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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Crazy Busy

I'm trying to remember Friday.  Oh, yes, we went to breakfast and stayed longer than usual. Back home I put away stuff after getting home from Whidbey Gramma Camp the day before, edited my pics, posted a blog, picked produce from the garden and flowers to be arranged, and made a macaroni salad for Saturday.

Saturday we were out of the house by 6:45 in order to get to Vernonia, Oregon in time for a family meeting at 10:00 at my sister Ilene's house.  There my two sisters and my brother and I signed off on the official documents to relinquish our ownership of the family cabin at Rockaway Beach over to the Norquist Legacy Trust. 
 Our cabin has undergone a big transformation in the last few years.  The photo above is from April of this year, and the one below is of August of 2014.  On my sidebar you can see the cabin as it was before, when our mother was still alive. It was her legacy that provided us with the cabin and the money to make the improvements. 
My siblings and I have spent many hours over the last six months bringing about this change in ownership, and now the cabin belongs to all generations of the family who are members of the Trust. We celebrated our accomplishment.

We were going to meet in a park in town but the cold wind drove us out and into the garage of Ilene's brand new house.  A recent widow, she just moved into her new house a week ago, after selling her old family home and having a just-right house built for her. We celebrated her new house. 

Then it was time for the First Annual Trustees Meeting for the Norquist Legacy Trust.  With a lot going on this time of year, we didn't get everyone there, but several were available via smart phone as we elected officers and decided on operating procedures and the next maintenance projects.  We celebrated the participation of our young people in the decision making. 

Then, of course, we had a picnic.  The rain had let up, but we just stayed in the garage and ate fried chicken and salads and cake and pies, Oh MY!

 We took a group photo, of course.

And then, if that wasn't enough celebrating, we went to a wedding! Ilene's grandson Logan was marrying his lovely bride Lisa in a park.  Mostly the rain held off and the wedding was lovely.

 My sisters and I had a good time. 
 Ilene with her grandson Logan and granddaughter Stephanie.



We had a long drive back home, arriving back in the dark and the rain at 11:00.  It was a long but very good day.

Of course while we were gone, that big wind and rain storm hit our area.  We did not lose power, but we do have a mess to clean up outside, if we ever get time to do it. 
 Fortunately we did not have any trees down on our house. 
Sunday we managed to get in a walk between showers, and then at noon we left to go to another Sounders soccer match downtown at the stadium. It was a big game against our biggest rival, Portland, and 64,350 fanatics were in attendance.
Including Jill and these two. 
 We got to watch as the huge tifo was deployed, depicting Orca Sammy Sounder ready to devour Timber Joey.  This was the project we had helped with, spending three evenings in early August painting. 
Even Jake made it to the match. Using one crutch and his knee scooter, he took the Metro bus to the stadium.  It was his first game back since June when he broke his ankle. 

 The Sounders have been struggling this summer, what with injuries and national team call ups, so it felt very good to win this one.
By Monday we were just plain worn out, but we did manage to get in a walk and get the laundry and housework done.

Then today Jill had a project for me. School starts Thursday and she needed some more sit-upons for her 26 students.  We went shopping for fabric and stuffing, and then I spent the rest of the day getting reacquainted with my serger and sewing machine, and made nine little pillows for second grade bottoms. 
I don't have anything planned for tomorrow.  That's a good thing. 

Friday, August 28, 2015

Gramma Camp On Whidbey Island

When Jill went back to work on Tuesday we picked up the grand kids and headed to Whidbey Island for a few days.

It was close to noon by the time we got through city freeway traffic and across the sound on the ferry.  The rest of the day was pretty lazy, with everyone resting up after all those home improvement projects. 

When it got warm, Tom and I sat in the shade by the lagoon and read.  the kids disappeared into their bunks for screen time. 
 Later in the afternoon I did manage to wander  over to the beach via the public access before gearing up to cook dinner for the bunch of us. 

 Wednesday morning, after a late start, Tom and I spent most of the rest of the morning cleaning up the long neglected front garden.  We know now what can survive in the sand without much water. 
 In the afternoon I took a walk over on the beach.  The sand bar in the channel was full of gulls and terns.  Every evening about 6:00 to 7:00 they all rise up noisily for, as Irene puts it "time to go fishin' for their dinner". 
 When the tide refilled the lagoon, the kids took their kayaks out for a paddle.


 On the evening of the first day we had collected pieces of bark and driftwood off the beach for our craft project. On Wednesday evening we began creating our wreaths. 

 We ran out of glue for the glue gun, so we put the project on hold for the next day.  I had time to enjoy the sunset. 


 Irene came with me to the beach to check on her fort, Fort Hail. 

 She wanted to show off her feather fan assembled with the glue gun from feathers the kids had collected beach combing while we were doing yard work.

 Back over at the lagoon the sky was going pink. 




 We started slowly again Thursday. Tom made a trip to the craft store for more glue sticks and then we all ended up on the beach.  Isaac caught more "friends" to go with their collection of hermit crabs and shore crabs, which were living in a bucket of sea water. 
 The tide was out in Useless Bay. 

 Tom and Irene looked for sand dollars. 



 The kids enjoyed their captured "friends". 
 Isaac has a feather fan too. 
 Back at the cabin it was time to finish our craft projects. 


 kids can always fill the down time with the left over materials.  Isaac made a race track for Hot Wheels cars. 
 Irene's creation was elaborate and lovely. 


 I made two ↑ ↓
 The collection.
 One of them has already found a home. 
 We were going home in the evening on Thursday so the kids wanted to make the most of their last day. They had a time line - showers beginning at 4:30.  They got out the inflatables and floated in the bay. 


 Then it was time to release their friends back to the sea.  They did it ceremoniously, one at a time, naming each one.  As Irene put it, "They were being released from the bucket where we had imprisoned them."
We were away by 6:00 to get dinner on the way and to get them home to their mother, who had missed them. They were reluctant to leave, which is a good thing.  That means they will be ever so happy to return when it's time again for some Island Time.