Author Archives: amiddlinglife

Meat – finding my way around a beast

I readily admit: I’m a bit cheap. Having grown up with plenty of good ‘home cooking’ resulted in a willingness to cook from scratch. An interest in history and international cultures has turned into a particularly ‘over the top’ collection … Continue reading

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Umrah – Mecca, two years ago

It has been about 2 years since I was in Mecca for Umrah, one very short weekend.  We flew out on a Thursday evening and were back in Riyadh on Saturday evening. I found myself thinking of my own time … Continue reading

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In the footsteps of Alexander the Great – Taxila

I’m in Islamabad for a couple of days vacation, before moving on for some work related travel around Dhaka, Bangladesh.  This trip had been in planning for months, so I’m not sure why logistics and such were so last minute … Continue reading

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Mushrooms on the Oregon Coast

Almost got blown off Highway 101 yesterday afternoon as I drove down to Pistol River from Washington.  But today wandered just a bit and found mushroom heaven! I don’t know any mushrooms, except that I am learning chanterelles – my … Continue reading

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Over the Mountains

Over Snoqualmie Pass, to Mesa, WA for Thanksgiving.

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Of course we were too busy enjoying the dogs to take photos, but this afternoon both of our dogs, Philly and Mesa, tried their luck for the first time herding sheep.  We found a fantastic place in Roy, WA that … Continue reading

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Ground Squirrel War – Summer Battle Completed

As has been mentioned previously, a caretaker couple has been staying at our Oregon property this past year (they arrived from Connecticut just before Thanksgiving last year.)  Mr. and Ms. Caretaker have been diligently maintaing roads (even as March’s record storms … Continue reading

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