It was a stand-off, and I'm not sure who was winning. Smitty seemed to lose interest once he saw the camera come out. Sadie is still a little confused by the "flashy thing".
Fast forward to this morning and Sue and I walked the McCormick Hill Road loop.
Ordinarily, we park our cars at the end of the little tail at the bottom there. When the winter rains return, it can get muddy there at the corner, and Sue had a close call one morning, nearly getting her car stuck. We were a little nervous parking there this morning, and after a couple of false starts, we ended up parking our car here at the Laurel Community Hall. You can see its little white square in the upper left corner of the loop above.
The community of Laurel, Oregon, is an unincorporated area that was settled in 1872 by the Mulloy family. Originally, it had its own post office which was established in 1879, but closed in 1935 when the population dropped to 29 in the 1900 census. The Laurel Community Center, pictured above was built in 1923. It's now the home of the Laurel Valley School of Dance. And all of that to say I was pleased to see that it's earned itself a spot on the Quilt Barn Trail of Washington County.
There are now 30 blocks on the trail. The quilt barn trail continues to grow, and it's been a many-years-long effort of some dedicated ladies from my former guild, the Westside Quilter's Guild. And good for them! If you click on the link I gave you above, you'll see that this block is described as a "variation" on a friendship star.
The Weather Channel promised us a dry walk, and it didn't let us down, although it was quite overcast and surprisingly dark. I probably didn't need to bother with sunscreen this morning. While I don't participate in the FatMumSlim Photo-A-Day prompts so much these days, I thought I might find an appropriate picture for today's prompt of "Calm". This photo of Mt. Hood with birds in flight fit the bill.
On that same stretch of the loop, we saw this:
When I got home, I used the remainder of a jar of apple pie filling to make these apple turnovers. They are so simple and so yummy with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
There was no sewing here yesterday. I should follow-up my biopsy-bound whine from yesterday to say that my dermatologist isn't yet worried enough about my cheek to bring out his big needles. Instead he zapped it a couple of times with a laser, thinking it's more vascular than anything else. He'll look at it again in about six months. Until then, I'm reprieved from any cutting, and I'm going to put my worries aside for now. After seeing him, I did my grocery shopping, and so it was a pretty full day of some of my least favorite activities. I needed a nap by the time I got home.
Today I'll get back to the Happy Village. As I'm writing this, the wind has come up, and it's supposed to start raining again. It's chilly, and we're expecting chillier temperatures in the next few days. Winter is coming, my friends. Quilting weather ahead.