Sunday, May 31, 2009
We've just returned from a VERY busy and full day. After church this morning, we went to lunch with Colleen and Dennis who quizzed us for a couple of hours about life on the road. They are pretty serious about selling their house and going full time RVing. Dennis has a pretty good little business going with his jewelry making (he makes a variety of bracelets, rings, earrings, etc. from old silverplate spoons) that they think may be enough to make fulltiming affordable.
Later on we went over to Michelle's house for her high school graduation party. It was a beautiful day to be out in the yard and enjoying Diane's catered dinner! Michelle is valedictarian for Ritzville High School -- we're VERY proud of her!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Forry did get his four wheeler started this morning -- thanks to the new battery -- and got at least the patches of Hoary Crest in the coulee near Auntie Violet sprayed. It's been a good year for the stuff, I think I've seen more of it than I ever have before.
Not sure what's going on with the wheat market -- it's up 45 cents since we sold some last week. I'm glad we still have a bit to sell, but it would have been nice to have hung on to what we sold last week a bit longer!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Forry spent most of the day getting his four-wheeler ready to spray weeds, but ended up having to take a quick trip to Moses Lake to get a new battery.
One of my classmates took this picture last year at the Alumni Banquet -- when Forry had his 50th:
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Not a lot going on here. Forry took a trip into Rizville to pick up spray -- he's got some hoary crest that has showed up in the coulee that he needs to deal with before it spreads into the CRP ground -- or before the Noxious Weeds police spot it!
Monday, May 25, 2009
We did minimal setup when we got to the ranch; extended the jacks and the slides and hooked up the electricity. We parked a good 8 feet further forward towards the creek then we usually do, hoping that we would get better reception for the antenna and my pc aircard, but it doesn't seem to have made any difference, I still only get three bars!
After we finished up, we headed into ML, picked up some doughnuts and lemonade and went to visit Vic and Phyl for a bit. She was resting when we go there, so we got to visit with Vic for a while until she woke up.
The big deal today was to go over to my Brother Pat's house where his whole family was planning to be home. We had not seen then since early last fall. Did we ever have a nice visit with them all AND a feast besides!
These fellows are my brother (on the left) and his oldest son Jared, a Seattle engineer who was home for the weekend with his wife. The two of them are fixing Cajon blackened tuna and halibut. Jared made pineapple salsa to go with the fish. My sister-in-law Cindy was wrapping bacon around potato wedges when we arrived; these were browned, then baked until tender. Niece Ashley was slicing strawberries for short cake.
The next little guy is my great-nephew Carter. He and Uncle Forry and his grandma are all watching the "pig-catching."
Pat's youngest son Nick and one of his friends parents are catching one of their project pigs in order to weigh it. They had four young pigs in the pen weighing between 75 and 95 pounds that they caught and weighed. It really was a riot watching them -- and the pigs weren't even greased!
Sunday, May 24, 2009
I took these pictures the other day on the road to Cow Lake:
I don't know how palatable wild iris are for cattle feed, but there were a lot of them blooming and they sure were pretty!
This is the view from Auntie Violet's front door this evening as the sun was going down:
Every year the American Legion puts up flags all the way around the cemetery for Memorial Day. This morning, they were flapping in the breeze and the sunlight and this evening they are perfectly still as the sun sets.
And one last picture of Auntie Violet snuggled in for the night in the trees:
Saturday, May 23, 2009
I had visited with most of my classmates and their spouses yesterday and today, but then we went to the banquet tonight and there was a whole 'nother group of people to visit with and catch up on families. Then as per tradition, there were people who went around to visit the parties of all the class gatherings held after the banquet -- many of them had not gone to the banquet, but just wanted to visit with everyone -- especially those from out of town.
We've got one more official class gathering tomorrow morning for breakfast at 9 AM.
I may survive!
Friday, May 22, 2009
I was being very lazy this morning, still lounging around in my night clothes when there was a knock at the motor home door. To my surprise and delight, it was our dear friend Polly who had stopped by to invite us to have lunch. (We had stopped by their place on our way home from Cow Lake yesterday and visited with John, but Polly had just left and we hadn't gotten a chance to see her.) My parents had lived just across the hill from Polly and John when we were teenagers on the farm and I have fond memories of riding my horse over to their place to baby-sit or visit.
We met Polly at the "new" Mexican restaurant (the "old" Circle T) downtown after she had gotten her hair done -- and I'd had a shower! We had a wonderful lunch catching up on everyone's families. Polly is a very young 85 and such a dear soul to talk to -- so interested in what everyone is doing!
About 4 PM, Forry and I headed over to the Golf Club where the Class of '59 was gathering. While I am not much for reunions, it was kind of fun to check everyone out and see how much they had or hadn't changed!
Poor Forry -- it was his 70th birthday and he spent it at my reunion...!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
From there we drove back to Rizville to the City Cemetery just west of the town where the Kubiks, my great grandparents and my grandparents on my mother's side, are buried:
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Changed the sheets on the bed -- always a bit of a hassle as Auntie Violet's washer dryer combo does much better if I wash one queen sized sheet and pillowcase at a time -- seems like it takes forever.
Forry did manage to move a few of the things we've decided we don't really need out to the storage shed here at the ranch (old printer, propane heater, etc.). It makes a little more space in the hallway and living room.
This evening Curt and Sarah took us out for dinner at Inca in Moses Lake. Sarah and I had some great carne' asada (Sarah twisted my arm...) while Forry ate crab enchiladas. And you know, we were so busy talking and catching up, I never did know what Curt ate. It took us 2 1/2 hours to eat dinner -- and we were still talking when we went out the door!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
There didn't used to be deer in this part of eastern Washington, but after twenty plus years of conservation programs that have promoted miles of grasslands, they've gotten very common. Our tenant Jeff has even seen a moose in the coulee!
This was the view from Auntie Violet's living room window this evening:
Sunday, May 17, 2009
A new baby girl since we left, two little boys who are not so little any more, and the twins are definitely taller!
It was a fun morning to be back as Diane showed her pictures of her week at Dulzura as camp cook.
Home for lunch and a quick nap then in to Moses Lake to pick up pizza at Chico's and over to share dinner with Vic and Phyl. While we were there, Pam, Renea, and Gabe, Bernie and Howard and Linda all stopped in, so we got to see even more folks.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
From I 84 we drove Hwy 14 through the Tri-Cities to Highway 395 --
Friday, May 15, 2009
We had come as far as Wilsonville this afternoon so that we could do some needed shopping at Camper World -- and could spend the night in their parking lot. Daughter Dawn decided that since she had been well for a few days (she actually went to school today), she would come and have dinner with us. It was so good to see her! We left their place right after New Year's, so it's been a while. We didn't get to see the kids (Dawn had dropped Granddaughter Havela and two of her friends at her first inter-school dance in Canby) but at least er got to see her. Havelita, who is now 14, will be bussed into Canby for high school next year.
It was a good day for catching up with folks as we get closer to "home." Our friend Sarah called this afternoon to plan a get-to-gather and our friend Mary called to catch us up on friends who are starting their RVing adventure tomorrow in a 5th wheel.
We will make it to Tree Heart Ranch tomorrow afternoon sometime (even though the ranch is leased out, we have water, sewer and electrical hook-ups for Auntie Violet there). It will be good to be home.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
After lunch (avocado slices on artisan olive bread toast and fresh California oranges) we took a drive up to Galesville Reservoir about 16 miles from the campground. We only saw a few birds, but it was a gorgeous drive. We saw vultures, ravens, a spotted sandpiper, and tree swallows.
This verdant green country is so different from the mountainous desert that we have been enjoying for the last several months.
It's early spring here with lots of fruit trees in bloom as well as the dogwoods in the forest:
They almost look like patchs of snow in amongst the trees. There are not nearly the wildflowers yet that we have gotten used to seeing in Dulzura, there are mostly California poppies in sunny areas and these early lilies in the shady areas:
We got back to Seven Feathers just before it started raining in earnest (we'd had short sprinkles all day); had an email chat with Grand Daughter Havela; put spareribs into the oven; and relaxed a while before we went over and enjoyed the hot tub for a bit.
Indeed a lovely, lazy, rainy day!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
We got a fairly early start (for us, anyway) and left about 9 AM, pulling into Canyonville by 7 PM. By the time we got the power and water hooked up, the jacks down and the slides out, we decided to forego the hot tub, have a quick supper and go to bed.
I always forget how mountainous it is in northern California and in the southern portion of Oregon. I am sure glad we have compression brakes in/on? the engine!
Monday, May 11, 2009
To fruit trees,
Sunday, May 10, 2009
She was feeling pretty cocky because I put the beautiful roses that Forry got me for Mother's Day on her dash -- I think she thought they might be for her? They look white in the photo, but they are actually a very pale yellow.
What do you do when your husband presents you with two dozen beautiful roses and you no longer own any vases (we down-sized, remember)? Ah, ha a waste basket! It worked very well and the basket sat very nicely in the kitchen sink as we traveled today.
I made a quick run Albertson's in Ranch San Diego this morning to get milk, cereal and OJ while Forry dealt with Auntie Violet's dirty floors. I returned just in time to tell the new crew good-bye as they left for church in San Diego. By noon we were ready to roll.
We traveled on 94 up to Interstate 8, then took Hwy 15 north to Hwy 395, then Hwy 58 to Hwy 14 to Mojave where we are staying at Sierra Trails RV Park. We're parked in their pull-through slot #3 for $13.25 a night.
We were driving almost due east of Santa Barbara and all of the valleys were hazy and full of smoke:
What a surprise to begin to see Joshua trees:
Here's a picture of Auntie Violet and the Toad, nicely settled in for the night: