Monday, February 15, 2010

The Holiday Weekend Continued

Monday was not a holiday for Jim - he went to work.

I got up fairly early for a holiday weekend and went to Physical Therapy.  They have given me a couple of cortisone treatments and they have helped.  It is a part time job just keeping my elbow iced one minute and heated up and massaged the next minute.  I'm giving it a couple of weeks and if it's not cleared up I'm going to give accupuncture a try!

After my phone appointment with my photography teacher (we do this every two weeks to discuss my assignment) Tessa and I went to lunch with our neighbors Debbie and Hannah.  It was a nice sunny day here in Portland so we headed down to the Pearl District.

We at lunch ate the Daily Cafe and enjoyed a high glycemic meal in preparation for my  Reset program that starts Tuesday!!  We even had dessert !

After lunch we did a little exploring - we went to Cargo. 

Not sure how to explain Cargo - but it is like a General Store on steroids.  There is a strong Asian influence to the store but they carry a little bit of everything and it is huge - you could spend days in the place!
They had everything.  Now I know what to do with all those old slides we have!

and if you are in the market for some chinese  chess pieces this is your place!
This place has everything.  Even things we have no idea what to do with!  A hat??

Hannah and Tessa found some treasures though - Spy glasses!!
They come in very handy.  All the way home they kept me informed on what was coming up behind me!  (The glasses have like a rear view mirror in them - just like you  have eyes in the back of your head.)

Such a fun place!  We can't wait to go back!!

 I found a fun book on eating and shopping in London that I bought for Cali. When they asked me if I wanted a bag I told them no - being the"green" environmentally conscious Oregonian that I am but then I saw their bags.  I went back in and told them I changed my mind - I wanted a bag!

They have them hand made in Indonesia out of newspaper for the store - love it!

A fun end to our holiday weekend!

A holiday weekend

Our long weekend:  I think we ate our way through the weekend!  I'm starting a low glycemic eating regime on Tuesday so I was enjoying myself over the weekend!

Friday night - Olympics for Jim, costume sewing for LA and high school basketball game for Tessa.

Saturday - Breakfast adventures for Jim and Leigh Anne at Jam on Hawthorne.  Yummy lemon ricotta pancakes with blueberry compote and maple syrup!
Tessa got up early for a Girl's Camp meeting.
After breakfast Jim did some rose pruning and then we went to the theater work party at the high school.
I did some sewing, Jim worked on the set.
I was also in charge of the work party lunch that day.  I did it with a friend - we had a chili bar, with cornbread, fritos, cheese and sourcream toppings.  A yummy spinach/fruit salad and texas sheet cake for dessert.

Then it was home where Jim did more rose pruning

and I worked on my photography assignment for the week learning about depth of field.  I practiced on the flowers in the garden.  There is not a whole lot blooming yet but I managed to find a few things!

Tessa went to watch the high school cheerleading squad at the state competition ( they came in 2nd) and then went to dinner with some friends and over to someone's house to watch a movie.

Jim and I went out with our friends Larry and Marshsa for a burger at Helvetia Tavern.

Sunday was Valentine's Day!
We celebrated with warm fresh marmalade muffins in the morning

Then it was off to church.  I had a ward conference to attend.
If I do say so myself I outdid myself with our Valentine dinner!
We had rib eye steak with a yummy cream sauce, fresh asparagus, spinach/fruit salad.

with gooey cheesy olive bread too

and then I showed my real love and devotion to my Valentine.  I made mash potatoes.  You need to understand that I NEVER make mash potatoes.  We do have them at our house it's just that Jim or the girls always makes them.  I don't like them and think they are way too much work so if we have them someone else them.

I can't tell you how shocked Tessa and Jim both were to see mash potatoes on the table and neither one of them had to make them!!

Like I said - we ate our way through the weekend.
But my Valentine seemed to enjoy it!

and so did this cute valentine!

although we were all pretty full!

but we managed to save a little room for dessert - Red Velvet Cake - did I tell you I outdid myself!!!

Sunday evening was a little more Olympic watching for Jim and Tessa and I watched the final episode of the new BBC Emma.  Did anyone see it?  Some friends at church said that Emma reminded them of Cali!

A holiday weekend continued......more good eating!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

President's Day Weekend Tradition

Every year at our house this is what happens on President's Day weekend.

Yes, the roses get pruned.  It's a family tradition.  I'm not sure I should really call it a family tradition since Jim is the one that does all t he pruning!  But he is so good at it!  Pruniing the roses is no small task at our house as there are almost 40 rose bushes in our backyard!

He is an expert rose pruner.  He knows just how to do it!
And besides that he has so much fun doing it, doesn't he look like he's having fun?  Wouldn't want to take his fun away!!
Thanks to his expert rose pruning - we enjoy this during the summer!!

Thanks Jim!