Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Wedding Weekend Begins

We are in Ashland, Oregon for grandson Joshua's wedding. Some how, through our Christmas letter I guess, we discovered that while we are here, so are friends from TCU days, Maury and Linda Williams. They met us this morning at the Luna Cafe' at the Ashland Hills Hotel where Joshua works and where we are staying for the wedding.

What a two and a half hours!! We talked and talked and hugged and 
laughed and told all sorts of old and new stories. It was so great for
my daughters to listen to people who had known their dad and who
could talk about him. Rex had married Maury and Linda 52 years ago. 

We had not seen Marc and David for a while either so when
both sons-in-law came together, Dean began to have good
conversation with them too. 

Michelle had not seen her sister for a over a year. After
greeting each other, they began to listen intently to the 
stories being told around the table. 

What a Wonderful morning! It was also made better by the 
staff who showed me around early, explained the food to me 
(until 11, they have only homemade pastries and yogurt and fruit).
Dean and I are very impressed with the Luna Cafe'. I was so 
pleased that this morning was Exactly what I wanted it to be.
It was a great start to the weekend. 

Sunday, May 20, 2018

A Bear in One Act

Setting: Susan and Dean's deck. Hamburgers on the grill. A plate of cheese waiting to turn the plain hamburgers into cheeseburgers.

Dean - inside getting a glass of wine.

Oso - inside with Dean.

Susan - heading across the deck to pick mint for her iced tea.

Bear - right next to the turn onto the deck from the path

Susan sees the bear and thinks for a split second it is Oso. Realizing it is a bear, she begins to holler and bang on a near by grill. "Get out of here. Go. Get out of here."

Bear heads up the hill.

Oso hears the call to arms  (Susan banging and yelling) and comes racing out of the house barking and following the bear up the hill. Neither the bear nor Oso pay any attention to the path but rather head straight up the rocks and into the forest.

Dean and Susan stand on the deck waiting. Susan finally returns with her mint to the kitchen and Dean checks the burgers. Oso returns amidst praise for his bravery.


Saturday, May 19, 2018

Back to Hiking the Forest

Spring is here. Dean had already made two walks to the Point. This was my day to join them.
I love this place. We can sit. We can view the lake. And we can take lots and lots of pictures.

I hadn't seen this view for a while so I couldn't resist 
One More Picture of the lake from the Point. This morning
the clouds that would become thunderheads by afternoon
were already hanging over the mountains. 

And Dean took a picture of me.

 The next day we walked beyond the point to the creek 
so Oso could wade and have fun.

He loves it ~ he gets to splash and get a drink.
The creek is running fast and hard. We could here it from
the trail and it drew us to its flow. 
It was a good morning walk and it feels good to be back 
in the habit. All three of us would welcome you to come along.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Pride Goeth . . .

Remember that "pride goeth before a fall" business? Well - not sure pride had anything to do with it but that's still how I am feeling.

I was So happy. Spring was here and I was wearing sandals and a short sleeved T shirt, wow. And then it wasn't spring any more and when we had company to dinner Saturday night, I had on heavy socks, heavy jeans, under shirt with heavy long sleeved T with a fleece shirt over them. We had fire in the fire place and ate inside. Spring was here and then it wasn't.

Warm, sunny days had inspired Dean to get the deck ready for summer. He spent almost a week, in bits and pieces, scrubbing, bleaching, cleaning and sealing. The deck looks beautiful. On Saturday, even though it was chilly, we brought up the furniture and set it all out, including cushions in place. And on Saturday night it turned cold so we ate inside and it sprinkled and then it rained almost all day yesterday. The cushions, that stayed dry and clean under the house all winter, are soaked through and will take days of clear skies and sunshine before we can sit on them.

I don't think I was all the prideful and I sure was happy that Spring was finally here. And Spring just told me very clearly that the season includes all sorts of precipitation and temperatures. Ah well - blessings on your day!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

In A. A. Milne's poems "Now We are Six" there is a poem that starts, "Half way up the stairs is a stair where I sit . . .". It is a poem about Christopher Robin having a place to go all to himself just to be. Well, half way down the drive there is a rock where I sit. I haven't written a poem about it and it is a rock I go to once spring comes and the sun is warm in the early afternoon. Oso and I go halfway down the drive and I sit on the warm rock. Oso sits on the warm much smaller stones on the drive. I just sit and let the sun bake into my body and I just am.

I don't do sun much any more. Mostly I use a lot of sun block and stay in the shade. However, in early spring, there is this rock, half way down the drive . . .

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Happy Spring!

It doesn't take a lot to make me happy these days. I am very easy to please ~ especially when it comes to Spring. On my morning walk, I discovered several things that brought a smile to my face. 

My neighbor has daffodils and one tulip!

Another neighbor has daffodils. I remember one spring when I had to tell my east coast friends "no more daffodils" because we still had snow on the ground around June 1st. Not this year. We have our own daffodils.

As you know I live where the pines and cedars are green the year round. It is with great pleasure that I observed on the few trees that have been sticks all winter little tiny green buds. So tiny, my camera will hardly photograph them clearly. Doesn't matter. You can tell they are there and I know they are! Spring happiness is here!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Key Lime Pie Recipe

~ because several of you asked:

Key Lime Pie (Bev Wilson)

1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
3/4 cup whipping cream
4 oz Key Lime juice (either bought or squeezed)

1 9” graham cracker pie crust ~ either bought or made

In mixer whip cream. Continuing to whip, add condensed milk. Continuing to whip, add key lime juice. Pour into pie crust and refrigerate 3 hours or overnight. 

I have used both fresh key limes and juice from a bottle. The limes I found were so small that it really wasn't worth the effort if the point is to be quick and easy. As for the pie crust, homemade will take longer and need to be cooled after baking for a few minutes and it is a lot better. Up to you. Enjoy.