Level 3: Back and Forth

Level 1: Once Upon A Time, We Met Online

Level 2: The Dinner and the Other Dinner

November 2006

To say I was nervous and excited during my first flight to Oregon would be like saying a rainbow has “some colors and stuff in it.” The vibrancy, the depth, the brilliant promise lying within…these are things that sometimes even words can’t adequately capture.


Flying over Mt. Shasta

Before I joined the Dearliest and his family, however, I took a day to spend with my friend (whom I shall call Mrs. B, although at the time she wasn’t yet married). She’d recently moved to Portland and was eager to show me her favorite places. We hit local bookshops, gazed wistfully at everything at the yarn store, and ate at a tiny hole-in-the-wall Thai place with the best pumpkin chicken curry I’ve ever had.

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To Catch A Fish

We recently took a family outing, and there was much speculation from the children for several days leading up to it.

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Why are we digging up worms? Why do we need our hats found? Why did we get all this snack food we don’t normally buy? What’s sunscreen?

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And then there were almost none.

My irises got a massive thinning. Three years of ignoring them will make that kind of a necessity. A four-day long, painstaking necessity.

This last week has been a learning curve. I advertised that I was giving away irises and selling some for a nominal fee. Within 4 days I had all the extra irises gone or claimed.

tmp_26444-WP_20180520_13_49_54_Pro-1874609097I had something like 700 rhizomes. I lost count after 500. Dozens of people contacted me, almost 2 dozen actually came. And what an interesting group of people. Some were native to the area, some not. Continue reading

Level 2: The Dinner and the Other Dinner

Level 1: Once Upon A Time, We Met Online

September, 2006

Shortly after I knew I liked the Dearliest but shortly before I knew I liked the Dearliest, he sent an email stating he would be in the area soon and would I like to meet in person?

Now, I will break from my perspective for a moment to share that “in the area” meant he was going hiking at Lake Tahoe with a buddy (5 hours away from me). I didn’t realize until afterwards that I was his only stop on the west side of California.

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Mother’s Day Joys

We did something new this year for Mother’s Day and woke the kids at 6:00 to go out for breakfast. It was a challenge for Indy, who had been awake since 5:00 (consequently so had his mother) and wanted to sleep, but he trooped through and won the heart of our waitress anyway.

We tried a new restaurant renowned for its waffles, which turned out to be pretty good. The atmosphere was kinda neat, the music kinda annoying (especially for 6:00 in the morning), and the portions, while tasty, were small.


Posing in front of the train cars.

In the end it was fun to try, but not a place designed for feeding large families. I might go back again sometime for coffee and pastries, though. They had some impressive looking cinnamon rolls.

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