Archive for July, 2011

Emily turns 14

Granddaughter Emily’s birthday on July 15 coincided with the opening of the final Harry Potter movie.  Grandpa and I thought that going into Portland to watch the movie in 3-D would be a treat so we picked up tickets long ago for the show.  We left here at 9:30PM with Emily and a group of her friends(her mom was thankfully with us too).  We drove the almost-two-hours to the theater in a van that Gretchen had borrowed from a friend.  When we arrived there were lines and lines of people waiting to get into the theater.  Our tickets were for one of the early after midnight showings, so after checking the lines and discovering no spot for us we walked into the theater and Bill convinced them to let us in.  The show was great and needs at least another viewing or two to catch everything that was happening on screen.

We did not get home after dropping off most of Emily’s friends, and picking up our car at the Brill’s, until 5AM.  Bill and I both slept in quite late in the morning as we needed to be bright and cheery in the late afternoon for the family Birthday celebration.  Most of the Brill side of the family showed up and we enjoyed a nice dinner with them while sitting by their fire outside… well, until the rains came again.  Today had been one of the first dry days in awhile and it just could not stay dry all day here.  Finally late in the evening Doug’s sister and family made it thru the traffic and arrived.


By then there was enough water falling from the sky that the festivities had moved inside.





Emily received her specially decorated cake with not quite enough candles (yet!) to be a fire hazard, maybe in a few more years.



The cake and ice cream was enjoyed by all the children and the adults as well.



A sleepy Emily then opened her gifts.  The big box contained a fancy hanging light from her sister.  The blue globe was actually constructed by Alexa as well.  All in all it was a fun – although very long – day and hopefully one that brought joy to one of our special granddaughters.

First House in 15 years

Last Wednesday we got the keys to our first house in 15 years.  It is a nice older home near the downtown area of Tillamook and, although it is not very large, it sure seems spacious compared to Lanikai – which we have called home for the last 15 years.

new house 2

Living on the boat that long has left us with little furniture (or even household items) but some came with the house, and a big shopping trip to the local Fred Meyer’s gave us more of the essentials.


New House 4

After two nights sleeping on the floor, Bill purchased the material and constructed a bed platform for our new mattress.  We bought one of the “memory foam” mattresses and so far we think it is great.


new house 3

The inside is quite livable now and we have started work on the outside.  Bill spent two long and hard days removing a large wheelchair ramp to the back door that blocked the direct passage from the workshop from the house.  Now we are digging fence post holes to separate out two stalls of the three stall carport so that we have an outdoor undercover sitting area.  It rains enough here that the cover will be nice.  The car can still be under cover in the third stall.

Fourth of July on the Second

Saturday July 2 there was a big Fourth of July celebration on the beach at Pacific City.  We drove down about 4:30 in the afternoon and stayed until after dark, letting off fireworks and watching others do the same.  It was a grand time and we enjoyed the beer from the local Pelican Bbrewery as we watched the children play in the sand.








There seemed to be no official fireworks display, but the larger fireworks were sent up at several spots along the beach.