Broken Glass

I’m pretty sure my Mom gave it to me, but I didn’t tell Aaron that. I didn’t really want to get upset about it. Rowan had pulled it out of the “giveaway” cupboard near the front door & I was giving him a chance to put it back. Instead he accidentally hit it on the living room step as he was going down it & shattered the glass. We spent the next half an hour cleaning it up trying to make sure there was no glass left to imbed in someone’s foot.

It was in the cupboard to give away, so I’m not upset about it. (Right?) It was a beautiful yellow flower between two panes of glass in a sleek metal frame on the diagonal. It was beautiful & I had been ready to have it be beautiful for someone else.

At nap time I had to change Rowan’s sheet & mattress cover because he had peed through his pjs the night before. As I made the changes he grabbed his blanket & pacifier & sat in the rocking chair. I think he was very ready to sleep. We went to both Story Times today & then Aaron was coming home, so I was going to let him see Rowan before his nap.

Tonight Aaron cleaned the kitchen & gave Rowan his bath. When he was all ready for bed Aaron let Rowan come in to say goodnight to me. Rowan climbs up on the bed in his adorable blue striped pjs with the glow in the dark dino on the front & his curly wet hair & we snuggle up & sit close & flip through the books I’m reading. Aaron comes in eventually & at some point Rowan goes into his room & gets his blankets & pacifier & then climbs back up into bed with us. It was so cute. I loved it. I didn’t think I would ever love a little kid climbing into our bed with us, but I do. It was delightful. He’s a great kid.

Aaron made an oven mitt into a puppet & made it sing the Christmas songs that were playing. It was so hilarious. I laughed so hard. He is delightful. He is also very stressed out with work pressure (they threatened to take away people’s vacation time). He’s stressed out with school, the dreaded group assignments. He’s stressed out because it’s a holiday eve & he is trying to make some gluten free baked goods for people, when he’d really rather not worry about it. Apparently Aaron vacuums with the cord over his shoulder, I never noticed.

Also we’re having Thanksgiving dinner at 12:30 for crying out loud.

I don’t know how to get to bed before 12, or even 1 anymore.

Day 27

Columbia River Gorge Model Railroad Club

Show

Sometime last year I watched an Episode of Oregon field guide & they had a segment all about the Columbia River Gorge Model Railroad Club. Watch it here. (Starting at minute 20.) The Club has a website with some great video.

It was super interesting & since we enjoyed Miniature World in Victoria, BC so much I put their show dates in the calendar for the next year. (Saturdays & Sundays, November 2019)

The year rolls by & I have a Saturday morning free, which is unusual so I pack up the family for a “surprise” adventure over in East Portland. As soon as we got out of the car it starting raining big drops & we stood outside in line for 10 minutes or so in it. It was the morning of the very first show of the year & it was pretty packed, although everyone was kind & polite.

We slowly made our way around the beautiful scenes & they were very well done & detailed. The things I liked a lot (some of them) were, the hot air balloon, the painting of Mount Hood, the TARDIS & the Daleks, the drive in movie playing actual movies, the lumber mill, the trolleys & the tiny Made in Oregon sign. They even took 5 minutes or so to turn everything into a nighttime scene, dimming the lights slowly & changing the colors. The tiny old fashioned cars were delightful. You would have to enjoy it all in person, hopefully with less of a crowd.

The club has been around since 1947.

Day 9