Why I Am Not A Cat Person

Why I Am Not A Cat Person

It was one of those spells we get in January; a couple of weeks of clear, dry weather with the temperatures stuck in the teens. I had seen an ad in the paper for a BMW powered reverse trike up in The Dalles. I envisioned something like a Morgan. Two wheels in front,...

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January Rain

January Rain

Five to five and the last patients have left the office. The doctors are finishing their dictation; the office staff have locked the doors, turned off the lights and gone home. I clean the surgical instruments and shut off the machines, flipping the breaker on the...

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New Years Solo Camp with Dogs

New Years Solo Camp with Dogs

December 31, 2018 Sunset 4:33 PM  January 1, 2019 Moonrise 3:28 AM, waning crescent Sunrise 7:49 AM   I found myself at loose ends for New Year's Eve. Amy was in California visiting relatives and both my brothers were busy. I had to work that morning, but I had...

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Throwback Thursday-New Years Day 2015

Throwback Thursday-New Years Day 2015

Several years ago Andy and I went for a little New Years Day ride up Lost Lake Road to Lolo Pass. Turning off FS 18, we followed a spur road which ran a short way along the West Fork of the Hood River, before ending in a clearing above a stream flowing into the river....

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A December Excursion

A December Excursion

Saturday morning, I installed a fresh tire on the front of the bike, a match to the new knobby I put on the rear last weekend, complete with ice screws. Now that I was ready for Winter, the temperatures had risen above freezing.          ...

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I Got Burned

I Got Burned

        When I look at photos of you from your youth, I laugh and say:"I got burned!"You do know I am just kidding?You were beautiful when we metand you are beautiful now.When I look at you I still see the beautiful woman I first met, all those...

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The Mystery

The Mystery

The clouds are gone. Bright stars wink, sprinkled across the black sky. I close my eyes to meditate, breathing, but the stars call to me. As I open my eyes a shooting star burns across the southern horizon. I give up on the breathing exercises and stare into the...

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Last Night I Heard Your Voice

Last Night I Heard Your Voice

I know you think I don’t miss you when you’re gone and it’s true, I keep busy all day long and fall asleep before I get to bed. But last night I heard you call my name. I woke up in the dark, in bed, alone. I reached for you but found only tangled sheets I swear that,...

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26 Degrees

26 Degrees

Dawn breaks, the color of old lead; an almost invisible icy mist wafts down. I hear it rattle the dead leaves and feel its tentative caress on my face.

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Season To Taste

Season To Taste

Amy tells me I add way too much salt when I cook. She laughs because I never know how much horseradish is too much until after my first bite. Eyes watering, mouth afire, my nose tingling like a funny-bone tapped exactly wrong. And sometimes, I pepper my writing with...

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Moussaka Hand Pie

Moussaka Hand Pie

I made moussaka for dinner last night and had some left-over filling. Today I got out the pie-irons and made moussaka hand pies for lunch.   Forcing the Greek pita bread into the buttered pie irons, I spooned some tomato paste over the pita, I filled it with the...

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Grandma Wade’s Mince Meat

Grandma Wade’s Mince Meat

Grandma Wade used to make mince meat pies for the holidays. She shared the recipe with Mom,and this delightfully sweet pie has been a treasured memory of mine for decades. The recipe is pretty labor intensive and contains your entire annual dietary allowance of fat in...

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Chili and Corn-sticks

Chili and Corn-sticks

Chili and Corn-sticks I had Friday off. I intended to make dinner, but that required an amount of preparation I didn't manage to get around to. I spent the day changing the tire on the Triumph, staring off into space and generally procrastinating. Go figure. Amy got...

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Chuck Roast and Mushroom Gravy

Chuck Roast and Mushroom Gravy

With the weather gone to cold drizzle I find myself using the Crock Pot more and more. Once the food is in the slow cooker, it can be turned on low and ignored for a few hours. Well, it could be ignored if it didn't fill the entire house with savory aromas. Slow...

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The Bombardier

The Bombardier

The Bombardier is a drink inspired by the early days of military aviation, when the British airforce was still part of the Royal Navy. Pilots and their crew were issued a daily tot of rum, just like the sailors were. To stave off the cold on long sorties over No Man’s...

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