Sunday, April 29, 2007

Let her eat cake...

Meet April, My Daughter in law, I don't like the term In law but, it would sound really funny if I said this is my daughter and she's married to my son now wouldn't it?

Today is her Birthday, She's still not stinkin old enough to give a crap about how old she is. So her Birthday should be fun. Just wait til she has to turn 39 over and over again.

A little FYI on April, She's a Vegan at heart, Like me...loves my son to pieces, Hates animal cruelty, Loves Howard Stern, Likes Cooking, Has a Fur baby Yorkie named Annie or Gurd as she so lovingly calls her. Lives too far away for me to have a good relationship with her, :( She could be a convincing look-a-like for a younger Molly Shannon from SNL. She hates that when I say that I know it. But the similarities are there.

I almost could see her doing her own rendition of Mary Katherine Gallagher sometimes with some of her expressions. Ok, Enough with that.My space comments, free myspace images for piming myspace profiles.


...Posted with love always Mom
all in good spirits. Happy Birthday Sweetie!

Friday, April 27, 2007

Dinner at the Twilight zone cafe...

An interesting evening this evening, The Mr. and ventured out for a bite to eat not to far from home to a place we've eaten at 100 times if we've eaten there once. But tonight it was a little odd. It felt like being in some other little town in another cafe. We didn't recognize any one of the servers only the cook, It was busy and two of the female servers were running around like chickens with their heads chopped off and the other server was Hmmmm, how do I describe him? He or she was tall, with very female tendencies, I could have taken make up lessons from him ... He or she did good eye make up, No really, he did. That wasn't the funny part though.

(For the record I have nothing against anyone that has a different sexual orientation than myself. Each to thier own. Live and let live and so on. I'm not trying to be offensive here. If I am, you have my apologies. It's not my intent.)

Ok, so back to the story...
This is a little town out in the middle of really no where, The restaurant is a good ol boy type cafe with the regular boys(men) stopping in and chatting it up with the other boys(Men) a coffee clutch of sorts. Very rural, and an odd place to find a female-ish male. I watched him serve one of the good ol boys and there was no eye contact what~so~ever he did manage to spit out a thank you and that was it.

I'll just bet all the good ol boys have something to talk about now for sure, We watched him or her trying to stay busy and the more harried he or she got the funnier it was he was waving his arms in the air in all the flamboyant style that he or she was capable of. He was the literal fish out water.This was the funny part. I looked over to my right and there was a couple of women trying equally as hard not snicker as I was, but as soon as we realized that we were all quite entertained by the view before us, we all had to snicker to ourselves.
Do you know at that minute it was like looking over at your friends in class and trying not to laugh or you'd get in trouble or something, you can't stop it no matter how hard you try. It was his or her actions not the fact that He or she was cross dressed that was funny.
Now I'm assuming they are locals too and know that this is really strange for this cafe, even twilight zone-ish and we all are thinking the same thing (WTH). Well, we all were thinking that but, they were a long way from being locals.

Now before the night was over we befriended these two ladies (Marj and Kim) and were actually entertained by their tales of travel. They were fresh out of Wisconsin, Yep, Self proclaimed Cheese heads. Fun, they were a riot. They flew in to tour Silver creek falls just south of us. Staying in an Industrial area on Columbia Blvd. in Portland thinking it would be serene and green. But getting the Industrial experience, factory noise, Jake brakes, and traffic. They totally stayed adjacent to the airport but not in a scenic area serene environment they thought they were going to be in, but to tired to make any changes they laughed it off and fell to sleep. Kim the younger gal remarked that it stunk like oil even. Not a good example of the area at all, Don't get me wrong it exists but there are more desirable places to stay that are equally as close in to the airport.

They were flying so to speak from what I could tell by the seat of their pants as far as what they were going to do for the next days tour, I told them of the Columbia River Gorge and we even sat down with them and showed them on the map all the good places to go...I was wishing I could have gone along with them. I knew my back could never tolerate the hike they were going to go on though. Or I might have gone with them. They are going to love the view up there Multnomah Falls, the Bridge of the Gods and the scenic route, All very beautiful places here in the Northwestern corner of Gods country.
You know it's odd but every once in a while though no prior prediction you see the man aboves plan unfold before your very eyes. We just on the spur of the moment decided to go grab a bite to eat and meet some new people that I could really be friends with. Isn't it odd why lives cross paths and I wonder where this will go from here? Did we have dinner there as a part of a picture to direct them to the spot or place they needed to be? I believe in things like this. Everything happens for a reason. I hope they have a great trip and the man above will watch out for them till they return home safely.

Maybe the next visit to Oregon they make, they'll consider a trip to the coastline and we'll go too!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

From Coffee To Cocktails, Hmmmmm...

I have been reading some of my favorite blogs and the topic was cocktails plus some other things also, but it made me think of what my favorite was.
This picture reminds me of it...A Godiva Chocolate Martini, It's sinfully good.
1 1/4 shots Godiva® chocolate liqueur
3/4 shot Vanilla Stoli vodka
A little whipping cream

Mix all ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake and pour into a chilled cocktail glass. This recipe straight from the bar at the Treasure Island Resort in Las Vegas, NV.
Now I have liked a Coconut Rum and Pineapple juice also, Or Tequila and lemon and salt when on the beach with a campfire and friends. Beer is Ok for a glass or two with a game of pool, Wine...I'm a wuss, I like the sweeter blush wines. Even the Wild Vines Blackberry Merlot, It's good! ...and Less heartburn.

While surfing I stumble onto the winner of the Americas hottest Bartender and think with the American woman natural response (B*$%^)...just kidding, but she was cute, But the Guy was cuter and I wouldn't mind seeing him across the bar.
I came across a web page on AOL of Cocktails by your Horoscope sign and thought I'd share it.

Now, I can whip up a dangerously delicious Coffee drink, with Brandy, Grand Mariner, kaluha, and Goviva Chocolate ofcourse, top with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles or cinnamon or nutmeg or cardamon. Your choice.

Now onto the real day, The Mr. is doing a mentor day with the Grandsons. He'll either come home with a big headache or will have had a good day...its' totally up to the boys. It's take your kids to work day and they picked him, Boy are they in for it. Remember he's a Horseshoer. On good days it's hard work, stinky, and depending on the horse,...dangerous.
Oh, he's got plans for them and they'll not be just sitting around. Sweeping and straightening up his Shoeing rig, I can almost promise will get included. But I guess for boys it still will be better than being in school. I'm curious what their report will say.
For me, It's to the Vet. with Emmy Lou she has over the past few days developed swelling in her hind teats like mastitis but she's not pregnant. I'm scared for her. I have never seen this except on a nursing cat. Maybe it's a Phantom Pregnancy or something, I don't know, but I know I'm worried sick.

***Update on Emmy, After a traumatic office visit we discovered it was a Phantom Pregnancy just as I thought, She thinks she's a mommy with milk and all. It's totally weird. It explains some of her behavior lately though. I thank god that's all it was.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

A New Cuppa Joe

This evening the Mr and I went out for a bite to eat in a little suburb of Portland called Milwaukie. Back to a place we ate at pretty often while in the early dating stage. It's a quaint little place, usually good service and from the looks of the place and location the people are mostly locals. The place isn't anything special, but the food is glorious, the razor clams are to die for. The crab and cheese melt sandwich is outta this world, Stacked high with dungeoness crab.

It was like going home for dinner and knowing it would be just as great today as it was years ago. However there was one change and to my surprise it was scrumptiously delightful. A new coffee, and from the first drink I was in love. Medium bodied, full flavor, nice finish and no Bitterness! No acidy taste at all. Yummmmmm.
It was the best Coffee bar none, that I have ever sipped and my company wasn't bad either. Most Enjoyable, I love Sundays like this.

I'm updating the Mr's blog site again for those whom are interested, I actually got him up to date and have done some informative things also. so just go check him out and don't forget to say hi or ask a question if you like.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

A must have in Oregon

Due to the pouring rain here in the Portland area I'd like to tell some of these drivers that crawl along the minute it starts to rain. Rain Shield works great it's an Instant Glass Coating Repels Rain, Sleet & Snow, On Rainy Days Just Spray & Drive, No Rags, No Hands, Improves Visibility Even Without Wipers. It just plain Rocks!

No vehicle should be without this, so if you live here in Oregon or where it rains alot go get some and keep it in your glove box for when you need to get the visability you need to drive safe and the speed limit at least. It works wonders for night time driving in the rain. I get mine at Fred Meyers.

Praying for sunshine tomorrow...

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

I'm Back to the Keyboard

Our trip was rewarding although not as financially rewarding as we had hoped but who gets it all anymore. Many Knife makers complained of the same problem.
We had many tell us the knives were absolutely beautiful! We had 3 separate people come and take pictures at our table of the Mr.s craft. Now that tells me he's becoming a talent to be recconded with, Otherwise why bother. One even said one of our knives was the Best in Show as far as he was concerned. We had a huge amount of people stop by and listen to the Mr's tales of the makings and the how he did its. I watched him talking and beamed with pride and seen the teacher in him, He will be good at teaching his craft someday. His opportunity will come sooner than he thinks.
I am in the process of updating his site and adding more pictures, Give me a few days and there will be more to read and see.

The picture above was me returning to my craft after being best supporting wife of a Knife maker, Oh by the way that is just one of my best skills. It's the morning after all of the 5000+ people of the weekend, Checking out of the hotel and walking the peaceful path finally. A swan song and a goose honk are the only sounds to be heard. Yay!
Note of appreciation to the La Quinta Inn, Your beds are fabulous and spacious. I need a king sized bed.