Thursday, October 10, 2013
Oh my poor little ignored blog. How many times I've come to it and just sat here staring at the blank 'page'. I don't know where I lost my groove but I'm determined to find it again. I think Facebook has been my main distractor but I'm finding I feel like too much of a motor mouth and I'm not fulfilled with putting bits and pieces out there. I'm finding I miss just rambling on like I used to on here. This was my first love before I ever even heard of Facebook, and even tho I no longer take care of my little grandboys on a daily basis, I can still chronicle the events in our lives. It's just...different than it used to be. And that doesn't mean it's any less. It's just been another life adjustment, another phase of life to ease in to.
I have to admit that since we've moved to Michigan I'm astounded at how little people from here know about Oregon. I had another one of those "Where in the world is Oregon?" moments with someone today, a lady I met up with when I was out and about. When I said I was originally from Portland she said, "Oh, I bet you're glad you're here now! It snows a lot more in Portland, doesn't it?" I said, "Well, nooooooooo. It snows a lot in the mountains, tho. It RAINS a lot in Portland." I could tell she was thinking hard! She asked, "Isn't it near Salt Lake City?" I said, "Noooooo....Oregon is on the West Coast along the Pacific Ocean." "Ohhhhhhh!" she says. "I hear the pollution is terrible there!" She was just a tad bit clueless, don't you think? It gave me my first good chuckle of the day.
Halloween is coming upon us quickly...Midwesterners really get into the festiveness of it, the harvest aspect. All up and down our street, people have pumpkins and Autumn flowers and jack o' lantern lights and corn stalks adorning their front porches. Oh, and the trees!! They contribute the glorious colors above! One thing we love is many of the state parks here have "Halloween Weekends" for families who camp at the end of the season. Our son and daughter-in-law have taken our two grandsons every Halloween we've lived here to a park about 50 miles from where we live. They urge the campers to decorate their campsites. There are hay rides for $1, all kinds of activities for children, and trick or treating thruout the whole campground late in the afternoon on Saturday. They're going again this weekend and Dear Hubby and I are going there for the day. Our daughter-in-law is going to have a big pot of homemade chili for dinner around the camp fire. I can't think of a more "Halloween-y" way to spend it, and it's supposed to be a gorgeous Fall day as well. One thing I do love about Michigan is when the weather forecaster says it'll be nice on the weekend, 99% of the time he's right!
Well, I took a quick break from getting my flowerbeds cleaned out and settled for the Winter. I even dug up a huge -- well, huge for me, anyway -- stump out of the front flowerbed. I had planted a Russian Sage there when we moved in 2 1/2 years ago and it's ended up being something Dear Hubby is very allergic to. I'd cut back the zillions of blossoms a month or two ago with the intentions of digging it up...and now that time has come. I can't believe how much it had grown from the original plant I put in there! But I got it out of there! I feel like Helen Reddy singing "I am Woman! Hear me roar!"