Last weeks with family and friends
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom..Anais Nin
Only 18 more days with family and friends in Oregon. Unfortunately we did not make it over to Salem to visit friends, but next time.
05 May we went to Hope's for dinner. I fixed fajitas and made some of the pretzel rolos that Robin introduced me to at the last pot luck. I also made a cake from recipe that Carolyn sent me.Very easy to make I later found another recipe to make ones that look like ladybugs, but Colt and Cade not interested in these.
|Lady Bug Pretzel|
1 20oz can cubed or crushed pineapple
1 15 oz can tropical fruit
1 pkg of orange cake mix ( I could not find the orange so used lemon instead)
1 1/2 sticks of butter
1/2 cup instant oatmeal
1 cup of coconut flakes
Preheat oven to 350
Dump the fruit and juices into a 9x12 pyrex dish
pour the dry cake mix on top and spread evenly
Mix oatmeal and coconut and sprinkle over cake mixture
Melt butter and pour evenly on top
Bake for 1 hour and serve with vanilla ice cream.
Thank you Carolyn. It was enjoyed by all.
Cade went fishing on the Columbia River one day with friend and caught a nice size salmon. Shawn and Hope grilled it on the Traeger with fresh vegetables. It was delish..Thank you Cade. John is so impressed with the grill he wants to get a portable one.
|Proud Cade with Salmon|
For Mother's day we gathered for dinner again at Hope and Shawn's. Shawn fixed tri tip on the grill, I fixed a slaw salad with diced peppers, squash and zucchini tossed with a lime/yogurt dressing. Something different and tasty. Earlier in the day met Hope at Lowe's garden to buy her choice of some plants for Mother's Day.
Prior to going to Hope's we stopped by Alinda and Ernie's to see their new puppy, Alli. A miniature Australian Sheepdog. She is so precious. Their other dog, Rodyo seems to have accepted her..think he misses Buffy their dog they lost last year.
|Alinda, Ernie, Alli and Rodyo|
|Here's Looking at You|
John has stayed busy tracking down the water problem leak and after several trips to Rv Country for parts, he finally fixed it.He also spent several days installing the Wally system for the Dish Satellite. Several of our RV friends seem quite happy with it. So far all is good.Our new Satellite Reflector that Don painted for us gets many compliments. He also sent me a photo of his latest project.
I have been trying to finalize our Florida leg of continuing journey to no avail. So far we only have confirmations as far as TN and AK. We are trying to get into Mayport Naval Station and MacDill AFB. If not will continue west. Military Bases are slow in opening up. Will keep site updated as we are able to get confirmations.
On the 13th had Alinda and Ernie over for dinner. Fixed Shrimp Alfredo and Marion Berry Cobbler compliments of Willamette Farms. They brought Alli and gifts of goodies including lilacs from their garden, noshes and beautiful bamboo Oregon cheese board depicting important sights to visit in Oregon. Thank you friends we will enjoy all. Hope stopped by to meet Alli.
|Bamboo Oregon Cheese/Cutting Board|
|Cuddling with Hope|
Tomorrow night we are all going to Hope and Shawn's for chili dinner. Alinda is bringing dessert and John and I our appetites. Finally got a family photo this year.
|With daughter Hope, Shawn, Cade & Colt|
|Grazing Horses at base of Smith Rock|
|Heart Shaped Garden|
Stanley Steemer came this morning to clean carpet, vinyl floor and upholstery. I have used their service since we bought the RV 11 years ago and they do a great job. Casey and Andrew, thank you.
Our last dinner with Hope and family before we depart tomorrow morning for Centralia, WA and Brazel's RV Repair.It will be another year before we return. Raining today and expected through tomorrow.