This evening I made it to the youth Bible study, which was refreshing and inspiring.

This morning I got out to pick flowers, which always makes me happy. 

Baby shower

Yesterday I hosted a baby shower for a friend. Or more accurately, provided the location and the kitchen. About 35 ladies, plus little girls, showed up. I wish I had gotten out earlier to take pictures of six dozen donuts, the five icings and the multitude of toppings that were laid out. It was pretty spectacular.

This morning we canned tuna. I got to sit outside for a bit and enjoy the view while waiting for the canner to heat up. Then I spent time cleaning up from the shower, running errands in the afternoon and making home made carnitas tacos for dinner.

A quiet week

I’ve been pretty quiet as I’ve been dealing with hydrops this past week. It is discouraging, but it could be so much worse.

My highlight of the week was going to the rodeo. It was a good distraction and was nice to get out of the house!

Last Wednesday was also the first Functional Neurology Support Group meeting. It was a small but mighty start. I was pretty excited that two other people showed up! 

Over the weekend it was nice weather and hot enough to go swimming, which was another good distraction. There are not too many hot days of summer left, so we are squeezing as many trips in as we can!

Today was more swimming after church and then a church barbecue at a friend’s house. I got to hold Dietrich quite a bit, which I’m sure he enjoyed as much as I did.

Interesting week

This week was a different type of week for me. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday I worked as a background extra for a TV series.  It involved early mornings, long days and not enough sleep. But it was interesting as usual and the people I meet are always fascinating. 

On Friday we attempted to go camping. It was a fail, so we ended up back home for dinner, some Olympics and then enjoyed our own campfire in the backyard and watched for the meteor shower.

We did discover this dam though. 

It was beautiful to walk along.

And on Saturday we played in the river with friends at a newly discovered protected inlet. We brought air matresses and a friend brought her giant flamingo. Which was amazing.


Today we headed to Champoeg for the afternoon to attend a 50 year anniversary party. The couple we were celebrating have been instrumental in promoting the costumed interpreter program which we were really involved with for a couple of years. A fellow party-goer insisted on taking our family picture at the monument.

At the party we ran into other friends of ours who the Newell Village where we also volunteered. Since the last time we had been there they had moved a log cabin onto the property, so we went by to visit and see the changes. The cabin looked gorgeous!


This may look like I was all out-doorsy today, but really the hike was just to help offset being glued to the Olympics all day. After the hike (which was shorter than I hoped, thanks to one car not paying attention to the map) we had dinner down by the river. Some left early to go watch the Olympics, but the parentals and I sat by the river and read for awhile. Bliss. Then we came home to watch more Olympics.

Firepit chat

This evening was another firepit chat. The evening got a bit chilly so lots of blankets were brought out. The little boys had an apple war in the orchard, and one of them got stung crawling under our “wagon”… ie, the trailer. 

This afternoon I canned more tuna, which is about as exciting as it sounds. I mostly sat there to monitor the guage for two hours. Whoopee.

And late this evening we caught some of the Olympics! Yay!


Today was a fairly ordinary day. Took a walk, did summer school with Jacob, ran errands, cooked dinner, cleaned up dinner and then canned tuna. 

I canned tuna for the first time. And I’m still alive.

I sat outside to monitor the pressure canner and finished a book on blogging and started one on biomechanics. The air was the perfect temp so it was pretty pleasant. And then around 10:30 pm, with 45 minutes still to go, I was starting to get tired of reading by the harsh lights and cheated by bringing my laptop outside. Love me some modern technology.

Finished it

This evening, I finally finished the book War and Peace. I started it over five years ago, but have done most of the 50 out of 70 hours of listening to it in the past nine months. So happy to be done with it! Whew.

This morning we had our first ladies bible study. We are studying Psalm 103, and it’s nice to be doing the studying together instead of having homework to do during the week.

On a lesser note, Jacob and I played games this afternoon. I think I beat him twice. We played six rounds of Pentago, several card games, and then finished with Canasta. It was his winning day! Just glad we didn’t play poker….