A Day in My Shoes


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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!

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 having “a week” so far. Monday was lost to the rain and Hubby having the day off. We were all slugs and it was wonderful. The kids played on the computer or video games with Dad. I made French Toast for breakfast, Hubby’s request. I started the second sock of my Port Angeles Socks.

However, the downside to a day in Slugville is the realization, when you stumble downstairs the next morning for coffee which has already gone cold in the pot because it really WAS that long ago that Hubby left for work, as you look around the disaster of a kitchen and know you have a long day in front of you. If you are me, you heat up a cup of java in the microwave and waste too much time on the computer researching things to do on our camping trip, but nevermind that.

Yesterday was the Cherry Day in my week. I got dressed in one of the new tops I had gotten a while back, but hadn’t worn yet. I slipped on some jewelry and started right in on the laundry. In between swapping loads from the washer to the dryer and all the folding, I cleaned up the kitchen and ran the dishwasher. Around noon, I put on my cute wool coat, grabbed my grocery list (and one from the neighbor) and went up to the store for a little shopping. I found some great 4lb boxes of strawberries on sale for $3.99, so I bought two and sliced up one box for freezing as soon as I got home. I am seriously in love with the Foodsaver! (I did the other box this afternoon, just topped them and I’m going to freeze them whole.) I killed some time waiting for Hubby after dinner by playing on Facebook and lost track of the time. We were planning an early bedtime, but it was 10 pm before Hubby shut off Rockband and I realized that T-Man had put himself to bed already.

It was too late for a whole movie, but I did watch the second episode of Heroes (Season 1), even after Hubby was sound asleep. We have a few series shows that we never watched when we had cable and now we can watch them on DVD from Netflix. As a side note, it’s been two months since we’ve had cable and I’ve stopped watching everything (except for Survivor and Amazing Race) weekly. I wish I could say I’m making great strides in my craft-making wish list or that we’ve done some really in depth school projects, but that wouldn’t be true. I do find that we (the boys) are playing more video games and the kids and I watch more movies, which means that at least I am getting some knitting done.

We are planning our first camping trip of the season next weekend to the Oregon Coast, which will be chock full of fresh air, exercise and marine life learning and far away from electronic entertainment. Although the website does say that each campsite has electricity… I’ll use it to recharge my camera batteries and leave the laptop at home! We are taking Hubby’s brother with us, the starving college student who loves to hang out with family, but doesn’t have a car and our kids, who love their Coolest Ever Uncle. I can’t wait! Of course, between now and then I have a bazillion lists to make, food to buy and prepare, gear to check and double check, clothes to find and wash and everything else to do because Hubby works every day until then.

I’m laying low today (sadly realizing that it is already almost time for dinner) because of the migraine that will not go away. It’s been hovering all week and decided to assert itself today. I slept in, took it easy this morning and this afternoon as flown by in a blur. I manage short spurts of energy, but I’m really hoping it is gone by tomorrow morning.

Where has the time gone?

I blinked and another week has passed. I’m still trying to put together a post about Easter too. I may just scrap that and run with the Tulip Festival from this week. Yep, that sounds good.

We have a family tradition of going to the Tulip Festival for my birthday. The weather this spring has been cold, wet and dreary, so we planned a late-in-the-month date to drive up and see all the blooms. We got very lucky with the weather, it was sunny and fairly warm, with a little breeze. I loaded up some snacks, filled the hydration packs for the kids and packed the camera gear.

The drive up isn’t bad from our house, only about a hour. We turned off and started looking for the colorful fields, only to find field upon field of unplanted dirt. We went to our one tried-and-true spots that has a huge garden and found parking. Over the next hour and a half, I took pictures and we wandered the gardens.

IMG_6725 - Kids at the Windmill

The “Required” Windmill Photo

IMG_6735 - IDK the name

I was taken by the edges on this one. I took about 6 pictures of this one bloom, with 3 making the final Flickr cut.

IMG_6739 - Daffy Shadows

There were lots of daffodils too. They just aren’t my favorite. I did take a few just because and really loved this next one.

IMG_6871 - Short-Trumpet Daffy

There was every color, fringes and ruffled edges, big and little blooms, some in the sun and some in the shade. And then there were these baby pinecones T-Man loved.

IMG_6841 - Pinecone Bokeh

This picture though, while not of my favorite variety, was my absolute favorite shot of the day. You can click on any of the pictures to go to the rest of the set at Flickr.

IMG_6803 - LOVE this one

Happy May Day!

I’m going for a record of how many posts I can start with that phrase.

I really was sitting on the couch last night, tuning out the Rockband that was being played in the same room and trying to knit on my shawl-in-progress, when I looked up and uttered the only words that will make Hubby stop drumming and turn around.

No, don't leave!

Bye-Bye Doe

“Honey? There’s a deer in the yard!”

(Sorry for the poor quality of the photos – I had to drop my knitting safely, turn on the camera – which was wearing the wrong lens and the light was non-existent. I’m just happy I got a photo!)

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