The Garage Sales seemed to be very well attended on Friday, but the weather didn't cooperate very well on Saturday. Heavy rains and winds left us without power for 3 or 4 hours that morning. Since I didn't want to do what it takes to open my garage door when the power is out, I have no idea what was going on.
This weekend is it. Ryderwood's twice yearly Town-Wide Garage Sale weekend is this Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents having private sales can put their addresses on Map sign-up sheets located at the Library, Café, Community Hall or RISA office. Maps will be available at or near the same locations. I've been asked to mention a couple of out-of-town sales: one will be on Allender Rd. (first farm on the left) and the other on 506 just as you come into town.
Last Thursday, Ryderwood was honored with a visit from a remarkable woman who grew up in Ryderwood when it was known as "The World's Largest Logging Camp". If I got the facts straight: she arrived in 1928 and left about 22 years later. She attended and graduated from the Ryderwood School; attended and taught vacation Bible school at the Ryderwood Community Church; married a logger; and her first two sons were delivered by Dr. Sulis in Pioneer Hall.
Recent weather patterns have some of us very happy to live in the Pacific Northwest. Thanks to cool nights and daytime temperatures under 100º, I'm surviving another summer without air conditioning. Rules of thumb: 1. Open windows at night. 2. Use fans (ceiling, furnace, floor and window, exhaust) to increase cool air circulation. 3. Close windows ASAP if the sun comes up early or if 90+º temperatures are predicted. 4. Keep the fans going (except for the exhaust ones) - the air they circulate is still cooler than what is outside.
This is a busy month in Ryderwood. The first of three Coffee Stops is under way this week, with two more to follow the 3rd and 4th weeks of August. This really stretches the availability of volunteers to the limit. What the Coffee Stops all have in common is the need for cookies - homemade ones are always appreciated.
August is going to be a very busy month for Ryderwood. In addition to the Garage Sales at the end of the month, there are three Coffee Stops scheduled for the month. This really stretches the availability of volunteers to the limit. What the Coffee Stops all have in common is the need for cookies - homemade ones are always appreciated.
It's time to mention Ryderwood's upcoming town-wide Garage Sales the weekend of August 28th and 29th. For those who are new to the area, these sales are held the last weekends of April and August. They are very popular, well-advertised and bring lots of visitors to town to cruise the alleys looking for good deals. For those whose homes are too small for all their belongings, now is a good time to plan for a sale or make donations to the Women's Club for their sale.
My apologies for being so preoccupied with the hot weather that I failed to mention how fantastic the 4th of July festivities were in both Ryderwood and Vader. Many thanks to all of the individuals and groups that made the celebration of this country's independence so beautiful.
The heat continues to be brutal. When I moved to the PNW 11 years ago, I described the climate as: "9 months of rain forest and 3 months of desert". This year, the ratio is more like 50-50
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