Tuesday, August 29): We took our trip with Jeff to the Ape Caves as I mentioned on Sunday (August 28). We had such a good time! The drive was great and we talked and talked.
Then we got to the caves and Marilyn and Jeff went inside. I grabbed my walking stick and a blanket and headed on a path into the woods (it was way too hot to sit inside the car). At one point I actually was lying on the blanket on a log looking up into the trees -- it was beautiful! Then I got up and walked quite a way up the path. I ended up getting a lot of steps that day!
After they were done hiking in the cave, we drove over and did the above-ground area where there are all these holes and things. You walk on a boardwalk set above the ground. Jeff did the crawl through area, which was cool of him! There's a 'tube' of lava with barely enough room to go through! And he's somewhat claustrophobic, so he was a good sport to do it! Marilyn went to the other end and 'talked him through' -- he said he wouldn't have made it without hearing her voice! Hahaha.
Then we drove up to where you get this AMAZING view of the top of Mt. St. Helens. An incredible sight!
Finally, we drove home on the Oregon side and ended up at Fultano's Pizza for pizza and beer.
We were all pretty tired by the time we got home, I'm telling you!
Then Marilyn and I had to watch "American Ninja Warrior." It was pretty depressing for most of the show, as nobody was getting through. It was Stage 1 of the National Finals. But the exciting moment was when Jessie Graff made history by becoming the first women ever to complete the Stage 1 course. And she came in fourth! She's incredible and such an inspiration...
I was so tired I went to bed without my Kindle (!!!) -- I never do that! -- and without taking my nighttime medications. I tried a couple of times in the middle of the night to rouse myself, by I just couldn't do it...
Tuesday, August 30: Today Marilyn suggested we three sisters go to breakfast, so we did exactly that! We went to Elmer's at Delta Park. Marilyn and I had seen a posting of French Toast at Instagram (by Britney Spears, no less) that made us order it (too much strawberry compote and whipped cream -- LESS is more). We got to tell Sue all about our trip from yesterday.
Be took two huge bags of cans to the BottleDrop after that. And we picked up all my meds at Riteaid.
We also went to the Dollartree, where I got a bunch of styluses (which I really needed). They wear out pretty fast when you using them as much as we do on graphics and so on.
Then we came home. We saw a bunch of tennis today -- it's the US Open (as is always true during this vacation, of course).
Hector and his son were here to do the lawn. His son is starting high school this year! Gosh, time flies. He mentioned that he angered a neighbor he used to work for during the time he was sick and lost him as a client. That's a shame. Hector sure had a rough go...
He asked if we might want him to paint for us, and we're excited about that. We've asked him to make a bid and then we'll probably have him paint the house, for sure. (Not sure about the fence and deck...)
He needs the work (and money) and we've wanted to get the house painted since last year, so...
This evening Marilyn had a massage in Donald, Oregon. She really needed one. But these are always hard on her. She ends up in pain for ages afterwards. (And very tired.)
While she was gone, I phoned June -- I wanted to chat, as we hadn't talked in ages. But she was in bed. Instead I got her husband Jim, who asked again about the exercise machine they're giving Marilyn.
I was supposed to move furniture to make room for it and then arrange to move it. They're getting a new piece of equipment tomorrow afternoon, so we need to move the old piece over here tomorrow morning.
Anyway, I started moving stuff around and getting ready tonight. Marilyn and I had already discussed where to put it, so I just needed to make it happen.
Everything is now ready, so we'll just move it downstairs in the morning.
It's 3:00 now, so I REALLY need to head to bed (obviously).
Jim says the machine isn't too heavy, so that's a good thing. And he says it folds up when you're not using it. Again, a good thing.
Last note: 10 years ago today we adopted Colin! (They figured he was around five months old at the time.) So we call this his birthday. It's hard to believe he's 10 years old! He was so cute today!
And happily Henry was okay with me moving his favorite chair for the exercise machine. We make a tent over it and he was sleeping in it tonight. (smile)
Sleep well, friends. More tomorrow!!!