Thursday, September 25, 2008

The "B"s have it!

Here's some updates on some "b"s in my life!

B #1: a new Baby! (no, not mine!! ;)). Congrats to T and C on their new baby boy! He's GORGEOUS! Love the hair! And so happy that he's being such a good baby for you! When do C and I get to babysit??? :)

B #2: the updated Bathroom! C and I did some updating on my guest bathroom. Here's a pic of what I had to start with when I first purchased the condo:

Y'all can say "craptastic" and not hurt my feelings ... trust me! :)

After some painting (wall, door, and vanity), cabinet removal, repair (wall, floor tile, and vanity side), replacement of (faucet, light fixture, toilet lever, door knobs, cabinet hardware, toilet roll holder), the addition of (a towel holder, linen closet, and mirror framing), and some decorating (towels, shower curtain, knick knacks, artwork) .... we get this:

It isn't a high-end upgrade (I spent under $500) ... BUT ... I love it. I think it modernizes the bathroom and makes the house more sale-able! Woot! Plus ... the most important benefit ... Emma approves! :)

B #3: Beauty! A few weekends ago, C and I drove down to Silver Falls State Park to do a little hiking. Just look how gorgeous that area is!

A couple of waterfalls there.

From behind a third one.

A hairy tree! :)

Pretty leaves

Check this one out .... three trees which look like they are hugging! Too cute!

A pic of C and I reflected in a river:

B #4: B&Bs! Just recently we decided to spend a weekend in a bed and breakfast on the other side of Mt Hood. Tons of open space over there, with farms and orchards ... really beautiful. It's maybe a 2 hour drive from Portland.

Anyway, the area has what is called a "fruit loop". It's a loop of highway with many orchards and fruit stands you can stop at to browse and shop! (also wineries and alpaca farms!). We had a great time!

The alpaca farm was my favorite (of course!). It was baby alpaca season ... just look at this cutie!

This guy was my favorite .... quite the character!

My favorite picture of him was when he put his ears up! Reminds me of me in ponytails as a kid! Look how hilarious this picture is .... cracks me up!

A couple of other cuties there...

The farm also had a working dog to protect the herd at night from the coyotes. He was gorgeous ... and catching a few deserved winks while it was daylight.

That place was heaven, of course, and with a yarn shop! I asked when I could move in, but apparently the owners weren't thrilled with that idea! Go figure! :) I did leave with this though!!

A winery we stopped at on the "fruit loop" had a great flower garden in the back guests were allowed to explore!

Sadly, we were not allowed to move in there either! :(

One of the great things about that Hood River area was the wonderful views of Mt Hood everywhere you went. Here are just a few taken throughout the weekend!

Yeah, I tell ya ... that was one nice weekend! I'm already jonesing to go back!

So there you have it .... the latest on some "b"s!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Favorite quote of the day

"You can always tell an old soul by how friendly they are to trees. To dogs, too."
-- Mike Dooley

Cheers to all the other old souls out there!

Monday, September 08, 2008

Have you ever had ......

... one of those mornings where you actually included an open can of cat food in with your packed lunch?? Yeahhhhhhhhhhh. Happy Monday morning to me! Sigh.

So I find the cat food when I'm sorting through my food at work and then have to hide it in the back of the break room fridge, cuz really ... how do you explain THAT to your coworkers?!

I tell ya .... the time for putting me in a nursing home keeps creeping closer and closer!! ;)