Thursday, August 6, 2020

Laughing at the rain...

After a fairly long warm and dry spell, it's raining this morning here in the PNW.

Perfect weather for painting, memories,

 and a favorite song by Jon Lord...

"Pictured within"

Here be friends...
Here be heroes...
Here be sunshine...
Here be grey...
Here be life...
Here love lies bleeding...
Memories so hazy...
And dreams that drove me crazy

Here be down...
Here be paradise...
Here be starbright...
Here be pain...
Here be smiles in eyes like rainbows...
My father and my mother...
My sisters and my brother -
Pictured within

Where there're shadows ill met by moonlight...
There are dragons I have slain...
And here be bright eyes with hair so golden...
Sunrise and sunset and running free...
And laughing at the rain

Here be home...
Here be travellin'...
Here be thunder...
Here be blue...
And Sometimes heaven and thoughts of wonder...
The Miracle of children...
A poet and a pilgrim

Kith and kin - pictured within
Lose and win - pictured within

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Positives in a crazy negative world...

We had a wedding in the extended family.  I went to the Sisters, OR ranch venue with My Sean.  We do well road trip'n together.  Sean even said on the way back that I was the best road trip'n partner cause there is fun but no drama with me, lol.
None of the social distancing, mask wearing stuff for us.  Hugs and kisses were plentiful all around.

A great time was had by all.


I'm going to be a GREAT grandma in December, thanks to granddaughter Ali and her hubby, Tyler.

It has been a while since we had a baby in the family, and I'm really looking forward to this new chapter.  They had the gender reveal the other day, and it's a girl! 


The contractor removed my enclosed deck from the front of the hovel when they resided the unit.  I own the inside, the HOA owns the outside.  There will be landscaping done to the whole complex when all the units are completed.  In the mean time, I planted a garden in that mini space.

Tucked in around the zinnias, are a bell pepper, two tomatoes, a cucumber, a patty pan, a yellow squash, and a zucchini. There are bush beans, cilantro, & basil growing on the tiny back patio.   One zucchini plant, and I'm already freezing them for zucchini bread this winter. But mostly leaving them on neighbors doorsteps and running...

Friday, July 10, 2020

Wine & Fish...

Had a fine Fourth of July weekend, hope yours was as well.

Left Willie at the boarding kennel as my cousin was busy.  I really need to work on getting him better at traveling, so he can go with me. 
Went up to the Columbia River House Friday morning to fish with my BIL & SIL. BIL was fishing with a neighbor, and the wind was blowing, so my SIL and I went wine tasting. 

We sat out on the patio, and had several flights of wine...  There was one we liked and I said without looking at the wine tasting sheet. "Let's go inside and get a bottle of this one to have with dinner." 
"We're just having spaghetti, are you sure about this?" My SIL stuttered, while waving the sheet in front of my face.
"Of course, it will pair perfectly with dinner" I said.
We wandered inside and found the one I wanted. Where in fairly big numbers, that I could easily read without my readers, was the price...  $44/bottle.  "Oh Hell No, I'm not getting that!" I exclaimed.
"I tried to show you the price/bottle on the sheet, didn't you see it!" my SIL said. 
"Nope I didn't see it. I didn't put on my readers!"  I said with some embarrassment. We decided that the box wine we had back at the house would work just fine with the world's Best homemade spaghetti.

Their youngest son, his fiance, 

and another couple came over late Friday after work.
They went out Saturday morning in my nephew's

boat, and we went in my BIL's boat. Boats all around us were catching salmon and walleye.  All we caught was one bass. We were using the same lures as the other boats.   Still it was a good day on the water.
The kids brought their three big dogs with them.

Making six dogs and seven people in the River House. It was crazy fun.
Sunday we hit the river again in another location, while the kids went back to the previous day's spot.
It was a bit windy...

But we persevered, caught seven nice walleye, and two salmon. Walleyes we kept and the salmon went back in as they were natives.  

Got off the river around two, loaded up and got back home by 4:30 to pickup Willie.  
Had a great time, family, and pink poles rule!

Friday, July 3, 2020

Fourth of July 2020...

Wishing you a safe and Happy 4th of July.

I'm going up the Gorge to do some salmon fishing with family and friends. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Grace under fire...

 Fireworks are legal in Vancouver, and I'm fine with that.   After living in Cali, where even sparklers are frowned on, it's good to have at least a small bit of freedom to celebrate.
There is a huge fireworks stand only a few short blocks from the hovel. They are occasionally setting off some to draw people into their pop up stand.  I've been hearing big fireworks off and on for nearly a week, naturally one would assume I had gotten used to them.  

Late last night, 4AMish, in bed with my window open, the only light coming from my kindle, I was deep into a book where a heavy firefight with rockets, and bullets flying was in progress.    Then a series of rockets and what seriously sounded like bullets went off near the hovel.  I hit the floor and tried to find cover.  After the fireworks barrage stopped, and my heart rate returned to normal, I sheepishly crawled back into bed to finish reading the chapter.

Thankfully, there is no one else living here to see my Lack of Grace under fire...

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Happy Birth Day...

Today is this guy's 50th birthday, how can that be!  

Why I'm barely 45 my ownself...

Here's wishing you the best of love and life.

Happy Birthday my son, Love you always. Mom

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Listing to the Right...

Took Nate (my SUV), who is named after Nate Romanowksi of CJ Box novels fame, in to get his tires rotated yesterday.  Then off to the garden center to peruse the trees and pickup a few veggie plants for my little front yard.  As I was walking around I noticed that I seemed to be listing quite heavily to the Right.  What the heck.  
Got home, unloaded my purchases, still listing to the Right. Now I'm getting a bit puzzled. Put my purse on the kitchen counter, where it went thunk! Hmm...

Took out my receipts to file, and decided it might be time to take inventory of it's contents:
small wallet
reading glasses
note pad
tube of lipstick
lip balm 
Solatac P.T.K.
tape measure
pepper gel spray
pocket knife
 all things that are normal carry for me. Digging deeper I found the cause of the listing to the right, three rocks from the NE Fork of Elk Creek! Removing the extra ballast to the coffee table, and replacing the rest, I'm once again closer to center. 

Thursday, June 4, 2020

A "Could Ya Shack"...

just before Sparta

In a chronicles of Sparta, Oregon article by Phyllis Badgley I came across this:

   "Pioneering families of the area were of necessity hardy souls. Their strength was tried when they endured bitter winters and cleared roof high snowdrifts. Daily chores consisted of breaking solidly frozen ice in watering troughs. Mud was a year round common denominator, but no deterrent to gold seekers who flocked to the area.

(Catharine) Ott smiled when she related the women's view of primitive living under disagreeable circumstances.  Her Mother among other women referred to their living quarters as "could ya shacks", connotation meaning "could ya live HERE and still love him?"

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Sparta road trip...

Met my BIL and SIL at their river house on the Columbia Thursday morning.  We hooked up the boat, loaded provisions, three dogs, guns, chainsaw, them, and me, and headed out for their Sparta cabin. 

on the way to Sparta & the Eagle Cap Wilderness

We arrived early afternoon, stashed our gear and went out to hunt for firewood, and mushrooms.  Didn't take long to find a dry Tamarack, saw it into rounds, and load up the back of the pickup. That taken care of we got into hunting for Morels. I'd never been mushroom hunting before, but after some tutelage from my BIL I sorta knew what to look for.  My SIL was the first to find a Morel.

 We ended up with a bag full of Morels, and a smaller amount of 'cauliflower' (called that because they look like cauliflower) mushrooms. 

soaking the Morels before cooking

My SIL cooked them for dinner the next night, and after eating the Morels I can see what all the fuss is about. Heavenly!
Next morning we hooked up the boat and went fishing on Brownlee  Reservoir on the Snake.

old cabin on the Idaho side of the Snake

It was hotter than hell, and we weren't catching much when my SIL said, "D.R. I'm going to get damn cranky if you don't get us girls back to the cool of the cabin, with a glass of wine in our hands, soon!" My BIL is no fool, we were soon back at the cabin.
Next morning we went on a tour of the area.  Beautiful country. We found where No Name City was during our travels.

As well as Lost Gulch, Conundrum Creek, Tackle Gulch, and Sufferin Smith Spring to name a few. I enjoy unusual place names.

Granite Mtn
A lot of meadows like this one
my rock stack on Eagle Creek at the trail head to the Eagle Cap Wilderness

Eagle creek
We found more Morels on our journey and another Tamarack to cut and bring back to the cabin. On the way back to the cabin the wind was swirling and the pine pollen was so thick it looked like smoke. My BIL & SIL had never seen that before. I had from summer cowcamps. 

 When we got back to the cabin we cleaned a fire break around the cabin, did chores, watched a movie, and went to bed.  I had the windows open in my bedroom upstairs and around 1AM the wind picked up and a massive thunder storm rolled in with rain & hail.  I was laying in my sleeping bag watching the light show, when my SIL came up with her flashlight and said, "Come down and see this! D.R. won't get up and watch it with me, and I knew you would!"  We went down to the porch and watched an amazing light show for close to an hour. It was constant lightening, and thunder boomers. It's pretty darn hard to beat a thunderstorm in the mountains for entertainment.
We got up late the next morning and packed up to hit the road for the River House. They showed me where the keys were and said "Anytime, you want to come here you can!"
Just as we were coming out of the forest we came on a family trailing their cows and calves to the summer range. They chatted with us as we waited for the cows to get past. Sure made me home sick for the life.

We had seen cows, horses, pronghorns, whooping cranes, deer, turkeys, rattlesnakes, grouse, but no elk (just tracks) and no bear. 
I rode in the back seat of the pickup with two of the three dogs, the guns, and a cool chest on the way back. As you can see, Joe & Grace, are seasoned travelers.

 We had loaded an elk head and antlers on top of the stuff in the pickup bed to take to the River House.  My SIL said we looked like the damn Clampett's going down the road... lol
I stayed at the River House that night and came home early the next morning. Brought back a bag of Morels for my cousin, a couple jars of honey from my niece in Prineville, and a couple rocks from Eagle Creek.  It was an amazing time. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Blooms, Booms, & Blood...

We've had a bit of sun here in the PNW. YeeHaw!

Gardening on such a small scale in the hovel complex is challenging for me. I could use acres.

Got some of my flower pots planted between rain and hail storms.

Tomorrow Willie goes to Portlandia to stay with my cousin, while I head up river. 
Baited my neighbor with a peach, pecan cobbler, so he will keep an eye on the hovel for me.

My SIL & BIL are taking me to their cabin near Sparta, Oregon for some wilderness time.
 I'm looking forward to getting out in the back of beyond of Sparta.  It's where "Paint Your Wagon" was filmed.  (One of Dad & my favorite movies). 

We are going to do a lot of hiking, shooting, and fishing.  I'm taking lure parts to replace the two rigs I lost (with the help of another BIL, lol) to snags on the Columbia. Also, a few Johnson Beetle spinners to try on the lakes and the Snake.

and my boomstick, that I finally got back home from Sean's, in case of a granny munch'n critter.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Memorial Day 2020...

Remember those who have given all for our freedom,

  help and protect their families...

Saturday, May 9, 2020

travel & fish report...

Didn't catch any Salmon, but we did catch a lot of these...



Wednesday, left the cold and rain of Vancouver, dropped Willie off at cousin's.  Headed up the Gorge in Nate, with my old front door, door frame, Black Rifle coffee, snacks, wine, and a box of DVDs (for BIL & SIL hunting cabin in Sparta).

Another BIL & SIL from NorCal were at the River House.  So good to see them, I haven't seen them in quite a while.

Us girls stayed up late playing Sequence (with wine), and catching up.

Thursday morning, while the other girls slept in, I got up at O dark thirty with the guys to get on the river for the morning bite. 

looking east, up river

looking West, the moon over Mt. Hood
 Guess I should explain that the river is only open for spring run (springer) salmon fishing every other day. The 5th, 7th, 9th, and 13th of May!

We had no luck with the salmon, but saw a couple of other boats haul in a few. It was a beautiful morning on the river, anyway.

Back to the river house to pick up the girls, then back to the river.  Fished for a couple hours with sporadic bites, and a few walleye, and bass caught.

SIL Patty

Friday morning, NorCal BIL & SIL left for the trip home to Cali. 

We went back out walleye fishing and caught a bunch.


SIL Marianne

There is always something to see on the river.

Osprey & nest


mom & pop Honkers with babies


float practicing touch & go's

Friday afternoon, drove back home, with a bag of walleye fillets to take to my Sean's on Sunday.  

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

the tough go fishing...

Been a while since I posted, because I have been toughing it out by going up the Gorge fishing.

I went for a few days last week and we caught a bunch of bass.  Put in at Arlington as that was the only ramp open.

 We kept some of the bass, my BIL cleaned them, and SIL cooked some for us, yummy!  The rest I brought back for my cousin, as she keeps Willie for me.

Water was smooth as glass, and the temp was perfect.

We glassed the bluffs for rams between fish. Didn't spot any. 

Wild flowers on the drive home. 

Weather was beautiful, got some sun, and had a good time.

Just got a text from my SIL to get my butt back up there to go springer fishing later this week. YeeHaw, can't wait.