Saturday, July 31, 2010
1. I finally set up the "Gorilla Rack" I bought from A-Boy some months ago. That allowed me to empty the boxes of auto supplies, special cleaners, dog shampoo, bike cleaning supplies and that sort of thing, which were piled up all over the carport. They now have their own special place, and this makes me very happy.
2. I broke down ALL of the empty cardboard boxes from the move and set them up to go out with recycling on Monday morning. Looks SO much better!
3. I went to A-Boy and got some screws so the kids' dad could help me hang the heavy, white utility cabinet I bought at a garage sale around the time I was moving in here. It hangs on one of the house sides out under the carport above the "Gorilla Rack" shelving system I set up, and it holds the kids art supplies. Ta Daaaa!
4. Ron also put up the bicycle hangers I bought for the carport while he was at it, too, so now the kids bikes can be put up and out the way - and locked even! Now I have way more room in the little storage shed out back, because the bikes aren't in there. I have put the boxes of winter boots and such, which were also sitting out on the carport, in the backyard storage shed - and out of sight!
5. I also finally delivered the pile of stuff I had collected for Goodwill. It looks so much better now that it's all gone and not sitting there gathering dust and cobwebs!
6. Since Ron was here with the kids earlier, and I was trying to get other things done, he mowed the lawn for me. It wasn't so high that I couldn't take care of it or anything like that, but it sure is nice that I don't have to mess with it again for awhile!
I feel so much better about the front of my house, even though the house itself isn't much to look at. It's just so much more tidy than it's been. I feel so much lighter having taken care of so much of it today. I do have a few more things to take care of, though.
I will be calling Goodwill, or some other organization to come and pick up the derelict sofa my landlady left here. She told me she wanted, but never did pick it up, so it's been sitting out on the carport gathering dust and getting faded out, until I covered it in a garish orange tarp. She recently told me I could have someone come take it way, in an airy voice suggesting that she never meant for me to leave it out there. (whatever...I'm just happy that it will be gone soon)
I think I want to put some hanging flower baskets out front, to add something bright and cheery to
this drab little, light blue box. I will go look for something tomorrow!
Now...off for some reading. In peace!
Friday, July 30, 2010
Finally, this morning, I have pumped up my tires, dusted off my seat and handles and gotten back on my bike. I even actually rode it into work. I feel fantastic.
I don’t know why I’ve not ridden for most of the Summer, but I do know that I missed it. I will have to work harder at it for awhile because I’ve lost my fitness momentum, but I am looking forward to those endorphins that I really need in my life for balance and mental health – never mind keeping weight off.
I’m looking forward to the way that riding again will help me continue to overcome the feelings of being overwhelmed that I’ve had in recent months. I’m working to prioritize and simplify my life as best I can, and exercise is the missing piece that’s most critical to me at this juncture. Playing softball once a week just doesn’t cut it!
Here’s to climbing back on that “horse!”
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Orange is my joy.
Purple - my pain.
I've sepia memories
through bright silver rain.
The cool brown earth,
it wants me to stay.
But the golden horizon
begs me away.
Since everyone still wanted to have a picnic, we compromised and ate rustic baguettes with blue cheese, brie, berries, grapes and cherries out on our back deck before we went our seperate ways. It was delightful! It's such a shady, pleasant spot back there! Evan and I took the remaining baguette with us on the hike, and Stella and Annie looked forward to Ice Cream at Maplewood.
I had such a nice time with my young son. I've not spent time with just him in a very long time. He is always such good company and I like that he really notices beauty around him. We have that in common. And while I really enjoy my girls, Evan is also very engaging, but doesn't feel the need to talk constantly. He does have interesting thoughts to share and is really fun to hang out with. We had a pleasant drive to Eagle Creek, the hike we chose because we had limited time, but wanted to get out of town. Evan's never been there. Because I usually have all three kids with me if I have one, and it's got some really high, narrow places where it would be tough to manage the safety of all three at once, I don't go there with kids, usually. It's a great hike, though, because it's got an easy grade, and there are spectactular views all the way, so that even though we couldn't make it all the way to even Punchbowl Falls with our time limits, we enjoyed plenty of beautiful sights and some good exercise.
We also really enjoyed playing in Eagle Creek on our way back to the car, and I took a few photos, too, of my beautiful little boy in this beautiful place.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
(To see any of these larger, simply click on them.)
|Stella enjoying her GIANT Elephant Ear|
|Annie doing the same.|
|Recycling is big in Portland.|
|Smoking clowns using walkers, not so much...|
|Stella just noticed the smoking clown.|
|Lots going on at the fountain.|
|She preferred to twirl her hoola hoop.|
|Sunshine in Portland makes people joyful!|
|Annie enjoyed water in Evan's face, but I don't think Evan did.|
|Stella thought the guy with the dog was funny, too.|
|Do you think this boy was having fun?|
|Evan and Annie sure were!|
|Love her "Popeye" expression, here.|
|Wrinkly fingers = fun times!|
|Do you think the fountain designer had this in mind?|
|Annie wanted to make sure I knew what Evan was doing.|
|You thought that was funny, right?|
|Thing 1 and Thing 2, back at home.|
Friday, July 2, 2010
My travel partner, Shellie, and I heard great Jazz and talked to so many warm and friendly people. We drank refreshing cocktails unlike any I've had before, and we soaked in sights that have been shared by travelers and fellow romantics for hundreds of years. There was such a rich mixture of history, delicious food, pathos, debauchery, beauty, heady scents and magical moments. I won't forget sweet Miss Elizabeth, the psychic tarot card reader with the healing spirit we met on our way to a late night bite to eat. And Noche Flamenca, the world famous Spanish flamenco troupe who shared our hotel space, provided a truly unique diversion during our downtime. What fun they were with their singing and clapping by the pool! Their company was simply lovely. Their performance at Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, the oldest continuously running theatre in the country, was absolutely breathtaking. It brought tears to my eyes. Today, my words aren't really up to accurately describing everything I loved about New Orleans. I truly felt like I was in another country. It was such an exotic place. For now, I just want to acknowledge a trip that will hold a special place in my memories for the rest of my life.
Here are a few of my favorite photos from the trip. Some are not technically great, but they make me smile to see them. I hope you enjoy them, too.