Friday, September 22, 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Today is the 2nd day of the Jewish New Year for 2017 – ((((HAPPY ROSH HASHANA!))))


So to celebrate, we ditched the hotel and moved back home this morning … the kitchen is nearly finished, and to be honest, we are tired of living out of a duffel bag – my fella does not handle changes well, and it was just time to get back on home turf.

And ((MAN!)) home turf is looking pretty GOOD :-D It's still a work in progress, but we are glad to be home just the same ...

Countertops ON.
Farm sink IN PLACE and looking good.
I LOVE deep kitchen sinks, and the farm sink fits my needs.
This faucet set fits the sink ... and it's high enough that I can wash my hair in the sink; which I like to do during the week. Other sinks are too shallow and the faucets to low. THIS I like.
Island FINISHED ... complete w-Bead Board for a true 'farmhouse kitchen' look.
And the plug-in on the Island side has been fitted with a Bead Board Inset! What a thoughtful and appreciative touch ;-)
Cabinet knobs match the faucet set.
This counter top was the last project of this work day - the adhesive is still 'setting' so the tape won't come off until Monday when the fellas return.
New Microwave will go in place next week.
New dishwasher will go in place next week.
Have I mentioned how MUCH I LIKE these floor tiles? They are beautiful.

Mount St. Helen’s Road Trip

Yesterday we went for a drive to get out of the hotel and unwind. I was driving, so I decided on a trip to Mt. St. Helen’s – I usually don’t go that way because the whole area is pretty boring now since she blew her top in 1980 and changed the landscape and atmosphere …

Mt. St. Helen’s in all her splendor and glory before her 1980 temper tantrum.
Mt. St. Helens after the blast - quite a difference, right?

… but we needed to kill time: we didn’t want to go on a quick drive and end up back at the hotel; and we couldn’t go home yet because the fellas were still working on our kitchen: the drive to the mountain and back would take a couple hours and we’d arrive back in town after the fellas were done so we could go home for a bit before going back to the hotel to go the bed. We are sooooooooooooooooo ready for this to end.

We may get back in our home this weekend – that is everyone’s hope anyway; I’m thinking that the work crew is as anxious as we are to have this project done.

Well, back to the road trip ;-)

We passed through Toutle and came into Kid Valley where the buried A-Frame house is … and the towering concrete Sasquatch too: don’t know who made this thing, but they did a fairly good job of it, even making sure the beast was covered with a heavy pelt of ‘fur’. Both the Sasquatch and A-frame are showing their age and are covered with the ever-present thatch of creeping moss prevalent in the PNW. Everyone thinks Washington is called the “Evergreen State" because of its majestic towering evergreen trees, but I’m inclined to believe it’s really the creeping moss that gave the State that moniker; the creeping crud literally covers everything – even people if they stand still long enough. LOL!

Concrete Bigfoot Statue - 20 feet tall.
A-Frame House before it was buried under eruption muck.
Buried A-Frame House today.

About 8 1/2 hours after our volcanic Mount St. Helens erupted on May 18, 1980, a raging 70 mph river of mud raced towards Kid Valley, about 25 miles distant. By the time the murky muck actually raced into Kid Valley the flow has decreased to 20 mph when it destroyed homes and bridges along Hwy #504. A newly-built A-frame house was flooded with 200 tons of superheated silt, mud, water and ash; the lower portion of the home was buried 4-1/2 feet deep. The owners hadn’t even had time to move in before their home was destroyed.
Leaving Bigfoot and the buried A-frame behind, we continued on the drive, commenting now and then on places we remember from 'before' and how much they have changed 'now'.
Quite a way down the highway we arrived at the point where I usually get choked up and can’t drive any further - Hubs usually takes the wheel from this point; but yesterday afternoon I was determined to cross that stinking bridge myself – AND I DID! – with Yeshua’s help. We are living in perilous times, and there may come at some point, a time when I will have to face doing something else unsettling; and I’ll have to push through without bulking.

Hoffstadt Creek Bridge – the longest and highest bridge on the Spirit Lake Memorial Highway. Tourists parked right in the middle of it to take pictures! Idiots. That bridge gets foggy.

Feeling accomplished and satisfied that I had hurdled and corralled a particular anxiety, I drove on to the Forest Learning Center - which is really just a fancy pit stop and Gift Shop – where we usually see elk grazing faaaaaaaar down below the viewing are of the parking lot. There were no elk in sight today: probably hiding from the hunters with ‘special permits’ to hunt them in their protected habitat. Elk are as smart as they are majestically beautiful creatures.

There were no elk in the field below, but there were clear lines of the road that had been put in after the blast zone was opened up to the loggers in 1981. My husband was one of the first loggers to be allowed into the area for salvage logging and he said that they were logging the logs from the top of the hill to the mud flats and at one point the boss had a cat out for a tail-hold for a skyline and he disappeared into a sink hole, and my husband had to pull him back out with the yarder – like he would fallen logs. It was dangerous work to do, but it interested them too.

Road used by loggers who salvaged blast zone logs. Not sure who opened the zone up, but they built the road.
The original Spirit Lake Hwy is in the middle of this picture - under a LOT of ashy mud; buried forever and the area was unsafe to rebuild the original road. The highway we are on now was built after the volcano’s eruption.
Ancient burnt out Cinder Cone in the background, shrouded by heavy black clouds.

I saw some things I would have liked to have bought in the gift shop, but it was an impromptu drive and we really didn’t have spare $$$ to spend: maybe now that I have conquered that emotional ‘bridge hurdle’ we’ll come back up in the Spring and I’ll buy them then ;-)

And that was the end of our road trip – I drove a little further up the road, around the bend, expecting to see THIS at the end of the road …

Mt. St. Helen’s today. Mt. St. Helens is still an active volcano: she still builds up a head of steam every now and then – and those ‘low-lying clouds’ around her open mouth are tendrils of steam.


… but the fog was so thick I could no longer see the road. So I nipped into a scenic view turnout and turned back towards home.

And got the happy news at home that we can move back home Friday!

((((YAY!!!!))))