Thursday night was so incredible -- and on our way back from the store we noticed the covers and scaffolding were completely off of the column, and so we knew we had to go see the new restoration for ourselves. We were not disappointed!
And this is my attempt to splice together A REALLY BIG PHOTO from three photos.... I'm hoping it can be clicked on so you can see it even bigger. The Astoria Column looks just amazing now! Just breathtaking. We love going up there (even though we live right below it LOL) because it's fun to talk to people from all over who are visiting Astoria -- they always have such nice things to say about our town.
We stuck around for some of the sunset.... but then had to go find some dinner before we starved to death! And if there's one thing Goonies never say, it's DIE! Today was a day off from school, which was nice, and it was also rainy rainy rainy -- getting us ready for winter.
There are two things I know for sure about living on the Oregon Coast -- we will never run out of sand, and we will never starve.
We finally made it to the beach!! Seaside, Oregon, is only 20 minutes away, and we are pretty psyched about that! We now have to stock up on beach toys and snack plans, but we already found an awesome collapsible wagon that now lives in the back of the minivan. *boom*
And food... coming out of the funk of the last four years? We're ready to bake again. But until I bust out our own bread pans, we have a multitude of coffee shops, pubs, and restaurants to explore. One of our favorite places right now is the Blue Scorcher Bakery, and it's right down the hill from our house!
The Blue Scorcher is awesome for several reasons. We love the coffee, and the food is amazing, but there are also plenty of tables. Many of the other cafes don't have that many places to sit, which is interesting considering how popular all of them are, BUT... that's okay. It works out. People have their preferences, and they figure out when to visit their favorite place. One thing about the Blue Scorcher, though, is that none of the others can touch is the OATCAKES. When I tasted my first Blue Scorcher oatcake, I wanted to immediately crack open the Bob's Red Mill cookbook and start baking. Seriously.
I used to bake all the time. With bread at $5 a loaf, you can sure bake a lot more loaves from a 50-pound $18 bag of flour from Cash n Carry, amiright? So add that to our to-do list: Baking bread!!!
Since moving to Astoria, we've tried different places, and this morning -- after dropping off the kids, then running back to the house to get the forks I forgot to put in their lunches and then running those forks back to their respective schools -- I and my laptop headed for Coffee Girl.
On Pier 39 on the east side of Astoria, it sticks out into the Columbia River and has an amazing view of ships, gulls, and of course -- sea lions. Pier 39 is pretty cool anyway. It's a working pier, with several businesses on it -- The Rogue Ales Public House, executive offices, artist loft rentals, Four Winds Canvas Works -- an awesome shop that makes bags and totes from marine fabric scraps, boat facilities, a canning operation, and somewhere in here they tell me you can buy Dungeness crab straight from the source.
And now I'm off on my next adventure -- I need to get a new driver's license (I'm a few days late, oops) -- and the TARDIS needs new plates. It's like jewelry for your car! I want to do vanity plates, but I'm not sure if I want to PAY for that.... good grief, it's like an extra $100! WHAT
We'll see. :-)
Have a great rest of your week. Signing off from the Goon Docks....
I need to break the ice on this blog, so here I go...
I realized tonight, about two hours ago, that my first full, official day of living in Astoria was February 15, 2015. Get it? 02-15-2015. I think that's a SIGN. It's a poetic date, a little pattern.... two-fifteen, two-thousand-fifteen. We moved here on Valentine's Day, but the next day we woke up here.
Because of that I know I'm on the right track. Not because I believe in signs or other such hullaballooo but because patterns matter to me. I like it when things fall into place. Like, I came up with the concept of this blog yesterday. I sat here, gazing out my window with the awesome view, listening to the sea lions barking somewhere below at the river's edge, and decided what my platform should be, what my blog should focus on, what I liked to talk about and take photos of... and yesterday? Yesterday would have been my mother's 69th birthday.
She left us in 2006, though, but she would have loved Astoria. She would have really loved this house. She grew up in a time when big, old houses like this were the norm, but our life together saw us go from our own little house that burned down when I was four, to Grandma's big house, then to our little cottage with the rose garden, veggie patch, peach and plum trees, and the giant tulip tree that watched over it all.
That's where I grew up, with laundry on the line in the summer, hanging on lines in the dirt basement in the winter, the kitchen table where everything happened, the tiny 9-inch black-and-white television with seven channels that sat right next to the kitchen table (never in the living room), tons of art supplies, and cats. Many, many kittehs.
I wish I had pictures from that time. It was the Seventies and cameras were scarce and film was expensive, not to mention the cost of printing the photos. I can remember it in my mind, but I'll need to brush up on my drawing skills to do justice to the colorful childhood I had living in that cottage surrounded by flowers.
Now I have my own kids, and a dining room full of art supplies, and kittehs. We're working on the flowers, and planning for the day we buy a house again, so we can plant whatever we want, bring home a dozen chickens, and of course, more art supplies and kittehs.
I'm doing it... but I have many more plans in the works. 2015 is a part of that plan. I can't wait to see what I've done by 02-16-2016!