"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~George Bernard Shaw
"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time." ~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Summertime and the living is HOT

It's been in the 100's almost all this week and frankly I am sick of this heat. I love summer and I love being outside, but with temperatures of 100-107...I guess I'm stuck inside.
However, I do get outside in the early morning to water, water,water our home garden and our veggie garden. Here are a few pics of our garden and food we have been making....
I've been making lots of bread this summer up
until this hot week- I discovered the book
Artisan Bread in Five Minutes
and it has some great recipes!

Here's a nice little shot of a baby zucchini with blossom

Ahhhhhhhhhh...Rhubarb Salsa...cha cha cha...I posted the recipe for the salsa last year on this blog- Here's the link : http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_i94DSo_G3Fk/SEMMd9VFvnI/AAAAAAAAAvE/GE5zZ4wRQnY/s1600-h/June+2008.jpg

and here's a closeup of the Green Rhubarb plant I bought last year....
good old rhubarb-what did I do without it all these many years?

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Camping at Hamma Hamma Cabin

Interior of Hamma Hamma Cabin
What a treasure!
My good friends and camping buddies Peggy and Doug
Here we are in Port Townsend having a nice meal by the water
Sacajawea Peggy led us to the waterfall ....
She was curious enough to persevere and find it...


Peggy found the puzzles
Peggy completed 3 puzzles
Doug documented completion
Kathe helped a little.....
Doug built the fire-
Peggy ate the marshmellows
and Kathe enjoyed ......

Monday, July 06, 2009

Off I go into the wild blue yonder............

Well, I am back from sunny Colorado where I visited
my good friend Kit and my brother Paul.
I also got to see my sister Nina who was in the throes
of packing up to move back to New Hampshire!
First I spent a few days with Kit- I love staying at her
place as it's in a great neighborhood and
she has a great place for snappy shots....
Here's her bookcase with one of her WPA era paintings...
We went to the big REI so I could find some decent sandals-
the Platte River is right outside-
really high this year because they've had record
breaking rains this year....

Then I spent 5 days at my brother Paul's comfortable home-
Here we are resting comfortably after our Paella dinner....

then back to Kit's house for a bit before going home ....

Here's another shot of the Platte River-
more rain this year than the last ten years-
the lakes are actually full to the brim!

A shot of the Diagonal Road on the way to Boulder
where I met up with Kit- we went to the Ignite Boulder show-
hilarious and entertaining....

Here's one of the Power Point slides from Ignite Boulder-
these presenters tried to convince folks that
Colorado beer is like Napa wine....don't think so ...
The West Coast rules in brewing killer beers...

http://igniteboulder.com/

Finally- the 4th of July kickoff at the annual
Lake Oswego Lions Pancake Breakfast...yummy...
Everyone enjoys this breakfast!

and now all I have to do is pack for my big
camping trip with Doug and Peggy-we leave
Friday the 10th of July for 6 days at Hamma Hamma Cabin
near Hood Canal in Washington.... take a look:

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