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Summer Stops

We had to go slow on our last trip.  Back troubles are keeping us from driving for more than 45 min at a time.  (Did you know that you are not supposed to sit for more than 45 min at a time? Try it on your next roadtrip.)


I loved it though.  We stopped places that we wouldn’t otherwise.  This first picture was taken between the two large dams (Detroit and Big Cliff) on the Santiam River.  Chris and I had never seen the water this low.

Afternoon snack

We were looking for one of my favorite childhood lakes here.  The road is now closed so we had to hike around a bit.  We never found it, but think we found another way around. The kids were tired and cold, but still enjoyed the hunt.

Picking Hucks

We were able to stop and pick huckleberries. There are tons this year so another trip to the mountains may be required before summer is over.

Cooling Off

Another stop, but this time at a state park on our way back home. (I think it was the North Santiam State Park.) The area was gorgeous and perfect for the kids to explore on their own without me having to worry about their safety.

First Apples

When we arrived back home, our first crop of apples were ripe and ready for picking.  I don’t know how she got the biggest one, but she ate it all!

Garden Out of Control

This year, we decided to put our garden in the front yard since our lawn is non-existent and this is where we get the only sun.  We had to find out way through the massive tomato and pumpkin vines that seemed to take over while we were gone. I planted everything I need for fresh salsa this year and things are just about there.  I can’t wait.

So that’s it.  Those are our stops during the last week or so.  Just wanted to capture more of the summer before it’s gone.


Summer Stuff

Before Summer flies on by, I wanted to document a little of what we’ve been up to.

First off, the boys climbed Black Butte.  This picture was taken 2 days before a large forest fire destroyed almost 600 acres very close to where these two sat.  Chris plans on taking them back up there next year so they can see the before and after damage of a fire.

Top of Black Butte

It was Eddie’s first time climbing the butte and Augie’s second. Nope, I didn’t go, but I’m thinking about it. (Climbing a mountain is still second to shopping in Sisters.)  They had a great time and I was especially happy that they both came back with zero blisters.  I guess spending a little more dough on real hiking boots pays off.

The boys also got to go sailing on the Willamette.  Although it’s a Superfund Site, eeeeew, they still had a blast jibing and tacking (or whatever the heck it’s called) on the river.  We think Augie will be sailing around the world sometime in his lifetime because he stayed on top the boat in the front the entire time.

Saling on the Willamette

He loved it.  Eddie was still feeling his sea legs at 9pm that night.  Poor kid.

And lastly, we rescued a hawk.

Injured Sharp-Shinned Hawk

I found this sharp-shinned hawk on our deck one morning and noticed he could not fly high enough to clear the deck railing.  He escaped into our backyard by slipping through railing and gliding down into the backyard.

We have a green space off of our backyard so it was easy to “corner” the hawk and catch him with a net.  The kids did great slowly and gently herding him towards Chris so that he didn’t have to chase it down.

Hawks' tailfeathers

We turned the hawk into our Audubon shelter where hopefully he will recover.  We should get a call soon letting us know the diagnosis and if he does recover enough to be released, we can watch them release the hawk back into our green space.  Isn’t that so cool?

Well, that’s my summer.  I’m still working on many little sewing projects, but am too distracted by summer to get it together enough for a blog post.  I am going to get my skirt done for my sew-along!  How is yours going? 😉

Summer Skirt Sew-Along

Summer Skirt Sew-Along

I decided to host my first sew-along. The Summer Skirt Sew-Along is very casual, anyone can join, and all skill levels are welcome. Simply pick out a pattern, some fabric and join in the fun!

Check out my post in SewMamaSew!’s Forum for details.

Happy Sewing!

The Secret is Out

Singer 15-91

If you want to know what to look for and how to purchase your very own vintage machine, take a look here at my article I wrote for SewMamaSew.

Now, don’t you all go running out snapping up all the good deals!  Nah- just joking…  but seriously, these beauties can be found just about anywhere and often for under $50.  I bought three in the last year and never paid more than $50 including the table (although they all needed cleaning and new wiring).  So if you really want a great machine, keep your eyes peeled and enough cash to grab one when you spot it.

Papa’s Pets

My dad never really liked pets.  He let us take in a stray or two, but they would disappear.  We had some fish here and there, a turtle and a bird.  Overall though, I do not remember pets playing a huge role in our lives.


Lately, I’ve been wanting a dog.  (Or another baby, but that’s not going to happen so dog it is.)  I never had a dog growing up and would love for the kids to have one to raise, care for and play with.

Eddie and his goats

In the meantime, my dad has been adding animals to his life.  He now has goats, ducks, chickens and horses occasionally.  Dad has about 3 acres which he maintains with the help of these pets.  It’s funny to hear him talk about his pets, their personalities, and all their quirky habits.


We finally made it out there to spend some time with the animals and of course, Papa & Penelope. 🙂

Ms O Sneaking a Peek

The kids had a blast and are still talking about hugging the goats and holding the babies.  Maybe someday we’ll get our chickens and a dog (fingers and toes crossed).  In the meantime, we’ll try to make it out more often to visit papa’s pets.

Happy Singing

The other half had his birthday today.  His dinner choice was Caesar salad (such an awesome recipe- I swear it’s better than any other), oven-baked red potatoes and lamb chops.

Birthday Dinner

Oh my!  I never knew these chops were so good.  Eddie and Olivia loved them too, but Augie stuck to his usual vegetarian fair.  We also had cake which is rare.  Everyone loved the cake so it may be made again someday.  Chris loved the chocolate chip surprise.

After dinner, we had a little sing-a-long. My kids were trying to sing like their little cousin.

Warning, many videos.  If you’re not family, you may not want to click


Cut it down or keep some for the birds…

Saturday's Project

I think he’s going to cut it down.  (Do you see him up there hanging on for dear life?)  Hopefully his chance of survival is greater that way.

For those who know our backyard, you understand what a big deal this is.  Chris has wanted this birch down since moving in almost 10 years ago.  It’s just too dangerous to try and top which is what he’s done with several of the trees in the yard.  Let’s just hope it falls in the right direction!