Summer Lasts Six Weeks in Portland

Saturday, August 30, 2008

First, I must share some great news--my Dad is home! His kidneys are functioning and the sepsis is gone. It's so amazing that he's home now, and although he's still obviously recovering, he's out of the woods, and doing better each day. I want to thank everyone for all your comments and support. I really do believe it makes the difference most of the time.

I was outside removing the dead blooms from my three Spanish lavender bushes tonight when I realized that the air has changed--summer has bid farewell, and fall is on its way. The past few years, I've come to realize that summer here in the NW only lasts about six weeks, but somehow, we manage to pack quite a lot of fun into those few short weeks each year. As short as summer is, I am actually looking forward to falling leaves and pumpkin spice lattes in the weeks ahead.

Today we took the kids for a ride on the Willamette Shore Trolley, which will hopefully transition to light-rail eventually. It's about a 40 minute ride along the Willamette to Lake Oswego, but plan for two hours round-trip. The conductor usually stops to share historical information along the way. If you haven't done this before, it is a fun and interesting trolley ride, with great views of the Willamette along the way. It's $10.00 round-trip for adults and children three and under are free. Check it out sometime!

We spent a couple of hours in Lake Oswego walking around and happened upon Blue Joe Coffee, a wonderful little coffee shop with African decor, great coffee, and wi-fi--a coffee shop I plan to frequent in the future! Here's a picture of Juniper and I relaxing on the couch at Blue Joe's:

Landon finished reading The Stand last night, and thought it might be fun to watch the movie, so I rented it and we watched the first 90 minutes before I fell asleep. I used to be mildly interested in Stephen King, and read a few of his books in my early twenties, although I've never read this one. Landon is moving on to The Shining, and was pleased to discover I had a vintage copy in the bookcase. So far, the movie adaptation is good, but considering the amount of characters involved in the story, I know the book has got to be so much better (this is usually the case). Someday, when I have time to read more than my book-club's monthly selection, I hope to read it!


Aviva said...

Yay for the great news about your Dad!! I hope he continues to recover and is back on his feet and playing with his grandkids very soon!

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