My boring life

aefe6581dd3e5b23f6b2ba9e3a16aec4I have not had anything interesting to post about for a while….but here are the highlights of stuff that has been happening.

  • Hail storm in early May that totaled my car, and caused a lot of damage to my house ($14,000)
  • new metal back porch cover
  • new roof
  • new gutters
  • new screens
  • With all the hail came torrential rains – I have GOT to do something about my back yard, because it floods towards my back door (thank goodness I was able to keep it out of the house).  Once I can save some money, I will have to find someone to fix it.
  • My back fence blow down – the nice gentlemen who re-roofed the house temporally fixed that for me.   He also installed a new gate on the west side of my house – the other was to far gone.
  • Had to take out a loan to pay all for it all.  No new car for me
  • I did sort of by accident buy a new camera!   A really nice one.    Have not really had an opportunity to take any pictures yet.

My friend Trudy is retiring in August.   It will be strange not having her at the library.     I already get the feeling that my division at work is the step-child….I think that will be even more so with Trudy gone.

Ouch!

imageI accidentally stood on an ant bed to try to fix my mail box.  I did not realize it until I felt the sting.  My foot and shoe were covered in medium sized ants! Not big red ants or small sugar ants.  Somewhere in between. This is bad picture but i have 11 bites.  The main issue is all the itching!

Portland – part 1

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Mt. Hood from the plane.

The trip to Portland has been great! I am going to post about it in two parts – the fun vacation part and the informational conference part.

THURSDAY: Leah and I landed about noon. We rented a car for the weekend.

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Powell’s books

First item on the agenda was going to Powell’s bookstore. Lots of books, but I was disappointed because they were expensive not at all like Half- price books. I did purchase a mug, t-shirt, and of course one book there.

We went to visit the Japanese gardens –  very nice!  We only had an hour there because we needed to check in at the hotel and we were headed to one of Leah’s friends house for dinner.  They were very nice and the meal was good.

We stayed one night at this cute trendy hotel in the alphabet district. Retro design in bright colors – decorated with candy. Starbrusts and taffy.

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Multnomah Falls

FRIDAY: We started out early and headed east to visit waterfalls and Mt Hood.  Beautiful!  Tons of pictures of course – can’t wait until I can download them. Surprised to see snow still at some of the ski resorts but was melting fast.  We drove up to the lodge used in the outdoor scene of The Shining.

Long day of Driving.  We moved to the downtown conference hotel for the night.

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Box of Voodoo Doughnuts

SATURDAY: Once again we got an early start to a long day of sightseeing. We started out at a visitor trendy spot Voodoo Dounuts.  Neat decor and funky names for so-so donuts.

We drove west to the coast.  We went from just south of Tillamook down to Florence.  Great views and beaches, 3 lighthouses, and sea lions.

The Oregon trail…

Portland OrExcited because I am headed to Portland OR this week.     Two days vacation and four days at a conference.     If you were to draw a line up from Texas – I have been to all the states except North Dakota and Oregon….but that will soon change :)

I leave on Thursday.  Leah is going with me for the first part of the trip.    She flies home on Sunday – just in time for Margie to join me for the COSUGI conference.      That is Sunday night to Wednesday.    Margie and I both fly home on Thursday morning.  I hope to get some good pictures.  The Columbia River Gorge is beautiful!  Mount Hood too! We hope to visit the coast so I might see a lighthouse or two :)

A horrible day.

Terry Tennyson passed away today.  He was so friendly and nice to me.  I just cant get over  it.

imageAt lunch they called and told me that the EMTs were taking him to the hospital – that he was breathing.  I went the hospital to see if Jodee needed anything – phone, food, etc.  I walked into the room not knowing he was gone…it was awful.

Poor Jodee lost her father in January and now her husband in March.  Such a sad day.

I have a garage full of their furniture I am storing for them and lots of tools that Terry lent me. For the past 5 summers I have practical lived at their house, always hanging out at their pool.  Terry would always come sit and talk to me.  The picture is from a Labor Day party back in 2009.

My Australian Coke can

imageDonna went to Australia in January and she brought me back a can of Coca-cola.

Purple of course.  It is summer there and the coke promotion is ‘#colouryoursummer’.  Donna said they have all sorts of can colors.  It will be interesting if they do the same promo here in the USA this summer.

I am actually mad at Coca-Cola right now.   I have been collecting Coke rewards points for many many years…and now they have made it that you have to post to facebook and twitter to get rewards.   They is not right.   I guess they don’t care about us coke drinkers from way back…they only care if you are on social media.   I guess I will just stick to drinking water, It is better for me any way.

All this cold and ice…i have completed a lot of knitting.  Will try to post pictures of completed objects.

Behind on updates

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I have lots of new knitting stuff i want to share.

The picture is of a wonderful surprise I received for Valentine’s Day.  Stacy’s husband Ernie picked it out.  It has the two little hearts and the packages said “sisters”.  So awesome!  Thanks to both E ans S –  :)

Enjoying the extra day off.   I do feel bad for the students, however if they really need resources they are available  online.  I think they really just want the space.