Tuesday, August 28, 2012

He doesn't a-wa-wanna be three!

 Grandson Ben's reply to any question is, "No, I don't a wa-wanna".  That would include having a birthday and turning three. 

The time seems to have flown by very quickly since the day he was born.

Hello, Grandpa Jon or "Papa".



I want to play guitar just like my big brother.




Aw phooey!  Get me out of this thing.




Finally, some freedom.  I can do this walking thing on my own.




He has gone from Superman at his 1st birthday party to BenBuzz Lightyear, Rocket Man at his 3rd birthday.



Happy 3rd Birthday BenBug!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

August Game Camera Photos

I haven't been posting as often as I usually do.  I have a lot of excuses.  Getting ready for the Oyster Party, working in the garden, recovering from the Oyster Party and the one big excuse, Retired Mountain Man's computer went to computer heaven.  I am "sharing" my computer with him.   Which means that he is using my computer the majority of the day and evening.

Yes, the party was a blast! The oysters and clams were delicious and all of the many potluck dishes were very tasty!  I don't think anyone went away hungry.  The Cougar Creek Band had a blast playing some tunes for the crowd and the kids love the Obstacle Course Race so much that they played it three times.

Anyway, I will get back to the game camera photos.


 What the?


 What is that?  Bigfoot?



NO!  It couldn't be?  




Retired Mountain Man was positive that the person in that gorilla costume was none other than Adam Long.  He harassed Adam about it during the entire party.  Towards the end of the party during the sing-a-long, the gorilla showed up on our deck.  It was dark by then and some who saw him in the window thought it was a black bear at first.

The gorilla comes through the door and chaos and panic begins!








He turned out to be friendly but to the 4-year-old and under crowd he was pretty frightening.  They needed a lot of reassurance from mom and dad that he wasn't a real gorilla.





 We finally had him take off his hood to convince them.  Holy Moly!  The gorilla turned out to be.......David!






The birthday guy gets a gorilla hug.


Everyone wants to get a photo op with the gorilla.




Did you get a gorilla hug today?

There are more bigfoot photos on Julie's blog:   http://burkhartblog2.blogspot.com/

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Damage Control and other stuff.



We had a big wind storm two nights ago with wind gusts so strong that it blew my flower pots off the deck.   This flower pot landed on top of the one below.





And this one blew off the deck and was on the ground and out of the pot!  Dang it!  Actually, that is not what I said.  I said, "!@#-&*   and    !@#$%&    and #$%!!"   I mumbled a lot.

The wind also blew over some of my corn,
broccoli,
a zucchini plant,
peppers,
dahlias,
tomatoes,
begonias...........




So, yesterday became damage control day.  Meanwhile, Retired Mountain Man and Neil were managing the driveway project. 


TiVar laid out to keep the gravel from disappearing in the mud.

 Mike Conn delivered two loads of gravel.  We will finally have a chuck-hole free driveway.


The first load gets dumped.

 Fortunately, Neil has a tractor.  Otherwise it would be shovel time.  Even at that, there was still a lot of shoveling and raking to do.




We're almost finished.  We need another half load today and then they work on Neil's driveway.



I almost forgot, the pre-Oyster Party cooking.  It is imperative that we start out slowly, whetting our appetites for fresh Pacific Coast oysters.  First on the menu is Fried Pheasant. Thanks to my baby brother, Roy.  Served with wild rice and wild mushroom sauce (Chanterelle, Morel and Coral Mushrooms).  Sorry, I didn't take a photo of the sauce.





Next, a lasagna with a meat sauce of elk burger and roasted tomatoes from last year's garden.  (I am cleaning out my freezer)





This is my first try at this recipe - an Apple-Raspberry Fruit Cake.  The recipe is in my new version of the Better Homes and Garden Cookbook.  It is a keeper and yes, I will post the recipe on a day when I have more time. It is similar to a cobbler, but has a cake layer on the bottom.





This morning I am roasting a turkey and getting ready to make a Huckleberry Cobbler. 
 
Party!  Party!  Party!


Friday, August 10, 2012

What if this is as good as it gets?

It's August and the garden is in full swing. The raspberries are ripe and a few veggies are ready to harvest. 



It has been really hot and dry here for the past three weeks so everything is growing like weeds.  I have been getting out in the garden early, before it gets too hot, weeding, watering, fertilizing, pruning, and all the things addicted gardeners do. Is anyone really going to see that weed?

The raspberries taste awesome on top of vanilla ice cream and we have had our first zucchini patties of the year.  There's nothing like cooking with fresh garden fruits and veggies.

 In one week we will be eating the "taste de la resistance", fresh oysters.  Your choice, on the half shell or fried.  We will toss in some steamed clams as an appetizer.  Not to mention all of the delicious potluck dishes that everyone brings to add to the meal.  I can't wait!

We will be enjoying great food, the Cougar Creek Band will play some tunes and we will end the evening with a sing-a-long. (We now have 104 songs in the song book)

It will be as good as it gets!
Oyster Party 2012

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Retired Mountain Man attends Festival at Sandpoint!

Yes, indeed.  Retired Mountain Man agreed to go hear Allison Kraus and the Union Station.  It was a true adventure for him.   The line to enter the festival snaked around the entire park at Memorial Field.  It was unbelievably long.  Its hard to picture 3500 people lined up, holding their lawn chairs, coolers, blankets and cushions, patiently and politely waiting for the one gate to open.   At least there was shade in the park during the wait. 



Retired Mountain Man and Mr. Dylan were quite proud of themselves as they managed to walk their way into the musician's warm-up tent.  The only person in the tent was "some girl" putting rosin on her fiddle bow.  They said she had a really bushy hairstyle, but didn't know who she was.  Then the security guard caught up with them and said they had to leave.  Hmmm.  Next thing you know they are back with us sitting in their chairs and lo and behold, the girl with the really bushy hair came out on the stage with the Union Station. 
 
The guy who was trying to get thrown out of the concert.

Chatting with the Wims during the intermission



Yes, we were having a really good time.


 

The concert was worth the wait as the entertainers lived up to their reputation.  Their singing and their playing was so good it almost sounded like we were listening to the CD.  Amazing talent. 







Thursday, August 2, 2012

A Golden Delicacy

Retired Mountain Man has been working on smoking Kokanee the past two days.  Smoked Kokanee - one of the finest delicacies to be eaten on a summer evening along with a glass of white wine. 



Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Load up the kids and bring your guitar. It's family reunion time.

Pack up your bags.  We're goin' to the family reunion in Montana.  Retired Mountain Man and I packed up 2 guitars, 2 amplifiers, a keyboard and stand, one large folding table, 2 coolers, 3 suitcases and 2 lawn chairs in the back of the Outback and headed for the Bitterroot and the Reineke Family Reunion.

Mission Mountains


Grandpas and grandsons get to spend some time together.  You can see by the look on the little guys faces just how much they love their grandpas and getting the chance to hang out with them.


Grandpa Jon and Ben



Grandpa Ralph and Max





Meet Max.  He is a one-year old muscle man.



On their first meeting, Max spent the entire time pushing Ben in the car over some very rough terrain.  Never mind that there were hills and deep sand.  He pushed anyway.




Sometimes the grandpas filled in for each other.


Do you know the song "Your Cheatin' Heart?"


Grandpa Jon entertaining Alyssa with a song.








Great Grandma Eileen and Alyssa

Everyone gets a chance to hold the sweet baby.  There was a lot of storytelling and jokes.  We didn't get a chance to play any poker or pinochle though.



Of course there was a lot of music.  Playing and singing every night.




Remember the time when you wrecked my new car? pickup? landcruiser?
Did you really need to bring that up?
What about the time you set the bale of hay on fire in downtown Hamilton and were arrested for arson?


 How about the time you rain away from school to become a mountain man?


Arrested for???? in CDA, ID.


Waiting for the next meal to be served.  Ham, prime rib, elk burgers???   How about another cold one?



Who knows what happened in Iowa.  One good reason to live far away from the rest of the family.



 These people are all thinking of some wisecrack to say to the photographer.




 Geez, I was only telling them about the time you hit me in the head with the ..........


"No, you said we would host this event, not me"!  




We celebrate birthdays with cupcakes and huckleberry cheesecake.

Collin's 14th birthday.


Damion and Great Aunt Shirley

Huckleberry Cheesecake lovers




  The Nebraskans.

 It took 15 minutes and 30 shots to get a picture of this group.



 We add more people to the photo. 




Sept. 13th birthdays.

We ended the evening around the fire pit with Uncle Don playing the guitar singing his song, "There's a shadow over the heartland, there's a fire in the western sky....."  

Montana Sunset

See you all next year.