Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
The bees just keep on coming. We thought we had all the bees taken care of but every time we open a wall or ceiling we find more. We can't find any beekeepers who will take bees now. They say it is too late in the season to move the bees. The bee keeper would have to feed them honey to try and keep them alive and even so they probably wouldn't survive the winter. So, our brilliant plan was to not-so-gently encourage them to move elsewhere by pulling the wall in which they live down. Seems to have worked. When Tom went back the day after he and Matt pulled the bee wall down, the bees were gone and all that remained were some really angry yellow jackets. Seems the yellow jackets were freeloading off the bees and they lost their meal ticket.
After Food Fight we weren't sure where to go. Someone mentioned the Hawthorne area and we passed Hawthorne on the way to Food Fight so we headed in that direction.
Hawthorne in general seemed a bit too hippy dippy for our tastes but a closer inspection led us to some places we will certainly revisit. First up: a gem of an Indian market. It is called India 4 You but I can't find a link or address to post. Matt bough a can of Petha (a pureed white pumpkin dessert) and I bought some frozen Rasmanlai (milk based dumpling-like pillows of goodness). Further along down the street we stopped in at Powell's bookstore for some browsing and then hit Pastaworks next door where Matt did some damage in the wine department and I bought a book to help us figure out where to go on our next visit to Portland (eat.shop.portland). After Pastworks we stopped in at Bridgeport Ale House where Matt had a few beers and I read the local weekly. Our last stop was Pho Van Hawthorne, a very noisy place for some very hungry vegetarians to eat some very tasty Vietnamese food. We started w/ crispy veggie egg rolls w/ ginger soy sauce, followed w/ more egg rolls (plus noodles) for Matt and curried tofu & rice for me. The picture above is of my Ginger creme brulee and Matt's Vietnamese coffee. Delish and Pretty all at the same time.
Monday, August 20, 2007
There are/were multiple swarms of bees in the walls of the Sister House - mostly in the wall between the old pump house and the pantry. A bee keeper came and took 2 queens away. We thought that was all of them. After the queens and what bees they could get went away masses of bees got trapped in the main part of the house and died. We are not 100% sure what happened. It's like they got confused without the queen, flew into the house, couldn't get out, and died. I went into the house and there was a path of bees 1" thick (2" in the corners and by windows). Crunchy. I went back later with my camera to take pictures but somebody had already swept the dead bees out. the only pic I have is of the bees in the sink. Trust me - this is nothing compared to the piles of bees on the floor.
During the demo yesterday Matt and Tom found more hives. It looks like we need to call the bee keeper again. I meant to take a photo of the new hive but I had my camera set on movie and then my battery died so all I have is 2 seconds of beehive movie madness.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
First clue was the time it took to park. Second clue was the throngs of people heading in the door. Third clue - and I kid you not - was the man standing in the midst of his wife and kids who spread his arms wide and stated, "OK, now lets just ENJOY the EXPERIENCE". Dude, it's a STORE! This isn't Disneyland for cryin' out loud.
Trying to get to the kitchen department reminded me of trying to get to the front of the stage at a concert. Elbows were required.
Once I reached the cabinets I had the great fortune of stumbling upon an employee who was not with a customer!!! She took me to a computer and we began assembling my kitchen. She told me not to make eye contact with any of the number of people coming up trying to steal her from me. One lady even waved her estimate in front of us hollering that she was, "actually READY to PURCHASE her products, not just design". Sigh. I made it out fairly unscathed but I dread returning to make the final purchase.
I suspected that the Ikea errand would be bad, although I hadn't anticipated just how bad, and had planned a more enjoyable errand afterwards. Matt and I have, on occasion purchased goods from Food Fight Vegan Grocery. Not so much out of necessity because we had access to all sorts of stuff in Los Angeles, but more because we like what they do. Anyway, I Google mapped myself from Ikea to Food Fight for a bit of grocery shopping (because where we are living now is most certainly not as well stocked as LA) and a slice of coconut cake. After Food Fight I clumsily found my way to a Trader Joe's (Oh how I miss Trader Joe's!!!!) and then I headed home.
Portland part II
On Friday night Tom and I went to PDX to pick Matt up from his LA trip. Matt and I had planned to go out to eat after his arrival and we chose Pirate's Tavern as our destination. Then, on Thursday, Tom came by and asked if I wanted to go to Grandma & Grandpa's for the night, stay the day on Friday, and then pick Matt up. I said sure but we would need to take two cars unless he wanted to join us for dinner - and not just any dinner - a vegan dinner. (Tom's an elk hunter and this vegan business isn't really his thing). Anyway he said he would be happy to go to the Pirate's Tavern for some non meat deliciousness so that's what we did. The food was tasty and Walker, Tom's black lab, was able to join us at the table (on the patio) because the Pirate's Tavern is animal friendly.
So thumbs down to the Portland Ikea and thumbs up for the rest of my very limited Portland experience. I am looking forward to more exploration in the city.
Sorry for the bad pic. I didn't take the time to set it up. What's that in Matt's hand? It's a hammer from his co-worker, Tait. A very suitable gift. Also, Matt's annoyed with me for posting all sorts of dorky pictures of him. If he would ever grab the camera and take some pictures I would post those too but he doesn't so he is stuck w/ silly pictures of him on the web for all to see.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
In the same little park as the egg there is a sign announcing the presence if World Champion Women Log Rollers. Here is Matt w/ Audrey, our first houseguest!! She is visiting from NYC and had to see the egg.
While we were taking pictures and laughing about it some guys in a pick-up truck at the gas station across the street started yelling at us. One guy said, "Hey, you think that's big, you should see the chicken!" He also hollered that we had to stop by Frank's Hideaway before we left town. Then they drove away snorting "tourists" at us. Hey buddy, I'm from Hollywood. You don't know nothin' about tourists. Please. Plus, you best be callin' me a local now.
After paying our respects to the Egg, we went to Centralia and had dinner at the Olympic Club. It was tasty but I am nearing my limit on fried breads and cheese. That is generally what is available around here for vegetarians. Good thing I'm not vegan. I forgot to mention that for lunch Audrey and I went over to Toledo and had fried mac and cheese at Betty's. To counteract the effects of the fried mac and cheese I ordered a spinach salad for dinner at the Olympic Club. I didn't think to ask for the dressing on the side. Too bad. The salad was swimming in oil. I'm not really a healthy eater but yesterday really did me in. I decided to just succumb to it and ended up ordering a caramel brownie w/ ice cream for dessert.
Saturday, August 4, 2007
Matt got home late last night w/ Tom and I finally got back into my home. No longer a woman w/ out a country.
Friday, August 3, 2007
I am painting today trying to make the place seem homier. Hope to finish by the time Matt gets back from Los Angeles tonight. Don't know if I mentioned he was there. We got to WA on Saturday and he had to turn around and go back on Tuesday for work. He will be home for a week and then go back down for another week. Hopefully after that he won't have to go more than twice a year at the most. At least when he goes back down to LA he has family and friends to visit, although he didn't visit anyone this time around. He was swamped, working extra long hours. He gets into Portland tonight shortly before Tom gets in from Alaska so they will be riding up to the Toledo/Winlock area together. I am excited for Tom's return home. We haven't seen him since we arrived. He has been away working on a house for some friends in Alaska.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Today I hope to start painting the finished room in the shed. It is so institutional with the white paint and the buzzing, glaring flourescent lights that if I don't do something quick I feel I might go mad.