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. 

 

24 comments:

  1. I bet that museum is fascinating!

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    1. Everyone says it's a must see. I can hardly wait to go back when it is open for the season.

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  2. Our home had been owned by an older couple, and when we moved in the kitchen area was lit by a total of two (2) incandescent light bulbs. Each bulb was 60 watts. That was our first lighting upgrade.
    Our most recent lighting upgrades were to put LED lighting the kitchen, the bathroom, and the shop areas. Wow.

    The wainscoting looks great, and that's the theme we have on our back room and its powder room.

    Looking forward to the museum report when you return.

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    1. I replaced the ceiling lights in the kitchen and dining room this week with LED fixtures.

      And yes, "Wow" describes the difference.

      According to the package, these things will outlive me.

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    2. scamorama. We were going to replace the twin tube florescent shop lights as they failed. But the LED shop lights are so much brighter than the old lights that we replaced them all.
      Admittedly a large part of that was because the price of the LED lights has dropped a bunch since their introduction.

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    3. I've been replacing light fixtures with LED's as time and money permit. They sure make the place brighter. I learned the hard way to get the warm white ones, as the white white ones are too cold industrial looking for me.
      The new LED fixtures are supposed to last 40 years, so they will definitely out last me. LOL

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  3. Saw the '79 solar eclipse at Stonehenge. Glorious.

    When you make it to Maryhill, just for fun count the number of "Watch for rattlesnakes" signs on the grounds.

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    1. How cool is that to see an eclipse there!

      Funny you should mention the jingle worms. As I was driving there I thought "this has to be jingle worm heaven".

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  4. I miss the PNW. Maybe a road trip soon?

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    1. Come visit, the welcome mat is out, and the spare bedroom is freshly painted. Bring the pup,too.

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  5. It all looks good Brig. Thanks for another great geography lesson. I even found the winery on the map.

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    1. Thanks, it's a work in progress. You guys should come up and see me and the gorge!

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  6. Love the little barn picture, so simple and pure. Thanks for taking us on your little jaunt and showing us the sites.

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    1. Occasionally, I get it right without knowing it, lol. The mat on the picture matches the Gray Horse paint, who would think, 7 years later.

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  7. OH ..... Happy Valentine's Day Brig!

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  8. You're such a busy little bee. I wish I could borrow your Sean for a bunch of stuff I need done (it certainly doesn't hurt that he's very handsome.)

    Happy Valentine's Day

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    1. Not busy enough to keep me out of trouble...
      There is a long todo list in Sean's future, as he just bought a new place.
      We think he's pretty handsome, too!

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  9. Wow and how I wasted my time visiting the old in-laws in Portland. All we ever saw was the rose garden and the wonderful aircraft at Evergreen. OK and Bend.....and the lava tube and the owl rescue place. But other than that, I missed everything!

    I have to pick up the brushes again. It is time and passed time to finish.

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    1. The aircraft at Evergreen is on my list to see.
      Love the High Desert Museum just outside of Bend:
      https://youtu.be/ZW3WGGpbNK4
      I don't do much in Portlandia, too many weird and homeless...

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  10. Great memories of those places. One more you might add to your list is seeing She Who Watches. It's out of a state park, Horsethief, and you only go there with a tour, which you get reservations for. There are other petroglyphs there. Some were put there when they put in the dam to protect them.

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    1. Thanks so much for the info. We passed the signs for Horsethief on the way back, but didn't know about it. It's on the list now.

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  11. Sounds like a lot of things are coming together! :-)

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    1. Slowly, the hovel gets new windows and doors in a couple weeks. Dual pane windows will hopefully lower my heating bill.

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