Archive for October, 2011

Squirrel Attack

Getting up in the morning, I noticed the roof of the car was left open.  Opening the door and sitting down to start the car to close the roof really scared the dickens out of the squirrel sitting in my backseat enjoying a delicious organic d’anjou pear.  He scrambled up over the head rest and out the way he came in, scaring the dickens out of me!

All I had left of the encounter were some footprints on my car and chewed pear bits and hunks.  The attack occurred on the poor pears, it could have been worse….

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Portland Fruit Tree Project

I spent a glorious Saturday with the Portland Fruit Tree Project at an organic pear tree farm in Hood River, Oregon.

PFTP identifies fruit trees in neighborhoods and asks the owners permission to harvest the fruit. The fruit is then distributed to the local food banks and each harvester gets a share.  In conjunction with Farmers Ending Hunger 60 volunteers gathered at the orchard with Mt.Hood and the beautiful valley as our backdrop.

We harvested 19,000 pounds of delicious d’anjou organic pears.  I personally got to take home 77 pounds of pears.

I, of course, lost my keys in the Orchard and luckily remembered to put a bright key ring on them, thanks for the idea Mom 🙂

If you have a fruit tree in the greater Portland area, please get in touch with Portland Fruit Tree Project.  Its a win-win, the fruit is not left rotting in your backyard, your tree gets trimmed and cared for and you can help feed a hungry city.

Cathy

Occupy Portland / We are the 99%

There comes a time in everyone’s life when they have the need to say “no more” this is the simple message of those occupying Wall Street.

1% of Americans hold 99% of the money.  Our education system is crumbling, cities beg for relief, ordinary, hard working Americans are losing their homes, jobs, security.  One medical problem and  whole families can be out on the street.

Our children graduate from college wallowing in debt to take jobs that cannot even pay the rent.  Boomers, you are not immune, do you really think that Social Security will even be there when we retire?  Are your adult children living with you because they cannot find a job, or the job they do find barely covers necessities?

We are on the edge of something that is brewing in America, I do not believe the occupiers will just go away…what do they have to go to?

I chose to join the march and will be participating in occupyportland on Thursday, October 6th at noon at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

Please at least visit the websites Occupy Wall Street and We Are the 99 Percent and decide for yourselves, do you want to leave the world with your children and grandchildren wallowing in debt, pollution and paying homage to the corporations and lobbyists?

Cathy

Stub Stewart State Park

Back in Oregon and spending some time relaxing at Stub Stewart.
Stub Stewart State Park is Oregonians’ newest backyard playground. Opened in 2007, the 1,650 acre park is the first full-fledged state park to be built since 1972.
15 miles of trails wind through the park, the park is known for its miles of dedicated horse trails. Home to one of the best horse camps in the northwest.

We are moving from Stub Stewart to the Tualatin River this week. Keep tuned for details.

Cathy

Deadwood

Deadwood, South Dakota.

I spent a leisurely morning at the casinos in Deadwood and came away with $200.00 bucks more than I went in with…time to quit and escape with the loot.

It might have been more fun to rob a bank in the old west style as many Deadwood visitors had in the past, but, I still felt good taking instead of giving 🙂

Cathy

 

 

Crazy Horse Memorial

After visiting Mount Rushmore, Edgar and I camped.  Getting up at 2:00 am to use the facilities, I thought for sure Edgar was zipped in the tent.  When I got back to the tent, no Edgar!!!  After searching and calling quietly to him for about an hour I heard a faint bark, was he stuck in a hole?  Oh no, not Edgar, he had followed me to the loo and I never saw him behind me.  Locked in the Ladies Room, he was sure glad to see me open the door.

The next morning it was 42 degrees and raining….brrrrrr.  We broke camp and headed to the Crazy Horse Memorial, it was cloudy and rainy, unfortunately you could not see the carving.
The visitor center at the memorial was worth the trip, I spent a couple hours hoping the weather would clear, the forecast was not cooperating.

We made our way to Deadwood.

Cathy