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June was a very busy month! You already saw Jessica’s bridal shower, well, there is also Father’s Day, visiting Bend, Seattle Wine Awards & enjoying Lompoc Brewery and Lenne Estate! It’s tough to pack so much fun into one month, but we did it ;). AND… don’t forget, our oldest grand-daughter Kelsey graduated from High School! WooHoo!
Rainer Club in Seattle

Rainer Club in Seattle

Many of the winemakers & their wine

Many of the winemakers & their wine

Robert Smasne & Trey Busch - winemakers

Robert Smasne & Trey Busch - winemakers

Crazy weather on the way to Lenne

Crazy weather on the way to Lenne

Buds that will become grapes at Lenne

Buds that will become grapes at Lenne

Teresa enjoying the view at Lenne

Teresa enjoying the view at Lenne

Kelsey the graduate

Kelsey the graduate

Mass amounts of BEEF for Father's Day

Mass amounts of BEEF for Father's Day

Family together on Father's Day

Family together on Father's Day

Enjoying the "Flowers of the Gods" at Lompoc

Enjoying the "Flowers of the Gods" at Lompoc

Happy Hour with friends in Bend

Happy Hour with friends in Bend

September 8th, 2010 | in Family | Leave a comment

June starts off with a bang, Jessica’s bridal shower! WOW, what a spread! Her attendants did an exemplary job of putting on a party. All the food was made by the girls or their mothers, the napkins (as seen in one of the pictures) were all sewn by one of the moms. AND Jessica gets to keep them! Her colors for the wedding are deep purple, gerbera orange and hops green. Fun, imaginative colors. They were in the ballons, the napkins, the tablecloths. 


What a great turn out too, several of my siblings (Aunts) were able to make it along with many of Jessica’s friends and other family members. We had a great time, after putting down my cell phone for a camera (yep, I forgot to bring my camera), I picked up Darby’s for her and took over 250 pictures! I have not seen them, but a couple of them should be good.


What a great way to start out the summer!


September 8th, 2010 | in Family, Friends | Leave a comment

May was about a lot of things, Family, Friends, Food and getting together.


I did some morel mushroom hunting with my dad and his buddy, Chad. It was a lot of fun and we even found some! I think we went out 3 or 4 times and we got a mess each time. I would then come home, clean them and dream up a recipe to use them. They are just YUMMY and if I went out to purchase them fresh, they would cost about $25.00 a pound. Good Grief! We enjoyed every bite of every recipe that I found and tried. Risotto was always a favorite!


Mothers Day was a little tough without mom, but we had a great time none the less. We had lots of family and friends over for a brunch, we cooked and cooked and visited and visited! Of course, we enjoyed LOTS of mimosas and other adult beverages that go well with brunch. It’s always fun to get together to celebrate.

on another note, I am so glad that we stopped in Seattle on the way home from Portland in April and saw Emma. Emma passed away the 2nd of May and we will definitely miss her. What a grand lady, she lived to be 92 years young.

Dave, Emma & Vicki

September 8th, 2010 | in Family, Scenic | Leave a comment

We are back in the NW, Portland to be exact. To continue to maintain my weight loss, I continue to walk about 5 days out of the week. Walking in the neighborhood where my dad lives, there are lots of hills. One of my “carrots” to keep me walking is to walk to an Albertson’s grocery store so that I can get a latte. I always carry my phone with me and one of the walks was inbetween showers, I couldn’t help but take pictures of some of the beautiful flowers along my walk (using my cell phone), so here they are…
 

Bearded Dutch Iris

Bearded Dutch Iris

 

Deep Purple Bearded Dutch Iris

Deep Purple Bearded Dutch Iris

 

Pastel Rose

Pastel Rose

 

Wild Strawberries

Wild Strawberries

 

Rich Coral Azaleas

Rich Coral Azaleas

 

Pink Peonies just opening

Pink Peonies just opening

 

Lavender and Purple Rhodies

Lavender and Purple Rhodies

 

Japanese Irises

Japanese Irises

 

Not bad for a cell phone and totaly untouched (other than making them a better size for viewing here).   

   

 My dad enjoys fishing, he tries to get out during the week to do a little spring Chinook Salmon fishing. He caught a few this year, here is a picture of him with one of the big ones :)   

   

Dad's salmon

Dad's salmon

 

More May to come…

September 6th, 2010 | in Family, Friends | Leave a comment

We flew home from Portland to Texas, but we didn’t have a direct flight. We had a lay-over in Seattle for several hours. With losing my mom so fresh, I wanted to visit my girlfriend Vicki’s mom, Emma, because she had just gotten out of the hospital and I knew I needed to visit. It was a great visit, and after, we went to Dave & Vicki’s for a little late breakfast brunch before they took us back to the airport for the rest of the flight home. Jim and Allison just happened to be in Seattle too!

 Breakfast Brunch

 

We spent 2 weeks getting the RV ready to travel, the house ready to leave and saying goodbye to friends. We hit the road, driving through the countryside enjoying the wildflowers along the side of the road, mostly Texas bluebonnets and Indian paintbrush. There was a great scene that we drove past, but I wasn’t able to get a picture. Here is something close to what we saw: a meadow FULL of bluebonnets with Texas longhorns browsing in the field:

longhorns and bluebonnets

 

and then we were stopping in San Antonio to visit the kids:

Eating out

 

We spent a few days visiting, shopping & eating out before we continued on our journey back to the Portland area. The weather was awful! we actually had to take a long detour to get to our RV park one day because the road was flooded and it was raining something fierce!

We left TX and stopped in Tucson once again to visit with Jim & Allison. We hiked and looked at cactus flowers, which I just love!

Allison on the trail

 Allison posing next to the Ocitillo cactus.

 

Storm clouds over the desert

Storm clouds over the desert

 

Pretty cactus flowers

Pretty cactus flowers

 

 We left Tucson and finished the drive up to Portland. It took us 3 nights and 4 days of driving to get there, the rule is…. 6 hours or 300 miles, which ever comes first. It was an uneventful drive, which is a good thing, I wasn’t ready for any unforseen problems.

September 6th, 2010 | in Family | Leave a comment

Sally Montgomery – Dec. 18, 1928 – March 28, 2010

 

 

I miss you mom. This was harder to do than writing her obituary for some reason, as tears fall down my cheeks.

 

two of my nieces wrote up their own memories of mom, if you would like to read them, they are here:

 

http://marilovesbrian.blogspot.com/2010_03_01_archive.html

 

http://blog.bethanyraelenestudio.com/2010/03/grammy-i-love-you.html

 

http://blog.bethanyraelenestudio.com/2010/04/life-and-death-in-spring.html

 

 

 

 

September 6th, 2010 | in Family, Friends | Leave a comment

 We started March off with another fun square dance, the La Bahia. They hold it in an old Grange Hall in the middle of nowhere, Texas. We go camping for the weekend with the camping squares. We try and get as much dancing in as we can while at home in Texas.

 

And then the dreaded call comes. My mom is in the hospital and it doesn’t look good. I catch the first flight out from Houston (Jim stays in TX) to be with my family and mom at the hospital. We start up a 24/7 stay with her between myself and my siblings. She struggles, wants to come home, but her body just decides it is very tired and ready to take the final break.

 

Mom passed away on March, 28th, 2010. She went quietly, with little pain in the end. Dad was with her when she took her last breath, the rest of us were there in under 5 minutes. It was hard, but it was time.

 

Sometimes you just know, there was a reason why Jim and I stayed around my parents for the holidays this last winter. What a blessing to have been there when they needed us most.

 

Jim flew up the day she passed and I was really ready to have him with me. We stayed another week, so that I could help my dad take care of all that needs to be done, when you lose a loved one.

 

It was time to take a break, and since my birthday is the last day of March, we went out and celebrated with my sister, Teresa and her family. Teresa, Jessica and I also did a ladies day at a spa just over in Washington, when you cross over the Bridge of the Gods. It was a great way to relax!

 

 

We flew back to Texas the first week of April. It was tough to leave, but we needed to finish up stuff at the house and get the RV ready to travel. We decided to come back to Portland to help out where we could, instead of the trip that we had originally planned to go up to Michigan, Minnesota and the Dakotas.

September 6th, 2010 | in Friends | Leave a comment

We made it home to Texas on Feb. 1st. It was only a month short of being gone for 1 full year. It was good to be back to see friends and re-acquaint ourselves with the house.

Here we are having a birthday dinner at Florida’s Kitchen, Thursday night slab night! Lisa (on the left) was celebrating her birthday, along with Trudy (next to Jim) and Trudy’s mom, Marti. We love slab night!

Lisa's birthday dinner at Florida's 

Can you believe it? We leave the GPNW in mid January, worried about hitting snow on the way home, but instead (as seen in previous post) we get snow in AZ and then again here in Texas! What is with that? Luckily, it didn’t really stick, that is a good thing because no one here knows how to drive in it.

 Snow in Livingston, Texas in February

Towards the end of the month, we go to one of our favorite campouts with the Sam Houston Camping Squares. Here they are sitting (or is that huddling?) in the sun visiting. We like to visit and if it is the afternoon, enjoy adult beverages :)

 Cold but clear at Go Texan for the Camping Squares

another thing we enjoy is eating! Here the group went out to one of the local “all you can eat” buffets.

 Besides dancing, we really like eating :)

 and then more eating! this time at the “Go Texan” square dance. They do an excellent job of a BBQ brisket dinner before the dance.

 Oh look, more eating :)

Jim and I in our dancing outfits for the night. We are just so cute 😉

 In our dancing outfits

Jim dancing with Carol, I was babying my back, so I didn’t dance every “tip”.

 Jim actually dancing!

 I try to get out and walk about 5 days out of the week and caught this woodpecker in the tree across the street from our house. I don’t think I have ever seen such a HUGE woodpecker! He reminded me of the old woody woodpecker from the cartoon (did I just date myself?).

 a REALLY big woodpecker!

 February came and went really fast after not being home for almost a year. Lots of things to catch up with at the house, LOTS of friends to visit with, and to work out new projects that need to be done.