Friday, December 25, 2020

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Great Gran here...



 Getting a text at 2:50 AM brought me out of a sound sleep with some trepidation.  Usually no happiness comes from messages at that time of night. 

This one brought great joy: "Miss Zoey arrived at 2:11 AM today 💗".

Great Grand baby Zoey made her maiden voyage into our family December 10, 2020 at 2:11 AM.  She weighed in at 7.1 lbs and 19" long.  


All is well.  We are blessed.


PS:  Thank you all for the kind words. They are home now and doing fine.  Sean and I are going down next month to see her!!! 

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Trees & Daisy...



Haven't seen this in person yet, but I will as it is not that far from MySean's small ranch outside Sheridan.  


(MySean is a Project manager for Hampton Lumber)

In other news, Peanut has had her name changed to Daisy.

She will answer to anything so it hasn't been a difficult transition.  Took her to the vet Tuesday to get her current on a host of vacs and a checkup. (She lost the vision in her left eye when Cody's Anatolian Shepherd bit her head last summer.)    She was really good for the vet, in fact he commented that she was mellow for a mini doxie.  It was a very tiring day for her and she needed a wee nap when we got back home.  




Sunday, November 29, 2020

The Aftermath...

Hope your Thanksgiving was all you needed it to be.


The pie and I went down to MySean's on Friday to celebrate Thanksgiving with part of the family.  We gathered with much hugging and laughter.  Good food was shared, good wine was drank, and tall tales of misadventure were told. 


MySean bought a new pro xp sport RZR and proceeded to give his ma a hair on fire fast ride around the ranch. Through the evening mist we went, dodging numerous trees and stumps...


When he said "hang on ma" I knew it was going to be fun.  Damn that thing can go, and the cornering is awesome.  By the end of the wild ride I was covered in mud, and sporting a big grin! 


Thursday, November 26, 2020

Thankful 4 family & pie...


Wednesday was a pie making class for me at my SIL Shell's. All my SILs are good cooks, but Shell is beyond good. Her culinary skills are legend in the family.


Why she was brave enough to take me on as an apprentice is untold.

My part of the supply list sent me in search of Spelt flour.  This was a must according to Shell, as it makes the best, light and flaky crust.

In a big bowl we mixed the Spelt flour with cubes of Crisco, added a touch of water, and a pinch of salt. Formed into balls and placed it outside to stay cold til we were ready for it.


Next (with the help of my niece) was to core, peel, and slice several bushels of apples with ancient paring knives. We used Granny Smith apples, Shell says she prefers Pippins, but they are hard to find here. A mix of Granny Smith and Honey Crisp works for me. 

We stirred cinnamon, brown sugar, sugar, and butter into the apples and set that aside while we went on to make the pie crusts.

Shell whipped out her Mrs. Anderson's, floured it up, and rolled out the dough. 

Crust was put in the pan, and filled with the apple mixture. Top crust made and placed over the filling.  Fluted the edges, and baked at 400 for how ever long it takes.  



It isn't pretty but I'm hoping it's good eat'n...

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!


Monday, November 16, 2020

Snow Geese Migration...


Since I posted Marymine's video, there have been a few questions about the snow geese.   This article might be of interest:

"More than a million snow geese return to California’s wetlands every winter.

It’s a migration dating back millennia. Their arrival sends bird enthusiasts and conservationists flocking to the Sacramento Valley to catch the noisy spectacle.


1. Where did the snow geese come from?

For thousands of years, snow geese have migrated from the Arctic along the Pacific flyway to winter on the Sacramento River floodplain.

Now that humans control the river’s flow through dams and other management, natural flooding no longer occurs. “That’s why preserving wetland wildlife refuges (where the geese now congregate) is so important.”

While some migrate from as far as Russia, most of California’s snow geese are likely flying from Alaska and western Canada, Humboldt State University wildlife management professor and goose expert Jeff Black said. While at their summer breeding grounds, snow geese lose their flight feathers, grounding them. They grow back at the end of summer, and the geese take flight for the western United States and Mexico.

2. Where is home now that they’re here?

Besides refuges, snow geese and other wetland wildlife hangout in rice fields, which serve as “surrogate wetlands.”

Rice farmers, who flood their fields after the fall harvest, welcome them, said Jim Morris, spokesman for the California Rice Commission in Sacramento. Snow geese arrive “just in time” to fertilize fields with their droppings, enriching soil before spring planting.

The fields supply more than 60% of the fall/winter food consumed by wetland migratory birds, Morris said. Part of that feast is the stubble left from harvested rice plants. What they don’t eat, their big flappy feet may smack down, pushing it under water and into the soil. “You need the stubble to decompose before you can plant again, (so birds provide) a real service.”

About 230 wetland species graze in the Sacramento Valley, home to 97% of California’s 500,000-acre rice grow, Morris said.

California is the second largest rice-producing state after Arkansas, growing more than four billion pounds of rice. More than 90% is sushi rice.

3. How do I know if what I’m seeing is a snow goose?

Snow geese are hard to miss. They’re a big bird with a 4.5-foot wingspan, according to the Audubon Society, and usually gather in large numbers.

They sport white bodies with black wingtips, a look scientists think makes them blend in with the snow, Black said.

Look for couples.

“They migrate in devoted lifelong pairs,” Black said. "

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Cakes & Snows


 *Told WSF I would try to find photos of some of Marymine's delicious cakes...

 She makes them outside of her regular day job. 

*Forgot to take my phone on my walks at Marymine's, but low n behold...

she posted a video of her backyard... turn your sound up to get the real effect.  The first 1:30 min will orient you and then if you skip to the 5:50 min mark you will see them spot her... 

Friday, November 13, 2020

Road Trip Nov 2020


Made a quick trip to Cali to see friends and family, and attend Ali's baby shower. (Willie stayed with my cousin in Portland, as traveling is not his thing.)

 Spent the first night in RB and went to the Art Walk with a BIL & SIL.  It has been so dry there that a small rain shower was welcomed. Saw local art work at some of the 24 venues. But to be greeted with much hugging and laughter by friends that I haven't seen since I moved to Vancouver was The Best. 



The next day I traveled on to Marymine's.  Seemed like forever since I had gotten to see some of my grandkids.

Ali's husband Tyler's parents and grandparents had flown out from Kansas for the shower. Which led to more hugging and laughter.  So good to see them again. Granddaughter Lauren drove home from college in Fresno for the baby shower. 


 We all worked on making decorations for the hall and Marymine made cookies.  She's an extraordinary baker, along with her other talents.


The shower was small, just family and close friends, but that baby is wanting for nothing. Great grand baby, Zoey Grace is due the middle of next month! 



Monday morning I left for home with Nate stuffed with four big crocks for my SIL in Oregon, a new sticker for my ride made by Marymine,   

wine, a rose bush, wine, goodies from Marymine, wine, and Peanut. It was good to have Peanut with me as it forced me to stop more than normal to air her out.  Picked up Willie on the way through Portland.  After nine hours of driving I stumbled into the hovel, took care of the dogs, and crawled into bed. 


Peanut is a dappled wiener, and quite the character.  She came home with me at the behest of Marymine and the grandkids. Willie has been informed by her that she is the boss of him... 


Willie has been wearing the look of a befuddled ol fella, but is slowly adapting to having her around. 



Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Veterans Day 2020




Thank you Veterans for your service to our country.  


Dad second from the left side, front row of photo.

Daughter, Marymine

Grandson Corpsman Cody

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Random thoughts...

 Your thoughts on the new header painting... 

("By Herself" oil by Brett James Smith)

My Sean checked in last night.  He sold old Black Betty! (Harley) to a good friend of his. Said he just wasn't getting time to spend riding.  On another note, the company he's project manager for is going to get him a bigger house with a shop so the family, and dogs can live in Astoria, too. He said they want him to slow down on his work schedule and use more of his vacation time. I asked if they are worried about him burning out. He said he didn't think so, and that they knew he was a workaholic when they hired him.  He sounds good and that's the important thing.    

I have to say I'm sorry to all my sons by other mothers & my grandson, to whom I sent lots of Axe products while they were deployed.  I honestly didn't know it smelled that bad til recently.  Last night as I was watching a documentary"?" an Axe body wash ad came on and the catch phrase was "Smell Ready"...  

OMG, who the heck in the ad agency thought that was a good tag line...  LOL. 

Friday, October 16, 2020

The 'Hot Granny' News...


Not much going on around here accept chores, and catching up on reading. 

Been keeping up with my kids and the grands via text.  This week I got copies of the ultrasound from granddaughter Ali.  Great Grand baby, Zoey is doing fine.


Farmer grandson Colt let me know how harvest was going: 

"almonds are all done, and just finished rice today, and started walnuts today. We are getting closer..."  He's a hard working farmer and much loved by everyone that knows him.

Granddaughter Jacey said I would love her new hobby as a "plant mom", and I do!  She has turned her bedroom window into a house plant farm.  Going strong with seven new starts since the last time I saw her garden. 

Sent my weekly text to check on Sean and his crew, and didn't hear back, as I usually do. Waited a few days, sent him a ? emoji, and immediately got this response:  "Oh shit. Hi momma. Everything good here. Love ya."  

LOL, they all know it isn't going to go over well if they don't check in!

The rest of my crew is fine.  Will get to see some of them when I go down next month for The baby shower.  So looking forward to that trip.


I'm feeling good, have a fair size piece of skin missing on my leg from tangling with a piece of metal on the last fishing trip. Frustrating that it is in an area where my cowboy boot touches my leg. Been going the Medihoney dressing route and it is slowly healing up. What's another scar at this point, besides I boated the salmon.

My 'latest' favorite burger thanks to Black Hills Burger & Bun's of Custer, SD is the Harvest Burger.

Yummy...  Got a tad carried away, will scale down the bun in future builds... 

Going to try to replicate their "Hot Granny" next as my SIL raved about it when they ate there.

The "Hot Granny" is Beef, Bacon, cream cheese, fresh jalapenos, and sweet-spicy jalapeno sauce. 


Monday, September 28, 2020

Been a while...



It has been a while... 


Wired some of my sunflower seed heads to the pine by the back patio. The  Chickadees made short work of them.  They are pretty cheeky little birds, and not afraid to have Willie and I out there watching.


Took a break from working on the hovel and went up the Columbia gorge for a few days salmon fishing with my BIL & SIL and another BIL.  Great couple of days, caught my limit both days! Thanks in no small measure to my BIL.


Second day was just my brother in laws and I, as my SIL wanted to stay at the house and can some of the salmon. She sent me home with canned salmon, and her great pickled asparagus to boot! 

Brought home a bunch of fresh salmon to share with another BIL & SIL, a niece & her husband, and a couple of neighbors. 

Not getting as much done around here as I would like.  Need a good swift kick in the backside.  

I'm increasing my walking/hiking. Chucker season is just around the corner, and I want to keep up.

Not too happy about the extra HOA fees that keep getting added on here. I've talked it over with my kids and it may be time for me to sell while the market and rates are good.  I think I have time if the election goes the way it should, otherwise if Biden is elected the market will go to hell.  Considering Idaho, Texas, and a couple other states.  


This needs to be my last move, she said tongue in cheek... 


Friday, September 4, 2020

Sunshine on my shoulders...



As I was headed up to the River House for a couple days fishing with my BIL & SIL I got a photo from my Sean.  

He caught two that day out of Astoria.

 Meanwhile, we spent two days on the upper Columbia with nary a bite.  Boats around us were catching fish, using much the same lures we were using.  That's the nature of fishing! Always have an interesting time with my SIL & BIL and what ever other family shows up. 

After 5 times out with nothing to show for it, my SIL sent me this photo of her latest catch!

Then a friend shore fishing a short drive down river from the hovel sent me this photo of his nice catch. 

My favorite way to have salmon is smoked. Gave Sean's girlfriend an ol family recipe for smoked salmon and am anxious to see how their salmon turns out.

I was invited back up to the River House, but decided I needed to get on with the fixits and painting on the hovel.  

Got the ice maker fixed on the refrigerator after much trial and error.  Fixed the garbage disposal, and am trying to figure out a way to remove these screws from the underside of the kitchen counter. Went to harbor freight and got a 11" pair of nippers with a coupon, figuring I could nip them off.  That didn't work, either I don't have enough hand strength or they are just too hard for the nippers.  I might try to borrow a Dremel with a cutting bit to shear them off level with the underside of the counter. The only thing I can think of to get them gone...



Back to painting.  Found my much beloved trim brushes that I had stashed away at the bottom of a paint supplies box.


Not being in a position to hire the painting done, and being big on attention to detail, I'm slowly plugging along. I like the new color, a warm light grey that works well in the PNW. 



I'm painting over a light baby poop color, and the lighting isn't the best to catch skips, so I'm wearing my headlamp to paint.  With a tablespoon of vanilla per gallon of paint at least it doesn't smell bad. 

The garden is doing well, keeping some neighbors in flowers, and some in veggies.

 While Willie protects the bush beans in the back garden from the neighbors cat.

It has been warm for here. There is no A/C in the hovel so keeping all the windows open at night when it's cool and closed up during the day helps.