Thursday, February 13, 2020

Cabbage, Chores and Day Trip'n...



I don't have the heart to rip out my cabbage and plant new annuals, yet. It has been so bright all winter.  
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My Sean came over on Friday to install the new light fixtures in the stairwell and take his ma to lunch. He brought his pup, Lachlan with him. 


The two lights have been out in the stairwell for a while now.  I did not realize how dark the stairwell was til I flipped the breaker back on.  Wow, it lit up to bright bright.  Now I can see that the previous owners put three different colors and textures on the walls. ugh.  I have most of the patch work done, so I thing I will go ahead and paint the whole interior.
I use Miller Paint, and they offered to give me a free 1/2hr with a decorator to decide on colors. I'm thinking a neutral for the walls, and an off white for the uppers in the kitchen with darker lowers.  Which should update the kitchen and make the black appliances not stand out so much.  Will see what the decorator suggests. 
 Finally finished painting the spare bedroom and the little half bath downstairs. I could happily choke out the previous painters.  Removing paint runs, recessing nail heads, and patching holes took so long.



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Asked my cousin in Portlandia if she was up for a day trip up the gorge on Monday.  She was, so Willie and I went and picked her up and headed out to find some Sunshine.  We went up river, and found my BIL & SIL in sunshine at the River House.  They bought another river house, and sold the one they have in one day.  Lots of work needed to bring the new place up to snuff, it's bigger.  They are doers, so I'm sure they will getter done.
After lunch with them we went  across the Columbia to Stonehenge. It sets overlooking the gorge.  So well kept and interesting.



 To read more of the fascinating history of the area go to https://www.maryhillmuseum.org/inside/mission-and-history

We wanted to see the Maryhill Museum of Art, but it is closed til March 15th. We will be back.  I especially want to see the icons and chess sets.




"Set among 5,300 acres on a bluff overlooking the Columbia River Gorge, Maryhill Museum of Art is one of the Pacific Northwest’s most fascinating cultural destinations. Museum highlights include a gallery of 80 works by Auguste Rodin,  artifacts from Queen Marie of Romania, Orthodox icons, unique chess sets from around the world, the renowned Théâtre de la Mode, along with rotating special exhibitions."

Next stop was Maryhill Winery for more local history and a little fruit of the vine in the Sunshine.


 We came back home to clouds and rain, but we had our moment in the sun. 

 

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Sleepless in Vancouver...



We had a light dusting of snow at 4 AM, sadly it melted away too quickly.  I've missed the snow, and the quiet that comes with it.  Living in town is still challenging to me. 



I wanted to start painting the second coat of Sunday Stroll on the walls of the spare bedroom, but thought better of it at that 4 AM hour.  Because it is best done with the window open and Andrea Bocelli's "Si Forever" album playing full volume.  My neighbors are friendly and I'd like to keep it that way.


Before I put the second coat on I put my phone on photo and scan the walls to see how the coverage is. The difference in the amount of paint easily shows up.  Now if I can just learn to put on even coats in the first place.

A big unwieldy cabinet with mirrored doors is being dismantled so I can get it out of the bedroom. It's not good wood and poorly made, but I will save the beveled mirrored doors and the drawer hardware.



The tulip bulbs that I planted in pots, planters, and the ground are starting to poke out of the soil. 




The little Clematis I planted next to the small back patio has it's first leaves. I was concerned that it wasn't going to do well, though it is somewhat protected by the pine. 



I've been running on 3 to 4 hours sleep at night, max.  I've never needed a lot of sleep but this not being able to shut down is troublesome.  Thinking some time a horseback or at the range might be helpful...



Thursday, January 30, 2020

Shine on...


 

My niece, Rachel, was asked if my great niece, Finley, could do a spot for a Slumberkins ad.


Rachel sent this: "I just wanted to share this sweet video Finley (and kind of Corban, too) is in. It was filmed in our rental and our current tenant plays Finley’s mom." 

They used Finley's voice, 
and as you can see there's a bit of the family spark in her shining through... 






Monday, January 20, 2020

Eye see...



 I've never really wanted a tat, but I just might rethink that...  Talked to my SIL M and I'm going to do it in marker the next time we go fishing.  We can't wait to see the look on BIL Don's face!

Not much happening around here. Working on hovel projects.  Two light fixtures over the stairwell need to be replaced.  Sean said he would help with that as he can reach them much easier than I can.  When I said I could do it, if I bracket the ladder between the walls, he shuddered and said "MOM NO!" sigh.

Also working on the crosses collage.  I've been picking up the occasional cross from thrift shops and yard sales. Going for a west/southwest theme. This is what it looks like so far...   







I intentional did not space any of them evenly. How long I can handle that is yet to be seen.

Went to the eye doc for my yearly eye check up. I got a lecture on "When you have something going on, get your butt in here!"  
Being my usual self, this is were I said, "Doc, my butt wasn't bothering me."  
Except for that ocular migraine aura event all is well, and I have "real" reading glasses on the way.  I read so much that it was time to bite the bullet and get the prescription goggles.

  

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Bear with me...



Tuesday afternoon I headed up to the river house to do some sturgeon fishing with my BIL & SIL.  It was pouring rain and blowing here.  Dried up about an hour into the two hour drive.  I arrived just as dinner was being served by my SIL.  Melt in your mouth chucker with gravy over rice!  While my BIL did the dishes, us girls repaired to the living room with our wine and their three dogs to catch up on all the family gossip. 
Next morning we were up early and took the boat out on the Columbia. 


BIL Don

We had on enough rain and wind gear to withstand most anything, but it turned out to be a fine day.  Fished all day, but only got a few pecks on a couple of the rods.  It was such a nice day, just being on the water was enough for me. We watched an eagle hunting, spied on the guide boats to see if they were catching anything (they weren't), and enjoyed each others company.  That evening we went back to the river house, and had a salmon (from their Alaska fishing trip) dinner. Visited for a couple hours, then called it a day.  
We were up early the next morning to rain and wind.  Since they had an appointment in a neighboring town,  I loaded up and started home. Stopped on the way at a Coastal Farm & Ranch to get a new set of all weather bibs, for next time. I can't find my old bibs, too many moves, I guess, but more likely loaned to someone who forgot to return them.
Made it back to the hovel just before the start of rush hour traffic.  
I can hardly wait to go again. I've "volunteered" to help paint the newest river house to compensate for my time on the water.
While I was up river, I got a text from my shoot'n friend in Red Bluff.  He has a cabin in the foothills near Paynes Creek and sent a photo.  It has been a fairly open winter down there, so this fella must not have gone into hibernation...