Landscaping project cont’d

It’s at least 2 full days’ work on the weekend for Justin and Tom. By Sunday night, 44 sprinkler heads were installed. The yellow flags are sprinklers for shrubs, orange for grass.
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Justin has been working on sprinkler systems and landscaping projects since he was 7 years old and helping his dad. It’s his 33 years of experience that makes this project big and complicated, but not hard to figure out or execute.
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Bend OR – Friday

Time for a bike ride:
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We started in Camp Sherman and rode along Metolius River to Lower Bridge for lunch and back, about 16 miles.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
The source of the Metiolius is two springs about 300 yards apart
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which quickly became this:
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Be still my heart – a quilt/fabric store in Sisters. I think I could spend a whole day in Sisters poking into all the shops.
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Bend Or – Thursday morning

I’m at Caroline and Alan’s – friends first met in Guaymas Mexico, they owned catamaran Magic … and we’ve stayed in touch. This morning, mutual friends Doug and Linda of our Guaymas days and sailboat Que Linda (I love how we are always better known to each other by our first names and our boats’ names and almost never by our last names).  Doug and Linda have lived in Bend for about 30 years, Caroline and Alan about 2 months.

L-R: Doug, Linda, Caroline, Alan

L-R: Doug, Linda, Caroline, Alan

Coffee and scones from a local bakery! Thanks Que Linda
Alan’s hay bale garden:
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Berry bushes newly planted:
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North to Bend

The south side of Mt Shasta:
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A 7-hour day of driving to Bend Oregon – I like to drive so this was actually fun. The first 2 hours = orchards, farms stands, Dairyville, Chico, a Starbucks in Red Bluff just before getting on I-5 and a speed limit of 70! The next 2 hours = Redding, Weed, cross state border and SLOW DOWN to 55 (ugh!), Klamath Falls and a long drive along the lake, 2-lane Hwy 97 … Bend!

Auburn Elementary Bike Club

First of all, thank you to the Sacramento River Cats for their support of this year’s Auburn Elementary Bike Club and thank you to Katie Smith of Safe Kids California for administering this program. This year’s club members with 4th grade teacher Luke Brownell:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
I am simply “Coach.”

Ed’s grandson

Over the past few weekends when Tom has come out to E Nicolaus to help Justin with the landscaping project, I’ve heard Tom say to Justin, “You’re just like your grandfather.” Meaning MY dad, Ed. And then I got my own example.

One evening, Justin told me he was going to Anders’ house down the road to look at some irrigation pipe. He came home with this
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and a good story. “Mom, I got such a good deal. New pipe like this sells for $3.50/foot, used it’s $1.25/foot. At first Anders said $8/pipe, but at the end said $5/pipe was good enough. That’s only 25 cents/foot!” My dad knew the prices of everything and recognized a good deal when he saw one. Although that attribute may have skipped a generation, it’s alive and thriving in Ed’s grandson.