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Countdown to departure

In Life on July 28, 2008 at 5:31 pm
I love love love this girl
I love love love this girl

Only three more days until Lauren goes back to her mom’s house in Houston.


Nola The Rat goes to heaven

In Life with Animals on July 22, 2008 at 11:03 pm

After less than a month without her constant companion Smiley, Nola The Rat passed away today at the ripe old age of 2. Annie was holding her as she took her last breath. She’ll be buried in the backyard next to her sister Smiley and they can romp around in Rat Heaven where there are all kinds of toys and food and cozy places to sleep and stuff to explore but no cages.

She was a really sweet rat. It’s sad. Annie doesn’t think she wants new rats because they don’t live long enough.

A wonderful weekend

In Life on July 22, 2008 at 6:49 pm

You never really know, do you, when you agree to go stay with your parents how that is going to go. I’m happy to report that we had a fabulous weekend with the ‘rents at Black Butte.

Meems, as always, is the consummate hostess. And she’s really, really funny. She made us perform a family talent show. We did it. It was extremely amusing.


Dad continues to be sharp and funny and observant. I treasure my time with him.

Bob was having a serious case of golf lust. Maybe next time he can play 18 holes. His talent show performance of “William Shatner recites the lyrics to Elton John’s Rocket Man” had me in stitches.

Oh golf course, how I love thee

Oh golf course, how I love thee

And happy children. The girls are inseparable. They’re also the proud owners of sweatshirts from the $12.99 store that say “SIS TERS” under an inexplicable seagull design. The town of Sisters… seagulls… wtf?

JJ rode his bike a TON. We had a beautiful evening ride through the meadow at sunset. Lovely.

A great weekend. I love my family.

Last night’s beauty

In Beautiful Images, Gardening, Life on July 15, 2008 at 4:48 pm

And Lauren, being extremely funny:

What I saw

In Beautiful Images, Life on July 13, 2008 at 1:20 am

Lauren and I took a walk last night. I brought the camera. Here are a few highlights:

Does anything say summer is here like a daisy?

Artichokes look like sculpture from below.

I’m fascinated by spirals found in nature. This is the inside of a new canna leaf.

Long shadow legs.

Happy Eleventh Birthday Annie!

In Life on July 11, 2008 at 4:37 am

It’s a few days early, but we celebrated Annie’s birthday tonight as she will be at her dad’s house on her actual birthday. I can’t believe how grownup she looks all of a sudden. And how old and tired I look… but that’s another story…

Some pictures from tonight of some of my favorite people:

JJ and Annie


Lauren and Bob looking very blue-eyed.

Happy almost birthday to my not-so-little girl!

Something lovely

In Beautiful Images, Gardening on July 10, 2008 at 7:16 pm

Cucumber Curl

After my last extremely negative rant I feel the need to post something beautiful from my garden. Here is the common cucumber sending out a tendril. I love curlicues and spirals. Especially found in nature.


In Gardening, Life on July 9, 2008 at 3:13 am

I love my garden. I love my plants. I nurture them and proudly watch them grow.

Today I came home from work to survey the roofer’s finished product and discovered that they had trampled an entire bed. RIGHT in front of the house. Lacecap hydrangea. Japanese anemones. Hardy fuschia. Coleus. Ferns. Calla lilies. All trampled. Clematis completely broken. Camellias with huge burned patches. My old trusty rosemary is burned too. A very old lavender plant broken and smashed. There’s more but that’s what I remember from my first walk through. I can’t bear to go look at it any more.

Can I just say that I hate Interstate Roofing. With a passion. I will never recommend them to anyone. I appreciate the workers who are doing a hard job but their lack of finesse and care for a landscape I’ve coddled and nurtured for the last 19 years made me cry and cry. I can barely bring myself to post pictures. It’s just so much carnage.

Now I know that in the scheme of life it’s really nothing, but to me, in MY little life it is quite something.


New music

In Cool Things, Music on July 6, 2008 at 5:51 pm

Discovering new artists to bring home and love is a definite highlight of Blues Fest.

Check out Caroline Wonderland from Austin, Texas. She blew us away with her Janis Joplin-esque voice and incredible guitar work. And she plays a trumpet named Patty. Plus, in her meet and greet she took all the time in the world to personally chat up every single fan while she personalized their cd. Who does that?

Our other discovery (and I’m ashamed I didn’t know of him years ago) is Paul Thorn. Wow. Not only does he have a great voice, incredible lyrics, a kick-ass band and serious stage presence, he’s also hilarious. His between song banter dryly delivered in a Mississippi accent had us rolling. I could have happily listened to him play for hours.

Now go out there and buy some real music!

It was bound to happen

In Life on July 5, 2008 at 5:46 pm

WordPress has 2 places to write: pages and posts. In my constantly tired state of no brain I just put my latest post as a new page. Doh. So if you want to read my snarky article about people watching at Blues Fest (complete with pictures) click here.