It’s obvious I’m not even recording a ‘diary’ history for my OWN use anymore. Last entry was May 8. In fact, there’s just an outline here of things I might use looking back a year from now……….. awful writer I am.
May 10 forward…….
We departed for Chicago for a 2 1/2 week trip on May 17. It was a fabulous time from beginning to end. Doug & Leon hosted our stay in the beginning at their home in Elgin…….enjoying their historical home’s comforts, the local best dining choices, and talking….a lot. Grand time. We prepped with them a tiny bit for some of their friends who always join at their house as it’s right in a city Race route….met some of the heartland’s finest.
A highlight of this visit was visiting the Peggy Braetbart Nature Museum visiting Doug’s butterfly Gardens…
it was an amazing science experience with the tour of the labs where many of the creatures are raised. Whew.
Taking the river tours featuring Chicago outside architecture is a learning experience…..this is one FINELY designed city.
We trekked from there northward to River Falls, WI where Bev Hoppe held a grand dinner evening at her home for her kids, cousin Jeff and us….I will never forget that evening. We were treated as if we’d been lifelong best friends…….. We also got to see some beautifully constructed artistic wooden pieces built by Bill Hoppe, who Bev lost just a months prior….. What a night we spent! Bev and Beth took us on a hike for birding, seeing grand waterfalls at Kinninnick:
, rock climbers, dining at a re=built Post Office, shopping, another grand day…. Then we drove the 40 miles to Minneapolis to stay with Brenda & Thomas a couple of nights and catch up with their lives…..we’ve missed them since they returned to the heartland from Portland a few months prior. Thomas with the kids Ben & Eva:
Neither of us had ever been to WI OR MN . . . . .so everything we saw was fantastic…..those lush rolling hills of hardwood forests are beautiful.
We came back to Chicago to stay with my cousin Dennis n Nan who live in a beautiful home SO close to Soldier Field, its what you see out one of their back windows….. From here we toured the city with NAN as our guide for the architectural secrets, a day at the art institute with Tate Hunt as our guide…it was sure great to SEE Tate again….hadn’t seen him since the blogger gathering in 2005? Gavin, also a friend made through the blog world joined us from NY……what a great few days we enjoyed in Chicago.
**Don’t forget to talk about Wrigley Field……in its 100th anniversary year, yes, we took the tour.
We arrived back home to some hard work trying to get a garden started at the END of May (the penalty I can report now as I write this in August……little fruit ripe yet, it[‘s still all big huge plants)…… going to Classic Pianos who had FOUND the very jewel of a piano I’d been wanting for some time….these fabulous brothers gave me all the money I’d paid for the old tinny one back toward this new one that they had found and held for me for a month……
a very nice little Kawaii Upright….almost sounds like the baby grand I mistakenly gave up a few years ago.
June involved everything June does in Portland…..getting geared u-p for summer…. It began with making the strawberry freezer jam! Yum. That’s followed 2 weeks later when the Cascade Delight Raspberries ripen at West Union Gardens….more jam……
Then we await the July creation of Apricot Jam, then the Triple Crown Blackbery Jam, and right NOW, aug early, I am awaiting making Peach Ginger Jam.
JULY – brought a visit from a fabulous Niece, Shauna, hubby Moe & beautiful kids Miriam & Sommer……. we had MORE fun than I could have thought so I am happy they’ll be in Utah for a year, maybe we’ll get to see them again before they had back to Ontario, Canada where Shauna’s a bus prof of history. Midieval History.
And, LATE in July, STILL trying to get that veggie garden up to speed and fighting MOLES as I’ve NEVER had to fight them before (I suppose because we haven’t sprayed anything Monsanto out in our yard for a few years….so it’s healthy, yes, but it’s a losing battle against moles…..in FACT, IF….the FIRST year I’d ever tried to grow a vegetable garden involved what the fight has been this year, I seriously DOUBT if I’d EVER kept gardening….. ). Well, July 18……. while watering that garden with the soaker hose, a mole tunnel collapses the corn plants I’m standing next to, and I dive to the ground hoping to plug it without losing 5′ tall plants…..my pinkie finger hits something hard, and I end up with a condition called: MALLET FINGER
WHICH…….will hamper what I do for 8 weeks. I went to E/R next day, and to the doctor Monday, and now have a small plastic cast to hold the finger straight (all the tendons were torn loose)….. can’t get it wet, can;t do much…. big oops.
I have this cast replaced/updated for the first time tomorrow morning.
That oops explains my poor typing, and…..during the family pickling weekend THIS coming saturday-sunday…..I hope I’ll get my share of work in. I’m prepping the kitchen and supplies now…….6 of us will be here to make 140 quarts of grandma Rays Pickles……again…… it’s now a family tradition.
Well, I’ve missed a LOT of trivial fun bits of life we enjoyed this summer, it’s been a most interesting one, and maybe someday I can get a few pics thrown in here…..but for now, this will have to do.
AUGUST……month of more home-made potato salads
, watermelon, peach jam, home-=made ice cream, BBQ, fighting moles, watering, enjoying a summer night or two on the town, and on and on and on and on…………..love summer.