One of our favorite things to do in the summer is visit the Washington County Fair.  I grew up attending the Oregon State Fair in my hometown, Salem…but it’s expensive, crowded, and unchanged in over 3 decades.  The Washington County Fair is like a smaller version of the State Fair, but is free and is […]

It’s been a while since I had an Alice post! The weather this summer has been magnificent!  We’ve avoided the oppressive heat that has hit most of the country, as well as the rain that Oregon is known for (don’t tell anyone….it’s a myth!) Alice is a 95% indoor cat, much to her chagrin.  However, […]

Growing up, one of my favorite things to do with my mother was to drive up to Portland to see the touring companies of the big musicals.  My first musical was The King and I (starring Yul Brynner, on his farewell tour!) and I can’t even keep track of everything we saw. While I’ve taken my […]

When I was a kid, summer was a big expanse of nothing.  There might have been swimming lessons and maybe Vacation Bible School, but that was it.  Now, it is all about the camps.  My daughter has been going day camps since she finished kindergarten, but my son has sat them out–until this summer. I […]

This week, we need to take another step back to early June.  My kids’ school starts their summer break before public schools, which gives us a few days to enjoy some things that are usually too crowded. Or so we thought…. We decided that we wanted to take a trip to the zoo.  Over the […]

I’ve posted many pictures related to my daughter’s Girl Scout troop over the years and today is one more in that vein.  The troop wanted to work on two badges–Gardening and Flowers–and we figured we could do both with a visit to the Oregon Garden in Silverton, Oregon. We lucked out with the weather and, […]

It’s time to break up the backlog of pictures and give you something current.  This week, for those of us in the USA, was Independence Day.  I’ll admit that this was a hard day for me.  Given what is currently happening in our country, it felt more like a funeral than a celebration. Fortunately, family […]