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...



30 comments:

  1. Now that's a fine automobile. You sure do adapt well. You sound great and up for anything.

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    1. Woodsterman, Thanks, it's my tactical tank, lol...
      Hope you have great sales at the Graeagle Arts & Crafts Fair on July 21-22. You are such an amazingly talented woodcrafter.

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    2. Ya'll can see some of Woodsterman's woodcraft at https://www.facebook.com/dustnlint/

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  2. the vehicle looks good-- a great find. Nice that you are finding a community there in your church.

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    1. Rain, It was a good deal, and I'm enjoying it.
      Though I'm not a joiner, a sense of community is important to me.

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  3. Wow - only 15K miles? Good catch.

    Sounds like you're settling in nicely, Brig. Good for you!

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    1. Adrienne, Yay, a berserker mobile for sure!
      Getting my footing, all be it slower than I would like... patience is not one of my virtues...

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  4. Welcome to (mostly) Free America!

    My wife went through about 3~4 months of culture shock, and about fell over when the local grocery clerks started to recognize her, and call her by name.

    And she loves the variety of plants here for the front yard, and all the farm stands and thrift stores.

    I'm still amazed you walk into a store and just grab a can of spray paint off the shelf without having to wait for somebody to unlock the paint!

    And it's nice to be able to buy products like paints and solvents that actually work, instead of having to buy Kommiefornia Approved stuff, like water-based ( !!! ) polyurethane finishes that start falling off a week after you use them.

    It's soooo nice to be OUT of Kommiefornia.....

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    1. My favorite is TSP without P. Huh?

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    2. drjim, You are so right, it is wonderful to be OUT of Kommiefornia! I am concerned for my families that are still there, especially those farming & ranching.

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  5. Move over Brig. I'm outa here.

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    1. Skip, Come on up, the Welcome mat is out and the coffee is on!

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  6. What a nice post, so glad you are liking it there and the new car is great!

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    1. Changes, I am glad you liked my post. The new ride is amazing, lots of buttons & electronics to figure out, thankfully my Sean can show me how to operate things.

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  7. Fifteen thousand miles? You really did find the car driven by a little ole lady to church on Sundays. Enjoy. A new car always whispers "road trip."

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    1. A Patti,
      It was driven by some guy's wife that decided she didn't like the color, which I love!
      I am so going to take it day tripping to see how it does.

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  8. You'll like that Tahoe! :-)

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    1. Old NFO,
      I already do! The perfect ride for this ol berserker.

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  9. Nice wheels! Hope you enjoy the small-block Chevy, it's a huge step-up from a Rav. I picked up a '11 Silverado 1500 and the difference between my (now ranch-truck) F-150 is just amazing...

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    1. NotClauswitz,
      Thanks, I'm lov'n it.
      As my grandkids have said, "This ride is so you, Nanny!"

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  10. Oh yes...and did you mention no income tax in WA? Lots of lovely folks up there but, having spent some time in downtown Portland, they are equally as edgy as any Californian.I second that with Seattle folks. The country is a' changin and no matter where you go, you really can't get fully away from the cultural decline that is taking place.

    But.

    We have little control other than what each of us does and says.

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    1. Cheri, Portlandia & Seattle are out there in their own little misguided world. They have gotten so far away from the roots of this country.
      But,
      the virtues that made this country great are still present...

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  11. Sounds a lot like WV :) So glad you're settled in and enjoying life in WA. And nice to have family around too, I bet.

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    1. Granny Sue,
      It is nice to have family close. I'm loving that even a trip to the grocery store gives me wonderful views of big mountains and rivers.

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  12. Glad to read all is going so well. The fish coming in from Alaska for the freezer sound good! Our OSH garden center here still tries to give the personal service you describe, but recent years business has dropped off so much with drought effects and other competition they’ve cut back on employees and are just struggling to stay alive.

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    1. Joared, The boys brought back lots of different fish. We had a big sea bass taco feed last night and it was yummy!
      It is sad to see the local small businesses struggle to stay in business. I try to shop local as much as possible.

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  13. Sean's cheeky. Hope he has a very long wait for his inheritance.

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    1. Nelly, lol, he comes from a cheeky family!

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