Back in sunny Arizona for the month. Today it was reporting snow flurries in Lacey and Tumwater and we are whining that its forecast for 66 here which will mean it will get up to a little above 70 in their backyard. It’s been a lazy month as we’ve seen a lot of the tourist places now so this month is sort of a laid back do nothing one. We have been visiting with friends and family that have come down for a few days or have moved here.
I had planned to do some writing but this darn laptop is skipping when I type. I turned off the keypad and that helped a lot but only figured it out a few days ago so what the heck. I’ll catch up when I get home.
I’m going to make reservations for the trip back home later today. Coming down we stayed a night in Mt. Shasta at the Tree House and I would recommend it. It’s a Best Western and older but has a cozy ambiance. Here are some pictures. We ate in the bar as the dining room wasn’t open but they use the same menu. Really great food and looked like locals were enjoying it which is always a good sign.
You could tell you were in the mountains. Going back we are going to treat outselves to an extra night at Seven Feathers. Do a little gambling. Its an easy drive home from there.
Right now we are about to leave for the Yard House, a local restaurant, to catch happy hour. Gosh a hard life. The Yard House is another recommendation. It’s Ricks favorite place to go. Its an American sports bar chain, with 80+ locations across the United States. I heard there is even one in Seattle.
Made it back and they have a new drink on their menu. A Paola Margarita. And, oh my gosh is it good. Linda and I both ordered it and Kris and Arlene had a second drink so they could have one. Too bad Linda and I are one drink (at the most) gals because I sure could have had another one.
With March here, spring is right around the corner. Hoping your world is coming up roses.
The older I get the faster the years roll by. It hardly seems possible I am posting my last blog for the year. And, today is the Winter Solstice. I am always ready for this day because tonight is the longest … Continue reading →
We spent the month of October in Arizona and are still wondering why we came back though now that it’s less than a week from Thanksgiving the holidays are the reason to again brave the cold wet weather when there … Continue reading →
I have always liked berries, strawberries, blackberries, marionberries, raspberries and this year I am really into blueberries. About a week ago I went to the local farm store and bought two bushes. My nephew had gotten some Legacy bushes so I followed his lead as there were a lot of different varieties to choose from.
I’m not sure why I have all of sudden acquired such a craving for these berries but in reading about the them, I’m thinking maybe my body is telling me they are good for me.
I had always thought they grew in bogs but a number of neighbors have them here. In fact, the neighbor next door invited me over to pick some. His bushes were loaded with delicious fruit.
Blueberries don’t seem to require a lot of maintenance. Before they were cultivated, they grew wild and are native to North America. Native Americans were the first to recognize their versatility and health benefits. If you google ‘blueberries’ there is a lot of information about the health benefits of including them in your diet.
There are a lot of blueberry recipes. I love them over Greek yogurt and do about half/half. Half Blueberries of course. I also love them in summer salads. Hopefully I’ll get some pictures of my bushes with fruit next year. I’m looking forward to it.
Kennedy turned four two weeks before the show. It’s hard to believe, time sometimes goes way to fast. The show was in Eugene Oregon, about a four-hour drive from here. This was her first class and like I predicted she … Continue reading →
This year feels good when I think of where we were last year at this time. With restrictions relaxing, and more business’s opening, Karen and I took advantage of the great weather last week and ran out to a nursery we heard about in Adna.
It’s a bit of drive from here but the trip was part of the lure. Beautiful country out that way. I clipped the photo from “Adna Floral” website. This is a nursery I’ll be visiting again.
Adna Floral est. 1963. is a family owned plant nursery, that takes great pride in personally growing every plant they sell. Open April 15th through June 30th. There is an excellent selection of healthy plants to choose from. Some of the colors are ones I haven’t seen before.
Of course we included lunch in our outing. And, what an experience. Just up the road from Adna, in Chehalis, is Jeremy’s Farm to Table restaurant. Karen had been there and suggested it. I don’t know how I missed it as I’ve certainly been in and out of Chehalis over the years. Like the nursery, I plan to go back.
I can’t say enough about Jeremy’s. It flanks the historic Chehalis railway and was started in 1990. It partners with local farms to provide the freshest ingredients for menu items. I had “The Special”, Crab Cake Benedict. It came with home fries and I could have made a meal on them. So Good!!!!! Of course I had to get dessert to go . . . Strawberry Crisp.
Are you hungry yet? Looking forward to more days out and about. Hopefully you are getting back out there too.
We usually travel in January to take a break from Pacific NW weather, but this year we decided it would be safer to go to Cancun in April. I loved it and felt completely safe. There were six of us and we have all had our covid vaccine shots except for one person. We’ve been to Cancun numerous times so this time we did stay in the resort which worked perfectly.
Moon Palace has three palaces and we stayed in the Villa at the Grand. It’s the first time we’ve stayed at this one and it’s my favorite so far. We had a private pool, small but it looked down on the huge pool area and they had activities and music for a lot of the day. It was like having a ring side seat. I got a little pink but no burn.
The first dinner we had was at a French restaurant and ‘Oh My Gosh’. For an appetizer I had scallops sautéed in wine and covered in Hollandaise sauce. I could have made a meal on multi orders of just that. But I had steak for the entree. I wouldn’t have recognized if off the menu without help from the waiter. Another night we went to the steak house and it wasn’t even close to this one. Well except for size. French servings are a lot smaller and a good thing as I think it’s criminal to go to a French restaurant and not at least look at the dessert menu. Yeah of course just ‘look’, not. I had Creme Brulee.
The resort was extremely cautious and very generous with the hand sanitizer. Someone posted this on Facebook. “I have used so much hand sanitizer that I’m cleaning the toilet when I go wee.” No kidding, they had people stationed all over that was squirting the stuff on our hands.
Jules, one of our group, is athletic and among other things took a lesson in surfing. We had lunch overlooking the surf pool and enjoyed every minute of the entertainment. The resort wasn’t anyway near capacity so the service was over the top. Some of the surfers were really good. I couldn’t have done it in my best years and I’m a long way from there now.
Again, I think this villa is my favorite. 3 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms (3 attached to bedrooms with 2 extra) a small pool, a hot tub, and 5 patio’s. Here’s some pictures, I am ready to go back to this one.
According to the calendar Spring has arrived. It’s raining here, but I tell myself that it’s spring-rain. It’s been quite a winter though we’ve had pretty good weather, and in comparison with other parts of the world, great weather. The yard … Continue reading →
I’ve been reading some really great books lately so thought I’d share with you. Susan Wiggs is a good author and a great story teller. One of the reasons is her characters, even secondary ones, come to life. And in … Continue reading →
Our granddaughter made this dish for Thanksgiving. Not only was it a new recipe she embellished it. The original called for brown sugar but after a taste test we all knew it didn’t need it. I can see Cranberry Chutney … Continue reading →