Friday, April 3, 2020

Going forward, slowly...

They are putting in new windows, doors, and siding on the hovels (condos). The new metal roofs went on last fall.  In the process they have removed the front deck, deck roof, and fence. Now to find a home inside for the things I had stored out there.  Challenging, but not impossible.

I wanted to see the architect's elevations to get an idea of what it will look like when they finish.  Not having a lot of luck with that. According to the workman that is ripping out the decking, the HOA board president has bought close to 15 of the units and wants everything removed from the outside. This so the complex looks uniform and neat. I get that, but as an owner, I would still like to see what the (his) vision is for the complex. 

I'm staying in, reading all the books that I had stashed, and painting the inside of the hovel.  Lots of crafty things are waiting to be done, and waiting, and waiting. 
Willie has been his usual grumpy self, and gives me the stink eye when I turn off his Hallmark movies.

Some of my flowers are starting to bloom in spite of all the rain and hail storms of late.

 I'm not meant to be a towne, I'm meant to be in the back of beyond, where I can have family gatherings, a real garden, chickens, a pack of dogs, and a horse or a mule.  I'll get back there, it's just taking longer than I thought...

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

“stay-at-home” order...

Hated to leave the Gorge but the hovels are being resided. I need to be here for that as I have the only extra keys to the Doc's place next door, as well, my place.

When I got back I seal-a-mealed the walleye fillets and distributed them to neighbors in the hood.

Back to caulking and inside painting, and normal chores.

Yesterday, the sun was shining, so I planted a bunch of pansies 

 and spray painted my patio furniture. 

 Went back inside for a cup of coffee, heard a loud racket outside, looked out and dang.

It was hailing like a son of a gun.  Patio furniture paint and pansies seem to be OK, will see.

The Governor has mandated a “stay-at-home” order as of today!  

Luckily, I had recently purchased new batteries for my 6' ft distancing pole

which were added to the other survival items needed for staying-at-home.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Self quarantining...

New windows, doors, and siding are being installed on the hovels. In order to stay out of the way... and at the request of my BIL & SIL I went up the gorge to the River House. 

part of the view from the river house

 Willie stayed with my cousin in Portlandia to help in the garden. 

We thought it best to distance ourselves by being on the water.

my SIL

my BIL
 Since we were out there, might as well try for some food.

We caught nine walleye, so I brought home enough fillets to keep a few of my neighbors in the hood happy.

 The one sturgeon was about 7 ft, 150lbs, and we released it.  It started to tire me out after the first 30 minutes. But, lots of fun to catch and get to the boat on 5# test!  What beautiful prehistoric fish they are.

towards the end of day on the Columbia

Monday, March 16, 2020

Monday, all day...

The snow is gone, it left via a cold cold wind.  Today is sunny with an occasional breeze. 
Mt Adams in the distance, from the hovel

I ventured out to get moss cleaner for the deck and patio at the mega store. People are still clearing the shelves of TP, water, sanitizer, and some vegetables!  Commonsense is not on the menu. Lots of small businesses are really being hurt by this.

My parish has stopped all public masses, and most activities as requested by the Archbishop of Seattle.  Proving once again that you don't need a church to pray.   Oh, but you are encouraged to send in your offerings on line or via the mail. 

Had to call in my electrician to fix the plugs in my bedroom.  Acted like a loose connection, but I know diddly squat about electrical stuff.  The guys came, and yep they were wired incorrectly.  The guys fixed them and took a big check and walleye fillets in payment.

I'm regrouting my bathtub.  Wanted to get it done before this, but have been painting and other things instead. You know "squirrel".

before removal of old grout...

after removal of old grout...

 I will finish when I get back from the blood sucker drive at the parish hall. 

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Snow Day...

We are having a Snow day in Vancouver !

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Tight lines...

Headed up the gorge on Wednesday to spend some time at the River House walleye fishing.

 Didn't get there til late in the evening. As I had to wait til the deliverer of my house warming gift for the new river house actually delivered it, so I could take it with me. 

 Stowed it in Nate and headed out, leaving the gloom and rain behind me. 
Next morning we were up early. It's a must to wear lots of layers as it's cold on the water in the early mornings.  With a base layer top, flannel shirt, sweat shirt, leggings, and jeans layered under my lined bib overalls I must have looked like a dark version of the Michelin Man.  Didn't care what it looked like, I was warm, an love'n my bib overalls!

We put in at the mouth of the Deschutes, and headed out to the Columbia.

My BIL knows the river and he is good at getting the rigging, bait, speed, etc... right. Plus, he has the patience of a saint, at least with his sister-in-law, she of the many questions.  I could show you a pic of the harness we were using, but then you know...

It was a Beautiful day on the water. There were a few barges going down river, and a fly over by the Air National Guard.  

 We got off to a slow start, and lost a couple. Walleye are notorious for throwing a hook. Then we found the sweet spot, and my pink pole ruled! 

My BIL caught two, SIL caught one and I lost two, but I ended up boating seven. 

 We got back to the river house, cleaned all the fish, and had a delicious walleye dinner.  
The next day my BIL caught one, and I caught two. My SIL lost a couple, and had started saying, "that damn BB is catching all the fish"(lol). So we decided to retire back to the river house, wine, and the woodstove. 
Saturday I got up early, loaded up my gear and fish, and hugged my BIL & SIL goodbye.  They had another group of family coming in, and I had had two good days in the sunshine, on the water, & visiting with them.
Got home and shared some of my catch with a neighbor that had kept an eye on my place while I was gone.  (I have to fess-up that I bribed him with cowboy cookies before I left, encase I didn't catch any fish.)

My Portlandia cousin is coming over to get some of the catch. She's never had Walleye, so it will be a treat for her. 
I had such a good time, and am happy to share the bounty...

Monday, February 24, 2020

Two and a half years...

There are many things that I really miss about living in a rural community.

Finally got my health insurance sorted, and now have a mandatory deduction for medicare prescription coverage that I didn't sign up for in the beginning. I didn't sign up for it because I didn't need it! I didn't and don't have any prescriptions! It just chaps my hide that they get away with this.

Anyway, today I setup an appointment for a physical with my new doctor. The doctor is part of a large group, and so far I'm just a number here. 
I need to take my medical records with me for the first appointment.  Dialed my old doc's office in Red Bluff.  Mind you I haven't seen doc in two and a half years. Doc answers the phone. I start to say my name, no need. He recognizes my voice, calls me by name, says how are you doing in Washington state? Asks what he can do for me?  
"I need my records mailed up to me, please."
"The girls are gone for the day, give them a call in the morning, and they will get them to you." "Now, how are you doing up there?"
We chatted for a bit and ended with Doc saying it was good to hear from me. 
I'm trying to think that the new city doc will live up to the standard that came before him.  But, two and a half years... 

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Collections and such...

Having moved so much, I collect only a few things. 

There is a tray of Heart shaped rocks, that the grandkids and I have found over the years. All are perfectly imperfect and all have a story...

 A basket of old single spurs. How does one end up with only one spur? 

The vase of feathers collected from hither and yon in the back of beyond. 

And my small but prized collection of well used flap jack turners...

~ l ~

 I've mostly finished with the spare bedroom, just need to get a closet door, hang it and then I'm done, til I'm not...

~ l ~

On another note:
My SIL & BIL just texted me to say my room is ready at the new river house, the weather is supposed to be perfect, and to come do a little painting, and a lot of fishing! 

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.  

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.


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

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...