I recently went out fishing with a couple of great guys. We went out on Stan’s boat… we always go out on Stan’s boat. He’s the man.
When you go out salmon fishing on the Columbia River with Stan you usually have to get up early… when it’s still dark and cold out. There are two things to remember… dress warmly with loads of layers AND don’t forget your AM snacks. AM snacks for me always include pretty much the same things. Why? Well you know when you go to a certain restaurant and before you ever even get there you are craving your favorite thing from the place? Yeah… that’s how AM snacks work for me. I know I’m going out on the boat and for some reason I always want the same things. They aren’t healthy… string cheese, old wisconsin beef bites, wheat thins, Peanut M&M’s, hot chocolate in a thermos, and this time a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It’s a mixed bag of stuff. The thing is, I always buy and take too much.
So here I am, messing around on the computer and snacking on left over AM snacks…. yum. Nothing like eating the snacks that keep on giving. I seem to have a nearly endless supply. Still more string cheese and beef bites and wheat thins left. Oh my.
By the way… I caught a fish the last time out. Not a huge one, but I will take it.
It’s almost five o’clock and time to go home. Woo hoo! This has been a long week. L-O-N-G. I’m tired and ready to hang at home, watch a movie, enjoy a snuggle with my sweetie and our pups.
Haven’t posted in eons. Thought I’d get back on the band wagon with this. Happy Monday everyone.
PS.. More posts coming soon on the bathroom addition and life in general. The bathroom addition, plus the kids being here for a couple of weeks, plus a work conference all contributed to my non-posting. No excuses… Just really busy.
Last week and then this last weekend has been filled with “stuff” for the addition. Shopping for the addition, painting and siding the addition (Thanks Kev, Mom and Don for the assist this last weekend. You guys rock as painters and siders!), more shopping for the addition, more siding, etc., etc., etc. I also snuck in a day of fishing with Stan, Stacia, and Connie. Nice to just get out on the river and hang. I caught nothing, but got to watch Connie and Stacia catch fish. It was worth it.
Sun setting, Columbia River, Osprey… there’s nothing better than that.
Outside that is. The view from our table at McMenamins. It was so nice Friday night. A nice dinner out after we’d worked around the house, in the yard, all morning. We got tons of stuff done this weekend at our place. Very satisfying. Also very satisfying to play after you work. Oh, and the plans on the table… they are the plans for our bathroom addition. We took them along so Sandy and Vicki could check them out.
Friday night, July 3, we met some friends (yo Sandy and Vicki) at the McMenamins on the Columbia over in Vancouver. It’s a great spot right on the river. We sat outside. It was grand.
We had a terrific time on Sunday with our pals and all the pups. Thanks guys for a really nice time. Not to mention the after hike lunch at the St. Johns McMenamins Pub. Tasty. Nothing says healthy more than following up a physical fitness activity like enjoying a burger and a strawberry lemonade at the pub.
We ended the weekend with some weed pulling at the house. They have somehow taken over all of our flower beds. They must be thwarted. They must be vanquished. They must be… well… pulled. So we started that process in the big bed. And let me tell ya… it’s a process. But damn… our place is looking lovely right now. And again I’ll say… we are lucky. In so many ways.
As to the photo above… you can see Benny’s paw in the shot… we were only missing Weston and Riley’s and it would’ve been perfect. Maybe next time?
This last Sunday we ventured out to Sauvie Island with some friends for a little hike along the beach. The dogs, ours and our friend’s, loved it. As did we. It was gorgeous out there. What a beautiful spot and a lovely day. Just about perfect. The only thing that might have made it better would’ve been if we’d thought ahead enough to pack a small barbecue and some food. We could have stayed there all day. At a certain point the dogs got to be off leash and it was as if they were sprung from prison or something. I’ve never seen such happy dogs. Running, playing, chasing, rolling around in the sand (after getting a little wet in the river of course)…. happy happy joy joy.
There was a fantastic view of Mt. St. Helens on Sunday. Pretty clear. Plus, there was quite a bit of water traffic out on the Columbia. Made for some good photo ops.
Went fishing today with Stan, Stacia, and Dennis. We caught nothin’. I think these guys aren’t going to take us out anymore. Ah well… I love going anyway. Just being out there, on the river, watching the sun rise, the fog lift, and freezing my ass off as we make the turn and whip back up river… yelling ye haw as we go. It’s a pretty darn good time. Throw in great company, boat talk (plug cut fish, Stan’s butt holes, questions about last names of famous characters like Alice of Alice in Wonderland, music), AM snacks, and a dash or two of Baileys and I can’t think of many better ways to spend time.
This week’s theme for the photo hunt… yellow. I decided not to go for the flower shot, which would’ve been super obvious since I have tons of those, and instead put up a shot I took on a September morning. Sun coming up, nice yellowish glow. I was out on the Columbia River fishing for salmon with a friend who keeps trying to “get me into a fish”. He didn’t. I didn’t catch one. But really, who cares. Man… it can be beautiful out there.
If any of you out there are interested in joining in the hunt, CLICK HERE for more info. tnchick will fill you in on all the ins and outs of getting on board with the hunt.