Archive for June, 2016

Re -Working Front Yard

I’m in the process of removing the mulch in front, putting pavers near the sidewalk and replacing mulch with the same kind of gravel we have elsewhere.

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Trash Can Potatoes

My potatoes are in the black trash cans and peas in the blue container. I should be able to harvest all, and then be able to grow another round this summer.

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Wild Flowers Growing in Our Backyard

We have A LOT of pansies growing wild. I love flowers, so don’t want to pull them. Yet, it looks too chaotic. Also have lots of sunflowers growing.

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Ralph’s Cooking Again!

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Oregon Train Derailment Spills Oil, Sparks Fire

This is exactly where we went camping last weekend. Our camp site at the State Park was less than 100′ from the train tracks. Ralph learned to use ear plugs [I’m already an expert], since a train came thru probably every hour…either on the OR or WA side of the river.

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Bend Being Evacuated?

On the way home on Monday over Memorial weekend, we got back on 97 about 2 hrs north of Bend, and there was bumper to bumper traffic headed toward Portland. Something neither of us are used to seeing.

Ralph kept joking (we didn’t have wifi or read any news while camping)…do you think there’s been an Evacuation Notice and everyone knows something that we don’t? Yes, there was that much traffic. Can’t imagine what the town was like with all those people visiting.

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Memaloose State Park (Oregon)

We camped over Memorial Day weekend at a state park along the Columbia River. Mannn, was it windy. Yes, it’s known to be the Wind Surfing Capital Of The World, and yes, we were right next to the river, but I somehow didn’t think it would be that windy.

I am shocked that our tent held. We staked it well, and the stake loops stayed attached to the tent, as the tent gyrated and took on very lively contortions as the wind blew. (I can’t believe we didn’t take photos or a video of the way it gyrated. Ahem.)

Reviews of the campground all mention the loud trains 24/7, not only on the Oregon side (about 100′ away), but also on the Washington side. Even though they didn’t blow their whistles, they were very loud. For the first time, Ralph learned to put ear plugs in…they helped.

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