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.

 

32 comments:

  1. Only went out for salmon once, a company/client deal out of Westport. Up till then I had never been seasick but when power was cut and we started drifting I had a couple of tough hours. We did catch fish and our deckhand told me she hadn't seen someone upchucking while they had a fish on. That's me, the over achiever.

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    1. You powered through and caught fish, that's great. I've been on the river a bunch of times and have yet to catch my salmon, so you're ahead of me.

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  2. The only fish I've caught that big were out ocean fishing.

    A Dremel with a cut-off wheel would go through those like butter. I've done things like that a LOT in the 1940's house we had in Long Beach, and everything was rusted, patched together, or just flat-out "Done Wrong".

    An Angle Grinder with a cut-off disc would also blast through them, but might be a bit bulky for you to handle under a counter.

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    1. Never been out ocean fishing, so no idea how well I would handle it.

      Found another Dremel like brand with a cut-off wheel, much cheaper than a Dremel. Thinking that maybe the best way for me to go. I have a small battery powered Dremel that I use for Willie's nail trims, but the cost of the cut-off wheel alone would pay for the whole kit an caboodle of the Dremel like brand...

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  3. The grinder attachment will do the trick. Be sure to wear eye protection.
    Looks like you are keeping busy there.
    The fish look great!

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    1. I sure hope it works, those screws are dangerous. Thanks for the eye pro reminder.
      Hope all is well with you, it has been so hot & dry down there.

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  4. Brig, didn't your Daddy teach you to spit on the lure first.;)

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    1. LOL... Dang, I had forgotten that. Next time for sure I'll add spit to the the Addicted Salmon Blend.

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  5. the fish look tasty. I also like smoked but haven't had it in years.

    The color looks nice

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    1. Des said her grandpa, the game warden, had a similar recipe for smoked salmon. Anxious to give it a try.
      Thanks, I really like the color!

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  6. You are the handiest person I know with so many tricks up your sleeve and the fortitude to just get it done!

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    1. I'm most likely more stubborn than handy... lol

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  7. Looking good, but wouldn't fish guts do the same as vanilla?

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  8. Eye protection caution seconded.
    Those little Dremel wheels are very fragile when bent at all.
    Maybe a Barbie sized oxygen acetylene cutting torch would work, but then there's that whole problem of setting things on fire.

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    1. Eye protection on, and the sparks have been flying trying to cut through those screws. Having busted two wheels already I'm throttling back on the rpms in hopes that I don't burn the place down in the process.

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  9. Slow and steady wins the race... And Willie is on guard! :-)

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    1. It appears I'm not real good at patience for getting things done...
      Willie has been teased unmercifully by the neighbor's cat and a couple of crazy squirrels. At least he doesn't bark at them. The day may come when he realizes he could easily clear the fence around the patio...

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  10. I've tried to smoke salmon, but I can't figure out which end to light.

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    1. LOL!!!

      I'd forget that and go for a good Diesel: https://youtu.be/_cDO3dA-d84

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  11. Your painting looks great, and so do the fish (jealous)!

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    1. Thank you. Come out to the PNW and go fishing with us, Padre!

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    2. I would love to! All I seem to be catching are, ahem, perch...

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    3. Things are a little hot right now in the West, come out later in the fall for some fine fishing.

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  12. Hi Brig! My those salmon are enormous. Your photos take me back to salmon fishing with my grandpa at the mouth of the Klamath with Yurok Indians as our guides. Your industriousness never ceases to amaze me and your home continues to look refreshed. And thank God for Willie!. We bought a Montana cabin last year before this covid mess and have spent much time out of California this year. No AC here either and that's exactly what we do--close the windows by day and use our fans and open them at night. Works pretty well. It was 95 last Saturday and snowed 5 inches on Monday. Montana capriciousness!

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    1. How exciting that you got a place in Montana. If you can e-mail me pics I would love to see it. I've been working on upgrading the hovel so that I can sell it and move further away from all the crazies... Idaho or further...

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  13. Will do.
    You would fit in just fine in Big Timber! We still have our place in the Bay Area but when the grandchildren go to college, we are out of here. Took a mortgage on the CA home to get the MT place. Yes, I will email you and good plan you have.

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    1. Thanks for the photo and invite. Hope to get Montana way next summer, for some fly fishing if nothing else.

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  14. You might want to screw and glue those corks into those protruding screws. It doesn't solve the problem completely, but they won't jab anyone.

    The fishing looks spectacular.

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    1. Good idea! There are other corks around that I could use.

      The smoke put paid to a lot of the fishing. We had rain last night and off'n on all day today. Air quality has gone from a high of 600+ down to 23.

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  15. Late arrival here - I was painting my son's basement, which had low level light fixtures.
    I went to a local hardware store and bought one of those halogen light work stands and really lit the place up. Amazing how well it showed all the missed spots.
    Frank

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    1. Good idea, Frank. Thanks for the comment!

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