"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~George Bernard Shaw

"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time." ~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Sunday, September 21, 2008

The month of September has been great!

Our good friends Andrew and Toni came
over to visit with us for a few weeks.
It was a wonderful visit and we were able
to take them to some places that they had
not seen before. It's always fun to show
your country off to your friends .....

Andrew and Toni resting in the shade
at Luscher Farm after our little walk...
up and down Cooks Butte.

We took Toni and Andrew to the Redwoods
outside of Crescent City after they
recuperated a few days from jet lag

They were very impressed and
had several nice walks through the forest.

Then we drove back up the coast to the dunes
near Florence Oregon.

Here is an example of the roads we took
while exploring the Redwoods.

A fine example of Americana Dining at it's best!
This restaurant in Crescent City had very tasty

Another tall tree!

Florence Beauty Shop
...it was foggy in the mornings....

This covered bridge was about 25 miles
outside of Florence on the way to Eugene.
Andrew found an article about it in our
Florence hotel-great find!

Toni, Andrew and Kathe in front of the dunes

Before we went on our little road
trip to the Redwoods and the Dunes
We had an Open House for Russell's
campaign. Here's a local resident and
great musician Jim Bolland playing
delightful music at the Open House....

An almost full moon over Florence

Two days before Toni and Andrew left
to go back to Scotland
Russell and Toni went for a big bike ride
ending up at Riccardo's Ristoranti in Lake Grove
It was the best Italian food Andrew has ever
had outside of Italy. We all loved it!
This is our fabulous waiter with me....

and here's Andrew, Russell and Toni...

Both Toni and I had the polenta with sausage..
yummy ......

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Russell is running for City Council

I cannot think of a better person to be on our City Council. It's not just because Russell is my sweetie pie, but because he has more common sense, pragmatism and a forthright way of looking at issues than most people. Especially the folks occupying seats in City Council right now.

They have spent our money with no permission from us, squandered our tax reserves and not maintained our infrastructures as they should have. We now are looking at approximately $150 million dollars in needed repairs to our sewer system and upgraded water supply system. That doesn't take into account the streets in disrepair and important school needs. Meanwhile the current City Council is spending $187,000 on yet another hired consultant and study on the not needed and not approved Safeco Building that is costing us $1,000,000 in an interest only loan!
So, Russell is running for City Council- not for the need of power, but for the greater good of our city. Hopefully, he and others like minded running for city council will win this November and the city can once again be managed by fiscally responsible councilors. Councilors that not only know the value of a dollar but also respect their constituency, value their opinion and want their input on important issues.