The last few days of Jill's visit were kind of grim, thanks to "the bug," but Uncle Carl came to the rescue and took the gang to the Seattle Aquarium. At that point I was laid low. Because Sophia caught "it," early on the day of their planned departure, the leave-taking was postponed to the next day when Dick got sick. Again Carl came to the rescue did the airport run. I'm sure they were glad to get back home. Oma and Opa were wiped out!
The rest of August went more smoothly. The Sunday after the kids left was our anniversary, and by Friday we had recovered enough to take our planned weekend in Cannon Beach, OR. The first day was delightfully sunny, and the second day was unbelievably foggy. We had fun anyway. It was interesting to see how sandy the beach was; the Ranger said the sand had begun moving in at the end of July
There's always lots to see at Haystack Rock during low tide.
We saw lots of starfish of all sizes.
And lots of kids making sand castles, even in the fog.
This time we didn't see any elk, but we did spot some of wild domestic rabbits that roam Cannon Beach. Never before have we seen them close to where we stay. Do you suppose it was mowing the lawn?
We came back home to find our hoya in full bloom! The buds go from this
And then we cut them off because they smell cloyingly sweet at night which our niece, the plant biologist, told us is to attact the insect pollinators. (Not in our house!)
The remaining weekend in August found us at a wedding of a good friend in Clinton, WA, which is on Whidbey Island. It was a perfectly beautiful day, and the good weather has persisted into September. We also enjoyed another trek around Green Lake one afternoon late in the month. Some of our favorite turtles were out and had a surprise visitor. I hope herons don't eat turtles!
And on the very last day of August I finished a scarf using the Yarn Harlot's One Row Handspun Scarf pattern, a nice easy pattern for a very busy month.