Went across town for mass this morning. Much more to my liking, a large, friendly parish, simple building and lots of young families.
Had to put a budget wise hold on my going to IKEA, and promptly found a garden center not all that far from the house. They have so many plants that I really couldn't raise in Cali, plus cool stuff, and super helpful, knowledgeable staff.
You don't realize how insidiously restrictive and unfriendly Cali has gotten til you live elsewhere. Here there is no bag hassle at stores, or straw hassle or water hassle in restaurants or... There is no lack of staff to help you, staff actually not only ask if they can help, they will take you to what you are looking for and are knowledgeable about what they have. They are genuinely friendly!
We went to the drags in Portlandia last week. Lots of different rigs racing the clock. Everything from an ol farm truck (my favorite), a funky Subaru, to really hot dragsters. Weather was perfect. Fun evening with lots of friends, food, and a couple of craft beers...
OMG, these people know how to do fireworks! They were everywhere, in driveways, on the streets, neighbors competing to see who had the biggest bang and block parties galore.
Sean got home from the build in Arlington on Friday in time to pickup the used upright freezer I found. We need it for the quarter of beef he bought and the salmon & halibut he is bringing back from Alaska. He flew up to Juneau Saturday morning, then on to Eagles Nest Lodge via float plane to fish for four days...sigh. It really is a much needed and well deserved break for him.
I sold Hank, my pickup, and the Rav and found a good rig for me. 2016 with only 15,000 miles. Picked it up Friday evening and I'm liking it, love the Tungsten color. No more vanilla, or grey for me. Sean likes it too, in fact has mentioned that I could put it in writing that it goes to him when I'm no longer kick'n. LOL...