Where do I start? I flew to Portland and, while I was waiting for Sally, I bought four shirts and a pair of shoes. And this was BEFORE I even left the airport.
She and I went to visit my niece, Samantha, where she works, and it was a real kick to see her in management context. (This is the little girl who read in the bathtub and kept a pet snake named Al? When Al was among us, I stayed in a hotel when we visited; he was an escape artist.) While still in transit, Sally and I visited a wonderful store called The Paper Source. I’ve never been in one of those before, and I gotta tell you, for a paper fiend like me, it was pure paradise.
Supper followed at P.F. Chang’s–loads of fun and after pretzels and diet coke on the plane, I was ready for some sustenance.
When we got to Salem, the whole Lang bunch was around, and I got to see everybody. We watched an episode of “Duck Dynasty”, one of Sal and Jim’s favorite shows, and I’ve got to say, it reminded me of some of the people I used to know in Northport, only without the money.
On Saturday we all watched our own private super-hero run in a race called Awesome 3000–and it really WAS awesome. Who says American kids aren’t encouraged to be active? Pa-shaw! (Okay, so maybe a lot of them went to McDonald’s afterward, but, STILL…)
After the race, we visited the Saturday market. I had yakisoba and terriaki chicken for lunch, cooked in the open air. (D.I.E.T.? Sometimes.) Delicious. There were lots of dogs at the market, enjoying their weekend with their beloved people and behaving themselves admirably. More shopping and eating and visiting followed.
I arrived home last night, tired but happy and ready to push up my sleeves and plunge into a brand new book. Bernice and the kitties and I were all settled in for a long sleep when—drat!–one of the smoke alarms started beeping. This sound drives Bernice CRAZY–she tries to climb on top of my head and shivers her timbers. Thank heaven, Jen came over and changed the battery. What would I do without my ranch crew? It doesn’t bear thinking about.
That’s the news from my kitchen table, folks.
Off to enjoy the sunshine!