Friday night we hosted a lovely dinner party celebrating our friend Jill’s birthday a few days late. Terry and Jill, Jeane and Steve plus Geoff and Nancy joined us for a delightful dinner and evening. It’s always so good to get together with great friends. I like to use my crystal, china and good silver. I’m not careful with any of it–all of it goes in the dishwasher with the exception of the wine glasses which are too tall for the top rack. If I had to wash it all by hand the pieces would never be used. This is my paternal grandmother’s silver. I was the oldest grandchild and my father purchased this silver for Grandma when he had his first job–so I inherited it and I love using it!
How many of you have a Keurig? My dear friend Jane gave me a one cup Keurig as a gift for their staying in our motorhome that year at North Ranch. It makes an outstanding cup of coffee. The Cowboy and I love our coffee and between the two of us we drink about five good sized mugs of coffee each morning. We use Kirkland Dark Roast Espresso Beans and a two pound bag will last us approximately 50 days. At $11 for that two pound bag and about $0.03 for the filter, each cup of coffee we drink is costing us approximately five cents compared to the $0.30 per cup using the Keurig! And $0.30/pod is conservative–the good coffee costs more. Don’t get me wrong, I use/love the Keurig–the Cowboy often rises in the wee hours of the morning as in 5am and he starts the coffeemaker. I may not get up until 7am–by that time the coffee has been sitting for two hours and tastes like mud. Rather than make another whole/half pot, I use my trusty Keurig. Then our friend Sarah told me her mother uses a refillable/reusable filter. The UPS man delivered my refillable pod on Thursday and it works very well–I’m a happy camper!
Wednesday while in Billings we stopped at Pierce RV and browsed through various RVs (the reason behind this madness will be explained in later blogs!! 🙂 ) In one slide in truck camper we viewed which the Cowboy declared a “cheap piece of ^#@&” the mattress lay beside the refrigerator and the refrigerator door could not be opened due to the thickness of the mattress. I asked the salesman, “what’s up with this???” You won’t believe what he told me–“fold the mattress.” There was a factory crease/fold in the mattress and that’s what some crazy RV manufacturer expected you to do every time you wanted to open the refrigerator–just fold that mattress!! Good grief, where do they get these ideas???? Have any of those RV designers actually used a RV????
Glorious weather today with a high of about 74 degrees. Nat and Barb came for lunch and when we enjoyed our homemade chocolate ice cream I thought we were going to have to get Nat a blanket–he thought it was chilly! Barb and I thought it was just right!
All these photos were taken from our recent trip to Twin Lakes–the Big Hole valley is famous for its haystacks made using these beaver slides. We did see this one in use, most of the big ranches in that valley have gone to large bales–round or square. We saw lots of crooked trees with these burls–the Cowboy thought it might be caused by the heavy snow load this area sees in winter.
I just can’t get enough of these reflection photos!