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Fun In The Sun

The Fourth of July weekend was a very busy success. ¬†Unfortunately, I didn’t take pictures the whole weekend. ūüė¶ ¬†We took my grandson Brantley to the parade. Came home to get ready for Kane’s barbecue. ¬†My niece Janay arrived with her family to swim. ¬†I loved that. ¬†They brought food to put on our grill and swam all afternoon. ¬†They were gone by the time we got back from Kane’s party. ¬†Kane and Lisa’s first party was a huge success. ¬†Their place looked great. ¬†Very kid friendly. ¬†Lots of food for lots of friends and family.

Then we were off to camp. ¬†We had my great niece Addie with us for the weekend. We arrived around 8:00 that evening. ¬†Saturday, Karen and I put on a taco dinner and I think we counted 22 people who ate with us. ¬†Kris and Steve brought mom for the dinner but did not stay for bingo. ¬†My sisters-in-law Dina, Jalen, and Debby had dinner with us and stayed for the game. ¬†I was hoping they would be lucky but again, no winners in our group. ūüė¶ ¬†It was fun all the same.

We got home Sunday, just in time to unload before our pool was filled with people again.  I counted 18 swimmers along with a few that did not swim.  I loved it.  We barbecued pork, brats, hamburgers and hot dogs.  I think the last of the guests left a little before 8:00.  I was very tired. And a bit overheated which made me pretty useless Monday.  I must have been on my feet too much too because I woke up with a swollen foot that kept getting worse throughout the day.

So today will be another hot day.  I hope to visit Kathy this morning and run a couple of errands before it gets too hot.  I want to replenish my freezer with treats for kids and a few more burgers because I think we will have a large crowd again on Saturday.

This is what LL and I hoped for this summer.  A well used pool.


Corny Weekend…I hope

Well the getting ready begins. ¬†The one holiday I don’t want to not be prepared for is the fourth of July weekend. ¬†So far, my week has been o.k. ¬†Monday, my mom, my sis Kris and I went to visit my aunt Linda who retired that day. ¬†Happy Retirement Day Linda! ¬†She doesn’t like a lot of bells, whistles and focus on her, so we were lucky to get away with some flowers and champagne. ¬†Visited Kathy. She was so happy to see my mom. It was really a fun visit.

Yesterday, I went to the doctor with my mom, babysat my grandson Matthias and got home just in time to get out of the heat. ¬†Think it was close to 100 degrees. ¬†Nasty. Then very bad “issues” all evening.

Today, Kris and I went to Winco and Costco.  We both needed to do some major shopping.  Still need to get a couple of things tomorrow.

Tomorrow, I am doing my normal Friday run. Picking up Mom at hair salon, take her grocery shopping.  The rest of the day is all about getting my house ready for people while we are gone. (swimmers). Making food for the 4th and the rest of the weekend. Packing up everything but the cold food.  Because the fourth will be busy.

July 4th, we are picking up my grandson Brantley and going to the Mt. Angel Parade. ¬†Going to my son Kane’s house for a barbecue, then in the evening, we are headed up to camp. ¬†Somewhere during the day, we will get my great-niece Addie who is spending the weekend with us.

Saturday, I hope the weather is great while camping. ¬†I will probably get up and make a big breakfast, spend time at the river, then other family will be coming for Taco dinner. ¬†The evening is the much looking forward to Bingo party that everyone goes to at our camping place. ¬†They have great prizes which we never win. ¬†Boxes of multiple great items, cash, and a raffle for a free year camping. Friday and Saturday night, I have plenty of hot chocolate and ‘smore makings so my great niece and nephews….and Max should enjoy that.

Sunday, I hope to come home a little later than usual and if the weather is great, sit by the pool watching Addie swim. ¬†That’s about it. ¬†Busy but fun. ¬†This weekend is one of my favorite times of the year. ¬†On the 4th weekend, it is o.k. to be old fashion, corny and just have fun. ¬†Which I usual am corny and old fashion year round. ¬†But I am “normal” this weekend. LOL

Lovely Weekend

We had such a nice weekend.  I hope you all did too.  Friday, as soon as LL came home from work, we left for camp.  Got there around 6:00. Little needed to be done to set up, so as soon as the fire was built, Max and LL had some roasted hot dogs for dinner.  My sister Karen arrived and we had a nice evening around the campfire.

Saturday morning, LL left early because he had to go to Salem and work for the morning. ¬†I made breakfast for Karen and I. LL returned before Max even woke up. ūüôā ¬†Saturday was just relaxing. a nap for LL, book reading for me, and Max worked on his art and a little filming. ¬†Sunday, we left camp around noon.

campThe nice thing about having a permanent campsite only 35 minutes away is that by the time we get home, most of the day is left to take care of things that would have been done on a Saturday morning.  I.E. mowing, watering, etc.  Karen came later in the afternoon with her two grandsons Gaij and Sam.  Those boys love to swim and even Max joined them for a while.

001Pretty much an ideal weekend.  Relaxing, beautiful weather, camping, and swimming at home.  I hope this is just a taste of more to come this summer.

A Lovely Woman

Brrr….I am cold today. ¬†Even turned on the gas fire-place to take the chill off the upstairs of house. ¬†This morning, I picked my mom up at the hair salon and we did our shopping. ¬†Fajitas are on the menu for dinner tonight so I can use up the left over steak I grilled a couple of days ago.

Two days ago, I Facebooked about my mother in law who would have been 80 years old on June 11th. ¬†Here is what I wrote…..

“I knew a woman who raised five very mischievous sons. She was widowed at 39. Her home was never clean because it was a revolving door. but she did not care. Her home was always open to whoever stopped by. Open to families, teens, or anyone that needed a home for a few weeks and sometimes a year or two. She never had much money but always had enough food to feed who ever was around. She then became a house mom at OSU. so she had many more sons. She was also a wonderful grandma to many but especially my three kids. She would be 80 today. My mother in law….. Joan Miller. She was one of a kind.”

It was nice to hear from others who knew and loved her as well. ¬†I do miss her so much….along with my dad. ¬†I can still hear both of their voices. ¬†Still see their faces. ¬†My daughter, Bailey has my mother in law, Joan’s beautiful lips. ¬†Bailey is a beautiful girl, but her lips are perfect like her grandmother’s.

Back to my face book post.  I am not a very social person.  Even before becoming a resistant hermit, I was never a social butterfly.  But I do get lonely.  I also have this big beautiful house.  Sure would like to sell it, but LL and I take it year to year to decided if it is really time.  Anyway, even though being a great hostess does not come naturally to me, I want to be more like my beloved mother in law, Joan.  I need to put aside my pride about what my house looks like on any given day.  I need to make sure I have plenty of food, ice, toilet paper, etc.  And really make my home available to all my family and friends to come and swim and stay as long as they like.  I have already let it be known to my Miller family to come anytime this summer to swim and to use the barbecue.

Joan was a remarkable woman who when alive, I did not appreciate enough. ¬†We loved each other. ¬†The last few years of her life, she lived with us and I think I took good care of her. ¬†But I did not fully appreciate the gifts she brought into the world. ¬†She was an exceptional, no judging, everyone is family kind of person…. lovely lady.

Ahhhh….Now I Remember

Our weather is about to change.  A few showery days are predicted starting tomorrow.  We do need the rain, but I hope it is only a few days and we are back to the spectacular weather us Oregonians have been enjoying.  Monday, after dropping Toby off for grooming and visiting with my sister Kathy; Mom, Kris, Toby and I were able to go to Portland to visit my Uncle Marcel. He is doing so good.

Yesterday, I took lunch to Kathy and went to Costco. ¬†It was during lunch time. Last time I ever do that again. I do not like shopping and I do not like crowds. ¬†So shopping in crowds makes for a very unhappy Konnie. ¬†I ate a light lunch when I got back and had “issues” all afternoon. But I was able to make it to my sister Karen’s Mary Kay party.

Back to the weather. I love summer. I am not a fan of weather over 87 degrees, but most of Oregon days are somewhere between 75 and 85. Perfect. ¬†Last summer was my two kids weddings. ¬†Kane’s was in June, Bailey’s in August. ¬†For Bailey’s wedding, pretty much all my time that I did not have “issues” was taken up with planning, shopping, etc. ¬†Because we wanted a nice wedding but with limited funds, it became a full-time job. ¬†For great hostesses, this would not have been the case, but neither Bailey nor I have any natural talent for such things, so it was a chore. ¬†So last summer, pretty much everything I associate with summer that I enjoy, did not happen….much. Camping only happened a handful of times. We have a lovely pool and ¬†I never went swimming.

001The pool is full and in about a week, should be warm enough for me to swim in.

I did not garden last year.  Although we went light on vegetable and ornamental flowers, it feels good to have things planted and an excuse to go out early in the morning to water.  I need to get out there when I am done here to fertilize before the rain comes tomorrow.  Something else I did not do last summer that I really enjoy.  Ride my scooter.  Because I had to be out with the car to run to Salem several times a week for wedding stuff, I always did my local errands on my way home.  During the summer, unless I am getting a sack of dog food or some other big item, I ride my scooter.

003In fact, this morning I have already rode it to the store and post office. ¬†Saves on gas and it is just plain fun. Another summer activity I love is summer cooking. ¬†Oh I cooked last summer, but I just did quick, not creative food. I love trying new recipes during the summer. ¬†Anything with basil, tomatoes, cheese, zucchini, cucumbers, grilling, etc….. I am all in. ¬†So I am back to looking at my summer cookbooks and watching an occasional cooking show.

Now don’t get me wrong. ¬†I would not trade last summer for the world. ¬†The memory of the weddings, all the showers, the shopping trips with Bailey, (we always managed to fit in lunch out), is a once in a life time summer. ¬†A beautiful memory. ¬†But this morning as I was riding my scooter, I had that moment of just AHHHHHH……..Now I remember why I love summers. ¬†So Happy Summer to you all.

A Better Week I hope

The pool is filling.  LL started filling it Saturday and it should be full sometime today.  It usually takes a week or so with solar blanket on, to warm it up enough to swim.  I always wonder who will be the first every year to jump in.  I think I have been that person only once.  This year, I did not have long to wonder.  My nephews Gaij and Sam stopped by.  They disappeared while we were visiting with their dad, Josh.  When I went out to see what they were doing, this is what I found.

007Boy, I bet it was cold for them but they stayed in for a long time.

006Yesterday was a bust for me. ¬†It was such a beautiful day and I could name a half-dozen things I wish I could have done. ¬†Almost every evening last week, I have had major “issues.” ¬†To the point of missing my nephews grade school graduation. ūüė¶ ¬†So Saturday evening, I decided not to eat dinner. ¬†Bailey made some home-made pizza roll ups. ¬†I did taste but skipped the meal. ¬†And it helped. ¬†I did not have a problem all night. ¬†But as soon as I got up Sunday, I had nothing but trouble. ¬†It was horrible. ¬†I am glad we have left-overs for tonight so I don’t have to cook. ¬†Because it is basic water and white rice for me today and maybe tomorrow.

Today, I need to get outside and take care of chickens and watering. ¬†Then go pick up Toby at mom’s to take him to his appointment to be groomed. ¬†Then I hope to go to Salem to visit my sister Kathy. ¬†After that, not sure what is happening. ¬†I haven’t seen my Uncle Marcel for quite a while and would like to go to Portland for a visit. ¬†If not today, sometime this week. So, here is hoping, praying, and planning on a better week.

Deerly, Depart!

I have always loved the neighborhood family of deer that roams all around. ¬†Well I did. ¬†I have never been sympathetic of neighbors that put wire and jugs of something all over their yard to prevent the family of deer from eating their plants. ¬†We just stopped putting petunias, etc., in front. ¬†Our fence is high in back where our garden and berries are at. ¬†Never had a problem before. ¬†But, SOMEONE, left the gate open last night. ¬†So I know where the family spent the night. ¬†Apparently they thought our yard was an open all night buffet ¬†restaurant. ¬†Funny, well not so funny,….interesting that yesterday I took pictures of some of our plants. ¬†So now I can show you what those dear deer left for us.

001My Strawberries for the year are toast.  But at least I can now easily weed.  No, of course they could not be kind and help me out by eating the weeds.

002They did a number on my roses too.

003And look at my petunias.  Oh the HUMANITY!

LL says it serves me right.  I should never have posted pictures yesterday.  Well, using his logic.  I should never post period if I was going to Jinx myself.  Well I am not superstitious, but I sure am disappointed.

Karma’s a B!t(#! ¬†I will never make fun of my neighbors jugs and wire in the front yard again. ūüė¶

Missed the gardening Gene Pool

LL is still working on the pool this morning, after his doctor appointment.  It is emptied, sides are pretty clean, but the rest needs to be scrubbed and dumped out.  Hopefully no painting will be needed this year.

006I am not much of a gardener. ¬†I do not have the green thumb my mother and father had. ¬†Except for remember stupid trivia,….mainly music, I do not have any of the natural talents that I should have got from my family’s gene pool.

I went light on flowers this year.  Just some on the wall next to the pool.  A couple on the deck and some wave petunias by the chicken coop.


I even skipped most the vegetable gardening this year.  We camp too much to expect someone to come and take care of a full garden.  So we only have a couple of tomatoes, a couple of jalepeneos, (for salsa), and a couple of cucumber plants.  I am sure I am going to miss having a big harvest of tomatoes, but I think I really should have at least planted some basil.  Most my summer cooking includes basil.

008A few years ago, we planted strawberry plants my aunt gave us. ¬†Boy, it took awhile, but this year, ever few days we are getting enough for our cereal bowls and strawberry shortcake. ¬†Excuse the weeds in this picture. ¬†I’ll get right on that after I am done writing….really I will. ūüôā


I am most happy about the up coming summer harvest of our ever bearing raspberry bushes. ¬†Like the strawberries, it took a few years, but they are loaded. ¬†Can’t wait till they are ready. ¬†They never make it into the house. ¬†We just eat them right off the bushes.

011But what I am most proud of this year is my rose bushes.  I never seem to know what to do with them.  So this spring, when my mom pruned, we pruned, when my mom fertilized, we fertilized. LOL  So my roses are looking very nice.  Thank you Mom.


Brooding Lucy

brooding lucyWell apparently I have a brooder. ¬†Before we left for camp last week, I noticed Lucy was not leaving the nest. ¬†Yesterday, with LL’s help, I decided to make sure she was not egg bound. ¬†She is not, I am hoping she is not sick and just broody. ¬†I have never had a brooder before. ¬†I did a little research and I guess Buffs, her breed do tend to brood. ¬†Great! I have two Buffs. ūüė¶ ¬†Oh well, I hope she is done soon. ¬†I don’t think she is eating much.

LL’s vacation has been going well. ¬†So far we camped a couple of days. ¬†He worked a day at Kane’s, putting posts up for a fence. ¬†We had lunch with our friend Lynda yesterday, then LL, Mom and Dave went to Spirit Mountain Casino. ¬†I did not go. ¬†Unless there is a hotel room for me to go if I have problems, (issues), I don’t enjoy gambling enough to spend hours doing it. ¬†LL has also drained the pool.

So today is our one full, stay at home and get work done day.  Hopefully by the end of day, the pool area will be clean, the pool will be filling, I have things to do for the garden, coop, etc.

Not sure exactly what is planned after that.  A couple more days of camping would be nice, but really am leaving it up to LL.

Miller’s Crossing Officially Open

LL and I took Marlin, our R.V. to our campsite a month ago.  We did not camp then.  Have not been back up until this weekend.  But we had a wonderful time.  Once we got up there and unloaded, LL needed to take the weed whacker to our campfire area and a few paths.  Then we both did a few other things.  Other than that, it was all about relaxing, taking a couple walks, and enjoying the quietness.

002It is kind of funny. ¬†When ever I go to take a picture of Max, he raises his hand and waves. ¬†He always does this, and I notice Kane does too. ¬†But I think I know why…..

003Here is LL when I took a picture of him. ¬†To be fair, I think I said, “wave like Max.” ¬†But when I look back at other pictures, he does it too. LOL

On Sunday, June 1st, my sister Karen came up to spend the day. ¬†She arrived with donuts and this beautiful gift..004Flowers from her garden. ¬†My dad’s favorite roses, with a balloon that said Congratulations, you did it! Yes! ¬†She brought that because yesterday was my big 5 year in remission anniversary. ¬†I am considered Cured of Colon Cancer.!! ¬†Yesterday was also my sister Kris’s birthday. ¬†She too was out-of-town for a long weekend, so I didn’t see her.

LL is off this week. ¬†Using up a lot of comp time from work. ¬†So it is Monday. ¬†Tomorrow, Tuesday, he is planning on working at my son’s house, starting on a fence. ¬†I will visit my sis, Kathy, then meet up with him and see our grandsons. Wednesday night, we are hoping to have dinner with Lynda, LL’s friend from work and she is my friend too. ¬†Beyond that, maybe he will get the pool washed and filled, maybe yard work, maybe another two-day camping trip. ¬†I am letting him decide. ¬†Really I am, I am not that controlling…..I am serious! ¬†Don’t laugh if you know me. ¬†But if you know me, you are laughing cuz I always have a Honey Do list. ūüôā