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Thanksgiving at Home

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Nat and I got home from Dallas in the morning, and in the afternoon my parents arrived from Bend, where they had spent the previous two nights (they drove from Colorado). We got dinner in our neighborhood and that was it, since Nat and I had to work in the morning. I worked half days so I could spend time with my parents – the first day we got lunch and went to the Mount Angel Abbey Museum, and the second day we went to the Bonneville Fish Hatchery. My mom made her famous salmon patties and the four of us played Nat’s favorite board game of all time, Creature Castle, and then Nat’s parents got in to town! As a big group on the morning of Thanksgiving, we went for a walk at Tryon Creek, then did a puzzle at home while our delicious meal cooked. The day after Thanksgiving, we… went and did something exciting that I won’t talk about yet, and then drove to the coast, where mostly we just ate. We went to the movies and saw Lady Bird (Nat’s uncle was the production designer!), did some antique shopping, and ate leftovers, and my parents started their drive back to Colorado in the morning.

With Nat’s parents we did a very wet walk on Sauvie Island, went to PAM to see the LAIKA exhibition, played more Creature Castle, and spent the last evening sitting at home with library books doing research about… something. I’ll talk about it next time ☺

Faithful Friends & Smoke Rise Farm

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The last two pet cemeteries we went to in Texas: Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory and Smoke Rise Farm Pet Cemetery. The former was not very big and was meticulously maintained, and the latter was huge and very rural-feeling. At Smoke Rise (where we saw a handful of deer as soon as we arrived), I couldn’t even really spend time looking at the gravestones because there were so many and I was already losing daylight. I focused mainly on the statues, of which there were many. Some very unique ones – like a gorilla!

From Smoke Rise, we headed to Kelly’s house in Fort Worth to meet up for dinner. On the way, we found a dog, which… turned out to be a whole (sad) thing. With Kelly and her partner Daniel, we went to Spiral, a vegan diner where I had the most delicious baked potato grilled cheese sandwich, and Melt, where everyone but me had ice cream. Fort Worth is super cute! We only got to see it at night, but I liked it.

Cedar Hill Pet Memorial Project

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This is a special pet cemetery. In 2011, a grieving pet owner went to make arrangements to have her dog buried alongside her other two pets in the Pet Memorial Park and discovered that the gate was locked – the taxes for the cemetery had been delinquent since 2004 in the amount of approximately $24,000, and the property was potentially up for sale. A non-profit organization was established, and concerned citizens raised funds to acquire the property and cleaned up the abandoned cemetery. In 2014, a dedication ceremony was held to unveil the War Dog Monument, a bronze statue recognizing and paying tribute to the human-animal bond. As in the other Texas pet cemeteries I visited this late fall, the grass was dry and yellow and the light was harsh, but big, lovely trees provided the perfect amount of shade to create some beautiful photos.

Information about the Cedar Hill Pet Memorial Project comes from here.