Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Oregon - Part 3

The DVD player was broken at the house we were renting--not a bad thing. The littlest kids watched several Disney movies on a video player in a bedroom, and the older boys got to reading books. I had brought a box of games and things to read, coloring books and lovely soft colored pencils. Granddaughter and I, and also her next-oldest brother colored a lot of pictures from the Greek myths coloring book, and then the Celtic animals one. At least one older boy said that Bully for You, Teddy Roosevelt was Awesome. Pearl read Mrs. Mike.

Months ago Herm gave me a small old paperback, The Singing Forest, knowing my love of deer. This leisurely stay where deer did browse in the back yard seemed the perfect place to read such a book. One afternoon we had rain and cold, so we who were hanging out at the house turned on the gas fireplace and snuggled under blankets.

Between what groceries we had brought and the few items stocked in the house, Pearl concocted some chocolate cupcakes while I curled up with my book. It's very sweet, fascinating as a glimpse of life on a Scottish estate and also a sort of sociology of Scottish red deer. A real-life Bambi story.
Wallace Stegner's Remembering Laughter and Collected Stories were the other books in my Oregon stack. I'll have to think more on those before I can do justice to them by anything I can write, but I have to say that any fiction by Stegner I've read has been most satisfying.

Some of us went up Mt Bachelor on the ski lift and got views of The Sisters and Broken Top. It was 36° up there so we mostly sat in the coffee shop and sipped cocoa. 

Baby C. was kept on task learning to crawl by having one or more cousins demonstrating and distracting him from his misery at being on his tummy. He made great progress during those few days, and has now learned that exploring is fun.

<Aunt and Niece on the trail at Smith Rock.

I think the next installment in the Oregon series will be the last, and none too soon, for I'm not comfortable being so behind in my reports. New and more recent adventures are always presenting themselves and wanting documentation and analysis. It is well known that I am always willing.


DebD said...

Love the mountain photo. What a great idea to bring a stash of good books and good coloring books. I'll have to commit that one to memory for the future.

Left-Handed Housewife said...

I really like the cover of The Singing Forest--it reminds me of books I'd pick up at the church bazaar as a kid! That's some beautiful country where you are. Sounds like a wonderful trip!


The dB family said...

It sounds so beautiful and relaxing!