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From The Moutains, To The Ocean, To The Prairie..... 
Jul. 11, 2013 8:02 am 
Updated: Jul. 18, 2013 4:45 am

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! 


From The Mountains

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."




Jul. 11, 2013 8:27 am
Oh dear friend! What a beautiful recap of a wonderful day spent together, sharing and caring in friendship and love for one another! Yes, ours is your own mountain home. Randy and I look forward to next April's visit. There's still so much playing to do! I love you, Sister and Brother! Here's a gaggle load of Cathy Myers (((((HUGS))))) for you!
Jul. 11, 2013 8:47 am
How wonderful! I just love our local mountains and Cathy too!
Jul. 11, 2013 8:51 am
Absolutely beautiful! The pictures, the home, the peeps! Thanks for sharing all of it with us, Candice! I KNOW you had a great time!! (Hugs)
Jul. 11, 2013 9:12 am
Candice: Getting together with Cathy? I wouldn't expect anything but lotsa hugs, some amazing food, a spectacular visit, and some more hugs for good measure!
Jul. 11, 2013 9:27 am
That shrimp looks AMAZING! Recipe? ;-)
Jul. 11, 2013 9:45 am
What a great time for you two! The locale reminds me so very much of our old place in Cloudcroft, NM.
Jul. 11, 2013 9:46 am
Great photos, too.
Jul. 11, 2013 9:47 am
I too have enjoyed meals at the Cresta Inn (AKA Cathy//Rand's home. She is the hostess with the mosses! In fact I will see her next week!!! YEAH
Jul. 11, 2013 9:48 am
*MOST-EST not mosses
Jul. 11, 2013 10:30 am
Those are just the BEST photos of what looks like a totally spectacular visit! How very nice to share that with us all! I can hear the laughter still reverberating to this day!
Jul. 11, 2013 10:59 am
Great blog Candice! ! The mountains are all the more beautiful because Cathy & Randy live among them:) Fantastic pics! I'm as green as the trees and can't wait to get my Cathy Hug on Saturday!!
Jul. 11, 2013 11:44 am
What a great blog from a sweet lady. No doubt you and OZ enjoyed your time at Cathy and Randy's. Crestline is a beautiful place. Cathy is a joy to be around as well as you.
Jul. 11, 2013 12:57 pm
Awesome food, excellent friends and laughter what a perfect fit! I love the mountains! That's why I can't believe anyone would travel here, we have no mountainous vistas! But then again, you never know who will show up here ;) Thanks for sharing your lovely visit with us, Candice.
Jul. 11, 2013 1:15 pm
Sweet sweet Cathy! Her heart is full of joy. She is such a pleasure to be around. :)
Jul. 11, 2013 1:59 pm
Very nice of you to share your day with us. The photos are beautiful, as are the people in them. I have not met Cathy or Randy, but they look to be very nice people. Candice happy that you had a great time.
Jul. 11, 2013 4:41 pm
What a beautiful blog about beautiful people in a beautiful environment. Thank you for sharing your enjoyment with us. And am I the only one who looked at the photo of you and Cathy hugging and thought you could be sisters?
Jul. 11, 2013 5:19 pm
No your not BigShotsMom, I thought the same thing.
Jul. 11, 2013 7:08 pm
Thank you Cathy. All that love goes right back to you. We had so much fun chatting up a storm and eating all the delicious food you so lovingly took time to prepare for us. We can't wait to come back either. So much fun to be had with my sister from another mother and her man!
Jul. 11, 2013 7:10 pm
Hi BA'Nana! I agree. The California Mounntains are beautiful and a wonderful 20 - 30 degrees lower in temperature than the High Desert where we stay. I think we ALL love our Cathy Meyers!
Jul. 11, 2013 7:12 pm
Oh Mi Being Mi! I so missed getting to see you this year at Cat's! And, you KNOW I had a good time.... cuz you know me! Hugs to you!
Jul. 11, 2013 7:14 pm
@ Bikerfamily.... well hello there my friend! Yes, you are so right. How could we expect anything less from our Miss Cathy!
Jul. 11, 2013 7:15 pm
Heather, that shrimp WAS delicious. Randy grille it. I don't know the recipe... maybe Cathy will post it for us.
Jul. 11, 2013 7:18 pm
Midwestchef, we did have a wonderful time. Where Cathy lives reminded us of our home back here in Oregon. Lots of green and lots of trees and cool. It was a refreshing day out of the heat.
Jul. 11, 2013 7:21 pm
Hi MUB's RUB! BTW, love your AR name. She mentioned that their place was called the Cresta Inn. I'll just say that our time spent at the Cresta Inn was simply wonderful. And, since you'll be getting to see Cathy next week, please hug her for me!
Jul. 11, 2013 7:23 pm
Marianne, ohhhhhh..... you know us too well. We did laugh and giggle and cracked each other up all day. Thank you for the comment about the photos. I can't take the credit though because the subject matter was simply devine! It's gorgeous up there!
Jul. 11, 2013 7:38 pm
How fun to share with AR peeps. The food looks good, the scenery looks good and of course it looks like you had a great time.
Jul. 12, 2013 1:50 am
Wow so heart-warming to see all the pictures...the locale's picturesque and you, Cathy and Randy simply look so lovely! Thank you for sharing your day with us! :))
Jul. 12, 2013 3:00 am
Agree Candice, that if you have been hugged by Cathy Meyer, you have been well and truly hugged! Thanks for sharing these lovely memories!
Jul. 12, 2013 4:19 am
Thanks for posting such beautiful photos and great blog. It is wonderful to see all the friendships formed and even better to take part in a gathering big or small. I too feel blessed, now just need real hugs from both Cathy and you!
Jul. 12, 2013 5:08 am
What a nice tribute to a wonderful visit and friendship! Looks like heaven! I'm sure you are already looking forward to the next visit... and hugs!
Jul. 12, 2013 8:05 am
Cathy is the best AR hugger in the world and I challenge anyone here to test that anytime. IMHO, Candice has the BEST SMILE of any AR peep. Your smile simply lights up the room kid! I know these things cuz I have had the great experience of spending time with these keepers. Warmest love and aloha to you all.
Jul. 12, 2013 9:02 am
OH! Thank You Patty Cakes! Yes, them California Mountains are so pretty, especially since our Cathy has graced them with her presence there. (And, I mean that literally!) I'm sure it's a better place to live because Randy and Cathy reside there. I also loved that as we were coming down the mountain we could see the entire Emeraled Empire. In April, no haze, no smog! It was simply breaktaking.
Jul. 12, 2013 9:03 am
BTW, Randy and Cathy also deliver "Meal On Wheels" to the Mountain Shut-Ins. Those two inspire me to be a better person!
Jul. 12, 2013 9:06 am
Good Morning my dear bd.weld! YOU are the sweet one ...Barney! (and your Deb too! Love that woman!) You are most correct as well. Cathy is pure JOY to be around. Always update and positive!
Jul. 12, 2013 9:10 am
Good Morning my precious Cat! WHAT??? are you saying girlfriend? I love where you live. Rolling green hills in the country that go on for miles and miles. Greenage galore and you, the beautiful Cat lives there. Why wouldn't everyone come to your place? I'm with you though. I 100% love the mountains. The California Mountains are awesome. I spent much time in them as a kid with our family. Our time with the Meyers was magical!
Jul. 12, 2013 9:12 am
K-Dub..... perfectly said! Cathy Meyers is a sweet, sweet, sweet person filled to the brim with joy! One day I hope to get to meet you too! I've heard very nice comments about the lovely K-Dub!
Jul. 12, 2013 9:13 am
Good Morning manella, thank you for your very nice comments. It was my pleasure to share with you all our time spent with the Meyers. Nice folks who have hearts of gold and hospitality in abundance. Love them both!
Jul. 12, 2013 9:15 am
Well put BigShotsMom! It truly WAS a beautiful time spent with beautiful people. I hope one day you too can have the pleasure of meeting Cathy Meyers, aka The AR Hugger!
Jul. 12, 2013 9:17 am
LOL! BSM..... that's funny because we say "We are sister's from another Mother." What a compliment too! Thank you very much!
Jul. 12, 2013 9:26 am
Happy Friday Lela! I'm so glad you stopped in for a peek at Cathy's place in the Mountains! We did have a marvelous time. If only I could meet up with you sometime!
Jul. 12, 2013 9:28 am
ri2, thank you for reading my blog and your lovely comments. It is most picturesque.... postcard worthy, in fact! Our visit was fantastic!
Jul. 13, 2013 11:05 am
What a wonderful way to spend some time!
Jul. 13, 2013 1:03 pm
Hi Bibi, thank you for reading my blog! I take it you've been on the recieving end of a Cathy Meyer's hug! You're right too! Well and truly right!
Jul. 13, 2013 1:07 pm
Happy Saturday Lucky Noodles! Who would've thought this late in life I would meet so many new friends. What's that saying? "Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, the other gold?" I've lived in only two areas in my life. SoCal and Oregon. (even though I was born in Indiana) I didn't think there would be much of an opportunity to meet new people and make new friends.... and yet here we all are. FRIENDS of the very best kind. Now, just get yourself to the PNW and I'll be happy to give you a big ole' hug!
Jul. 13, 2013 1:11 pm
Hi Mickdee, I'm so glad you stopped in to read about our visit with the Meyers. It was heaven and I AM looking forward to my next visit and hugs with ALL the gals in SoCal. They are so loving and giving and fun. You should seriously think about a trip to the west coast! You would not be disappointed.
Jul. 13, 2013 1:16 pm
@ Mauigirl.... You are absolutely right! Nobody can hug you like Cathy can. Takers on your challenge would be shut down in a "Mountain Time" minute! Hands down she's the best. But, hey you're no slouch in the hug department kiddo. I've been on the recieving end of one of your hugs. Thank you for the kind comment too Julie. That's sweet of you to say. I love to smile and I love to laugh. I'm just a little reserved at times..... (you all are helping me to get over that!)
Jul. 13, 2013 1:20 pm
still emeralds, OMG! You should see me when it comes time for us to part. The water works are awful! We had a dinner the day before we left to come back home with several of the gang: bd.weld and his bride Deb, xraybarb, Baking Nana, Randy and Cathy and OrangeZest and myself. When it came time to leave, we stood outside and talked for another hour and then I teared up, then Cathy, then Barb. What a mess! But, the good news is, Lord willing, we'll get to go back next year!
Jul. 13, 2013 1:22 pm
sueb, I cannot begin to convey how wonderful it is to spend time with Miss Cathy! She is joy personified!
Jul. 13, 2013 3:04 pm
Bibi, just a thought. The oldest daughter lives in Tomball, TX. My brother lives in Dallas. It would be great if we could connect the next time we go to Texas to see them.
Jul. 13, 2013 3:33 pm
Oh Candice, any time spent with you is golden :)
Jul. 14, 2013 9:17 am
Candice, how LOVELY for you and Cathy! Love the pictures! Hugs! And I agree with Cat. . .any time spent with you is wonderful :)
Jul. 15, 2013 4:32 pm
Cat, you are awesome! Right back atcha sweet cheeks!
Jul. 15, 2013 4:35 pm
Lady Sparkle, I see it the other way around... time with you is awesome!
Jul. 15, 2013 7:25 pm
Candice, what an awesome time with Cathy. There is nothing like a hug from her. She taught me how to hug! We midwest peeps can be somewhat reserved. You're thinking yeah right. But I mean in our area there generally isn't the physical contact that I was introduced to in Vegas. What a game changer! So hugs for everyone!
Jul. 16, 2013 2:27 pm
MB, I remember that first time we met at MG's in Vegas. I bet you thought we were all nuts for hugs! Now, you know better. We ARE!!! Hugs to you and eveyone else too!
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