Dayle and I decided to go out for dinner the other evening and it was actually HIS idea to go to this little Italian place in Troutdale. Ristorante Pompello. I noticed the evening sun on the water tower and snapped this shot with my iPhone. I know it's fuzzy but I like the image.
I had never tried their Gnocchi - so I ordered the Gnocchi & Scampi in a Cajun cream sauce - I asked for asparagus rather than the triple peppers. It was good!
They have a cute little alfresco dining area out front.
Last evening I attended a community meeting - the US Postal Service has been trying to shut down our little post office in Bridal Veil, OR for years. This meeting was called because it is threatened again. It's known as the smallest Post Office in the country and brides send their wedding invitations from all over the world to be hand cancelled with "Bridal Veil, Oregon".
The meeting was held outside in the shade at the convent owned by the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist in Bridal Veil, Oregon.
There is a HUGE maple tree on the property - estimated to be approx. 200 years old.
This building was built in 1916. By the time the nuns found the building, it was in seriously bad condition with a leaking roof - all the wood floors were buckled up. They bought it, rolled up their sleeves and got to work fixing it up - now it's just beautiful. They started pulling up layers and layers of old linoleum and found a black and white marble checkerboard floor!
I wished this fountain was spouting water, wouldn't that be pretty?
Behind the nunnery is Coopey Falls and the creek gurgles by the house on it's way to the Columbia River.
The good news is that the USPO will keep the post office open, but will cut the hours from 8 to 4 a day. Bad news for the postmaster as she will lose all her benefits. :-( The sun was shining through the maple leaves as I left the meeting.
Evening falls on the nunnery..
Here is the carriage house which served the house in horse and buggy days.
The old iron gates and rock wall at the entrance are beautiful.
I enjoyed my drive home along the Historic Columbia River Highway, I pulled out just above Vista House and snapped my beloved building from a different angle.
From the same spot I tried to capture the silver reflection of the river, that is Portland, Oregon in the distance.
My 2 granddaughters in Ohio were doing some primping and my daughter Amy sent me the photos. Oh my.. Jenna is growing up! See the clip on earrings and cute little hair bow? I think she looks adorable!
And Miss Paige insisted that her mama buy her a "maxi" skirt. Isn't she just a doll? She's the dress up diva of the family.
Today I'm heading to the pool.. they are working on the gym and it was closed on Monday and will be on Friday. I'll be getting my exercise swimming in Waldo Lake as of next week! :-) I hope you're getting the most out of summer.. it's running by quickly! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)