early this morning to go to my Weight Watchers meeting. On the way home, I saw two big birds in the street. I figured they were crows. One sees them commonly enough in the street scavenging dead carcasses and such. As I drove past, I noticed white chests and thought to myself, "Whoa--those are not crows!" I turned around and tried to take some pictures but one of them flew off and the other had its back to me. Plus it was hard getting a photo on my cellphone. So I went home and walked around the corner with my camera to see if I could find them. I found this guy flying up into a tree.
Bill and I left for awhile and on our way home, we found other neighbors trying to get pictures of them up in a tree. So I headed back around the corner and found this guy eating breakfast. He or she was very busy looking for worms so it was a little hard getting a pictures but I managed a few really good ones. It was catching a lot of worms but I would imagine that it takes a lot of worms to fill up a bird of that size.
One of the neighbors say me taking pictures and came to talk to me. The nest was in a tree in his yard so he showed me where the other hawk was and where the nest was. This fellow kept an eye on me because when I started working my way closer to the one under the tree, it flew over me and into the tree above the other one.
It has been a wonderful distraction today to look for these birds of prey. Our next door neighbors have three chickens in their backyard so I've been thinking that maybe they shouldn't let them loose in the backyard with these two living right across the street from them.
Sunday, July 6, 2014
We had a nice, relaxing day. Bill, Chris and I headed to the Fort in the morning so I could see the Sing 4th competition. I make sure to go every year because I enjoy it so much. The girl that won this year sang "Morning Person" from the movie "Shrek". She had a really sweet routine with props of a deer and birds to complete her performance. I always enjoy hearing "The Girl in 14G" and the girl who sang that won 2nd place. It always amazes me how anyone can pull off that song with all the changes in genre throughout.
We made a stop at the Pearson Air Museum. Very disappointing. We haven't been there since the Trust was evicted and took almost all the planes with them. There is still only the two planes that the Trust wasn't able to get out in time. And all the old displays of explanation along the walls that they weren't able to remove in time. But otherwise there is almost nothing there anymore. The only really cool thing that they had was a diorama for the WWI era Spruce Mill that a dentist in town is putting together. The Park Service claims they are working on getting more planes but nothing yet. Hard to even call it an air museum when that really isn't what it is anymore.
We came home to watch "Harry Potter". Bill's goal is to see all the Harry Potter movies in order. So we have seen three in the last couple of weeks. And I am sure more are on their way. Then to Grandma's to have a little picnic at her house.
This is the first year that we have gotten a pass to park at the airport. I guess they always made it such a hassle to get in the past that Bill never pursued it before. But this year, they automatically sent them out so we took advantage of it. And we really like having it. We had a safe place to park for when we went to the Fort in the morning. We came and went a few times because we forgot to take jackets in the evening so Bill even left about an hour before the fireworks so he could get a couple of sweatshirts at Fred Meyers when we got a little chilled.
A relatively quiet (other than firecrackers and fireworks), relaxing way to celebrate our nation's birth.
Saturday, June 28, 2014
A trip to Stevenson almost always includes eating lunch at the Big River Grill. Bill loves their portobello mushroom salad and everything else there is good too.
From there we drove to Hood River and visited the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum. Bill and I had been there a few years ago but Chuck hadn't been there before. And they had expanded the museum since we were there last. It was fun to see all the old planes, cars, motorcycles, jeeps, etc.
Chuck enjoys visiting with Cindy on his visits so we invited Jim and Cindy over for some Thai food. Unusual that we see her two weekends in a row. But very enjoyable evening seeing them again.
On Sunday we went to church as a family and had some bagels. Then we headed downtown to take Chuck to the new East Fork Winery location at the Slocum House. Then to the new Gouger Winery location in Ridgefield. It was Chuck's first visit to both of the new locations although he had been to both wineries at their old locations. It was the first time that Bill and I took advantage of going up onto the roof patio at Gouger to enjoy the scenery from up there. We got to watch the newly shorn alpacas and see Mt. St. Helens in the distance. It wasn't too hot so it was a really pleasant afternoon enjoying a couple glasses of wine up there. We weren't quite ready to head back home so we stopped at Bethany Winery and Northwest Best Fish Market as well. We love the smoked halibut spread that they sell there so we always pick some up if we are in the area. Bill picked up the crab and artichoke dip this time too. Absolutely wonderful.
So as with any visit from Chuck--we ate a lot. We drank our fair share of wine. And we did a bit of touring. But it was a really fun visit.
Christopher arrived home from Bellingham in time to celebrate Father's Day with Bill. It is fun having him back home. Definitely not as quiet as it has been. But he is working full time at his church for the summer as a custodian so that is keeping him occupied.
Sunday, June 15, 2014
The Ellensburg Blue Agate is actually a really rare stone that is only found in Kittitas County, Washington. People go searching in fields there to see if they can find the rocks as they are so valuable. As I was researching it, Indians also made arrowheads from them. It is the perfect ring for them as a couple as they met and went to school there. So proud of him for picking something so unique and romantic to give his fiance. And I am gaining a daughter. Very exciting times ahead!
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
https://brcapitalinc.com/category/nonprofit/ They did a great job singing and dancing to "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" from the Blues Brothers movie. Shannon Roberts was a life saver being the real talent since Bill and Jim don't really sing very well. And the kids from Groove Nation did a great job with their dance routine to back them up.