Summer Solstice, Castles in the Sand

Headed down the beach as the tide was coming in with a plan to view the full moon rising from the Cherry Grove Pier.  We got to the end of the pier just in time to see a lovely pale pink moon peaking up over the horizon to the east.  So beautiful and next to impossible to capture with nothing more than an iPhone camera.

On the walk back, the stars and planets started coming out – after identifying Mars, we used Star Maps to also identify Jupiter and Saturn.  I’m sure we also saw Venus and various constellations, but had by then put away the technology and were just taking it all in.


 

 

Cherry Grove Pier

Finally made it all the way to the Cherry Grove Pier via the beach – Paul running, me walking.  We were going to go out on the pier, but decided to skip the $2 entrance fee and wait until Monday night when we can see the full moon rising..


Celebrated Father’s Day with a fried flounder lunch at Hoskin’s – so delicious!!  Green beans, squash casserole, and coconut cake!  We plan to repeat that several times over the week.

Had a relaxing happy hour at the International Cafe and then home for a dinner of tomato sandwiches with some of the best beefsteak tomatoes we’ve had all season..

Salt Life

Rolled into Myrtle Beach around 11.  Got to the townhouse, settled in for a few minutes and then headed straight to Bugerfi!  Hit the grocery store to pick up some provisions for the week – lots of salads and tomato sandwiches in our future..  🙂

Took a long walk down the beach in the afternoon, toes in the sand and surf..

The tomatoes are coming!!

Lots of new growth on the tomato plants and we’re finally starting to see fruit!  It looks like we’ll have something to harvest in @ 4-5 weeks.  Yea!


John and Cynda are hosting a neighborhood get together on Friday night, so I decided to make cheese wafers.  So delicious – though not particularly diet friendly:  http://www.cooks.com/recipe/cc1cg9m2/cheese-wafers.html

We found a new favorite Rose – and it’s not a Pinot!!  The cab franc rose from Isenhower is light and crisp – and only $14!   http://www.isenhowercellars.com/

Gardening Lesson #2

We met with Ian today and he seemed pretty pleased with our gardening efforts! He particularly liked the herbs and it was fun to know that we picked plants that he himself wanted – like the lemon verbena.  He suggested just adding a leaf or two to a glass of water for a fresh lemony taste!  All of the plants look healthy and happy + Paul’s watering system will keep them that way.  We added some new lettuces, leeks, parsley, and basil.  The leeks will take the longest, ready for harvest in late summer.  Our squash and cucumber plants are growing really fast and will need to trained to extend out of the beds so they won’t completely take over the space.


I’m happy to report we’ve both kept up our end of the 10-day challenge – we’ve been going to the gym consistently and tracking our food diligently.  Hopefully results will follow!

Monday, Monday..

Launching into another busy work week and enjoying the cooler temperatures..

Had our second harvest from our lettuce plants..  So satisfying to just walk out into the yard and come back with enough lettuce for a good-sized dinner salad!

Tried a new interval training technique at the gym, using the preset on the treadmill.  I’m really hoping to boost my metabolism, burn calories, and drop these 5+ pounds I seem to have picked up since the beginning of the year – grrr, getting older sucks.  🙁

Tryon Creek State Park

Tried out what we thought was a new park, only to realize by looking at MotionX that we’d hiked there before!  Once we looked around, the nature center and other features started to look familiar, but going in we had no idea!  It was beautiful and had lots of winding trails with ups and downs..  Good for hiking and good for Paul to do some trail running.  Even without the dramatic waterfalls, it will be a good place to take or send visitors with a range of abilities.  Plus the nature center is really nice!  http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=103

Tryon Creek State Park

Afterwards, we picked up a few items at Market of Choice.  A really nice little market somewhere on the scale between Zupan’s and Trader Joe’s.  I’m sure we’ll check in periodically – especially if we happen to be in that area in a car. http://www.marketofchoice.com/about-market-of-choice/locations


We ended the day with some baking – I made a quiche and Paul made an amazing sour cherry pie from the fresh cherries off of the neighbor’s tree.  The house smelled amazing and the pie was delicious!  http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/cherry-pie-238923

Farmer’s Market and Fleet Week

Headed down to the PSU farmers market this morning to see what’s starting to come available.  Our local market is still a bit limited, though we hope that will get better as the summer goes on.  Lots of yummy food stands and berries and live music – quite a scene!  I picked up some smoked salmon too.  Its so easy to get there on the Orange Line, I’m sure we’ll be regulars this summer to supplement what our own garden is producing..


We walked down to the waterfront park and watched the dragon boat races + saw some of the military ships that were in for fleet week.


Tried a new restaurant in downtown, The Picnic House.  We were looking for something light and it fit the bill..   http://www.picnichousepdx.com/

Lather, rinse, repeat..

Another day of work, walking, exercise..   Picked up a Bowery bagel from Either/Or when we got coffee this morning, but it just isn’t the same as when we’d go to Sound Grounds..  🙁

Treated ourselves to a lovely glass of wine and a snack at Buttercraft, compliments of Dave and Natalie King!  We tried their mini-sandwiches, sampled several of their house-made butters, and used the remainder of the gift card to get a few treats for later.  http://www.buttercraftpdx.com/   Also had one of our favs for dinner –  Garden Burger’s Chipotle Black Bean burger with Sriracha cheddar melted on top!

Started watching a new series, Nurse Jackie.  Edie Falco is amazing in this role.  Scary for sure, but what an amazing character!  Looking forward to how it develops over the next 7 seasons.  http://www.sho.com/nurse-jackie  Another week + a day and we can start season 4 of Orange is the new Black – yea!