Thursday, July 22, 2021

Family Stuff

 It's begun. 

This week I have started the family stuff project in earnest. I have spent the past few days getting organized and equipped, and trying to figure out the best way to approach this task. 

I have purchased a scanner, which works better and worse than the one on my printer. Better because it actually scans and sends the images to the place that they need to go in less that 6 minutes, worse because I have to fix the color on some of the pictures. Not all, but some of them aren't the best to begin with, so I am touching them up. 

I also created a new google account so that I can keep all the stuff separate from my own pictures and documents. I will be able to share a lot easier that way, and I can create a new blog out of that account. 

I also got set up for the other part of the project. Sorting and documenting the many papers, cards, letters and all sorts of interesting Rarity memorabilia. I have to keep working on the logs and I need to keep adding to Grandma's blog too. I just don't want to do too much more until I get a sense of what I have to add to it. I already have most of the 40s in there and I think I am going to have to do some back dating to get some background information in there. It's fun, but I have to treat it like a job, or I will never finish. I want to be able to start packing up pictures and sending them back if that is what the family wants me to do. There is just so much. 

I also have to stay on track with the Spiritual Direction stuff. I need to keep myself moving every day in that department. 

Cora is doing well. She had a visit from her mom and sister today, and that went very well indeed. They all played in the backyard. She is really tired tonight! 

Lilly was here most of the day, helping with Cora and just enjoying the family time. 

Brendan is having some of the guys over tonight and Paul will join them when he gets home from work. 

We will have a nice quiet weekend I think. 

Well, back to work!

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

The Dog Days of Summer 2021


Well, it's been a few days and I need to record the big news!

Cora finally came home to live with us on Friday morning, the 16th. I was so excited to go get her! 

I had so many questions about how it was going to go. Was she going to be homesick? Was she going to be able to remember to use the yard to potty? Was she going to be able to adjust to our schedule?

I am so, so pleased!! 

She was a little confused after she had been here for a few hours. She started going to the window and crying to go back home. I distracted her and took her out back for a run. We played inside and then she went to her crate for a nap. She only cried for a few minutes and then settled right down. She also went to bed that night and was quiet all night! We actually got to sleep til 6:45! 

She seems to be very happy with the household and is fitting into the family so well! it's like she has been here for months! She had one very tiny accident, because she wasn't sure where she needed to go to get out on the first day. Totally understandable! Other than that, she has been totally successful! Always taking it outside, and we have a very nice little routine going. 

We had one scary incident on Sunday, when she managed to squeeze under the gate and started running up the street. I was right there but I couldn't catch her. I was so afraid that a car was going to come down the hill. She is so fast. I ran after her and managed to entice her to came to me in the neighbors yard. Since then I have been working very hard in the backyard on recall exercises. I always keep a little bag of treats with me, and I frequently call her to me. She is really good about it. I also blocked the gate and am going to block the fence in that area. 

She is learning her basic obedience very quickly. She sits every time she is asked and now she is pretty solid on "down". Next I will work on getting her to stay in place. She is so smart and she learns commands so fast! Agility is going to be so easy! She is really doing well on leash too. It's not always smooth, but she is definitely getting it. Also the barking...that is something that I am trying to help her learn to keep under control. It's fine to back a warning, but barking at everything isn't a good habit. 

Today we went down to a little creek with Danielle and Luna for some water play. They had a great time! It is really hot out and the water felt great. 

Cora is also trying to figure out how she can be friends with the cats. Autumn is interested, but she always ends up getting annoyed by the puppy antics and wanders away. It will take some time, but eventually all of the animals will be able to coexist on the same floor. Right now Sterling is just hanging out in the basement. 

It's so good to have her here! She is definitely a gift from God. In so many ways so different from Maggie, but she is obviously meant to be with us. 

Monday, July 19, 2021

Such Wonderful Days!

So the next day....

We left Lincoln City and drove along the Coast Highway, enjoying the amazing views. Some of them were a little scary! We stopped to show the kids The Devils Punchbowl, and I got some fudge for the family back home at the cutest little treat and coffee shop. 

On we went to Eureka!

Sweet Sarah Hicks had invited us to stay at her place, and it was just lovely! We had dinner at a Mexican restaurant before heading over to her place. Laura, Andrew and Sarah really did have a nice time, although they look very serious in this picture....

 Sarah has a really nice house, that is perfectly preserved mid-century modern. She is doing some wonderful projects in the home that she is sharing with her girls. What a beautiful young woman she is. The past year has been so hard for them after losing Aaron, but they are forging ahead like heroes. 

We drove down from Eureka through the redwood forest, where we were all amazed at the size of these amazing trees!

Then on into San Francisco, across the Golden Gate bridge, which was pretty fogged in, and then Laura found us a sweet little deli where I was able to get myself a nice loaf of sourdough. That was a definite win! It came all the way home with me, and it is still perfection! 

After that, the heat started to catch up. We went from Eureka to Fresno, on Saturday, so we just kept moving. Another heat wave was starting to build, so that was also a consideration. We stayed overnight in Fresno, and on the way in we drove through miles and miles of farmland! So much food! We also got to attend mass in a beautiful, but really warm, Church.

Sunday we headed east again. We arrived in the Vegas area, and since it was still early we decided to head over to the Hoover dam which is nearby. It is an amazing thing to look at! The weather was super hot. It was around 113 while we were there, so we weren't feeling very adventurous. We walked down from the parking lot and took lots of pictures. Sadly, the Colorado river was pretty hard to find. Lake Mead, the lake behind the dam, is really low. The lowest it has been for a long time. I am now seeing lots of news about it. 

We arrived in Las Vegas after the dam. We drove down the strip and that was really interesting. So many of the places that I have heard about. Some really cool buildings and some not-so-cool. We got to our hotel, The Grand, and when we walked in we discovered that we were in the casino, and I discovered that smoking is still allowed in public spaces in Nevada. Yuck. 

The Grand is nice though, and the rooms were clean and comfortable. The food from the little cafe/bar downstairs wasn't bad at all! The kids went to the pool and we turned in early because we were heading out super early to beat the heat. 

We left Las Vegas for Roswell, New Mexico, and most of our drive was in Arizona. There is some really beautiful country there! We drove and took pictures out the windows. It was just too hot to get out and see very much. We did stop at the Petrified Forest National Park and what a treasure that place is! What a gift to see all the trees that have turned to stone lying right out where you can touch them. The Painted Desert is so beautiful, and we got to see the petroglyphs at "Newspaper Rock". Wow. So cool to see these pictures that were carved onto the rocks thousands of years ago! 

We drove on to Roswell, through a LOT of very lush farmland. We saw deer and antelope and flocks of sheep. We found our hotel and it was pretty good. Roswell is pretty run down and that's understandable for a place whose claim to fame is vintage aliens. I guess it probably gets all dressed up for festivals a couple of times a year. It is an interesting place though. 

We left Roswell after Andrew took the van to have the tires balanced and rotated. That car served us very well! We were safe and comfortable, and we brought back loads of stuff!! We got into Texas and enjoyed the familiar territory and getting closer to the Cooke home. We drove through lots of East Texas towns and saw some cool sights like a mural in Brady, Texas. 

One Hour Left!

We got home around 7:30 and were greeted by a very excited Tucker!! He was so happy to have his family back! 

We unpacked the van, started loads of laundry, and I packed my car. It was full! 

I left the next morning at 7:30 because I had a long two days of driving ahead of me. I made it to Nashville and stayed in the last hotel for awhile!! It was nice, but I missed my "roomies".  I got home on Thursday evening around 8:30. It was so good to see Tim and the boys! I missed them so much! 

This has been a truly grand adventure, and I want to keep on traveling. It is so much fun to hit the road and see what is to be seen in God's creation. 

Next time I will have a new travel buddy!

Friday, July 9, 2021

On The Road Again

 Our time in Port Angeles was so great! We had a busy day on Tuesday, organizing and sorting bins and papers from Dad's storage. 

We got a lot of stuff reorganized from cardboard boxes that were collapsing, into bins that will hold up much better and keep things safer from bugs, water and mice. We pulled out the papers, and photo albums and we are embarking on a long-term project to sort, scan, and record more of our family history, so that people from all over can have access to it. The pictures are priceless and they have so many people in them! It will be so nice to make them available to anyone who wants to look at them. I also want to blog more of the family story. I want to make a blog for our Hendry family, and put things in to build the story. It will be much like the "Maggie Loves Weaver" blog. Blogging for the family could end up being a pretty time-consuming project, but so worth it!

So, we packed all the stuff up yesterday morning, and we were on the road by 10:00. We had plans to have and early dinner at Linnie and Phil Slater's house in Port Orchard. What a surprise to arrive and find that Steve and Robin, Joey and Nick and the kids were there also! It was a wonderful visit with some very special people. What a blessing to be able to catch up on all that they have been doing.

After we had a good visit, we took off and headed for Long Beach, on the Washington coast. It was great to see the Pacific Ocean! 

There was nothing open for dinner except McDonald's, but this morning we made up for that by going to Dylan's bakery! Oh my was wonderful! We left there around 10:00 to start our adventure on the coast. 

Our next stop was at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park. We got a park pass courtesy of Claire, who is in the 4th grade, and we looked through a museum, a fort that has been built as a replica of the one that was there, and all was very well done!

The next stop was Cannon Beach, where we ate some amazing food and got a chance to ogle Haystack Rock. 

No trip to the Oregon coast would be complete without a stop at the Tillamook Cheese factory! What a tour that is! We enjoyed seeing the cheddar making process, and then had ice cream for dessert! 

Our drive was complete when we arrived in Lincoln City, Oregon and found the "Inn at Wecoma". It is a nice place and close to the beach, which I took advantage of straight away. I walked to the closest public beach access and found my way to a cluster of rocks that jut out into the ocean. I think that a rocky perch at the edge of the surf is probably one of my favorite places on earth. I just stood on the rocks and watched the waves for about an hour and a half. I am so grateful to God for the gift of the ocean! 

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Glory, Glory

 The last couple of days have been so awesome! We have been so blest with more time with friends and family. The weather has been so wonderful and all that we have set out to do has been just so blest!! 

Yesterday we got up early to head up to Hurricane Ridge for breakfast and a hike with Dan and Brooke. 

We were able to get a great mountain-side table that Dan grabbed as soon as he got up there. 

We had wonderful food and enjoyed the scenery, and then around 9:00 we headed up Hurricane Hill to see what we could see. It was just gorgeous! It was still early so there weren't that many people yet. 

The kids went to the snow!

We met up with Sarah, and she had Katie's kids along, so we got a great group picture. 

Today Andrew and Dad went out fishing very early and they were very successful!

It sounds like they had a very good time!

While they were out, we went with the kids to a really wonderful mini-golf course that Brooke's friend has built on her property. It was just amazing!! It's like a huge work of art!

This evening we went over to meet cousin Debbie and uncle Milo Walker for dinner at Ryan and Molly Moss' home. What a great place they have! Dad came and we had a very nice visit. Great food too! Unfortunately I was so busy visiting that I got very few pictures! Dang it.