Oregon back to Ohio
Trip Start Aug 16, 2008
1Trip End Aug 31, 2008
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Aug 17th Up early and packed up to meet Ken and Joan and ride to Portland with them to a caching event-The Lemonade Social - in Milwaukie. We did a bit of caching on the way ending at the park where the event was taking place. I did about 1½ mile walk to get 9 caches in one of the games. Another was a list of cachers we had to find to complete a sheet of questions. The overcast morning finally gave way to hot and muggy for the remainder of day. There was way too much food, but we managed to at least try most of it---lol. There were several people there that I knew from the past and many more to meet - really had a large turnout. A fun part was that a Dixieland Band was playing at a picnic next to us and provided music all afternoon. Very good! We left late and did a few more caches on the way home, with me getting back here after 9 pm. A bit of house cleaning and played with the cat and off to bed, one tired old lady!
Aug 18th Woke to RAIN
Aug 19th - The cat woke me early demanding breakfast. I am beginning to think about packing up, but this morning meeting some classmates at the PO in Keizer where we will car pool to Wilsonville for the monthly get-together. A dreary Oregon looking day and sure looks like it might rain! I got lost looking for the PO- sure could have used our Garmin Nuvi today. Finally met and we all headed to Wilsonville to the Garlic and Onion at the Holiday Inn. There were 11 of us today, and we stayed about 3 hours, all talking all the time! Great fun and glad they had one while Letha and I were in town. Back to town and a stop to say goodby to Gary and Sharon, then to Independence to see my cousin Mancil and his wife Jennifer. I don't see them often but sure enjoy them when I do. Then to his folks place but no one home so on back home in the rain. Carol and I had planned, again, to cache tomorrow but storms predicted all day so that is out. Some housecleaning around here and off to bed.
Aug 20 Wed-The cat and I were up earlier than I had planned! House clean and I am packed. The bank had called and my Euros are in so drove down to get them, and get the PERS papers notarized. Then off to their office in the Archives Building where I had to redo 2 pages to keep them happy. So much to do for $250 that I didn't even know I had. So sometime in the next 3 months I will get the money, and had to pay 20% withholding on it
Aug 21. Carol woke me at 5 am---I was dreaming and didn't want to get up, but did and hopped into the shower while she fixed a quick breakfast. Before 6 we were headed across Portland to the airport, traffic was light so we were in plenty of time-she dropped me off and I zipped through security and up to SouthWest who has new computer setups- plug in and a place to sit! Nice. Finally in the air by 9 to our first stop in Sacramento CA, then on to Phoenix AZ (temp 110!) for an hour and ½ layover before plane change and at last in the air for Columbus OH. Arrived there just after 9, deplaned, headed for luggage pickup, and for the first time both my bags were among the first 10 bags! Called Charlie and he was at pickup in less than 2 minutes and after hellos and hugs and kisses we were off for Centerville! So glad to see him, and he has, on purpose, lost 17 lbs while I was gone! Good to be home - we finally hit the bed after midnight. I had a great holiday but it is good to be home.
Aug 22-Friday - I couldn't sleep last night so really tired today. Lots of unpacking to do and maybe I can sneak in a nap-I unpacked, did laundry, watered plants - that had not gotten watered while I was gone-changed bedding, put elastic in a skirt, hemmed some pants, you know what kind of things after a holiday
Aug 23rd Saturday-The 'guys' are all gone fishing so Charlie didn't go to Springfield this morning, letting him sleep till 10 AM. Sometime after lunch we decided on a walk and went to Bill Yech park where Charlie has been doing a 1.4 mile walk every other day. It was in the 90s today but more than half of the walk was in the trees. Lots of flowers making it a fun walk. Charlie lightheaded again today -been a lot of that in the past couple of months. Called Darlene and dropped by to see them-they are in one of Charlies condo rentals not far from our house. Jimmie and Charlie talked Army and Dar and I talked clothes and shoes!! When Jim arrived home they took us out to their new house. Walls, roof are up and now ready for the wiring and heating and all that. Home for a much needed shower and then grocery shopping. Dar had given us some mango chicken and we had spinach salad with it. As he always does, Charlie checked the blood pressure machine at the store - no wonder he is feeling faint-83/48 P95 - not good and I will get him a doctor appt as soon as I can. Oh, and Charlie has now, on purpose, lost 19 lbs since I left for Oregon.
Aug 24th Sunday-I was up long before Charlie
Aug 25th-First thing this morning I called the doctor for Charlie and when he called back he took him off both heart meds
Aug 26th - Charlie goes to the doctor this morning. I have been making me fruit smoothies for breakfast, but Charlie is still reluctant to depend on them for a meal though he always drinks a good part of mine! Charlie returned and said they had taken several tests and will try him off the heart meds for 2 weeks -. His BP at the office was about the same as Saturdays-too low! I had a busy day - made 4 pillowcases, hemmed 2 pair slacks, put new straps on a sunsuit, called about my hearing aid being repaired in Arizona - they had been holding it for me to pick up instead of mailing it as I had instructed!!, started a cabbage soup for dinner, ironed all my clothes, did laundry plus all the usual daily tasks! Wheeeeh! Had soup and salad for dinner, low cal and good. I talked to John tonight and he said his Dad finally, after many years, gave him a call. I had given him the number and the 'hint' that John would like to hear from him when I was visiting him in Salem.
Aug 27th Wednesday-Slept in - finally, no reason to get up so early. Charlie is better already - getting off the heart pills really helped-and he feels better
Aug 28th thur-I was up first this morning - we are both losing weight, Charlie 22 lbs now in 3 weeks and me 6 lb in last 10 days - sure hope we can continue. Charlie better since getting off the BP meds. That is good! Charlie headed off about noon. I showered, did stuff around here and finally headed to the grocery store for stuff for dinner. Tonight will be a tuna salad. I finished some sewing on a dress and tried on a few things to see if I might want to take them. The tuna salad was a very good meal accompanied by some fresh sweet corn. We are staying up late tonight to watch the Obama spectacular in his Roman coliseum in Denver
Aug 29th Up early and hear that McCain will announce his choice for VP today. Charlie up not long after and we start another day. This is also the day our friend Don, back in Oregon, has his prostate cancer surgery. We are wishing him well - they think they caught it early. McCain announced Gov Sarah Palin of Alaska as his VP choice. She is a great speaker, attractive, sense of humor and experience! I am happy with his choice. At noon I drove over to Mary Biehns 'new to her' house. We had seen it after she bought and was painting and fixing it up, but she is now nearly all moved in and the place looks great! She showed me around and then we spent a couple hours on her back porch-balcony just chatting. I really enjoy her. Joe is moving back into the house she vacated, Dar and Jim and Jimmy are building the new house - Chuck and Dana are engaged and living at his big house that they are trying to sell - everything is changing here. Fixed us another salad but tonight used cut-up pork loin in the salad and Charlie added a hard boiled egg to his - another good meal. I baked the peanut butter cookies Charlie is taking to his guys breakfast tomorrow-they liked them when they went Oshkosh and asked for more
Aug 30 Sat- Charlie was off to Springfield for breakfast taking a bunch of peanut butter cookies for the guys. He played golf and didn't return till after 4. I tried on a bunch of clothes and tried to eliminate some from my 'take' list but didn't work. One blouse to sew on a bit too. Cleaned the bathroom carpet and dusted, watered plants, washed clothes, one of those kinds of days. In one week we leave for Chicago and 5 days later pick up Carol at the airport! Watched more on McCains VP choice and like her better all the time! Also watching news on Hurricane Gustav that is expected to be a Cat 5 when it hits land in Louisiana soon. We took off at 6:30 for Stubbs park- not too far away and found a good parking place, walked up the hill and into the amphitheater finding a good place to park our folding chairs. We only waited about 10 minutes for things to start and then enjoyed almost 2 hours of The US Air Force Band of Flight performing for us! Magnificent! And then the sunset was extreme red and beautiful - a great end to a great concert! We need to do more things like this. I am guessing about 1500 people showed up, making for good people watching.
Aug 31- After a late start this morning we headed out to Sugercreek Park to walk the 'orange' trail - 1 ½ miles and such a delightful place. Trees lining and hanging over nearly all of the trail, a side trip to The 3 Sisters-huge white oak trees, one of which is 25 ft around the base and a walk through what is called the tunnel because of the trees. Sister Tree #2 fell in the past few months but there are leaving the remains there. It was 87 degrees out but we did alright, only a couple of short stops - this trail has more ups and downs than the one we did recently