It has finally happened. We are a two-house family. You see, they
raised the price at the campground to $20 a night, so we decided to buy a
house instead. We purchased what the Mountain Man calls a “fishing lodge”
this month. What we actually bought was a small 2-bedroom house in
Chinook. Yes, it is in Washington. It is a small town about eight miles upstream
from the Ilwaco/Longbeach area. The marina is about a two-minute walk, if
you walk slowly. And the Columbia River is right across the street. You can
see it if you look around the cannery. Yes, we are behind the crab cannery.
The house used to be the cannery office, before a merger made it
superfluous. But there is not much smell, and as I told my father, the Mountain
Man smells a little fishy sometimes too!
We have discovered that it is actually a Lindal Cedar home, built
about 1970-something as a government house. It was barged down river
in 1975 and placed in its present location. It has a deck, and some nice
trees and shrubbery. Also a lot of blackberries and a healthy crop of bamboo.
So I think we will have our yard work planned out for the next 20 years
The interior was dirty, but in pretty good shape. Lots of cobwebs
and more creepy-crawly things than I have ever seen
inside a house. It was tastefully decorated in 1970s chic. And
if one more person tells me that those colors are coming back, I will
drown myself in my avocado green bathtub! And they are all in good shape,
too. Isn’t that lucky! Well, isn’t it?
We spent two days washing windows, vacuuming cobwebs,
annoying bugs, and chopping unwanted yard things. We didn’t think we had
made much progress, but you could see a difference. I also spent a happy
hour ripping the vinyl imitation grass cloth out of the bathroom. Avocado I
can deal with, but not contact paper walls. Even I have my limits!
All kidding aside, the bad stuff is mostly cosmetic. A little paint and
elbow grease, and we could probably resell for a profit right away. But
we both love the water, we spend a lot of time down there fishing, and it
really seemed like the deal was too good to pass up. The area is growing, and so
it is also a good investment. At least that’s what we told our parents.
It seemed more practical than buying a house because the campground
rates went up!
The VFW Auxiliary is holding a blood drive on Friday, Oct. 15, at
the Mount Si Senior Center. This is an excellent opportunity to share your
good health with someone not so fortunate. Besides, the cookies are good.
Hope to see you there.
The County-Wide King County Book Sale will be held at
Kamiakin Junior High on Saturday, Oct. 16, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can get
directions at any King County Library or by calling (206) 684-6605.
If you don’t feel like driving to Kirkland, the North Bend
Friends Used Book Sale is Oct. 23 and 24. You can join the Friends and attend
the Members Pre-sale on Friday night, the 22, at 7 p.m. Volunteers are needed
for the sale, so if you would like to help, call the library at (425) 888-0554
and sign up. You can get some very good buys at both of these sales. All of
the proceeds go to Friends’ groups, who sponsor library programs and
services with the funds.
Young Adult author Chris Crutcher will be at the North
Bend Library on Oct. 22, as part of Teen Read Week. This popular author
has written some terrific books for teens, including my personal favorites
“Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes” and
Most of Mr. Crutcher’s books are about teens dealing with problems
in their lives ranging from parents, to peer pressure, to school and the
world in general. He does not offer pat answers, but realistically portrays
the fact that sometimes there is nothing we can do but accept and move
on. Mr. Crutcher works as a child and family therapist in the Spokane area,
so he writes from real life. I encourage the kids out there to come and
hear this author. He will also be giving tips on how to get your feelings on
paper, whether in a class paper or a personal journal. I know from experience
that a journal can be a lifesaver.
Thought for the Week: The morning sun banishes the shadows back
to their dark corners. See how it stalks them across the meadow and
kindles every leaf to light my day.
— Paul Gallico
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