June 30, 2015

Feeling Like a Millionaire

Rich:  1/2 gallon of local honey.

June 29, 2015

Hot Days

The girls are feeling the heat and humidity like all the rest of us.  Their way of cooling off?  Heading under the trees in search of a good dirt bath.  =)

June 23, 2015

A Houseful of Flowers

We've been graced by friends who've retired, graduated, and hosted parties...and we are so happy to take the extra flowers off their hands!  Love them (the flowers and the people)!

June 22, 2015

29th Wedding Annivsersary

The day started waking up to a bouquet of 29 wild daisies, followed by breakfast in bed.  Now that's love!  Sir Bradley's RQ (Romance Quotient) shot way up!  It wasn't long however, before he collapsed into deep sleep, a familiar state in the weeks following the end of every school year.  He can sleep anywhere - the couch, the floor, the car, the deck, and even when standing. But I was hopeful our day could be salvaged, and sure enough, Prince Charming woke up adn started speakign in complete sentences again.

We headed out for a romantic drive up the gorge to Crown Point and were not disappointed with the beautiful scenery.  And as we meandered along the old highway, we also found a family fruit stand and a country store with some great smoked chicken. ;) All good.  29 years of good.

June 19, 2015


Ours are not the large, green, sour variety I learned to enjoy in Britain so long ago.  These are tiny things, sweet and musky, and each berry requires topping and tailing.  (I just read online that by freezing the berries for two hours, the job goes much faster!)

But the jam it made was beautiful - worth all of the effort!

June 17, 2015

Biscuit Dilemmas

This definitely falls under the What was I thinking? category.


Let's just say scooping very wet biscuit dough with an ice cream scoop and flattening them out all pretty-like is nothing short of Tom Foolery.  These little lovelies did not turn into real biscuits. Instead, they were mountains of crumbly messes, defying any type of handling or any sort of spread.

They did taste good, however.  I found it was best to just dump the homemade jam over the tops and use a fork.  Jam covers a multitude of sins.  =)

June 16, 2015

French Macarons


What an amazing surprise showed up!

I came home to find a lovely little package of French macarons waiting for me.  The real thing. Seems a friend's daughter, the pastry chef, up and went to France to learn how to make all kinds of wonderful things, and she's back.  Lucky for us!

June 15, 2015

Pie Cherries!

It may not look like much to you, but I see a fortune hanging on those trees.  The deer, squirrels, and birds left us nothing for so long I eventually gave up.  But this year - surprise!  Cherry cobbler! Woohoo!

June 12, 2015

Yeses and Nos

Spring, 1984.  I applied to 18 hospitals in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska.  The responses I received in the mail, in order:


I took the single job offered to me and had to trust this was a clear sign (one that even I couldn't miss) of where I needed to go.  It's a story that I will be sharing with my #1 daughter again, because she's in the middle of nos right now as she finds a job post graduation. Honestly?  It was easier to hear my own nos than to take those coming in for my sweet girl.  My mother's heartstrings are being pulled! 

June 8, 2015

Their First Parade

It was their first real parade.  The small boys had never seen one.  The young parents remember one in 2003, before the war in their home country, and it was a military march down the road.

The Rose Festival Parade is always quite the experience, and it was fun to introduce our refugee friends to this strange tradition of ours...bands, music, floats, flowers, firefighters, dancing, bagpipers, sister cities, horses, llamas, flags...

And the shade that we so welcomed?  It wreaked havoc on lighting for good pics, and in combination with all of the excitement and jumping, the good photos are etched well in my mind.  =)