Call Me Lazy

It was another day of lazing around and cat-napping, or napping with cats, depending on how you look at it. I left yesterday morning to get my monthly pedicure, and then I was completely worthless by the time I got home. The kitties don't seem to mind. They're happy to occupy a spot on my lap while I gaze at my electronic devices, and then tip back in the chair and close my eyes.

It was a beautiful sunrise this morning, and Sue and I got our for our usual Friday morning walk.

We were above the clouds here at the Three Cats Ranch, but I was heading down into the valley where you can see there was a layer of fog. Not to worry, because it was sunny in the valley too by the time I got there. 

We always have to consider the past week's weather when we decide to walk the Fanno Creek Trail. The creek regularly overflows its banks and floods the trail during our rainy Portland winters. It's been chilly, but sunny, for most of the week, and so we ran into no problems. Still, you can see that the creek is high. I've indicated in the image below where the creek usually runs. You can see that it has created a whole new tributary for itself for the time being.

So the image above shows the east side of the trail. Turning around 180 degrees, you can see the west side. There is a high water sign and it's easy to see that the water has extended far out to the other side at some point in the recent past. When it flows like that, the trail is impassable.

As we walked along, I spotted a great blue heron fly across the trail ahead of us. When we reached that point, we could see him. He was suspicious and eyed us closely, trying to stay hidden in the brambles.

Eventually, he moved out from behind the sticks where I could get a better view of him, even if it did turn out to be a little blurry. They are very large, magnificent birds, and it's always a treat to see one up close.

Near the turn-around point on our walk, we pass through this public park. We marveled that this massive oak tree had fallen and managed to miss all of the playground equipment.

No doubt, it's a casualty of the recent spell of ice, snow, and high winds.

When we finished our walk, I drove over to the Einstein Bros. bagel shop near where we park and picked up a couple of flavors of schmears. I failed to have any on hand when I made bagels recently, which is practically a crime. It probably falls somewhere on the misdemeanor spectrum, wouldn't you think?

Anyway...it's a good reason to make some more. There will be plenty of bread-baking this week. Today I'll get a basic sourdough started, and that will be ready for baking tomorrow. Also, on Sunday, I'll start the two-day process for some loaves of brioche. I want to have those ready for when I meet up with Matthew and Valerie on Tuesday. Matthew tells me that Valerie loves brioche. Since my recipe makes three loaves, I'll keep one for us (and it will get turned into French toast). I'll give one to Matthew and Valerie, and I'll pass the third one along to Erik and Mae. And then next week some time, I'll give another try to the bagels and see if I can improve on my first go-round. How can I go wrong with the schmears?

Finally today I've collected almost all of the maps and tourbooks for the Canadian provinces and the lower 48 states. We may or may not head up into Canada when we make our trip this fall. Either way, we're prepared.

If you're dying to know what a box of tourbooks and maps for all of North America looks like, then here you go. 

They're all there except for maps of the states of Virginia and Florida. I've requested them three times now, and for some reason those two states keep getting left out of the shipments. Maybe this time, since my request was a little less friendly this time around. Also missing...Alaska. Nothing personal, Alaska, but you won't be on the itinerary for this trip.

Also on the "be prepared" list are these "eclipse shades" for the complete solar eclipse we'll be able to see here in Oregon in August of this year.

Mike and I moved to Oregon in October of 1978 and in February of 1980, we were treated to an opportunity to see our first complete solar eclipse. Only, in February in Portland, don't count on clear skies. We were terribly disappointed when the eclipse was impossible to see because of complete cloud cover on that day. Some intrepid folks drove out to Goldendale, Washington, where it was visible. Mike and I were both new on our jobs and we couldn't afford to take the time off.

Just to rub salt in the wound, we experienced total darkness well after sunrise as the eclipse reached totality, and so there was no doubt we were missing the spectacle. At the time, it felt as if we'd missed the opportunity of a lifetime. We felt no better when we learned that our next opportunity to see one wouldn't be until 2017, which seemed impossibly far away. Would we even be living in Oregon in 2017? Would we even be alive??? And now...here we are, these many years later. Certainly a whole lot of water has crossed under that bridge. We won't miss it this time around, and just to be sure, we ordered our "shades" early. Won't we be the coolest people in eastern Oregon? And you can bet we will *be* in eastern Oregon where the skies are sure to be clear.

So the only other news I have to report is that we got word today that our new truck has finally, finally, finally arrived at the dealership. We'll take possession of it tomorrow. Today we're emptying all of our sh*t out of our truck camper because it's been sold. The new owner will pick it up tomorrow. With our new truck here, we can take possession of the larger camper we purchased recently, and so we'll be more than set for that solar eclipse this summer. Excitement abounds today.

13 comments from clever and witty friends:

gpc said...

This was a great reminder to me to plan my August eclipse trip and order glasses for us, too. It won't be visible close to home but retirement is sweet. Can't wait! :)

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Look at all those maps and books - planning into the next phase.

Kaisievic said...

Great post, Barbara, thanks for taking us on your walk - yes, you have had a lot of rain! I have to ask, though what is shmear? Wow! You are so organised, both for your trip and for the eclipse - I do so hope that you get to see it this time around!

WoolenSails said...

Glad you were able to get out and we have to worry about that too, heavy rains cause more areas to flood so the trails are a mess. I let some people go ahead of us so I could walk without rushing and of course they scare a heron and he flew into a tree, wish I had been there first and gotten a shot as he flew off.


claudia said...

Eeeee! I bet you are so excited to finally get that new truck!!! Congratulations!!!
Are you still going to be blogging when you are traveling? Or are we going to just have to miss you? I honestly don't want to miss you!
The Blue Heron is so beautiful. What a treat to get that close!

liniecat said...

Fun times ahead for you obviously, and many more interesting places waiting to be found, on those pages for your next adventure.

Dana Gaffney said...

I don't envy you the clean out job, it's amazing how much junk piles up.

Wendy Tuma said...

Yay! The truck has arrived! I'm gonna celebrate for you by quilting all day :-) Have fun with the transition of campers and whatnot. Looking forward to seeing the brioche too.

QuiltE said...

This IS exciting news!!!!! ... that Canada is part of your retirement travel tour plans!! :) Sure hope that Ontario gets the nod. And if you want to stay away from the big cities (aka Toronto who thinks it is the COTU), there is ever so much to see and do in the quieter parts of the province! I'll be glad to help where I can with your planning. Just let me know!! :)

Ioleen Kimmel said...

I see maps and tour books for the Atlantic provinces and Western Canada. I live in Alberta and am originally from Nova Scotia so I can offer assistance in your planning if you need. This sounds like an amazing trip wherever you head.

Kate said...

What a nice walk. It's been too cold and windy here to contemplate a walk outside, much to My Guy's dismay. Glad the truck finally arrived. Sounds like you are just about ready for that retirement adventure.

Brown Family said...

It always makes me sad to see a mighty tree fall. It was lucky that one missed all of the playground equipment. I thought of you and your bagels on Saturday Morning in a hotel when I toasted my bagel! My husband walked past my desk and stopped to admire the view in your first photo. Now I want to look up the Solar eclipse and see if we till be able to see it

quiltzyx said...

Hooray! You'll be race-ready when you make the next round of bagels! I just got a bag of bagels & was thinking that I'll have one for a snack when I get home from work.

I do love when you & Mike take trips since you are kind enough to take us with you in photos. Heehee!

The heron is so beautiful! There has been a flock of some kind of white birds about once a week just down the street from my work. I snapped some pictures on my phone, but haven't figured out how to get the picture to Mr. Google to do an image search yet. They look like egrets, but seem to have short legs.