Monday, August 31, 2009
This mosaic was inspired by a walk in the forest near Fern Canyon. How peaceful and beautiful it was. I hope you enjoy it too.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
We saw numerous birds, lots of deer, tide pools full of fantastic creatures, and a fish farm full of young trout. We also saw this California Gray Whale lolling just off the coast. Did you know it's really hard to get a photo of a whale spouting?
Some of the most spectacular animals we saw were these Roosevelt Elk. They were near the south end of the Redwood State Park in the meadow area along Highway 101. They seemed quite comfortable with all the traffic and all the attention. Folks were stopping their cars right on the highway to get out and take photos.
Whales, Elk, Slugs....
and the Lord God made them all.
Monday, August 24, 2009
First I covered a board with aluminum foil, set a 9x13 cake on it and cut the corners off. Then I mixed up some red, green and grey icing and made the Pokeball in the middle.
And that's how you make a Pokemon Stadium cake....if you have a little kid who likes that sort of thing....or if you have a big kid who still likes that sort of thing.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
I thought I could never afford it, but while we were in Oregon, we found an affordable substitute. Near Roseburg, Oregon there's a place called Wildlife Safari where you can drive amongst the wild animals. With Teen2 sticking her head out the sunroof, I felt just like I was in a Land Rover in Africa. It was even hot and dusty, just like the real deal.
The very first animal we saw was this giraffe. He calmly nibbled leaves whilst the tourists idled by gawking and snapping photos.
The Wildlife Safari was quite nice, but I think I still might like to visit Africa. After all, I didn't get tea at 4:00, a sun downer cocktail, or dinner by lamplight!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
And now here is the Yuck.
In Ashland there is a little plaza that's been there since 1927. Its claim to fame is the Lithia Water that flows 24/7 from these old porcelain fountains. Reputed to be good for what ails you, but stinky, and laced with minerals. Yuck! It reminded me of the water in Bath; far too mineraly for my taste. But I took a large swig of it just in case it really does have curative powers.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Here's Teen2 this morning just before she rushed off for the first day of school. We've done this thing with the chalkboard every year since they first started school. It's just one of my goofy little traditions. I always wrote their (real) names, grade, school and the date. It's fun to look back on the photos and see how they've grown and changed over the years. I guess we will keep doing it even as they go to college. I just hope that poor old chalkboard lasts a few more years.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
It seems the Fine Arts Museum has decided they want Iret-net-Hor-irw back, so today at 10:30am the crew will arrive and load him up and take him first to a hospital for a full scan, and ultimately back to San Franciso where he will appear in a new display at the Legion of Honor (opening Halloween 2009) called Very Postmortem: Mummies and Medicine.
I procrastinated all summer and missed my chance to see him, so yesterday I pulled some strings and got us a private visit. It reminded me of the scene in the first Harry Potter movie where Dudley Dursley is watching the python and suddenly the glass is gone! Because they had already removed the glass and we did indeed get an up close and personal look (plus an informative explanation from the Museum Director) at the Mummy.
I think Teen2 was suitably impressed.
As we were packing up on our last morning Teen1 spotted this strand of pearls on the ferns near our tent. Okay, maybe it wasn't really pearls, it was actually dew drops on a spider web, but they were beautiful nonetheless. I just had to share this with you; the beauty of nature continually amazes me. I hope you enjoy it too. Thanks for stopping by.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Here's the plot: A young modern woman decides to cook every recipe (524) in Julia Child's book Mastering the Art of French Cooking in 365 days and blog about it. It's a wonderful trip as she increases her skills and confidence, gains an audience, and finally triumphs with boning a duck and becoming famous. Anyway, I highly recommend the movie. As we walked out of the theatre after the movie, all we could talk about was food. I was ready to buy a duck, or maybe make Boeuf Bourgoignon, or at least an omelet. We settled for Chinese takeout, but the seed had been planted; I needed to cook something delicious.
So the next day I bought these ingredients and made this: