Monday, February 26, 2007

Helleborus - The Lenten Rose

Lenten Rose

Humble flower
Bowed head
Lenten beauty
Winter's dread

Helleborus Orientalis is the botanical name of the very popular, early blooming shade perennial more commonly known as the Lenten Rose. Mine are blooming today. This is a picture I took today February 25, 2007

Saturday, February 24, 2007


Big excitement in my home town of Soakum, Oregon. It really goes by the name of a past Postmaster General of the US. But since all of our rates are jumping farther than Carl Lewis I've renamed it. The Wienermobile rolled into town and the local Ray's Market. Not being one to miss some excitement, and since I had to drive by there today, I took my camera.

First a little history on Oscar Mayer:
"Bavarian immigrant Oscar Ferdinand Mayer began working at a meat market in Detroit, Michigan, and later in Chicago, Illinois. In 1883 in Chicago, Oscar Mayer leased the Kolling Meat Market along with his brother, Gottfried Mayer. The two sold bratwurst, liverwurst and weißwurst and were popular in the predominantly German neighborhood of Chicago around the market.

As the meat market's popularity grew, it expanded its storefront and sponsored local events including the Chicago World's Fair of 1893. By 1900 the company had 43 employees and Chicago-wide delivery service. In 1904 Oscar Mayer began branding its meats to capitalize on their popularity, beginning an industry-wide trend. In 1906 Oscar Mayer became one of the first companies to voluntarily submit to the newly-created Food Safety Inspection Service (part of the United States Department of Agriculture) for testing the purity of their products."

Well below are the facts as Oscar Mayer gives them.

Interestingly it's engine is pretty much the same as we have in the Musemobile. They do have a cool GPS system built in but then again we never get lost (I chuckle to myself)

A large crowd of three people were gathered inspecting the rather odd vehicle and hoping for a free hot dog.

It is a rather cool way to travel around and is rather plush inside.

I love the license plate "Big Bun"

There is the drivers seat, keys in the ignition and GPS system on the dashboard or maybe in this case it's the daschundboard .

Here is a good view of the interior with the young lady driver at the wheel.

She was kind enough to retreat to the rear of the wienermobile and take this shot of me looking in.

Scrabble Score ~ The Scrabble Queen 348 ~ the contender 302

Quotes of the Day ~

My bologna has a first name, it's O-S-C-A-R
My bologna has a second name, it's M-A-Y-E-R
Oh, I love to eat it every day, and if you ask me why, I'll say,
"Cause Oscar Mayer has a way with B-O-L-O-G-N-A.
and ever popular
Oh, I wish I were an Oscar Mayer wiener
That is what I truly wish to be
'Cause if I were an Oscar Mayer wiener
Everyone would be in love with me.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Sweet Tomatoes on a Rainy Day

One of Scrabble Queen's favorite places to eat when we lived in San Diego was a Soup & Salad place called Soup Plantation. A couple of years ago we discovered that the same place in Oregon was going under the name of Sweet Tomatoes. So on Saturday, in the rain we drove to Portland for lunch.

It was cool with off and on rain for the 120 mile drive but as we were nearing Portland we did get a good look at Mount Hood.

The eatery was in an office park and we parked next to an Umpqua Bank building with an interesting design.

Then into Sweet Tomatoes on an empty stomach - a good thing since it is an "all you can eat" experience.

When you enter you first go through the long salad bar with all sorts of greens and toppings and pay at the far end.

It's not just salads and soup among the other thing are a bars for soup, breads, desserts and this one for a variety of hot pasta dishes.

Well I'm not showing us eating but needless to say we had our fill. Above the exit they had a cute display of "killer tomatoes."

That movie (Attack of the Killer Tomatoes) was shot in San Diego in 1978 for $100,000. One of the writers was Rick Rockwell who you may remember from "Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire on the Fox network.

There was also a nice Rustica Farm Image painted on the entrance/exit wall.

It was again dark and a little foreboding on the drive back with both high and low ground-hugging clouds and more rain. In the dim light this truck looks a little evil like the movie "Maximum Overdrive" written by Stephen King and starring Emilio Estevez. Side note - the movie also had a new actress in her first very minor roll named Marla Maples. You may remember was later married to Donald Trump. She is also the cousin of Heather Locklear. Oh I'm kind of off the topic but it is interesting.

I wish I could capture on my camera the true beauty of what I shot here it was an amazing mixture of light and dark, soft and sharp, with hints of color impossible for me to photograph at 65 mph on a rain slick highway. *Smile* we did get home safely.

Scrabble Score ! Scrabble Queen one Gazillion - the challenger one gazillion -10

Quote of the Day
From "The Attack of the Killer Tomatoes"

The President:
Take air force one.

Jim Richardson: Sir, Air Force one is broken

The President: Broken?

Jim Richardson: Yes sir.

The President: The whole plane?

Jim Richardson: In a sense sir, you remember where the Washington monument used to be?


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