We drove to the in laws on Thanksgiving day. When it was time to eat, there was a magical snowstorm to add to the other 4-6 inches of fresh snow. Since we didn’t have to drive anywhere after that, it was perfection AND delicious food. That night we were able to go for a walk in the snow and ice. My feet were freezing though since Hunter boots are not made for those conditions, but my short UGGS were not tall enough so I opted for staying dry. When we returned, the UGGS went on and I warmed up. I ventured outside Black Friday in the late afternoon to get my one item that I intended to buy. Other than that, I didn’t really #optoutside since it was COLD. We have been in Oregon for too long and we aren’t used to these bitter temperatures anymore. Prior to a week ago, my car had led a nice life in a garage and here it has been coughing as I turn the ignition in our new colder environment. The kids had some fun snowball fights, but since our gear is on a moving truck at the moment, snow play in 20 degree temps can’t get too exciting. It was a good holiday.

No pumpkin pie….

For the first time in many years, we are going to someone’s house for Thanksgiving other than our own. Well, last year we were in Rome for turkey day, but we were still on our own. We just moved our family to Idaho and we’ll be at my in law’s house. My MIL (mother in law) informed us that there will not be any pumpkin pie. Um….. There is one day a year where I enjoy me some pumpkin pie and it is on Thanksgiving day. Okay whatever. At least I don’t have to slave away and prepare the food this year. It is quite the endeavor! Actually, I don’t mind it, but it isn’t something many people are confident doing. I’ve got a lot of experience cooking a big turkey with all the sides so I don’t mind it, but tomorrow we just have to go for a drive and voila the food will be ON!!!! I’m a big fan of Thanksgiving day food, but I do not enjoy the leftovers for days on end. I have a special way to deal with it. I buy throw away pans and then I put all of the leftovers inside casserole style and then freeze them. One month later I have a pre-made meal ready to go and it tastes fantastic. I usually end up with a few of them to enjoy throughout the winter months.         ARE YOU EXCITED TO PIG OUT??

The Situation….

I’m not going to wax poetic about last week’s events in Paris. I already commented once this year about the other episode. As the recent event happened late at night, I felt confident that my best friend from my teenage years was safely at home with her children. And… Thanks to Facebook I was able to verify her status and that of another good friend. Sometimes I absolutely loathe Facebook, then I have to remind myself that good real world encounters have happened for me because of it.  Furthermore, I would just be completely unaware of the drama that goes on about some of the most benign things in life.

For example, yesterday I came across a petition on that some of my fellow Americans were complaining about a toy at Walmart that offended their sensibilities. It then occurred to me that I guess for them the world should revolve around their LITTLE offenses. It doesn’t matter that there are real injustices in the world, they were offended. The silly part is that it came after serious events, but some are already back to infantile fantasy land grievances.

Today, I have professional movers at my house. I am going off to hike some way less green pastures in my near future. 2015 has been a big crazy adventure.  After over 8 years, it’s time to leave the rain forest. Oregon is just an awesome place. We have visited many of the highlights here: Crater Lake, Oregon Coast, Wallowa Lake, PORTLANDIA, and my children have had all of their secondary education experiences thus far here. It’s time to go though.

Halloween 2015 is history

Halloween in suburban Portland. This was the closest think I get to 4 -wheeling these days. My 13 year old wasn't happy to get to be the photog.

Halloween in suburban Portland. This was the closest thing I get to 4 -wheeling these days. My 13 year old wasn’t happy to get to photograph my childishness in the rain.

I did something really dreadful for Halloween this year. I didn’t walk around my neighborhood with my youngest child. I did what I have occasionally seen others do…….  I followed my child in my car to do her trick or treating. It was raining hard most of the day here and the rain was supposed to be done around the trick or treat hour, but it wasn’t. I sent my other 2 children off to friends’ houses, but I was not off the hook with my youngest. She begged and pleaded and I just didn’t want to get drenched! At the last minute, I told her to go herself and I’d follow her in the car. We only went to well lit homes and in between well lit homes, she would jump back in the car. It wasn’t very fun, but it got the job done and she didn’t seem to mind one bit. As usual, we have enough candy to last a good long time. Incidentally, the Portland area got incredible amounts of rain that day and the public transit trains ended up making national news for getting flooded and plowing into flood waters. I only plowed forward after knowing darn well it was a little puddle that I’d watched others go through, not a big low lying area in the city. The rain totals were pretty high, but the fall leaves always clog and wreak havoc here with the rain. My car still runs after my puddle jumping and hopefully it will for a good long time, but I’m not so sure about the expensive trains. It won’t matter cause they’ll just do a tax increase and get a couple new ones. 😉 😉