Friday, 14 April 2017
I woke early to sunshine and a sense of urgency about picking flowers and going to work, then heard pounding rain and rested awhile longer. At the usual time, I got up and then went out to gather a bouquet.
I picked a few narcissi from the outer beds and then went for a big batch of yellow and red tulips that were in a rather hidden spot…
Another pouring rain drove me to take shelter in the greenhouse. I did nothing productive like tidying up, just stared at the weather in disgruntlement.
I thought that I had better take both my raincoats to work in case intermittent soaking rains happened all day long.
At the Ilwaco post office:
We delivered our flowers to the Chautaqua Lodge meeting room in north Long Beach, feeling a bit guilty that the setting up of all the chairs had been too early in the morning for us night owls. Below is artist Michele with the cut-out of our congresswoman, Republican Jaime Herrera Beutler, who had been invited to tonight’s town hall but had instead decided to do a telephone town hall the night before (during which, I heard later, she only took ten questions from constituents).
We settled in to the beach approach weeding. As soon as rain began, I realized I had completely forgotten my rain coats! I took shelter in the van for a bit. Fortunately, the rain stopped. A strong and cold and miserable wind intermittently annoyed me.
Because of puddles next to two of the 13 beach approach sections, we are weeding all out of order, depriving me of the pleasure of seeing the end of the garden get closer bit by bit each day. The project is all cattywampus this year.
We can dump weeds in the tall grass but the rugosa rose roots go to the city dump.
There is always an interesting assortment of people and dogs walking by (all Allan’s photos):
The purpose of these artistic rocks by her and her daughter is a simple one: to bring people joy.
We did not quite finish the second section; instead, we jumped ahead to the end cap by the arch. I felt the roses there needed to be cut down for the sake of good traffic sightlines.
I had planned to work till six and then go straight to the town hall. I simply could not go on so we quit work at about five.
We were so pleased and relieved that an impressive number of local folks came to hear the nine speakers (none of whom was named Jaime Beutler).
The first speaker was on video: Brian Baird, who after his retirement was replaced by Jaime. Blake spoke of how during his years in office he held over 350 town halls to communicate with and listen to his constituents. He said, “In order to represent your constituents, you have to listen to them.” Rep Jaime Beutler is known for very few in person town halls.
We also heard from local Rep. Brian Blake, from the mayor of Long Beach, from the county sheriff, from a county commissioner, from a concerned citizen, from the chairman of the local Chinook tribe, from a long time school board member, and from David McDevitt, who is running against Jaime in 2017. As the concerned citizen who gave a rousing speech said about Jaime, “If you don’t want to listen to us, we’ll find someone who will.” (Sorry, I have forgotten the citizen’s name; she was speaking on behalf of local business luminary Karyn Zigler who had been unable to attend.)
At the end of the evening, Allan and I were asked to take Jaime home because no one else had room for her in their vehicles.
We have an idea for some shopping that she might like to do tomorrow.