Wednesday, June 24, 2009
So, as soon as we save up...
"I think we could make the same thing with PVC pipe," says Dave.
We were very honored to be a part of the day as Rueben and Nancy Leapaldt celebrated 48 years of marriage. In this photo they are singing a song that was sung at their wedding.
It was such a delight to spend time with these dear Christian friends whom we have not seen in nearly 25 years.
Friday, June 19, 2009
I have always wanted to visit a strawberry farm where you can pick your own berries and I was delighted to find out our hosts knew just the place. Our instructions upon arrival at the patch were, "one bucket as full as you can get it is $8. While you are picking we expect you to eat as many berries as you can." My picking style developed nicely... pick three, eat two. Berry picking takes a long time, but it was certainly delicious fun.
My berry picking buddies were Reuben and Nancy Leapaldt, our long-time friends whom we have not seen since 1987. Again, a taste of what heaven will be like... eating strawberry short cake, visiting, and drinking coffee.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Pictured here is the elusive Boletus mushroom. In search of these delicious treats, chefs will travel from Portland to a secret spot hours from home, spend five hours foraging, and drive home again. The group we came across looked enthusiastically content with their harvest, and pleased to have me take a picture of their treasure. I was informed by Heidi, a chef at The Joel Palmer House in Dayton, Oregon, that these babies sell for $25. per pound in upscale grocery stores - if you can find them.
During our stay in Oregon - I am keeping my eyes peeled for the tell tail signs of a Boletus mushroom.
There are approximately 6 students at this school and one teacher. The national average is 15 which means this school has less students in the classroom than most. Students who attend this school come from the ranches in the surrounding area.
I did not know there could still be a one-room school in operation in 2009. Good to know not everything changes.
Monday, June 8, 2009
A long, long time ago in a town far, far away two eager college students took a class at Concordia University, Saint Paul, and learned about primaries, secondaries, eye rings, wing bars, and other field markings. These students, Dave Horn, my husband, and Donna Else, my dear friend, took Ornithology class different semesters, but still have a love of birding. Thank you, Dr. Holtz.
Monday, June 1, 2009
I found the story of Josie Morris fascinating. She was a pioneer from the get go. I have included a link to an article which will tell you a bit about her five husbands, her whiskey still, her adventures in poaching, gardening, and building - she was quite a character. Josie's farm is located in Dinosaur National Monument and while the cabin is still there your imagination will have to create the rest of the story.
I think that Josie must have been vertically challenged.
One early morning we took a hike on the "Sound of Silence" trail. We did not see Simon or Garfunkel - I was disappointed.