July 19: Let’s Try This Again: Salmon Ke-bobs

My first post today disappeared into cyberspace, never to be found again.   So here we go again.004
This was the sunrise that greeted Jerry this morning at 5:00 AM when he got up to go fishing.  006Thirty minutes later as they got underway, the sky had lightened, but it was still beautiful. The days are getting shorter.  We lose about 3 or 4 minutes  of daylight every day. There may be darkness prior to our departure from this beautiful place………..007

Later in the morning we walked down to the river to see who was catching fish.  This fireweed was growing beside the path to the fish stairs.010

There seem to be lots of robins in the area.  I really miss the songs of our Texas mockingbird.012

Just as it has been for several days, the river was lined with fishermen and people behind them waiting to take their place when they caught their limit.013“Step into my office.”    I guess these hard working fishermen (and women) deserve a little break now and then.015

Our neighbors, Sue and Bob, gave us a sample of their salmon kebobs yesterday and they were great!  We decided to try to make them ourselves for lunch today.017

They were declicious!  We marinated them in a little soy sauce before Jerry put them on the grill.  I can see us making these often. Next time we’ll use more veggies.019

Our other neighbors, Shirley and Paul of Apache Junction, AZ are very interesting folks!  She is a talented wood carver.  I’ll give you a closer look at her work in the next couple of pictures.022

Here are some examples of her talent.  This walking stick is carved from Alaskan Diamond Willow, a wood prized by carvers for its deep, diamond-shaped grooves.  Although I am not sure of the exact process involved, I know that she first carefully removes the bark and then sands the wood.  The feather designs are created using wood-burning tools.  She then stains the feathers in a variety of colors and applies a satin finish as a final step. She places the turquoise and coral in the natural recesses of the wood.  More on the pins she makes in the next photo.021

The gorgeous, colorful feather pins look great on jackets, vests, or hats.  She uses Minnesota bass, or balsa, wood for these projects.  It is a very light and soft wood.  She sells some of her work at arts and crafts fairs, but I don’t know how she could bear to part with it.

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2 comments
  1. Marilyn said:

    I agree with you, her pins are beautiful.

  2. Barb Hill said:

    AmazIng sunrise. Like some we have over the lake. Beautiful pins and cane.Combat fishing is not my idea of fun. Richard likes it. Have a good trip home.

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