Thursday, August 23, 2018


One of my favorite pieces of music is "Ashokan Farewell". Jay Ungar composed it in 1982. I listened to and loved it before it became a famous part of Ken Burn's Civil War series.

 For the back story on this beautiful music:

Monday, August 13, 2018

The salmon creek journal...

Went to the NatureScaping Wildlife Botanical Gardens in Brush Prairie with my sister-in-law, last week. It has many themed gardens, it's kinda rustic, but gives you a good idea of what you can grow here.

 The gardens are just across the road from a working dairy. 

Who would think I would miss the smell of hay fields and cows.  I sure do and liked it when I saw springers in one of the barns.

I didn't know about the botanical gardens til I was out early early one morning weeding in the front yard. Having wandered out front so early I plum forgot I was still wearing my sparkly slippers (a present from one of my SIL's who thought I needed more sparkle in my life). The next door neighbor came out to see what I was up to. Soon we were talking gardens while we pruned one of Sean's shrubs. She told me about the botanical gardens. Oh, and that she loved my sparkly slippers.

On Saturday night we took the big & small kids to the Clark County Fair and watched the Tuff Trucks. Lots of hoot'n & holler'n & foot stomp'n. Tuffest truck was the one that lost forward gear near the end of the course, put'er in reverse and finished!  Then the littlest wanted to go on a ride so off we went to the flying machines.  

Sunday was early mass for me, while the rest of the crew was in recovery mode.  In the afternoon Sean hooked up the boat, loaded up all the kids and took them to the river for wake boarding and tubing.  I stayed home to finish making a rice salad, and a fresh peach salsa for dinner at Sean's friends.   They fixed Mahi Mahi, Halibut, & Beef tacos.  Super tasty. 

Today, Sean worked from home. After he was done we took the "new to me" ride to several RV places to look at travel trailers. I don't want anything too big or fancy. We found a couple that might work for me. It was good to have Sean along, he's a big tall guy, so he tested shower, ceiling, & seating spaces, as well as asked pertinent questions of the salesmen. 

The estate stuff goes on and on and on...  My brother didn't sign the release that he received his transfer of funds from the estate's bank account. The estate attorney asked me to get verification from dad's bank, so they could take it to the court and have the estate signed off on and closed. I contacted the bank and they can give me proof that the transfer was completed. So as soon as that gets here I can fax it back down there... and maybe...