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A little birdie told me…

March 25th, 2008

Oscar and his quilt… that he wanted to come visit me. My little birdie friend is named Oscar, and he visits me via his 5th grade boy Cole. Oscar is traveling all over the globe for Cole’s class project at The Overlake School in Redmond, Washington. Cole’s class project is called, “Travel Owls”. The school’s mascot is an owl.

Oscar blogsOscar’s visit to Astoria was full of excitement, fun and learning new things - like quilting and blogging. Oscar would like to write his first blog post and will be guest blogging for me today. Oscar… take it away!

My very first blog post! And I did it on an Apple. Shhhh. Can’t let anyone back up in Redmond know that I’ve used a Mac. My host made me do it. Just saying.

Anyhoo…  AnyWhooWhoo…

I carry with me a passport and travel journal. There are lots of interesting facts about me, as well is important stuff my host family needs to know about while I visit with them. Like my allergies. Since I am allergic to canned tomatoes and soy milk, I will never get to taste the soy milk tomatoccino smoothie my host Monica made for me. Oh darn. I arrived in Astoria, Oregon with a passport stamped full of the exciting places I’ve been, and the wonderful friends I’ve met there - The Long Beach Peninsula, Washington; the island of Maui, Hawai’i; Bend, Oregon and most recently, from sunny Orlando, Florida.

It was quite the climate change from sunny Orlando to cold, wet Astoria. My host Monica thought it might be a good idea to warm me up with a cozy quilt, and thought I would enjoy making it myself. My host taught me how to design, draft and cut. Well… she did the cutting for me. That rotary cutter is heck-a SHARP. I picked out some really yummy green fabric (it’s my favorite color).

Oscar planning and cutting for his quilt

My host suggested I add in some blue - this way I could show my team spirit should I ever go to a Mariner’s game with Cole, as well as keep warm at Safeco - cuddled in my quilt.

Look at me, look at me! I’m sewing! This is so easy, I just don’t know what all the fuss is about. Easy McCheezie.

Oscar piecing his quilt

Ooops. I spoke to soon. Why. Why. Why. Why did I sew those two pieces with the wrong sides together. Something else new to learn… how to use the seam ripper.

Do'i. Oscar sews together two wrong pieces.  Oscar learns how to use the seam ripper.

Sewing and quilting was fun, but I needed to go out and spread my wings a bit. My host and I met up with friends Robin and Karen (aka Cole’s Aunt Karen) for some antiquing at Farmhouse Funk and lunching at the Cannery Cafe, both in Astoria. Antiquing is fun, but boy is it exhausting!

Oscar visits Farmhouse Funk

The yummy Red Room at Farmhouse Funk. Bet you can’t find me in this photo!

Oscar visits Farmhouse Funk

Seriously. I bet you can’t find me. My host didn’t get me in the shot. I think she was too busy being under the influence of cute stuff to pay proper attention to my photographic needs.

Lunch time! Sniff. Sniff. What’s this??? Mmmm. Krumkake.

Oscar at the Cannery Cafe

Cole’s Aunt Karen gives me a bite. Mmm… lingonberries. They remind me of Sweden, where I was born.

Oscar at the Cannery Cafe

With lunch time over, it’s time for me to protect and serve the county I’m being hosted in. Evil doers beware. Deputy Oscar is on patrol.

Oscar patrols Clatsop County

So this is what riding shotgun means.

Oscar patrols Clatsop County

“One Adam 12. One Adam 12.”… I have no idea what that means, but my host dared me to say it over the radio.

Oscar patrols Clatsop County

With the county all safe and secure, now it’s time for me to guard the coast for a bit.

Oscar guards the coast

Ensign Oscar, reporting for duty.

Oscar guards the coast

This is my kind of flying!

Oscar guards the coast

That was my big adventure in Astoria. My host has more photos of me in a flickr set here. In a few days I’ll be going back home to Cole. I’ve missed him so much and can’t wait to tell him about all of my most excellent travel adventures. Hmm… I wonder if Cole will have adventure stories of his own to tell me???

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36 Responses

  1. The fabulous raesha allegedly said:

    Looks like Oscar had quite the grand adventure in Astoria!! That’s one lucky bird!

  2. The fabulous Jacquie allegedly said:

    Oscar…that is the best post I’ve read in a long time. Made me smile, giggle, and want to have you for a visit as well. Have a great trip back to Cole!

  3. The fabulous Mary allegedly said:

    You are hysterical! I used to watch Adam-12 when I was a wee tiny thing. Ah, the good ol’ days.

  4. The fabulous Kathleen allegedly said:

    How fun! You are a great host Monica, can I come for a visit too?

  5. The fabulous Tammy allegedly said:

    Okay, what a fun idea! And Oscar is just about the perfect guest, I think! Fun, fun.

  6. The fabulous sharon allegedly said:

    Oscar looks like he’s having one heck of a good time with the Happy Zombie!!! He’ll never be the same again.

  7. The fabulous jonipossin allegedly said:

    I loved your adventures of Oscar. We’ve done the same thing with Flat Stanley. Oscar looks like more fun because he’s so darn cute and can sit up, etc. Flat Stanley is jst a piece of paper because a steam roller ran over him. hee hee.

  8. The fabulous Amy allegedly said:

    You are going to have to give Oscar some credit on your next quilt.

  9. The fabulous Jessica allegedly said:

    Tee hee hee! This is great! Esp the AnyWhooWhoo, that cracked me up.

    Oscar, you stay away from that Mimi, ya hear? She’s trouble, that one!

  10. The fabulous cindy allegedly said:

    Hey, he should fly out here to Cheesehead land! :) tee hee His wings would probably get tired, since it’s so far away from the PNW. It reminded me of when I had a Flat Stanley. Ah, memories. Hey, did you know it’s still snowing out here? Travis is MAD! :)

  11. The fabulous Amanda allegedly said:

    Cute!!! I did that with a little bear from Alberta, Canada a few years ago.

  12. The fabulous Pam allegedly said:

    Hey Oscar, I wish I was having that much fun with Monica and Aunt Karen!

  13. The fabulous Anina allegedly said:

    What a fun trip you had Oscar! Come home soon.
    (Monica, you take the cake!)

  14. The fabulous Anina allegedly said:

    Oh, Oh, I just came up with a better one:
    Monica, you’re a hoot!

  15. The fabulous WeeBit Wonky allegedly said:

    Man! Anina beat me to it… I was gonna say “what a hoot”…hmmm think witty, think witty
    Oh well. But I wanna come to Astoria! Can I mail me there and sit on fences and in patrol cars and do lunch??
    Very cute post and Cole is on lucky kid. So is the bird.
    ~ Robyn

  16. The fabulous Nanette allegedly said:

    Such a really cute post. I love it Monica. Whats better than a wise old owl animating such a fun time.

  17. The fabulous June allegedly said:

    Oscar, you and Monica are awesome! What a great team you made and look at all you accomplished in learning to sew and the many adventures you enjoyed. What wonderful stories you have to share with Cole upon your return. Thank you for being such a delightful guest blogger.

  18. The fabulous Susan allegedly said:

    this is great…i cant decide who i had more fun with…oscar or miss kitty

  19. The fabulous Tine allegedly said:

    What a great visit. My sweetheart was born in Sweden too, and also partian to lingonberries :-)

    come pay me a visit too, I just started blogging!

  20. The fabulous Trelly allegedly said:

    jajajajajajaja, I want to be like Oscar! Travelling around the world…meeting warme people…He looks very happy

  21. The fabulous carol eldridge allegedly said:

    Oscar is like me…he loves to travel…looks like you are keeping busy out there. Spring has come to New England and the ocean is just sparkling and it is sunny every day and the tulips are coming up.

    maybe Oscar should visit here!


  22. The fabulous Nanna Jamma allegedly said:

    Oscar, you had a most exciting day! Lucky, lucky you - I’m jealous! I want to spend time with Ms. M and Auntie Karen, too!! I know my way around a seam ripper REALLY WELL, so I could’ve helped you out with that.
    Great post once again, Ms. M!!

  23. The fabulous Liz allegedly said:

    what a cute blog entry! if you need another host for the boid, let me know. Im sure I can show Oscar around my neck of the woods in Southeast Virginia. (mauh)Liz

  24. The fabulous Tricia allegedly said:

    What an adorable guest you had and a wonderful post. Thanks so much for sharing and I loved the pics. :-)

  25. The fabulous Doe allegedly said:

    Awesome post, Oscar! Tell HZ to have you more often coz’ you’re so much better at it. hehehe!

  26. The fabulous Vickie E allegedly said:

    that’s one wild adventure!

  27. The fabulous Doris allegedly said:

    Monica, you are so sweet to take Oscar on a tour of Astoria. I love all the souvenirs he’s collected on his journeys. Oh, the stories he could tell…

  28. The fabulous Moog allegedly said:

    Lucky Oscar! I’m with Nanna Jamma. As to the redwork in the background of the first shot - a close up, please :) I’m a redwork junkie, too!

  29. The fabulous kathleen allegedly said:

    That was a most excellent adventure… The coastie shots are too cool!

  30. The fabulous Cheryl allegedly said:

    Thanks for sharing Oscar’s great adventures. He will have such tales to tell, and now he’s a quilter and a blogger :-)!

  31. The fabulous Ravenhill allegedly said:

    What great fun to see what adorable Oscar is up to! He is one lucky little fellow!

  32. The fabulous Kim allegedly said:

    My favorite is Oscar on the Sheriff’s car–the one with the BIG RED LETTERS that say “Caution–Stay Back!” What are you teaching that owl and his boy, Monica?! LMAO!

  33. The fabulous Josh (your son) allegedly said:

    MOM, I think you have too much time on your hands making stuffed animals talk. Do I need to check you into a “home” soon?

  34. The fabulous elizabeth allegedly said:

    Oooh I have so missed going to blogs! Oscar is the greatest! Will Pam and I have that much fun?

  35. The fabulous Angela allegedly said:

    Way to go Oscar! (and what a fantastic journey he’s had!)

  36. The fabulous karen gray allegedly said:

    hilarious! i loved Adam-12.

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