Coffee House Visit #1: Max Porter’s in Junction City, Oregon

For awhile, Kevin and I have toyed with the idea of going out and trying the various privately owned coffeehouses in the area. Probably what hindered that idea from happening was that we’ve become really busy lately. Our schedules fill up and by the time we have a moment to go out, it’s evening, and we’re tired. Mornings, tend to work best for this venture as coffee is the morning drink. I know that some folks drink it throughout the day and into the evening, and it does taste good with dessert, but, at least for me, by noon, I have no more need for coffee.
So………….
Last month, we started on this coffeehouse venture. I suggested Max Porter’s in Junction City, Oregon. Junction City is a small town where everyone knows everyone and if you don’t know everyone, chances are that you know someone who does. This town is known for the “Function in Junction” (where folks cruise up and down the middle of town in their classic cars) as well as the Scandinavian Festival (four days of celebrating the town’s Scandinavian roots, with Frijos, aebelskivers, and all sorts other delicious food, as well as crafts ). The town is full of old buildings which house several antique and craft stores, and nestled in this part of town, is Max Porter’s

Photo by Kevin Prociw

Photo by Kevin Prociw

When we arrived, it was around 10:00 AM. There was relaxing music playing quietly, while the two baristas greeted us with a smile (I thought that one of them looked like one of my daughter’s friends from church. She confirmed it later). I had been to this place at least a couple of times before and I was impressed with it then. Most of the walls are brick (which I really like) featuring artwork and crafts that are for sale. One of the items on their wall was a small chalkboard with the password to the free WiFi on it.  I liked that because it saved me the trouble of getting out my chair to go ask for it (it does sound lazy. I just wanted to relax that morning).

There are rooms for gatherings, or comfortable couches in corners where two or three can just visit.

photo by Kevin Prociw

photo by Kevin Prociw

Photo by Kevin Prociw

Photo by Kevin Prociw

Photo by Kevin Prociw

Photo by Kevin Prociw

We decided to order breakfast with our coffee, because well, if we’re going to tell others about this place, we should sample the menu! Kevin ordered the bagel sandwich (which has eggs, tomato, spinach, & cream cheese, grilled on a bagel. Sounds delicious doesn’t it?). I ordered the Max Croissant Special (which has Eggs, bacon & cheddar grilled on a croissant). Kevin’s sandwich arrived with bacon on it for some reason. If you know me or have read my earlier entries, then you know that Kevin is a vegetarian. He was a good sport and just took the bacon off of the sandwich. I did tell him that there was still “bacon essence” on it. Along with our lattes, the meals were filling and delicious. Before leaving, we took one last picture. I thought that the “COFFEE” wall-hanging behind us was perfect against that brick wall!

Photo by Kevin Prociw

Photo by Kevin Prociw

Soooooo, iff you ever find yourself in Junction City, Oregon, with time to spare, I would recommend stopping in at Max Porter’s for some coffee and a treat!
Kevin & Elizabeth

The Papasan Chair

In my last post, I shared that we had decided to put Kevin’s papasan chair in the spot where our Christmas tree had been. The intent was to have another place to sit. Well, it is another place to sit………and nap. However, not for any of us.

The furry family members have claimed this chair as their own.

The furry family members have claimed this chair as their own.


Today's "claimjumper" was Oswin.  Cute little mooch!

Today’s “claimjumper” was Oswin. Cute little mooch!


"Ooooooohhhh, you wanted to sit here?"

“Ooooooohhhh, you wanted to sit here?”

One day, it’ll be my turn. But I may need to move the squatters!

Elizabeth

Returning to “Normal”

Happy New Year Everyone!!
It’s that time again. When we put away our Christmas decorations, toss the tree, and put the furniture back where it belongs. It’s time to listen to regular music on the radio and it’s time for Starbucks to put their peppermint mocha supplies in the back room. My daughter would disagree with that last part. She found the peppermint mocha to be “Amazing!”
I am almost finished getting the inside of the house back to normal. I still have our front porch to work on and Kevin still has some lights to put away. I thought I’d post a few pictures from yesterday’s cleaning.

These are just a few of our containers.............

These are just a few of our containers………….

....and I'm supposed to nicely pack all of this away into those containers.

….and I’m supposed to nicely pack all of this away into those containers.

Once we moved the tree and vacuumed the needles (and I realized that Kevin and I both like to vacuum large messes)I brought in Kevin’s papasan chair. For several years, Kevin had this chair in his cubicle at work. He also had a doormat that read “Go Away” at the entrance. The comfy chair and the doormat sent conflicting messages. The lure of the papasan chair always overpowered the message of the doormat and coworkers would come in and visit. So when Kevin had to move to a new cubicle, he brought the chair home and it sat in our garage for a few months. So, for now, we’re trying it out in the livingroom. It’s comfortable, and probably a great place to nap.
Kevin's papasan chair Kevin’s papasan chair

Happy New Year!
Elizabeth

Happy November!

I’m about a day late in my greeting but that’s alright. The month is still new.
Did you all remember to “Fall Back” and change your clocks? IMG_6331

It’s always nice to get that extra hour of sleep eh?
We actually had some Trick-or-Treaters this Halloween. For the first two Halloweens that we’ve lived in this house, we’ve had none and were left with a bowl of non-chocolate candy. So this year, Kevin installed a flashing light on the porch so as to be seen from the main road. This is also the first Halloween that we’ve ever had kids in the house dressing up. The little girl who I babysit and her older sister were with us for the day so Heather helped them dress up for gathering candy. The little one wanted to be “Elsa” from “Frozen” and the older one wanted to go as “Amy Pond after seeing The Silence” from “Dr. Who”. They looked pretty cool! I took several pictures of them on our decorated front porch and sent them to their father.
For our porch, I like to decorate for the Fall season in general. We do carve pumpkins, but try to avoid anything scary. So here are some “Before” pics of the porch IMG_6289 IMG_6295 IMG_6319

So I guess it’s time to move onward to planning for Thanksgiving! Hopefully, I’ll be able to post more before then.
Elizabeth :)

It’s a Girl!

No, we didn’t have a baby. At least not a human one. We did add to our family though. Meet Miss Oswin!

Oswin at 8 weeks

Oswin at 8 weeks

Two weeks ago, our Monday started off like any other day. Then, I had an errand to the grocery store. And when I arrived, there was a mother and daughter giving away the last kitten from a litter of five. And, she looked so cute. And I texted my husband and daughter (the real cat lovers) about her. And I went into the store and debated the pros and cons of bringing her home. And then decided that if she was still out front when I left the store, I’d bring her home. Well, she had already been given away when I left the store. So I figured that it was meant to be, and I would go about the rest of my day, getting that little kitten out of my thoughts.
Then, my husband went to our friend’s house. This friend tends to have a lot of cats and kittens on his property. Kevin sent me a text about this cute little Tortie kitten. So Heather and I assumed that he would be bringing her home and we’d have a new kitten after all. He didn’t. However, he did go back to our friend’s house later in the evening, and this time, he did come home with her.
Her name is “Oswin”, after the latest companion in the “Dr. Who” show. I thought that it was a cool name, for a cat. She seems to have adapted to our house and family really well. She’s a pro at using the litter box and has become quite the hovering mooch when we sit down to eat. The other cats are getting used to having her around. They’re 9 years old and aren’t as active as this new little gal is. Oscar seems to be the one who is most accepting of her. He sort of watches out for her, but also lets her know when she’s overstepping her boundaries without hissing or smacking her. IMG_6248 Welcome to the family Oswin!

Elizabeth

The End of Summer Vacation

Actually, we really didn’t have a vacation this summer. We stayed home and did our usual daily routine all summer. We didn’t have the funds to go on any vacations or “daycations” so our fun times happened in our own town and the one on the other side of the freeway. For Labor Day, I had hoped to sleep in, however my internal clock wouldn’t let me. Normally, during the week, I wake up at 5:30 AM. This morning, I was able to sleep in one hour past that. After a morning of relaxing and then tidying up, we thought we’d go to Springfield. A mural of “The Simpsons” had recently been painted and the anniversary of the show had been celebrated at the mural last week.

The Simpsons are officially in Springfield, OR now!

The Simpsons are officially in Springfield, OR now!

Just down the street from the mural, is Sweety’s Yogurt Shop which also celebrates Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa & Maggie.
The Simpsons in the yogurt shop look kind of creepy if you aren't prepared to see them staring out of the window.

The Simpsons in the yogurt shop look kind of creepy if you aren’t prepared to see them staring out of the window.

We had hoped to buy some yogurt, however they were closed. A lot of businesses were closed in Springfield. If we had been in our town, yogurt shops would have been open. I’m not complaining though. Kudos to local businesses that let their employees enjoy the holiday. Our outing ended with driving to the top of Kelly Butte, from where you can see all of Springfield.
The view from Kelly Butte

The view from Kelly Butte

. Our outing ended with a stop for a Slurpee because it was so hot, and our car currently has the 2/55 air conditioning (2 open windows/55 mph). Now we’re tucked back into our cooler home, getting ready to eat dinner (and pack the leftovers for Kevin’s lunches), and thinking about the beginning of the new school year.

Elizabeth :)

Happy Labor Day!!

Hello September!
The month that marks the end of summer fun and the beginning of school. Thoughts start turning toward holidays and preparing for them. There’s already a nip in the morning air, but it doesn’t stay long enough to start wearing the warmer clothes. That will start in a month or two. I’m looking forward to trying new recipes for soups, stews and excuses to make hot cocoa! Last night, I was so tired when I went to bed, that I was sure that I would sleep in until 8 this morning. Nope. I woke up at 6:30. When my kids were small, I didn’t mind waking up so early on a holiday because I was going to a local thrift store for their “everything is half off” sale and if I wanted a shopping cart, I needed to be in line well before the store opened. Maybe my early rising is because I normally wake up at 5:30 AM, that my internal clock only gives me an extra hour of rest on my day off. So, since I’m awake, I’m enjoying the quiet, with my coffee, and getting some reading and planning done before anyone else wakes up and starts asking me questions. The plan for today is to stay home and tidy up. We may drive around town later on and check out some of the murals. For those of you who are traveling today, stay safe :) For those of you who are staying close to home, like we are, enjoy your day!

Elizabeth