Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Coming & Going...

At the same time Marymine and grand Lauren were deplaning at PDX, to spend a few days with us, grands J & Miss B were boarding a flight from PDX to So Cal for a week at the beach.
After I picked up Marymine & Lauren, I drove them up to Vista House for a view of the Columbia Gorge.




On to Multnomah Falls we went, then up river to cross over on the Bridge of the Gods, and into Stevenson for a late lunch on the patio at Clark & Lewie's. A group of small sailboats and some guys parakiting provided the entertainment.


We came home via the Evergreen Hwy on the WA side of the river.

The next day we did the Oregon Zoo...

shhh, let sleeping bears lie...






We knew traffic would be bad going home so we decided to wait out the crush at Powell's Books in the Pearl Dist.  After spending considerable time in Powell's lightening our wallets, we did a little window shopping, then went to dinner at Backwoods Brewing Co. (The brew was not what we have come to expect, but the food was really good.) 
Next day, the girls headed over to Milwaukie, OR to get tattoos. (I'm not a fan of tats, but they are.) This is the one Marymine got, Lauren's is much smaller and less ornate.

 right after it was done so it looks much bigger than it is

When they got home, we headed off to a late dinner at Margaritaville with friends. The next day they flew home. It was so good to get to spend time with them. They promised me they will be back and bring the rest of the crew!

Picked up J and Miss B at PDX yesterday, they were sunburned from the beach & surfing, but had a good time. 




We have them for a week before they head home to start school. I'm going to miss them, they keep things interesting, and the music rock'n.

Sean changed out the Chev bowtie emblems on 'the new to me' ride from gold (not my favorite color) to black. Lov'n, as the grandkids call it "Nanny's Badass Ride".

Just so you know, it is not all play and no work around here...  I refinished 10 doors, the kitchen cabinets, and half the staircase.  Should be done with two more doors, the staircase, and baseboards today, right after I get the lawn mowed. On to re-screening a patio door, and a couple other little projects. 



25 comments:

  1. Sounds like great times with your family. I love the Gorge :) Beautiful photos of it.

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    1. Rain, It was, can hardly wait for more of them to come up. The Gorge is an amazing place. Thanks.

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  2. I forgot how pretty the Columbia River area is. Haven't seen it since we "Headed WEST!" for a looong summer vacation about 50 years (God....I'm that old?) ago.

    One of my Dad's brothers lived in Lyle, Washington, and after spending several weeks in Idaho at a horse ranch owned by a cousin of Mom's, we continued West to see "Uncle Leonard", who was kind of the 'black sheep' of the family.

    And that's a whole lotta wood refinishing, Brig. All I would do is wind up with a whole lotta refinished wood that somebody else would have to redo because I'd probably mess it up!

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    1. drjim, You & the Miss's need to come see the Gorge and me. There's room at the house.

      Usually the 'black sheep' of the family are the most interesting of people. Was that true for "Uncle Leonard"?

      From looking at your posts I doubt you would mess up. Sean thinks these projects are keeping me out of trouble... lol

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    2. Uncle Leonard was the first born of my Dad's five brothers and one sister. Not sure why he was considered the Black Sheep, other than he left home young, did a lot of traveling, and followed his own roads.

      *I* thought he was pretty cool, and his tavern/home on the Columbia was packed full of really neat stuff.

      I always consider Aunt Marion to be the Black Sheep. She "married well", and completely disconnected herself from the family and her 'working class' roots.

      Just not "into" wood working or refinishing. I probably have the skills to do it nicely, but just don't have the inclination.

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  3. Glad you're keeping busy. Nothing better than surfing among the surfer babes. Did you know that's another one of my hidden talents, although it's been awhile.

    Thanks fer the map readin names.

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    1. Woodsterman, I know you make the most beautiful wooden art. And now to find you are a surfer dude as well, wow!

      Thought I best put it place names when I started this post so you could map the course.

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  4. Wow you one busy woman! I am so happy you are enjoying your self! Sounds like a perfect summer for you! Be glad you are not down here in the 110 degree heat. Ugh!

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    1. CiNdEe, Being busy sorta keeps me from trouble, sorta...
      Prayers up for all of you in the Redding, Cali area with the Carr Fire and the heat, smoke, etc. Be safe!

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  5. Whew! I got tired just reading that..heh.

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    1. Hi Skip, I'm not as much of a whirlwind as it sounds... Doors open, coffee's on, come up an shoot.

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  6. That first picture is just beautiful. Sounds like you had a fun time and how do you get all that work done on the house....

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    1. Changes, It's beautiful country, my poor picture doesn't begin to do it justice.
      You could easily work circles around me.

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  7. Busy is good! :-) Even better with family!!!

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  8. Just catching up with you, Brig. Looks like good times all around. That scenery...incredible.

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    1. Granny Sue,
      Thanks for stopping by Sue.
      Sean got a hutch given to him, so I'm refurbishing it to go in his home office.
      My humble photo doesn't begin to do it justice.

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  9. Remember when tattoos were nasty and only on sailors or very drunken cowboys? LOL

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  10. You stay on the go. Looking at the pictures, I can certainly see why. Nice looking young ladies, keeping up with them must be a challenge. My kids run me ragged when they come to visit. I am a little taken aback, myself, with young people getting "tats", like Granny Annie I associate them with military personnel and the merchant marine. But my daughter says they are "body art" and fusses if I say anything snide when I see one.....

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    1. Harry, It sure was a lot easier to keep up with them when I was younger.
      As for tats, my daughter put in eight in the Navy, most in the PI, and never got one. Then about ten year ago the oldest grandson talked her into getting one the same time as he (8 yrs Navy Corpsman) was getting one. They are not for me, but they sure as shoot'n have earned the right to theirs.

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    2. My wife was in the Navy when I met her in 1982. I used to go down to Subic Bay and Olongopo from Okinawa when I was stationed in Oki from 1979-1980. Quite a place! I never got a tat but sometimes now, being retired, I wish I had so I could have an old, faded Bulldog or Globe and Anchor like the other old Geezers at the "hole in the wall" cafe! ;-)

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  11. Beautiful pics!

    Now I want to go surfing...

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    1. Thanks Padre.
      If you hooked up with a fast enough bass boat you could wake board behind it.

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  12. My F-150 had the blue enamel on all theree ovals slough off, grill, tailgate, and steering wheel. I now have PETERBILT ovals in all three places, as I could get three Peterbilt ones, for the price of one Ford. They are the same size, and look cooler, in my opinion.

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