Memorial Day! Traditionally this weekend is rainy and cool in the Willamette Valley, but apparently climate change is again working its 'magic' and giving us a beautiful three-day weekend: sunny and highs right around 70, which is absolutely perfect. Saturday we took the dogs for a pretty good walk along the river, and yesterday we paddled the Canoe Canal in search of baby water fowl. We saw two new duck families...one duck mama had six and the other had eight...and they all looked fairly new to the world. We had paddled the canal two weeks ago with no signs of ducklings, and were worried that the eggs were washed away given the rainy spring we had. So we (esp. me and the big black lab in the canoe we passed) were overjoyed to see the ducklings. We also saw some goslings which we had seen on our previous trip, as well as some brand new goslings.
The garden this year is absolutely gorgeous. The irises are in bloom now, and this is one of my favorite ones (someone needs to do a yarn colorway using these colors...cream, purple, peach and just a few flecks of orange. Anyone?). This one smells like a creamsickle. Yum!
So today the plan is to take the dogs for a little swim. Cody has been a little on the 'down' side this past week (lack of appetite, not energetic, limping during walks) but has been feeling good over the weekend, and he loves a good swim. And it has to be good for him, at least for his little puppy soul.