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Delightful Days of June

Sometimes I think that June is my favorite month of the year.  That thought usually comes around the middle of June when I start thinking of all the good things that are going on in the warm weather and the beautiful green world around me.  I am thinking of fresh asparagus in the garden, fresh mint in my tea and fresh food from the CSA we belong to.  Each week we pick up a box containing all kinds of garden eating and I try to figure out how I can use all of it while planning meals.  I am learning.

June first has been a special day for me for 48 years as it is our wedding anniversary.  This year we celebrated it by attending our youngest grandchild’s high school graduation. It was a beautiful warm, but not hot evening. The class of Three hundred took a long time to get through,  but the good thing was they had an excellent speaker. We happen to have known the speaker for some time.  He was introduced with a long list of accomplishments and titles, during his welcoming applause, I leaned over and whispered to Dick “we call him Todd.”


It was her night and we were so proud of her.  She is a beautiful gal inside and out.


This is our son and his daughter, a precious moment caught on my camera.


I think this is a great new tradition, at least it is the first time I have seen them decorated the caps.  Dick says he remembers being told that if they did anything to the caps they would not walk the stage.  Her cap is very nice as she is very artistic.


So the next special day in June was when I got to sit on the town square in front of a very popular store to tell people about my book.  I did a lot of talking before I did any selling, but in the last hour – –

I sold books.



Then there are those special evenings in June when you get to share a time with friends, watch people, kick back and listen to some good music. Delightful!


We had just had dinner, but the snacks were plentiful and lasted long into the night.


The views at Hauser Winery are always spectacular, no matter what the season, but when you can sit outside in the warm weather, watch the sun set and the moon rise, sing along with the band and laugh with friends, that has got to be the best of seasons in the wonderful month of June.


To be sure you can’t even pretend to talk about June if you don’t mention strawberry’s. They are beautiful, delicious and sweet and taste so good in a strawberry – rhubarb pie.  It’s so good I forgot to get the picture before the first two pieces were gone.  Here is my favorite recipe for this great pie. It is so easy and comes from a very old “Better Homes and Gardens” cookbook.


1 1/2 (scant) cups sugar

1/4 cup flour +1 TBS cornstarch

1/4 tsp salt  1/4 tsp nutmeg

2 cups strawberries

2 cups cut up rhubarb  OR you can do 3 cups rhubarb and 1 cup strawberries  which ever flavor you want to dominate

Pastry for 2 crust 9-inch pie

1 TBS butter

Combine sugar, flour, cornstarch,salt and nutmeg.  Add fruit, mix lightly let stand for 20 minutes.

Spray bottom of pie plate with butter spray.

Spoon mixture into pastry lined pie plate, dot with butter, add top crust, seal and moisten.  Bake at 375 degrees about 40 to 45 minutes.  Serve slightly warm.


Enjoy and have a delightful rest of June!!




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Teaching an old dog new tricks

I know many of you have been kayaking before, but not me.  First time for everything they say.  It happened the way most things happen in life—- I was asked to go, I said yes!  These gals were old hands at this sport that seems to be a great pass time for families and friends.  As we approached our destination, cars with kayaks were coming in from all directions, they all belonged to our group of friends.  The work of getting the kayak off the car begins immediately.


I wasn’t thinking any thing about tipping the kayak, but I must admit I had my life jacket on before the kayaks were unloaded.  Safety first, I’m just sayin’.


They are pretty light weight and I’m thinking if these are all one person kayaks and if she can do it I should be able to handle this.  So I asked her,  “How long have you been kayaking?”   “Oh, just a couple of years,” came her quick reply.  The yellow one is assigned to me, and right away I notice that getting in is like taking a seat on the ground. The boat was a little rocky at the beginning, but soon I stabilized and am paddling——in circles. In a few minutes I straightened up and I am moving, not to fast but moving non the less.


After handing my camera over to a friend, I sort of drifted over toward the trees.  It was a beautiful day, with warm breezes and low humidity, and I am going in the right direction.  All is well.  I think I caught on rather quickly.


The goal was to go around the corner and down to the end of the lake and back again.


We made quite a sight with all the different colored kayaks.


But wait, what’s this?  I look across the water and recognize a big dog in a little boat with two of my best friends just cruising the lake with their powered motor.  I had to paddle over and say hello, and catch up on all the news friends share.  Meanwhile the kayak gang makes it down to the end and decide to “sunbathe” while I continue my visit, paddling in circles to stay close enough for a conversation.  When I am finished visiting, I start the long trek to the end where the group is hanging out.  Sure enough, as soon as I reach them they are ready to start paddling back to the dock.  No rest for the new kid in the kayak.


This little gal was my inspiration.  What a trooper.  I am pretty sure I saw her napping at lunch. She deserved it.


Lunch awaits at the end of the lovely morning.  Kayaking does work up an appetite.  My first experience was certainly a good one and I am ready to go again anytime.  Oh, thankfully there were no pictures of me getting out of the kayak, so we don’t have to talk about that.


It’s never to late to enjoy something new.  Kayaking, a new trick added to my list.  Thanks to all the gals who were willing to hang out with me when I was lagging behind and all of them encouraging me along the way. These are the days memories are made of.



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Bunco is serious business

The saying goes that “life is a game, but bunco is serious business”   While I don’t put a lot of stock into that saying, I will say that the game of Bunco can be intense, insane and serious business.  When it comes down to the final scrunch time or who has the most buncos, oh yea, we are talking serious business.    Twelve gals in one house, three rooms with four to each table, we roll the dice and count the points.  The thing I like about this game is that no one has an advantage over another.  There is no strategy, or tactics that can be used to be better than any one else at this game.  It is the all in the way the cookie crumbles or the dice fall.DSCF4006

If you are rolling fives, this is a bunco.





and this is your reward.      DSCF4007

You get to wear the boa until someone else gets a bunco then you get to take it from them.  Sometimes it can be done with less ceremony than others.    If you are rolling fives and you get three of any other number you have a scrunch. If you have the scrunch at the end of the game you get one of the prizes.  Did I mention prizes?  You have a 50/50 chance of winning a prize, as there are six prizes awarded at the end of the game.


This is what a winning ticket looks like.


Here is living proof that it only takes one bunco player to change a light bulb.  Dice in hand, standing on a chair, no ladders ivolved.  Of couse this is Denise and she is totally awesome!



How about these ginormous earrings for the biggest loser prize!!  But wait I also ended up with the scrunch which means I get the scrunch prize!  Excitement runs high at these games.


Competition can get a little testy when there is a roll off for a tie.


Did I mention food?  Oh yes, there is always food.  Do you see the size of these cookies?


The cream cheese stuffed strawberries were the best little “poppers” I’ve had in a while.  I popped my share. They are sprinkled with graham cracker crumbs, she called it an upside down strawberry cheese cake.


Sorry,  I got carried away with the desserts, we do have a main course and it was yummy as well.


Meaty stuffed shells.  We need all this food to fuel energy for the games.


I guess the truth of the matter is that Life is serious business, that’s why you gotta play a little bunco once in while. Nothing like friends, food and the roll of the dice to take a break from the seriousness of  hum drum life.





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