On Wednesday we went over to Zack & Kelsea’s for dinner. Kelsea made a yummy Chicken Primavera dish. While Kelsea worked on dinner I tried to work on a new dinner menu and Michael worked on getting Cameron’s name routered into the top of his stool. Zack was at work and got home shortly before dinner was ready.
We’ve been having some issues with our satellite dish since we were in Utah a few weeks back. For some reason it won’t pick up any of the HD channels. Michael’s tried different things with no results. He took our LMB off and took it over to Zack’s and the two of them replaced Zack’s with ours and it worked just fine. Back to the drawing board.
On Thursday we drove to Washougal, Washington (Washougal means Rushing Waters) which is only about a 30 minute drive southeast of here along the Columbia River. We were headed to the Pendleton Woolen Mill to participate in the free tour that they offer. We arrived just a few minutes before the 11:00 am tour began so we took some time to browse through the outlet store where the tour begins. They have some beautiful, but price merchandise. We were really drawn to the wool blankets and spent most of our time browsing amongst them. But at $200+ we decided we didn’t really need any new blankets.
The tour took about an hour and was super interesting. Our tour guide has been giving the tour for 7 years and was very knowledgeable. We had just 3 of us (plus a new employee that will soon be giving tours) on the tour so we go a little more information than the average tour, which was nice. Unfortunately, no camera’s were allowed inside the mill. We watched the beginning process of the wool coming into the mill in its raw form, getting compacted to reduce the amount of moisture content. We walked through out the mill and saw lots of beautifully colored yarns on their spools. We watched a woman rewind yarns onto a machine that was spinning them on to large spools.
An interesting bit of trivia our guide gave us: In the early 60s a group known as the Pendletones adopted the name from the surf uniform of the day – Pendleton shirts over a white t-shirt & khaki pants. Who was this group you ask? The ever famous Beach Boys!
After the tour we walked the short distance to the river front to enjoy lunch at Kelly’s Kitchen. The walk was a pretty one…through a tunnel under Washington Hwy 14 and then down a hill to a floating dock that had a few benches on it. We picked a bench and enjoyed our lunch while watching a few boats pass by, a dog at play and a couple of fisherman try their luck.
When we left Washougal we headed to Zack & Kelsea’s for dinner. It was my turn to make dinner and I made Hamburger Steaks & gravy with mashed potatoes, green beans & asparagus.
While I made dinner Michael worked on staining Cameron’s stool. Just one more coat of stain, applying a couple of painted pictures and some varnish and it should be complete.
A few weeks ago Michael & Zack worked on my silverware drawer and made a few extra divisions so that things weren’t shifting around so much as we traveled. At that time we decided that we wanted the second drawer down altered so that it was divided as well. Yesterday he got that drawer taken care of and it looks great! These were some of my favorite mods!
Zack & Paityn went for a bike ride (and Zack deployed a bunch of Munzees) to see how Paityn liked her new trailer. Apparently she wasn’t too happy after her snacks ran out and was ready to go home. When she got home she was happy to see her baby brother.
This afternoon we watched Cameron for a little while while Kelsea went to Paityn’s daycare for Muffins With Mom. When they got home Kelsea guided me in making a tie blanket for Babies Wrapped in Love. Some of the Heartland owners will be making & purchasing baby blankets to be donated to this worthy cause while we’re at the National Rally in Goshen, Indiana next month.
We all went to Pacific Northwest Fish Co. for dinner tonight. We all tried something different – Zack – Ono & chips, Kelsea & Paityn – shrimp & chips, Michael – haddock & chips and I got the scallops & chips. Prices were very reasonable and the portions were quite large. We all enjoyed our dishes and would good back again.
After dinner we stopped at Coldstone and each got an ice cream and sat outside and enjoyed the beautiful weather.
Zack & Kelsea lent us their carpet cleaner so when we got back home Michael cleaned the living room carpet and will do the bedroom tomorrow. So glad to have the carpets nice and clean!