April 2011

April 2011
Boondocking at my brother's in Reno, April 2011

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Had Some Jobs to do…

We are probably behind the curve in cleaning up the Christmas mess but we had a big list of stuff to do today.  We were going to get all the boxes down from the attic, de-decorate the house, take the tree out, put the Christmas wrap back in the attic…you know the drill.  The we looked out the window and saw beautiful bright blue skies and decided the Christmas junk would still be here any day of the week.  After all, we’re retired and don’t HAVE to do anything on any certain day.  When you get a gift of sunshine in January in Oregon, you go with it.  The header photo shows 58 degrees and it actually ended up a couple of degrees warmer than that.

So we took Rusty and Poppy and headed for the lake.  Of course I forgot my camera but we had a nice walk and enjoyed the spring-like weather.  Rusty was tired after that so we dropped him off and picked up the camera and set off to climb to the top of Skinner’s butte (in the car of course!).  This is just a small hill in the middle of down-town Eugene and is part of Skinner Butte Park.  Eugene Skinner was the founder of Eugene.  There are great views from the top, especially on a day like today.  We could see all the way to the Three Sisters (only two could be seen) in central Oregon, about 100 miles away.

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We could see the river with the I-5 bridge.  A few of you have this used route lately.  We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it!!

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We could even see Autzen Stadium, home of the Rose Bowl Champion DUCKS!  (Did you really think I could write a blog today and not mention my Ducks?)

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And I could see Poppy straining at her leash wanting to take her Daddy for a walk.

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At the bottom of the butte, there is a sheer rock wall that is a popular practice area for rock climbers.  I think this is basalt columns but maybe a soil scientist would know better than I?? I really don’t know much about rocks and such.  This one fella was enjoying the warm sun on his back as he made his descent.

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I think this fella was just getting started in the sport but he seemed to be having a good time.  Poppy found this activity incomprehensible but she enjoyed watching!

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After all that activity (watching counts, doesn’t it?) we were hungry and went to Marie Callendars for lunch.  I forgot to take pictures but it was sure good.  Russ had a Cobb salad and I had the  special of chicken pot pie, Caesar salad, and a piece of pie for dessert for $10.99.  I had a $5.00 off birthday coupon (tomorrow’s the day), PLUS we both got a free piece of birthday pie so it was a really good deal.  Neither of us could eat pie with lunch, so with our two free pieces, plus the piece that came with my meal, we came home with three pieces of pie…HOT DOG!  Russ chose apple since he didn’t get the apple pie at Carpo’s when we were in Santa Cruz.

We did finally get to a couple of things on our list.  Got the tree down and out to the curb since tomorrow is garbage day, and got the Christmas wrap boxes back in the attic for another year, but that’s about it.  Tomorrow is another day and the stuff ain’t going nowhere!! 

OH, wanted to tell all you grandmas out there…if you want a fun game to play with you grands, try this one.  It’s called Story Cubes.  The games consists of 9 dice which are divided among all players…it really doesn’t matter if you have 1 or 4, it’s all fun.  Each die has a different picture on every side.  Everyone rolls their dice and the players take turns starting a “Once upon a time…” story, using the pictures on their dice.  The next player must take up the story and add to it using his pictures.  The last player brings the story to a conclusion.  It is great for interacting with kids and for stimulating their imaginations…something that is sometimes lacking in today’s electronic age.  At any rate, it sure gets the minds and mouths moving and can become hilarious.  No scoring – it’s just for fun.  I highly recommend this game…might even be fun for adults!

Well, that’s a wrap folks!!
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18 comments:

  1. I'm glad you took the time to get outside and enjoy the day. Not warm enough for me but it would be if I was still in Montana. And the air looks so clear and pretty. Now if I just had grands to play with.

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  2. Amazing photo of the mountains. Nice to see the snow from far away!

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  3. Oh, that looks like a good game, great gift for a teacher!!
    The dogs and i walked, even worked up a sweat, had to take off my wool hat it was so nice out!

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  4. Keep watching that I-5 bridge, we'll be crossing it in a day or two. I'll make sure to wave!

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  5. Thanks for the heads up on the game--that sounds like a lot of fun. Congratulations on the warm temperatures!

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  6. May hay -- or have a good time on the road -- when the sun shines ... everything else will wait.

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  7. I wish I would have known about Story Cubes before. Great Christmas gift idea. I will keep this one for the future.
    Great photos.

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  8. Wow! You sure know how to hurt a gal, as we sit in 24degree temperatures in Gulf Shores. Crazy weather. There is nothing better for the soul than a day of sunshine.

    Thanks for the heads up about Story Cubes I will be looking for some.

    Just BS! (Bob and Sue)

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  9. Wow! You sure know how to hurt a gal, as we sit in 24degree temperatures in Gulf Shores. Crazy weather. There is nothing better for the soul than a day of sunshine.

    Thanks for the heads up about Story Cubes I will be looking for some.

    Just BS! (Bob and Sue)

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  10. the work will always wait for you..its not like a fairy will sneak in and do it for you :).....having fun is more important..when retired we have to learn to 'do what we want-when we want' thats what its all about...I'm still learning that ...thanks for the heads up about the story cubes I will be looking for that game to play with our grands upon our return to canada...have a super week

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  11. boy oh boy! two states south and you have sunshine!!..we had rain and more rain!!!..nice to see the blue sky and the 'Two Sisters'..
    a very happy birthday to you today!!!..hope you have a great day!! ~~hugs~~

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  12. Beautiful pics! And thanks for the tip on the game, looks like fun. I'm sure our 6 year old g'daughter would love it.

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  13. Here's another Happy Birthday!!!

    That game looks pretty fun ~ I think it could go pretty south with our adult bunch... lol!

    Way to play the retirement card and put off until tomorrow what you can!! My Christmas is still up also! I'm going to have to "study" how I put it away and it's delaying me... Don't want to put vintage stuff out in our storage building so I'm going to have to break up "groups" I've put away together for years and really think about it. =/

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  14. Envious -- it was 20 when we got up this morn...brrrr. Glad you enjoyed "YOUR" day and thanks for the tip on the game -- will have to check it out! HAPPY B-DAY!!!

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  15. Love Eugene and the Ducks. Was excited for their Rose Bowl win!

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  16. Looks like it was a wonderful day. I like the header pic of Therapy! And wow, how great is it to live where you can get out & see sooo much beauty around you! I'm impressed!

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  17. I love that game - perfect especially when you have a few kids of different ages playing. Anyone can come up with a story! I might get that for my little grandson's upcoming birthday! Thanks! :)

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