Friday, July 28, 2006

Watermelon Crawl

"We got a hundred gallons of sweet red wine
Made from the biggest watermelons on the vine.
Help yourself to some, but obey the law-
If you drink, don't drive, do the watermelon crawl..."
-Tracy Byrd

I took Dustin to Susan's house in Echo last weekend so he can (hopefully) help her with some chores for awhile. He has been wanting to go and both KP and Jordan are working all the time. Susan has had pneumonia this summer and has had a hard time recovering, so she needed someone to help out with things. Sounds like he's having a ball and working hard so far.

I brought a Hermiston Watermelon back with me, so last night we had some friends over for Watermelon Margarita's. Yummy!!! I actually found a watermelon margarita mix at Harry & David's when I went in for their pineapple salsa. Pretty good stuff.

James and Derith, of course, brought six-month old baby Grace with them. Riff carried her all over the place an introduced her to all of the animals. Boots, the cat, was curious about her until she reached out and grabbed a handful of his whiskers. He kept a wide berth after that. Grace took a nap on our bed. When she woke up, I think it scared her to not recognize the room. She cried quite loudly and was not easily calmed. Hannah, one of our dogs, was very concerned about this. I think she wanted to comfort that poor, crying baby.

This weekend we plan to work on the house some more. Hopefully get the kitchen cabinets finished and the guest room upstairs painted. We have a hot tub coming in a couple of weeks (I'm SO excited!) and need to get the deck power washed and sealed before it arrives, also. We had better get busy!! Maybe I'll just have a margarita instead...

"If you're ever in Georgia (or Oregon) round 'bout July
If you ain't in a hurry
Then you oughta stop by
I can guarantee that you're gonna have a ball
Learning how to do the watermelon crawl..."

Monday, July 17, 2006

A Night on the Town...

Riff and I met Ron and Carol at the airport on Friday. They were on their way to Alaska and had a layover in Portland for a couple of hours. We grabbed a table, drank some smoothies and got caught up. Was good to see them and we wish them a wonderful vacation. Kevin had come over from school, so we dropped him back off and wandered around downtown Portland for awhile. We had made reservations for dinner at a place called Harrison. We haven't spent much time in Portland, so weren't sure if we should just play it by ear or if we needed reservations. The place we chose was pricey and didn't have much for atmosphere. Walking around after dinner, we spotted several places that we would much rather have eaten at. Ah, well, next time...

I had also made reservations at a motel that I had been told was right downtown. It was not. Not far, but not exactly where we wanted to be. Saturday morning we walked down the street to a neighborhood coffee shop. It was a cute little place, so we had coffee and a bagel and read the paper for a bit. From there we went to a shop called "Rejuvination". Go to to check them out. They specialize in rejuvenated antiques, clawfoot tubs, etc... They also salvage old buildings and homes so have almost anything you are looking for when re-doing an old house. We found a new/old door for our back deck/kitchen door. It is a wooden muli-paned french door. It is going to look so nice and really open our kitchen up. I am so excited to get it refinished and up!

From there we drove to Kevin's apartment, parked in his lot and walked down to catch MAX, the city transport train. We rode out to the Burnside Bridge where they have the Saturday Market. It is incredible and huge! I was a little surprised (and disappointed) that it is all "crafty" type items and no produce or locally grown stuff. Don't get me wrong, the handmade items are beautiful. They have two large food courts and live bands playing on both ends. Very impressive.

When we left there, we decided to walk up to the campus where the actual Farmers Market is held. Ah, that's more like it! I bought baby potatoes, swiss chard and cucumbers. I didn't go crazy because we weren't headed straight home. You could buy all of your produce for the entire week there, plus bread, cheese, chocolate and sausages. YUM!

We made a few other stops on our meandering way back home, the best of which was for dinner. We had read about a place in Forest Grove that is owned by the McMenamis (sp?) brothers and is known as the Grande Lodge. Riff knew right where it was, so we decided to stop for a snack. We wandered from the parking lot onto the grounds. It is a beautiful park like setting with a pub sitting in the middle. Picnic tables were scattered around and a band was playing some fun old rock and roll. We both had burgers and fries that really hit the spot. We decided to check out the lodge and found that it is absolutely amazing! Right inside the side door, stairs lead down to the bottom floor that holds lodging rooms, a spa, a soaking pool, a billards bar and a wine bar. Both bars have separate menu's for your snacking pleasure. Back on the main floor is more lodging rooms, a gift shop and another(!) restaraunt. Upstairs is a movie theatre that plays recent releases and serves pizza and beer.
The place is incredible. It used to be a Masonic retirement home and orphanage. The orphans "cottage" can be rented out for weddings and such. I have decided that we need to stay there sometime. What a neat place with a lot of history in it!

We really had an enjoyable weekend. Back home to work on the house on Sunday. Stripping 9 layers of paint off the kitchen cabinets. I need to work fast and get that done so that I can get my new door put up!!

Shilo has had a rough week. Her and her boyfriend have broken up and she is taking it pretty hard. I try to give advice, but only time will help in matters of the heart. I feel bad for her.

Dustin earned his keep yesterday by primering his bedroom walls and ceiling for us. By afternoon, he had decided that painting really isn't alot of fun, but he finished and did a good job.

May you be blessed with good burgers and unbroken hearts....

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Chevy vs. Ford

My Dad has informed me that the blue and white "Ford" in my July 5th post was actually a "Chevy". Oops, my bad! After he jolted my memory, I honestly can't believe that I made that mistake.

The mist of time takes me back 30 (ohmygosh!) years. I'm once again standing on a concrete patio at my Aunt and Uncle's house in Pendleton, Oregon. The July sun is beating down and the smell of summer permeates the air. My Uncle Dale flips the burgers and hot dogs on the grill. My Dad stands by, heckling the chef. Each has a red and white Rainer beer can in hand. The seven of us kids are running wild - rolling down the green grass in the hillside yard, running into the playhouse to tell some secrets, up and down the dirt road on our bikes, back to the patio to see Mike and Kerry's latest skateboard tricks. All the while, we keep our ears open to the grown-ups conversations, not wanting to miss anything. It isn't long until the talk turns to trucks, as it always seems to do. Dale drives a Ford, Dad drives a Chevy. The verbal jousting match begins. Chevy...Ford...Chevy...Ford. Us kids take our cue from the parents. We Chevy riders taunt "Ford stands for 'Found On Road Dead' and 'Fix Or Repair Daily'!" The Ford passengers come back with something just as scathing, though the exact words escape me. The sparing continues until something equally as exciting turns our attention elsewhere.

The mist lifts. I'm surprised to find my older self sitting at my desk. Is that a Ford that I see in the driveway? And a Chrysler? What's with that.....?

Does anybody recall the "Chevy taunts"? Please, leave them in my comment box.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Are you a good cook?

You Are an Excellent Cook
You're a top cook, but you weren't born that way. It's taken a lot of practice, a lot of experimenting, and a lot of learning.It's likely that you have what it takes to be a top chef, should you have the desire...
Are You A Good Cook?

Hmm...I seem to have had problems getting the link in here correctly. Well, click here and it should take you were you need to be.

Okay,that doesn't work either, I'm just awfully sorry....

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Seasons in the Sun...

We had joy,
We had fun,
We had seasons in the sun,
but the stars that we reached
were just starfish on the beach....

by Terry Jacks

*July 5th, 1965-LaGrande, Oregon- A sweet, pink, wiggly baby girl is born. Her parents look at her with love and name her Stacey Dawn. Her big sister thinks she is beautiful.

*July 5th, 1975-Elgin, Oregon- That baby has grown into a girl of 10. She sits in the back of a blue and white ford, (in the days when that was legal), with her two sisters, singing at the top of their voices. The birthday girls long blonde hair is whipping in the wind. A black scottisch collie named "Lady" sits at their feet. In the cab, a small tow-headed boy sits between the Mom and Dad, a homemade birthday cake resting on the mom's lap. They are headed to Minam Park where Grandma and Grandpa wait with twinkles in their eyes, ready to sing happy birthday.

*July 5th, 1985-Thermpolis, Wyoming- The girl has grown into a young woman. She has married her sweetheart and they have struck out on their own. This year her older sister and husband join them to celebrate the day with birthday cake and a wild ride in an old pick-up truck through the sagebrush of Wyoming, kicking up rabbits and deer as they go, whooping and hollering all the way.

*July 5th, 1995- Powell, Wyoming. The young woman has once again changed. She is now a mother, celebrating her birthday with her little one by her side. She is seeing things now through a mothers eyes. This year there is more family around. Her older and younger sisters have come, their children in tow. She listens to the laughter of cousins playing together, as she once played with her own.

*July 5th, 2006-Powell, Wyoming. Another decade (and a year) have passed. The birthday girl now has a pre-teen on her hands. They spend the day laughing together as only mothers and daughters can. The birthdays have changed her appearance, but she is still the same girl with the long blonde hair singing "Seasons in the Sun", her sisters by her side.