The primary reason for us going to Portland August 1 – 4 was to attend the memorial service for Brenda. She and Robin graduated from nursing school together. They worked a while until their RN license came through and then left for the West, via Mexico City in a VW Bug. Camping gear strapped on the roof. Robin ended in San Francisco, where she also helped to start Ravenswood Winery with Joel Peterson, and Brenda went to Oregon. It was great that we could attend this Celebration of Life. Here are some photos from the event. Left-Click any of them to see the photo enlarged.
It is said that “Man cannot live by bread alone ….” and I guess our sojourns are a testament to that. If there is a winery, we just might stop. Good place to get something light to eat and some refreshing “grape juice”. So this particular post in this series, is going to be devoted to some wineries we visited – actually only three – and some of the food we had. If one is on the coast – East or West coast, it makes no difference – one must have good, fresh seafood. And that we did.
What a great 4 days in Portland on the Willamette River. And yes, on a AirBnB houseboat. A super great experience and Hostess. Thank you for such a great time. The photo here was taken from Google Earth and shows our houseboat. (Left-Click this and any of the following photos to see them enlarged.) The houseboat that we stayed on was #5 and is clearly marked. The following photos are of some boats that we saw and the houseboat and surrounding area. Do enjoy these photos. Happy Trails!
This was really a great weekend! Robin had her cousin Maria Allen and Maria’s sister Maria de Fatima Donato and Fatima’s son Victor here. They had a long 28 hour plane trip from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and were glad to stop and rest for a while. Fatima spoke some English and Victor did an excellent job with the language. Maria did a lot of translation from English to Portuguese and vice versa. Marnie opened her AirBNB to them for a couple of days and we thank her for that. The photo above is of Victor, Fatima and Maria. Here are some more photos of the Snake River AVA and wine country tour that we took, thanks to Winery Seekers, Dan and Kathy Johnson. We did stop for a good meal at The Orchard House in the Snake River AVA at Marsing. A great tour and I know that everyone enjoyed it. Enjoy these photos and remember you can Left-Click any of them to see them larger. Cheers and Happy Trails. It was great to meet Fatima and Victor and to see Maria again.
Off on the Snake River AVA winery tour. Here we go!
Just a super good day! Thank-You everyone for making this a success. We all enjoyed it immensely. Cheers! Kathy Johnson submitted the following photos for your enjoyment. Thank-You Kathy for the photos.
It was really exciting a couple of days ago when Joe Levitch of Levco Builders, the ones who remodelled our kitchen and more recently our bathroom, put out the word that he needed help in the demolition of a garage. (Not our garage!) Here we are starting the project. Everything that could be, would be salvaged. Wood, windows etc. Joe bought a new tool that I used today that would remove the nails from wood. A great little tool that uses compressed air. Here are some more photos. Enjoy. Left-Click any of the to see enlarged. Cheers!
That’s when I had to leave. About 4 hours up to here. Glad I could be there and help in my limited way. Thanks, Joe. Enjoy the Rye Bread. Then on 23 July, Joe sent me these photos of the completed project. Thanks, Joe.
But in order to have that many years of bliss, one must find the right and the perfect partner. I did! Robin has given me those perfect years. Someone asked to pick the one thing in those 31 years that stands out as being perfect. My answer? “Those 31 years stand out!”
We had a great Anniversary Weekend and some great meals. Thanks to Marnie and Mac and Sophia, we had a good Sunday breakfast at the Original Pancake House. Then we had to work in our kitchen, The Captain’s Shack. Some yummy food came out of the kitchen this past weekend. Here, take a look and enjoy. And remember to Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged. Thank-You Robin for giving me 31 Years of Bliss!
Wow! Such a great week-end and July 4th celebration. And wherever you have a gathering of friends and family, you should always have food. And that we did! And we also had a great afternoon at Lucky Peak outside of Boise boating on the reservoir. On Saturday, it was 101 degrees F in the sun, 64 degrees F in the water on the surface. In the photo here when we stopped for lunch, is Michael McClanahan, Me, Robin, Nora Tollman and Steve Strickland. Sandra Abundantia took the photo. Left-Click any of these photos to see enlarged. Enjoy!
And then there was food. This was delicious!
Thank-You everyone for making this such an enjoyable weekend! Cheers!
Do you like tea? Speciality teas? Here is a great site to purchase some of those “out-of-the ordinary” teas. Look at LusTea for thse teas. Owned and operated by Christine Lusty, married to Robin’s cousin, LusTea Cafe is located in Livermore, CA. Here is a brief description from the website. There is also a permanent link to LusTea in the sidebar. Look for their business card. Cheers! Christine’s updated EMail is Christine@LusTeaCo.com. The one here on the graphic is not correct.
LusTea prides itself on it’s simply elegant flavors, perfect for the refined palette that enjoys a distinct essence in their cup. Even those who profess they are not tea drinks have found a blend to invigorate their senses.
Excellent hot or iced down to sooth you on those sweltering afternoons, and with new teas being added regularly, LusTea is sure to have a something to seduce your senses.
We look forward to serving you soon!
Thank-You Robin, Marnie and Mac for a great Fathers Day. And to you too, Mac, Happy Fathers Day. I had fun making the breakfast of Eggs Benedict, which did not turn out exactly as I wanted and the a good time at Indian Creek Winery in Kuna, ID., for a great party. Here are some photos from the day. Please, enjoy them! Left-Click any of the photos to see enlarged. The Snapdragons pictured here are in the gardens at the winery. Beautiful flowers! But let’s start the photos of breakfast that I made.
Are we proud? Yes you bet! Our daughter Marnie and her husband Mac have turned their downtown home into a BNB. Well kind-of. Yes, you can expect everything that you get in a BNB, but not a prepared meal. You make your own meals in this BNB. The AIRBNB, and many more nationwide, have a new trend – You rent the entire home for a short period of time and you have all the conveniences of being at home. You can make your own meals. Do laundry. Have a quiet evening “at home”.
Enjoy beautiful Boise. Generally cheaper than a hotel, where you must purchase every meal. Check the link for more detailed information Marnie and Mac’s AirBNB. And after looking at the photos, make a reservation. The house has been completely remodeled inside and out. Completely fenced in yard. There is also a permanent link to the AirBNB in the sidebar. Enjoy!
Close to downtown Boise; The Greenbelt where you can ride your bikes or just walk; Awesome restaurants.