Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Portland is having a Heatwave.

2nd day of 100+ degree weather. One more day to endure and then we will be back in the 90's. Never thought I would look forward to weather in the 90's. Even better will be high 80's next week. I love that.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Flannery O'Connor

I'm reading the biography of Flannery O'Connor right now by Brad Gooch. If I was at all computer savvy I would post a picture of that for you. Anyhow it's so good. I really enjoy reading about real lives. I'm also going to pick "Wise Blood" when it is my turn to pick a book for book group. Although there is a chance that will not go over very well. I think it will be a great discussion and I have tried to read that book on several occasions but was too immature to get through it. The biography would have been a good discussion as well!

Lookout August! I'm going to try and blog 3-4 times a week, minus the San Francisco week we are away. But then I'm hoping to do a big trip post. I believe I just need to get in the habit of doing this. I think posting once a month is kind of lame on my part.

Saturday, July 25, 2009


There has been lots of berry-picking around here. I have been canning jam and making pie. I am feeling a bit like a hard-scrabbled pioneer woman. And I look like one too sometimes. So far I have made and canned raspberry and marionberry jam, as well as pickles.

Here are some nice pictures of the family on Sauvie Island taking a break from berry-picking. And the first of many flats of berries we have picked.

As well as a very cute of picture of the girls doing a lemonade stand.

I have been doing lots of sewing projects that I have not blogged about. We have been living on full-throttle summer mode. Swim and tennis lessons, playing at the pool, berry-picking, sewing, croquet and picnics. It's been so much fun.

We still plan to make a family zine. Too little time of late. And I'm hoping to get more into this blog. I have been living too much. Isn't there a quote that basically says "bad girls don't write in diaries as they are out living their life"? That's basically my unofficial model.