Friday, September 4, 2020

Sunshine on my shoulders...

 

 

As I was headed up to the River House for a couple days fishing with my BIL & SIL I got a photo from my Sean.  

He caught two that day out of Astoria.

 Meanwhile, we spent two days on the upper Columbia with nary a bite.  Boats around us were catching fish, using much the same lures we were using.  That's the nature of fishing! Always have an interesting time with my SIL & BIL and what ever other family shows up. 

After 5 times out with nothing to show for it, my SIL sent me this photo of her latest catch!

Then a friend shore fishing a short drive down river from the hovel sent me this photo of his nice catch. 

My favorite way to have salmon is smoked. Gave Sean's girlfriend an ol family recipe for smoked salmon and am anxious to see how their salmon turns out.

I was invited back up to the River House, but decided I needed to get on with the fixits and painting on the hovel.  

Got the ice maker fixed on the refrigerator after much trial and error.  Fixed the garbage disposal, and am trying to figure out a way to remove these screws from the underside of the kitchen counter. Went to harbor freight and got a 11" pair of nippers with a coupon, figuring I could nip them off.  That didn't work, either I don't have enough hand strength or they are just too hard for the nippers.  I might try to borrow a Dremel with a cutting bit to shear them off level with the underside of the counter. The only thing I can think of to get them gone...

 


 

Back to painting.  Found my much beloved trim brushes that I had stashed away at the bottom of a paint supplies box.

 

Not being in a position to hire the painting done, and being big on attention to detail, I'm slowly plugging along. I like the new color, a warm light grey that works well in the PNW. 

 

 

I'm painting over a light baby poop color, and the lighting isn't the best to catch skips, so I'm wearing my headlamp to paint.  With a tablespoon of vanilla per gallon of paint at least it doesn't smell bad. 

The garden is doing well, keeping some neighbors in flowers, and some in veggies.



 While Willie protects the bush beans in the back garden from the neighbors cat.


It has been warm for here. There is no A/C in the hovel so keeping all the windows open at night when it's cool and closed up during the day helps.

 

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Rock'n it...

 

 This is my rock stack for today.  I change them up every so often, mostly when I find a rock that's different from the run of the mill rock.

 

 

 

 

 This is part of my little garden rock'n on with veggies and flowers.

 

 

And this is Shasta County, CA business owner, father and citizen, Carlos Zapata, showing up, rising up, rock'n it, bringing his fire, passion and truth. Enough is enough, the silent majority needs to be silent no more...! 🇺🇸  

 

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Laughing at the rain...

After a fairly long warm and dry spell, it's raining this morning here in the PNW.

Perfect weather for painting, memories,


 and a favorite song by Jon Lord...

"Pictured within"

Here be friends...
Here be heroes...
Here be sunshine...
Here be grey...
Here be life...
Here love lies bleeding...
Memories so hazy...
And dreams that drove me crazy

Here be down...
Here be paradise...
Here be starbright...
Here be pain...
Here be smiles in eyes like rainbows...
My father and my mother...
My sisters and my brother -
Pictured within

Where there're shadows ill met by moonlight...
There are dragons I have slain...
And here be bright eyes with hair so golden...
Sunrise and sunset and running free...
And laughing at the rain

Here be home...
Here be travellin'...
Here be thunder...
Here be blue...
And Sometimes heaven and thoughts of wonder...
The Miracle of children...
A poet and a pilgrim

Kith and kin - pictured within
Lose and win - pictured within





Saturday, August 1, 2020

Positives in a crazy negative world...


We had a wedding in the extended family.  I went to the Sisters, OR ranch venue with My Sean.  We do well road trip'n together.  Sean even said on the way back that I was the best road trip'n partner cause there is fun but no drama with me, lol.
None of the social distancing, mask wearing stuff for us.  Hugs and kisses were plentiful all around.

A great time was had by all.

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I'm going to be a GREAT grandma in December, thanks to granddaughter Ali and her hubby, Tyler.


It has been a while since we had a baby in the family, and I'm really looking forward to this new chapter.  They had the gender reveal the other day, and it's a girl! 

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The contractor removed my enclosed deck from the front of the hovel when they resided the unit.  I own the inside, the HOA owns the outside.  There will be landscaping done to the whole complex when all the units are completed.  In the mean time, I planted a garden in that mini space.


Tucked in around the zinnias, are a bell pepper, two tomatoes, a cucumber, a patty pan, a yellow squash, and a zucchini. There are bush beans, cilantro, & basil growing on the tiny back patio.   One zucchini plant, and I'm already freezing them for zucchini bread this winter. But mostly leaving them on neighbors doorsteps and running...


Friday, July 10, 2020

Wine & Fish...

Had a fine Fourth of July weekend, hope yours was as well.

Left Willie at the boarding kennel as my cousin was busy.  I really need to work on getting him better at traveling, so he can go with me. 
Went up to the Columbia River House Friday morning to fish with my BIL & SIL. BIL was fishing with a neighbor, and the wind was blowing, so my SIL and I went wine tasting. 









We sat out on the patio, and had several flights of wine...  There was one we liked and I said without looking at the wine tasting sheet. "Let's go inside and get a bottle of this one to have with dinner." 
"We're just having spaghetti, are you sure about this?" My SIL stuttered, while waving the sheet in front of my face.
"Of course, it will pair perfectly with dinner" I said.
We wandered inside and found the one I wanted. Where in fairly big numbers, that I could easily read without my readers, was the price...  $44/bottle.  "Oh Hell No, I'm not getting that!" I exclaimed.
"I tried to show you the price/bottle on the sheet, didn't you see it!" my SIL said. 
"Nope I didn't see it. I didn't put on my readers!"  I said with some embarrassment. We decided that the box wine we had back at the house would work just fine with the world's Best homemade spaghetti.

Their youngest son, his fiance, 



and another couple came over late Friday after work.
They went out Saturday morning in my nephew's



boat, and we went in my BIL's boat. Boats all around us were catching salmon and walleye.  All we caught was one bass. We were using the same lures as the other boats.   Still it was a good day on the water.
The kids brought their three big dogs with them.
 
Pete

Making six dogs and seven people in the River House. It was crazy fun.
Sunday we hit the river again in another location, while the kids went back to the previous day's spot.
It was a bit windy...


But we persevered, caught seven nice walleye, and two salmon. Walleyes we kept and the salmon went back in as they were natives.  


Got off the river around two, loaded up and got back home by 4:30 to pickup Willie.  
Had a great time, family, and pink poles rule!