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In Bend, with food

Bend, Oregon: DT, Lisa and I drove over to Bend yesterday to visit with my family. My Mom is ill and several family members are here visiting and giving my Dad a helping hand. The house is so crowded, we-three stayed in a hotel last night and went to the Victorian Cafe (1404 NW Galveston Ave., Bend, OR 97701, 541-382-6411) for breakfast before heading over to the house.

DT ordered the short stack. Fluffy, light. Very delicious - served with maple or blueberry syrup.

The Princess had a half-order of the very non-kosher California Eggs Benedict - with avocado, turkey and bacon - and the traditional poached egg with hollandaise.

I only ran for twenty minutes this morning (then did a shift on an elliptical machine until I realized an elliptical exercises muscles I had forgotten about and I won't be able to move in the morning)... so I had the Greek Scramble - artichoke hearts, kalamata olives and red peppers, made with egg whites. I must admit to trying those wonderful hash browns too.

Mom had many visitors this afternoon - at one point four of her five children were in the house. We are a noisy bunch - Mom took a long nap this afternoon.

Lisa cooked dinner for everyone tonight. Soft-shelled shredded chicken tacos with black beans.

Chef Lisa and Lisa with my Dad (photos by Brother Steve)

Lisa's shredded chicken for the tacos

This family produces gorgeous children. Here are Grandchild #1, Taylor and Grandchild #2, Lisa

Mom felt good enough tonight to eat a taco and she loved Lisa's creation. Brother Ken baked a pie for dessert and Mom ate an entire piece of the delicious apple pie. Yeah, Mom!

Ken's pie

More relatives are arriving to visit Mom, so we are heading home in the morning. Until my next update, I remain, your family correspondent.