Monday, September 30, 2013

What I Do On A Rainy, Windy Day

It was rainy and windy all weekend, but being born and raised in Western Washington, and spending the majority of the rest of my life in Oregon, I really don't mind this weather. It's about this time of year I drag out my yarn, and start a crocheting project. This one, will be a very simple afghan.

Another thing I like to do when it's raining and stormy is cook. So today I spent a good share of the morning preparing dinner for this evening. Our Daughter in law gave us a couple of crabs recently and I put them in the freezer until today.....
A lot of work for a crab salad for supper, but oh so worth it.  Thank you Patty.

The final result.......
The other thing I did this morning was take a package of left over pot roast out of the freezer, let it thaw, added fresh potatoes and carrots, left over frozen vegetables I found in the freezer too, and made a pot of Pot Roast Stew.  Sorry the  pan looks a little messy, I took the picture after Joe had two helpings.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Meeting another blogger friend before A Very Stormy Weekend

Wednesday evening we had  the pleasure of meeting  another blogger friend of mine Susan from Texas

We enjoyed a nice supper at Famous Dave's in Tualatin, not far from where Susan is visiting her mother and other family members. Her husband, Bob, is home in Texas, working and caring for their kitties.

Friday we had a game night with Grandson Jesse, his wife Alyssa and son Bronson. He is a smoocher. 

Joe had just given him a "snuggle" and that look says "GG Pa, you need to shave"

Bronson had fun playing in his "toy" drawer. GG's toys are more fun then the toys he brought with him.
The strainer and this cup were his two favorite "toys" he found in the drawer.

 The forecast for Portland is  LOT of rain and very windy! They are right on both! Normally we would have had the RV covered by now, but we plan on doing one more "get away" weekend next month. 
I'm really glad we "battened down the hatches" last week. The tulip and daffodil bulbs are all snuggled in their beds too, waiting for Spring to wake them up.

I thought this would be a great day to put  some Great Northern Beans in the Crockpot along with a small smoked ham hock for a little flavor. Joe and his mom like them served over a piece of buttered bread.  My mom cooked that type of beans with a little celery, onion, a chopped up carrot and seasoning and I just had them in a bowl, but I also like to make corn bread and have a piece of that with them. How about you?  If you like little white Great Northern Beans, how do you like to eat them.

 It's Joe's day off and when it's stormy like this, and all his work is done, he likes to sit back and watch an old movie. Right now he's watching TROUBLE ALONG THE WAY, It is a black and white 1953 comedy drama with John Wayne, Donna Reed and Charles Coburn. It's about  a divorced coach and his little girl who build a football team to pull a priests' college out of debt. 
Viola, Joe's mom, is warm and cozy in her room, putting a puzzle together. She reads six inspirational soft romance books a month.(They come in the mail, six at a time)  She told us to make them last the whole month, she reads two books, puts a puzzle together (which usually takes 2-3 days) then reads two more books, another puzzle, then the last two. In between she enjoys watching her favorite TV shows, which include, Lets Make A Deal, The Price is Right, and Wheel of Fortune, along with movies on the Hallmark Channel, and TV church on the Sundays Joe is working. Oh, and did I say she will be 99 on December  6th?  
And what do I do on a stormy weekend? Well when I'm not doing laundry, fixing meals, general cleaning etc. I enjoy crocheting, knitting, reading from my NOOK and ...this .

working on my blog. Have a wonderful rest of the weekend and if you're in the Pacific Northwest, and out and about, stay dry and forget about the will be inside out as soon as you try to put it up.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Saying Goodbye to a new Blogger Friend and Hello to New Jersey Tomatoes

After Joe got off work this evening, we drove over to Clackamette RV Park to say goodbye to Mary-Pat and Lacy. They are off on the next leg of their journey tomorrow and we wish them safe and happy travels. It's  nice that we are an electronic generation and can keep up with their travels via the Internet.

It seems all is well now with the smart car . We are meeting another blogger friend from Texas for dinner Wed. evening. Stay tuned for  pictures from that occasion.
This is my friend Nancy. I also met her via the Internet. She is one of  4 administrators on a group I follow. Over the past year, we have become very good friends. I feel like I've gained another  "daughter". One day, we were visiting via text and she asked me if I had ever tasted New Jersey Tomatoes.  I hadn't and wondered what was so different about them than tomatoes from any other state.

Today, this package arrived in the mail. If you guessed it was a box of tomatoes, you would be right. Grown in her garden, shipped to my house. I was so excited when the yellow card was in my P.O. box telling me I had a package, I told my friend who works at the PO counter, "Arlene, they are  tomatoes all the way from New Jersey. I don't know what makes them any different from Oregon tomatoes"  And a lady standing in line spoke up and said "I do, they're sweeter"!! She was from New Jersey and I think she was as excited about the New Jersey Tomatoes as I was. 

They arrived in perfect condition. wrapped in a grocery bag, and mini air bags all around the bag. She sent four ripe ones, two in the process of ripening and four green ones with instructions on making sure I just set them in the window sill until they were nice and red.  Sorry Nancy, I don't have window sills in my house, but they are sitting on the kitchen counter as close to the window as I can get them.

Joe pronounced the ripe ones "wonderful"! He's a North Dakota boy and I guess they like sugar on their tomatoes, but he said these were great with out sugar.


This was Joe's Supper

and this was mine, along with some sliced cucumbers and a protein drink. Soooo good. Thank you so much dear friend. I just wish you were closer so I could give you a ((((((((((hug))))))))))) but this will have to do.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

I Can't Believe I Really Did This, But Then Again.............................

Thursday eve I was "catching up" on my blog reading after a busy week. I had been following Mary-Pat's blog,
Butterflies and Heart Songs  and the problem she was having  with her smart car. The last I read, she was staying at Milo McIver State Park. Now I was reading she had moved to Clacamette RV Park which is about  5 minutes from our house. It's 8:00 in the evening, and I got this crazy idea in my head. So I talked Joe into  going with me, and off we went to meet Mary-Pat.  I knocked on her door and she opened it, thinking it was the park manager.......surprise..... I told her who I was and that I had been following her blog for quite a while and just wanted to stop by and see if she needed anything ( I thought the smart car was still in the shop until we drove up and saw it parked behind her Flair) We told her we were going to Camping World in the morning and if she cared to ride along, we'd love to have her join us.

We headed for Camping World with lists, and came out with most everything we needed.

Shopping makes me hungry so we took our new friend Mary-Pat to lunch at Tebo's, one of our favorite places to eat. She had a french dip, I had half a grilled tuna sandwich and a cup of clam chowder, and Joe had his regular burger and fries. Both Jo and Mary-Pat had Tebo's well known strawberry shortcake. No, I didn't go without. I always take a few bites of Joe's

So, today Joe and his friend Russ are at a horseshoe tournament in Olympia, Washington and Mary-Pat and I headed for Bob's Red Mill. 

It appears she is enjoying shopping. It was really busy there today.

We worked up an appetite from looking and shopping, so we ordered healthy chicken salad sandwiches and juice, and enjoyed getting better acquainted over lunch. I really admire her adventurous spirit! When I started my blog, in my profile I wrote, " Until we are able to travel again, we enjoy traveling through your eyes, reading about all the wonderful places you have visited"  It has been such a joy to meet yet another blogger who has showed us through pictures and words, places we hope to see someday.  Happy and Safe travels to you Mary-Pat. You go girl!!

Monday, September 16, 2013

"Doin the Puyallup", Crystal Mountain and the Long Way Home

This was our monthly "get away weekend" and was it ever busy! We left after work for Washington and got to my sisters house close to 10:30 that evening. The last few years, we have breakfast directly across the street from the main entrance to the fair. We are also able to park in the restaurant parking lot, as well as anyone else who is willing to pay the fee. But to not have to walk for blocks late at night and hopefully not look for your car in the dark, it is worth it to us. Over the 60 plus years I have been going to the Western Washington Fair in Puyallup, ( since the 3rd grade)  there have been many changes. But this year, was the most drastic to me.  It is now officially The Washington State Fair, but it will always be the "Doin the Puyallup" Fair to me.
We are there when the gates open to the public on Friday morning at 10:00.

Joe is checking the schedule, deciding what we would like to do first. We both agree, you can't see it all unless you have at least two days. It runs 17 days and is the 5th largest fair in the U.S. We enjoy the animals, especially the horse barns and the draft horse exhibitions, the 4-H dog shows, we both enjoy wandering through the the commercial buildings and I enjoy the quilt, cakes, jelly and vegetable displays.

In 1978 a musical group called THE SHOPPE performed at the fair and continued to do so for 21 years before ending.  In 2012 they were invited back to Puyallup for a Reunion. They were back again this year. I always enjoyed listening to them and was thrilled when Joe said he really enjoyed them.  They sing all the oldies of the fifties and sixties. 

The Draft Horses at work, showing off all the polished harnesses and their abilities to back up to the "dock" and go around cones without knocking over the orange cones with the back wheels of the wagon.

My sister joined us later in the morning and through out the day her kids and the grand kids and two of their friends joined us also. Eleven teens........and they were such well behaved, fun kids.  In this picture, they are off to do a couple of rides. Yea!!! Joe has a ride partner.  I don't do rides.

If you click on the picture, and look close, Joe is in the front seat and his left hand is up to his ear.... no, he's not on the phone, he's trying to hold in his phone ear piece. He left keys, wallet, change, glasses with me but forgot that.

On to the Pig Palace. These little ones are only 3 days old

And these are a week old.

Saturday morning we woke up with the intent of driving around Mt. Rainier. And that is what we did, but with a slight detour to Crystal Mountain  .  There is no way I can describe the beauty of that little trip. Crystal Mountain is a Ski Resort, but they take advantage of the beauty of the summer months also.

I do not do heights very well, let alone as high as mountains. But  even though it was frightening to me even thinking about getting into a Gondola to ride to the top of Crystal mountain I did it.  Except for the take off and landings, It was a beautiful ride.

The cost for the Gondola ride? Adults $20, Seniors $15. I felt bad though, this was a treat from my sister, who is 66. You have to be 70+ to qualify as a senior.

The elevation at the summit  is 7,012ft.

Awhhhh, I can see the top.

The view at the top was incredible

We had lunch there. We shared fish and chips....$18.00. Think that's high? A hamburger was $16.00 Lunch Menu

The restaurant was booked full with reservations and the outside was full the whole time we were there with a long line waiting their turn to eat.  The only bugs that bothered us was ladybugs!!! Hundreds of them. In our hair, on our shirts, sometimes in our shirts. On the table. But not on our food.  A couple flew in Joe's water until he covered his glass with a napkin holding it down with one hand, eating with the other.

The view, to me, was worth the $18 lunch. 

Except for being on a plane, I've never been high enough to see pine cones like this. 

Heading down. I was more frightened starting the down part of the trip than going up.  I think because I could actually see how far down we had to go. It was very quiet and even though the wind was blowing, you could hardly feel it in the Gondola.

After our time at Crystal Mountain we continued on our  Mt Rainier Loop Tour If I'm not mistaking, this is Reflection Lake. 

This is the new visitor Center at Paradise.  The one before this looked like a space ship so I was glad to see it go. 

I spent many a summer camping with my mom, sister and brother, hiking some of these trails.

I was disappointed that the sun went down before we got to Eatonville, the town, I was raised in until I was 18. 

This is what the view looked like in Graham, WA. Donna I took this one for you.

This is Alder Lake. It is fed by glacier waters from Mt. Rainier. Alder Dam backs up the water 28 miles. Tacoma, Washington gets electricity from this Dam. A history note, the town of Alder was buried by these waters and when the lake is low, you can see concrete stairs, foundations, old trestles, pipes etc.  After moving buildings to higher ground that needed to be moved, the rest of the town rests underneath the water.

I remember fishing this lake with my brother. We caught mainly crappie and perch.

We left for home Sunday morning.Home for us is heading Southeast. We Headed South to Olympia and took a right and headed West for the beach. Long Beach, WA.  Cottage Bakery :) If you've never been to Long Beach, put the bakery on your bucket list. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.

From the bakery, we headed for Astoria. In order to get there, you have to cross the Columbia River via the Astoria-Megler Bridge. "Houston we have a problem".........where is the rest of the bridge

Joe just keeps driving..he has more faith than I do. Oh me of little faith.......

Whew! There it is. The weather was beautiful yesterday (Saturday). Can't say the same about today.

Then it was on to the Young's Bay Bridge between Astoria and Warrenton.

This is a steam engine in Rockaway. Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad   For more information Click on this link.

This is the town of Garibaldi North of Tillamook. It is a fishing village, has an operating plywood mill, and an active Coast Guard Station.

I have lived in Tillamook, Bay City, and Astoria so I am use to this kind of weather. I was nice and dry in the RV so I didn't mind the rain.

Large dairy farms are a common site in Tillamook County.

Now we have turned East towards home. (Milwaukie)

The colors through the Coast Range were beautiful

Ominous clouds followed us all the way home. Apparently there was a very large thunder and lightening storm that went a head of us. It was a wonderful weekend but it is also nice to be home.