Monthly Archives: May 2014

Like a Well-Oiled Machine…

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If there is one outstanding characteristic of my marriage with John, it is our ability to plan and execute affordable house projects together that allow us to be creative, have fun and that also result in some pretty nice, affordable looks.

What follows is documentation of how we put some pavers from the curb to the sidewalk, framed some trees, added turf and some Mexican river stones to create our own little landscaping detail.  This first picture is NOT our place, but one that we used to sketch in what we wanted to do.  The subsequent photos ARE our place.  The area that we refined was one big muddy, ugly strip right beside the street.

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Unfortunately, I did not get a shot of the area before John had trimmed it out with wood, but take my word for the fact that it was nothing more than an ugly, messy mud pit!  It began to look better immediately, as soon as the wood frames went down.

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The pictures show a progressive story about how the project transformed the front of the house.  It isn’t quite finished yet, but we love it!  yard2yard3yard4yard5 weed clothyard6 rocks1yard9

Still need to add paver sand between the pavers and do some finishing touches, but for the most part, the project is finished.  It looks 212% better!  So happy!

“Love liberates” – R.I.P. Dr. Maya Angelou

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Congratulations, Maya!

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This is our lovely granddaughter, Maya Moreno Craig Cochran, in the cobalt blue haute couture, 😉  and one of her beautiful friends, on prom night.  Feeling lots of love for our sweet granddaughter as she approaches her high school graduation in the next couple of weeks.  She is smart, funny….. so “together”.  We couldn’t be prouder.  At this point, Maya hopes to go into some off-camera aspect of the entertainment industry.  She wants to live in Ireland for at least a year before she goes to college, and has all kinds of plans that may or may not change before it’s all over.

We love her very much and wish her beaucoup de bonheur in her next big adventure.

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Congratulations, Maya!  Sending you all our love.

 

 

Frozen Treats for Hot Summer Days

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Ingrid loves her summer popsicles, so I have equipped myself with some good recipes.   I like to experiment with various juice, fruit, vegetable and other flavor combos, such as chocolate or vanilla…or lavender….although we don’t let Ingrid have chocolate.  Sometimes the pops turn out well and sometimes they don’t.  Here are a few of the ones that we have enjoyed over the last few summers.  I’ve even thrown in a couple of adult-only pop recipes!

For this first one, you can use any type of fruit that you like.  Ingrid really enjoys orange ones, but you can use whatever you have around.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup diced kiwi
  • 1/3 cup diced watermelon
  • 1/3 cup diced strawberries
  • 1/3 cup fresh pineapple, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice or sweetened lime or lemon juice

Directions:

Combine diced fruit in a bowl and fill each 5 oz cup with fruit. Add 1 tbsp of juice and insert craft sticks into each cup. They easily stay in place because of all the fruit. Place in the freezer a few hours until firm. To remove the pops from the cups, run under warm water a few seconds. Enjoy!

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Frozen Nutella Coconut Banana Pops

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium ripe banana
  • 8 oz Nutella spread
  • 1 tsp canola oil
  • toasted sweetened or unsweetened coconut flakes

Directions:

Cut the banana in half lengthwise, then in half to make four quarters. Insert popsicle sticks into bananas and freeze on a wax paper lined cookie sheet. When the bananas are frozen, fill a coffee mug with Nutella and melt in the microwave.  (Watch it carefully, because it only takes about 20-30 seconds, if that long.)  Dip the bananas one at a time into the Nutella, scraping off the excess chocolate from the back of the banana, and place it on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Quickly add the coconut shreds on the rounded side before the chocolate hardens (you have to work quickly here). Place on wax paper and return to the freezer until frozen and ready to eat. Eat frozen and enjoy!!

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* You can also use semisweet chocolate instead of the Nutella in this recipe.  Based on 0.5 oz of chocolate per banana. If you use a large banana, you will use more chocolate and will need to adjust.

The next two recipes are for the adults in the scenario:

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French Popsicles

yield: 10 popsicles (plus a little bit left over to drink!)

  • 12 oz. of champagne
  • 4 oz. of cognac or gin Either  are a good choice.
  • 4 oz. of simple syrup
  • 3 oz. of fresh lemon juice

Combine all ingredients together into a large measuring cup, then evenly distribute in your popsicle molds, leaving about 1/4 inch of room at the top. (You’ll have around 3 oz. left over after filling the molds.)

Honeydew Cucumber Margarita Popsicles

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Makes five 2-and-1/4-oz. popsicles

1 cup approximately a whole melon weighing 1lb – juiced…or 1 C honeydew juice
1/3 cup cucumber juice (about half a 5 oz. cucumber).
½ cup gold tequila
1 tablespoon Gran Marnier
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon mint simple syrup (recipe follows)
3 large mint sprigs

Instructions:

1. Place the honeydew and cucumber in a food processor or a blender and process until everything is pureed. Add tequila, triple sec, lime juice and mint syrup and process for another 20-30 seconds to blend well. Pour mixture into popsicles mold.

2. Freeze for about 2 hours or until mixture starts to solidify enough to hold a popsicle stick upright. Insert popsicle sticks and finish freezing popsicles overnight. To release popsicles run hot water on the outside of popsicle molds for a 2-3 seconds.

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· 1/2 cup water
· 1/2 cups sugar
· 1 cup mint leaves, loosely packed

Instructions:

1. Place sugar and water in a pot over heat until sugar dissolves. Allow mixture to cool to room temperature and place mint leaves in mixture and muddle. Allow mint leaves to steep for 20 minutes. Strain and discard leaves. (Depending on the fineness of the sieve tiny pieces may remain)

Portland, Pick Your Own!

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There are SO many reasons to love Portland….and I do.  Here is yet another!

We live in the heart of a busy section of Portland, one that gets busier, in fact, every day.  Developers have come onto Division street, one block from our place, and are ripping out old businesses and putting in new ones every week.  We have recently acquired the name, “Restaurant Row” which is fantastic, because there are a ton of new, affordable restaurants within walking distance, all of which offer delicious, affordable fare.  However, I like to cook, and it can be expensive to eat out a lot, so we don’t do it that much.

I like to buy fresh, organic produce…lettuce, berries, all kinds of veggies…and I do a lot of grilling.  I have a nice, counter top grill.  It is not unusual to have a poached egg on steamed spinach for breakfast, or grilled Brussels sprouts.  Yum!  But the key to good cooking is the freshness and purity of the produce.  The best way to get ace produce is to pick it oneself.  We are fortunate in that Portland has a plethora of community gardens, co-ops and a number of nearby farms that allow people to pick their own!

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Kruger’s Farm
17100 NW Sauvie Island Rd.
Portland, Or 97231
503-621-3489

Kruger’s Farm, located on Sauvie Island, offers a full afternoon of activities for kids over the summer, and we will be taking Ingrid there to “help” us pick strawberries. The farm is ready for little hands to romp through their no-spray, U-Pick strawberry fields.  Ingrid will get to meet and greet Matilda, the farm pig, and delight in the wild turkeys and chickens that roam the grounds.

U-pick is offered for the following crops: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, marionberries, boysenberries, blackberries, tomatoes, peppers, pumpkins, and flowers. For the most up-to-date U-pick crop information available, visit their daily Harvest update page.

You can pick from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. weekdays; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on weekends

Kruger Farm’s Farm Tunes Concerts brings live music to the farm from 6:30- 9:30 p.m. every Thursday night June 19 through August 28. The family that lives there invites Portland area families to bring their own picnic dinners or to purchase food, beer and wine onsite. There is a modest $10 parking fee per carload.  They also offer Farm to Plate dinners.

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Bella Organic
16205 NW Gillihan Rd.
Portland, Or 97231
503-621-9545

Bella Organic’s motto is “Local, Affordable, Organic, Fun”.  The farm is certified organic  and has more than 100 acres of ground where they grow everything from blueberries to asparagus. Right now,  the farm has four different varieties of strawberries available in the U-pick fields — Hoods, Totems, Seascapes and Tillamook.  Ingrid will want to see their barnyard animals, I’m sure.

Strawberries are available in June, July and August, as well as blueberries, marionberries and raspberries in July, thornless blackberries in August and pumpkins in October. For the most up-to-date crops available, check the U-Pick page.

Pickers can visit from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (last call for U-Pick is 5:30 p.m.)

Bella’s Sounds and Tastes of the Farm are harvest festivals that occur each Saturday, from July 19-30, at 5 p.m. Proceeds benefit  Music for the Heart, an organization that donates proceeds toward  heart research. The events always feature a mix of live music by local bands and adult bevvies from local breweries and wineries, as well as artisan foods, compliments of local chefs. Admission is only $10 a car.  Great deal!

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Columbia Farms U-Pick
21024 NW Gillihan Rd.
Portland, Or 97231
503-621-3909

Serene Columbia Farms U-Pick is spread out around a white barn with a green roof. The farm caters to a quieter customer, one who yearns for a farm experience minus the corn dog and pony ride. Kids will love getting their hands dirty while finding ripe, big berries in the fields while parents can take a deep breath and slowly exhale.  Serene is the BEST!

Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, marionberries, boysenberries, and flowers. For the most up-to-date information on what’s being harvested, visit their blog.

Tuesday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed the entire month of August.

Columbia Farm’s blog lists terrific recipes using their delicious produce — everything from roasted tomato sauce to blueberry muffins. Don’t have a ton of time? In addition to U-pick, Columbia offers customers the option of calling ahead to order pounds or flats of berries for pick up.

 

So, we’re all set with produce, guitar pickin’ and summer fun!  Can’t wait!

Take a Little Break

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There is a secret message in the gifs below.  See if you can figure out what it is. 🙂

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Mothers Day Weekend – Traveling the Historic Columbia River Highway

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As an early start to Mothers Day weekend, John, Ingrid and I decided to take a day trip across the historic Columbia River Highway on the Oregon side of the gorge.  It looks isolated, I know, but is actually only about a half hour away from our house.    The entire area is magically beautiful with its lush greenery and wispy cloud cover.  There are many, many waterfalls along the way, and I am always delighted to see them. The area has a plethora of places to hike and hang out for the day.

Our first stop was Multnomah Falls.  Ingrid was very happy to be there!  There was a moderate crowd…not bad….and it rained on and off, lightly,  with intermittent sunshine.  Could have been worse.  We, in fact, had a great time!

The falls is a 611-foot-tall, 2-tiered  roaring cascade of icy water that allows visitors to experience the power and beauty of nature up close and with ease. According to Native American folk lore, Multnomah Falls was created to win the heart of a young princess who wanted a hidden place to bathe. Although you can see the top portion of the falls from the highway, to view both tiers you have to walk to the viewing area located in a carved-out opening in the rock face , as shown in the photo below.

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Creating these memories together is the best part of these little trips.

My daughter had given us a gift certificate awhile back, so we decided to use it and eat lunch at the lodge.There was a big fire burning in the fireplace to take the damp chill out of the air, and  although this photo doesn’t show it, there was a stellar view from our table, of the falls crashing down the side of the mountain.

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After lunch, we took one more look at the falls, then got back into the car and headed further up the highway to the Bonneville Fish Hatchery which is located at the mouth of Tanner Creek . We took Ingrid to the basement of the visitors center to watch fish swim up the fish ladder.  They have windows located there with lit portions of the ladder.  After that, we drove across the dam to the hatchery itself.    We must have walked for miles along the grounds.  Flowers were blooming and the little ponds and forested areas were stunning.  One of my favorite sightings was this resting spot for ducks.  See them scattered across that log in the pond?

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The highlight for Ms. Ingrid was the opportunity to meet and greet Mr. Herman the sturgeon.  Herman is about 11 feet long, weighs in at around 500 pounds, and is right around 70 years old!

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Here is a little video of Ingrid offering up some sugar for the old guy.

The ponds were teaming with trout.  Their rainbow scales glistened as they jumped about.

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Ingles  had a great time feeding the ducks!

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After we explored awhile, we headed up the mountain to the Vista House with a slight detour to take a look at Horsetail Falls.

 

Horsetail Falls roars loudly and leaves quite a spray.

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I have written previously  about trips to the Vista House .  Ingrid fell in love with the marble and the stained glass windows and patina’d brass.

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We walked all the way to the top, down to the basement and back up again.

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This brief video can give you an idea about how glorious the view was yesterday, but even this doesn’t begin to capture the serenity and feeling of peacefulness  that this beautiful location imparts.  It is an absolutely stunning location!  The views seem different every time we go, because the big sky plays such a huge role in the overall appearance of the view.  The Columbia majestically twists and turns its way through the Cascades.  Lovely, in every respect, and so amazingly close to home!  We visit here often.

We headed back to Portland for a quiet family evening together. On our way back, a special someone called to wish me Happy Mothers Day, and to remind me that I am loved.  I appreciated that so very much at that particular moment. Love is the answer to just about everything, folks, and this friend reminds me of that each time that we speak.

Ingrid had a sleepover with us that night, and woke me this morning with a beautiful little music box playing Beethoven’s, “Fur Elise”

Perfection!

School Days…..

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I have just rounded a corner…wait…Can one actually *round* a corner?    Let me begin again….

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I have just TURNED a corner in my current school term, one of the most difficult of my academic endeavors.  This is the end of midterm.  During this week alone, I  have read 4 dense, technical chapters on brain chemistry, I have written a tediously detailed research proposal regarding a new protocol for biofeedback in the treatment of depression, and am currently working (hard) on a paper about the APA Ethics Code with regard to a schizophrenic man that has lost his feet due to frostbite.  Gripping subjects, both of them, but at this point, I am fantasizing about the arrival of summer.  I am tired.  This term has been challenging, yet invigorating at once.  I love/hate school.

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Our sunny spring in Portland lasted only a couple of weeks…and then the rain returned, bringing with it cool temperatures and dark skies, so it has been like winter all over again.  There has been a chill in damp air that has necessitated my wearing my thick, terry cloth bathrobe in the mornings rather than that graceful cotton kimono that I love to wear during  the summers. We have had a fire burning in the fireplace in the mornings.  It does not seem, at all, like May.

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Today looks promising, though.  I think the skies are supposed to clear up and the temperature is predicted to rise, so we will have typically beautiful Portland spring weather now.  Welcome once again!!

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My husband has returned for the summer…sort of…He has a graduation to attend in Sacramento and a business trip to San Diego, but other than that, we will be together until the beginnings of our concurrent terms at the end of summer.  Unfortunately, I have been so busy with school, and he with his online class and play writing,  that he and I have spent very little time doing anything together since his return.  That will change next month when his teaching term ends and my learning term ends.  We have many fun plans on the back burner for now.   I am going to take a term off just to unwind and recoup.  This has been a long, tough haul, but I only have 5 more classes to go!  Then, I’ll have my masters in organizational psychology to add to my other degrees and can move ahead with this business that my friends and I are planning to open.  Really looking forward to that.

Meanwhile, for the remaining part of summer, John and I will be two cool cats, just hangin’ out by the pool, traveling to some places and having fun.

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How to Be the Perfect House Guest

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With summer coming up soon, a lot of us will be traveling.  I often host my friends who want to stay in Portland and hang for awhile.  Some are great house guests and some?  …not so much.  Here is my own interpretation of the perfect house guest, as opposed to the other kind.

Things you should know

#1 – Regardless of how good a house guest you are, you will be work for your host/hostess.

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When I am here alone, or when John and I are here, we are not as diligent about cleaning as we are when guests are coming. Neither of us is a slob, but when guests are coming, we make sure there are clean sheets on the bed.  We make sure the carpets are vacuumed, even though we do this every week anyway….if guests are coming, we do it again.  We make sure everything is tidy and dusted and ship-shape so that our guests are comfortable….so even if you plan to just sleep somewhere and not be there all the time, be aware of the fact that your presence takes energy.

#2. – Don’t put your host/hostess on the spot.

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Remember that when it comes to someone else’s home, your needs are not necessarily the other person’s needs.  I stay TREMENDOUSLY busy.  I have my own business.  I am in school full time.  I care for 4 year old, Ingrid.  I’m married.  I’m busy, ok?  If you contact me to ask if you can stay here and I hesitate, even for an instant, you should find other accommodations.  Do not put your host/hostess on the spot.  I am, personally,  very good about inviting people when I have breaks….but when I don’t have breaks, you make my life very difficult just by being here. What I do entails a high degree of concentration.  Give me a break.  I don’t want to have to stop to clean my house when I have work to do and I don’t want to have conversations unless I have the time.  Really.  Don’t say, “…but I won’t take up any space…”  LISTEN to your host/hostess.  Go with their initial response to your request. If you hear hesitancy in their voices, find a different place to stay.

#3. – Try not to take up too much space….and please…don’t be a slob.

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When staying in someone else’s house, try not to take up too much space.   Keep your things neatly folded and in one area.  Don’t scatter your belongings out all over the place, even if you have your own room.  For some of us, this is disconcerting and distracting.  Just keep it all neat, ok?   Oh….and make your bed when you get up.  If you’re sleeping on the sofa, fold your bedding and place it out of site until the next night.

#4 – Pitch in and help!

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If you were staying at a hotel, you’d pay money to do so, right?  If you stay in someone’s home, you are costing them money.  You are using their water, electricity, heat and oftentimes, eating their food and so forth.  Do a little something around the house to show your appreciation for being there.  This is not to say that you should spend your entire visit working for them, but grab a broom and sweep off the front steps.  Water the plants.  Dust.  Do a little something to show your gratitude and earn your keep.  You ARE work for your host/hostess, whether you think you are or not.

#5. – Be mindful of the food situation

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There are a few rules to follow for eating when staying at someone else’s house.  Even if your host/hostess has said, “Eat whatever you want!” be mindful that food costs money.  Don’t eat the last of anything unless you check with your host/hostess first.  Ask, “Were you saving this last piece of pie?”  CONTRIBUTE to the food stash.  Take snacks with you when you go.  Even if you take your own food to eat, you should contribute something to the community larder.  Jam.  A loaf of artisan bread. A few nice apples.  Something….anything.  Don’t just go to the fridge and help yourself and eat everything up.  Attempt to be cool.  You might be asked back, if you do.

#6. – Strip your damned bed, people!

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Look.  If you’re going to stay with me, I’m not going to put someone else between the sheets that you have just slept on.  I don’t know what you’ve done there.  Please.  Before you leave, strip your bed.  Wash your sheets and replace them, if you have time, but at the very least, don’t make your host/hostess strip your sheets.  Jesus.  What are they, your maids?  STRIP YOUR BED!  Really.  Why should your host/hostess have to do ANY cleaning up after you.  You just got a free place to stay!

#7 – Give a small gift.

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This is over and above the food contribution….It is nice to show one’s appreciation with a small hostess/host gift.  Just shows you’re a decent human being.  Ya know?  Doesn’t have to be anything expensive.  Could be a flower or a poem.  Could be a small book or a photograph.  Be a good guest.  Show your gratitude, please.   Let the host/hostess know that he or she isn’t just being used.

#8. – For F*ck’s Sake!  Don’t STEAL

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I live in a small space and I know what I have.  If you stay in my room and then I notice that my white bathrobe and my highly-prized turquoise and black cowboy boots are missing the day after you stay here, chances are, I’m going to know that you are the person that took them.  Duh.  I am a generous and benevolent person.  If you love something that I have and ask me for it nicely, there is about an 80% chance that I’ll just give it to you, or at least lend it to you.  Don’t steal.  It’s bad karma for you and downright hurtful to the person that opened his/her home to you.

#9. – Watch those interruptions

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Don’t play loud music.  Don’t burst into the working person’s office to chitchat.  Keep the TV OFF, if you think it might disturb the person that is working.  Really.  Keep interruptions to a minimum.  You have come into another person’s space.  Be respectful at all times.

#10. – Get into the Groove!

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Try to fit into the groove of the household in which you are staying.  Don’t sleep in, if everyone else is up.  Don’t talk loudly on your phone late at night.  Don’t smoke in a household of non-smokers.  Don’t bring a bunch of nasty meat into a vegetarian’s house.  Clean up after yourself.  Don’t be obtrusive.  Try to get a feel for the situation and do your best to fit in while you’re there.  Most important of all, leave the space at least as neat as you found it, if not even more so.

 

I hope these tips have been helpful.  I guarantee that if you follow them, you will be asked back more often. 

50 Top Guitar Solos – What are YOUR top 50?

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This whole thing is subjective….but here are my personal top 50….guitarists.  I am, of course, omitting one for reasons I cannot state herein…   🙂

1 – Texas Flood – Stevie Ray Vaughan

2 – All Along the Watch Tower – Jimi Hendrix

3 – Hotel California – Don Felder, Joe Walsh (The Eagles)

4 – Comfortably Numb – David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)

5 – Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers – Jeff Beck

6 – Bohemian Rhapsody – Brian May (Queen)

7 – One – Kirk Hammet (Metallica)

8 – Stairway to heaven – Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)

9 – November rain – Slash (Guns ‘n Roses)

10 – Sweet child o mine – Guns ‘n roses (Slash)

11 – Voodoo Child (Slight Return) – Jimi Hendrix

12 – Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry

13 – Eruption – Eddie van Halen

14 – Always with you, always with me – Joe Satriani

15 – Little Wing – Jimi Hendrix

16 – Heartbreaker – Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)                      Rene Best musician

17 – Layla – Eric Clapton, Duane Allman

18 – Cliffs of Dover – Eric Johnson

19 – Scar Tissue – John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

20 – Guitar Boogie – Tommy Emmanuel

21 – Free Bird – Allen Collins, Gary Rossington (Lynyrd Skynyrd)

22 – Sultans of Swing – Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits)

23 – Symphonie of Destruction – (Marty Friedman, Dave Mustaine (Megadeth)

24 – Flight Of The Wounded Bumblebee – Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme)

25 – Reelin’ in the Years – Elliott Randall (Steely Dan)                   Rene Best musician

26 – Highway 61 revisited – Johnny Winter

27 – Pride and Joy – Stevie ray Vaughan

28 – For the love of god – Steve Vai

29 – Surfing with the Alien – Joe Satriani

30 – Asturias – John Williams (Isaac Albeniz)

31 – Blues deluxe – John Joe Bonamassa

32 – The Thrill is gone – B.B. King

33 – Paranoid Android – Radiohead – Jonny Greenwood

34 – Covered in rain – John Mayer

35 – Mr. Crowley – Ozzy Osbourne (Randy Rhoads)

36 – Black Star – Yngwie Malmsteen

37 – Mediterranean sundance – Al Di Meola, Paco De Lucia, John McLaughlin

38 – Whole lotta love – Jimmy page (Led Zeppelin)

39 – Satch Boogie – Joe Satriani

40 – Get the funk out – Extreme (Nuno Bettencourt)

41 – Beat It – Michael Jackson (Eddie van Halen)

42 – Jerry’s Breakdown – Chet Atkins & Jerry Reed

43 – Floods – Pantera (Dime Bag Darrel)

44 – Alive – Pearl jam – Mike McCready

45 – Minor swing – Django Reinhardt

46 – Tender surrender – Steve Vai

47 – Jessica – Dickey Betts

48 – Sympathy for the Devil – Keith Richards (Rolling Stones)

49 – No More Tears – Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne)

50 – Know your enemy – Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine)

And there you have it!  My top 50 favorite guitarists!                            Rene Best musician

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Rene Best musician….Rene Best guitarist

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I was recently contacted by my friend in New Zealand, Dhaj Sumner, who informed me of an upcoming exhibition in my neck of the woods that I am quite excited about.  This one has appeal for nature lovers and art lovers alike.

Coming up next month, the Nature in the Making exhibition of incredible hand woven art will feature interpretations of naturally-formed landscapes and geological forms as seen through the eyes of  UK weaver Stacey Harvey-Brown and fellow-weaver, Agnes Hauptli, from  New Zealand.  Featured  in the B2 Fine Art Gallery in Tacoma, Washington, the exhibit will run from   June 19 through July 25, 2014.

Easily accessible from Portland and Seattle, the exhibit will be the Pacific Northwest’s opportunity to witness a truly remarkable display of woven and pictorial canyons, caverns and stalactites via the artists’ unique 3-D weaving techniques and photographic images.

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The work is the two weavers’ specific responses to  the Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyons in Arizona, as well as the various cave systems under the Blue Ridge and Shenandoah Mountain ranges in Virginia, where they have met every two years since 2010.  Visitors can witness the woven details of undulating stratum and majestic mountains  in artistic stories told as no one else has ever portrayed them.

 

Agnes Hauptli uses a computer-assisted jacquard loom to create stunning  colored panels.

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Stacey Harvey-Brown uses a shaft loom to create highly textured three-dimensional growth forms installations and large, off-the-wall Strata Wall pieces.

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Please tell your friends about this one.  The exhibition is a must-see for art lovers across the PNW!

 

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Agnes is an award-winning, self taught weaver who first  began her artistic weaving endeavors with  a rigid heddle loom in 1992.   She has been in love with the craft of weaving ever since.

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Stacy Harvey-Brown’s book, Woven Shibori for Textural Effects: How You Can Weave Waves, Sand Ripples, Volcanoes and Mountains on a Shaft Loom,  can be found  HERE on Amazon.com.  She can be seen in this interesting video about the Jacquard loom:

 

I sincerely hope that my PNW-area readers will show up at the exhibit and give these two remarkable artists your welcoming support.  This is an installation you will not want to miss!

 

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EXHIBITION OPENS ::
3RD THURSDAY TACOMA ART MINGLE
THU JUNE 19 2014 :: 5PM-8PM

:: ARTIST RECEPTION ::
SAT JUNE 21 2014 :: 5PM-8PM

:: SPECIAL NIGHT CAP ARTIST RECEPTION ::
Complex Weavers Conference Attendees & Friends
SUN JUNE 29 2014 :: 8PM-10PM

 

 

 

 

Nature in the Making – by Agnes Hauptli and Stacey Harvey-Brown