Fun weekend

Had a nice weekend at the annual Harris family reunion.  The turn out was a little light this year,  but we all could visit more.

My sisters and I visited Joyce, my dad’s second wife, and went to see a long time family friend Marlene, after her hip replacement surgery.  We went to two cemeteries to check birth and death dates for our ancestors.

Saturday at the hotel we ran into my uncle and his family and enjoyed playing cards and watching a baseball game with them.

At church this morning we saw lots of familiar faces. 

Except for the heat,  it was a great weekend.

Another sad day.

carmenJodee’s dog Carmen pass away last night.   I dog sat for her many times.   She was just the best dog.  She was really old and it was past time  for Jodee to have put her down, but still it is really sad.   Carmen would always come up to be petted when I was in the pool.

I posted about her back in  2011 and again in  2013. 

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 :)