By beckysdad on Jul 16, 2014 at 11:44 AM
A day at traffic court doesn't sound like fun at all. I love how da lil' old ladies figure placards are interchangeable. I mean "who's going to challenge a blue hair, right?" I'd have been annoyed that I had to call and push back the dinner plans. Eating an hour later is no big deal but I hate the thought of inconveniencing someone else. At least a good time was had by all in the end. I hope all went well with Shasta. It's been a good day for Becky and I. You probably EDd about the meeting with Fiona the pit bull this morning. That's such an awesome name for a female pit and she really is a love. We met another couple gals on our second walk that were very impressed with how well behaved Becky is. They each have beagles at home. Beagles are adorable but when they catch a scent there's just no way you'll get them to mind. They asked me if I wanted to train their dogs. Fortunately it wasn't a serious question.
By Sylviag on Jul 16, 2014 at 8:21 AM
Well Traffic Court is interesting LOL We met son's gal pal there to straighten out MIL's handicap placard that she didn't have when GP took her shopping. Turns out MIL had someone's else's which is why the Judge required GP to show up cuz the photocopy of the placard GP mailed in did not match the one on file for MIL. Have no clue how she snagged another residen'ts placard. Old ladies in assisted living ... nuff said. We brought the right one and Judge took GP's fine down to $30 from $160 and nothing on her record. We did figure out to never speed on the Bend Parkway and use a cell phone while driving. 9/10th of the cases were that. We had to wait a freaking 1 1/2 hour for our turn cuz GP got there late so we were almost last on the list. Traffic Safety classes must be bursting at the seams since nearly everyone had to go to that. Consequently had to call nephew and his Mom and her SO to tell them we would be an hour late meeting them for dinner. Was very nice to see them. Costco and 5 other places to go to yesterday. Gotta run to get Shasta in for her elder kitteh check-up, take MIL shopping for shoes and make stuff for son's BBQ tonight. Get RV ready to go camping tomorrow. Hope to get on here for a bit this afternoon. You and Lady Becky have a great day,
By beckysdad on Jul 14, 2014 at 8:38 PM
The gum thing hasn't been painful. It's more annoying than anything else. I'm just tired of dealing with it. I might have chosen a different verb rather than exploded when talking about food trucks cooking with gas but it's certainly expressive. I can see where scoring the ideal location could make all the difference in the world. The nature of food trucks really has changed though I haven't eaten off of one in about twenty years. Burgers, chips and shrubbery...could be a restaurant name. That was nice of you to go all liquids with Bryan. I'm sure he appreciated that.
By Sylviag on Jul 14, 2014 at 6:43 PM
Uh oh, better keep an eye on that. Any infection around the teeth needs to be watched. Hope it is not hurting badly. Rats, gum issues always seem to cost a lot of monies. Oh, never thought of the food trucks. They have really exploded in the past 10 years. Bend has all kinds of regulations about them and have a lottery every year for prime corners There was just some kind of dust-up about one that parked in the wrong area. You can tell how low key Bend is when that makes the front page :) Bryan is grilling some burgers and I better go help do something or another. We're just shooting for chips and shrubbery. Too hot for anything else. I was a good parnter and only did liquids yesterday with him - of course mine were much better fruit and chai tea smoothies :)
By beckysdad on Jul 14, 2014 at 6:37 PM
There's a low grade infection in the gum and the dentist now thinks that I need to see a periodontist to best resolve it. I'll see him on Thursday morning. Oh joy. I don't think it was a block party. I'm leaning towards them owning maybe a couple food trucks. That's the only thing I can think of. Thank ceiling cat that your son came through with a BBQ on Wednesday. You'd have gone more than two days in a row without a get-together. We can't have that!
By Sylviag on Jul 14, 2014 at 6:21 PM
ED on the crown and hope they glue it in properly this time. Good grief on the propane tanks - were they having a BBQ block party? We love our occasinal (OK more than occasional) blended espresso treats and sometimes get stuck behind soeone who must be getting them for their whole office. ALl good with the parents? ROFL - you slipped one colo joke in! And the fun never ends :) Son just called and said he was having a big BBQ party for his half-bro's 40th Wed eve. I'm on the hook for a tossed salad and garlic bread. I still have a lot of lettuce in the greenhouse so happy to oblige. Wish I had some ripe tomatoes but some are just starting to turn color. Yes on the lake and feel the need for some down time and beach lolling. WIll come back Mon am.
By beckysdad on Jul 14, 2014 at 5:47 PM
You started that note with "popping in" and I was going to comment "that's what the doctor said". I'm glad it went well and no more thought need be given to it. That's awesome that Velvet and MIL are enjoying domestic bliss. She's happy...Velvet is happy and you have one less thing to worry about. Yippee! Instead you get to deal with the courthouse...sigh. Are you lake-bound again this weekend? Are you back on Monday? I can imagine how thrilled you were with the drive on McKenzie path. I'm glad the view offered some recompense for your stress. Glad you liked the sleep position LOL. It's been a struggle to capture that pose well, which is odd since she assumes it so often. She's such a nutty girl.
By Sylviag on Jul 14, 2014 at 2:34 PM
ROFL on SLeep Postion! There are an "end"less supply LOL Doc said all looked good, just one small polyp which she got rid of and Bryan is ensconced on the couch playing vid games having taken doc's advice to heart about taking it easy the rest of the day. Velvet is working out dandy and is a sweet little thing. Bunch of stuff this week so glad to just lae around this afternoon. Tomorrow we have to meet with son's ex gal pal at the courthouse to hopefully get her parking in handicapped zone reduced. For whatever reason she listened to MIL a month or so ago who covinced her it was OK to park there even though she did not have her placard with her and yeppers $160 ticket. So now we have to go there with the placard to show it in person, MIL not needed though. That's at 4. Nephew's Mom is in town for a few days with her SO and we're meeting them at 5 at McMinnamens for dinner. All downtown so good timing. Wed we take Shata for her eldr kitty check-up and shots and MIL out for shoe shopping and get ready for camping. Thus am Bryan has doc appt to get stitches out from the dermatology slice and dice. Take Shasta into Kitty spa and leave for camping. Sonny and the indoor kittehs will be fine with extra litter boxes as we're close enough to come back a couple of times during the weekend. Shasta with her need to be fed every few hours has to be at the spa. Eugene was great. A very nice amphitheater and the two reggae bands were great. Nice thing was we actually got to play disc golf both days. We hadn't played since our friend visited us in Jun. Dexter State Park is just about 20 mins south of Eugene and they have a very nice (but challenging) 18 hole course right on a lake with a lot of woodsy holes. We changed in the park bathroom so we could go swimming after. Was very hot there too. Came home Fri taking McKenzie Pass which we had never done before (it's only open in the summer. Oh man, very windy and narrow road up the west side. Couldn't go much over 20 mph and randomly saw 3 skateboarders flying down the road! They had full protective gear, helmets, etc., but still pretty ectreme given the grade. As you get to the top it's all volcanic lava flows and forested "islands" and the view of all the mountains from the observation center is breathtaking. The Ob Ctr was relaly cool. It was built by the CCC in the 30 out of rock and there are openings all around, eah opening framing a mountain.
By beckysdad on Jul 14, 2014 at 9:28 AM
There are so many bad and rude jokes to be made but it's better if nothing more is said and Bryan gets this out of the way. How was Eugene? You're probably due for some relaxing in the AC.
By Sylviag on Jul 14, 2014 at 9:19 AM
Popping in :) Bryan has a colonoscopy this mornng - oh joy :) Nothig bad, just been 10 years. Supposed to be mid 90s today so I think when we get back I'll stay inside in AC comfort and do a little catch up here with you and everyone else.
By beckysdad on Jul 9, 2014 at 10:56 AM
I'll bet Sonny and Shasta are getting very tired of seeing the cat carriers come out. That's great news on the PT front for MIL. I'm assuming that since you didn't mention it that things are working well with the new cat...Velvet, right? It would be so nice to have that one work out well for all concerned. Becky and I have gotten very good at staying cool. Fortunately I'm a very early riser so it's no trouble getting all my activity done by noon. Of course, since I'm the only boss around here quitting by noon would be authorized even if I slept late. Have fun in Eugene.
By Sylviag on Jul 9, 2014 at 7:49 AM
Quick Hi. Heading to Euege soon. Dropping Sonny and Shasta off at kitty spa. WIll play a nice DG course a little south of town we've played before and then to the hotel to meet with gson and gkids. Spent time with MIL yesterday. So happy she is really taking physical therapy seriously (had her 2d appt Tues) and next week we will take her to get some better walking shoes. Went to bed earlty last night so as to be fresh for today and the concert tonight. Bunch of papery stuff and errands to run as usual and making sure all the auto sprinklers are getting everything. Gave an extra bucket of water to each of the new shrubs and daisies I planeted. Not even gonna complain about the heat when I see the horrid weather across much of the nation.. You and Becky stay cool.
By beckysdad on Jul 8, 2014 at 1:06 PM
Glad you liked the poem. Holly does enjoy my brownies but Dana really seems to love them more than anyone else. Yeah, Becky's fondness for spuds I think was more about availability than any real passion. We'd gone for our dawn walk quite a few years ago and rather than the usual once she pooped three times on that walk. There were white chunks in her stool and I couldn't imagine what she'd gotten into. After the walk I went into the kitchen with a mind to make some homemade hash browns and eggs. Imagine my surprise when I found just a single remaining spud where there had been three the day before. Crazy dog! I think she'd view it more as expanding her total chow hound cred than jeopardizing her reputation as a carnivore. I think it's great that you have so many dogs sharing your lake adventures. With such a concentrated season I can understand why you all try to squeeze in as much as you can. We've had temps in the low to mid 80s. That's warmer than I prefer but not so hot as to be worth complaining about. It has caused me to take our second walk an hour earlier than usual to be more comfortable. How are all your growies doing?
By Sylviag on Jul 7, 2014 at 8:57 PM
Oh that is so clever and cute! I bet she can scarf down a few of your brownies too. I know Becky likes carrots, but taters too? LOL Gonna blow her carnivore cred. It is such a bonus to be within 30-40 minutes of so many very beautiful lakes. Most we haven't even explored yet. You are both welcome any time and Becky can get her fill of playing in the water. Sun we had 4 water dogs (and one scuffy little guy) playing in the water. Sky, son's dog, will play in the water all day long if you let her. It is still pretty cold water so we make her get out to rest on the beach. Is there a trip to the ocean in your future soon? I know Becky love that the best. Because summer is relatively short here, they just cram everything they can into it. So many free outdoor concerts in town, this festival, that festival, most all involved beer LOL Every weekend seems to be a bike race, golf tournament, with a few rodeos thrown. Many attract people nationwide, especially the bicycling and they have some major races. Got stuck behind one last year on the Cascade Lake Highway and dawdled along for about 30 minutes til they let some cars go by. Have you had the heat too?
By beckysdad on Jul 7, 2014 at 8:40 PM
Just sent you a copy of the poem that Holly wrote. Boy you've just been a blur. I'm guessing there was some downtime within all those events but you guys have really been in motion...as usual. That's awesome that you have the water so close to be able to slip off and play so frequently. Becky wants to know if she can go to camp at your place. ;^) Are all the fires out near you? I always worry about that with the heat and the fireworks. There wasn't too much that came out of the breakfast meeting with the Cornazon...I think that's the right term. It was a nice time and they knew lots of the same people but there were no great revelations.
By Sylviag on Jul 7, 2014 at 8:24 PM
Thx! ED looking for how the breakfast with your Dad and fellow Corningite, Corningtonian? went? I hope they had a really enjoyable time reminisicing. Wow what a sweetheart of a niece to do that for you. How old is she? Who would have thought the 4th would last several days :) Concert was great. Son and gal were going to cruise downtown and take a cab home. But another couple whom we also know fairly well offered an afterburner party in their back patio. We said we would take son and gal pal and a couple of other people without rides and drop them off. Dontcha know we had to see their house and patio; one glass of wine and so on and so forth. Wound up taking a taxi home at 1 am as did everone else who didn't crash there. Picked up the Honda next day around noon and did some shopping and got my salad ready for the 4th and even managed a 45 min nap. Nice do at Cody's gal pal's. Bryan's bro and his son came and we met some of her friends. One street over is a cul de sac where all the neighbors gathered for the best view of the fireworks on Pilot Butte. Youngest gson and his BF had fun setting off kiddy fireworks. Cool ending to the evening was a young friend of son's is a fire dancer and he put on a terrific show. We had the RV so retired at a more sensible hour. After morning schmoozing we dropped the RV at home and went to Lowe's for Bryan to get some 2x10 treated for a bulkhead behind the garage where hill slopes and the soil has been eroding around a big pine we want to keep for shade. He put up my new clothelines back there too. It has been in the hot 90s so Sun we all went to Cultus Lake and met some friends already camping there. Son brought boat over from the Lodge where he moors it and I provided a picnic lunch. We stayed til almost 5 and went over to the Lodge to say hi to everyone. Oldest gson working in the kitchen there and gdau will work some weekends too once softball over; her BF's Mom and Dad help run it with Mom's parents who own it. On Suns they shut the restaurant, store and marina down at 5 They rent 23 cabins by the week and rent our all kinds of waterraft. 24/7 for them from mid May thru mid Sep and they all live there with just trips home to take care of business. Every summer we have a party for them on a Sun at State Park a mile up the road. We agreed on the 20th. Wed head to Eugene with son, gpal, gdau, youngest gson for outdoor reggae concert and stay an extra day to putter around. Hotel has pool so hope it's nice.
By beckysdad on Jul 4, 2014 at 6:17 AM
Towel hoarders...love it...congrats!
By beckysdad on Jul 3, 2014 at 5:41 PM
I see a gas model or two in your future. You can't say no forever and you really do need two so it's not a solitary event. Yeah, that was quite the guy story...but it was also a definite gal story. You had the chance to say I told you so and shake your head at man's refusal to read direction. You may have already seen that I punted on the waldorf relish and opted for brownies instead. I always have leftovers when I make the relish...never with the brownies. Have fun and stay safe tomorrow. Let's hope for no fires!
By Sylviag on Jul 3, 2014 at 11:21 AM
Hiya, on for a few. Got a great "man" story for ya. Granpa teaching gson the manly way of doing things. Youngest gson called yesterday morning and wanted to spend a couple of days with us. Cool. Son dropped him off on the way to job site. Bryan and gson start working on the RC Racer track in the back cleaning brush, etc., and I did weeding. Around 2 they're ready to go in a get a racer. One this month had been the deal (the little buggers aren't cheap, can run up to 1k for the high powered gas ones). So I remind them of my imposed budgetary costraints and I'm looking at a 60 year old and 10 year old, both with the "just shoot me look" as my speech dribbles off into the ozone. I let them get 2 but they did get the cheaper electric ones which don't require as much maintenance, less noisy, no gas fumes, and less maintenance. Foolishy I ask about a manual. "Yeah, but how hard can this be, charge the battery pack and go." They spent an hour "charging" the charger. They go to hook it up and nothing fits. Beeecause the actual battery is still under the body of the car. Plan B, hook the battery pack to the charger and plug the charger in. Simple right? Weeell, there is a red light and a green light on the charger. Bryan assumes it should be on green. Another hour and the car still won't go cuz the battery is still not charged. I ask "Did the charger come with a manual." Ummm, yeah, the paperwork is in recycling. Lo and behold, you have to switch it to red and when it is fully charged it will go to green. Success at last ROFL Guess who wrecked theirs first and now has to get a new part? Cool cuz gson got to meet kid next door who came over when he saw them racing. He and his Dad have a track in their back yard so they played there. And his Dad has a gas racer that is, yep, down for maintenance. Boys and their toys. They're both off to get spare pats :) Sounds frustrating for your Dad on the Ancestry thing :( Glad you can help him out. I saw your Waldrof salad again. I had faved it but didn't print it out, did his time. Great summer salad. We had a doozy of a Tstorm yesterday, 1400 lightning strikes; only 2 small fire which were put out quickly, Worry about the fireworks tomorrow. I'm only on the hook for a big tossed salad for the BBQ. I have tons of lettuce in the geenhouse so piece of cake. Dinner and Steely Dan tonight with son and gal pal. Likely won't be on til tomorrow am.
By beckysdad on Jul 1, 2014 at 7:27 PM
My roses do just fine in the heat. They are actually very hardy plants. I don't even water them separately. The roots are deep enough now that they soak up water from the lawn even though they're in raised beds adjacent to the lawn. I haven't seen that shot from the space station I'll go look for it when I finish my note. That had to be tough for the HS gal. Saying no to MIL would have been awful and they really do want to find good homes for all the kittehs. Knowing the full, unadulterated history rather than the spin no doubt helped them find the best cat they could for her. I really hope it comes together for you all. I just got through watching an recorded episode of Chopped and it was sooo satisfying. There was one jackass, arrogant, pretentious jerk of a chef that popped off throughout the first round and denigrated all the competitors. It was so gratifying to see him eliminated in the first round and then act like a two year old when he learned he was chopped. Aaaahhhh...it was beautiful.
By Sylviag on Jul 1, 2014 at 7:11 PM
How do your roses do in the heat? Just glad we don't live in the SW, they are getting slammed with heat. Did you see the cool shot from the space station of lightning? Kittens would have been a disaster for sure. I talked to the HS woman for 20 minutes to give her a complete history of MIL and cats and to point out we had 2 of hers already. Poor woman got an earful. I straightened out the greenhouse today and it was plenty hot. Tomorrow I need to do the flower terraes but will tackle them in the cool of the morning. Sigh -no matter where one lives, there are weeds :)
By beckysdad on Jul 1, 2014 at 7:00 PM
I'm glad the HS shut her down on the kittens. I can only imagine how that would have turned out. I sure hope you don't have to pull litter duty over there. I suspect the facility is in for a bad time if they don't follow through on their assurances to you. That 96 of yours can't be fun...dry or humid.We've hit the 90s the last few days but we've gotten all of our activity out of the way early on. We generally don't have to deal with humidity here. Dad has been okay in that hotel before. While it is mostly unfamiliar, he doesn't have a ton of new medications coursing through his veins like at the hospital.
By Sylviag on Jul 1, 2014 at 6:43 PM
Oh yeah, she still has all her devious faculties going on LOL We'll see but if not, I'll be on litter duty again. I must say after meeting Velvet and cuddling her, she is the perfect cat for that situation. MIL said it is not the cat she would have picked (she actually had her eye on 2 kittens to which they said resounding No!) but she really likes her now. And being an older female, the litter situation should not be as big a problem. It smelled good when we came in today. Oh that sounds like a really fun day for all of you and the meeting with the woman from Corning WIll Dad be OK with a hotel? I know he gets confused at hospitals but that is likely because of the reason he is in there. Totally out of touch with weather - has it been hot there?
By beckysdad on Jul 1, 2014 at 6:21 PM
I really did say "Oh no" before I started chuckling when I read the news about MIL getting another cat. On one level, I love the fact that she hasn't become a totally passive person that has retired from life and has gone someplace to wither away. I really do hope the facility will provide the support they said as it didn't work out well last time. I can picture MIL waving goodbye after your last visit, wishing you a great trip and all the while the wheels are churning in her brain. If it all works out it will be funny. If it goes the way things have gone in the past it will just be another helping of frustration pie. I usually like pie but... I'm glad you got to weigh in at least on what kind of cat might be appropriate. I really hope Velvet works out. I'm out at my bro's place on the 4th. I'll grab the folks and take them out there but they're going to spend the night in a hotel right close. Mike has arranged for them to have breakfast the next morning with him and Dana and a woman they've met who was born and lived in Corning about the same time as Dad. It could be a very special morning. I hope it brings up some great memories for Dad. I think Mike really scored with this one.
By Sylviag on Jul 1, 2014 at 6:04 PM
Hiya, most of the catch-up RL ash and trash done last ouple of days. Did I mention MIL got a cat while we were gone. We figured she would do tht sigh. The facility gave the OK double sigh. The Humane Society had left us a msg and somewhere around Fish Lake CA 120 I was able to get reception. She had a friend who could still dlrive take her but she was cooling her heels there for an hour til I called back. They aid they were uncertain because of her age and history with Sonny who we now have. Really hard to say no but I told them only an older female cat as all she wants is a cat to sit on her lap and purr. They had 2 there both around 10 years old and they limited her to one of those 2. We took her to her first PT appt today and "Velvet" is a really cute very petite and friendly cat who had only been indoors. Supposedly all kinds of people will help her with the litter - we'll see as that's what was promised with Sonny too. We made Bryan's bro here promise to take her if something were to happen. Inurance will pay up to 4k for PT for a year. Got appts for the next two weeks on the day the facility will take residents for medical appts. They gave her exercises to do but whether she'll do them or not. Rats on soccer loss but we gave it a good go. 96 today and saying "dry heat" is not helpful :) We broke down and put on the central air at 78 and it feels pretty good. I see AOCH is on - yay - have to pop in and say Hi. Anything eggziting happening for u and Becky? What you doing on the 4th? We're going to son's gal pal's house as she lives right by Pilot Butte where they set off the big displays. Grat comixes of Becky and Foxy's bday card! I have a lot of belated everythings to do but won't be able to catch all the FPs.
By beckysdad on Jul 1, 2014 at 5:57 AM
Hey, fren. Great to see you back on the site but it was even better to hang out in person. You did a great job with the comix review of your travels. I'm always amazed that you don't come home with half a dozen new kittehs. Have your purr babies been clingy since you got home? I'm guessing Willie was most of all. I hope all went well at home while you were traveling.
By Sylviag on Jun 14, 2014 at 7:38 AM
OK 7 am it is :) Just on quick enough to leave some msgs.
By Sylviag on Jun 14, 2014 at 12:16 AM
See ya Mon! Doing some catch-up here tonight but won't be one in the am. before we leave. RV all hooked up and all I need to do is put in the food. Got Shasta and Sonny to the pet resort. Sonny was not a happy camper at all and I hope he will settle down. Willc all them toorrow to see how he is doing. Shasta looked around, and plopped into her floofy we had brought and settled in for a nap :)
By Sylviag on Jun 13, 2014 at 9:57 AM
So glad to her all the surgeries are over and the true healing can begin. Give him a vitual hug for me. I would love to send him another card but don't know where to send it to now. I imagine it won't be long befoe they start physical rehab. Trhey like to get right on that. We're staying at Woodson Bridge RV Park so my guess is that you're correct on that. It sounded reall lovely and Bryan booked a spot right on the river. I'll take some pics of that area for you. He did stained glass - how cool! Bryan wants to tke a class in that this winter. Would love to find the church and take a pic if we have time. Just afew more minutes here and gotta run again. Have had my track shoes on for the past week now!
By beckysdad on Jun 13, 2014 at 9:47 AM
Getting that fence done is huge! You guys have really earned this trip. I laughed at your comment about Gson drooling over a fully stocked freezer. Being from HR you understand the importance of devising an incentive program that truly motivates the team! I'll likely see James this afternoon. He's done with surgeries and was fairly comfy last time I heard. If I don't see him this afternoon I'll see him tomorrow. It all depends on when this last delivery gets made. Will you be staying near Woodson Bridge in Corning? We used to go to the park there for family gatherings when my grandparents lived in Corning. There's a little church in town that has some of my grandfather's stained glass hanging in there, too. They're fairly simple doves but I always thought it was cool. That's great news that the fire is knocked out, too!