Even though this is only a “diary” for myself (I check prior years entries for each season and compare just WHAT was happening in those little events we repeat every year…..) because things are a little different every year, and with this variable weather, it may mean you’re tilling the garden 1st of April of middle of May….. THAT being said, I know I don’t post so much since I’m not the creative mind=works that bubbles over with some kind of fascinating journal. Oh well, enough self pity, I want to write down what happened this month in 2012 before spring forces me to get REAL busy.
SO, for THAt note: It seems our hummer population IS a bit different……now about 1/3 Anna’s and 2/3 Rufous….they’re only up to about .6 – .8 quarts of food a day, but then compared to last year’s WET GRAY spring, there are LOTS of blooming flowers to dine on….so I can’t really say if our population count is any different this early on. We’re gald they’re here, that’s all.
Because we’ll be out of town when we SHOULD be tilling the vegetable garden, we got the first turn-over done April 14. That’s both the garden and big berm section we’ve had peas and beans planted in all winter for the soil. ALL that leaf mulch that’s been composting on the garden since november’s now underneath, and now in its 15th year, the soil looks rich and dark……..
not to mention, I’ve dug out ONE more row of lawn on the north side (we removed that plum tree last year, so now BIG SUN’s on this side of the garden.
**Damn Dandelion routine has begun….not 1-3 times a week, but EVERY day I’m out there diggin’ up the blooming plants…and it’ll continue for a week or two. Since neighbor ED cut out the forest on our north side, he’s got millions of Dandelions in that field, and we inherit the seeds. NO, I can’t spray. We FEED the birds who are mostly arrived by now and setting up nesting. But, it’s sorta in my style…I get very acquainted with what’s happening on every inch of the property doing things this way. So I can’t complain about it.
Jeff T was here from Winchester, VA in late March for training his peers…. we lucked out with a couple days visit and it was HIS wish to go to the: EVERGREEN AVIATION MUSEUM in McMinnville. We’ve never been. Rodger had to work, but was I overwhelmed with the size of the place. Three buildings: 1) Water Slide – with a 747 sitting on top of the building where the slide begins….it’s that big. 2) Offices, galleries, etc., – that building was closed. 3) the Museum itself which IS ruled by Howard Hughes SPRUCE GOOSE sitting in the middle of the building dwarfing everything everywhere…the largest airplane every built. You couldn’t ignore this thing the entire time you were here. Dozens of aircraft and air memorabilia including lots of rockets from our big space exploratory time, er, the COLD War….ICBM’s to including launch pads drilled into the basements….huge. This WAS a fascinating afternoon remembering a lot of airplane history I’ve seen develop over my own lifetime.
Beth Stidham, and Bev Hoppe were in town, Mom and daughter to visit sis Brenda / Thomas who have just recently finally been able to bring home their adoptive children from Ethiopia. Ben and Eva are just about 2, not related, but have been in orphanages all their lives. This is a serious life-changing experience for these two….I have NO idea how someone can handle the drama this will bring to them……. We got to take BEV birding on Sauvie Island for one more weekend seeing the progress of the migrations, and nest building of the heron rookeries. We were happy to find the partners for the calling, lonely, male osprey’s from the week before had arrived at every nest:
THAT was fun.
The next weekend, we spend an evening at the home of my dear departed cousin Nancy’s son, “J” and partner (& Yoga Master) Bhakti’s housewarming right down the hill….they’ve just moved into their new home in St Johns, and that was a good time….family members everywhere….that we don’t see often. Hopefully, we’ll get better acquainted with these two as they settle into the new life they’re beginning here. If you’re interested at all in Yoga, do check out Bhakti Foster . . . she has a small studio right in the house.
Then, just LAST Friday, Apr 14, I got to go with neighbor, and certainly the go-to-guy about anything mechanical, Dave, to the annual Portland Swap Meet….the largest in the west held every spring…..sometimes in the rain. It covers every square inch of the Portland Expo Center, the Parking Lot, and the International Raceway adjacent to the Expo Center. It’s huge, mammoth, I have NO words to give someone a feel for the scope of this event. Hundreds/thousands of booths, or just people with a lot of car parts, collector cars, memorabilia about cars, some of it rusty, some of it fully restored, it’s truly overwhelming. We only saw half of the show and were there 6 hours.
My Niece Stephanie was due in town Apr 19 – 22 ….someone I have not seen since she was probably 6….now in her 40′s. She reminded me on arrival with beau Jack that she and sis Karen did see me in the early 70′s at my place in SLC….where we lived about 4 doors down from her paternal grandfather. Nonetheless, it was sheer delight. Since we lost HER mom, my only sister, some 40 years ago, it was amazing to see this woman across from me reflecting so much of what I remember of Fran. We had an amazing evening ending up at Voodoo dougnuts…..
Yesterday, I was re-united with Carolyn Taghon,one of my HS class favorite friends. Carolyn was ALWAYS a brilliant thinker, loving, kind, funny, sharing everything. She STILL IS. What a fabulous couple of hours visiting with someone as agnostic as I am, and seems like no time had passed….. I sure do hope that opens the door for us to get back in touch regularly……. good times.
Now, we’re leaving town for another first……I may have traveled to other part of this country, and a bit of Europe, but never to Arizona. I’ve never liked the heat. But with friends there now, and to meet new friends, we’re leaving tomorrow and can’t wait for this adventure. We fly in Thursday, meet Spo & Someone, dine at one fine elegant MX restaurant in Scottsdale, stay with them…..Friday, Homer picks us up and we drive to Flagstaff for a weekend with his beau Evan…where we’ll visit the Grand Canyon, no, not hoover dam….. THEN, Sunday, we’ll head for Tucson ….Rodger and I will be nature hiking exploring for the days Homer works…and there’s PLENTY of spectacular desert mountains, wetlands, history to explore there…. Finally, we’ll end up back in Phoenix prior to flying home and hopefully stay with Michael & David one more evening…… Sounds like a fabulous way to end April….out of Portland’s gray spring.
What a post. Not a pic, no time, just whizzing by here to enter a few things before I forget they happened….. There’s LOTS to say about what’s happening in my life, and someday I hope to write it down.