Monday, July 16, 2018

Fine as frog hair...

Not getting a lot done with squaring away my stuff. I'm way too easily distracted by the scenery around here, and enjoying family & friends.

Granddaughter J, Willie, and I took the 'new to me' ride for a day trip to Haystack/Cannon Beach last week. 

 J is a great co-pilot and dog handler.

 We stopped along the way at Camp 18.

We made a small 300 mile loop, the 'new to me' ride drove great, it was a good day.

Sean is back from the great Alaska fishing trip. He has stories to tell, and has kept us in awe and rolling with laughter...
just a little envious of his super otter time...

He is seriously thinking about trading the ski boat for a fishing boat. 
"What do you think, Ma?" 
"I think that is a great idea!"
 We had a big friends & family sea bass, fresh from Alaska, taco feed last night, it was beyond yummy!

Sunday we spent the day on the water... all good except for a couple of places on the Columbia that had some nasty rollers. 

lots of houseboats, some are huge.

the bridge to Sauvie Island

a few of the many small vessels

these guys were amazing to watch

lol, my toes requesting a little more speed...

I got to test out what the trailer towing was like with the 'new to me' ride. Smooth as can be.
Need to find a name for the 'new to me' ride. Any suggestions?

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Sunday, after mass...

Went across town for mass this morning. Much more to my liking, a large, friendly parish, simple building and lots of young families.
Had to put a budget wise hold on my going to IKEA, and promptly found a garden center not all that far from the house.  They have so many plants that I really couldn't raise in Cali, plus cool stuff, and super helpful, knowledgeable staff. 

You don't realize how insidiously restrictive and unfriendly Cali has gotten til you live elsewhere.  Here there is no bag hassle at stores, or straw hassle or water hassle in restaurants or...  There is no lack of staff to help you, staff actually not only ask if they can help, they will take you to what you are looking for and are knowledgeable about what they have. They are genuinely friendly! 

We went to the drags in Portlandia last week. Lots of different rigs racing the clock. Everything from an ol farm truck (my favorite), a funky Subaru, to really hot dragsters. Weather was perfect. Fun evening with lots of friends, food, and a couple of craft beers...

OMG, these people know how to do fireworks!  They were everywhere, in driveways, on the streets, neighbors competing to see who had the biggest bang and block parties galore. 

Sean got home from the build in Arlington on Friday in time to pickup the used upright freezer I found. We need it for the quarter of beef he bought and the salmon & halibut he is bringing back from Alaska. He flew up to Juneau Saturday morning, then on to Eagles Nest Lodge via float plane to fish for four days...sigh. It really is a much needed and well deserved break for him.

I sold Hank, my pickup, and the Rav and found a good rig for me. 2016 with only 15,000 miles. Picked it up Friday evening and I'm liking it, love the Tungsten color. No more vanilla, or grey for me.   Sean likes it too, in fact has mentioned that I could put it in writing that it goes to him when I'm no longer kick'n. LOL...

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

New territory...

It's official, I'm now a PNW'er. Got my WA plates on the SUV and my WA drivers license.  Feels a bit strange after 70 years as a Californian. 

I am loving it up here, while RB was running a temp of 103-105 it was 87 here. A cool marine breeze comes up in the evenings, making for great sleeping weather.
My bed is almost finished, will put it together tomorrow. A night stand to paint & assemble after that.
While I'm on this painting bender, I've asked Sean if I could repaint my bedroom, which is currently a particularly ugly green.  He said, "go for it, mom!" LOL, I've packed a custom made gallon of paint with me for a few years now. (A friend had painted her dinning room at her new Ft Klamath house with it, and I loved the color.)  So in the near future my bedroom will be "gray horse". Rather fitting for the occupant I'm thinking.
Sean is home for a while, and his oldest daughter, Jacey, has moved in with us for the summer. She is our family soccer player, on a semi-pro team.  J has found a summer job here, and has two more possibles, within walking distance. It's good to have grandkids around. 
Willie is adjusting, and is well loved by everyone. He made a few walkabout trips at first, but has settled in now.

I've been adopted by Sean's friends as Mom. Which means more family. I'm up for that. 

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Watching paint dry...

I'm slowly getting settled in at my Sean's. He is gone for most of the week, a two edged sword, there is just myself to cook for or not, but there is just me to move furniture and heavy lift. When he's home he is most likely out riding or in the garage wrenching on HD's, out on the boat, or occasionally in the office. 
Went to IKEA to get myself a bed and took my cousin from Portlandia with me.  We got a cart full and headed out to the loading docks. They were full, so we decided to just wheel the cart to my pickup and load it up there. As we were starting to wheel the cart down the ramp, we saw that the ramp with the "red no parking paint" was totally blocked by a SUV. A young couple had decided the rules of the road didn't apply to them and were loading there. They were taking their sweet time about it too, and totally ignoring the two ol gals with a heavily loaded cart.  Finally they got their stuff loaded in their SUV and after dicking around inside the SUV they left.  I looked at their license plates as they slowly pulled away, and said (in a very loud voice), "Wouldn't you know it Damn California drivers."  My cousin started laughing, and whispered, "Don't you still have your Calif plates?"  "Shhh, we aren't near my truck"...

I'm painting my bed in a stipple dry brushed Navajo white.  Not sure I'm going to like it... 

Needs to be top coated with varathane of some sort. Will figure that out as I go.  
Lots of projects to keep me busy and things to see, and sorta out of trouble...  
For now I'm off to dinner at my SIL & BIL's in Salmon Creek. They are just back from two months in France and Italy. Though this is far from their first time there, boyhowdy do they have stories to tell.
You will be pleased to know that I wrote the final checks to close out the estate and sent them on to the attorney for disbursement. As soon as they are cashed, the estate will be zeroed out, and done.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

The journey continues...

Wednesday Uber got me to PDX in plenty of time to catch my flight to SMF.  After I was seated a fellow got on with a huge box of Voodoo Doughnuts as his only carry on. I took it as a good sign.

 Flew into SMF and was picked up by a girlfriend, and was delivered to my granddaughter Ali's in Grimes. Got Hank (my pickup) going and ran some errands. The next day after getting Hank serviced, I drove up to RB  to spend a few hours with friends, have last eye exams, and check in with the estate attorney. The judge hadn't signed & had the estate papers filed, yet. I will have to finish the rest via mail from up here. This will end someday.
Lauren's graduation went off without a hitch, and her speech as ASB pres was very well done.  Marymine's kids are a very tight group, and always looking out for each other.  Love my grandkids.

Friday, Sean drove his pickup down from Vancouver in time to attend Lauren's HS graduation in Arbuckle. Saturday morning he had a meeting with a good friend of his in Woodland. I was sent on a mission to get the flowers for a party for Lauren. After Sean & I got back to Ali's house that afternoon, we decided to hitch up and head North a day early, as Sean had the long drive to the Arlington project Monday.  Sean pulled his trailer, and I followed driving Hank. 

headed North with Mt Shasta in the distance

When we stopped in Redding for gas it was 103 degrees of hot. After two more fuel stops and a lot of miles we pulled into the driveway in Vancouver at 1:30 AM Sunday. 
The things you see on the road never fail to amaze... as we were passing Mt Shasta we came upon this Cadillac Escalade (with Oregon plates) ripping down the road. Not only did it have this very large precarious load, but was packed full of very large people... I was laughing so hard I couldn't take a pic... but Sean got one...

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Day by day wandering..

On Sunday My Sean took a couple friends, their little girl, and his mom(me) up the Columbia to the Willamette River in his boat. (Let me tell you... the glare off all those white PNW sunbathers on shore was nearly blinding for someone who just had eye surgery.) We put in at Caterpillar Island boat ramp on the Columbia River and sped up to the Willamette and Portland. Good day on the water for sure. 

Mt Hood

The Bridge

OMSI one of my favorite places
Houseboats on the Willamette
Mt St Helens
Not as many sail boats out as I thought there would be

Flying to Sac tomorrow... Haven't flown commercial in quite a while! My suit case is too big, off to Costco I went to get a carry-on.  I'm putting Harley and Sig Sauer stickers all over it, so no one messes with it or me. I don't really think anyone wants to, but I live in hope.
Tried to sign up for Uber today, ended up ordering a driver for this morning, got that cancelled but now my phone is stuck on that cancel. I might get it figured out before tomorrow. Yay, got it unstuck and rescheduled the Uber to the airport for tomorrow.
Willie is going to the pet boarding spa (jail) while we are gone. Will take his food, and blanket (which smells like home, dog, & chicken poop?) when I drop him off in the AM. Not sure he is going to like this, but we all have to suck it up at times.

Granddaughter Jacey drove down here yesterday in her jeep, and after Sean and J went to breakfast (father-daughter time) she and I went ​shopping for a dress for Nanny to wear to  granddaughter Lauren's graduation. We decided everything was too frumpy, flowerdy, and ended up each getting a pair of Van's. It will be fine, I have clothes in the trailer, somewhere...
Jacey setting on Sean's Black Betty with the boat in the background.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Trail to Vancouver...

Was at my BIL & SIL in RB two days after second eye surgery, wondering if I should find another place to stay as they were having their hardwood floors redone, and my Sean called. He asked if I could come up to his place in Vancouver, WA and house sit for him while he is managing a big build project in Arlington.
Willie and I packed up and headed North bright and early Sunday before last. It was a fast, easy eight hour drive even with the stops for Willie, and gas. 
We have settled in, though Willie has gone walkabout twice.  Thank goodness for the GPS tracker and kind neighbors
I've been having more fun! Sean told me to do what ever I wanted with the yard and house!  He may be rethinking that this week when he gets home, as several shrubs have disappeared into the yard waste bin, and even more have been pruned within an inch of their lives. Flower pots have been planted, weeds pulled, lawn mowed, bark replenished. 
In the house it's just been some minor fixits. Sean is such a neat nic you could eat off his garage floor, so there isn't a lot to do.  Cleaning windows, slider tracks and lubing them. Need to re screen a couple of windows and a screen door.   I have been to all the good hardware stores looking for window screen retainer clips. None of the guys even knew what I was asking for. I take out my phone and show them a photo on Amazon and get: "Well I'll be damned, never heard of them before!" And I'm the Blonde, LOL, I will be ordering them from Amazon. 

Next week I fly back down to Cali for the final on the estate, the last eye checkup, and the HS graduation of Marymine's youngest. Sean will drive his pickup down to see the family, and get his trailer with my stuff. We will caravan, his pickup & trailer and my pickup backup here on Sunday after next. I have a buyer for my pickup "Hank" when I get him up here.

Lov'n the weather, cool at night, nice breeze, sunny and warm in the afternoons. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Shasta Lake...

Lake Shasta with Mt Lassen in the distance

Love being on the water, especially early in the morning when the lake is like glass...
Yesterday, my BIL & SIL took me fishing on Shasta Lake.  All the years I spent time on that lake I never fished for bass. Have no idea why not. That has now been rectified and I'm hooked. What a good day!

We caught about fifty bass, only kept the legal limit, and returned the rest back to the lake.

the pros

I'm quite sure I would have caught diddlysquat without the tutoring of my BIL & SIL. 

one of the coves we fished
casting for my dinner

When we got back to their place, my BIL showed me how to fillet bass, and my SIL made the yummiest fish tacos I've ever eaten for dinner. I did the dinner dishes, which seemed a pretty poor thank you for all their effort, and a glorious day on the water.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Closer to being a Wanderer of the West...

Willie and I are starting our second week of staying in the travel trailer at my BIL & SIL in RB. We are getting a feel for living in one.  Though the travel trailer I hope to get, will be much smaller, I think we will do just fine.
First eye surgery went well, one more this coming Thursday, and then recovery time... After that I'm hopefully off to the river house on the Columbia in Oregon.  Going to get my travel trailer and pickup up there as no sales tax, YAY!  
Final paperwork on the estate has been sent to the judge and will be on his docket the 29th of May. After he signs, I can close out this chapter.  It has taken way longer than it should have, but will be behind me soon.
I love RB, and will miss it, friends, and family. Trying to get as many normal health care things taken care of as possible ahead of leaving. Squared away with voter registration for One more time to vote as a Californian.  Need to find another bank/credit union to use while on the road, and sort out how I will get mail.  
Will leave you with a few photos from my BIL & SIL place. My BIL is a retired co sheriff's detective, and my SIL (the Cowman's sister) is an attorney's admin assistant, who will be retiring this year. They are so talented, and such hard workers (neat nicks). I'm blessed that they have taken me in for the time I need to be here for the eye surgeries, and that they said I could use the spare bathroom in the main house anytime!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

On the road again...

 Had dinner on the river with Marymine and all the grandkids last night. What a fun bunch. Colt has such a quick dry whit, he had us rolling with laughter.

Packed up and ready to hit the road for RB to spend a couple weeks with my SIL & BIL while I have the cataract surgeries. 
First eye surgery is a go for Thursday at 6:05 AM. Yeehaw!
Estate accountant called to let me know the tax filings are ready for me to sign and the final accounting has been given to the attorney to file with the court.  
My brother has thrown everything he can think of at all of us, demand on top of demand, and in the process cost the estate money, and ultimately him money.  In the process alienating those who are only trying to get us through this in a correct and legal manner.  I have to hold my piece, just a little longer, and do what Dad asked me to do.

Sunday, April 22, 2018


Weather has been changeable, 80 one day, windy and wet and cold the next. The guys are really scrambling to get their crops in between storms. Tomatoes are being planted at a terrific pace. 

We've got some awesome girls in this family: 

Great niece, Finley, is fearless. 

As is my youngest GD Miss B!  She was at Shriner's Childrens Hospital in Portland to get measured for new kicks.

GD Jacey had to work yesterday, and she had a track meet. Went to work took her lunch to run the track meet, and then back to work.

GD Lauren has been working on her '72 pickup at night with her brother & dad.  They extended the cab, in order for her to have more room inside. 

Almost done.

Lauren's BFF & Lauren, the police cruiser was not there because of them, or so I was told...

 I went in last week to do the intake paper work for the eye surgery next week at the hospital in RB. Was feel'n good and a bit cocky, never a good thing. One would think I would learn from past experience. Nope.
Met with the nice young male RN, we got to talking and he was a Navy corpsman (like my grandson Cody) that went on to become a RN. Then when he asked where I was born, I found out that he was raised just down the road a piece, just a whole lot later.  Small world.
Answered all the questions, and he said "you are amazingly healthy". I was basking in all this praise for an ol cowgirl all the way back here. Woke up the next morning with the beginning of a head cold. Dammit! Feeling better today, but will call the doc tomorrow to see if I have to reschedule, sure hope not as I have people lined up to help me, and I hate to juggle their schedules anymore than I have to.