Benji’s Weight in Cereal

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This is what 25 pounds* of freshly-milled (as in, August 13, five days ago) farro wheat porridge mix looks like. It’s grown by a farm in the Methow Valley called Bluebird Grain Farms, and they process and ship it directly to the consumer. I’ve tried several of their hot cereals, and liked this enough to make a big commitment.

I love this farro wheat; it’s delicious, slightly nutty and sweet. But it also has a significant amount of protein (unusual for a grain) and, naturally, tons of fiber as well as much less gluten than other wheat. I’m not anti-gluten, by any stretch, but if that matters to you, this is a wheat that fits with a low-gluten diet. I eat it for breakfast with in-season fruit of any kind and topped with an extremely generous serving of yogurt, but I’m also excited to try the pudding recipe enclosed in this shipment. Continue Reading >>

Back Yard Construction Project

It seems like we’ve had construction of one sort or another going on in our back yard for ages. Actually, it started June 23 with the fence coming down, and – mark it on the calendar – finished today, August 9.

Incidentally, today is my and Ian’s 11th anniversary. Yay for Team Ferguson!

Anyway, today we got home from our sunny Seaside interlude to a completed trellis and bench. Jim continued working while we were gone, and here’s what our finished product looks like.

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The Beach, and Stuff

The garden here is a little crazy, but lovely in the sun. Actually, everything looks nicer in the sun. Funny how that works.
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We went to the beach yesterday; pictures follow. I think somebody’s going to be very sad when our vacation is over. Benji might miss it, too.

Oh, I should also mention that Benji is fascinated with Grandpa Gary’s coffee bean grinder, and waits eagerly for bean grinding in the morning. Then he periodically tells us about it with great enthusiasm during the day. Continue Reading >>

Even More Seaside Vacation!

Earlier this week, we found a park on the south end of town that never had any other kids, but does have a really fun rock wall to climb.

As an added bonus, blackberries grow profusely behind the building next door. Benji enjoys picking and eating them, but still has to practice sharing. Mom asked him to give her a berry, do he picked one, put it in her hand, then immediately snatched it back and popped it into his mouth.

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We’ve also made it to the beach a few more times; despite low, misty clouds plaguing us every morning, must afternoons fine up and allow us some play time. Continue Reading >>

Seaside Vacation: Day 3, Tillamook Head Hike

Ian and I did our fourth or fifth annual Tillamook Head hike, from Cannon Beach to Seaside. It’s eight or nine miles, and this time felt easiest and most fun for both of us. Benefits of walking lots with Benji, for me, and getting more in shape for Ian.

It’s been pretty dry on the cost the last few weeks, so we hoped for less mud than previous years. Well – at least this year it was a dry mud.

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Seaside Vacation: Days 2 and 3

We tried out the school bus that Grandpa Gary made for Ian many years ago. It took two people to steer and drive, but once on the Prom turned into a ton of fun.

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Ian and Benji had some quiet reading time in Benji’s room.

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Dad and I went for a 100-mile ride on Saturday, stopping twice in Nehalem.

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Seaside, Days 2 and 3

We tried out the school bus that Grandpa Gary made for Ian many years ago. It took two people to steer and drive, but once on the Prom turned into a ton of fun.

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Ian and Benji had some quiet reading time in Benji’s room.

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Dad and I went for a 100-mile ride on Saturday, stopping twice in Nehalem.

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