Sunday, June 17, 2012

Hot Hot Hot June 2012 Weekend!

June 17th - 2012

Happy Father's Day!

Today is father's day and I want to say Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there, especially my own! You are a great Dad and we couldn't live without you!

I was at the house this weekend and it was HOT! 108 degrees on about sizzling! But I had stuff to do still and you know what you do when it is hot? You get up and do things early... I was up at 6am and working by 7am out in the veggie garden and came in at 10:30am. I needed to pick purslane for my friend at work who wants some, and put up netting to try and save the peppers I planted last time I was up. Of course, the deer have already eaten them to the stalk but I might be able to save them. Everything is growing like crazy! The corn, the squash, the beans just everything!
(I updated the recipe page to add my quick gumbo if you are interested - I think next will have to be my Doritos taco salad that I adapted from my mom's recipe)
Corn Patch (includes other plants too)
Corn view from above (To the left is potato volunteer and to the right are pumpkins and more squash)

The little frogs love my yard. It stays moist and has bugs.

Netting to protect the tomatoes and peppers

Some of my green peas that I am saving for seed. They are perfect!

Pile of purslane for Paru

Nick's Sunflowers


Cherry tomato

Yellow Squash

Casey tuckered out after working in the yard
Greenhouse with cover - still need a door and then racks and irrigation but we can't use it in the summer - it is too hot!

Lizard on my back deck this morning - not scared at all!
I will not be able to get up there for a couple of weeks since it is end of quarter again. But I am taking the week of July 4th off to spend up there. Hopefully it will be less than 100 degrees this year... and no I will probably not go to the parade. Still dealing with the memory of the ice throwing mom and daughter team... eeewww.


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Ashland OR - Birthday Trip Surprise for Mom - June 2012

Happy 70th Birthday Mom!

We did it! We pulled off a big surprise on my mom for her 70th birthday! Denise and I "kidnapped" her to Ashland Oregon as her present for her birthday. (Her birthday is really on June 18th but that was not going to work so we did it this weekend.)
The plan started months ago when Denise realized that while Mom was planning something for Dad, he was not thinking he had to do anything for her. In his mind, the Yosemite family trip was both of their birthday parties. We wanted to make it special so we also invited our aunts, her sisters, who live in Cottage Grove Or. We found a Victorian house online to rent for the weekend and Denise came up with the ruse to get Mom to my sister's house in Granite Bay. June is also my brother-in-law Matt's birthday (June is a really busy month... ) so Denise asked Mom and Dad to come up and babysit the kids so that Denise could take Matt to Napa for the weekend. Amazingly, for months no one spilled the beans... even though Dad is less than sneaky and was in some tight spots a couple of times.

So on Saturday morning, Nick and I arrived at Denise's house with a tiara, balloons, feather boa and a pimp stick to surprise mom... boy was she ever! She had the most stunned look on her face when we walked in... and I told her we were taking her to Oregon. (Sorry Denise!) Here is on the pictures of her in her kidnap garb..

And then we were off... we stayed in a purple house that was just too cute... and I really don't ever want to buy an old Victorian like that. The floors all were slanted and squeaky, the rooms were choppy, but it had charm. 
Maxfield's House in Ashland OR

 We had a small cake and some gifts for mom too..
Denise looking at photo album a gift from my Aunt Ruth

My Aunt Vickii and Denise
My camera died about here and the only picture I got of my Aunt Ruth is her playing with her hair... 
On Sunday, we went on a garden tour of Ashland and saw a property that just made me want to do the same thing... they had a pond and a creek. Then on Sunday night, Denise and I went to see a play at the Shakespeare theater, "As You Like It", which was a lot of fun.

The trip to Ashland is about 5 1/2 hours ...and you go by Mt. Shasta which is just an amazing site. It is beautiful country to drive through but a long trip for a weekend.

Sign at vista point along I-5
It was a great trip and one that will provide us with lots of memories for the rest of our lives.