Today we met up with an old high school friend and his wife, Jim & Susie Dysland. I haven’t seen him since our 20th high school reunion in 1983. What fun to reminisce and get caught up on the years since. Oh, my gosh, it was like all those years had not gone by and we were talking as though it was just yesterday. They are such a great couple and we felt an immediate connection to them.
Their home is amazing with many, many windows to take in the fabulous views of the mountainside. They have a natural walking path that moose, deer, quail, and other animals wander through. Jim has made a salt lick for them with seeds he keeps scattered around and a large water tub for them to drink. They say that they love looking out the window every day to see who is out there. One day Susie was sitting on a chair reading a book when a moose happened to wander in. She wasn’t sure what to do as it was very close to her. She picked up her cell phone and called Jim, who was in the house and whispered that there was a moose close by and what was she to do. Jim, her protector, immediately ran out of the house with a camera. Too funny. The moose wandered off and she was okay. I can imagine what she said to Jim.
We sat and talked about everything and people we had known in high school and what they were doing now. We both agreed that we can’t wait for our 50th reunion next year. After a great lunch we went to the Arbor Crest Winery in the Spokane Valley (where they live).
The Winery is located on the top of a mountain and the views were spectacular. Behind the tasting room were incredible rockery walls and buildings, with a path that took you to the edge of the mountain side. I can just imagine bringing some sausage, cheese and fruit to drink your wine, with many different areas to sit and enjoy the surroundings. We did the wine tasting, of course, 5 tastes for $5.00. And, we sipped away. We found two that we really loved, the Chardonnay & the Merlot that we just had to have. Since we had wine at lunch and after all those tastings, I was getting pretty silly. The sign on the wall (in today’s pictures), seemed as if it were directed at me. The lovely Kate, our wine server was a cutie, going to college, with a great sense of humor.
We then went back to Jim and Susie’s home for grilled tri-tip, veggies and very tasty garlic bread, with more wine, of course. We were so lucky to have 2 deer come by for a salt taste. Unfortunately, my camera is heading on the downhill path and the picture did not turn out well. New camera is on my list for BD in less than a month. Just saying, John if you are reading this, hint, hint. What a great day we had!
We are extending our stay by one more day to spend time with them tomorrow. We are both so happy to have made new (old) friends again. Can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings.
Quote for the day: >"Friends are the most important ingredient in this recipe of life."
- (sent by Dior Yamasaki)