Friday, January 30, 2009

Just like you...another feel good Friday.

A friend of ours named Carl Faddis, he's singer/song writer has helped produce a sensitivity training tool.
We first met Carl in an outdoor backyard type concert, We were invited by another friend named Rod Casteel to come and join him and his band for some entertainment and a nice afternoon out listening to music. It was a potluck style and the hosts supplied the wine if I remember right. Donations could be made to help support the band.

To shorten the story a bit, Rod Casteel with Moondanse Trio introduced us to Carl Faddis and gave Carl the stage and he sang. Wow, He was great. Nice tones to his voice, and a great spirit. Well, we chatted for awhile and he has sent emails since then telling us of his progress in his new venture.
This was his little note today;
"I had the honor of co-producing a video for LTD to use in our annual training classes. Wrote a song and we threw in the camera work and now this thing seems to have a life of its own. Other transit agencies around the country are requesting it for use in their trainings as well. I co-produced it with my dear friend Richard Shrope, a fellow bus operator. There were others involved, providing wisdom, encouragement, camera time, graphic support, computer support and so on. Wonderful people who all believed in the power of image and music to touch the heart and perhaps turn the keel to feel. A labor of love. 1st project like that I'd ever been involved with."

"You will see the stars of the show. People. Wonderful, beautiful, kind, diverse people...Just Like You..."

This is his Video...

Yay! Carl I'm so proud!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

A fun day at the Oregon Wine and Seafood Festival 2009

Saturday we left the farm early, a day off, So we tried to squeeze in a fun day at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, OR. It was for the Wine and Seafood of course. Now in the same center, this BTW, is absolutely beautiful and amazingly huge.
Fun, Fun, Fun. First off, we bought our glasses to do the wine sampling and then we searched out food. The food was incredible; we had a crab sandwich made by the cooking school, and while I waited in that line the Mr. searched out pizza.
After he seen the crab sandwich we all know what was his choice, let’s just say it was a Wine and Seafood extravaganza, Yum. My lips never touched my slice of pizza.

They had plenty to see and do, I played crab shuffleboard, and was able to put my crab into the pacific ocean and not touch the shore or the picture that were strategically placed to screw you up and make you lose, although I seen the judge give a few away that I would have called loses.
So I played and won a free shrimp cocktail and a fish necklace that looks like the necklaces for a New Orleans Mardi gras celebration only in linked fishes instead of pearl shapes. So YaY!

Hip Chicks that Do Wine. Great Labels!

We sampled a few wines, had fun checking out all the vendors, Many were very friendly and had great gift ideas. There was everything from alpaca wool capes to hand knitted mittens to wine cozies, cheese platters and more.

Cute Wine cozies

We visited our favorite little vendor Rose City Pepperheads, we sampled and chatted and had a good old time. Mango Madness jelly is a flavor that I personally like the best and their most popular, but, Oh my goodness they all are good. They are online too! you’ve got to try them out. Mango Madness jelly put on Salmon and baked is incredible served with some small baby reds and some sautéed asparagus. Just made you hungry, huh?

I should have taken a picture of this and didn’t but, There was a guy that made they platters out of wine bottles in a kiln and melted them flat on their side, put a picture on the back facing up and hook to hang it , and along with a cheese knife it was gorgeous, and ingenious too.

There were two other events happening at the same time.
The celebration of the Chinese New Year Cultural Fair 2009 - Year of the Ox
• The Vietnamese Community of Oregon - TET 2009.
Our first stop was the Chinese Cultural Fair, My impression…A lot to watch. The people are interesting and the talent was awesome, what I liked, they made it English friendly. I felt welcome and truly did enjoy the shows they put on for the public.

I bought a few bracelets two made from agate, 1 tiger striped brown and white and 1 in a ocean green color and two made from cinnabar, carved in the Chinese styled carving of flowers and dragons they are really pretty in the traditional cinnabar red and black. I already have a carved necklace that dates back to the 30’s or 40’s in carved cinnabar.

My first show was a bunch of really cute little girls doing a fan style dance. They were gorgeous, each trying their hardest to do their best…Beautiful. Then it was Susan Chan singing Lemon Tree, she was cute and sort of pop culture, every once in a while she would say some English words I could understand.

Next up was the Lion dancers or dragon dancers I don’t know how to tell them apart, what can I say they were incredible! It was completely entrancing to watch. How do they do that? They are not only dancers, but, acrobats also. Simply Amazing.

I was supposed to have Kim, a friend of mine come and meet us there if she could get away from work. It ended up that she got too busy and couldn’t come. She is Vietnamese and I know would have made the Vietnamese TET way more fun for us with her being able to interpret and point out things of interest. I really wanted her to come to be able to see her way of life and culture; I know she was disappointed too.

It was like going to a foreign country for the first time, not very English friendly and frankly, I didn’t know where to start or what to look at. I recognized certain vendors like State farm Ins.Looked for egg rolls, didn't find any, But other than that we just did a run through and left. I have to say though, the costuming for Vietnamese girls are very pretty.

Coming up in April you'll have a chance to relive the Astoria Crab seafood and Wine Festival April 24, 2009 - April 26, 2009 in Astoria, OR., only my favorite little city in oregon. Maybe my blog friend Elleda in Astoria will be a vendor and I'll finally get to meet her there.

Happy Chinese New Year! Year of the Ox, Meaning: forge ahead, be strong.

Friday, January 23, 2009

It's feel good Friday

Julia Nunes
I love, love, love her spirit. The blog post title links to her site. Most of you probably already know about her, I'm usually the last to find them. That's me, Slow but steady.
There's a little something for almost everyone, Buttercup I dedicate to my Mr. Enjoy!!!!
baby now that I found you.

all my lovin

raining men


you're my best friend (to all of you)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Historic Fort Vancouver, WA

A view from the lookout and guard post, John Mcloughlin's personal view of Mt.Hood way back when.

The carpenters shop

Examples of Items used and made there.

Items from officers quarters, and below is the dining hall for officers.

The Mr's favorite place the Blacksmith shop, To bad it wasn't open. There may be more to follow on that topic. Stay tuned.

The jail and the lookout w/cannons all the way around.

Reenactors dressed in standard dress for the time frame

The kitchen area that cooked all the food for the post and personal. It has great bones but I'd miss my kitchenaid's pretty bad.

Ahhhhh, the sun, It revives my spirit. Could it be any more gorgeous? Really?
This is the Columbia river looking toward Oregon. This is near the historic Fort Vancouver. This is what you would have seen if you were traveling by river to the Hudson bay Trading Post back in 1825, Well, maybe not this sailboat but many others I'm sure. We did a tour there Sunday, That seems so funny to me that we had not gone there before. We only live 25 minutes away.
There's a sobering feeling when you go to a place like that and see the way of life back then, Man, do I appreciate all my things and all my appliances, and my hot water heater. But most of all my indoor plumbing.

It's pretty neat to think about all the famous people that walked the same grounds that you were walking and some actually lived near by. I took a few shots of little vignettes that they painstakingly put together for the public to see and experience.
Sunday when we had our visit it was windy with the wind blowing from the east from the Columbia River Gorge and rarely when that happens is it warm air. I'd say it was maybe 38 and that not including a wind chill. I gotta give this person credit on the sail boat, It had to be frigid out there but they just sailed around like it was 70. It made for a great picture, even though I froze trying to get it.

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Friday, January 16, 2009

Fog is only romantic in London

I'm fogged in and cold, I've barely got above 37 degrees today. My fire builder, will be home soon, He's working and the whole time he's been gone I've been fogged in,...for 3 days.
In this image you see some with sun and some without. The without would be me. The with is just 3 miles to the west of me. Living on a hill can have it's advantages, When the fog rises, this is not one of them.
I'm ready for summer.

An airplane in the arms of angels among us

Yesterday I believe 155 people were saved by the hand of our Lord.
I also believe that all the history and training and experience that put Pilot Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger III on that plane yesterday was not an accident. He has spent his life preparing for this event, preparing to save these very lives. He is a true hero along with his crew and it by the power of God and his angels that he was able to pull it off, and thank the Lord he did.

Can you imagine how this must be changing the lives of these people that experienced this "Miracle on the Hudson"?
I bet theres some that went home and hugged their kids, wives, husbands, or family like they have never hugged them before and expectedly so. Some that realized that what they are doing is not the path they should be on. Some probably are making a new commitment to their marriage, family, their religion, health, or whatever is important to each of them.
I'll bet there were many bargains made in prayers, I'll bet even non believers were praying and are now believers because they recieved this gift. I'd be willing to bet that there was even some new alliances to come from this. New friends, new ways of life, new ways of thinking.
I thank God that all of you surviviors are safe, a huge thank you to "Sully" and your team for choosing to fly that flight., To the people that helped keep the babies safe and looked after the ones that couldn't seem to help themselves, To the people on the river, the ferry driver that was there so quickly and so jubilant and joyful that everyone was saved, Yep, you all were placed in the right places yesterday and are Hero's of the human kind by the hand of God. Humbling isn't it?

What if you were one of the people on board...think about it...
What would you change in your life if you had experienced this and had this second lease on life?

Sunday, January 11, 2009

How long has this little locking tab been there?

After getting this forward and the response back from those unfortunate souls that I rarely send these out to, I decided this has got to come to light and be announced by someone.

Because I missed it, and everyone I sent it to missed it too!

"If you knew, why didn't you tell me? I had to go into the kitchen and check this out for myself. Whoever looks at the end of your aluminum foil box? You know when you try to pull some foil out and the roll comes out of the box. Then you have to put the roll back in the box and start over. The darn roll always comes out at the wrong time. Well, I would like to share this with you. Yesterday I we nt to throw out an empty Reynolds foil box and for some reason I turned it and looked at the end of the box. And written on the end it said, Press here to lock end. Right there on the end of the box is a tab to lock the roll in place. How long has this little locking tab been there? I then looked at a generic brand of aluminum foil and it had one, too. I then looked at a box of Saran wrap and it had one too! I can't count the number of times the Saran wrap roll has jumped out when I was trying to cover something up. "

...Ok, so I go to the drawer and pull out the tin foil and sure as s*** there's a marking to press here on both sides of the box. I tried till I almost broke a nail to push there. There is supposedly perforation, and you know what, it is still intact, I can't break it. Go figure. Sweeti

here's just one response to good to not pass on...
do you know how many years (50+?) that i have struggled with
aluminum foil boxes??? i called my neighborhood housewives, they didn't
know about that little thingy either. duh-h!