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Saturday, April 30, 2011

~ Oregon Capitol Trip ~ The Mediterranean ~ Hairstylist Appreciation Day ~

Good 29º morning.

Can you believe it's actually the last day of the month! It was just April Fools. I am sad at how fast the time is galloping along.
Thursday I was up at 3:30. Left here for Medford and boarded the bus to Salem at 5:25. A 4 hour bus trip and all the ladies in red jackets were set free in the Capitol. We spent the day sitting in on the Senate, the House, and meeting with our legislators. Jackson County Republican Women had the largest group there for "Oregon Federation of Women - Day at the Legislature". I took well over 100 photos, a few of which are here. The whole group stood on the steps in the rotunda and I got a great photo. After the picture was taken they all sang God Bless America. Wonderful! Everyone in the Capitol stopped to listen and some joined in and then there was big applause.

We sat in the gallery, pleasing the Republicans with our sea of red jackets and I'm sure it was disheartening to the Democrats.

My lunch!

Our Jackson Co group with Sal Esquivel Dennis Richardson and Wally Hicks (from Grants Pass) The Boy Scout (Webelo) is Sheila Foy's son, Ramn.

Historically this date...
1789 – On the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York City, George Washington takes the oath of office to become the first elected President of the United States.
1900 – Casey Jones dies in a train wreck in Vaughn, Mississippi, while trying to make up time on the Cannonball Express.
1927 – Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford become the first celebrities to leave their footprints in concrete at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
1945 – World War II: Führerbunker: Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun commit suicide after being married for one day. Soviet soldiers raise the Victory Banner over the Reichstag building.
2004 – U.S. media release graphic photos of American soldiers abusing and sexually humiliating Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison.
2009Chrysler automobile company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

And births this date include...
1908Eve Arden, American actress (d. 1990)
Our Miss Brooks!

1926Cloris Leachman, American actress

1933 – Willie Nelson, American musician

1938 – Gary Collins, American actor

1943 – Bobby Vee, American singer

1944Jill Clayburgh, American actress (d. 2010)

1948Perry King, American actor

today is April's birthday. She is Kristen's good buddy and a WONDERFUL masseuse! Happy Birthday April!!

Yesterday I met the 'girls' for lunch...

Marjean, Dee, me, and Candy. We went to my favorite restaurant, in Grants Pass, The Mediterranean. Shelly, our hostess, is so cute and fun and ALWAYS remembers my name! I walk in the door and she says "Hi Sue". Gonna have a shirt made "The Mediterranean - Where Everyone Knows Your Name" !  I had Moussaka , my favorite, a dish made with eggplant, tomato sauce, ground meat, onions, garlic, and potatoes.

I had mine with carrots and zucchini and potato cakes and Greek Wine, Retsina. Another favorite of mine. This wine has been made for over 2000 years. 

We also had some "Greek fries"... green onion an parmesan....

Candy had the foccacia ...

Marjean had the flatbread sandwich with yogurt and soup...

And Dee had the "hamburger".....

Wednesday night is "martini night" at the Mediterranean and Saturday night is "wine" night.  They make the most awesome 'rosemary-lemon' martini!
So, now catching up with everything and hoping the rain will hold off long enough to mow.
All I know. Nuff said. Ciao.
xo Mom-Soupy-Sue
April 30th
National Raisin Day and...
Hairstylists Appreciation Day

My hairstylist, Leah, with her cutie pie daughter Marley!
I do appreciate you Missy Leah!!

Friday, April 29, 2011

~ No Blog ~ Shrimp ~ Hairballs ~ Frogs ~

Good morning. 36º. Sun. Clouds. Yawn......................
Don't think there will be a blog today, either. First of all, yesterday morning (??) I was up at 3:30am. (Groan..That's not "morning", it's the MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT!) Showered, dressed, coffeed, Maggie out and in, Harley fed. Out of here at 4:45 and to Medford to get the bus (Food 4 Less parking lot) to Salem with our Jackson County Republican Women. 4 hours later we arrived in Salem. We sat in on sessions of the House and Senate. We met our legislators. I took over 100 pictures. 3:30 on the bus and back to Medford. I got home at 8pm, made a few phone calls, and PJ stopped in and had a glass of wine with me. She had checked on Maggie and Harley while I was gone. So, now to sort through the photos, email the requested ones off to the requestees, and organize a blog.
Happy Friday everyone!
xo Mom-Soupy-Sue
April 29th
Shrimp Scampi Day
Hairball Awareness Day
Save the Frogs Day

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

~ Eaglets ~ Barn Swallows ~ Prime Rib Day ~

Good 41º rain predicted for today morning! Rain? Whaaaaa? Sigh.....

The eagles are growing....

Mom had just left the nest and returned quickly. Or it was the dad, couldn't tell.

Went to Medford yesterday and it was a 'less weather' day than before. On the way home there were some actual spots of blue sky!

Two of the birdhouses on the porch have residents. The bluebirds are in the red & white house (still working on building a nest and making the eggs!) and the one at the other end is filled with barn swallows and lots of noisy babies!

After I returned from Medford, Maggie and I went up to Patty and Cliffs for cocktails. Maggie is actually a tea toddler! We visited and did some more tweaking on her computer. She's going to order a new one soon.

Historically this date.........
1805First Barbary War: United States Marines and Berbers attack the Tripolitan city of Derna (The "shores of Tripoli" part of the Marines' hymn).
1941World War II: German troops enter Athens.
1945 – World War II: German troops are finally expelled from Finnish Lapland.
1945 – World War II: Benito Mussolini is arrested by Italian partisans in Dongo, while attempting escape disguised as a German soldier.
1981Xerox PARC introduces the computer mouse.
2006 – Construction begins on the Freedom Tower for the new World Trade Center in New York City.

And births this date include....
 1822Ulysses S. Grant, American Civil War general and 18th President of the United States (d. 1885)


1899Walter Lantz, American cartoonist (d. 1994)

1932 – Casey Kasem, American actor and radio personality

1937Sandy Dennis, American actress (d. 1992)

Never could stand her!

1939Judy Carne, British actress and comedian

What a crazy life she had... after being married to Burt Reynolds in the early 60's... and several others after that and all the times she was arrested ......
Cleaning house today and getting things ready for our JCRW White Elephant Sale. There won't be a blog tomorrow. Will catch up on Friday.   
All I know. Nuff said. Ciao
xo Mom-Soupy-Sue
(Comments welcomed and very much appreciated!)
April 27th
National Prime Rib Day

One of my top favorite places to eat. LOVE their prime rib!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

~ Tucker's Baseball ~ Spinach Eggs/Apple-Celery Salad ~

Good 38º morning.   
OMG, what a blustery day in 100 acre wood yesterday! This was 6:30am...
I have never had the rain come down so hard on me, ever, when I was driving to Medford before noon! It was so hard that it cleaned the car amazingly well! It rained like heqq, then suddenly as it started it stopped and the pavement was dry! Then it'd start again!
I had to go to the Medford Library for a meeting of our JCRW's board. I stopped for gas on the way home......
LOOK,  211 at the bank!!!! <g>
Happy to be home and Maggie happy too. The wind was awful here. Howling. Blooms blowing off trees. Yikes! Here we are at
.... and the turkeys were not moving around much....
You don't see them laying down too often.
Tucker's baseball game was fun on Saturday afternoon. The kids are sooooo small. Cute. Tucker was in the field ....dancing!

It gets boring while you are waiting for the action!
And then he hit the ball!
And Sami danced for me.

 We stood under the overhang by the bathrooms because of the rain.
Brian pretended he had an umbrella!
Historically this date.........
1928Los Angeles City Hall dedicated.
1981 – Dr. Michael R. Harrison of the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center performs the world's first human open fetal surgery.
And births this date include...
1900Charles Richter, American geophysicist (d. 1985)
1933Carol Burnett, American comedian
1938Duane Eddy, American musician
1942 – Bobby Rydell, American singer  
He was so darned cute!!! Mmmmmm..... Bobby!!!
Here's a couple of the recipes from Easter... I really liked the deviled eggs with salsa and cheese, but these are my favorite:
Deviled Eggs w/ Spinach and Bacon
12 eggs hard-boiled, cooled, cut in half, yolks in bowl.
12 strips Oscar Mayer turkey bacon, cooked crisp, and chopped
3/4 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed, and squeezed dry
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 T white vinegar
1 T sugar
pepper and salt
The Mexican Deviled Eggs:
12 eggs hard-boiled, cooled, cut in half, yolks in bowl.
1/2 cup shredded cheese
1/4+ cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup salsa
snipped fresh chives or 2 T green onions, chopped
1-2 T sour cream
salt to taste
And, I liked this Celery-Green Apple Salad:
Fresh or bottled lemon juice
2 T. Dijon mustard
1 T + 1 t Agave Nectar or honey
6 T. Extra-virgin olive oil
5-6 stalks celery
2 large Granny Smithy apples
salt to taste
1/2 c. walnuts, toasted and chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries or cran-raisins
Cut apples in half, peel, take out core. Cut each half into halves. Slice the apples thin.
As you finish one, put in bowl and drizzle on lemon juice and mix to coat. This keeps the apples from turning brown. Slice celery stalks on a diagonal, enough to make 3 cups. (I had doubled the recipe)

Mix 2 T lemon juice, 2 T mustard, the Agave with a whisk. Mix in the olive oil and whisk well. I think next time I'll add a few drops of Sesame Oil also. Pour off extra lemon from apples and mix apples and celery and toss with dressing. Toast walnuts on high heat in large frying pan for about 3 minutes. Watch carefully. Cool and coarsely chop. Add the walnuts and cranberries to salad just before serving.
Dinner last night was "organic" mac and cheese and I added broccoli, green peas, and pepperoni. I know, you laugh at my
weird concoctions.....
.... but it was GOOD!!!!
By 7:30 last night we finally got a sunset. It's been a long while!
All I know. Happy Tuesday. Nuff said. Ciao.
xo Mom-Soupy-Sue
April 26th
Secretary's Day