I am so very blessed to be a part of the wonderful community of people our own Mike Harvey has dubbed "Friends In The AiR." We chat up a storm on the Buzz. We ask for and receive suggestions and advice from the sharing AR Community of
Home Cooks and Professional Chefs. And, we get together whenever possible to solidify the online relationships (formed in the name of FOOD) into lasting friendships.
Each year hubby and I spend a significant amount of time in Southern California, aka SoCal, because of the ever increasing severity of my seasonal allergies. I live in the grass seed capital of the world for Pete's sake. You'd think I
would've done a little bit of research before moving to a place the local Indians nicknamed "The Valley of Death" over 100 years ago. Oh well! Forty years later I'm still here and I still love Oregon.
There is a silver lining to every cloud though. And, let me tell you I see my share of clouds! When I'm in SoCal, I get to visit with family, childhood and school friends and the last two years, some of my NEW friends of the AR kind. It
has been amazing to get to meet and gather with these special Friends In The AiR and it's been even better getting to know them where they live. I continue to be in awe by how much we have in common. And, isn't that what we are looking for in acquaintances?
Commonality. Of course we are already one step ahead. We all have food in common!
This year, while in SoCal, we had the very special opportunity to visit with two AR Members in their home. When we went to DD's house for our Grandson's HS Graduation, we were blessed to hook up with yet another AR friend for the afternoon
in the prairies of Washington State. In my first of three installments are pictures of my home visit with AR Hugger, Cathy Meyers. I'd like to say Thank You to all 3 for making time for me and Orange to come and have the visits of our life!
Cathy and Randy Meyer's Mountain Home
Aren't they just the cutest couple?
Don't let this photo fool you. Their home is waaaaay bigger than this pic makes it look. Why, there are three stories to her house and it's nestled amongst tall pine trees.
Here's Cathy in the kitchen she designed herself. She looks so natural standing at her stove.
Can you see the Pine tree just outside her kitchen window below?
Here's a closer look at what she gets to see everyday while cooking her heart out!
Cathy's been given the title of the best AR Hugger! It is a fitting one too!
I love a Cathy Meyer's hug.
Below is just some of the food Cathy prepared for us.
There were appetizers, dinner, and good wine. That girl can cook!
And Randy is the grill master!
After our meal, the Meyer's showed us the little Mountain town they call home.
Below is a street shot of downtown. It is quaint and mountain-y!
We stopped in the local restaurant/tavern. OrangeZest & I both just loved it.
The employee retirement plan is locals and tourists stapling dollar bills anywhere and everywhere.
I couldn't leave without doing my part. Made me feel good contributing to the
Employee 401k Retirement Plan.
Then we drove all the way around the beautiful lake that is literally located in the town where they live. There's a park and a water park and walking trails and picnic tables. Oh yes, and fish too!
It is truly a gorgeous place!
Zoom in on the middle photo to see the water slide.
The elementary school were Cathy spends so much of her time helping under privileged children. Without the generosity of Randy and Cathy, there are many things those kids would do without. They give without restraint from their hearts
so they will get the best education they can.
Thank you, thank you, thank you Randy & Cathy Meyers for one of the loveliest times ever.
We feel so blessed to have gotten to spend time with you.
Thank you again for opening your doors to "OUR Mountain Home."