By Sylviag on Sep 18, 2014 at 12:31 PM
Ready toroll. You and Becky have a wonderful weekend back home. Showed Bryan the pics last night and he was most impressed not only with the scenery but your ossum photog skills. See ya Mon eve.
By Sylviag on Sep 17, 2014 at 10:00 PM
Wonderul, wonderful pics! Just gawjus. Wish you could upload that panarama to share. Would have to do it sideways :) Sweet pics of your folk and Becky. They look so happy in the pics and I know they loved this trip. ALeady caught you and Paws up by email so see ya Mon Have a great weekend.
By Sylviag on Sep 17, 2014 at 9:06 AM
Mornin. Bryan came home at 8 He left at 6 cuz he wouldn't have much time to fish anyway cuz of his derma appt. He has time to freeze the fish, put everything away, clean the car and take a shower before doc appt. After we have to do some fresh food shopping for camping. Probably stop by MILs. We made a nice breakfast together. My time is not my own again LOL But that is a good thing. A framed panarama pic for your Mom and Dad would be a splendid memordy gift. Be back later Ihope.
By beckysdad on Sep 17, 2014 at 8:09 AM
I expected a big sleep last night but I guess I got caught up the night before at the folks' place. My internal alarm went off at 4am just like normal. It's been a pleasant, quiet and productive morning. I've done a bunch of editing and deleting but haven't touched the panorama project as yet. I'm thinking I'll wind up getting a very large panorama print and am looking at framing options and size considerations. Seal a meal is pretty much a must for a fisherman I'm guessing. It's sure handy. Are you playing in the yard today...ICHC...both?
By Sylviag on Sep 16, 2014 at 10:03 PM
See ya tomrrow. Nothing better than sleeping inone's own bed. I loved the panaroma you did of Yosemite so really loking forward to those, He'll seal-a-meal it in nice two person size pieces. Not too many fish lovers in our circle. Sea food yes, fish not so much
By beckysdad on Sep 16, 2014 at 9:49 PM
I'm with you on the citizens of Weed. I'd just driven through there earlier that morning before the fire broke out. I was amazed how low the lake was at Shasta. I just finished my initial sort of the photos...started with 350 photos and dropped it to 230 for editing. There were many multiple shots of subjects. Once I clean these up I can make a fresh purge. I have three different sets of panorama shots to create. One from Yellowstone, one from Beartooth Highway and a final one from Glacier. I'm really excited to see how the one from Many Glacier turns out. The conditions were stellar. It really has potential. That's a big fish Bryan caught. You could have a real salmon feed. I'm guessing you could summon a hungry horde pretty quickly if you were inclined. I'm off to bed again...my own bed! Nice!
By Sylviag on Sep 16, 2014 at 9:28 PM
Just got off the phone with Bryan and he caught a 16 1/2 pound salmon so it's salmon on the barbie tomorrow night :) About a 2 hour drive so he'll be home around 10 tomorrow as he has a derma appt at 11. Very much looking forward to your pics. Not a drop, may get a dribble tomorrow night into Thus am. But weekend for camping will be warm and sunny. Oh man, I feel so sorry for all he people who lost theirhomes in Weed. Just terrible.
By beckysdad on Sep 16, 2014 at 8:02 PM
We're back home and very happy. I'll wade into photoshop after dinner and try to get some photos posted tomorrow. Did you get any rain? I hear rumors that we may get some on Thursday. I'd imagine you have packing the trailer down to a science. What's the fish count? Has Bryan started catching or is he still just fishing?
By Sylviag on Sep 16, 2014 at 7:01 PM
ED and you are caught up on sleep and took the rig back today and you and Becky get to go home sweet home.
By Sylviag on Sep 16, 2014 at 9:21 AM
I got mixed up on what day you were coming back so glad to see you made it home safely! Missed ya.
By beckysdad on Sep 4, 2014 at 9:17 PM
Thanks for the LOL and the bon voyage wishes. No worries about daughter/son...it all works and it was very sweet. I added a comment. Your Seahawks are already in mid-season form. They haven't missed a beat. ICHC will be unavailable to me but I'll drop a line jointly to you and Paws through email to let you know how things are going. Enjoy that garden!
By Sylviag on Sep 4, 2014 at 7:18 PM
And yes I should have said "daughter" but the saying just popped out the original way LOL
By Sylviag on Sep 4, 2014 at 7:17 PM
Meant to do this earlier but planted bulbs and couldn't interupt the first half :) Have a wonderful trip and keep in touh fren http://cheezburger.com/8309326080
By beckysdad on Sep 3, 2014 at 9:44 PM
It's amazing how much can get done quickly once some momentum gets built. It's often just a matter of starting for me. I'd love to claim it was some high minded notion of coming back to a clean home but it's really more a matter that Mom will be here tomorrow. I'm not inclined to be terribly flexible if we hear from my niece at the last minute. I won't go out of my way to be a jerk and make a point but I'm not going to bend over backwards either. The shopping trip came together well but the lead up to shopping was frustrating. I get in the door and am all business. I want to get to what do we want, what do we have and what do we need. Mom had to discuss the funeral they went to this morning, who was there, the flower arrangements, how many priests were on the altar, all the ailments that people are suffering from and how they looked...sigh. It's the stuff that's important to her and I sat through it fairly patiently. When we finally got into shopping prep. even yes/no questions took a very circuitous route to a response...and it didn't always answer the question asked. After planning for over a year it's finally upon us. It's kinda hard to believe. I can't imagine it was much of a surprise to you that Bryan got stalled looking at fishing stuff, nor was it much of a surprise for him that you found some treasures of your own.
By Sylviag on Sep 3, 2014 at 6:09 PM
Oh my the whirling house dervish got a hold of you! I am the same way, like to come home to a clean house. ED about your niece so likely you will get a surprise call somewhere along the line wanting to hook up with you at a maybe not very convenient time or location. Allthat's left to do is load up the motor home tomorrow with your stuff and then the parents. Ill bet your chompin ga the bit to get going after almost half a yearo f planning. Lots of good snik snaks at Costco today - made for a nice lunch :) Sports Warehuse for more fishing stuff. He's heading to the lower Deschutes with half son and a friend tomorrow and I'm making a nice lunch for all of them. Whilst he ws rumaging around the fishing aisles I picked up a nice andlong pair of jeans and some summer tops 1/2 price. Told Bryan it's his fault for taking so long :) You can ED Paws about the trip to Lowe's - again his fault that I bought hundreds of bulbs while waiting for him LOL
By beckysdad on Sep 3, 2014 at 10:12 AM
Whew...lawns mowed, shrubs trimmed and kitchen all clean...except for the floor. I'll get that a bit later. I'm in pretty good shape now. It will all be trip related from here. We only have one night of eating in rather than bbqing. We've got a portable grill with a nice rolling stand so it's easy to work with. Breakfast for me is just oatmeal so that's easy. Mom has nukable sausage sammies for her and Dad. We'll just do sammies for lunch. Oh...you meant restaurant eating out...None. We were going to do one night but it turns out they're closed that night for a private party. There are two nights where we're visiting folks so I don't have to cook those nights. I'm having the post office hold my mail and one of my neighbors will do a daily scan of the front porch to keep it clear of flyers and crap that folks drop off.
By Sylviag on Sep 3, 2014 at 9:34 AM
Yeah, glad they found and stopped him before he set off a string of fires 10 more miles down the road! What ratio of eating out to cooking in? When we RV, 75% eating in cuz we have the kitchen and especially in the morning when neither one of us wants to trek to a breafast place. A neighbor going to take care of mail and keep an eye on your place while you're gone? Huh, I haven't made babs in awhile - sounds good. I have a couple of petite sirloins defrosted. Scrummaging around in freezer yesterday and found those which are the oldest thing I have in there.
By beckysdad on Sep 3, 2014 at 8:15 AM
Dang, get that RV off the road! That's scary. I love that regular citizens jumped in to fight the fire right away. It's great that they were able to limit it to only six acres. Sigh...yeah, paying for trips does take a bit of the shine off of them. Still, you have great memories. Tomorrow is indeed RV pickup day. Today I get together with the folks for grocery shopping and last minute details. It won't take me too much more to get ready. I've got some yard work to do today and cleaning, too. I've already got the kitchen all picked up so it's just the actual cleaning that's left now. That won't take too terribly long. Once that's done I can start laying stuff out to load. You'll have fun in the yard. It's a bunch of work but you enjoy it and it will be so worth it when you're done. We'll both be at Costco today. I want to get some tri-tip strips that I can cut up for shishkabob on the trip.
By Sylviag on Sep 3, 2014 at 7:40 AM
Good grief, 10 fires started yesterday along the highway and a cut-off road by one motor home with some kind of exhaust problem. They closed our exit so Bryan had to work the long way around to get back home from Sunriver. Motorists stopped all along the way with shovels to start tackllng them before various fire depts showed up Guess we should put a shovel in our car :) They kept a spotter plane in the air to keep track of them all. All taken care of and only 6 acres in total which isn't much but all were very near houses and the wind was gusting at 30 mph. So freaking dry here. I imagine more and more stuff is getting checked off of yours (and Mom 's :) list. Tomorrow is RV pck-up day right? Retirement checks hit the bank yesterday so did banking for us and MIL. Had to pay off the charges from all our summer fun - after that financial depression :) I needed to do some physical labor. One more area I needed to take care of so I can plant bulbs for the Spring. At one time someone had put a big oval planting area around one of the trees in the front yard which of course was totally overgrown. A few months ago we got all the grass out ad ringed it with Windsor block. I've weeded about 3 times more to get any upstarts trying to grow. Cleaned it one last time of a few weed starters and trucked the last of the good dirt we had left (about a yard or so). Lacked only one wheelbarrow to get it all filled in. Will just buy a couple of big bags of dirt. Then I can plant bulbs this fall. Cotco day today as our list of thing we alway get has grown to about 10 so wrothwhile a trip. Will visit with MIL as she is only a ew blocks from Costco. Other than that not much planned. I imagine your day is mostly going to be getting ready. WIll yoube bringing Beck's sleey pillow?
By beckysdad on Sep 1, 2014 at 9:16 PM
Mmmm...cheesecake. I've got a glass of milk chilling in the freezer at the moment...nothing to go with it though. You know how every so often you get a flavor it your mouth that reminds you of something...I just got that with those animal cracker cookies that are pink and white chocolate with sprinkles...haven't had those in years. Glad to hear that Nephew has started rowing in the right direction. I know many of us have a string of years that cause folks to worry and then we get smart and start being good citizens. Life is so much easier that way.
By Sylviag on Sep 1, 2014 at 7:58 PM
Oh, you haven't heard of the trendy new herb Basis? It makes a nice foundation for any dish :) The mild chilis add a little filip without any heat. Newphew has come a long way the past couple of years and we're proud of him.. Before that it was kinda rocky and on the fence as to which way he would go. There was soe cheescake leftover cuz mostly the kids (and me) are it LOL Think I'm gonna grab me a piece.
By beckysdad on Sep 1, 2014 at 7:35 PM
That's a pretty sensible approach from MIL at this point. It's rare that there's ever any good news on there so why depress yourself. Your additions to the baked bean base sound nummy. Mom would never try diced green chilis in there but I'd be up for it. I take it that was basil you got rid of in the greenhouse. I missed having fresh on hand this year as I love making pesto. Bryan will really enjoy helping nephew. That's classic memory building like the stuff he enjoyed so much in his book.
By Sylviag on Sep 1, 2014 at 7:02 PM
Yeah, the older one gets, the less ripples we want, uness it's blackberry ripple ice cream :) MIL won't watch the new. She says it's never good and with whatever time she has left she would just live in a state of ignorance :) Sow when does it finally cool down in San Jose? I buy store - B&M is my preference (thicker) but Bush has been taking over the market and hard to find B&M anymore. Then it's a mix of bacon, onions, brown sugar, ketchup, dried mustard, molasses and a can of mild diced green chilis all simmered and then in with the beans Mmmm, that sounds good! I had to finally get rid of the basis in the greenhouse. I got a lot of use out of though. Tnoroww Bryan is going to nephew's to check out what he needs help with. Nephew bought a used 25 foot trailer and put it on some property son has. It has power and water from an old shack on there. But the septic tank us unusable. So I see a play day here in my future..
By beckysdad on Sep 1, 2014 at 6:27 PM
I'm very protective of the folks' as you are with MIL. I keep my radar up to try and anticipate anything that will cause a ripple in their pond. I'm anti-ripple these days. I was struck by the sight of the scars of the former mill on the land and could just imagine how Dad might react. High 70s to low 80s is good stuff. We were above 90 today and I've yet to open up the house. I'll probably do that as I sit down to eat dinner. I'm looking forward to the cooler weather of the northern climes. The folks will just think it's cold. It sounds like you had a grand day with the family. I love that MIL gets to roost in a place of honor to view the festivities. You didn't need to worry about me cringing. The word sausage was in there so you can precede it with most anything and I'm good. I'm glad that the booty Bryan returned with met with your approval. Do you make your baked beans from scratch or start with store bought and doctor it from there. That's what my mom does and they're awfully good. The pork roast ended last night I'm trying to clean out the fridge and freezer since I'll be gone. I'm making a batch of red sauce for the trip so I have italian sausage on hand. Tonight I'm nomming a couple of those with linguine tossed in garlic infused olive oil with a little parm and basil. I imagine there will be a decided turn in the conversation between Paws and me. It's a change of season thing.
By Sylviag on Sep 1, 2014 at 4:24 PM
I see you and Paws are in your sports zone now :) I hadn't thought of that re Westwood. If it was all still standing but to look at what's left might not be a good reminder of age and change. Sounds like you are just about all ready to go, Make sure the parents bring their woolies :) I am so looking forward to your pics. Our nigths are getting cool too and it wont be long before he frist frost. Had perfect weather day yesterday - high 70s, low 80s. A copy and paste of what I sent to someone else r party and MIL: "She wanted to watch all the lawn games so between Bryan and son, got her down the back deck stairs and ensconced in the Queen's Chair LOL First time since Easter really that the whole immediate family was together. Not too much in he way of dishes except for serving stuff and I had help withthat. Just a lot of stuff this morning to put away folding chairs and tables, lawn chairs, lawn games, kids left soda cans on the front lawn when they were playing with the RC raers - typical :) We're blessed to have such good gkids so I give them a lot of slack. All go back to school this week." Oh man, I was in German heaven when Bryan came home with the goods. We had knack wurst on sourdought bread (him) German rye me) and finished with a big piece of pie :) Left some blood sauage (I can see you cringing :) and liverwurst out for me to nosh on this week. Everything else I broke down and into the freezer in meal portions. I tell ya, we have some big eaters . Good thing no one else came as the baked beans all went, 2 small slices of sourdough left, enough salad for us tonight, and 2 3 rib portions of ribs. I'll let Bryan have those as I will enhoy another knack wurst. Still working on that pork roast?
By beckysdad on Aug 31, 2014 at 4:46 PM
Have a great time. I know the noms will be ossum. Bar stools will be fine so long as they can enjoy the company and a bit of the noms...serves em right for not hollering earlier about coming. Today has been about trip preparation while watching the Giants game...we won 15-5! We got our walkies out of the way early when it was cool.
By Sylviag on Aug 31, 2014 at 3:15 PM
Catch up with you tomorrow. All set for the party. Bryan picking MIL now. With the dining room and big folding table and allt he folding chairs we have, have just enough room for 14. If anyone else shows up, they're on bar stools :) You and Becky take it easy today except for walkies ?
By beckysdad on Aug 30, 2014 at 11:10 AM
I may rethink the side trip to Westwood. I was checking out the satellite photos to get a sense of the town and I can see where the old mill was. There's really nothing of the old buildings and perhaps it would be more depressing than anything else to see what's left. It might send the wrong message. Maybe I'll just use streetview on Google and show Dad the homes he lived in back in the day. One of them his father built. I'd almost forgotten that Bryan was bearing gifts when he returns. It will be doubly good to welcome him home.
By Sylviag on Aug 30, 2014 at 10:02 AM
What a wonderful idea to surprise Dad and I like that it is a surprise. How much time will you have there? I really have no clue onthe ribs. Probaby just to make it look like an impressive pro chef process :) The dude did go to France to study cuisine and graduated from UNLV. Actually he is one ofmy favorite TV chefs for his humor, love of more common foods and how he involves his family and friends. WHen I talked to Bryan last night he was ready to come home. FIshing slow. All he had to get todaywas sourdough so they were going to spend a little time fishing this am.
By beckysdad on Aug 30, 2014 at 9:56 AM
I'll be curious to hear how all the extra gyrations with the ribs work out. I've done all those steps. Is the bone side up done just to develop markings early on? I do that with Spareribs but never later in the cooking process. I don't do any extra treatments with my pork roasts after the first night. I just reheat a couple slices. I have a big surprise for Dad on the trip. While he was born in Corning, he spent many years of his youth in Westwood. His dad worked in the mill there and so did he later on. He's often mentioned that he'd like to visit again. It will add about two hours of drive time to our final day on the road but we'll swing through Lassen and stop in Westwood. I'm not going to say a word and just turn onto 89 when we get to Shasta. I wonder how long it will be before Dad catches on. I'll probably tip Mom off that morning so she keeps her mouth shut. She'd figure it out before Dad.