We've been in Oregon for 7 weeks. It's been cold and icy and rainy and snowy, much of the time.
I haven't spent much time worrying over the fact that the picnic shelters and playgrounds are still closed due to Covid.
Closed Since the Ice Storm
This park is in walking distance of our Airbnb. The picnic shelter has been closed, but the hiking trails have been fun.
But 2 weeks ago, the park closed down after a huge ice storm. I need this park! It's been great for hikes, but I also like to walk here and chat with my dad on the phone and tell him about all the things I see and hear. Trails are closed.
Happy Valley Park
But today, the sun came out and the temps rose to 54 degrees!
Happy Valley Park was open and it was swarming with families!
The fencing (for Covid closure) that surrounded the playground was in the process of being removed. I've never seen so may happy kids, swinging and climbing and seesawing! About a quarter of the young kids were wearing masks. I'm glad my parenting days, never included mask enforcement.
These parents were wearing masks. Hopefully Heidi and Jamie will never need to worry about masks with their kids in the future. Charlotte is 2 weeks old today and this was her first outing.
What a perfect day to get out! But, after so much cautious isolation, it was sort of odd to be out in a busy park, sharing the path with bikes and scooters and other strollers.
This was Charlotte's first picnic also. Although she didn't eat any of our smoked salmon or cheese.
Charlotte slept through our picnic.
She slept through photo-time!
I think she liked the sunshine, though.
Then it was time for Grammaloon to get in the photo. 3-generations!
Missing Moo and Daw!
Oh how I wish my mom (Moo) and grandmother (Daw) were still here.
My mother inspired my love of picnics! Our little 4-generation group went on many picnics, back in St. Louis. How I wish Daw were here to grin and sigh the way she did when Heidi was a baby. She could also tell us a story or 2, about her own pandemic memories. She had the Spanish flu.
Cheers to the 5 generations. Cheers to picnics and babies. Cheers to sunny weather and things feeling more normal!
I started this complaining list/blog, in May 2016. I posted 200 gripes about my breast cancer and then I was done.
On March 13, 2020, I started venting all over again, when another disease (starting with a C) interfered with my life. Only this time, it was affecting more than me. I ranted for a year, until I got my vaccine in March 2021.
Coronary Artery Disease was the reason I restarted this blog on September 26, 2021. This time it was Don who was dealing with a worry that started with the letter "C".
Coronavirus and Cancer, Coronary Artery Disease! All are evil, but none can totally get me down... if I vent! I usually end up feeling a little more positive at the end of each post!