|Andrew at Crown Point, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon|
|Andrew and Taylor. These are my two beautiful children!|
|Andrew's 22nd birthday with me at Momiji Sushi in Salem last year|
Yesterday was a good day indeed! I started the day with a cup of cabbage soup. And I ended the day with a cup of cabbage soup. Yay for cabbage soup! It has a lot of water content, loaded with healthy veggies and very low calorie. I must keep this in the dinner rotation.
It is really early in the morning on July 3rd. Today is my son Andrew's 23rd birthday. I couldn't sleep because of the heat, so I am up posting a birthday picture shrine to my son on Facebook. Hopefully he'll be happy and not too terribly embarrassed. He has come a long way in the last few years. Overcome the loss of a close friend, and has pulled himself up out of the hell of substance abuse.
Those dark years were horrifying, but they were the years that I came back to a close, prayerful relationship with God.
He now has a good job and his own car. He plays basketball with his brother-in-law on his day off and is a joy to be around. He is strong and manly, but kind and gentle. Very proud of my son!
I am making an overnight whole grain hot breakfast cereal in the crockpot. The house smells divine! It has barley, brown rice, quinoa and oats with cinnamon and soy milk. I am looking forward to breakfast!
Portland, Oregon is in the midst of a severe heat wave. I don't remember it ever being this hot for so long. Usually there is a reprieve.
But for as long as it lasts, I am intent on survival. Up early to water plants and open windows. Cooking in the crockpot. Going to the air conditioned gym instead of the trail. I had a good piano practice session yesterday at the Community Music Center. For an old building, it's A/C totally rocks! I was happy. Today I will meet my friend Judy at her air conditioned condo for a rehearsal.
Yesterday worked my legs and did 2 miles on the eliptical machine. Today I will start again with back/biceps. We celebrated my son's birthday with my mom's last Sunday - the day of the fattening Southern meal. I am still digesting that one!!
We hope to have my niece Brooke and her baby Aurora and her boyfriend Matt over for crockpot chicken tacos this Sunday. Her baby is nearly 4 months old now. I haven't seen her since she was just a few weeks old.
Family time has become more important to me with each passing day!