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By jennybookseller on Aug 27, 2014 at 9:46 PM

I love your photos! And 600 pages of MacArthur left? Whew! You're gonna need some disco-loving chickens by that point!

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By jennybookseller on Aug 27, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Yep. Excellent photos!

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By Sylviag on Aug 27, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Was very good for a heat and eat. TJ's has a lot of very good frozen single portion stuff - the exact opposite of Costco. I am a list personmyself and always have several going for long range, short range and do tomorrow :) CRacks Bryanup cuz he'll randomly check one of my lists and I will have on it "Make a shopping list for party." Going to have baby bac ribs which I will slow cook in the oven all day Sat with a rub and Bryan can finish on Sun on the big charcoal grill with some BBQ sauce. A layer salad that MIL loves and garlic bread. Good old no bake Jello cheesecake - another of MIL's faves with strawberries and whippy cream. Some appetizers and Mimosas. Pretty simple really. Bryan got there OK with a near crash around the Centralia/Chehalis area. They have been working on that stretch for years with the goal of eventually widening I5 to 3 lanes from Olympia to Portland. This particular stretch is very narrow with jersey barriers on both sides so no shoulder. A big rig started to turn into their lane and Bryan said he slammed on the brakes and was frantically honking til the truck moved back in its own lane. They were both pretty shaken after that as they would have been smushed. Forgotten how horrid 5 is in WA.

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By jennybookseller on Aug 27, 2014 at 7:31 PM

There was a show with egrets on it on PBS here tonight. I had a germ of an idea and knew you had great beach shots. After looking at your photos it started to take shape and a groaner was born!

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By jennybookseller on Aug 27, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Becky comix! http://cheezburger.com/8301191168

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By Sylviag on Aug 27, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Wow, you would make an ossum tour guide! Because you'll be traveling through fairly fast, good to know what not to waste time on. LOLing, plus I get to be lazy with the food. I found a random tortellini and spinach bowl from Trader Joe's in the freezer and will nosh on that tonight along with a salad. Sat though will be a lot of prep work for the party. Abou 13 coming. ALl family except for son's gal pal. That's about as many as MIL can handle.

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By Sylviag on Aug 27, 2014 at 10:53 AM

The mighty fish slayers left a couple of hours ago :) Me and the kittehs are on our own til Sat. Squee Willie has a rather odd shape. Skinny long legs, small wedge shaped fae and a lof of middle chunky. Absolutely beautiful of course! Bryan will do the plan steak grill with a little salt and pepper on a really good cut. But sometimes on the less expensive steak, he will do a rub of garlic powder, brown sugar and smoked paprika which gives it a nice glaze on top. We both like it pretty rare so no much danger of the sugar burning. Be hot here today, but last day for awhile then down to the mid to high 70s which is quite pleasant. Supposed to be that on Labor Day which is perfect for our party. Gonna loll around inside today. What's on tap today?

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By Fauxpaws on Aug 27, 2014 at 5:35 AM

I couldn't run 26 miles if my life depended on it. Heck, I couldn't even walk 26 miles in one stretch. 100 miles is just crazy. You? A planner? HAH! As I recall, anywhere you go in Yellowstone there are amazing and unusual things to see. I'm glad your mom is enjoying that hummer feeder so much! I don't think it would be quite as much fun for you tho, having to listen to instant replays with your back to the feeder and while you're trying to eat. My feeder has 4 drinking ports, which is plenty for the birds we have now. Back when the spring and fall migrations used to come through, I would put up a much larger feeder and it would be Grand Central Station from sunup to sundown. I really miss that. Got to get out and water. Shouldn't take long today, thankfully.

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By Sylviag on Aug 26, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Oh that's too bad on the steakhouse, I think you sent me the link to that awhile ago and it looked vey meaty :). You could do worse than your own grilled steak. Do you do it plain, salt and pepper or anything else on it? We had chicken also; the leftover baked Cheap Chicken Monday's chicken from yesterday with the chard. Glad the Albie's down here also has that special. Shoot 4 thighs and 4 legs for $5. Add a few thigns and you can feed a family of 4 under $10.

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By Sylviag on Aug 26, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Oh BD, it is a 180 degree turn around! Shasta has been eating like a champ. Almost a whole little can today. I can almost see her little haunches filling back in. I've kept her in her room today and feeding her floofy side so she doesn't waste any energy. Tomorrow I'll let her start going back out again. Vet called this afternoon and the rerun on her kidney functions look really great for a kitteh her age. She said next time she has to go on antiBs she will give her a small dose of prednisone right away. Are the road closures normal for that time of year or road work? Sounds like you will be able to work around it nicely. When is the departure date? I assume you're picking up the motor home a day ahead to load it up. You are like me, I like most every detail planned beforehand. I am so excited for you, but even more for your parents, for this trip. I think I told you that for about 5 years in a row when both elder aunties were still alive and they were reasonably mobile we took them on driving trips every summer. They enjoyed it so much, Papery stuff today, he last of the weeding on the top terrace and some greenhouse clean-up. Took out one zuke plant that was on its last legs, harvested Swiss chard - have one nore feed of that to go. My doc recently checked my triglycerides, LDL, HL, LOL :) and all way below danger points. So I used butter tonight to saute a bunch of onions and garlic and made a little roux for the chard wtih the pot liquor. Bryan's levels are pretty good so I am not trying to kill him with butter LOL. After he got all his fishing trip stuff squared away he tackled the RC racers for which he had to get some more parts They are turning into the bane of his Grandpa experience :() He wanted them all ready to go for the big birthday bash Sun and hw won;t get back util lae Sat afternoon. I see Paws is deep into FF :)

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By Fauxpaws on Aug 26, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Yep, 14 teams on Sunday. I see the guys on ESPN all talking about the leagues they have there and they're all 16-team leagues. GAA! We went up the western side of Yellowstone the entire way. Too bad you have to cut over. Old Faithful was so crowded we didn't even stop to see it. At least you won't have the mobs of folks we had. Getting a travel guide is a good idea. How nice that you've got all the financial stuff wrapped up. There are 3 hummers squabbling over the feeder right now, and consequently none of them is getting anything to drink. Dummies! It bring to mind the expression, "Can't we all just get along?" One of them stopped by while I was out watering this morning got a nice shower from the garden hose. I let him have his fill for a while but finally had to quit and get on with watering. Just too hot out!

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By Sylviag on Aug 26, 2014 at 10:26 AM

Quick check-in. Got Shasta into vet yesterday morning, Her continued loss of weight has sure been bringing me down. At weigh-in she had lost a pound since before vacation and was down to 6 lbs :( I knew she had lost some ground at the kitty spa as they don't have the time to coax her to eat. She is much better today! Doc squeezed us in yesterday morning but she had already started eating a littlte bit. Doc agreed with me that the 6 week long course of antibiotics (needed in order to get rid of a stubborn UTI she has been fighting for a year) likely was the cause of her loss of appetite. That can happen ot humans too. She got a urine sample and the UTI is finally gone - Yay! Sat had been the last dose of antiBs. Doc also drew blood to run a bunch of tests to make sure nothing else is going on that she hadn't already tested for. Dang cat has had more labs than me this year :) Also did some subcutaneous hydration and a very small dose of prednisome to pick up her appetite. Seems to be working as she ate some wet food and kibbles last night and has been eating this morning Been giving her a little wet food each hour which she has been gulping down. I don't want to overload her system and have her throw up which would be counterproductive. I think we are back on track with our elder :) Such a relief. I know eventually she will pass as she is at least 17 years old but as long as we can give her a good quality of life we'll do what we can. Other than that a lot of errands to run, some of which were on our list to do since we got back from vacation and some to get Bryan ready for leaving tomorrow. He's busy getting fishing stuff packed and of course is on a run to a sports store for more :) We were going to take MIL to lunch today but she got a bout of diarhhea overnight. BIL had taken her out yesterday and likely something didn't agree with her. Had a date night last night (he'll be gone a whole 4 days dontcha know :) and to celebrate Shasta eating. Tonight Bryan will get to bed pretty early. They plan to leave between 8 and 9. Is a 5 1/2 hour drive and they want to get in some fishing in the afternoon. Sat before they leave Bryan will hit our fave German deli for sausages, Panera's for sourdough and another store for Kahlua Cream pie. One whole cooler devoted to treats LOL Some stuff to do. C ya later today.

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By Fauxpaws on Aug 26, 2014 at 6:57 AM

Yep, nothing to do but wait with FIL. At least they're taking good care of him. You're right about Harbaugh. They need to buckle down and get to some serious work. The draft Sunday was "Chuck's" team. With so many teams in that league, by the time we got halfway through our picks everybody was scrambling just to find someone who had the potential to at least be on the field for the games. Sheesh. If any of our starters get hurt during the year we're going to be in real trouble. Last night's draft was much better. In fact, it was actually fun. Meredith is still the commissioner but it seems to be in name only. Two of the young guys ran the draft and did a great job. They changed a couple of minor rules but those were good changes. We had our own room so everyone could hear, which is important, and our own waitress. Chuck and I had Reuben sandwiches - very tasty but messy - trying to eat around all of our papers spread out on the table. We didn't get any Niners this time - both Davis and Hyde were snatched up right in front of us. So anyway, it was nice to get out and enjoy ourselves for a bit. I see Syl hasn't been back on yet. I sure hope Shasta's ok.

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By Fauxpaws on Aug 25, 2014 at 5:34 AM

Nothing is more fun than having puppies crawling all over ya!! I think FIL's friend was probably easier to deal with than your aunt. Not much you could say to her! FIL still looked bad yesterday morning but they called Chuck later to say he had recovered and perked up some. Haven't heard much more about the earthquake. Lots of aftershocks, I'm sure. I'm glad more people weren't hurt, but I feel for the wineries there. Really glad to hear your BF is fine, too! The draft went ok. We got some good starters but our backup players look pretty bad. We did get Hyde for a backup RB, which might pan out. And Vernon Davis for our TE. The Niners aren't looking too good so far but I have faith that they'll get it together. Harbaugh needs to kick some butts!

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By Sylviag on Aug 24, 2014 at 9:38 PM

I didn't figure those little cuties wouldn't lack for a forver home Just didn't understand the logistics of it. But how great to meet at your parents place. I am sure they absolutely loved to see the romping pups. So glad to hear your friend is OK. So I was reading in our local rag the other day how they are needing to earthquake proof local schools. I had never heard of a lot of earthquake activity in Central OR. Thought I had left that behind :) So I looked it up and in 1993 they had a bad one in Klanah Falls but tht is over 2 hours south of here. Most all of the activity has been on the coast and aound Portland. I loove peach cobbler also. I can never duplicate it (not good with th dough part) but one of my passed aunties made the best cobbler. Peach jam up your alley also. Remember, be nice and you might get that too for Christmas :) Had to get Shasta to the vet romorrow and hoping they can squeeze me in. She has lost all interest in eating. Pretty worried aout it as she is losing weight fast.

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By jennybookseller on Aug 24, 2014 at 9:27 PM

BD -- don't know if I told you this before or not, but I'm doing a footnote per day to the poetry collection here: https://www.facebook.com/OneMileNorthOfNormal It's a way to record -- for myself, at least -- the background/history of each of the 85 in this collection.

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By Sylviag on Aug 24, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Forgot to say thanks on my FP!

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By Sylviag on Aug 24, 2014 at 8:42 PM

Thanks! Squeeee on the puppies! I bet you were in photo op heaven. Confused though - there were 4 in the car including your sis's new pup. Was someone making the rounds and delivering them? Quick ED and you and Becky did not feel the earthquake down south. Pretty good one. Besides any injuries, property damage, some of the wineries are in trouble because of no power and the vats of wine need to be kept chilled. Had a lovely day in town yesterday. Art show was quite large with artists from throughout the NW. But we were very good and purchased nothing. Ate lunch outside at a restaurant right on the Deschutes so we could watch everyone floating or paddling downstream and walkers, jggers, bicyclers and family bicycles with the little canooies go by on the river walk. The latter were funny cuz they are rentals but very sturdy 4 wheel pedi cabs. But cuz they likely have saftey rules, so the kids all had to have helmets. One would have to work very hard to roll one of those over :) Just had 3 different appetizers, ahi tunca clamari and sweet potatoe fries. Then went to the Bend Farmer's Market where I bought a bar of got soap. Family affair, they have 3 goats, daughter milks them, Mom makes the soap and lotion and Dad mans the booth most of the time. Obviously one or both must have day jobs cuz it would take a lot of $ goat stuff to make a living. Then we got to the spendy part. Popped into Wally Mart to pick up something or another and Bryan finally found a PS4 that he has been looking for since before Christmas. They are always sold out. Art ... PS4. And we have a winner LOL Puttered around the house today. Made peach jam, hung out a lad of laundry, and yes, e got to work on the terraes again Almost done. Bryan found and placed some more big boulders and I weeded.

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By cataff on Aug 24, 2014 at 4:58 PM

The Dodgers went down to the Mets by an obscene number, so ugliness abounds today. LOL Thanks for the good wishes for leg strength. Hope you didn't feel much of the quake this morning and that you will have a good week.

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By 2katmom on Aug 24, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Nope - never been 'through' an earthquake - at least not that i remember. We moved from CA back in 64 when i was all of 11 months old -- lol . We did get a mini-quake here int he East that i felt one time -- stuff shook and i was like - WHAT THE H*** ! then the news came on that night and told me it wasn't a major accident on the nearby highway or something big exploding. Just the earth quakking a bit to show us all she rules! Looks like Napa took a hit - glad you are not close though. So - has Becky been through a quake? (i'm usre you have as I think you and I are close in age and I suspect youj've been out in CA most of your life? )

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