The most requested thing for dinner around here? Noodles. With butter.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Dear Drivers in my Town

Dear Drivers,

It's called a TURN SIGNAL INDICATOR.  It's located right there on your steering column.  Yup- that thing that sticks out that you never use.
Right.  You can actually communicate with other drivers by pushing the stick up or down to indicate you are about to turn or change lanes.
I know!  Pretty great invention, right?  If used correctly, it might even bring about World Peace.
Ok, ok...  Freeway Peace.
Gotta start somewhere.


Saturday, December 23, 2017

Dear Family and Friends,

Dear family and friends,

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!  and the Happiest of New Years!

We aren't sending cards this year but we sure appreciate the ones we have received from you!  We'll be back next year with news and pictures!

2017 was a pretty good year for us.  Kiddo started out with a large role in Journey's James and the Giant Peach, Jr.  and then she decided that behind the spotlight would be more fun so she signed up for crew duty in three plays!  
We didn't do any traveling over the summer, just stayed at home and reorganized cupboards.  Well, I reorganized cupboards while kiddo attended Improv Invasion and Shakespeare camp with Journey Theater Arts Group, 
Worldview Academy Camp in Salem, OR, and our church high school camp.  Sometimes I wonder if there is summer camp for moms...

I was blessed to be able to teach Geometry last year to 8th graders.  It is typically a 10th grade class, but these kids were advanced two years in math.  We had a blast learning logic and proofs and even some trig.  We ended the year by firing rockets and calculating their height using homemade clinometers.  My classes this year are not quite as erudite, but still full of wonderful kids who like to learn.  As weird as teaching has gotten, I really appreciate my job and the people with whom I work.

Kiddo has switched to a local Christian school for the last two years of high school.  She is still drawing and is expanding her artistic outlook to photography as well.  We are looking ahead to college- exploring the options and learning a lot in the process.  Maybe George Fox, maybe Corban, maybe...?   She also got baptized this fall which was really cool.

We are ending the year by replacing our kitchen floor- not by choice, but because the fridge spewed water all over the laminate and we weren't fast enough to mop it all up before it got into the baseboards and drywall.  Ugh.  Not my favorite thing.
As of yesterday, the mold has been defeated, the new vinyl floor is in, and soon my wonderful brother will help me with the drywall.  Yay!
We are healthy, we are warm, we are out of the weather and we hope you are the same.  We pray for those affected by the hurricanes and fires this past year- may God hold them close.

Hoping for snow soon,
Love & peace,

UPDATE:  We actually GOT snow!  Christmas Eve starting around 9am, and on through the day!  Made it tricky to get to family for festivities, but thanks to dad, we managed and we spent a leisurely day with my folks on Monday.  Yay!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Monday, November 6, 2017

Dear Standard Time

Dear Standard Time,

Welcome back!  I've missed you.  I feel normal again.  I wish you could stay longer.

Now if I could only convince the whiners at work that the amount of darkness we get during the winter has nothing to do with our clocks, and everything to do with the latitude at which we live...

Friday, November 3, 2017

Dear Wendy's

Dear Wendy's,

Whoa.  Your new chicken tenders and S'Awesome sauce are AMAZEBALLS.  Thank you.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Dear NFL

Dear NFL,

We need to break up.  It's not me, it's you.  You have changed.  You used to be entertaining and a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.  You used to provide a common culture at work and in my classroom, something to talk about when the other events of the day seemed too burdensome.  The strategic plays, the amazing runs, the physical feats of strength- all something to talk about and re-hash and groan or celebrate depending on one's team affiliation.

Now? You have gotten political and divisive.  The "men" that disrespect this great (albeit flawed) country have set themselves up as more important than their team or their league or their viewers.   If they don't like it here why don't they do something constructive to fix the perceived problems?  Or, if they are too lazy to be constructive, why don't they just move to another county?  There are lots of countries out there, plenty from which to choose.  No one is forcing them to stay in the dreaded USA and get fame and fortune from football.

More importantly, why are you allowing them to cause such disunity?  Aren't you the one that makes and enforces the contracts?  Why don't you fine them?  Are you afraid of them? 

I will miss you.  I know there are other things I can watch while running a couple of loads of laundry on a Sunday afternoon, but for decades you were my favorite.

Take care,

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Hiking in the heat

August was a cruel month indeed this year.  Hot.  Dusty.  Smoky.  Ugh.  Seemed like the AC was running 24/7 because we couldn't even open our windows at night for a breeze lest we bring in all the smoke from the wildfires.  September wasn't much better.
I know, I know, at least we have AC.

And yet in the midst of the misery, a little band of intrepid hikers decided to conquer a trail near Mt. St. Helens on Labor Day.  We couldn't really even see the mountain, but we had a good day tromping around and visiting with each other.  The older boys pretty much ran the whole trail, the moms... not so much.

Spirit Lake

The wildflowers want it to rain almost as much as I do.
Good times, my friends, good times.