Wednesday, July 9, 2014

College Visit & A Road Trip Of Sorts...

The original Whitman College building...

It is hard to believe, but we are back in College visiting mode with our No. 2 already: Miss M. is now a Highschool Senior!

She already visited a lot of schools in California over Spring Break (Pomona, Occidental and USC were her favorites), but this time we wanted to visit Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. This small private college is about 250 miles (= 400 km) away and so it was quite the drive. We left Monday and spent the night in town. Tuesday morning we had scheduled a tour of the facilities and came away mightily impressed. Beautiful brick buildings everywhere and situated in a lovely old neighborhood. They have a fabulous Biology program that Miss M. is very interested in and she was all excited! Fun to see!

Miss M. on the left.
The girls are standing in front of an amazing horse sculpture made out of copper!
I had to touch it to make sure it was indeed copper, since it looks just like driftwood!

A good friend of her tagged along and we all had a great time! Eastern Washington is just so completely different from Western Washington, the differences never seize to amaze me! It is just so hot and dry and well... just different. Like another planet almost... <wink>

Just look at all this...

Driving along the Columbia River
Zillah, WA
True Americana...
Old Gas Station...

On the way home we stopped by the old Whitman Mission settlement just outside of Walla Walla. They settled there in the mid 1800's and ended up in a terrible war with the Native Americans. There wasn't much left to see, but it was a nice spot to get some of the feel of the days when when the early settlers traveled cross country in their covered wagons in absolutely deplorable conditions...

Trails of the covered wagon trains...
Old & new...

It was extremely hot on the East side (100F / 38C) but so beautiful at the same time. All in all we were only away for one night, but it felt like several days: a wonderful little trip!

The girls exploring the Whitman Mission...

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Inspiration in the early morning hours...
(I just wanted to try out a new post format, not sure yet if I like it or not, but here you go...)

Click to enlarge if necessary...

PS Now that I've published that little typed letter, I'm not so happy about it but I had fun creating it!  {smile} 

Have a great day everybody!!!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Summer Time...

"Aaah Summer, I love thee so!"

These first two pics were taken during one of my (very slow at the moment) runs... I'm still on the juicing plan (it feels like juice is coming out of my ears!) so I don't have that much extra energy for running at the moment. I do feel more energetic however! {smile}

I've lost the four pounds I wanted and seem to be stuck at that weight right now. Oh well, my main reason for following this plan was to gain a more positive and healthy attitude towards my daily cooking. I'm planning more meals on the basis of vegetables and I also want to make a weekly (or maybe even a two weekly) meal planner to keep the stress out of things. We'll see how that goes, but that's the plan!  <wink>

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Last weekend we spent an afternoon of fun at the lake (Lake Washington) at a friend's house. The water was waaaaaay too cold (for me) to swim in, but both kids went in nevertheless. Master C. had his first lesson in water-skiing (he did awesome!) and afterwards he and Miss M. spent some time on the paddle boards. How glorious! Below are some impressions...

Mount Rainier

Miss M.

Master C.

So I've been loving my new I-phone and especially all the photo editing options. (as you can tell I sometimes go a little overboard with the effects!) I'm using the Snapseed app. I must admit the main camera is staying in its bag for now...

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So yesterday we had a little bit of a get-together with Little Bit's Tuesday Ladies (as we call ourselves) at one of the Ladies' house. On our way to her little barn next door, I spotted these two beauties and she said I could have them!!! We will bring the pickup truck to get them this weekend, Yay!

One of the horses she owns is a 31 year old mini- horse called Gem and he truly was a gem! How cute is he?!

OK, it is time for Miss M. and myself to go out into the Valley once again to do some Blueberry picking this morning, can't wait!  {smile}

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Masticating Madness!

No, it is not what you're thinking!  <wink> Last week I have purchased this awesome masticating juicer: the Omega 8007. You can basically throw in anything and it makes juice out of it...

I've started  a juicing plan with Joe Cross (the free 15 day juicing plus plan) and am currently on Day 4 and still alive!  (Ha!) The first 5 day days you're still chewing (but only on veggies and fruit) and the next 10 days you live only on liquids. We'll see how that goes, but so far so good!

And just to be clear: no coffee, no dairy, no meat, no gluten etc, only veggies and fruit... (I want my cheese!!!)

The fun part is that my sister (at Pike Street) is doing it with me! We're keeping each other posted via 'whatsapp' and keep on sending each other tasty pictures of our juices and salads.

I definitely had some head aches on Day 2, but they have disappeared again and it does feel like I have some extra energy flowing through my body. (always a good thing right?)

The recipes have been surprisingly tasty, although I must admit that too many carrots in a juice is just not my thing... I will keep you posted on my progress...

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In the mean time I'm still spending some time on my knitting, although that has been put on the back burner a little bit, because of all the work and time the juicing is taking. Here is my "Lady Cardigan":

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Mud, Mud, Mud!

Good cause shoe collection after the race for those who
didn't want to deal with the messy and smelly clean-up!

Ha, this past Saturday three friends of Miss M. participated in a Mud-Run right at walking distance from our house. (Remlinger Farms) The weather was absolutely fabulous: (it has been that way for the last two weeks or so, but today things are changing...) full on sunshine but also with a nice breeze.

I had never been to one of those races before (it is a 5k run through the mud and with many crazy obstacles on the way) and I have to tell you, my face was hurting from all the laughing!  {smile}

Great times!

Sunday was Graduation Day at our school and Mr. G. always has to hand out the diploma's etc. since he is Head of High School. I always attend since it is such a happy occasion. Next year it will be Miss M.'s turn to step on to the podium! (what???!)  <wink>

That was about it for now. I'm getting ready to spend a few hours at Little Bit again. The temperatures have been dropping a bit so I think some more layers of clothing are in order. See you later!  

PS: Today 25 years ago was the day that Mr. G. and I met each other for the very first time!!!! Look at how young we were... {smile}

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Panorama's in The Valley....

Click! to enlarge....

We've been having indescribably delightful weather over here with lots of sunshine and excellent temperatures. (around 75F / 25C) Just perfect really! {smile}

Yesterday, after 2 1/2 hours of sun and dust and fun kids at Little Bit, I returned home via my favorite Cow Road (as we call it) and these were some of the views I encountered...

Some old barns and farms are always an extra bonus...

And this is what I had at the end of all that loveliness: a glass of Pastis! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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