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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Heading west!

So, we left home on May 28, and our first stop was the La Quinta just outside Trinidad, Colorado.  We stay at LQ's often, because they always accept pets, and we hardly ever leave Charlie Chihuahua behind.  This trip, he stayed with our daughter.  But we had earned a free night with their frequent guest program, so, that was a no-brainer. And believe me, after driving all day through the no man's land that is the Texas panhandle and northeast New Mexico, our brains were about useless.

But, something oh so cool did happen while we were driving through NM.  Driving down Hwy 64/87 towards Raton, there were dark clouds, lightning and heavy rain on both sides of us, and very dark clouds ahead of us.  For hours.  But we barely got sprinkled on.  The storms just kept moving away from us as we drove along.  It was awesome.

Next day we hit the road again.  Everyone knows Colorado is a beautiful state, but the drive from Trinidad to Colorado Springs and past Denver is just, well, not so much.  Same with Wyoming.  There are some really nice mountains, but we were on the interstate, so, still boring.  At this point we just wanted to get to some place we'd never been before, so we didn't bother to slow down for sightseeing much.

We spent that night at the Motel 6 in Evanston, Wyoming.  It was... well, just not even the nicest Motel 6 I'd ever stayed at.  And you know they aren't known for their luxurious rooms.  BUT, Paul's Diner,  accross the street,  almost made up for it.  Very good food.  We were pleasantly surprised.

Third day out, we drove through a corner of Utah we'd never seen before, and a little bit of Idaho, and a lot of Oregon.  I was surprised that there was so much brown in Idaho and Oregon.  Is it just because of this terrible drought, or is it always so dry and dead looking?  I really expected more green in those states.

Our destination that day was Pendleton, Oregon.  Cowboy had heard about the big rodeo they have there, and he wanted to see this Western style town.  I had no idea their was such a cowboy tradition in Oregon.  I thought it was all coastline and lumberjacks.  We found a cute little motel, part of a chain we've had good luck with before, Amerca's Best Value Inns.  Evidently, they take old motels and refurbish them.  We were right in town, the bed was comfy, the sheets and the bathroom were clean, and the owners seemed nice.  We got a great price, because it was just before tourist season began.

And it was here that we got one of the best surprises of our trip... a Mexican food restaurant, miles and miles from Texas, that we actually liked!  El Charrito was just a few blocks from our motel, and the food was as close to Tex-Mex as we've ever gotten outside our own great state.  Win!

The next day we drove on into Blaine, Washington, where the fun really began.  More about that later.

For now, here's a few pictures from Wyoming and Oregon
Wyoming mountains

Brown Idaho

Cowboy hates steep grades.  This one was lots worse than it looks here.

The cute little motel in Pendleton.  We plan to return to this neat little tourist-y town someday, when we have more time.

Sculptures in Pendleton, honoring their ranching/cattle driving  past.

Not a great picture, but I loved the patchwork farmland.  So green where it's irrigated. But I hated that it was  so brown everywhere else.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Backing Up a Bit...

A few weeks ago, we spent about 3 weeks traveling to Blaine, Washington and back.  We drove the car this time, staying at the most inexpensive (but clean) hotels/motels we could find.  I found most of the motels on TripAdvisor, and we were mostly pleased with the price and the accomodations.  We spent an entire week in Blaine, courtesy of our best friends who shared their condo with us.  It was a wonderful trip.  

Unfortunately, my computer chose that very time to get all flaky on me.  I also had a new phone, a Samsung Galaxy Note 3.  I love the camera on that phone, but I couldn't figure out how to get the photos from the camera to the computer.  So frustrating.

We've been home about a month now, and once again, all is well in my virtual world.  I figured out the phone, and the computer fixed itself.  Really.  One day, it just started doing all this weird stuff, I thought I'd crashed it for good.  But after an hour or so, it rebooted itself, and it's worked like a charm ever since. 

I will never understand electronics.

Anyway, I will be trying to post a few photos each day until I've described the entire trip.  We had so much fun!  

To begin, here's a few of my Cowboy at a few of the state lines we crossed.  He was a very good sport to indulge me in my touristy whim to get as many state line photos as we could.  Though he did kind of roll his eyes as me a few times.

We did miss a few. . . Colorado, Washington, British Columbia, Wyoming and Kansas were the other states/province we visited.  And by the time we got back to good old Texas, we were just too tired to stop one more time.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

January 9, 2014. At home. Alone.

Listening - to Sword of the Lord.

Seeing/Seen/Been/Done - Met the church ladies for brunch this morning.  Then I went to Target for a gift card for Rebecca's baby shower on Sunday, and ended up buying a set of sheets for our bed.  Cowboy left to go play golf right after I got home. I've been on the computer ever since.

Feeling - Glad to see my friend Marilyn this morning.  Seems like we were just getting to know each other well when she up and moved to North Carolina!  Also glad to see my friend Lena, but kind of sad that she's returning to Papua New Guinea next week.  But thankful for her willingness to serve the Lord on the mission field.

Wishing/Wanting - I don't waste much energy wishing for things I can't afford, but sometimes I do wish we had a gardener/outside maintenance person, so I could have a beautiful yard and garden, without actually having to do any work.  Except when I just felt like it.

Needing - to research games for the baby shower.

Eating/Drinking - Yum.  I had pancakes and bacon for brunch.  And I didn't eat it all, so that's what I'll have for supper, too!

Wearing - Jeans and a sweater.

Weather - 47 degrees, cloudy, and humid

Thinking - About trying to make my own flour tortillas with the new recipe I just found.

Enjoying - Modern technology. 

Praying - Oh.  That reminds me.  I didn't finish my morning prayers.  Better do that now.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

January 8, 2014. STILL at Home.

Listening - to the silence

Seeing/Seen/Been/Done - It just occurred to me that I'm always going to see the same thing - my living room - when I'm typing these journal entries.  Because that's always where I sit to look at my computer - on the couch in my living room.  So I decided to expand this entry to include where I've been, what I've done, or where I'm planning to go and do.  Today I went to Wal-Mart, then to church.  We took the Awana kids into to the Sanctuary with the adults tonight to listen to the Chapmans, missionaries to Papua New Guinea, tell us about life in PNG. 
Then, we came home and watched a few episodes of White Collar.

Feeling - Very contented.

Wishing/Wanting - Nothing.  Well, except the usual stuff, good health and such for us and our kids.

Needing - to take a shower and go to bed.  It's nearly midnight.

Eating/Drinking - Hmmm.  This morning I had Greek yogurt for breakfast.  And Lima beans and cornbread for lunch.  We had supper at church, lasagna and salad.  And Sherry's wonderful Snickerdoodles.

Wearing - My new pajamas I bought at Wal-Mart today.

Weather - 51 degrees, cloudy, and humid

Thinking - I really shouldn't stay up so late.

Enjoying - Yes.  I am.

Praying - For the missionaries our church supports.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

January 7, 2014. At home.

Listening - to First Peter

Seeing - The empty corner where our Christmas tree was!

Feeling - Ready to get out and do something.

Wishing/Wanting - To get started redecorating our guest room.

Needing - to make a list and go to the grocery store.

Eating/Drinking - Cowboy made breakfast taquitos this morning.  Yum.

Wearing - sweats and a t-shirt.  Fixing to change to jeans.

Weather - Sunny and 33 degrees.  Brrrr!

Thinking - about what to cook next week.

Enjoying - my quiet house.

Praying - That my sweet cousin Becky will feel better soon (strep throat.  Yuck)  And for so many others who are sick or injured.

Friday, January 3, 2014

January 3, 2014. At home.

January 3, 2014 
At Home.

Listening - My own breathing.

Seeing - My naked Christmas tree.

Feeling - At peace with the world.  Except for that Christmas tree.

Wishing/Wanting - Salad to go with supper.

Needing - To get some exercise.

Eating/Drinking - Ice water.  We ate at Cotton Patch for lunch.  I'm fixing lasagna for supper. 

Wearing - jeans and a t-shirt

Weather - Cold and sunny.

Thinking - about where to go on our next trip...Galveston, maybe?

Enjoying - Things I've accomplished today... Blood work, x-rays, pedicure.  Plus I put away a few more Christmas decorations.

Praying - For my children to feel better.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Sitting on the Couch, at Home

January 2, 2014     

Listening - to Once Upon a Time, Tony Bennett
                       The Christmas Song, Nat King Cole
                        It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, Frank Sinatra
                        Mansion Over the Hilltop, Elvis Presley
                        Love Come to Life, Big Daddy Weave
                        Faith in You, Jami Smith

Seeing - Christmas decorations, still not put away

Feeling - Frustrated.  Still get tired way too easily.

Wishing/Wanting - For a change of scenery.

Needing - to get off my couch and clean up this mess!

Eating/Drinking - Ice water, right now.  I made soft tacos for lunch.  
Wearing - sweats and a t-shirt

Weather - Sunny, but cold.  36 degrees

Thinking - How truly blessed I am.  

Enjoying - The I-phone speaker July gave me for Christmas.  
                  A quiet moment while Cowboy's in town.
                  Cuddling with Charlie Chihuahua.

Praying - For rain to fill our Texas lakes.  Or better yet, Lord, could You just speak water into them one night, and fill them all at once?  A real miracle.  Also fill our underground water supply.  Wouldn't it be great to hear the atheist scientists try to explain that away?  I know You can do it! It would be so great!