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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Darn Computer is down!!!

I took it to Turk yesteday but he didn't get it finished in time for me to pick it up as he gets off work at 3. So.... holding good thoughts that it's done today and I can pick it up.

I have my iPad and a laptop, but they just aren't as comfortable using and I have so much more info and photos stored on the big guy.

The smoke yesterday was as bad or worse. Hit 87º and was so humid. Dashed to Grants Pass to take the computer, stopped at post office on the way home and hibernated inside with Maggs, Dude, and Bruiser with the AC on.

Made a cheesecake, since it was Nat. Cheesecake Day... only a really different one. Will publish when computer returns.

Hope you all have a good day. Ciao. xo Sue Mom Bobo

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Oregon Fires ~ Police ~ Ballerina ~ Bruise & Dude ~ Cheesecake!

Good 51º smokey cloudy icky morning. Kept AC on all night til about 4am. Off for now, but as soon as it warms and the smoke comes lower will close everything up again.

Here is yesterday about 1pm...

and then at 5pm....
You couldn't breath outside. Even if you don't have lung problems we were told to stay inside with air conditioning preferably!
Brian called a number of his State Farm customers to give them a head's up about the Big Windy Fire near Galice, northwest of Grants Pass, ... a firefighter customer of his notified him of the possibility of it spreading fast towards Grants Pass... so those like Bill and Jeannie and Jen's mom and Jeannie's friend Donna are in the possible, and I stress "possible" way of the fire if it races. It has been compared to the Biscuit Fire. The Biscuit Fire was a wildfire that took place in 2002 that burned nearly 500,000 acres in the Siskiyou National Forest in Southern Oregon and Northern California. The fire was named after Biscuit Creek in Southern Oregon. It 'raced' 40 miles in two days. So, between the Big Windy and the fires in Wolf Creek and Glendale areas north of us, the smoke is inundating most of Southern Oregon. Brian and Jen's friends Sandy and Lloyd have been evacuated in Glendale, north of us about 30 miles.

Ok, change of pace.... we LOVE firemen, everyone does, and we pray for them at this time for their safety,  but then there are the police, deputies, cops, pigs...... we LOVE them too!!!
One of his best....


OMG, this is soooo cute!


I'm a happy cat, I took over my Mom's chair...

I'm a happy dog, I have my piggy.... Thank you Nancy!

Historically this date...
1866New Oreleans, Louisiana's Democratic government orders police to raid an integrated Republican Party meeting, killing 40 people and injuring 150.

1945World War II: Japanese submarine I-58 sinks the USS Indianapolis, killing 883 seamen.

       RIP ..... God Bless you all.

1971Apollo program: Apollo 15 Mission – David Scott and James Irwin on the Apollo Lunar Module module Falcon land on the Moon with the first Lunar Rover.

1975Jimmy Hoffa disappears from the parking lot of the Machus Red Fox restaurant in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, at about 2:30 p.m. He is never seen or heard from again, and will be declared legally dead on this date in 1982.

1990George Steinbrenner is forced by Commissioner Fay Vincent to resign as principal partner of New York Yankees for hiring Howie Spira to "get dirt" on Dave Winfield.

2003 – In Mexico, the last 'old style' Volkswagen Beetle rolls off the assembly line.


And births this date include...
1863Henry Ford, American businessman, founded the Ford Motor Company (d. 1947)

1933Edd Byrnes, American actor

1941Paul Anka, Canadian singer-songwriter and actor

1947 – Arnold Schwarzenegger, Austrian-American bodybuilder, actor, and politician, 38th Governor of California
...........if you don't use it, you lose it!
1949 - Dennis Richardson, husband-father-lawyer-state representative for Oregon's 4th District (my district!), candidate for Governor in 2014, my friend! (and his wife Cathy!)

1954Ken Olin, American actor
 .........ewwwww.................... whoppen? Ya think he ever looks in the mirror??

1956Delta Burke, American actress

1963Lisa Kudrow, American actress, writer, and producer


1974 – Hilary Swank, American actress

All I know. Happy Tuesday. Nuff said. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
July 30th
(Just for you Bri!)
National Cheesecake Day

Monday, July 29, 2013

Fires ~ Wreck on Road ~ Lover's Lane ~ Dude Bruise & Maggs ~ Veggie Pasta Salad ~ Lasagna


Good 52º morning. Hit 93.5º yesterday. All this week it will be in the high 80º's, the 90º's, and a 100º is predicted. Joy. There are clouds mixed with smoke hanging overhead this am at 7:30.....

...and while I was out taking pictures my pups were keeping and eye on me..

The wildfires here in Oregon are still going strong and there may be more evacuations. People close to the fires have been warned. Brimstone fire is 500 acres, one near Selma is 400 acres, near Wolf Creek is 80 acres, Big Windy near Galice is 1500 acres, and the Douglas County fires are listed at 7500 acres. Poor air quality still lingers here in the Rogue Valley as smoke continues to hang in the air. Firefighters are here from around the state and across the country. God Bless them!


Last night at 5:30.....


Yesterday morning I got a call from Dave... he said there had been a spectacular accident down on the road in front of he and PJ's house. Took Dude for his run and took pictures. This occurred at 1am and police,fire, tow trucks were there til 3am! The driver and passenger split.... left cell phone, 12 empty beers, and a bowling ball... I made a Smilebox using Dave's photos and mine...

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Got this from a friend of a friend, Vivia. Good one!

Good Things Come To Those Who Wait.

A state trooper was patrolling late at night off the main highway. Near midnight he sees a couple in a car, in lover's land, with the interior light brightly glowing. He carefully approaches the car to get a closer look. then he sees a young man behind the wheel, reading a computer magazine. He immediately notices a young women in the back seat, filing her nails.


Puzzled by this surprising situation, the trooper walks to the car and raps on the driver's window. The young man rolls down the window and asks, Uh, yes, officer?" The trooper asks, "What are you doing?" The young man says, "Well, officer I'm reading a magazine." Pointing to the young woman in the back seat the trooper asks, "And what is she doing?" The young man shrugs, "Sir, I believe she is filing her nails."


Now the trooper is totally confused. A young couple, alone, in a car at night in a lover's lane, and nothing inappropriate is happening! The trooper asks, "What is your age young man?" The young man says, "I'm 22, sir." The trooper asks, "And her, what is her age?" The young man looks at his watch and replies, "She'll be 18 in 11 minutes, sir."


Last evening everyone was napping (except me with my camera!) Dude was a happy boy on the couch (now covered with a sheet) and he had his piggy close....

Then Bruiser was in the chair on the throw..... tired of that and moved to perch ...


Maggie wondered why the fuss and all the flashes going off...


Historically this date...

1948Olympic Games: The Games of the XIV Olympiad – after a hiatus of 12 years caused by World War II, the first Summer Olympics to be held since the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany, open in London, England, United Kingdom.

.... .and 64 years later they are back in London! (2012)

1965Vietnam War: the first 4,000 101st Airborne Division paratroopers arrive in Vietnam, landing at Cam Ranh Bay.


And births this date include... (Willy and Bob Bob!)

1892William Powell, American actor (d. 1984)


1924 – Robert Horton, American actor


1933 – Robert Fuller, American actor



So, dinner was easy... salad with pasta...

I cooked some mini cheese tortellini, cut up some fresh basil, one of Jeannie's cucumbers, and tomatoes... 

Dressing was mayo, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt and pepper.... Then I tossed in some black olives and cheese....




That and a glass of wine....perfect!


All I know. Happy Monday. Nuff said. Ciao.

xo Sue Mom Bobo

July 29th

National Lasagna Day

National Lasagna Day Whether you spell it lasagna or lasagne, this dish has quite a history. You probably regard lasagna as a standard Italian menu item. But it's likely that the Romans borrowed this popular entree from the Greeks. Lasagna even was one of the recipes found in the first cookbook ever written in England!

Easy Four Cheese Lasagna
16 ounces uncooked lasagna noodles
2 cans (26 ounce size) spaghetti sauce
1 pound ricotta cheese
8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
8 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 375º Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain (I used the no-boil noodles. Came out great).

In a blender or with an electric mixer, blend tomato sauce and ricotta cheese together until smooth.

Spoon a little of the sauce mixture in the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish. Place a layer of cooked noodles over the sauce, and sprinkle a portion of the mozzarella, the cheddar and the Parmesan over the noodles. Repeat layering of sauce, noodles and cheese; finish with a cheese layer.

Bake in preheated oven 30 to 45 minutes, until cheese is bubbly and golden.

or how about this easy one....

White Seafood Lasagna
1 box (1 lb size) lasagna noodles; cooked and cooled
1/2 pound shrimp
1/2 pound crab meat
32 ounces cottage cheese
3 large eggs
4 tablespoons Parmesan cheese - (dry)
4 tablespoons butter
1 cup Parmesan cheese (fresh grated)
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon minced garlic
24 ounces Alfredo sauce

Mix salt, pepper, garlic, dry Parmesan cheese, softened butter, eggs, and cottage cheese. Layer lasagna, cottage cheese mix then crab. Layer lasagna cottage cheese mix then shrimp one more layer of lasagna noodles. Pour Alfredo Sauce over top. Spread fresh grated Parmesan cheese over Alfredo Sauce. Bake for a little over an hour until the top is a golden brown.

VARIATION: Add fresh finely chopped parsley to cottage cheese mix. Use Romano cheese along with the Parmesan on top.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Willie Nelson Poem ~ Smoke ~ Adelle Shiminoff USMC ~ 7 Oaks ~ Grants Pass Smoke ~ RR Smoke

Good 48º morning. Wow, topped at 91º yesterday. YEAH! Better than 101º. Today should be even cooler.

My Seal Beach California friend, Judy Duvall, sent this poem. I verified it on line. A riot!

Whether or not you are a country music fan, these are truly the words of a deep thinker, and a highly intelligent person. So simple, yet so profound! Read the words of wisdom from that famous philosopher , iconic country and western singer, on his 75th birthday below his esteemed portrait. Only a man with such wisdom and maturity could be so concise and succinct in phrasing his feelings at this turning point in his life.


I Have Outlived My Pecker  by Willie Nelson

My nookie days are over,

My pilot light is out.

What used to be my pride and joi,

Is now my water spout.

Time was when, on it's own accord,

From my trousers it would spring.

But now I've got a full time job,

To find the friggin' thing.

It used to be embarrassing,

The way it would behave.

For every single morning,

It would stand and watch me shave.

Now as old age approaches,

It sure gives me the blues.

To see it hang it's little head,

And watch me tie my shoes!


Yesterday I went to Central Point. The smoke over Medford was terrible.

Anyway, this lady Adele Shimanoff heard from the Marine Corps League I was putting together packages to send to a freiend's grandson who is stationed in Afghanistan. She had some things so I said I'd pick them up. She put together crossword puzzle books with pencils attached, hot cocoa mix, nuts, energy bars, candy, tooth brush, paste, floss, nail file, napkins, and a USMC date book. She also included a card. 
This woman is amazing.. she was a Marine during WW2. Met her husband, also a Marine. He passed away a few years ago and she lives in Twin Creeks Retirement Home. A son also in the Marines. This woman just turned 90 years old this month! She doesn't look or act it! What a great gal! We had a fun visit.



After seeing Adele I stopped at 7 Oaks Farm for some of their corn. Awesome corn! Also got some fried okra and peaches.


I saw on the news Friday night that there were 3 fire retardant planes refueling at Medford and going to the fires in Josephine County. I saw two different ones pass over here, one right across my property, one to the north, but didn't see the third one until yesterday when I went to Central Point... the third one follows I-5.


Later one I went to Bill and Jeannie's. It looked like a cloud cover over Grants Pass..... but it was smoke!

The view from Bill and Jeannie's is normally spectacular... but not yesterday..

Chaka didn't care.. she had her pool...


The sun at 5:30 pm...


and when I got home the smoke had moved into our valley

Boy was I lucky too... the Back to the 50's parade was to start at 6pm and both 6th and 7th Streets in Grants Pass were to be closed off until 10pm. I passed across both with 4 minutes to spare! YEAH. Otherwise I would have had to take the long way home.

Here is the current fire map...

Historically this date....
1945 – A U.S. Army B-25 bomber crashes into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building killing 14 and injuring 26.

1965Vietnam War: U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson announces his order to increase the number of United States troops in South Vietnam from 75,000 to 125,000.

2002 – Nine coal miners trapped in the flooded Quecreek Mine in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, are rescued after 77 hours underground.
... and a year ago today we watched the Olympics Open Ceremonies from London England.
And births this date include...

1901Rudy Vallee, American entertainer (d. 1986)

1929Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, First Lady of the United States (d. 1994)

Pretty lady, but my gosh, she smoked 3 packs of cigarettes a day! She died at only 64!

1948 – Sally Struthers, American actress
All I know. Happy Sunday. Nuff said. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
July 28th
National Milk Chocolate Day

The first chocolate bar was created in 1847 (and it was not a milk chocolate bar!). Prior to then, chocolate was consumed largely as the Spanish conquistadors had received it from the Aztecs—as a beverage, although Europeans had sweetened it and spiced it in different ways to make the bitter chocolate drink more palatable, even inventing the molinillo to add more froth. It took 300 years for the great-grandson of the founder of Joseph Fry & Co., in Bristol, England, to figure out how to mix some of the cocoa butter back into the “Dutched” cocoa powder, add sugar and mold the paste into the world’s first chocolate bar (which was called “chocolate for eating,” to distinguish it from “drinking chocolate”). That bar was rough and gritty, not the smooth, velvety bar we enjoy today—but it was a welcome addition nevertheless.
Two landmark chocolate events occurred in 1879 in Switzerland: Rodolphe Lindt invented the conching machine, enabling the production of the smooth, velvety chocolate we know today. And Daniel Peter, a chocolate manufacturer, made the first milk chocolate, by substituting powdered milk for the whole milk or cream that had been used previously, with unsuccessful results. Powdered milk had been invented by his neighbor, Swiss chemist Henri Nestlé. So while the Spanish were responsible for bringing cacao to Europe from the New World and Englishman Joseph Fry created the first chocolate bar, the Swiss have full ownership of smooth, silky milk chocolate.