Archive for May, 2008

April 30

Monday, May 19th, 2008

Our dear friend Jesse passed away early this morning. Sometimes you wish the world would stop and give you a break to deal with the pain, but the world slows for no one. These water drops froze on the snow berry bush and created a beautiful but temporary sculpture.

April 20 YARD DEBRIS CLEAN UP

Monday, May 19th, 2008

Our return to Bend means time for work on the property! With a week of waived fees to take yard debris to the landfill where it is composted into mulch, we had lots of work raking and tree trimming. Robert raked pine needles into huge piles that lined the road. Many of the neighbors participated and we helped everywhere we could. One neighbor loaned his tractor and dump trailers and even drove the many loads to the landfill. The weather was unpredictable, which is predictable in Central Oregon in spring!

Mike’s big John Deere tractor and dump trailer, with Pat driving her “mini-me” John Deere lawn tractor!

Mike pitching the mountain of pine needles into the trailer in the midst of one of the snow flurries.

Pat driving “mini-me” with a load of tree limbs.

April 10 LAKE SHASTA

Sunday, May 18th, 2008

We took a break from the cold spring weather in Bend and headed south. We had to retrieve our motorcycle trailer we left at a friends house near Lodi, California on our way north in March. We also dined at our favorite Mexican Restaurant in Lodi; Habanero Hots! The food, especially the salsa, is as good as we remember!

We camped on the shore of Lake Shasta on the way down, and back up. The weather was wonderful, warm and sunny so we took a motorcycle ride into the hills and had these great views looking back and down at the tiny white dot of our camper in the distance!

April 4 CANNING GARLIC

Sunday, May 18th, 2008

With the weather cold and dreary, Robert decided to do some home canning. He found a recipe for pickled garlic and made several batches of delicious and nutritious garlic. We add it to many recipes or eat it right out of the jar. The pickling process takes the bite and a lot of the odor out of the garlic, and so far our friends haven’t avoided us, we’ve even shared several jars with them!

March 29 WINTER ISN’T GONE YET

Sunday, May 18th, 2008

March is going out like a lion!

March 28 TRADER JOE’S

Sunday, May 18th, 2008

Pat, Robert and I braved snow flurries to attend the Grand Opening of the Bend Trader Joe’s. The doors were open by the time we got there so we didn’t have to wait to get in, but we did have to wade through the crowd and wait in the checkout line. It was a fun experience at one of our favorite stores!

March 22 SPRINGFEST

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

In celebration of the spring equinox (and a slight improvement in weather) we had Springfest with friends on the deck. Robert and Keith grilled hot dogs and we had an afternoon of conversation sitting in the sun.

The two brothers, Jesse and Charles. Known to friends as Jumbo and Buster.

Homecoming

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

We got back to Bend on March 7 and found lots of snow still on the property! Everything survived the winter and thank goodness for Robert’s foresight to cover the hottub with sturdy corrugated metal! We discovered evidence of wildlife use of the deck and shed while we were gone.

Our friends have fun while we\'re gone!

Several of our friends staged a “party” on the deck on a freezing winter day and Alastair took this great picture, blew it up and framed it for us. It was wrapped and waiting in the shed for our return. What a great Homecoming!