Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Merry Christmas to me Hrrumph!!

I bought myself a new water pump for my car. *grin*

At least I can count my blessings, that the offending part made noise before breaking, and I was able to get my car into the mechanis
so he could check out the noise, to determine what was pakarued.( kiwi for, broken, worn out) I would have been really, really brassed off,(annoyed) if the water pump had broken when I was way out in the wop wops with no way to let anyone know of my distress. I do not have a cell phone, but am thinking that now I have a job, which requires being out on back roads, it may be a good idea to have one. Perhaps a prepaid phone would be useful to use if I should be in an emergency situation. Although on this island, there are dead zones, so this is also a consideration - just how useful would a cell phone be? Sighhhh!! there is always something to make one ponder the remedy.

All our snow had melted away, leaving the outside world dirty looking. I am not a huge fan of snow, except for the fact that everything it covers, looks so clean and fresh, and the muffled sounds of daily outdoors life is quite pleasant to the ear. I must admit that it is enjoyable driving on roads which are now just wet instead of slick with ice.

I am working five days a week, 4 to 6 hours daily, which is just fine with me. This semi-retirement is nice as I am able to get more done at home. I have been working on getting some painting done in the laundry/mud room before we put our new freezer in there. I considered for a while, doing the painting later on, but decided how foolish that would be to have to move a heavy freezer, full of frozen foods, just to paint the walls surrounding it, in the small alcove. Nothing quite like making life for yourself easier, in the first place. Is this called growing wiser/smarter with age?

Come back to Keewee's Classroom, to learn more Kiwi slang, in future posts.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

I love surprises

This morning as I went out the door to take some garbage out to the dumpster, I noticed two boxes which had obviously been delivered earlier. I called to MrC and said "there are a couple of boxes out here, thinking they were filled with computer parts he had been waiting for. I continued on out to dump the garbage, and when I came back into the house, MrC said " you gotta come and see this." He had opened one of the boxes and to my delight it was not computer parts, instead a lovely gift basket from Wine Country gift Baskets.

This beautiful basket of Pear Blossom products was for me.

The card read, A little something for Keewee.
Thank you for taking care of Mr Completely!
From the Gun Bloggers.

My honey then proceeded to open the other box and there was a very nice gift in it for him.

A Get Well gift basket for MrC.

In this gift basket was a fabulous collection of goodies and games, sent by several of our Gun Blogger friends. Not a round of ammo or gun related merchandise in sight *grin*

Thank you to our Gun Blogger friends for the very thoughtful gifts.
I was about to go and buy some more lotions as I was almost out, so the basket of Pear Blossom products arrived just at the right time. I am sure Mr Completely is going to enjoy all the goodies in his basket and I will have to teach him to play dominoes, *chuckle* which is one of the games in the basket.

HERE is MrC'S telling of the story.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas

To all my readers. I wish you a very happy Christmas, and prosperous New Year.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A Different Christmas Poem

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.

The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.
My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know, Then the
sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.
My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.

Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.
A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.

"What are you doing?" I asked without fear,
"Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!
Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"
For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts..

To the window that danced with a warm fire's light
Then he sighed and he said "Its really all right,
I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night."
"It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.

No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.
My Gramps died at 'Pearl on a day in December,"
Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers."
My dad stood his watch in the jungles of 'Nam',
And now it is my turn and so, here I am.

I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.
Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue... an American flag.
I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home.

I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.
I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..
Who stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall."

"So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."
"But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
"Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast?
It seems all too little for all that you've done,
For being away from your wife and your son."

Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
"Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled.
Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us."

A poem which touched my heart.

Please remember our service men and women, who will not be spending Christmas with their families.

Monday, December 22, 2008

And we thought we had enough

Snow that is. Yesterday we were quite satisfied with the amount of snow we had, but last night we were dumped on once again.

A friend came over yesterday afternoon, with his backhoe, and cleared a lot of the snow off the driveway. As you can see, there is another 6-7 inches on it now.

A beautiful sight from the den window.

Somewhere under all that fluffy white stuff, is our deck.

The trees branches are drooping under the weight of all that snow.

Accumulated snow on our side deck.

I cry Uncle. I have had enough of this white stuff. It wouldn't be so bad if I was retired and did not have to earn a paycheck, but I am not, and having only worked one day this past week, and probably only one day this week, if the roads are drivable, makes for a very slim paycheck.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

An excuse to stay home from work

Snow, high winds, and frozen rain was all in the forecast for the Pacific NW. Overnight here on Whidbey Island , well at least at our house, we got about 6inches of snow on the driveway and drifts of up to 10 inches on the front deck and elsewhere on the property. Also it seems that there must have been some wind, as the snow has been blown under our carport. fortunately we did not receive any frozen rain.

I am standing in front of
my vegetable garden and thinking how
pretty it looks, all covered in snow,
and at the same time, wishing
for an early spring.

MrC posing for a picture.
He is finally on the mend,
and feels a little better
each new day

To prove that there was almost 10 inches of snow on the front deck, I pushed the ruler down into the snow.

A red Breasted Sapsucker looking for food on the tree just ouside our front door. He sure is a handsome fellow.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

I am a scaredy cat

Well perhaps not a scaredy cat, just more cautious.

Due to our nasty weather I have worked just Tuesday of this week. Then we were snowed on again, the temperatures dropped and the roads became very icy.

Yesterday, I had just one client so before deciding to cancel, I called around, and the consensus of opinion seemed to be, "yes the roads are slick in places, but you should be able to get to where you are going"
Dang! why didn't I just call the office and cancel. There are other workers who will go out in such dangerous (in my opinion) conditions. After getting bundled up in my warmest coat, hat, gloves and boots and running the car to get it toasty, I set off.

I was about a quarter of the way to my client's home before it crossed my mind, I should not be on these roads, but I had made the commitment, and kept on driving.
I should have paid more attention to what MrC. had told me about his, quarter of a mile drive from the house, to mail out a couple of packages. He said he had almost turned sideways on a slick spot, but of course as he says about me "when you have made up your mind to do something, then you are pretty well set on going ahead with your plans" Oh! how right he is. When I have made up my mind to do something, then I do it. I will say, in my defense, yesterday I had already told my boss I will go out to help my client if I could start an hour earlier, and leave before it was dark. I would have felt really foolish canceling so soon after confirming my attentions to go, and at the time, I was feeling confident that I could drive there and back.

Anyhow, I did get to my client's home in one piece, to find her daughter was there helping out, so there was not too much for me to do. Her daughter asked if I would stay and be with her mother long enough for her to go to the grocery store and back. When the daughter returned she insisted I go back home before the roads became worse as the temperatures dropped. I was only too happy to bundle up once again and drive home.

Yes I did drive to and from my clients home, but was a white knuckled, tense, heart pounding drive, one I wish I had not experienced. The roads were rutted with ice, very slick in places and the drivers who were driving way too fast for these conditions, made me very nervous. Just one bad decision by these impatient drivers and there could have been a wreck. A couple of times I pulled over and let the guys in the large four wheel SUV's go by and hoped I would not come across them up the road in an accident.

I have learned my lesson, if in doubt, then trust your instincts, stay home. As my honey reminded me, a paycheck is not worth a wrecked car, or worse, ending up in the hospital or dead.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Nasty weather

I do not have a good excuse why I have not been blogging the last few days, as I have had all the time in the world because I have not been working.
Any of you who have been watching the news on TV, will have seen that the Pacific NW, where I live, has been hit by some pretty nasty winter weather. The roads have been so bad with all the compacted ice and snow, that I have phoned the home office and said I will be staying home.

Today I spent a few hours installing indoor window insulating kits, on most of the windows in our home. Our home was built in the early 1950's and only has single paned windows. I dream of winning the lotto and having the whole house re-insulated and some nice new triple paned windows installed. In the meantime, the plastic insulating kits will have to do.

The birds have been at the feeders all day long gobbling up all the seed I set out for them, and the wild rabbits have been nibbling on any green leaves they can find sticking out of the snow. I did go out earlier in the day, and tossed a few handfuls of rabbit pellets under a couple of our parked vehicles as I saw rabbit footprints in the snow leading underneath the vehicles. Poor little rabbits get hungry too.

Tomorrow I have one client I have to visit, who lives five miles from here, then another on Saturday who lives about eleven miles away. I will not venture out on the roads if they are still covered in ice or if we get another snow storm.
I am hoping this severe early winter weather, is not a sign of the kind of conditions we will experience throughout all the winter months.
Us folks who live here in the Pacfic NW, complain about all the rain we get, but I say "Mother Nature, bring on the rain, and take away the snow"

Sunday, December 14, 2008


This is what we woke up to this morning.
The surprise is, that there is more snow than predicted but that is OK, especially since I do not have to be out on the roads today or tomorrow. It seems that there are more accidents on the roads the first week or so after the first snowfall. I suppose that is because motorists are inclined to forget to slow down.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Retirement is very appealing

Yesterday was my first full day back at work since MrC. got sick almost five weeks ago.
I had a nice day with my client, an Alzheimer's patient, who was born in Germany. Towards the end of my day with her, she lapsed into speaking German. Once in a while I would smile at her and say Mrs M, you did not teach me enough German words to understand what you are saying to me. She would smile and continue to speak a few sentences in English, ( which still did not make sense ) then go right back to speaking in German. I would just smile at her, nod my head now and again, and just listen. So went my day, a lot of smiling and nodding of my head.

Mr C is gaining a little more strength and is starting to feel a little better. Sometimes I really wonder about the competency of our health care professionals. I have learned from this experience, that one should not take no for an answer, and be adamant on demanding other treatments. Easy for me to say now, but having never dealt with a situation like we went through, I did not know the ropes, so to speak. Now I know better. If there is ever another situation that needs to be dealt with, then I have to follow my intuition and be demanding, so be it. We were sent a survey to fill out, by the local hospital. They will not be getting a passing grade! The hospital 'over the pond' ( a Kiwi expression, meaning across the water) would get an A+.

I am still buying a lotto ticket once in a while, hoping for the winnings to come my way. I enjoyed staying at home and taking care of my honey and keeping up with the household chores.

Sunday, December 07, 2008


This household is starting to relax. We are getting some much needed sleep and my honey is on the mend.

Read what MrC says HERE

Thursday, December 04, 2008

MrC is finally able to get some rest

MrC is home from the hospital and so far he is doing well. Of course he is still full of drugs so we will see how he feels when he comes down off of his high!
I am praying for MrC's complete recovery very soon, as he has had, a very long four weeks of pain, frustration, very little sleep and the lack of progress in the "get well dept."
We were discussing how nice it would be, to win the lotto and buy a couple of airline tickets to Tahiti, for a little R&R, Oh well, dreams are free.


Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Update on my honey's condition

The short version:

MrC has not been getting well as he should. Within these past few weeks we have made a trip to the ER, another visit to his doctor's office, then back to the hospital for an ultrasound and a blood draw for blood cultures to be done. The antibiotics he has been taking are doing their job, but another problem is the one which is really causing difficulties.
Tomorrow we travel over to Providence Medical Center in Everett to have a procedure done which should get my honey back on the road to recovery.

UPDATE: The procedure is scheduled for 8am Thursday 4th.


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanksgiving Divorce

A man in Phoenix calls his son in New York the day before Thanksgiving and says," I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing; forty-five years of misery is enough.

"Pop, what are you talking about?" the son screams. We can't stand the sight of each other any longer," the father says. "We're sick of each other, and I'm sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in Chicago and tell her."

Frantic, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone. "Like heck they're getting divorced," she shouts, "I'll take care of this,"

She calls Phoenix immediately, and screams at her father, "You are NOT getting divorced Don't do a single thing until I get there. I'm calling my brother back, and we'll both be there tomorrow. Until then, don't do a thing, DO YOU HEAR ME?" and hangs up.

The old man hangs up his phone and turns to his wife. "Okay," he says, "they're coming for Thanksgiving and paying their own way."

Thank you Maria

Monday, November 24, 2008

Why I have not been blogging

MrC has not been doing as well as he should this past week and I was very concerned.
Here is the email I sent out to friends this morning.

Last night, we took a ride up to the hospital to have MrC checked out.
Our friend Lorie, came over to the house with all her nurse equipment, (she is a retired nurse) and took MrC's temp, listened to his lungs and took his oxygen level. She was of the same opinion as I, and suggested we go for the ride.
After waiting, it seemed for hours, MrC was finally taken back to ER where they performed all the necessary tests to determine what was causing all MrC's discomfort. Their conclusion was, that he may still have some infection going on. (just what I suspected all along) so gave him a couple of antibiotics at the hospital and sent us home with a prescription for more.
MrC finally managed to get some sleep last night, so did I. Let's hope he will soon be on the mend.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Four worms and a lesson to be learned!!!!

A minister decided that a visual demonstration would add emphasis to his Sunday sermon.

Four worms were placed into four separate jars.

The first worm was put into a container of alcohol.

The second worm was put into a container of cigarette smoke.

The third worm was put into a container of chocolate syrup.

The fourth worm was put into a container of good clean soil.

At the conclusion of the sermon, the Minister reported the following results:
The first worm in a container of alcohol - Dead

The second worm in cigarette smoke - Dead

Third worm in chocolate syrup - Dead

Fourth worm in good clean soil - Alive.

So the Minister asked the congregation -

What did you learn from this demonstration???

Maxine was sitting in the back, quickly raised her hand and said,

'As long as you drink, smoke and eat chocolate, you won't have worms!'

That pretty much ended the service

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Clean up day.

At last we are starting to get back to a feeling of normalcy. MrC. is feeling better and is now getting more sleep at night.
Next week I return to work, and receiving a paycheck again will be nice, but I will miss being at home every day.
Our weather has been quite warm, in the 50's yesterday, so I went outdoors to do a little cleanup in the vegetable garden, and raked up some of the leaves to put in the compost pile. Perhaps we will have a mild winter, one can dream can't they?
Winter is not my favorite time of the year. I find at times, it is difficult to be motivated to get things done, I would just as soon sit all day and read a book. It is probably something to do with the lack of hours of sunshine, as I know as soon as we get a sunny day, I am more inclined to get the chores done.
Yesterday I made some rustic bread, you know the kind, soft in the center with a golden brown crunchy crust. Fabulous to dip in soup, or as I like it, drizzled with a good tasty olive oil. I also made an apple impossible pie/cake/bread pudding kind of dessert, using the impossible pumpkin pie recipe, and apples instead of canned pumpkin. It turned quite good, and reminds me more of a bread pudding than a pie.
Today I must attempt to get things put away around the house, as when I spent most of my time at the hospital, I did not do much housework. I was way too tired and mostly things were put down in the most convenient location. Now things must go where they are generally stored, or I may never find them again.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


SARAH PALIN: Before it got to the other side, I shot the chicken, cleaned and dressed it, and had chicken burgers for lunch.

BARACK OBAMA: The chicken crossed the road because it was time for a change! The chicken wanted change!

JOHN MC CAIN: My friends!!!!.....that chicken crossed the road because he recognized the need to engage in cooperation and dialogue with all the chickens on the other side of the road.

HILLARY CLINTON: When I was First Lady, I personally helped that little chicken to cross the road. This experience makes me uniquely qualified to ensure right from Day One that every chicken in this country gets the chance it deserves to cross the road. But then, this really isn't about me.

GEORGE W. BUSH: We don't really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road, or not. The chicken is either against us, or for us. There is no middle ground here.

DICK CHENEY: Where's my gun?

BILL CLINTON: I did not cross the road with that chicken. What is your definition of chicken?

AL GORE: I invented the chicken.

JOHN KERRY: Although I voted to let the chicken cross the road, I am now against it! It was the wrong road to cross, and I was misled about the chicken's intentions. I am not for it now, and will remain against it.

DR. PHIL: The problem we have here is that this chicken won't realize that he must first deal with the problem on this side of the road before it goes after the problem on the other side of the road. What we need to do is help him realize how stupid he's acting by not taking on his current problems before adding new problems.

OPRAH: Well, I understand that the chicken is having problems, which is why he wants to cross this road so bad. So instead of having the chicken learn from his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of life, I'm going to give this chicken a car so that he can just drive across the road and not live his life like the rest of the chickens.

MARTHA STEWART: No one called me to warn me which way that chicken was
going. I had a standing order at the Farmer's Market to sell my eggs when the price dropped to a certain level. No little bird gave me any insider information.
DR SEUSS: Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I've not been told.

GRANDPA: In my day we didn't ask why the chicken crossed the road.
Somebody told us the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough.

BARBARA WALTERS: Isn't that interesting? In a few moments, we will be listening to the chicken tell, for the first time, the heart warming story of how it experienced a serious case of molting, and went on to accomplish its lifelong dream of crossing the road.

JOHN LENNON: Imagine all the chickens in the world crossing roads together, in peace, that's all we are saying!

BILL GATES: I have just released eChicken 2008, which will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents, and balance your checkbook. Internet Explorer is an integral part of eChicken 2008. This new platform is much more stable and will never crash or need to be rebooted.

ALBERT EINSTEIN: Did the chicken really cross the road, or did the road move beneath the chicken?

COLONEL SANDERS: Did I miss one?.......

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Where did the days go?
It has been quite a journey with my honey in the hospital.
It seemed every time I left the hospital to drive back down the island to our home, to grab a few hours restless sleep, something would happen back at the hospital. Twice now, As I found out the next morning upon returning to the hospital, Mike had been given more blood.
Yesterday, we had a nurse who would not take
no for an answer, she had Mike up out of bed, and walking the hallway. She was appalled that this had not been accomplished a day or so earlier. Mike also said he was not hungry, but I stood over him while he took a few bites of his dinner. Darn it anyway, he has to eat to get his strength back. Guess I will have to stop being a softie, and take a leaf out of nurse Jeanie's book, and insist Mike eat and move around. He may get madder than H--l at me but that is too bad, perhaps he will thank me later.
Sometime after dinner, nurse Jeanie came back in and removed all the heart monitors and the IV, so now Mike will just take pain meds orally. This is a good thing as trying to walk while trailing all that equipment around is a pain (excuse the pun)
I think maybe, I am over tired and losing patience, (or actually more like I am frustrated with events with my honey.) He
has to make the effort to do what is good for him, or else there will be serious health issues, something I don't want to occur and he wouldn't either.
Well I have got all that off my chest, now I am going to go get a cup or two of coffee and wait for a call from the hospital, as last evening Mike's doctor told us he may get to come home today.

UPDATE 11am: I just called the hospital and MrC has eaten a few bites of his breakfast, and has walked the hallway. Guess I won't have to give him a whipping after all *chuckle*

Still no visit from his doctor, I sure hope to have my honey home today, then we both can get some rest.

2:16pm.......... Mr C is home and resting.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Prayers please


My honey has been given the second transfusion, evidently he lost a lot of blood during surgery.
I have just got off the phone with the hospital and now MrC had pneumonia. Which can be serious due to his diminished lung capacity.
He is still on heavy duty antibiotics for the infection.
please remember him in your prayers and send him speedy recovery wishes.

If you wish to contact us please use my email address.

keewee at

Friday, November 07, 2008

A day in the hospital

Last evening my honey, MrC was rushed to hospital with chest pains. The good news is that instead of heart problems, he has a gall stone. At the time of this posting, he is in surgery.
If you wish to send him get well wishes, please feel free to leave a comment here, and I will see to it that when he is feeling up to it, I will make sure he sees them.
Now I am going to nap in the family waiting room, until the surgeon comes in to give me an update on my honey's condition.
After a restless, painful night, at 7:30am just before I left the hospital for home, MrC was resting and thankfully the pain was now at a tolerable level. If all goes well, the doctor will allow him to come home tomorrow.
Now I am going to crawl into bed, and hopefully, manage to get a couple of hours sleep before driving back to the hospital.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

I like a little competition

This coming Thursday is the Fishin' Club's Smoked Salmon Derby, where club members smoke up salmon fillets using their own favorite recipes, and take them to the club meeting for judging by the members.
This is the first time I have ever tried my hand at seasoning, brining and smoking salmon. In previous years, I have watched MrC as he went about the process of dry brining salmon then patiently waiting for the salmon to finish being smoked in one of our smokers.
This year, we were not able to get out to catch our own salmon, but MrC knew of a commercial fisherman who sometimes sells directly off his boat. We were lucky this year to have two lovely fresh salmon to fillet and get into the smokers.

Even though I have watched the process, and remembered all the ingredients used in dry brining salmon, I decided to use a different method for my entry into the derby. I had found this recipe several years ago and have been wanting to use it, so now was my chance.
MrC used the dry brine method. see HERE
After mixing up a brine of OJ, grapefruit juice, water, brown sugar, canning salt, honey, lemon juice, lemon pepper, and a little garlic, I placed the two fillets, MrC had prepared for me in a plastic ziplock, poured in the brine mixture and placed the bagged salmon on ice, in the fridge to soak overnight.

This morning after washing the brine off the two fillets, I used paper towels to pat dry the fillets and left them on the racks to air dry while I got the smoker ready. We use Alder chips to flavor the fish. In my opinion Hickory is a little too strong for my taste. After about an hour the salmon was ready to place on oiled racks in the smoker.
Every hour or so I would go outside and empty out the woodchip pan and refill it for another hours smoking. I did this about four times in all.

Early this evening I brought the salmon inside and decided it was not quite as firm as I wanted, so gave it another 20 minutes in the oven, and as you can see, it turned out perfect. It also tastes good, as I discovered, after eating a small piece of salmon I accidentally knocked off when removing the rack from the oven.
Now I am hoping to win the derby, but of course I have some stiff competition, not only from my honey, but several other club members who always bring some delicious entries for the derby.
In all truth, winning the derby is not as important, as creating your best recipe, and entering it in the derby , and having fun doing so.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Looks like a......

We observed this shark like cloud formation out of our kitchen window.
Kinda looks like a Deep Sea Prickly Shark.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Another chore taken care of

So much for taking it easy on my day off work. My car was almost due for an oil change, so instead of waiting a few weeks before getting the job done, I decided to take advantage of the good weather today, and make the drive up to Oak Harbor and get my car taken care of.
MrC and I did some shopping at Walmart while the oil change was being done, filling a shopping cart with cat food, cat litter, bird seed and a few things for us humans. Seems the critters faired quite well on this shopping expedition. I found a few more things to include in the package I am sending to New Zealand for my daughter's 39th birthday in November, and also a Christmas gift. The post office has a pretty good deal, on a flat rate, for a fairly good sized box, which when filled, can weigh up to 20lb. I was surprised at how much I managed to cram into the box.
We stopped at our favorite Chinese buffet and came away with tight tummies, as we always do, made one more stop at the dollar store, where I found a few more goodies I could not live without *grin* Then drove home to unload the car.
Does anyone else have the same feeling of satisfaction when they have placed all the new foods, etc. neatly on the shelves in the pantry or cupboards, perhaps knowing if the power goes out, or some other emergency arises, there will be food and supplies to survive on?
Tomorrow the temperatures are supposed to be in the 60's so perhaps I should get outside and finish up cleaning all the debris from the vegetable and flower gardens. All too soon it will be miserable outdoors and I will hibernate for the winter, sitting by the fire, reading one of the many books. I have been collecting over the summer months.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Words of wisdom from Maxine

Be who you are and say what you feel...

Because those that matter... don't mind...

And those that mind...don't matter.'

Monday, October 20, 2008

Part four of our trip to reno

Sunday, our last full day in Reno before we returned home, MrC and I went with Joe and his wife Barb to do some shopping and sight seeing. We had been told about a new sports goods store, called Scheels, which had recently opened, and was worth a visit. It was the largest store of it's kind I had ever been in.
Here are just some of the things you will find at Scheels There are two 16,000 gallon aquariums, a wildlife mountain, a customer tram transporting you from your car in the huge parking lot, to the store, then back again after you have finished shopping. There is a Ferris wheel, shooting gallery, simulators for soccer, hockey, golf and nascar racing, which MrC would have loved to try out, if there wasn't such a huge crowd waiting, home decor, I could have spent a fortune here, and gift shops, specialized shops for guns and hunting, fishing, running, and fashion sportswear.

Along the front of Scheels were some fabulous bronzes, I believe created by a local artist.

Just inside the main entry, on the second floor of the 295,000 square foot store, a 3/4-size model float plane is suspended overhead.
You could see the plane through the front second floor window, in the picture above, as you approached the store. One of the store employees told Barb and I the history of the original float plane.

When we arrived at Scheels, we were all hungry, so before looking around we ate at the restaurant. I sat facing this painting, and thought it rather eye catching with it's psychedelic colors.
There was a fudge shop nearby, but just too many people waiting, so decided to skip the free samples, and go check out the rest of the store. MrC and Joe went off in one direction and Barb and I paired up, as we knew the guys would spent most of their time in sporting goods, and wouldn't be too interested in clothes or home decor etc. as Barb and I were.

The aquariums were a sight to behold. This is the salt water aquarium, housing many brightly colored fish and corals, though I think the coral was fake. Even so, the aquarium was beautiful.

Yours truly beside the salt water aquarium.

A diver inside the fresh water aquarium, I believe feeding the fish. You get an idea how large these aquariums are by comparing the size of the diver to the tank.

In the center of the store was a Ferris wheel MrC asked if I would like to ride on it. I replied " I won't ride on one outdoors, what makes you think this one is any different?" *grin*

From the second floor you are looking at some of the specialty stores, and the crowds enjoying them.

On the second floor there are fourteen fairly life like, animated models of past Presidents.

The trophy mounted wild life was fabulous, and quite realistic in it's setting.

These fellas are huge.

MrC and Joe checking out all the goodies.

Am I majestic or what?

Another wonderful display of wild life.

This trolley is one in which you could get a ride back to your car, or to the store from the far reaches of the parking lot. The parking lot was very large so for anyone who had difficulty getting around or had many packages to return to their vehicle, then this trolley is a very nice customer service feature.

For our last evening meal in Reno we ate at The Black Bear Diner.
The food was excellent as was the company.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Reno..... part three

Saturday evening was our pizza feed and prize drawing. This year we had some pretty amazing donated prizes. Everyone attending went home with a prize, whether is was one of the major prizes or a door prize. There were two guns, two training certificates, two range bags, shirts, caps and many other prizes.

Many thanks to all our sponsors and contributors.
Para USA, Hi Point Firearms, Front Sight Firearms Training Institute, Brownells, Volquartsen Custom, Hi Cap Gunworks, Crimson Trace, the NRA, and Linoge of Walls of the city who donated a training certificate for Front Sight Firearms Training Institute.

Over pizza, beer, soda, wine and other beverages there was much talk and laughter.

This being out third year of the rendezvous, we renewed friendships, and made new ones. It seems we are becoming quite a family, and eagerly look forward to greeting each other and having fun every year.

This year was T's, of Ride Fast & Shoot Straight birthday, so of course we had to sing happy birthday, while he blew out the candle on a pan of brownies his lovely lady Betty made. MrC presented him with a wire toothbrush. *chuckle*

Elizabeth draws the first number for a gun from Para USA

Packing Rat was extremely happy to win the gun, especially being as he did not have anything at all like it. Just look at that smile.

US citizen of Traction Control, also was the lucky winner of a gun donated by Hi Point Firearms

I am sure David is going to find plenty to fit in his new range bag donated by brownells.

Nice shirt Joe. It is going to look very nice on you *grin*
Shirt kindly donated by Dirtcrashr of Anthroblogogy

After all the prizes had been given away, many of the group sat around and talked until almost midnight. As I recall, I gave up and went back to our room to get some rest.