Sunday, December 30, 2007

New Blog

My latest project is restoration of the boat I bought in September. See it at:

Runabout Revival

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Misty afternoon

Well, it's the end of the year, and the end of my photo-a-day project. I had fun, learned a lot about using my camera, and discovered that life has a way of getting in the way of projects like this. Lost a lot of time to Alki's cancer treatments, and once I lost momentum it was hard to pick it up again. Still, it was a fun experiment.

I think I'll end a year with this: one of my favorite wintertime scenes, the mist rolls in for the evening, shrouding the trees across the street.



Have a great new year!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Our new farm employees

On our wee little 'farm' we have added two employees to help keep the weeds under control. Meet Oreo and Cookie!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

An Alki photo-essay

Alki and I were playing in a sunbeam this afternoon.

The funny looks on her face is because she is muttering and grumbling - talking to me while I try to get her in a good position for a shot.

Lots of talking!
And occasionally stopping to keep an eye on what the other critters in the house are up to, in case she needs to go intervene.
Close up.
Mid bark!
Is that what you wanted? Now where's my cookie?

At 12 years old, she is the smartest, most beautiful, most playful and loving dog I've ever had. All dogs that come after her will be cursed with having to live up to the legend of Alki :) I don't know why everyone doesn't have an American Eskimo!

A lounging afternoon

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Alki blocks the doorway




It is the alpha dog's right to control the movement of the dogs under him or her. Alki takes this very seriously, and either to frustrate him, or just to make sure he still knows who's boss, she will block the doorway, hallway, etc, and refuse to move to let Chester pass. This results in his sitting and crying about it until we make her move. He would probably just sit there and cry and pee on the floor if we didn't intervene. He certainly does not have the authority to pull rank and step over her - she'd put him DOWN if he tried. Here she lounges across the hallway, trapping him in the office until his whining annoyed us enough to step in.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Moving day!



Moving day for the Mustang, anyway. For the first time since I brought my prize home, it has rolled back out of the garage (with Dave pushing it unfortunately), and will be stuck under a cover outdoors for the rest of the winter.



Meanwhile the boat has taken over the garage, and hopefully I will have it finished and ready to use by spring. Then it will get an outdoor cover and the Mustang will get to move back inside for it's restoration.

When they're done, they can probably both fit in the garage side by side, but for working on them, a double car garage is really only room enough for one (particularly a double car garage full of junk, as mine is!)

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Praying Mantis

I always enjoy running into Mantis in the fall. I don't know why this always seems to be the time we find them hanging about. We found two of them in the shop, and evicted them to the bushes by the pond. My husband pointed out that normally I would never pick up a bug that big! But I make exceptions for Mantis and Woolly Bear Caterpillars.


He settled in for a bit of grooming...


Then he got curious about the camera...


And finally he climbed right up on the lens!

Friday, October 05, 2007

It's been raining...

It's been raining for a solid week, and the forecast is for more rain as far out as it goes , it must be fall again. Alki still wants to go for her daily walk, so I grabbed an umbrella and bought her a raincoat, and we're off!
This little coat, BTW, is made by Doodlebug Duds right across the river in Oregon, and it's nicer than some coats I've had! Nylon on the outside with reflective strips, fleece on the inside, and the collar turns up or down for really nasty days. It fastens on with a big velcro chest strap and a wide tummy strap, and comes off again just as quick. The first walk out she was putting up a good fuss, pretending she couldn't figure out how to walk in it, but in no time she was romping around! I highly recommend it!



Sunday, September 23, 2007

Emigrant Lake - Fall 07

Here's a picture I took this spring...


And here's from the same area this weekend. Although we go every fall, this is the lowest I've ever seen the lake.



The water should be up to the base of those trees.

The low water revealed fascinating old pieces of driftwood. What do you see in this one?

This is one of three Scamps that was at the campground this weekend, in addition to about ten more we saw on the road. There must have been a Scamp party going on somewhere. We even saw a Scamp fifth wheel!
Here we are. Thanks to the Scamp we were not the smallest trailer at the campground.

Sunset through the branches.
The next day we walked as far as we could before rocks blocked our way. When we walked back past the info board we noticed the big sign warning that cougars had been seen in the area! We probably wouldn't have wandered so far if I'd seen that sign first!
Canada geese
This is a vineyard up on the hill overlooking the park. It's so beautiful, it always makes us wish we could stay there.
Storms blew in Saturday evenign
A heron picked along the beach
Clouds reflected in the Airstream.

Ashland, fall 07 - pt 1


Twice a year we head for Ashland Oregon to see some plays at the Shakespeare Festival. We started out this trip at the crack of dawn in order to get there, six hours away, in time for a 1:30 play. We stopped for a quick photo-op at sunrise.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

The Playmaster

I am not a 'nautical' person, but I bought this boat. I have an excuse though, it is possibly the most adorable classic boat ever seen by man! It has big freakin' fins, for goodness sakes! Who could resist that? So there's my project for the winter - a 1961 Glass Magic Playmaster. The mustang will be nudged aside while I work to get this little beauty ready to hit the water next spring.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Yum, SPAM!

No picture today, just a short observation on my favorite SPAM :)

I get lots of spam, unfortunately, because I have had the same email address for a long time, and my friends and family know it, and I have no intention of changing it just to get away from those slime-bucket spammers. Thunderbird does a good job of making much of it disappear before I even have to see it. However, there is a certain kind of junk spam I actually will go dig in the trash folder to read, because they make me laugh. Oh, do they make me laugh!

Girls always smiled at me and even chaps did in the unrestricted comfort station!
Well, now I giggl at them, because I took Me - ga - Di k
for 6 months and now my phallus is badly weightier than usual.

What really cracks me up is that these remind me of the old Ad-Libs. They obviously have a list of words they thought were appropriate, and the bot picks from them to create the same classy little piece of poetry, just a little bit different every time:

Princesses always smiled at me and even boys did in the unrestricted bathroom!
Well, now I hee-haw at them, because I took Me - ga - Di k
for 7 months and now my peter is badly largest than national.

"badly largest than national" huh? Better get that looked at. And just a tip, if the boys in the bathroom are smiling at you, it's really more of a come-on than a criticism.

Chicks always hee-hawed at me and even fellows did in the national lavatory!
Well, now I sriek at them, because I took Meg, a dik.
for 6 months and now my putz is very much largest than usual.

If the chicks are hee-hawing, you may be at a donkey show. That may explain the sriek(sp)ing too :D

Dames always whizgiggled at me and even youths did in the public water closet!
Well, now I sriek at them, because I took Mega. Dik
for 4 months and now my member is greatly largest than usual.

You know, I've NEVER thought of a Dame as the sort to Whizgiggle at someone. They just don't do that. They walk into dimly lit offices late at night and hire private dicks.

Princesses always giggled at me and even gentlemans did in the federal water closet!
Well, now I hee-haw at them, because I took M eg ad ik
for 6 months and now my shaft is very much weightier than civil.

Perhaps that shaft was dug by the corp.

These are just so funny, the mix 'n match is just priceless. Maybe someday they will eliminate spam (and hang the spammers by their thumbs in the public square, and we'll all build a bonfire around them and dance and cheer), but until then I will continue to get a whizgiggle out of these.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Alki - dinner theif

We eat dinner at a coffee table, sitting on the floor. Alki always sits right between us, hoping to snag scraps. She will stare into your eyes and sigh, and lay a gentle paw on your leg or arm. (no, Dave's not naked behind her, he's just wearing shorts. It was about 85 that day!)


Sometimes she'll peek over the table, zeroing in on a crumb or scrap on the table (or even near the edge of the plate, she's not picky).


Then if one of us stands up she thinks the table is fair game, and she's right there! Unfortunately this has led to some misunderstandings if one of us has to get up to answer the phone :-)

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Around the garden





Thursday, September 06, 2007

Mouse

Monday, September 03, 2007

Outstanding Sunset

Sunday evening gifted us with a sunset that really was unique, both in it's gorgeous deep red colors, and the odd little dot-dot-dot of clouds which lit up half red, like little upside-down flame tips. Click on the picture to see the bigger, more spectacular version.





While taking the pictures a bat was doing laps around the house, and kept zipping by in front of me, but I couldn't quite get a picture of him. There were mosquitos out there, so I'm entirely in favor of bats. I've had them swooping over my head while i was using my telesccpe, gobbling up the mosquitos who were targeting in on my body heat. Bats are our friends!

Sunday, August 26, 2007

N 45° 57.483 W 122° 26.698

We went for a little hike today. This is a location we found while Geocaching a few years ago and it was so impressive, we thought about going back. Finally got around to it.


It was a sort of overcast day, which was nice because it wasn't too hot. The hike was steady uphill to the top, though not really steep. We followed a logging road into DNR land north of Amboy, WA, up to the top of a ridge.


There were some pretty steep drop-offs! I wouldn't want to be wandering around here at night!

Found some nice little purple wildflowers along the roadside.

This is our old Old OLD AND USELESS GPS unit. Although it eventually found enough satellites to triangulate and help us find the correct road to park the car on, it refused to be any help after that. Time for a new GPS unit. This one hasn't been good for Geocaching for years anyway, since it's precision is fairly low. It'll get you within 10 yards or so of the cache, but after that you're on your own! That was fine for the old ammobox caches, but not nearly precise enough for the micros people hide nowdays.

When we got to a clearing at the top we found ourselves looking over the edge of the ridge, and down onto Lake Merwin. Spectacular!


A huge vulture drifted by at eye level while we sat on the edge and ate our lunch.

Dave, playing around for the camera :-)
Lake Merwin is HUGE! I always hear folks saying how it's so crowded up there, but here we are on a Sunday afternoon and only a couple boats in sight. Looks like there's room enough for everybody in the county on that lake. Then there's Swift Reservoir right up the road.

Seems like ridge after ridge just went off into the distance forever.

Mt St Helens had a cloud cap on, preventing us from getting a good look at her. That will just give us a good reason to hike back up here.