Archive for the ‘Food’ Category

Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

My niece Victoria is a superb baker 🙂

Money is NOT everything!

Well, it has been far too long since my fingers and brain coordinated and decided to sit and write.
I had a really horrible day yesterday, my car needs repairs and, quite frankly, I just don’t know where I am going to find the funds. I cried for a while feeling sorry for myself, if you know me, that didn’t last long 🙂
I decided to take a long walk through the wonderful landscape at Ecola State Park. It is amazing how your perspective can change when you quit dwelling on the bad and dwell on the good.
My view is of the beautiful Pacific Ocean, elk come visit me, sitting in my back yard chewing their cud, grey whales swim by putting on a wonderful display, the pelicans, oyster catchers, puffins, and hundreds of other sea birds entertain me with their comings and goings. I get up every day to a volunteer job that brings me joy, meeting people from all over the world who come here to learn, picnic or just enjoy the view.
My health is terrific, I can easily hike 10 miles and still have the ability to climb steep terrain and scramble over rock and downed trees. Eating and cooking mostly vegetarian for myself and enjoying the simple pleasures of cutting an onion, breaking lettuce adding some seeds and cheese and relishing each bite. Fast food is a thing of the past along with soda, chips and the mindless eating in front of a tv.
The library brings me great pleasures, books about far away lands and times, books about self-improvement and just fun books like Harry Potter.
I have hundreds of friends, some close with who I can discuss my heart, some who engage me in mindful debate, some who drive me crazy. I cherish my family, my nieces, my sisters and brother, and am grateful my mom is in great health and mind at 82 years young.
I don’t have lots of “stuff” or clothes or shoes or all those other things that we are told will make us happy.
What I do have is a wonderful life, my life. It is raining today, and I am going to go out and dance in it!!

Cathy

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….

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

Lola’s

Lola’s is by far the best dive bar in Houston.  John the bartender is tough, inattentive and makes a killer drink.  No sign outside, just a little purple building stuck behind a Chinese Restaurant and a NAPA Auto Parts store off Montrose.

Tell me if you find it when you hit Houston.

Cathy

I get by with a little help from my friends

I need help.  I would like to publish a “Bug Bite Counter” on my blog.  I do not have the technical savvy, working with WordPress, to make this happen.  It would be nice if it could run along the side like a widget.  Any ideas??

Friends along the way…….I met Mary Ellen Szper, an incredible illustrator,  at the Thrift Shop, who introduced me to Steve, the owner, who both came over to the campground and shared my fire.  Steve brought wood, I have the best fire in the campground, pizza and popcorn, thanks!!   If you go through Coloma, CA, stop in the Thrift Shop and tell Steve I said “Hi”, he has all matter of miscellany for your needs and tons of information about the area.   Anthony, who I met at Sierra Rizing, this incredible bake and coffee shop. I admit to eating lemon bar, apple tart and chocolate chip cookie as breakfast and lunch, it was worth every calorie!!   The 4 girls at Marshall Park with the cute matching pink shirts, and Chris and Jim at American River Resort who have been awesome.

Cathy