Thursday, September 12, 2013

Beginning Again

It's the start of the school year for me.  It's also a reboot for me to participate in Friday Fave Fives since I have been road tripping it on an out of state adventure.

Because I haven't posted a FFF lately, I can't focus on just this past week!  So here are my favorite parts of my trip to Oregon and back.

1.  Riding with my daughter and her two kids.  We. Love. Road. Trips.  It was So. Much. Fun.  Almost two thousand miles of chatting while gazing at incredibly beautiful scenery.  (Just a little note here.  You may wonder why I never post photos of these two grandchildren.  It's because in the world of rules imposed by the state, county, and social services, photos of children who are not officially, finally adopted, are not allowed to be posted on any internet site.  So until that long anticipated and joyous event occurs, all you get on social media is blurry pictures of the backs of their heads.  This in no way lessens the deep love I have for these two precious little ones, but I do try to live within the law.)






2.  Visiting my only brother and his wife for the first time in three years.  He has always loved driving anything.


3.  Seeing friends from my Oregon days. Lunch with the Taylors.  Afternoon with a dear friend, her daughter and grandsons--they loved playing with our little ones.  Breakfast and coffee with the Soap Lady (we've been friends since college days).

4.  Attending the morning service at our church in Portland.  Oh that was wonderful.

5.  And of course I knitted there and back again.  Socks are good projects for road trips.



And now it's on to the business of teaching classes, correcting papers and keeping to a schedule.  Everything has its season.  Have you changed your activities with the season?

15 comments:

Grayseasailor said...

I've been there! What fun to see photos of familiar sights in the Portland area as well as scrolling back through your posts I missed while I was galavanting around the country the last three months:) So glad you have had a lovely summer, enjoying family members and friends in various beautiful locations. And your wonderful stitching projects inspire me to get busy on completing my own! Blessings to you and yours,
Gracie :)

Bethany Hissong said...

You have been doing a lot of reconnecting over the summer! That makes for an autumn of wonderful memories. I just started a class through church on prayer with a lot of the older generation and I'm loving it so far! And Monday I start teaching the Kindergarteners! Such a difference in ages, but, a good change for me this season! ;)

Barbara H. said...

I'm not a traveler - though a couple of times we drove 2,000 miles, I don't think I could do it today! But I am glad you enjoyed it and had time to chat and knit and see neat sites. And visit with good friends!

Kathie said...

Your road trip sounds like a blast! and a wonderful chance to bond with those sweet little grandchildren - hope the final papers come through soon. Not to forget reconnecting with your old friends - what fun!

I was at a knitting store that I think you'd love - they raise the sheep, and do every in between step, until the yarn is ready to sell in the store. I'll post pictures soon. It was such a bright and colourful place! I was thinking of my knitting friends.:)

Hope you have a great weekend!

Faith said...

I"ve never been to Portland but I hear it is a very pretty city.(Actually the only time I was on the left coast was when we did THanksgiving in San Francisco back in 1997 when my now 20 year old was only 4! YAY for road trips and those sox are wonderful. I especially like the first pair you show. Yay for being back on a schedule. My evenings though are so.much.busier. :( but i love being with my special students again. :)

ellen b. said...

4:00 am in England...wide awake. Happy for free wifi and that I brought my computer so my bloggy friends can entertain me.
Love seeing your photos. Greg is looking over my shoulder and said what's that? I said it's Willow, she's a knitter...

Roxie said...

Multnomah Falls! What a great trip that must have been! Hugs to sweet Mary Rose and her darlings.

nikkipolani said...

How wonderful to get time with your brother and family! And beautiful scenery along the way.

Hope you have a smashing start to the new school year!

Susanne said...

Oh you've had an exciting week. I'm glad you try to stick within the law. I'd hate to come here to find that you're posting from the klink! ;v)
Looking forward for those pics to come one day soon!

Love, love, love the picture of the waterfall!

elizabeth said...

Looking forward to seeing pictures of the kiddies!
Loved the socks and the pictures of the trip.
We do really need to celebrate our rather fortunate lives.
Greetings from NY.

snoopydog said...

Ha ha! Love the socks. Your photos are beautiful. It looks like a great summer has been enjoyed! Like you, I am now getting used to being in the academic regime of a new term. Have fun! Ros

Hazel Ceej said...

Road trips are fun. Riding that blue truck must be so much fun!

Sorry I'm late. My internet went off.
Hazel

Caroline said...

What wonderful pictures. I love traveling too, although I understand how you must have felt traveling up I5. The San Joaquin Valley during the summer is about as desolate as it gets!

Tracy said...



Seeing your brother for the first time in 3 years... That stopped my heart almost. I can't imagine seeing my sister only once in after so long a time... I'm glad you had that blessed gift of visiting! LOVE to see your knitting. I find myself knitting very little just now, for still falling in love with crochet...LOL! I've graduated to granny squares and am making a granny scarf and a granny blanket. The summer seemed to end abruptly here the past weekend--temps dropped way down, and the rains have begun. We're just starting to see some red & gold scattered in nature... Happy Days, Willow ((HUGS)) P.S. I’m needing to take an extended digital sabbatical due to health reasons. But I hope to be around when I can. :o)

Marg said...

Oh how fun...I too always loved FFF, but got so out of the knack of life. I can imagine you enjoying your time with the grands...how exciting. We were driving the same highways during the same dates. We took the I5 down to Mt. Shasta...is that the mountain I see in your shots? It was so cloudy the day we were there. I loved your knitting patterns. I am learning 'Entralac' this fall and I'm knitting a car seat blanket for a new one coming in Feb..