End of summer dog walk

Went for a dog walk at the Sandy River Delta yesterday. It started out as a gusty day with clear blue skies, but in the afternoon, a nearby fire turned the sun and water orange and left a still haze over the sky.

Monster Girl got to jump around in the water. The river was too shallow to swim; we were even able to wade out to an island we usually only admire from shore. Maybe it’s time for the rains to return. But we’ll enjoy the last days of summer while we can.

Summer at the Oregon coast

Been away for a few days for a family trip to the beach. It was wonderful: a little windy at times — by “a little”, I mean sandblasting, but the southern Oregon coast is wild and scenic, which means bring a jacket — and it was beautifully sunny.

Did a little hiking, a little tidepooling, a little rock collecting. Monster Girl was completely wiped out, and so was I. All that fresh air!  I love summer.

Birthday hike

Took the day off work yesterday to celebrate my birthday and wander the woods with XY and Monster Girl. It was a beautiful day with perfect walking weather. The woods smelled of pine and moss and coooold mountain water. Ate frosted birthday cookies that only got a little smashed in my backpack. Had an afternoon nap beside the stream. Pretty much ideal for a happy, happy day.

Happy Birthday to me!

 

BDAY

It’s my birthday and I’ll eat cake if I want to, eat cake if I want to…

Writer friend Maggie Jaimeson recently had her birthday and wrote a wonderful post on wisdom. I mostly want cake. And ice cream. Possibly with chocolate syrup.

If I could also have world peace, an end to wildfires in the West, and a truly clean source of renewable energy, that’d be lovely too. But I’ll probably settle for a book-buying binge later today.

If you have any suggestions for reading indulgences, share in comments. I do require happy endings, please. I have a gift card so I can go wild :)