Escaping on Dan’s day off to Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge for a hike with the pup. Awesome. Weirdest discovery? Looking up to see a metal dustpan embedded high up in a tree trunk.
Love walking by the old mausoleum and seeing the murals. So amazing!
my sweetheart nuzzling up to me next to a peach tree while picking at Sauvie Island and even baring a few teeth 🙂 I believe he called this my “oy vey” smile, heehee…
Pear-o-rama in the crate at home waiting to ripen up for mega canning…
12 quarts of peaches canned & 9 pints of peach vanilla jam – all SO tasty! Although they were packed to 1/2″, there still was some seepage but the websites say the seal will keep them safe to eat…whew! We saved 7 or 8 fresh ones and had a couple with our new Sunday morning pancake tradition 🙂
Another li’l DIY project we just completed! I call it the “baby tray” 🙂 Basically instead of buying a changing stand or table for le future bebe (no, we’re not pregnant yet, but little projects like this keep our minds focused on the positive), we found this DIY project on Pinterest, and built ours (minus the fancy grooves as we don’t have a jig saw) to sit atop the credenza which will someday hold the kiddo’s stuff. This tray was made from 100% repurposed cedar we had in the garage and painted with leftover zero-VOC paint. Existing cedar 2×4’s make up the sides, and rather than following using plywood for the base, we used scrap fenceposts and Dan sanded them til they were super soft. Fun fun 🙂
Just finally finished Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Signature of All Things, which was overall a pretty good read. I say ‘finally’ because I got it last fall (a used copy, of course) just before I saw her speak here in Portland (so so awesome), but my pile of books-to-read is so huge I just got to it 🙂 It’s a bit too long and not the ending I’d hoped for, but anyone who loves reading about plants (or 18th & 19th century characters who AREN’T straight out of some foo-foo Victorian novel) should check it out.
And now, starting on WEB DuBois’s The Souls of Black Folk. While I’ve read a lot of black writers over the years, they’ve been more female than male, and DuBois is one author I’d never gotten around to reading, so better late than never :). I picked this up at a bookstore in Astoria on our anniversary and am already hooked. He’s got a beautiful way of using words and then combining it with history that brings about thoughtfulness and another perspective on the post Civil War experience of blacks in America. Highly recommend.