The 2010 Thanksgiving Gathering at John, Toni & Baby Maeve’s Double-With-Ranch will be remembered well into my tale telling period at the “home” in a few years. There is something spectacular about waking up to the realization you’re just truly a FEW miles from one of North America’s famous volcano summits, Mt Hood:
**Embiggen the picture to feel the real size of this mountain**
The best ever home-made Thanksgiving Dinner (ALL had a hand in making it) climaxed a 4 day holiday that included snow-skiing on Thursday (snowshoeing for Mark & Mac), dining at the Sawtooth Roadhouse (a GREAT pizza), watching baby Maeve grow, and just enjoying a wonderful friendship with the Cunninghams.
ON the way home, we DID stop at famous Multnomah Falls because of the spectacular ICE walls in the gorge (THE ENTIRE DRIVE BACK was spectacular….that gorge is somehow, completely memory making no matter the time of year you come through it)…… Rodger got this picture:
**You need to click on THIS picture to see the RIGHT SIDE of the FALLS….all encased in ICE. Enlarge it and get the feel of the Gorge in a better way***
We returned Saturday….and it seems we owed the Kharma some kind of bill. We stopped at the “famous” (only “famous” here…on “tv”)….Charburger at Cascade Locks in the Gorge and had bad food…the salad bar was turning BROWN, I tell you!)…. We got up the next morning to go get our Christmas Tree at the fabulous Furrow Farm place….. to find:
***Rodger last went to work in the pickup Wednesday for a few hours. He returned home, parked the pickup in the right side of the garage….. and we left a bit later in the car. So, when I went around to THAT passenger side to get in, I found the scrapes, and dents left by an unknown driver …..who had obviously parked BY Rodger at OHSU last Wednesday, and scraped the truck (for about 3 feet….!!!!) ….then left without leaving a note. There HAS been some construction going on at this Park Lot, and judging from how HIGH the scrapes were on the door, he’s sure it’s one of the construction guys. HOW do you prove ANYTHING 5 days later? On Monday morning, Mark filed the claim, friend Arnie accompanied Mark to Mackin’s auto repair, and there the truck will sit. So, now, we have one car for Rodger to get to work, there will be $500 deductible here at Christmas, and we’re annoyed.
***At any rate, we WERE able to get the truck door open on Sunday, and drove to Furrow Farm.
***We stopped in North Plains for breakfast after discovering that the Rogue River Brew Pub there was “now serving breakfasts” ….. hey, their not bad when they’re making a hamburger! IT WAS the WORST breakfast I’ve ever had, didn’t finish it. Rodger’s Chicken Fried Steak was COLD in the middle….and my Strip Steak was RAW in the middle. The building itself was COLD. Well, lesson learned.
***We finally arrived at Furrow Farm. The “selection” early that Sunday wasn’t huge, but we brought home a tree that will stand about 10′ high…and, after trimming, began to assemble the Tree Stand that was “guaranteed for life”. . . .so IN the house with the tree, get it standing UP, getting the stand attached…..and it BREAKS!
Rodger loses it! He’s had enough! We sit down for a while. Much calmer a bit later, we drive with the broken stand out to Tualitin to the farm that built the Tree Stand “guaranteed for life” . . . ..HERE was a pleasant experience. The builder himself glanced at that stand and said, “Yea, they built that weak brace for a while, let’s get you something better.” He quickly replaced the stand, we came home, and by DARK, had the tree up lookin’ good. Lights can go on later this week. As will the outdoor lights.
Monday was Mark’s day of rest. He did nothing. Rodger worked, a bored Mac also slept.
Today, I’ll BEGIN to get back into the groove a tiny bit. Will get down all the holiday boxes from the garage, bring ’em in to warm, get a bit more done on the conversion from PC to IMAC (Thanks, GAVIN!)………. and …………
All that whining being expressed, it won’t erase the memory of a most fabulous Thanksgiving holiday!
***Mark began feeling a little congested by Sunday mid-day…..by bedtime, he was taking NyQuil. And by Tuesday, as I write, I’m I can “tell” I’ve turned the corner, but will probably live in a thick head cold fog for another day or two. Not having had a head cold for years, this is just annoying…… MAC needs exercise, BUT….with a thick head, I just did NOT feel like walking in the rain today.