Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Where's the Bear? #5

The caption for last week's picture is:

"Just chillin'"

Here is a new picture for this week!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Indoor Activities

We had another dreary weekend, so we all chose indoor activities.

JP scanned about 400 old slides in to the computer.

I did laundry and played board games with the girls.

J & L used the entire dining room table to build a maze for their hex bugs.


In other news, I went to work today for the first time in about 2 1/2 months!  I found this note on my computer when I arrived. 

I actually never dreamed that I would someday be working in the same practice as my husband.  I hope that I was helpful today, and didn't slow down anyone.  It seemed to go very smoothly, and as I was leaving, the nurse told me to "come again!" 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Auld Lang Syne

This weekend, I dug out a handful of discs containing slides that my Dad scanned and saved for me about 10 years ago.  I found a bunch of wonderful photos, and thought I would share a few of them here!

This is my Mom & I sledding in Idaho - look at our
dog, Beatrice, tearing down the hill in front of us!

I love this photo!  I would guess I'm about 4 or 5,
which would make my little brother 2 or 3.  This
is in Boise, Idaho.

This is my Uncle V, visiting Idaho from Pennsylvania.  He
 is absolutely flying down this hill!  Ironically, he was
 killed several years after this when the small plane
 that he was flying crashed.

And here I am, aged 7 1/2, visiting Crater Lake,
 OR with my family.  L was just a year older
 than me when she visited this past summer!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Our Town

I came home from an outing this afternoon feeling warm and fuzzy because I love our little town so much!  For all of its bad points (including drilling and mining going on all around us), there is so much positive here!

The school system here is quite good. The elementary school, in fact, is the 2nd largest in the state, and the PTA works tirelessly to bring quality experiences to the kids.  I had the opportunity today to visit the local Vo-Tech school as well.  Every year the culinary students prepare a huge holiday buffet that is open to the public.  My mother and I waited in line for over an hour to sample the fare.  The highlights for me were the cheesy seafood grits, the corned beef brisket, and the bananas foster over ice cream with candied pecans and whipped cream.  It was interesting to chat with the people sitting nearby, and to see the culinary program in action, but I don't think that I'm up to standing in line for 1 and quarter hours again next year.

Afterwards, I drove toward home, but stopped in the downtown area to look in a couple of stores.  These range from antiques, to a boutique which sells $83 Miss Me jeans for kids, to local pottery.  I chatted for a few minutes with the owner of the artisan shop who took a landscaping class with me a few years ago.  Finally I stopped at the bank, where a flautist and harpist were playing in the lobby.  Parking downtown is much more pleasant with the back up camera on my new Subaru!

We just finished a pleasant family dinner, where we laughed and told stories.  J went to the city today with the 6th grade chorus to see A Musical Christmas Carol.  There are brownies in the oven, and we  are settling in to watch "It's a Wonderful Life."

A pleasant weekend to you all!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Where's the Bear? #4

The winner of last week's caption contest was Paul S:  "If I want to get in shape for Christmas, I'm just going to have to grin and BEAR it!"

The winner of the special edition 1st day of Deer Season caption is:  "Fear the BEAR!"

Here is the picture for this week:

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Christmas Checklist #1

This year, for the first time in several years, I am actually feeling somewhat excited about the Christmas season!  Perhaps this phenomenon has something to do with the fact that I am not feeling stressed out by work and activities at the moment.  Doesn't matter why, I'm going to run with it!

Over the weekend, we got the Christmas tree dusted off and set up, and decorations up too.


Kali loves lying under it for some reason!

We planned to go to Light Up Night in town and the Christmas parade over the weekend, but it was cold and rainy, so we stayed home and watched Christmas movies instead.


I think that all of the Christmas gifts (and Birthday gifts for L) have been ordered, and many have already arrived!


We attended J's Holiday Choral Concert last night.  The kids did a great job!


In the meantime, I've taken advantage of the mild, dry days after last week's monsoon to do some last minute gardening outside.  I spent another 3 hours at the Library and got their flower beds ready for winter - looks so much better.  I weeded the strawberries in the garden, cleaned up all the leaves, and mulched a few of the beds.  It's getting there!

And this year I even remembered to deer proof my little evergreen shrubs!

Now it's time to make dinner for the troops!

T out.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Where's the Bear? #3

The winning caption for last week is:  "Caution:  BEARly awake!"

Here's the new picture for this week.  Captions must be in by next Wednesday AM for this one!