A Journal Post in late September, 2004, finally.
With some rain around, we have ended up with a roofing crew up above replacing our tje old worn roof on the old part of the house. Weâ€™d hoped it would last until no penalties could allow a 401k withdrawal, but in a very wet storm three weeks ago, leaks appeared in the kitchen. So this morning, oily felt cloth on the ground, noise above, and a nervous pup below, Iâ€™m letting him over-nap and catching up on my diary.
We made it to Chetâ€™s birthday, and the party turned out great. The local dine-and-dance where they live holds a party every month for regulars who have birthdays that month. Chet and Mary were both turning 75 and the featured honorees at this club while we were there. What a great party. The potluck food was some of the best Iâ€™ve seen in years that included the best fried chicken I've ever eaten (Mary herself made the chicken). That evening Rodger and I went back to Karenâ€™s to prepare for the family party. Karen had outdone herself. Some of the house was newly painted, things were squeaky clean. Aunt Paula was with us, Bruce and Kevin were there from SF, and we all prepped food and chatted until late. We returned the next morning to BBQ ribs, make ice cream, etc., just before guests began arriving. The party was fabulous, everything turned out to be AAA plus thanks in large part to Karenâ€™s great home and in small part to her own creation, the beautiful birthday cake:
That was ONE delicious cake! Everybody had a good time and Rodger felt good about the work to get things organized from Portland while his family did a lot of things to help make this happen. Including Aunt Paula allowing us to stay again! She had dozens of HUGE fresh tomatoes that Mark kept slicing all weekendâ€¦.there is NO more THRILLING moments in life for Mark than, at the peak of summer, having just-picked garden tomatoes, and eating fresh corn. He has a weakness at this high garden time, has never sought help, and most likely believes himself to not have a problem.
One MORE thing about that party. Lori and Jeremy brought their Ice Cream Maker and Mark followed her recipe to make ice cream that day. IT was so good, he prompty came home and pulled out his Mom's old White Mountain freezer and made some in Portland for a neighborhood get-together we had. We had completely forgotten how delicious this home-made stuff is (and no nagging about the fat content, hah!)
WHO the Heck thought getting a puppy was a good idea? I think raising a puppy requires youth and stamina in a small way related to raising a human (of course the time span is short enough for puppies that perhaps itâ€™s tolerable). Sorry to report there are NO picture updates since our camera is on-loan to an associate of Rodgers from OHSU.
Doug and his wife are having their first baby so the camera went to aid in this great event. Adrianna had the baby early this week, so maybe weâ€™ll get a photo or two of the pup and whatever else is happening by next weekend.
Both of us feel very insignificant in a repeating whirlwind of: 1) getting up to let the pup out without enough sleep and walking in the yard until he does a number 1 and 2, 2) trying to get him revved up for some retrieving and play, 3) feed him and Tuckerâ€¦.across the room from each other (Tuckerâ€™s mix takes mixing 3 meds, some wet and dry together), 4) getting the pup to play hard enough so he can 5) nap about an hour mid-morning, and then: 6) repeat steps 2-5 until bedtime that night. On the sleeping thing, we try to stay up late so the pup will sleep longer and as time is passing he actually IS sleeping just a few minutes longer each week.
Weâ€™re working on a few commands (heâ€™s already a super retrieverâ€¦.probably should have gone to a hunting family) and he is not a bad trainee. He seems to understand sit, stay, come, potty although the orders arenâ€™t always obeyed. Attention span is very short (remember your last pup?).
He has some friends in the neighborhood. Paul and Kristin, our newest neighbors just got a Chocolate Lab, â€œPorterâ€, thatâ€™s about two weeks younger than Mac so they offer a good romp for the two when they can. These two will growl and play until they pass out. The Smiths Bernese Mtn Dog, â€œEllieâ€ is older than both and of course, much milder natured, but she can keep up for a while. Mac plays completely different with Ellie as opposed to Porter, the male. This is great having these three puppies so close. These ROMPS can be a godsend when the pup has ME worn out.
Mark brought him up to OHSU to see Rodgerâ€™s croniesâ€¦walking across campus this dog got a LOT of great reviews! I thoroughly enjoyed that little trip.
Hereâ€™s his latest pic taken on Labor Day:
Old Man Tucker is adjusting better than we thought he would when Mac first arrived. He is actually in a little better health if for no more reason than trying to make sure the pup isnâ€™t going to get some suspected scrap of food without him getting a share. He now allows puppy licks most of the time, and does pay attention to whatâ€™s happening. Yesterday when the pup was in the outside kennel (teaching him to find itâ€™s okay to be alone)â€¦.he cried a little. Tucker did something I thought VERY interesting. He walked up the kennel, tail wagging, and seemed to want to console the young puppy. The pup also watches the old man. IF they go outside at the same time, Mac often watches the old guy and as soon as Tucker begins the toilet business, so will Mac. Sort of cute to see this role-model business going on.
This new MAC has one fine Doggy Personality. He remains pleasant always, and wants to please. Perhaps heâ€™s a little stubborn, but all Chesepeakes seem to be, and the attention span shortage is just age related. He really DOES seem to watch a LOT and cock the head so I believe heâ€™s a smart dog. He really IS trying to figure things out. Friends loaned us the small kennel in the yard and the first time we left him in it while going to a store, he had escaped when we returned. How? When I put him back in and watched him
from inside, he quickly remembered that he could run from one end to the other, jump, and if his paws can get ahold of the top, he could literally pull himself out of the cage. That he did again. I prompty have placed a tarp as a cover on the kennel and actually with this rain, it's probably a good thing we have.
His REAL problem is getting carsick every time he rides in a car after about 4 miles. This motion sickness prompty disappears as soon as the car stops but he loses his food every time and I DO hope growing up will take care of that because THIS dog needs to go to water in a few weeks.
Back early in August we reported on our page about the Flying Squirrel letting us take pics. Well, it so happens, he HAS gotten used to us and sees no threat I guessâ€¦..well at least ONE of the little guys does. On Aug 19 a flying squirrel came into the feeder while we were outside and talking about 10:00 pmâ€¦.. he stayed to eat with us 10 feet away. Rodger then approached within two feet of himâ€¦.and he stayed. We talked to him, walked back and forth for about an hour. An extraordinary experience considering these guys are supposed to be completely shyâ€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦ A large BUCK was out front at same time under the apple tree.
We DID get to go to BEND about this time and thoroughly enjoyed an evening OFF before we got the puppy and before we knew Jocko was ill. It was great. We enjoyed two relaxing nites â€“ watching some of the Olympics, listening to the Deschutes River below the condo, and watching birds. We really enjoyed some great Hummingbird viewing â€“ they were exhibiting behavior we rarely saw at home. They were going after insects!!!! Catching them mid-air. This put me a little more at ease about their southbound migration. I had known they eat insects later in the summer, but knowing many flowers have already spent their blossoms by this season, I wondered how they sustained themselves for that long flight. Well. Insects give them all that protein they can use for the energy needed. We ALSO had a fabulous meal at a recommended restaurant. Rodger went to â€œpreviewâ€ it for some of the scientists that would be showing up late September for the conference. The place is called, â€œCafÃ© Rosemaryâ€ and is located about Newport and 12th just across from the Newport Market. Hereâ€™s a review I clipped from the web, and I must say, itâ€™s accurate:
Cafe Rosemary / / / 222 NW Irving, Bend; 541/317-0276
Appreciative diners have been known to stand and applaud the food and chef Bob Brown at this simple bistro. The bright room has a fireplace and Oriental carpets to complement white-tablecloth fine dining. Lunches include savory thick-crusted pizzette, salads of field greens, and specials such as roasted-vegetable ravioli. Dinners are pure magicâ€”especially when served prix fixe for, say, Valentine's Dayâ€”and might feature caviar on heart-shaped blini; prawns on rosemary skewers; consommÃ© with truffles; smoked duck breast with jalapeÃ±o polenta; salads with fresh pears, Gorgonzola, and sweet roasted nuts; peppered chateaubriand; and chocolate marquise to finish. Tuesday nights feature a changing prix-fixe worldly regional menu. All food can be prepared to go. $$; AE, MC, V; checks OK; lunch Mon-Fri, dinner Tues-Sun; beer and wine; reservations not necessary; call for directions.
IF YOU go to Bend, I hope you can enjoy a lovely time there. They had some great bread at the restaurant by the way, and by asking we found it made at a local bakery there: â€œDelusso Bakeryâ€â€¦.fine artisan breads, so make sure you pick up a loaf to bring home when you go (we recommend the Italian Country Bread and Seeded Poppy Bread)
One more Bend item, breakfasts at the â€œAlpenglow CafÃ©â€ are made from scratchâ€¦â€¦.and delicious.
Our return trip brought us back U.S. 26 which brings you close to Mt. Hood. Hereâ€™s a beautiful spot at Trillium Lake with this view of Mt Hood:
We had never seen this Peak so very dryâ€¦â€¦ remember our dry summer has been memorable. (They â€œdryâ€ part ended just a short time ago).
September and October are usually beautiful months with perfect days and cool nights. Our DRY summer came to an end with a gusher of rain at the end of August (the GREAT part is that it put an end to fire danger and lawns all over this county brightened up) and since then, weâ€™ve had showers off and on. That changed everything about the garden. In the past, Iâ€™ve been able to can and pick up to the middle or end of September. Not so this time. The corn did NOT make it (late planting gamble did not pay), and most of the garden is now failing except for herbs, rhubarb, lettuce. Iâ€™m STILL hoping somehow that dry weather will return so we can get the last of peppers and hundreds of tomatoes.
In other thoughts, this ad began in todayâ€™s Oregonian, and only one call on Friday, from "Nellie" in Woodburn who has one Molucca Cockatoo (beautiful huge pink/white birds ---friend Sheila has one called "Peaches") and two Amazon Parrots. She made an offer of $50 and I have told her I'll meet her somewhere between Woodburn and here if I don't get a better offer during the w/e:
â€œPARROT Pellets, Harrison's 25 lb. course ground and bag walnut shell, new $75/obo 503.978.0961
Published in The Oregonian on 09/17 â€œ
So it appears weâ€™re getting used to the quiet in the houseâ€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦.weâ€™re hangin on to the cage thoughâ€¦Maybe in a year we may elect to adopt another Parrot?
I wanted to mention the aerobic swim nights at neighbor/friend Smiths once again. It truly has been a unique and great experience. The workout is a little over an hour, and doesnâ€™t end there. These people always feed the 6-7 people a wonderful dinner sometimes simply making up some great stir-fry or a new salad or â€œsomethingâ€â€¦â€¦â€¦the summer meals have been wonderfully seasonal. These are great people.
On to some fine dining in the kitchen. Today's menu to include a garden ripe tomato on a BLT with creamed corn (frozen from last year)....................yummy.