|East from the local filbert orchard.|
Oh how I like people coming home.
|This list of things to fix on the computer has been accumulating for quite some time.|
Matt went down the list. Check check check.
|We played games. Well, the others played games a lot.|
A few times, I played Boggle with everyone who wanted to show that they loved me.
They said it was like playing basketball with LeBron James.
|We had our annual Kenyan dinner to celebrate Steven's coming to us|
12 years ago. Funny how his hands just remember how to make chapatis,
rolling and twisting and tying the dough.
|On Christmas Day, we talked to Amy via Skype.|
I miss Amy.
And I really like Skype
|There were also games at the Greater Smucker Christmas.|
|Rosie gave us all flower-tipped pens and had us write prayer requests and notes of appreciation|
on each other's place cards.
Rosie's daughter, Cassie, made custom name cards for everyone.
We took everyone to Tillamook, on the northern Oregon coast, for four days.
|More games, of course.|
|If you go to Tillamook, you have to tour the cheese factory.|
And if you're still a farm girl at heart,
you have to milk the cow.
|This is Netarts Bay. We stayed at a house nearby.|
|One day we walked on this beach, where a tunnel goes through the mountain|
and out onto a beach on the other side.
I felt like I was following the Pied Piper into an unknown fate.
|After getting thoroughly chilled on the beach, the girls and I warmed up with tea at a little old cafe.|
|One day I made a cup of coffee with cream, which didn't turn out as artistic|
as the ones my young barista friends post on Instagram.
Mine was more like rat intestines.
Especially you who keep coming back here, reading, listening, saying hello, investing a bit of yourself in my life whether I see you stopping by or not.
You are appreciated.
|This weekend we had an ice-snow-ice sandwich, and then it rained on top of that.|
So trees and posts reflected on the snow.
One final shot, just for fun.
Quote of the Day:
"One thing that I've found as a result of my background is that rodents bother me far less than most people. We have a facebook group for our apartment building, and people have been sounding off. 'Is there a way to get out of the lease if you see a mouse?'
These are grown men."
--Matt, who learned to kill mice with his bare hands, back in his sacking days