Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Winter Blues


Son number one and I have the latest virus and it is annoying. Started with post nasal drip and quickly moved on to be the mother of all coughs. It is bad enough for me. I started it, I admit. Must have brought it home with me from my plane trip to Califonia for Dad's year memorial. Lots of coughing on that plane.

But for son number one, a cough can get ugly. He is approching his fourth monthly dose of Zolair, which is supposed to be the magic number of doses before Zolair changes the lives of asthma sufferers. We shall see.

But back to me. I guess my mammogram looked a little funny so they want me to get additional mammogram views and an ultrasound. Lucky me. The nurse did not sound too worried but then it's not her girls we are talking about! I know nothing about my family history as far as breast cancer (or anything else) goes - thanks to closed adoption records in New York state! Will know more Thurday.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Today as I assist my husband with our first attempt at smoking a turkey on our newish smoker, I think about how lucky we are to have family, friends and a cozy house to come home to. I wish you all the best this holiday season. Hold your family close.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Madagascar Memories

Today, after intentionally taking a detour down Willamette Falls Drive to look at the American flags that lined the street and reminding the boys why today, Veterans' Day, is important to all of us, we headed to the movies. It WAS raining!

Madagascar 2 was playing so we got in line with everyone else and went to see it. It was entertaining. One of my sons actually asked when we could see it again - not until video I told him. I never understood why people would go to see the same movie in theaters more than once but that is just me. But now I am getting off subject.

Madagascar the first movie holds a special place in my heart. A special place in my heart due to a speach impediment my third son had until he was almost four years old. He could not pronounce a hard "C" or a hard "G."

This lead to some interesting situations. At age three, while we were in the grocery checkout line he asked what we were doing next. I told him "I need to get some gas." So he repeats: "You need to 'et some 'ass?" A man in line behind me practically fell on the floor laughing.

But the best was when Madagascar the first movie came out. In his speak it was - "Madamasshard." I kid you not. The big guys had a field day. "Hey, little guy, what movie did you see?"

A big thank you to all you Veterans and those that still serve - today and every day. We are free to go silly movies on a Tuesday afternoon. I will make sure my sons are thankful too.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Surprising Amount of Interest In Knitting Circle

Well, I must say that I am pleasantly surprised. I got a large amount of positive responses for the knitting circle idea. Now I need to plan it and clean my house! Downstairs at least! I am very excited but nervous.

Friday, October 17, 2008

A Knitting Circle

I have been looking to join a knitting group since I moved to Oregon. After talking to a friend in California about the group she belongs to, I've decided to start my own.

Yesterday I sent out an email to some women friends that I would like to spend more time with. I asked them if they knitted or if they would like to learn how. I offered my house for the location and I said that I would serve lunch. Then I sat back and waited.

I was not sure how this would go over. I am usually the only knitter sitting at the various baseball, basketball, football and swimming practices and games that I attend for the boys. But the responses are encouraging. I will let you know how it all unfolds. Very exciting!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Lexi's Pumpkin Farm

Yesterday I had the pleasure of heading out to Canby Oregon to a hidden gem: Lexi's Pumpkin Farm. This is a wonderful family farm full of beautiful, not your grocery store variety, pumpkins and squash. If you are looking for pony rides, hay maze and screaming children, this is not the place! If you want squash so beautiful it would make Martha Stewart cry, this is it!

My friend Celeste and I found Lexi's Farm by accident last year. We were making a drive to a more popular pumpkin farm in Canby when we came upon Lexi's. We had to return this year! Fall decorating is an event for Celeste, and she does an amazing job. I try my best.

So yesterday morning I picked up Celeste for what has become our annual pumpkin hunt. We zipped along 99W enjoying lovely river views and the autumn leaves. Towards the end of Canby we turned right on Barlow Road. The address is 23950 Barlow Road, Canby.

There we met Bill, farmer and proprietor of not only this fine farm but also a restaurant called Curry's Landing in Charboneau (his dishes sound amazing).

As Celeste and I picked our way through his fields, Bill followed us around cutting the orbs we chose right from the vines. He had Spaghetti Squash, gorgeous Blue Moon pumpkins, titan Jack o' Lantern pumpkins, mini pumpkins, yellow pumpkins, white Ghost pumpkins, dark orange Cinderella pumpkins and giant Cinderella pumpkins and more. Really, gorgeous stuff. All at excellent prices.

Bill even got his tractor out to bring us the prize giant Cinderellas that we each picked and then loaded them into my van.

I will probably make a separate trip to Lexi's with my three boys to let them pick out some jack o' lanterns to carve. This trip was all for me!

So if you want some beautiful autumn decor head out to Canby. Tell Bill that the two crazy girls in the gray van who brought aprons and rubber boots to wear in the fields sent you.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Gobblins, Gouls & a Machete

It's that time of year again! I love this time of year!

The very shelves that not long ago held back to school supplies are now bursting with Halloween stuff - full of spooky fun. We actually got an early start and got some costume things a couple weeks ago.

My boys are all beyond the cute stuff now. They want all the scary and gross stuff. The good news is that they like to mix and match with the old stuff we have in the Halloween bins making it all more economical during these tighter financial times.

So we walked the aisles in Target. Son number one chose a hockey mask and machete a la "Friday the Thirteenth" that he can wear with an old shirt. Son number two has been a mad scientist for the last three years and he will re-use his lab coat and add shackles to his ensemble. Son number three chose a "platinum" skull mask with black hair attached to wear with his old zombie costume.

I do miss the old costumes like Pooh bear, firefighter, lion, pirate and pumpkin. I miss holding my youngest while he was snug in his pumpkin costume (when he would let me - he was just learning to walk that Halloween!). My twins were a shark and a surfer one year - complete with tiny wetsuit, shark costume and surfboard. Son number one's face peeked out of the mouth of the shark costume. So cute! A picture of them dressed that way was on our Christmas card that year!

Those of you that have very young kids this Halloween, enjoy! It does not last long!

How about you? Do you have your costumes started yet, or am I crazy?