Photo a day 1

There are half a dozen or more blog posts I’d really like to do, but they will each take an hour or more of work, so I end up doing none of them.  So I’ve decided that for a time, I’ll post a picture a day (inspired in part by retireediary, a real photographer, whose pictures I’ve been enjoying very much).

Here’s yesterday’s picture (heh–cheating already):


And here’s todays:


Took that one out at the coast (duh) while on the latest camping-with-cats expedition, one of the posts I’m not writing.

We’ll see how long I keep this up.

We’ll see . . .

The big as-yet-unresolved issue with having acquired travel cats is the fact that they are nocturnal.  Further, they regard the van as their very own bedroom/playroom, having slept in it almost every night since I got them.  This has worked as desired in terms of making them comfortable in the van and regarding as their “safe place” when on the road.  However, it also means they see no good reason to accommodate my sleep pattern when we are camping.  Which is a problem.  I am a light sleeper to begin with, and I do not do well when shorted on sleep.  Not only do general coping skills decline precipitously, enjoyment of life drops to zero, and I turn into a rabid monster.    Continue Reading »

Trike run

Just took CJ for a longer run (literally) with the trike.  No pics–I need to get someone to take pics of us as we go past sometime.  We’re getting pretty good at this, and I wanted to see how far I felt OK about running her–she is a middle-aged dog now.  Also wanted to see how it felt about running her out the highway (which does have a bike lane, sorta and mostly).

So we went out to the little produce/miscellaneous goodies store out on the edge of town, maybe three-fourths of a mile from the house, so a bit over a mile and a half altogether since I take the longer but less steep way up the hill to the house.  With stops to rest her and give her water, it felt OK, but it did wear her down by the time we got out there, and again by the time we got home–she was preferring a trot to a run.  I could take her further, but if I do I’ll need to go slower.

Having gone out there, I felt the urge to buy something, so came home with red pepper pickled asparagus spears, and blackberry cider.  Both endorsed by the girl who sold them to me.  We’ll see–I think I’ll go sample them now.

Silver Falls State Park

(Note:  Two requests for identification are at the end of the post, one flower and one bird, so ID gurus–you know who you are– may want to skip to the end to check them out and give me your best guesses.)

People call Silver Falls the “crown jewel” of the Oregon State Parks system, at least according to its website, and you couldn’t disprove it by me.  I just got back from a couple of most excellent days/nights there and took lots of pictures, so this is a long post.

The first day, my brother and his wife took a day trip down from Portland and we got to discover things together.  First, a couple of pictures of my first view of the South Falls (there will be more later.  You have been warned.) Continue Reading »

About a week ago the miniblind in my bedroom fell–for the third or fourth time.  I was going to replace it, even bought a new one, but was in the middle of several other projects at the time, so just stuck a length of blackout material (I have tons left from my aborted experiment with a cat skirt for the van) over the window to shut out the very bright streetlight and left it at that.

Thereby discovering how nice it was to have more of the light blocked out of the room at night.  And also how much I missed the view out the window, and the natural light coming in, during the day.

Solution: curtains, backed by blackout cloth.

Done.  View:




And light blockage:


The curtains are nicer than I thought they would be–they’re just cheapies from Freddie’s.  I think they’ll be more effective at keeping out heat from the afternoon summer sun, too.  Win all round.

If I can keep the cats off them . . . .

My new toy

I am now the proud (?) possessor of a new etrike–an adult tricycle that I can pedal as usual, but is also powered by an electric motor and battery.  I’ve owned it (in all its component parts) for a few weeks, but I finally got up to Portland to the Ebike Store, who put it all together for me, to pick it up.

It’s been a process.  First, choosing all the component parts, which had to be bought via the internet, which means no see-touch-feel, which I hate–you don’t really know what you’re getting or if you’ll like it.  The battery is a whole thing unto itself–I went for more power and longevity, which means it’s big, which means finding a container for it and deciding where to mount it on the trike were both issues (and I may change it around yet).  And how to transport it with the van?

Anyway, here it is, just after unloading it at home. Continue Reading »

Good morning

One of the benefits of winter is that I occasionally get to watch a nice sunrise.





Happy New Year’s Eve, all!


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