I lied… Karen took this photo in San Francisco and I wanted to post it because I really liked it. Nice job with the Canon Powershot.
Last night we had the pleasure of going to a Portland Beavers baseball game. The good news… we won. The better news… it was a good game. The best news… a friend of ours, GO ERIC, sang the national anthem before the game. He was awesome, and I’m not just saying so. He did a fantastic job!
I put the camera on a tripod and shot a few. In this one you can see spark trails coming up out of the fire. Mary, to the right, is blurry because she was moving. I actually asked them all to sit still and took one after this shot. It turned out really well. Fantastic actually. In this one, as well as in the other, you can actually see some stars up in the sky. Very cool.
We got home a bit late last night and when we did the moon was full and the stars were out, sort of. It’s Oregon, it was the first day of spring, and there were clouds and rain yesterday. We just happened to catch the moon and stars peeking out for a short time. Not a bad shot, this, considering I was using the camera on my phone… no tripod.
It’s Friday now… whoo hoo! We have plans already set up for tomorrow to… yep, you guessed it, work on the rental house. We’ve had a couple of sinks replaced there, thanks Tim, and are going to pick up the old sinks and a couple of other items (a medicine cabinet we took out) and take them to the Rebuilding Center. What a great place that is. They take donations of “stuff” you’ve taken out of your house. It’s a huge place. You can also go in and buy, for very reasonable prices, parts to fix almost anything in your house. It’s all stuff that’s been recycled out of old buildings and homes. So, we’re taking them our old sinks, which are really in fairly decent shape, and we’re going to pick up some newish carpet and a pad to go in one of the bedrooms of our rental. This is the place where we bought the sinks we just put into the rental. Let me tell ya… good deals. We paid only $35 bucks for a really nice, very new, pedestal sink. And it looks great in there. Our plumber, the aforementioned Tim, was so impressed that he asked where this place was and has already been there. If you’re in need of some remodeling materials, check this place out. It’s a great concept, they have a great selection, and we want to keep it open by continuing to support them.
Otherwise for the coming weekend we will most likely try to get some work done around here. Our poor yard, due to weather and our being over at the rental a lot, has suffered and needs our attention. It think there’s some mowing, hoeing, and trimming in our future.
For those wondering about mom… Mom and Don are safely back from their backpacking travels around Mexico and Guatemala. We know they have stories and pictures to share and we can’t wait to see them, hug them, and get the full scoop.
Right now it’s 7:23 in the morning… Karen is working away, and has been since 6:30, Weston is curled up in his little bed, and I’m contemplating getting ready for work. It’s cute looking at Weston in his little bed. He’s always so funny about it. This is the bed we bought for him when we first brought him home. It’s not huge. Later, after he’d grown quite a bit, we bought him another, bigger, bed. Well… he only uses the big bed rarely to sleep on, more often to chew on, and has stuck pretty much to using the little bed. Like now. He’s a sweet little lad. Alrighty then… it’s off to work for me.
We ventured out to walk the streets of downtown Philadelphia this evening. There were so many people out. I guess it is Friday, and this is a living downtown, so that shouldn’t have surprised me. It’s one of those downtowns that doesn’t roll up the sidewalks at 5:00. Restaurants, shops, bars, coffee shops, book stores, etc… all open for business and getting it.
We wandered a bit, grabbed a chai at a nearby Starbucks and while we were there Karen asked the baristas pouring our drinks where a good spot for dinner might be. The suggestion… the Nodding Head brew pub. So we moseyed on over, walked up a flight of stairs, and were promptly seated. Really great place. Nice atmosphere, good food, and a very tasty glass of grog. I kid you not, that’s what it was called and I have to say, I enjoyed the grog. I didn’t swing my glass back and forth and sing, but I liked it just the same.
After getting our fill of grog and food at the Nodding Head we walked down the stairs and turned right. Back on Sansom we walked until we got to Broad Street where we took a left and headed North. It’s pretty easy to find your way around downtown Philadelphia, at least it has been for us so far. It’s laid out pretty nicely. We had no idea where we were going, but I knew how we were going to get back to the room, so all was good. Luckily Broad Street was a good place to make a turn as we soon ran into the City Hall building. Let me tell ya, the place is a gorgeous piece of architecture. Really lovely. I think we’ll go back by when it’s light, but all lit up at night… pretty stunning.
Tomorrow… Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Ben Franklin’s post office, Old City, and whatever else we can find. It’s supposed to be cold, but dry… yeah!