Sunday, October 21, 2018

Stopping by to say Hello

Two Years... seems like yesterday.
Yes, I miss him. A lot still. But I have wonderful memories of the 12 years we had together. 

I bought a dozen yellow roses, his favorite and put six in a vase on my table for me,

and took six up to the cemetery

Fall is definitely here and Mt. Hood peeking through the trees makes the picture even more beautiful.

I took a couple of train trips this summer.One to Seattle to visit Joe's daughter and family and celebrate my and Joe's birthday. The above picture was taken to show the waiting room when you you go business class or on long, overnight trips leaving from Portland.
Business Class is quieter and more comfortable. You also receive a $3.00 voucher to apply to what ever you purchase in the Bistro car. This time I used it to purchase a ginger cookie and a Ginger Ale soda to go with the sack lunch I made. My balance being what it is, it's difficult to carry my food back to my seat when the train is moving. The conductors are very helpful taking my box for me, making sure I get safely back to my seat safely.

On the next trip I visited my sister, taking the train from Portland to Tacoma. It was a week of fun and reminiscing.We went to the The Old Cannery
Then we took back roads to Eatonville, Washington, the town we grew up in.

I'm sitting in front of Eatonville High School where I graduated from in 1959. At that time, there was an elementary school, a gym and the high school. One of the faculty members gave us a tour of the campus which includes all three buildings and is now a state of the arts high school.

All the graduating classes from the beginning of the high school have their picture hanging in the halls. My picture is on the bottom right, right by my head.

Normally I take Amtrak's Cascade train. It's convenient for those taking me to the train and picking me up but this time I just "happened" to take the Coast Starlight home. Wow what a difference. Business class on this train is like first class on an airlines. Seats are larger, more comfortable and even have leg and foot rests. Plus your voucher is $6. AND the waiter came to my seat and asked if I wanted reservations in the diner (upstairs on a moving train) or would I like a box lunch brought to my seat. I opted for that. A wonderful chicken sandwich, Chips, large cookie  and a soda. I paid Only $4. Oh and as soon as you are in your seat, the conductor hands you a bottle of water, and asks if you are comfortable. There were three ladies in our car. One went upstairs, one got off in Olympia and I had the whole car to myself the rest of the trip to Portland.

One of my favorite views, Passing by the Narrows Bridge going South from Tacoma.

Back home enjoying fall colors on my walk on the property.

My son David has had a bucket list of things he and his wife have wanted to take me to see. This was one. Walking the Tilikum Crossing Bridge over the Willamette River. He drove to where we get on the Max light rail.

 Of course it helps that both David and his wife are employed by TriMet. David is an operator and his wife a supervisor. From the train ride we walked across the bridge and then rode the train back.
After the nice walk and train ride, they took me and the two grandsons to supper at Red Robin.

The next thing on their bucket list was to take me to North Eastern Washington to visit a friend I hadn't seen since the late 80's. I lived in Electric City and Grand Coulee, Washington then. Our friends live on a large ranch in Elmer City, Washington. He's a "cowboy" and she is a "shepherdess" and even though that's not "suppose to work" there is hundreds and hundreds of acres and and plenty of room for the cows and sheep to live in peace.

This is my sweet Leah and I hadn't seen her since she was in High School. I wanted to see her shepherd's crook...thus the picture of hug and crook.

Leah does it all. She raises and cares for the sheep, She shears the sheep, cleans the wool, cards it, dyes it, spins it and knits and crochet's articles of clothing including slippers for her husband. (I apologize Leah if I didn't get all you do with the wool.

I loved watching the llama watching over the sheep. 

This reminded me of the song "I was looking back to see if you were looking back at me....."

Leah also helps her husband Kerry move cattle from one pasture to another. As I looked out their window at the view of the mountains and valley's another song came  to my mind. "He owns the cattle on a thousand Hills"

The time came for us to head back home. Eight and a half hours one way is a long time for a weekend trip but I loved every minute of it. This is Grand Coulee Dam When I lived in Grand Coulee, I walked across the dam and back to get my two mile walks in. I loved it. But since 911, security prevents anyone but authorized workers walking or driving on it. We did notice a tour van taking people on a tour while we were there.

This is Sun Lakes Dry Falls State Park

My grand dog Harry kept me company on this trip.... but he wasn't much company. He is such a good, well behaved dog too.

Back home I'm enjoying the fall colors, 

Walking the boardwalk at Happy Valley Park,

and feeding the ducks,

and catching lunch now and then with friends.
(Jennifer was one of Joe's many nurses)
It's been fun playing catch up.