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Rose Planting, Columbia Gorge and Movie: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 

Marilyn and I started off our day going to Frank's Rose Planting (he's the president of the festival). At some point I know I mentioned getting our red leather couch for the living room. We bought that (and other furniture) from Frank and his wife Becky. They were remodeling their house and getting new furniture, so it was perfect for all of us.

Anyway, one of the reasons they were remodeling when they did was for when he became president and needed to host events like this one today.

It's a very ceremonial event, with the Royal Rosarians planting a rose in the yard. So there were Rosarians there (of course), plus Rose Society members and people from the festival staff and board. They had wine and finger food and it was very nice.

And the weather was LOVELY!!! It was partly cloudy, but we had sunshine, too. I didn't wear a coat (we were in uniform), and I was perfectly comfortable. It's always great when the plantings don't get rained on...

The house turned out lovely, by the way. This was the first time Marilyn and I had seen it.

After that we came home and had a long nap. We were both exhausted from our very BUSY (and stressful) week.

Finally we got up and decided to take a drive up the Columbia River Gorge. We really wanted a drive, considering the weather was nice! Plus we wanted to HIKE so we could get our steps in! We stopped first at Multnomah Falls (thinking of YOU, Frank!), where we wanted to buy walking sticks. We were really wishing we had them when we took our hike down at the beach.

Then we went to Starvation Creek, where we could actually hike. According to park information, nobody ever died of starvation there. As far as anybody remembers, anyway!

There's a nice 'path' there -- which is actually a paved road, which is quite wide! So it was perfect to hike. (We did go part way up at Multnomah Falls, but it was really crowded there. Plus the path winds around. So we figured we'd be better off hiking somewhere else today.) It was easy to finish the steps we both needed -- and exceed them.

Marilyn needed a 10,000 step day. But she'd already gotten a bunch of her steps in, as she did the treadmill starting BEFORE midnight last night, but continuing on PAST it.

We did get Arby's food on the way up the Gorge, so we nibbled on that in the car and after the hike. We had Starbuck's today, too!

When we got home, our friend Jessica was here!!! What a lovely surprise! She had come to bring us each gifts! A guy is making little model cars that have the PDX Carpet (with his eyes!) riding inside! And 'Grand Marshall' (sic) on the outside. (Very few people can spell Grand Marshal correctly, it seems.) These are wrapped in little clear cellophane bags, and have cool tags attached where she's written on them in gold! Plus she used festival ribbon (from the Centennial year) to attach the tags. Anyway, she got one for each of us. Very exciting gifts, I have to say!!!

And it was great to see her. We don't get the chance much anymore.

Then after we came inside, we decided to go to a movie. Sister Sue had mentioned wanting to get together, so we tried to call her. I got her daughter, Candy, who told us Sue was off to see a man (!!!). It appears the relationship is romantic -- and that's quite a surprise to both Marilyn and me! I knew she was friends with him, but didn't know it was more than that. We were tickled to hear it. (I have no idea why she wouldn't have just told us, as we'd never disapprove...)

Anyway, we decided not to go to the original movie we'd been thinking of, as we think she'd like to go (and we can always go another time). Instead, we went to a movie right in St. Johns -- at the small theater there that they've made a theater and pub. It's where we went to see movies as kids, so there are a LOT of memories!

And we saw "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," which we'd been looking forward to seeing. This is a sequel, and we loved the original film. It was very SLOW (and even boring) at the beginning, but ended quite well. So I'd recommend it. But I wasn't sure I would when it was getting started! It can't hold a candle to the first movie, but it still had good moments.

Heading to bed soon! It's been a long day!

Fitbit Update: Marilyn did 11,600 steps (!!!) -- isn't that amazing??? And I did 6,154. So she exceeded her 10,000 and I exceeded my 4,000. I needed that, after doing so poorly yesterday.

I'm still fighting this stiff neck (and stiff back, too). But at least I was able to hike today! I was slow, but I did it. (Go, me.)

And that was our Saturday! Looking forward to day off (with no obligations) tomorrow!!!

March 22, 2015 (Sunday) 01:25 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a good day!

I do like that waterfall. No doubt about that.
If my wife and I head out there to see the eclipse in 2017, we're certainly going to have to see that again. (Well, again for me. First time for my wife...)
March 23, 2015 (Monday) 02:47 am (UTC)
Well Charlie, we will talk about my little trip to Roseburg and I will explain it all to. I just got home from there and it is a little after seven so I am tired. Did have lots of fun and enjoyed going, but lots of driving in two days. Next Thursday I am going back down there and help him with some of his work and then have some cribbage players over for dinner Thursday night and play his national tournament on Saturday. I will return home Sunday. Also the following weekend which is Easter is his tournament in North Bend and Nancy and I are going to that. Pretty busy. Now must take a bunch more potassium pills for my blood draw tomorrow. Sounds like you had a great time with the hike, movie and you steps. I am very proud of you both.