Mt. St. Helens, Ducks & Guinea Pigs

Posted on May 19, 2024

44 years ago on the 18th of May, I was camping with my Boy Scout troop when we heard a boom in the morning hours. I remember cooking eggs over the fire and looking up to a cloudless sky. We all thought it was another scout from another troop setting off an M-80 firecracker as we were at a weekend event with many other scout troops. When parents picked us up, we learned that it was the eruption of Mt. St. Helens. The photo is not mine (credit to the USGS). This morning I went out and looked up at our roof and these two ducks were happily viewing the(ir) world. And this week the guinea pigs celebrated their fourth birthday – Pinecone and Acorn – a couple of fine brothers that always tell us when they are hungry.

Via USGS, May 18, 1980

“Go Ducks!” as is often said in this town . . .

Pinecone and Acorn enjoying a meal . . .

The birthday cake that Nora made for them out of peppers and blueberries. It was enjoyed! Happy Fourth Birthday!

Mom’s Day

Posted on May 16, 2024

For Mother’s Day (Or is it Mothers’ Day?) Sara decided that we should all go to the local minor league baseball game – so we did! The Eugene Emeralds play as an affiliate for the San Francisco Giants at the “Low A” level. The players come and go quickly (if they are good) but the game is the game and the time at the ballpark is always fun. In addition, I looked in the fridge and snapped a photo of salsa.

Team Sharp!

Play Ball!

Green salsa. Yum!

Goings on . . .

Posted on May 7, 2024

These past few weeks have been bumpy around here, for sure. Covid entered the house again as did other non-covid upper respiratory infections. We’re on the mend but it certainly is disruptive to life as we know it.

On campus there’s a protest going on about the Israeli / Hamas war now and yesterday I walked through the area. It’s very peaceful and is located on the quad near the library and the art museum and other buildings that have classrooms. My best guess is that it will remain that way and likely will be here until the end of Spring Term, in mid-June.

Rainbows are always cool. They force us to look up. 🙂

Rainflys are helpful in our weather of late.

This sign was posted nearby, adjacent to the protest area and I thought it relevant given all that is going on.