Friday July 26 2019 Blog

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Breakfast: Yogurt, juice and coffee
Lunch: 1/2 Peanut Butter & banana sandwich
Supper: Pizza at Three Dog Farm

I loaded the rest of logs in the truck to take the to the Reece burn pile.

We drove out to the Reece house about 1 o’clock and visited a while. I unloaded the logs when we got there. Here are the pictures:

Walker teaching Aunt Pat how to play Backgammon.
Nancy working on the pizza fixin’s and visiting with Susan
Dave has sausage cooking on the grill while visiting with Cliff
The pizza cooking and eating area
Fireplace and pizza oven
The seating area
A different view of the seating area
A fountain in the pizza oven area
Honeybees drinking water from the fountain
Pat chopping onions for the pizza
Susan slicing peppers for the pizza
Fixin’s for the pizzas
Green salad and fruit salad
Dave putting a pizza in the oven
Moving the pizzas around in the oven
Walker’s and Penny’s pizza is done
Ken’s & Pat’s pizza is done

Pat made a jug of sweet tea to share for the meal.

Susan and Cliff
Ken and Pat
Walker and Penny with Samantha and Molly
Dave and Nancy

It was a delight to see Cliff and Susan at Three Dog Farm and we had a wonderful time. Nance and Dave’s skills at putting together pizza fixin’s is pretty impressive. It was fun to make our own pizza and see it cooked before our eyes in a real pizza oven. Thanks Dave and Nancy for a great time.

We left to come home abut 5 o’clock and watched the news when we got home. I know some of you are not Bill O’Reilly fans but those of you who are may want to watch this free presentation of his take on the Mueller Report and why the far left hates America.

We had some more of the pizza for supper to take medicine with.

We watched TV until bedtime.


We haven’t talked about what we are going to do today.

I bought some walking shoes online from a place that is headquartered in Grant’s Pass, Oregon. The shoes came from China and took forrreeever to get here. When they finally arrived they are too small so I have to return them. Bummer! So, we will need to decide whether to send them by UPS or USPS and get them on the way. Pat said we should just drive them there. ? Not a bad idea, it would be a beautiful trip and she would get to drive the new car on the interstate but we probably won’t do that, at least not today.

I have some outside work to do if it doesn’t get too hot. We didn’t get up until 9 o’clock this morning so its getting on up in the day here now.


It is currently 76º going up to about 90º today, humidity is 41%.

That’s all for July 26, keep in touch.

The Family Patriarch

Thursday July 25 2019 Blog



There is plenty to do outside and inside the house, not sure where to start.

I’m thinking of washing the truck this morning.

We are to go to Three Dog Farm this afternoon for pizza from the pizza oven and visit with the Crawford kids, Walker and Penny. I plan to drive the truck and put some wood on the burn pile at the Reece’s place.


It is currently 56º and sunny outside, high is predicted to be 91º.

That’s all for July 25, keep in touch.

The Family Patriarch

Wednesday July 24 2019 Blog

Happy Birthday Tab Johnson

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Breakfast: 1/2 Jimmy Dean Sausage & egg biscuit, juice & coffee
Lunch: 1/2 BLT & fries
Supper: Yogurt and nuts, ice cream

We went to Brownsville, Oregon with the seniors from our church, there were 11 of us that went on the trip.

Our first stop was for lunch.

Lunch at the Harrisburg Grill
Lunch at the Harrisburg Grill

All the walls were covered in metal sheets like the metal in truck tool boxes. They had a kind of truck/farm theme in the restaurant.

Lunch at the Harrisburg Grill

I had Vera make a picture of the two of us since I made the other pictures.

Taking a break
A little different from the churns I remember as a kid.
The family chapel
An old Harrisburg Bank safe

We got back home about 4 o’clock and watched the news then watched TV. Pat and Scott watched their games shows together, I used the wheelbarrow and loaded some tree trunk sections in the truck. This was the Fir tree that my neighbor helped me cut down last year. I plan to take them to the Reece burn pile tomorrow.

We watched some more TV until bedtime.


I will do some more work outside I think.

The only thing on the agenda for today is Prayer Meeting this evening.

I would like to go by the car dealership where we bought the car and find out just what warranty coverage we have, It was late and we were kind of rushed when we bought it on Friday.


It is currently 53º and we are expecting a high of 81º, mostly sunny and pleasant.

That’s all for July 24, keep in touch.

The Family Patriarch

Tuesday July 23 2019 Blog

National Vanilla Ice Cream Day


National Vanilla Ice Cream Day on July 23rd tips its hat at the second most popular flavor in America. Take a bow, vanilla. I scream, you scream, we all scream for…VANILLA ICE CREAM!! Of course, the day is part of  National Ice Cream Month and not too far behind National Ice Cream Day.

Since Americans love vanilla ice cream so much, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that vanilla is the most common flavoring in North America for ice cream. In fact, many people consider vanilla ice cream to be the default flavor. 

Many may be familiar with Thomas Jefferson’s vanilla ice cream recipe. The third president of the United States may have discovered vanilla flavor while visiting France. While he wouldn’t have been the first to savor the delicious taste of vanilla ice cream, Jefferson enjoyed jotting down recipes. The same applied to ice cream. He also produced a handwritten copy of a vanilla ice cream recipe in the 1780s. Only ten copies remain. In fact, the Library of Congress houses one copy that has a cookie recipe on the flip side. Today, the ice cream parlor at Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota serves the same recipe so that anyone can have a taste.


Make your own with this old fashioned homemade vanilla ice cream recipe for you to enjoy!  While you’re at it, invite some friends to enjoy it with you. Maybe, go out for some vanilla ice cream. Scoop up a dish full from the ice cream in your freezer. Will you add chocolate syrup or caramel? Oh, and don’t forget the sprinkles! Post a photo on social media using #VanillaIceCreamDay to encourage others to do the same.


We were unable to find the creator and origin of National Vanilla Ice Cream Day.


Breakfast: Bacon, egg, cheese waffle sandwich, juice & coffee
Lunch: 1/2 Pimento-cheese sandwich, chips and 1/2 Coke.
Supper: 1/2 roasted pork sandwich, chips, 1/2 Coke, ice cream

After we had breakfast I worked on the backyard and other things:

  • Cleaned the cushion box, put it back in place and loaded it with deck cushions
  • Power washed the table in the visiting area under the oak tree
  • Power washed the round umbrella table and put it back on the deck
  • Spent some time in the swing with April
  • Took April to deliver a Mary Kay order
  • Watched the news at 4 o’clock

We took a nap during the afternoon and watched TV during the evening.

I got this from Nancy:

Dear Aunt & Uncle:

Well, we arrived safely via Amtrak from Klamath Falls yesterday with Walker and Penny in tow!  It was fun to enjoy the sights, tunnels and freedom on the trip home. 

While they are here with us, we’d love for you to come join us Thursday afternoon for visiting time and pizza oven pizza ala Dave!  If you’d bring sweet tea that would be the icing on the cake, so to speak, ?. 

Early afternoon is our target time, we are hoping Cliff & Susan will be able to join us as well. 

Love, Nancy Jean

Nancy J. Reece


We plan to go with the seniors from our church to a museum in Harrisburg, Oregon, we will eat at a place in Junction City, Oregon. Not sure when we will be home but it shouldn’t be very late as those places are not far from here, we are to meet the bus in a parking area by the interstate after 10:30.


It is currently 58º with a high of 78º clouds and sun. Very nice day for a trip.

That’s all for July 23, keep in touch.

The Family Patriarch

Monday July 22 2019 Blog

Jessica Lynch gets hero’s welcome on this day in 2003


Breakfast: Coffee, juice, cereal & banana
Lunch: Scrambled eggs, hash browns, sausage gravy & Biscuits
Supper: 1/2 Roasted pork sandwich, chips, 1/2 Coke

We were right on time for Sunday School yesterday but it looked like we were really early by the number of cars in the parking lot. I don’t know how many we had in the 11 o’clock worship service but we only had 7 in Sunday School. Pat did a good job teaching the lesson and we had good participation.

We took a coffee/snack break at 10:30 and then went to preaching.

Several people noticed we had a different car, Wayne said, “What are you doing driving a Snowflake Car?” I said, “I may be driving a Snowflake car but I still have my Redneck truck!”

After church 6 of us went to lunch together at Pop’s Branding Iron restaurant in Albany. April and I had Breakfast for lunch.

When we got home we were both ready for a nap so we went down for about an hour.

We sat out back in the swing while we had our coffee and just watched nature for a while like Daisy and E K.Then we came in to eat and watched TV. I cleaned up the kitchen before going to bed.


The sealer is now pretty much dry on the deck so I plan to organize stuff in the back yard and put it back on the deck. April is calling me Sanford & Son so I know she wants it done. It does look pretty bad back there. I can take the plastic sheet off of the Clematis now.

I really need to cut my hair so I’m going to try to get that done today.

April is going to get the insurance changed over from the Saturn to the Toyota.

Maybe I’ll wash the truck this afternoon.


We are having just about perfect weather here this week, highs in the 80s and lows in the 50s with lots of sunshine. It is currently 60º with high of 85º predicted.

That’s all for July 22, keep in touch.

The Family Patriarch