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December 31st, 2010 | in Family, Friends | Leave a comment

Iv’e put the sparkling wine in the fridge, dishes are currently caught up, but not the laundry :( and I am putting up my final post for 2010. We have not been sitting on our laurels, we have been very busy campers. On Boxing day (did I mention this before?) we enjoyed eating our left-overs from Christmas dinner and we also share them with Randy, Kris, Graydon & Diane. They shared theirs with us too, so we had a grand Boxing Day Buffet.

Boxing Day Buffet

Boxing Day Buffet


On Wednesday, in the torrential pouring rain, the kids from San Antonio came to visit for a couple of days. We ate, we visited, we played games and we watched movies. It’s always fun to see the kids, they grow up so dang fast!

Kelsey, Mike, Celi & Scott

Kelsey, Mike, Celi & Scott




Tomorrow, after sleeping in late, I begin the job of putting Christmas away. The lights come down, the tree is undecorated and all the “stuff” is stuffed into bins for another year. I can’t believe that it is going to be 2011! We hope it is going to be a great year for all of our family and friends. We are so blessed, we will be planning the up coming trip in the RV soon. More on that later.

Happy New Year!

December 30th, 2010 | in Family | Leave a comment

I “borrowed” these pictures from Kerry’s facebook and wanted to share them with you. Ava in her Christmas dress and other pictures taken on Christmas Day in Puyallup, WA.

Pretty Ava in her Christmas Dress

Pretty Ava in her Christmas Dress

Ava meeting "cow"

Ava meeting

Ava sleeping with new friend

Ava sleeping with new friend

Ava & Sean

Ava & Sean



December 26th, 2010 | in Food, Friends | Leave a comment

Christmas is over, we can all take a breather and start thinking about New Years’ resolutions and things like that. I know I have a few in mind, now whether I can keep them is an entirely different matter! Are they like wishes, if you tell someone, they don’t come true? Hummmm.

Jim and I got up (had to set my alarm for 7:00am) to have a few quiet moments together, find out what Santa brought us in our stockings, and have a warmed up cinnamon roll with coffee for breakfast. The day would get more hectic as it went along, I had a roast to “fix” and get into the oven, side dishes to schedule, munchies to put out for snacking. It was all very calm, mostly on time, and turned out pretty darn good. Even if I do say so myself.

We had three friends over for dinner, Mark and his sister Gail, he works here in the park and is also a friend from Square Dancing, and Mim, our next door neighbor. Dottie came over for some dessert after she had dinner with friends at the activity center. We really love having friends to enjoy a meal with and this one is always special.

Here’s a picture of the dinner table, more food than you can shake a stick at, but I enjoyed every bite, probably WAY over enjoyed 😛 but will make up for it later (I hope)!

Christmas dinner w/friends

Christmas dinner w/friends



Today is “Boxing Day” celebrated in Canada and England (and a few other places, but not here in the USA). We are not celebrating it, but using it as an excuse to enjoy more friends and food. We are taking our left-overs to Kris & Randy’s home to be added to their left-overs and to have another eating experience. I think it sounds like fun! Any excuse to eat, drink & be merry :)

December 23rd, 2010 | in Food, Friends | Leave a comment

I have been working on my menu for a couple of weeks, trying to find the right combo of flavors, textures and colors. You know, they say eat a rainbow :) but I also have my favorites!

Here is what is currently on the menu and always subject to change, but then, I have done all the shopping but not the cooking yet!

Prime Rib Roast w/
Cabernet Au Jus
Smashed Garlic-Rosemary Red Potatoes
Thyme Sauted Mushrooms
Green Beans w/Bacon Viniagrette
Whiskey-Glazed Carrots
Green Salad
Crescent Rolls


and for the finishing touches:

Coconut Cake
Pumpkin Squares
Individual Molten Chocolate Cakes
Apple Cranberry Cobbler


Coconut Cake

Coconut Cake



I love having dessert options :)

We will be drinking Buty’s Rediviva of the Stones, several Chardonnays and some really great home brewed Ales (being brought by one of the guests!). But to start the day and the cooking, several bottles of bubbly will be opened and flowing. Can’t live without bubbly, it makes any day a holiday!

I had better get going, I want to make some cookies to give to some friends and to put out to munch on during the day…

Have a Very Merry Christmas Everyone!

Kim & Jim


December 19th, 2010 | in Friends | Leave a comment

Last Friday was the Boots and Babes Square Dance club’s Christmas Dance. It’s fun and it’s great exercise, besides making wonderful new friends! I took this video of the last tip (set of 2 dances, in this case both singing calls) of the night. KO Jeanes is calling, he is our club caller. He got voted as the best caller in Texas for 2010! He is awesome!

Anyhow, I thought I would share this fun (don’t laugh too hard while you watch me :) ) with you. It takes a few seconds to actually get to the dancing, I had the camera up on a tripod, so no one was “manning” it, I just let it run.





turn up the sound so that you can listen to KO Jeanes calling!


December 15th, 2010 | in RV'ing Lifestyle | Leave a comment
The day after Thanksgiving, I start putting up lights on the outside of the house. First though, I have to get Jim to get all the stuff out of the garage. I have buckets of stuff :) He does it with some grumbling and saying, “we won’t be doing this next year…” but then we do :) There were a few lights that didn’t work and I had purchased a few new ones in Tucson, so I had a little figuring out to do. It all turned out, but will need to be replacing more with LED instead of the old style that really make my electric meter go round and round. Once the lights were all up, I started on the inside decorating (Dec.1st). I didn’t get it all done, but enough. I still have some stuff to put away to make the house totally useable.


Here’s a view of some of the buckets that Jim retrieved for me.


buckets & buckets of lights & decorations

buckets & buckets of lights & decorations



 View of the whole house, the wall lights are new as is the light at the end of the garage (far right). I also added more lights in the fig tree for the “snow” behind the snowman and lighted trees. The big tree now has a string of lights out :( I guess it is one thing that will be replaced with LED this next year.


view from the side

view from the side



 The front of the house, have lighted poinsettias around the door. I need to fix the lights in the topiary trees, only the bottom half light up. Easy enough to replace the string I hope! because they are out there year round. Jim has everything on timers now, woohoo!


Front of the house

Front of the house



 Last, but not least, our Christmas tree. I decorate it the same every year, blue, white, silver using snowflakes, snowmen and poinsettias. I love the look myself, but it’s hard to get a good picture of it!


Christmas tree

Christmas tree



December 15th, 2010 | in Family, Friends | Leave a comment

‘Tis the Season!                                                                                                          December 11, 2010

To try and remember what all we did through-out this last year.

 Many of you may remember that we spent the holidays last year in the Great Pacific Northwest with my family. It was a truly wonderful time to be around our family & friends. We will really miss that this year, as we spend the holidays here in Texas with other friends & family.

We got back to TX the first week of February of this year (2010, after staying in the GPN for the holidays), just started to get back into the swing of being in Texas, when my Mom was admitted to the hospital. I flew back to be with my family and we lost Mom at the end of March. It was a tough time, but Mom was tired and didn’t like being so sick, it probably was a blessing in disguise. We so miss her though, everyday.

I flew back to Texas in April, we got the RV ready and headed back to the GNP to be around family and to help Dad out for awhile, get his feet back under him. He and Mom had been married for 63 years, so it was going to take a little time to get use to being on his own.

Some of the highlights from 2010 are:

  • Of course being around family & friends (Portland, Seattle, Idaho, Tucson)
  • Spending a week at the Oregon beach
  • Attending my 35th High School reunion and spending time in Bend, Oregon
  • Going morel mushroom hunting with my Dad
  • Cow Camp! Our big family camping trip every year
  • Hiking, lots of hiking
  • 3 weddings, the “bestest” being my niece Jessica’s!
  • Enjoying wine and friends in Walla Walla
  • Lots of cooking, eating & adult beverages with family & friends
  • Enjoying the Beautiful USA at Yosemite, Yellowstone, Escalante, Bryce Canyon and Capital Reef



I can’t forget to mention the brand new Grandbaby, Ava Lynn Waddle, born in August. She is a sweetie (not only because I don’t have to get up with her in the night ;), she really is. We got to meet her in September.

The house is all decorated; the lights are all up outside.  Tonight we head to downtown Livingston to enjoy an old time Christmas; booths, food, hot chocolate and a Christmas parade all alight after dark. Almost ready for Santa to arrive; just need to bake those cookies.



We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year




Christmas outfits for Square Dancing

Christmas outfits for Square Dancing



December 15th, 2010 | in Friends | Leave a comment

We made it home to Livingston with no more problems, other than the front windshield had a little issue during some high winds. The bottom left corner in front of the driver popped out a little and Jim and to get out and pop it back in. Just one more thing to get looked at/fixed while we are home.

First thing on my schedule was to try and get the RV and house put to “rights”, but I never get it all done. Thanksgiving sneaked up on me and I needed to get ready for that.

I love cooking, so no hardship here, along with the shopping to prepare for it at Specs Warehouse and HEB’s Central Market. We had 5 friends over for Thanksgiving dinner, I cooked at 25 pound turkey! I still have turkey in the freezer :) It’s always fun to have friends around you for a holiday feast. A couple more friends joined us for dessert! (4 of them: bread pudding souffle w/bourbon sauce, flourless chocolate cake, creamy lemon pie and pumpkin bourbon cheesecake)



December 15th, 2010 | in Friends | Leave a comment

Besides visiting and eating (and trips to the ER), we did do a few things. We took advantage of the 2nd week to visit a couple of places we hadn’t been before. We drove down to Tubac with Jim & Allison to look at all the shops. This is basically a shopping delight if you are into mostly Southwestern art stuff, but I didn’t find anything I couldn’t live without. From there, we headed to Tumacacori Nat’l Historic Park. This is an old Colonial Spanish Mission, it was interesting. Next stop was the San Xavier del Bac Mission on the San Xavier Indian reservation. Part of the old church has been restored and is very beautiful. We had the perfect light to take pictures, later in the afternoon.

I also ran outside every evening if there was any color in the sky for sunset pictures. I have SO MANY, but I do enjoy looking at them and shared a few more with you, each picture is from a different night while in Tucson.






We always have a great time in Tucson, this one has a little more to remember 😛 We will be back though!


December 15th, 2010 | in Friends | Leave a comment
After leaving Escalante, we headed down to Tucson to spend another week with with Jim & Allison (they are SO lucky 😉 ) It makes a nice break in the drive and gave us time to warm up before heading across Texas. Well, we ended up spending 2 weeks, on the day before we were going to leave, the two Jim’s had a little accident. My Jim got his fingered “pinched” to put it mildly, but it is healing just fine. There is a picture below of it, the most “not” gross picture I have. Didn’t want to have anyone get nauseous while looking at pictures. He made 5 trips to the ER room, the first to get stitches, the other 4 to have them make sure it was healing correctly. Thank goodness it was, 2 weeks later, he finally got the stitches taken out in Livingston.


While the Jims’ were dealing with the ER, Allison and I were down in Sonoita wine tasting at Callaghan Vineyards very unaware. I really try to stop there at least once a year if we stop in Tucson. They make some great AZ wine, mostly Rhone varietals, but some great Bordeaux blends too. Kent was in Phoenix at a wine function, so I got to spend some time with his lovely wife, Lisa. A few sips and a case of wine later, Allison and I get back to the RV’s to find them empty. No Jims’. We still didn’t know what had happened yet, but found out soon.
 


This is the “good” side of Jim’s finger.


Jim's owie finger

Jim's owie finger



 Allison and I saw this “trail” of blood coming from their RV across the patio, but we weren’t sure what it truly was… it kinda looked like brown paint. We knew something wasn’t right.


trail of blood from Jim's finger

trail of blood from Jim's finger



 Lisa Callaghan pouring wine for us.


Lisa at Callaghan Vineyards

Lisa at Callaghan Vineyards



 One other fun thing we did, we finally went out and had our first Sonoran Hot Dog! YUM! They are made a couple of different ways, either the hot dog is wrapped in BACON, or in this case, real BACON is crumbled and put on top of the hot dog then smothered in tomatoes, mustard & mayonnaise. There is a condiment bar to add all sorts of other stuff to make it your own. The buns were soft with a hint of sweet. I was ready to go back for more, Jim and I shared this plate. We enjoyed ours at El Guero Canelo, it has been written up in Sunset magazine and was on Man vs. Food (here is an article). I could eat one every day, but know I can’t. There are a couple of other places I would like to try the next time we are in Tucson.

Sonoran Hot Dog

Sonoran Hot Dog