Sunday, June 28, 2009

a new washer

i think we are going to buy this: LG - 3.6 Cu. Ft. 5-Cycle Washer - White
WM2016CW | SKU: 8247569

any comments/heard anything bad/good about this? buying a house = lots of big money decisions all at once.

the story of saturday.

Table Mountain: columbia gorge

Nicole: "hey richard, it looks nice up there"

Richard: "yeah it does, let's climb up those rocks and lay in that meadow"
Richard: "okay, you first up the rocks!"
Random european lady: "this hike is two notches above kick a**"

Nicole: "rich, wait for me, i wanted to be first climbing out of the jungle and into the meadow, it's not fair that you made me carry the backpack"
Rich: "and im climbing the stairway to heaven...."

Rich: "wow, look at that view of Mt. Hood and the Boneville Dam!"
Nicole: "glad we're not down there.....i hate visiting the dam"

Nicole: "yikes, that's a big drop off"
Richard: "im not scared of heights hurry up you baby"

Nicole: "im getting dizzy on this ridge!"

Richard: "are we home yet????!"

Friday, June 26, 2009

if you care......more on the house

FW: addendum extension through Monday

Ryan Kofman

to Richard, me
show details 10:30 AM (13 minutes ago)

Follow up message

Hi Richard and Nicole,

It does not look like we’ll be closing today. The lender is requiring the repairs to be completed prior to closing. Your rate lock expires on Tuesday, but the lender said they can fund as long as they have the receipt for the sidewalk by that morning. It sounds like that won’t be a problem. The listing agent and I will make sure the contractor knows how important it is for him to get us that receipt on Monday. Either way, I’ll be sure to keep you posted. I’m just glad that you are able to stay at your place until the end of the month!

In the meantime, can you please sign another extension? I’ve attached the addendum. To be safe, can you cross out the 29th in both places and write in the 30th? Please initial next to both revisions then sign and date at the bottom.

You might also be interested in what the listing agent said about the house below.



From: carl iiams []
Sent: Thursday, June 25, 2009 5:19 PM
To: Ryan Kofman
Subject: addendum extension through Monday

I know his loan lock is running out but we will have to extend to Monday (attached doc)

If it makes buyer feel any better I do have about 7 people who want to be called if sale were to fall through (which it will not) so he is getting a good, desirable home (eventually)


Carl Iiams
Pete Anderson Realty

sometimes it's better to procrastinate.......


our front room is a frame shop

our bedroom is a produce department

We've been living in a produce department since the 16th WAITING to move into the house.
(our stuff is all packed in banana and apple boxes....the ethylene smell is starting to reside finally)

this is the latest excuse for why we cant move in (from the real estate guy)

Hi Richard & Nicole,

Here’s the latest from the listing agent. We are trying to find out if there’s any possibility of closing before the sidewalk has been completed, but it’s not likely. I’ll let you know what I find out. I appreciate your patience…hang in there, we are almost there!


From: carl iiams []
Sent: Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:03 PM
To: Ryan Kofman
Subject: Re: FW: FW: addendum extension through Friday


We were FINALLY able to secure a city permit 30 minutes ago for sidewalk. Sidewalk will be torn up and forms built Friday, It will then be re-inspected with pour on Monday. Please know that I realize this has created hardship for your buyer but the city permit process and change of contractor really slowed us down. I have made sure the contractor has stood on standby and available the moment the permit came through and have put on the pressure with multiple calls daily.

I will e-mail you invoices the moment I have them. Please know that getting this done is my highest priority this week.

Carl Iiams
Pete Anderson Realty

the only thing better than growing stuff

is eating what you grow.
Next task: get some chickens.

Summer Vegetable Fritata (using our homegrown basil and rainbow chard)
from gourmet magazine

  • 6 large eggs
  • 6 large fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 oz prosciutto, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb medium zucchini (about 3), halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 5 medium Swiss chard leaves, stems discarded and leaves finely chopped (1 1/2 cups)
  • 12 scallions, trimmed and finely chopped
  • 5 zucchini blossoms*
  • 2 ozfinely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (1 cup)


Preheat broiler.

Whisk together eggs, basil, parsley, salt, and pepper in a bowl.

Cook prosciutto in oil in a 12-inch ovenproof nonstick skillet over moderate heat, stirring, until edges begin to crisp, about 2 minutes. Add zucchini and chard and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are just tender, about 8 minutes. Add scallions and zucchini blossoms and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until just wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Pour egg mixture into skillet and cook, lifting up cooked egg around edge using a spatula to let as much raw egg as possible flow underneath, until edge is set, about 2 minutes (top and center will still be very loose). Sprinkle cheese evenly over top.

Broil frittata about 6 inches from heat until set, slightly puffed, and golden, 2 to 2 1/2 minutes.

Cool frittata 5 minutes, then loosen edge with a clean spatula and slide onto a large plate. Cut into wedges.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

broccoli creepo

richard was a little posessive of our first broccoli harvest.................but he let me eat most our first rainbow chard!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Sadies Hawkins Dance Date


dont know if that's the right name or whatever but......

The only dance I went to in high school was prom with my big bro bryan (i was very anti-social, high school was a rough time for me). Although richard went to a few dances (even though he was scared of girls) -because he had friends- he never made it to the sadies hawkins (or whatever its called)..... So rich and i did our own matching T-shirt date this weekend. 'Marathon dated' it and everything.....

Friday: hiking through the west hills of portland in the rain, window shopping portland boutiques, dinner on 23rd street @ a NCY pizza place (way deliciouso) and we got to eat outside while people watching (the best thing ever). We even saw a man holding two pink bags while his wife held the puppy.

Saturday: Wake up at 6:30 am (on a Saturday) to "dance" up Dog Mountain in the gorge. (Its called dog mountain because Pioneers had too eat their dogs to survive.) It was cool to hangout in the clouds up there. This is my favorite Oregon hike so far. It's more utah style....dry pine forest.....(that evolves into Oregon jungle)......2700 feet up in 3 miles.....great vistas....amazing wildflower meadows............
that's a pretty rough picture of me.....but oh well.....Thanks for the matching shirts Joy!

That's the end of our date.......unless you count buying a fridge entertainment.....but we did do some real dancing in the car to our new favorite song......"that's not my name".....sorry, no video footage of time.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Dang Screw

The screw went in Nicole's tire at mile 15 and so I rode home and then I came back and got her while she waited.
Just so everybody knows our new house is in Sherwood and is shown in the map on our bike ride.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

one more picture of sand amazingness

these guys were serious pro's it was hard to get close enough to get a good picture. It was amazing to see all the tools they used to make their masterpieces.

the end of a busy week.

After having 3 visitors, 2 days of work, packing up the apartment and getting news on the house, we decided to close out our busy week by checking out Sandcastle day on cannon beach and hiking Neahankie Mountain just above Manzanita Oregon. We are blessed to live in such a beautiful place!

Can you believe this train is made out of sand???

This Mr. Potato head man was AMAZING.....

Crossing the foot bridge to start the hike (the hike starts @ sealevel - just off the beach).

1700 ft later.......

the ridge we were on was a bit sketchy and we both had a touch of vertigo up there.....hence the unpleasant look on my face despite the amazing view of the beach.......

didn't quiet make the timer........

but it makes for a great picture! thanks for visiting linette and todd!

bandana buddy

Thanks for visiting Rach! And double thanks for not making me go to the boneville dam.

wahkeena falls hike

indian beach hike

tilimook cheese factory

rose garden

It's so cool to live by these amazing hikes! But's it's sad that my favorite hiking pals live so far away!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Its Ours!!!!

Yep the bank agreed to the repairs so now lets just hope we close on time so it doesn't cost more in closing costs.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

bumble bee bread (this is not a recipe)

I was inspired to make bread by this funny from the sunday morning newspaper.

I did not forget the salt. But..................

I forgot that you should add water to the egg wash...............

Instead of fresh baked bread, our house smells like burnt eggs. but the bumble bee bread still tastes good!

Best Bike Ride in Portland

Nicole and I are thinking of doing a century ride so we went on a good ride yesterday afternoon. It has a little of everything some nice flat stretches, steep hills, nice vistas, good down hills, bike lanes the whole way, even time to think about your ancestors as you ride through the cemetery. A good bonus is if you do it during the rose festival at the halfway point you can snag some free treats on the waterfront park.

The only negative was we had to bike through some "gray water" in the homeless district of Portland.

The map doesn't show the springwater corrider that we followed along the willamette river or the trail through Tyron Creek Park but it gives the general direction we followed.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

waiting game is right......

the bank accepted our offer on may 5th. we had the inspection on may 10th. it is now june 4. the closing date is supposed to be june 16th. we still aren't sure that the bank is going to fix the sewer. we dont know if we should buy a fridge yet. we still dont know if we can switch our mail........this is annoying. the end.

Monday, June 1, 2009


we should find out about the house today..............keep your eyes peeled (: