Where Am I?



Busy, busy, busy is all I can say.  We've had lots of visitors over the past week.  It's not slowing down though, we're just ramping up for more company over the next twelve days.  I've tried to keep up on Facebook but even that is not going as well as I would like.

I've been cooking a lot.  Huge meals.  There is just no time for pictures when twelve hungry people are waiting on you for lunch and dinner.

Overall, it has been wonderful reconnecting with our old friends in our new place.  Paul and Tarri were here yesterday with Paul's parents, Larry and Barbara and all their kids.  Good times, good times.

We did a big shrimp boil with all kinds of appetizers, salads and breads.  Let's not mention the Sour Cream Fudge Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting (to die for) and lots of Oregon Pinot Noir.  It was an awesome meal, so great for entertaining.

We spent the rest of the afternoon at the vineyard property.  Both the Wild Boar and I received what seems like an obligatory bee sting...my first ever, his 100th or so.  The bees are angry this time of year.  Many of their nests have been dug up and they are not happy.  Mine is on the arm, the Wild Boar's; on his stomach (the bee crawled into his shirt, ouch!) 

On another note, my couch is being delivered today (had it reupholstered).  It looks soooooo good (saw it at the shop) in it's new Pecan micro-suede fabric.  I love it.  My new dining room table and chairs are ready for delivery too.  Can't wait for those either.

The Wild Boar bought me an awesome new camera.  It was delivered yesterday but I haven't opened it yet.  Life is good!

Today also happens to be my birthday for the 38th time...off to play!

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  1. Happy, happy birthday to you! This should be a wonderful year for you as your dreams of a vineyard and winery are coming true. And what a perfect gift for you too so we can get the very best pictures of your scrumptious food and goings on.

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  2. deeba 2

    happy birthday Cathy! Wonderful…everything sounds so good & a load of fun! The camera sounds FAB…enjoy your day! xo

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  3. HAPPY Birthday to YOU! What great presents you got…ENJOY!

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  4. Teri 4

    Happy Birthday!

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  5. Harry 5

    Wow! Happy Birthday. Have a ball!

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  6. HoneyB 6

    Happy Birthday Cathy!

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  7. Happy Birthday!!!!
    Sounds like you are celebrating the whole month. Oh yeah, my kinda celebrating!
    I think you are more popular up there in Oregon than you were in California. Or is it that your California friends are missing you?

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  8. Barbie with a T 8

    Well, happy birthday! Enjoy your day! I know you are busy, and I just want to thank you for keeping us informed. Relax and enjoy your friends!

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  9. Happy happy birthday! Hope you have a wonderful day!

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  10. Kate 10

    HAPPY HAPPY!!!! Can’t wait to hear about your new camera and see those pics of your furniture. Really! Also need cake recipe.

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  11. Debbie 11

    Well Happy Birthday to you!!!

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  12. It does look like a fantastic summer and special year are all coming together for you.

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  13. Rindy R 13

    Happy Bee-day I guess would be appropriate! Have a great day figuring out that new camera! How fun!

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  14. Laura 14

    Happy Birthday to YOU!!!
    Enjoy!

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  15. leslie 15

    Happy HAPPY Birthday Cathy!!!

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  16. Happy Birthday!! You share this day with my brother. I hope it is a great day and you get to slow down a bit.

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  17. Donna 17

    Very happy birthday to you!!

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  18. Happy Birthday! Now I want some shrimp. And pinot noir….

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  19. Happy Happy Birthday Cathy! Hope it’s a wonderful one.

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  20. Paula 20

    Happy Birthday!! Enjoy your day!!

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  21. Lea Ann 21

    Isn’t it FUN getting new stuff?!?! It was fun just reading about you getting new stuff. Happy Birthday, my husbands birthday is this weekend and we’re having a party here on Friday night. I’m hoping I can get pictures for my blog, I’m planning a sinful meal, including your baked Hamburger Sliders that you posted in July. :-)

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  22. Happy Birthday, Cathy! Hope it is wonderful!!

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  23. TallieAnn 23

    Have A Super Happy Birthday Cathy! I just adore Leos!!

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  24. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Hope you have an amazing day – and maybe not quite so busy:D

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  25. Julie 25

    Hope you have a super happy birthday…you’re just a spring chicken!

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  26. Amy 26

    ♫ ♫ Happy Birthday to you Marilyn!! ♫♫ Have a fabulous day!

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  27. Happy birthday! Lots of visitors, good food and a new camera? That is awesome!

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  28. mitchsmom 28

    Happy Birthday & have fun with that camera… we are the same age… I wish I’d gotten that gift this year… a good camera is so nice :)

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  29. Katrina 29

    Happy Birthday to you–you young’un! hehe, I’ll be the big 4-0 in a few months!
    Sounds like you’re busy as a bee! (Sorry you got stung–I hate that. I got stung once just walking out of a restaurant–and it got infected. That’d never happened before.)
    And please, tell us more about the cake sometime! 😉
    Hope you have a great day!

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  30. Trisha 30

    Happy Birthday! A new camera, a new table and chairs, and a recovered couch! Heaven!

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  31. jancd 31

    Happy Birthday, Cathy. You are too busy to worry about this blog right now. Enjoy life.

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  32. laura 32

    Happy Birthday!!!!!!!! cant wait to hear more about the new camera!!!

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  33. Happy Birthday you busy woman! So you joined the bee sting club? Now you don’t have to wonder if you are allergic! New furniture is exciting and a new camera is awesome! Looking forward to new pictures! I’ll have to find you on FB! Enjoy!

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  34. Laura 34

    Happy Birthday! I added you on Facebook should you care to accept. Have fun with your new camera!

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  35. Debby J 35

    Wishing you a very blessed birthday!

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  36. Betty 36

    Happy Birthday with wishes for many more. Enjoy all your newbys.Especially your new camera!! You’ve worked hard for them girl. I’m going to add you as a friend on Facebook if you will accept me.
    Blessings to you and yours.
    Betty

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  37. Kristy Powell 37

    Happy Birthday dear friend! I hope it is filled with laughter and love!

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  38. nancy paine 38

    Happy 38th. have a great year

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  39. jamie 39

    Happy Birthday! Enjoy this one and many more.

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  40. Kari 40

    Have a great birthday, Cathy! :-)

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  41. Bob 41

    Happy Birthday! Heh, I’ll take your old camera off your hands, if you like. 😉

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  42. Brian 42

    Happy Birthday!!!

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  43. Laura L. 43

    Happy birthday!!! Glad you’re having a great time as of late. Keep the recipes coming! Enjoy your special day!

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  44. Brenda S 'Okie in Colorado' 44

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY CATHY!

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  45. KAYOLA 45

    ♫HAPPY♫BIRTHDAY♫TO♫YOU♫♪……I am so glad I took a minute to read blogs today….I promise I haven’t forgotten all of my friends…I just can’t get my act together…….I have missed reading you everyday…you make me smile and my mouth water…from your yummy recipes….I hope you have a great day today and I want to add you as a friend on my facebook if you don’t mind…..Enjoy your company and your friends and your camera…….

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  46. Martha 46

    Happy Birthday! You are truly blessed that your life is so happy! ;-D

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  47. Loran 47

    Happy Birthday To You!!!
    :)

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  48. elra 48

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU,
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU,
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR CATHY….
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! Wish you all the best thing happen in your life.
    Big hug and kiss,
    elra

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  49. Marjie 49

    Here are your gazillionth 38th birthday wishes of joy.

    Welcome to my world, cooking for a dozen and no pictures get taken. Isn’t it fun, seriously?

    Have a great celebration!

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  50. Biz 50

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! You are younger than me by 3 years!!

    Glad you are having good food, good company, good wine. Life is good! 😀

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  51. Happy happy birthday!! And Sour Cream Fudge Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting sounds like heaven.

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  52. vanessa 52

    Happiest of Birthdays to you :)

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  53. dawn 53

    Happy Birthday!!! A new camera? What kind? I really want to see a pic of the couch. I am “furniture planning” and need ideas.
    I hope you have a wonderful, awesome birthday.

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  54. Happy birthday m’dear! All the best and many more borthdays to come! xox

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  55. Paula 55

    Oh, happy birthday! Your first as an Oregonian! How wonderful that you had friends surrounding you for the past week. Don’t they just rejuvenate your spirit! Enjoy your new furniture and camera! Good stuff! Oh, sorry about the bee sting. No fun … and down his shirt … ugh, made me shiver!

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  56. Liz C. 56

    To me, there is nothing better than hearing someone I like say “Life is good” on their birthday. So, Happy Birthday dear lady!

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  57. Ramona 57

    Happy b’day.

    Dab a little clorox on that bee sting. Takes the sting right out. My DH proved it to me. It works.

    Ramona

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  58. Alisa 58

    Happy Birthday! Happy, happy day.

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  59. dawn 59

    Take the day off, you deserve it! Happy Birthday.

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  60. Mrs.L 60

    Have a wonderful birthday. And may your whole year be full of days of play!

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  61. Tanya 61

    Happy Birthday!

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  62. Mary 62

    Happy Birthday! We were (almost) born on the same day. My birthday was Sunday, 51. Hope your day has been a good one!

    You do sound a bit busy. Feeding 12 people each night. I am sure it is quite the job and takes several helping hands to get everything prepared.

    Best wishes!

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  63. LilSis 63

    Happy Birthday!! Sounds like you’re having a great time. What more can you ask for besides great food and great friends? Oh, and maybe a nice glass of wine and an awesome birthday present!

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  64. erin 64

    Happy Birthday! Sounds like your summer has been going well, aside from the bee, that is. And now, where’s the recipe for that Sour Cream Fudge Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting? Gonna peruse…

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  65. Bunny 65

    Happy Birthday!! Enjoy your time with friends!!!

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  66. Catt 66

    Adding my great birthday wishes to you! You are a great start to my day here in sunny FLA!

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  67. Melynda 67

    Happy, happy day to you!

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  68. Happy Birthday Cathy!!

    Sounds like you are right in your element: Friends, food, and pinot noir flowing freely. : D

    That cake sounds fabulous! I’m off to see if it is on your blog.

    SO happy you’re SO happy! Life is good!
    : D

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  69. Happy birthday! Sounds like you’re having lots of fun with your guests!

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  70. Suzette 70

    Happy Birthday! I hope you enjoy every minute of it. And…tell us all about the camera!

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  71. megan 71

    Happy Birthday to you! :)

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  72. Happy,Happy Birthday–sounds like a great time for everyone! I hope that you will share your recipe for the sour cream chocolate cake with–yes!!!–peanut butter frosting when things calm down a bit.

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  73. Happy Birthday to you! Glad to hear you enjoy good food, good friends, and good fun! :0)

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  74. Julia 74

    Happy Happy Joy Joy! Wishing you a sparkling year!

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  75. Sounds like a great time! And, Happy Birthday!

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  76. Lisa 76

    Happy Birthday! It’s really great that you are enjoying your summer and your move. Your joy itself is an inspiration.

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  77. Flea 77

    Happy birthday!!!!!

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  78. Hope you had a wonderful birthday. Sounds like you’re having some perfect celebrations.

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  79. Donalyn 79

    Have a Happy Birthday Cathy – what an exciting year you have had – and an even more exciting one to come!

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  80. annbb 80

    Well, I hope your birthday was fun – and it sounds like it was! And since I can’t comment on more than one post of you in a day (get an error message every time), your bruschetta looks awesome! And it’s been fun reading about your journey toward your vineyard. Yes, sometimes the stars really are in complete alignment!

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  81. Mary 81

    Cathy, these look wonder and I wager they are delicious. Happy Birthday!

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  82. Oh so many friends and much good food–that is heaven! Belated happy birthday, too!! I can’t imagine your photos getting any better, but with a new camera, I’m sure they will. You’ll have more of us wanting to eat our screens. 😉 The pecan microsuede sofa sounds gorgeous!

    Last note, as beekeepers, we encounter our share of bee stings. I highly recommend the insect sting swabs (not the wipes). These are individual plastic containers of antiseptic and anesthetic. You crush the container in your hand gently per the instructions, which releases the medicine to the cotton swab at the end, and then swab the treatment on the sting. It provides instant relief, but if the sting returns, you just continue using until it’s all gone. They usually come in packs of 10. Here’s a link with a fairly good picture. link to store.gomed-tech.com They come in all different brands. You should be able to get them at the pharmacy or you can order them online. We keep them with our bee gear, in our camping supplies, in our first aid kits, etc. I highly recommend them for everyone.

    Shirley

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