Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Screen 'em Before You See Them

There is so much junk on the big screen these days that it only makes sense to do your homework before you spend your whole weeks salary to see a movie. Holly and I stumbled upon this excellent Christian website called "Christian Spotlight On Entertainment." Not only do they review and rate all of the new movies, but they also have a section where readers can post their opinions about the movie. Often its the opinions from viewers that more accurately describe the movie. There are a number of Christian websites that review the top movies, but Spotlight is the only one we have found that allows its readers to post comments. Check it out at:


Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Canoe Trip

Our friends Nate and Kelly have a cabin along the Umpqua River in Roseburg, so Robert and I decided to join them there on our days off this week. We borrowed Gene and Penny's canoe, tied it up on top of the Jeep, threw our tent and camping gear in the car, and headed off for our two day adventure. When we got to the cabin Nate and Kelly weren't there so we thought we'd drive up river about 10 miles and float down. What started off as a calm, tranquil river soon turned into a very fast-flowing river with some serious rapids. Let's just say we were the only canoe trying to white water raft. We made it through the first set okay and thought we were in the clear, but by the time we actually got back to the cabin, we had been on the river for 4 hours and maneuvered our way through 8 or 9 (I lost count) more sets of rapids. I was sure the canoe was either going to tip or fall apart, but surprisingly enough we made it back with the canoe still in tact and Kai still in it!

On our drive back to Bend we stopped at Clear Lake and decided to paddle around in still waters:) In the ease and relaxation of that canoe ride, we decided to snap some photos (and save a butterfly that was drowning).

Sunday, July 1, 2007


While I was out watering plants the other day I stumbled upon some rather unique looking spider eggs. When I saw the big black mama clinging underneath them, I ran in the house and googled "Black widow spider eggs" on google images. The photos were a perfect match. I put Robert on spider-killing duty so he grabbed a sledgehammer and went to get her. Well, for a spider, she was pretty smart: saw Robert, and headed straight under the deck. We waited about an hour and went back for her. Like a good mama, she was back with her eggs. This time we brought the gardening tools. With one fell swoop Robert dug her out with the shovel, and sliced her in two with an ice scraper. Her babies met the same fate.

I guess her husband is now a Black Widower.