Here we are, barely two weeks in to this year's summer break from school, I'm working from my home office more often then not, and already I've heard "I'm bored" several times. This last time instead of my standard response of "would you like to start on the Household To Do List?" I thought "I'm bored, too"! Just having finished up on an extra project I had been working on since March that was separate from my usual mortgage business, still riding on the wave of satisfaction of a job well done, it's time to go celebrate, right? Time to play hooky!
A picnic in Lithia Park, one of our most favorite serene getaways, was just the ticket. So off we went to pick up Subway sandwiches and head to the park to see what is in bloom. First stop, the White Mulberry Tree to see if there were any ripe berries the deer couldn't reach on our way up to the Duck Pond where we plan to have lunch while watching the ducks.
Too early for mulberries, but on stroll along the paths leading to the duck pond, we could see there will likely be a bountiful crop of blackberries in a month or two, right about the same time the mulberries ripen.
"Mama, I want to go on the spinny thing and swing" so off we head to the playground on the other side of the park. Rhododendrons are coming to the end of their blooming season, but still offer splashes of color amidst the many green shades of the other landscape.
Unfortunately, during a playground remodel that has taken place since our last visit, the spinny thing is no longer there, but the swings are. Ashland Creek is full, and the temperature outside warrants some wading, but it isn't long before toes are taking on a blue tint. Mom's phone is starting to ring again, so time to head back to "the real world".
There is nothing like slipping away for a couple of hours to one of Southern Oregon's crown jewels, Lithia Park...and nothing like getting home again to enjoy our own neighborhood flora and fauna.
Isn't Southern Oregon absolutely stunning?
See you out there!
Karen Cooper - OR/CA Mortgage Consultant - www.Quality4Loans.com