November 1, 2008

Time Fly's When Your Visiting Family

Wow, time does fly doesn't it! Sorry it's been so long... (I keep saying that don't I?). I will try to do better, but to tell you the truth, I'm not too sure that that is going to happen! Mostly because of the news that I have to share with you all in a moment! I'm soooo excited, I can hardly stand it! But, you will have to wait for a few moments.
I went up to Oregon and had a lovely time visiting my folks and our Son and DIL. The Fall colors were beautiful! Really and the weather was wonderful too! No Rain at All! Just FAll Colors everywhere! Ben had me walking all over the NW area of Portland looking at great buildings and looking in books stores, fabric shops (I did persuade him to go in for a few minutes.... and he didn't even seem to mind!) and very cool furniture stores. We had a great time! Oh, and if you ever get the chance, check out the Portland Library! WoW, it was something else! Old, but cool! Lots of great stair cases, and the building is really something else! I like Old.... (probably cause I'm getting there myself, and well anything that's older than me.... is neat!) I also got to meet Jenic's sister and see her house (built 1909 and listed in the towns Historic listings). They have done a lot of work on it, and even received a book about the orignal owner and builder. Not bad! She was such a sweetie and showed us (Jenica had already seen the entire thing) all over and was proud of the things that they have accomplished work wise (and rightly so!). Hmmm, Jenica also took me to a fabric store, we just happened to see near the Micheal's we went to. Unfortunately it was going to close 5 mins. after we got there, so I really didn't have time to peruse the area very much.... so, no fabric to speak of! Such is life!
I did get my peepers full of some beautiful fabric's though. Next time..... they had better look out! It was great to see the area. The bus's and cable cars (I forget what they are really called) were great! No charge!!!! Talk about easy to get about! We went to the local Saturday's market and enjoyed feasting our eyes on the local produce and many other wonderful local products. We bought fresh caught (the day b/4) salmon..... it was sooo yummy too! Jenica cooked it up with sliced oranges, and onions and a few select herbs. We made Apple pie, cause that is one of Ben's favorite things. Ahem, although, it turned to mush!!!?
Apparently something was wrong, cause I've never had it happen b/4. The apples, were crisp Granny Smiths and the oven was set at 400 degree's like I do at home. And although I know that the altitude is different in Utah and Oregon, I used to bake apple pies in Oregon and never had any problems???? I told her that next time try the oven at 375 degree's for less time. Live and learn!
I then went and spent time with my parents in Eugene. We had a really nice visit. More Sea Food! Dad makes a great Shrimp Salad! We also visited the Coast and Mo's restaruant, where I had a Grilled Crab sandwich. Yummmm!
Although, I could have just eaten the crab without the bread or cheese. I would have been very happy that way! Just it was a bit too rich for me.

O.K. you have been very patient! Now for my news!!! I am now (or that is on Monday this coming... November 3rd!) a grandma of 3 instead of 1! And how you say do you jump so quickly to 3 when there was no report of a pregnancy???
I will tell you the shorter version of the story! About 3 weeks back my SIL was approached by a co-worker that is the grandma of 2 sweet little children. Apparently the birth parents of these 2 sweetie's have been having a hard time just coping being parents. The little ones are 15 months and 2 months old. So, the decided that it would be better for all concerned if they put them up for adoption. This is the shorter version... my daughter and SIL have had the little girl with them for around 3 weeks. Last Sunday the 2 month old boy was brought to them also. So, now they have become parents (officially on Monday) of now 3 little children 3 years old and under!
So, of course I'm happy as a clam and my sewing self has got to get busy!
So, now you know, (as Paul Harvey say's) the rest of the story!
Later! Don't forget to finish what you start..... otherwise people will always figure that your always starting something..... and it could just be trouble!

2 comments:

Allison Ann Aller said...

Sounds like you had a great time in Portland! I live 30 minutes from downtown and it is a total treat to go in, ride the streetcar, go to Powell's Books, the Button Emporium, ets.
And congrats on your new grandkids. That is a beautiful story...

Kristy said...

So how is it all going Jean with the two new grandkids? Everyone in your family must be over the moon with happiness at the moment!