I’m trying to set up the new blog, but I’m not sure how regular I will be at posting for a while. If you still check in and want an invite, please leave a comment and I will add you. I will leave this one up for a while, although I won’t update it anymore.

Until further notice I won’t be updating here.

I can’t seem to be able to write here and not have it thrown back in my face later. I also won’t be updating my Twitter account for the same reason. I’ve tried to let it all settle down, but that’s just not going to happen right now. I’m sorry it has come to this, but I have to protect myself and the kids from any outside scrutiny.

Please feel free to leave a comment with your email, email me directly or contact me via Facebook and I can give you the address and password to my new online home when it is up and running.

Happy Monday!

Just a quick update. I’m still at my parent’s house and we are doing well. I had one of the best days of my life today. I got to lounge around in bed this morning for a while, had lunch with one of my oldest friends from grade school and had a fabulous afternoon.

I’m happy. I’m not walking on eggshells. I’m able to be myself and that is so awesome. I am free to laugh and joke, talk to whomever I want and make my own plans. I’m still in charge of everything for the kids, but I’m NOT having to live a life for another adult.

THAT? Is so freeing!

I have some explaining to do, much like Lucy and Ricky from I Love Lucy. (I love when he tells Lucy she has some ‘splaining to do, but that really has no bearing on what I came to explain.)

Last Thursday, I hit my limit. I know I’ve been talking about how good things have been going, but I admit to ignoring the negative and pumping up the positive. I have learned over the years how to present the best image possible and since there was once a plan to make this blog accessible to the whole family, I started editing.

I’m sorry I did that now.

I am in Wyoming as I type this, with the kids and staying at my parent’s house. I packed up a lot of my stuff on Friday and we left on Saturday. I finally got here last night about 7:30 pm, unloaded the car and split for a couple of hours. I got home, put the kids to bed and stayed up for over an hour telling my parents that I have thought this through and I’m done.

There are a bunch of things I need to figure out now, but I’ll be in and out. Just wanted to give everyone an update.

It’s funny to me that people are concerned that we aren’t doing anything special for Memorial Day Weekend.

While everyone else is out camping, picnicking, traveling to see friends and family, having big parties and drinking THIS weekend, I get to look at the pictures from LAST weekend and be a happy hermit. We didn’t have crowds or bad traffic. We still had good weather and saw family.

The thing I’ve learned over the years, being married to a person who works in retail, is that you just move your holidays. Working on Thanksgiving? Have the big dinner on Friday. Not going out with the masses keeps me calmer and that’s better for everyone too! (Heehee!)

Anyway, we stayed at South Beach State Park, just outside Newport, Oregon. It’s right on the coast, but not as close as the little map would have you believe! Anyway, we had a nice site – near the bathrooms and the playground.

IMG_7826 - Camp Site

The first night, we got there later than I expected, so we set up the tent and made a fire before bed. Hubby and G-Bunny were up at first light Saturday morning. It was 6:20 am, when I found my watch and told her to go back to sleep. She responded with, “But we’re burning daylight!” Thankfully, Hubby got up with her and headed to the beach, while I woke up enough to start breakfast.

I had forgotten how long it takes to cook everything on a one-burner stove or over the fire! We had Ziplock Omelets that first morning, which were a huge success and will become part of our permanent recipe collection. I found the idea HERE. Although, I seemed to have missed all the controversy surrounding boiling things in plastic. Oh well, we are all going to die one day and these were seriously yummy!

The plan for the day was to go see a couple of lighthouses and poke around the tide pools. We drove the 4-ish miles up Highway 101 to the Yaquina Head Light Station, paid the very reasonable $7 (access for 3 days!) and took the first left down to a viewing point. I got out my camera at this point because I was shocked.

IMG_7449 - Surfing Spot

Surfers!! That water is super cold!

We walked down to the bottom of the hill and found a few tide pools, but the tide was incoming and I really didn’t want to get stranded on an outcropping. We found this little crab and played with him for a bit – so funny!

IMG_7460 - Scott's Crab

After a bit more poking around, we headed up to the lighthouse.

IMG_7494 - Lighthouse and Coast View

We watched the birds on the rocks:

IMG_7510 - Sea Gulls

And were lucky enough to see a California Grey Whale:

IMG_7524 - California Grey Whale Sighting

This lighthouse is remarkable because in the years since it’s construction, the 93-foot building is less than an inch off of vertical. Absolutely amazing! We climbed all the stairs to the top

IMG_7535 - Looking up the center of the lighthouse

and had a look around.

IMG_7542 - Prism rainbows

I don’t really like heights, so I was pleasantly surprised that going down was much better than going up.

IMG_7550 - Going Down

The view from the bottom was just as impressive.

IMG_7558 - View from the bottom

We drove back to the campground and decided it was time to take a look at the ocean. This was our first view over the dune.

IMG_7569 - First View of our beach

The rest of the day was spent getting ready for dinner at a friend’s house, where I didn’t even take any pictures. This was a family that we met while we lived in Juneau and it was really good to catch up with them and see their house. The kids all played outside and chased the chickens!

Still trying to find the mojo after getting back. I’ve managed to look through all the photos of our trip, but nothing is uploaded or saved to disc. I have a mountain of laundry because the morning we packed up to come home, was the same morning the skies opened up and let loose. I was stressed out, feeling the pressure to get everything loaded in the car (very tight fit) and ended up throwing almost everything in puddles from the back of the car. Now I have sleeping bags to wash, as well as ALL of the clothes, blankets and what not that was part of my temper tantrum.

Shame on me I guess.

Anyway, I’ve got some great pictures to share and I’ll get to them eventually. Have a great holiday weekend – I’ll be home enjoying the fact that I don’t have to be out with the masses!!

I’ve been thinking about the cycle of things lately. The seasons flowing into each other, the sun coming up earlier and setting later, the stars marching across the night sky in perfect order. The seeds that we planted are coming up in force right now and the flowers are blooming under the bright blue sky. The summer resident birds are coming back and the symphony some mornings is almost unpleasant. There have been blackbird courtships and male quail showdowns under the feeder in the evenings.

It’s finally Spring and I’m really trying to shake off Winter.

The simple fact is I prefer to hermit my life away. I like the solitude, the quiet hours and no strict schedule. I like the freedom of not being a slave to the clock and not running hither and yon for one activity or another. I like Winter for this reason. I can say I’m snowed in and people don’t question why I’m not out with the masses. During Winter, it is completely acceptable to curl up on the couch with a quilt and a good book. (Who am I kidding? – most days it would be the laptop!)

Spring demands that I be busy. There’s things to do, places to go and people to see. I’ve got a garden to tend, cleaning to do, adventures to plan and fresh air to breathe. Don’t get me wrong now, when I’m out and about I love it. It’s the getting out the door that is the hard part. I would much rather be home, watching my own flowers grow and laughing at the birds in the backyard.

And while I’m doing that, you can put money that I have my knitting close by. It allows me to keep my hands busy and at the same time, hang out with the rest of the family. In the last month, I finished T-Man’s hat and he loves it. I liked this pattern and it really knit up quickly.

Camo Eyes

I also started and finished a shawl, from the yarn that refused to become a hat. I would have made it bigger, but I was getting tired of working on it and wanted to use it already.

Simple Cotton Shawl Closer View

I’m onto the second sock of a pair, that has been hanging out waiting for me to get excited about it again, and then I’m going to start my first sweater.

I’m still working out how to take my knitting camping with me and keep it clean.