I’ve truly neglected my blog in the last weeks… there’s been a lot to do on an online prototype Kat and I are building.

Several weekends ago, Jason and I visited my parents in Oregon, which was a fun, relaxing time. They plied us with delicious Swiss potato soup and pot roast.

My dad recently broke ground on the house he’s building, so we got to see the future foundation and basement. The house, which he calls Deerpath Lodge, will be fashioned after a Germanic chalet, and will use some European building components that are kind of like Lego bricks that slide over rebar. You pour cement into the cavities of the blocks, and it makes the wall truly solid.

The house will be located atop the hill, several hundred feet up from the existing house. Dad’s digger looked like a teaspoon, in relation to the size of the hole; it took him quite a while to dig it all out. The rock and clay that’s at the site is beautiful and kind of pliable, in shades of red, orange and yellow. It was interesting to see all the strata that was exposed.

Jason and I walked around the grounds some, and saw a cute spotted deer sproinging up the hill, and a yellow and black snake.

My high school friend Tonya and her family came to dinner on Saturday. It was fun to see how much her kids have grown.

And Mom and Dad took us to an indulgent brunch at a winery Sunday.