Get Your Gris On this Weekend

by Gretchen Demoss

It’s summer and a great time to drink white wine. While the Willamette Valley is known for their pinot noir, the wineries here put out some great pinot gris. This weekend is your chance to visit a number of wineries in the area and taste some great gris.

I received this great graphic highlighting the participating wineries from Oak Knoll Winery. I couldn’t have put it together better myself, so I’m sharing their graphic with you.

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For more information, visit the Oregon Pinot Gris web site.

I know that  Apolloni Vineyards, Kramer Vineyards, and Oak Knoll Winery have dog-friendly grounds. If you go, be sure to have your dog on a leash and pick up after them. Also, the dogs can’t go in to the tasting rooms. Hope to see you out there.

Also happening this weekend is Carlton’s Walk in the Park. This is a benefit for local charities that combines artists and musicians with local restaurants and wineries. There are 27 wineries participating. This event is not dog friendly. For more information see www.carltonswalkinthepark.com

Flat Kendall visits New Orleans

by Gretchen DeMoss

I can’t believe it’s been over a month since my last post. It’s been a busy summer. We try to pack as much in to the few short months of nice weather we have here in the Pacific Northwest, so we’ve been busy going to outdoor concerts, going to the coast, and spending as much time outdoors as we can. Of course, Kendall tags along with us whenever she can. One place Kendall can’t tag along is on my work trips. I found myself in New Orleans in the middle of July, so I took Flat Kendall along to explore the city.

It was a bit hot, to put it mildly, so we didn’t get out too much. On the one afternoon I did have free, we explored the French Quarter.

One of the typical buildings in the French Quarter
One of the typical buildings in the French Quarter

The architecture there is just beautiful. I’d love to take a walking tour some day with an expert.

The buildings hold so much history
The buildings hold so much history

We were there during the Tales of the Cocktail event. I like Pimms Cups, but we really can’t get them in the Northwest. When you ask for one, the bartender looks at you like you’re nuts. So, we headed over to the Napoleon House who has been serving up Pimms Cups for over a hundred years.

One Pimms Cup, please
One Pimms Cup, please

From there, we wandered over to Bourbon Street. There seems to be a daiquiri place on every corner.

Daiquiris on Bourbon Street
Daiquiris on Bourbon Street

I never did make it over there at night to see the nightlife, but that’s how work trips go. I did have a chance to go to dinner with a good friend’s brother and his family. They took me on a locals tour of the area and took me to my very first drive through daiquiri place. I can’t believe they actually hand you an alcoholic beverage as you drive through. They say it isn’t an open container until you put the straw through the hole in lid. Like who’s going drive all the way home before they put the straw in?? You can get up to a gallon at a time – with extra shots! We ordered the 12 oz, and the guy in the window held it up and asked, “Are you sure? It’s pretty small.” Nothing like upselling alcohol to a car full of people.

The menu at the drive-through daiquiri place
The menu at the drive-through daiquiri place

The view from my window at the hotel was pretty impressive.

The Mississippi River
The Mississippi River

It was a quick trip to New Orleans, but we had a good time.

Fourth of July Festivities

by Gretchen DeMoss

We spent the 4th of July in Seaside, OR where we joined in the festivities. There was a small town parade, a celebration at the Seaside Historical Society Museum, a cake walk and silent auction, and, of course, fireworks.

All ready for the parade
All ready for the parade
Antique fire truck
Antique fire truck
You can't have a parade without a marching band
You can’t have a parade without a marching band
Seaside trolley
Seaside trolley

After the parade there was an old-fashioned  social at the Seaside Oregon Historical Society Museum. Local organization like the American Legion and Kiwanis had food booths. There were kids games and entertainment. There was also a cake walk. It’s like musical chairs. You buy a ticket for fifty cents then stand by a square. You start walking around the circle when they start the music. When the music stops, you stand by the square you’re near and they draw a number. The person standing by the square whose number was called wins a cake.

Cake walk
Cake walk

There was also a silent auction with gift certificates donated by local merchants. We bid and won the Beach Puppy auction. We saw this cutie sitting by the cake walk. Her name was Buttercup.

Decked out for the holiday
Decked out for the holiday
Festive bike
Festive bike

People started setting up tents and staking their claim for space on the beach in anticipation of the fireworks show. Some people had some pretty elaborate encampments complete with lounge-chair-like holes dug in the sand. There was also entertainment going on all day by the turnaround. We stayed back at the house relaxing and grilling until about 7 pm  when we decided to go see if we could find a place to put our chairs. We found a primo spot on the top of the dunes.

Waiting for fireworks
Waiting for fireworks

There’s a firework-free zone a few blocks north and south of the turnaround. It’s nice to have a spot where you don’t have to worry about who is lighting what next to you.

Weird lighting
Weird lighting

The sun was going in and out of the clouds creating some pretty interesting lighting effects.

Fires on the beach
Fires on the beach

And finally, Fireworks!

Fireworks
Fireworks

The show was pretty spectacular. It’s one of the best shows I’ve seen in Oregon. We will definitely be back next year.

Kendall doesn’t seem to mind the fireworks, but she stayed back at the house with the windows closed and the music on – just in case.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday, Kendall

by Gretchen DeMoss

Today is Kendall’s 5th birthday. It’s hard to believe it’s been five years since she came into our lives.

About 8 weeks old on her first home visit
About 8 weeks old on her first home visit
What a little cutie
What a little cutie

Kendall doesn’t get to see her brother, Riley, very often, but when they do get together they have a great time.

Learning to share with Riley
Doing what she does best
Doing what she does best
Kendall loves the beach
Kendall loves the beach
One of my favorite pictures
One of my favorite pictures

Happy Birthday, little girl.

 

 

Flat Kendall visits Colonial Williamsburg

Flat Kendall has had a busy summer so far, and it’s still only June. First, there was a trip to Ireland, and now she’s off to Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. I was there for a conference for work and took Flat Kendall along. We didn’t have much time to explore, but we did make it to Merchant Square where there’s shopping and dining.

Arriving at Colonial Williamsburg
Arriving at Colonial Williamsburg
At the weaver's
At the weaver’s
Hmmm...wonder if there's any food in there for me
Anyone need a tailor?
A pub for dogs!
A pub for dogs!
Lots of shopping in Merchants Square
Lots of shopping in Merchants Square
This bench looks quite inviting
This bench looks quite inviting
More shopping
More shopping
We found this guy just waiting for someone to come along and take a picture with him
We found this guy just waiting for someone to come along and take a picture with him
Winding down with wine and cheese at the Cheese Shop
Winding down with wine and cheese at the Cheese Shop

Have you been to Colonial Williamsburg? What was your favorite part?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chewy Makes a Delivery

by Gretchen DeMoss

As you know from our previous posts, Kendall loves everything sweet potato. When we were contacted by the great folks at Chewy.com to do a review of treats, Kendall was all over the Natural Balance Fish & Sweet Potato Formula Jerky Bars. Chewy.com, formerly known as Mr. Chewy, delivers Kendall’s dog food on a set schedule, so she knows that the UPS man is bringing her something good when the Chewy box shows up. This time it was something new. Do you think she liked them? Watch the video and find out.

Of course she did. They’re a bit less jerky and a bit more cakey than I would’ve expected, but Kendall loves them just the same. I break them into smaller pieces for her.

Check out Chewy.com for all of your pets’ needs.

Note: We were provided the bag of dog treats by Chewy.com. The opinions expressed by Kendall and me are our own.