I was adopted several days ago by the Kirkleys. Wow my life has changed, the Portland Humane Society busted up a "Pet Hoarders" situation and I was one of a large number of abused animals. Most of my life has been on a chain. The Humane Society really doesn't know for sure my history, it's … Continue reading Harry Barker (The Dog)
Sorry for the long time away. Covid-19 and other issues kept us away, but now we're back and looking forward to sharing all kinds of observations, recipes, and experiences. We just came home from a spectacular time in Lassen Volcanic National Park. It's like a mini Yellowstone. Every bit as satisfying as Yellowstone without the … Continue reading Highlands Ranch Resort, Lassen Volcanic National Resort
The Big Easel, is, without a doubt, the most daring concept restaurant and enchanting environment in northern Wisconsin. All the restaurants in this part of Wisconsin are in the woods or near dairy farms, which serve the same food in the same formulaic manner. They are called "Supper Clubs." You enter the restaurant find a seat … Continue reading The Big Easel, Wabeno Wisconsin
I do own the oven from hell in our lake house in Wisconsin. I could easily fire clay pots and do the glazing in that machine. Jim did some calibrating today and determined it's heating to 650 degrees. All dishes bakes at about 75 degrees over setting. Normal logic would move you to set the … Continue reading The Oven from Hell
No...No...No!!! My Grandpa made this for his grandchildren. So we could swing without worrying about tipping the swing set over. We could swirl the tire around until it was five feet off the ground. My cousins and myself invented all kinds of challenges and exciting enjoyments on this single tire. OK, so lay on your … Continue reading Poor Me, Never Had a Swing Set!!!
One of the better positives to come out of the negative that is being locked down at home has turned out to be a lot of my friends trying out neat things like creating great foods at home. I myself tried making mustard at home to great success. Many others have gotten into making bread … Continue reading (Almost) Entirely Homemade German Meal
Pet ownership is great most of the time: but, sometimes it can lead to some real hair raising moments. Like yesterday when I turned my back for a few minutes with the balcony door open and Purriosa somehow jumped off, fell two stories, and ended up goodness knows where. It was double worried since I … Continue reading Purriosa Gave Me a Real Scare
So after reading my last article on LARP and what the general idea of it is. You may be asking how the Storyteller and players work together to resolve what occurs when there is some sort of narrative conflict. Like, lets say the Storyteller wants to have bad guys attack the Players who, of course, … Continue reading How LARP Works
Many people have noticed that I reference LARP a lot. I also reference "My LARP" as in the LARP that I write. So I think maybe I should write a bit about it so everyone knows just exactly what I am talking about. I also quickly realized that this would take up more than just … Continue reading What is LARP?
I've written a lot about various breakfasts and brunches all over Portland. While this only makes sense because this is a very breakfast food focused town I don't want people to think that I'm tucking into a plate of biscuits and gravy and washing it down with a Bloody Mary every morning. As appealing as … Continue reading My Typical Breakfast