14. I’m thankful for the water around me. Whether it’s clean drinking water, a warm shower, snow, a lake to kayak in, a pool to swim in, ice for my drink, a river to fish in, rain, or an ocean to be amazed at I am so grateful and thankful for all it’s lovely forms. I’m a water girl. I learned to swim at a young age and have spent many hours near or on the water creating memories with family and friends. It’s a gift and a blessing I appreciate whole heartedly and don’t take for granted. I’m lucky, and thankful, it’s so readily available to me. I know others don’t have it so lucky.
9. I’m thankful for the visual world. I am made breathless every day by something I see. It seems everywhere I look there’s beauty and magnificence. It constantly amazes, enlightens, and nourishes my soul. Leaves blowing from trees, blue sky, rain drops falling just so, structures made by man, light in all it’s forms. Everything has history and a story to tell. All of it inspires awe and is magical.
Dry… oh, yes… I need water!
When a person thinks about moving to the midwest it’s obvious to dread the humidity of the summer and the freezing cold of the winter. What’s not so obvious is how chapped your lips get or how dry your skin becomes. It’s not something you would think about really. But, it’s exactly what happens.
We wake in the morning and we can hardly talk because our mouths are so dry. We drink more water here, out of necessity, than we ever did in Oregon. Rainforest to prairie, big difference. I put my hand to my forehead, partial thinker pose, and get distracted by the flaky nature of my skin. It’s not appealing.
We will adjust, I’m sure. Lotion, creams, water, mineral oil. Whatever it takes. That’s what we will do in the surprising dry climate of the Midwest.
Now… I’m parched… where did I put that glass of water…
Sun setting, Columbia River, Osprey… there’s nothing better than that.
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.
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.