Thursday, July 30, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
That one had too firm a glaze. I think it had gotten too cool by the time I could spoon it over the blueberries. It didn't sink down into the berries at all and was too thick on top.
Next time, I'll put the fresh berries in a bowl with the glaze and blend them first, THEN put it all into the baked pie shell.
Guess I'd better make another PIE!!!
Saturday, July 25, 2009
This is Connor's friend, Bubba, another camper. And there were hula dancers too :)
Thursday, July 23, 2009
There's Trevor in the lower right! Whee!
Tonight will start with a dinner, then the show at 7:30.
Friday, Saturday & next week also, Thurs thru Saturday, the shows are at 7:30.
This coming & next Sunday, the matinee is at 2:00 pm.
I think Trevor has had a lot more fun than he thought he'd have doing this show. He comes home rather late, but in a very good mood. I'm really looking forward to seeing the show - just gotta figure out which night...
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
No mention of the sports camp (yet). So I putz around in case something else has happened, and after the dismal job opportunities (we always check that), I notice something about stimulus help with weatherization for your house.
Our house was built in the 50's at a time when energy was very cheap. No one insulated anything, and as we go through and work on the house, we bring it up to speed with being more energy efficient. However, we have a very long way to go.
So this article says our Umpqua Community Action Network (also supplies food for the needy) is going to be getting stimulus money to help lower-income families get their homes more energy efficient through weatherization & better appliances. Well, gee - here we are with all single-paned windows & crappy insulation! And we qualify as low income!! So I call the number in the phone book. The lady is on the phone, so I leave a message & my number.
I got a call back about 5 hours later. She has taken over 200 calls since the article appeared in the paper yesterday (I think). She's now at 2-years on the waiting list. AND she's still trying to find contractors who will do a decent job. They won't allow do-it-yourself due to the restrictions the money comes with (this is 'creating jobs' remember).
I'm thinking by the time it's our turn, A) they will have run out of money, B) we will (hopefully) no longer be low-income or C) we actually get our taxes back in the form of windows. I'm okay with B or C.
I'll keep you posted. :) Betcha they wouldn't let me do the bay window in front anyway...
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
He wears his Special Olympics T-shirt all day, so much that I have to run it through the laundry and get it dry by morning.
Yesterday he came home with his eyes bothering him. He'd opened his eyes in the YMCA pool, and they were burning from the chlorine. In the past, he didn't open them so much so it wasn't an issue. We used some saline solution & eye drops, and then took him to Wal-Mart for goggles. He was so excited this morning about having goggles to wear in the pool!
When we asked Connor at dinner last night what he did, he related the following:
"I said, 'Bubba you will be a Star!'" "Bubba said, 'What?'" "I said, 'Bubba, you will be a Star!' and Bubba laughed."
That was a LOT for Connor to say! Plus he did the whole back & forth on the conversation.
This is the kind of thing we need for Connor to progress with language - experiences that tie the language to the actions. The more experiences Connor can have, the better he learns. That's why we're so excited for next year, when it's all about hands-on learning, getting out in public and EXPERIENCING new things!
In the meantime, he's really enjoying the sports & interaction with his peers on a level where he is participating to the best of his ability. He's totally accepted as who he is, and he has that same acceptance for the other kids. It's really great. That's what Special Olympics is all about.
I gotta get a photo of Bubba...
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Ever since their 50th wedding anniversary, Mom & Pop Kiester have celebrated their anniversary with a Hellgate jet boat ride. We went as a family on the 60th celebration, and Trevor & Diana went on the 62nd or something, I think. Today, it was just Lee & I, as Connor is still a bit of a handful at something like this, and you don't really get to relax & enjoy yourself. There's a champagne brunch, and Lee & I wind up bolting down our food to chase after Connor, who doesn't eat any of the brunch anyway.
Today it was rather chilly on the river, but on the way back up to Grants Pass, it had warmed enough that when Bo, our driver, did the donuts & sprayed the boat, it wasn't that bad anymore.
Friday, July 10, 2009
The car on the cover of the special section belongs to the husband of a fellow TOPS member. Maybe she'll let me ride along in the cruise tomorrow night? :)
If we had the time & money, it would be way cool to get an old husk of a classic car and restore it. A LOT of people do that around here. It's just a project folks like to do because there's such a great venue to show them off after you're done.
Graffiti week starts Thursday and goes through till Sunday. The big cruise is Saturday night, and there are plenty of places to go and look at the cars close up around town.
If you're a fan of classic cars, come & visit the weekend after the 4th of July. You won't be disappointed :)
(I'm bummed I missed the ice cream social today tho...)
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Connor decided we should go on a hike sometime last week. We figured out the best day would be Sunday after church. I checked the geocaching website to see if we could hike & find a cache at the same time. Wolf Creek offered 2 caches along the trail - a winner! On the way up, we stopped at Subway to get some lunch for our picnic.
This trail offers a lot of bridges, as well as a number of spots to cool your feet as it goes along the creek. There were little parts that would be good for swimming a bit too.
We spent a good chunk of time exploring the area around the falls. There were lots of butterflies, and some crawdads & salamanders in the water. Connor practised his balancing and managed to slip & get wet. Lee stayed dry, although I thought he might fall once or twice too!
After we were done at the falls, Trevor and I went to find the second geocache, but there was a couple nosing around near the site, and I think they were looking for it as well. I didn't notice a post for that cache on the website, so I'm guessing they didn't find it. I guess we'll save it for next time.
A little later, we see a friend coming back. With a wheelbarrow. She's having difficulty getting it up the steep part of the trail. I'm thinking - this is not a good idea. I ask if she called 911, and she said she didn't have service out here. There are other friends coming to help still. So I'm thinking, okay... hopefully they went to a house in the area & called.
Then we pass the other two friends. With more wheelbarrows. One has a big one with two wheels in front, and the other has one of those things that looks like you use it to spread grass seed, but big enough to hold a person. What the heck? I again ask if they called 911. "No - we don't want to embarrass her." Um, yeah. I'm thinking it will be a lot MORE embarrassing when three people need a rescue with multiple injuries from trying to get an old lady down a steep trail in a wheelbarrow!!