Things kept me from writing this month: Stoking the wood stove for one. We had severe winds for a long time, and it wasnâ€™t without consequences. We saw that in a walk with friends/neighbors Karen & Baird with dogs Ellie & Mac down Newton Road into Forest Park a few days after the winds ceased. The walk brought to our attention the power of nature. Scores of new trees had blown down. These two trees were down just 100 yards from the Smiths home on the way TO Newton Rd:
So on we go and pass two other down trees to get on Newton. Halfway to the park, the scene in front of us was of the grand Cedar Tree that fell across Newton and shown in an earlier post. That tree snapped halfway up, landed across the outstretched branches of a tree on the other side of the road! What a site! About a week later, someone it had apparently fallen and been cut upâ€¦..too bad.
We enter the park, and about 100 yards in, was this mess of HUGE old trees laying across each other and one still up but leaning:
We all wondered what it would have been like to be there at the moment all these snapped in the winds. We continued on and took the Wildwood trail to circle back to Newton:
This VERY scenic trail runs below our house all the way back to downtown Portland, about 20 miles in a meandering wander.
Anyway, this was a memorable walk.
Rodger took time to go to Ripon, CA for the annual Morgan Family Reunion held at Aunt Paulaâ€™s to coincide with the â€œRipon Almond Blossom Festivalâ€, and you know the old Ripon saying, â€œFrom the Blossom Comes the Nutâ€. Hmmmm. Rodger had a great time staying with Paula and seeing all the family. Cousin Karenâ€™s crafting talents continue to expand, and this quilt is her latest:
The detail is unbelievable, all that art work is NOT just a fabric piece, that was Karenâ€™s handiwork.
Rodgerâ€™s car broke down and the rental company replaced it with A Charger, so weâ€™re NOT sure just how fast everyone was moving when cruisinâ€™ Riponâ€™s Main St:
They DID have a lot of fun with the car though.
No big group pictures were taken, but he caught one of the Thomas Sisters, Mom Karen, Grandpa Pete and Aunt Paula:
Rodgers return with a heap-0-goodies, and that’s normal when returning from Ripon. He bought a Garden Harvest basket that will come in handy about July on. He brought six dozen absolutely fresh extra large eggs, pounds of almonds flavored in every way, Rice Krispie Treats from Aunt Paula, cookies, Potato & Ham Chowder, and other assorted foodie things. That meant Yum for a while…….
We joined Boys Roushdi and Eran for dinner at Ringside downtown where you begin always with: Onion Rings. No one does them better than Ringside. We enjoyed prime rib, steak, and Mark ordered Chicken Livers done perfectly. That evening was capped by hearing Al Franken speak at the Schnitzer Hallâ€¦â€¦..a lot of material weâ€™d already heard on his radio program, so we were a little disappointed, but it was FUN to see Roush & Eran.
Feb 20 meant it was Jason and Lizâ€™s first anniversary celebrated with another honeymoon at the coastâ€¦..It dredged up memories of piano rehearsals for Mark to honorably play for their wedding, a grand experience one year ago on that fabulous Piano.
I must finish this diary entry, but before I do, I must mention a March surprise. Just as our weather conditions began to improve, Markâ€™s mini-greenhouse sitting in the front porch alcove was sprouting, just as Robins and Song Sparrows have arrived to begin nesting, and trees are budding, etc., we have been rewarded with a snowstorm that was prefaced by high winds. The winds last night blew over the â€œgreenhouseâ€ so most of the plants are lost, but SNOW came afterwards and hereâ€™s some pics to prove it (THIS should prove to some naysayers that it doesnâ€™t ALWAYS rain hereâ€¦.sometimes it snows):
Neighbor Stevie Goetz proudly displays his new SnowBunny crafted this morning.
Looking from the driveway over the berm up toward the garage
From Skyline Blvd looking up to the front of the house
Looking out the front window this morning.
**This is an important one but it may be hard to see all the little birds. There are two or three on the branch suet feeder (the pole with the round appearing holes?), birds on the caged suet (caged to protect it from large birds or squirrels), and more birds on the suet hanging at the deck edge. In THIS weather, feeding the birds just may save their little lives. Yep, weâ€™re messing with Mother Nature.
And so it goes. We hope this El Nino concludes soon so we have a spring and can plant a garden by May. Whew.