Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Recent Books


My wife chides me for re-reading the same books over and over again, so the other day I bought a couple of cheap books off Amazon.  Kidnapped, written by Robert Louis Stevenson in 1886, is a pretty fair adventure story about a young man unknowingly cheated from his inheritance by his uncle who has him kidnapped to be sold into slavery in the American colonies.  He never gets to the colonies, but is shipwrecked on the northwest Scotland coast and makes his way back across the Scottish highlands.  I don't know whether this edition is translated, but it reads rather easily like a modern novel.


I tried to read 'Twenty-thousand leagues under the sea', but found it tedious in its repetitive descriptions. This novel is much easier to stay with and is hard to put down.  Makes me want to rent the movies to see how well they match the book.

Weekend October 19th

Spent Saturday raking the lawns and generally cleaning things up.  Watched an old movie called "Flight to Tangier" with a very young Jack Palance.  Sat down for a nap and woke nearly four hours later.  Beth and her friend took Toby and her friends young lab for a long walk and Toby was exhausted.


Sunday Toby said he wanted to go to the dog park even though he had the marathon walk yesterday, so he and I went.  At the dog park he's off leash and can go at his own pace.  We haven't been in over three weeks and he had a good time.  He only barked at a rambunctious four month old cocker spaniel puppy.  The river was at low tide.  Toby's not a water dog, but he loves to splash his toes through 3 or 4 inches of water.

Sunday was drier, and after a nap, I mowed the lawns and put down some fertilizer.  I'm still trying to get a decent lawn to grow again, and not leave me with a mud hole during the winters.  Watched another old movie "Fair Wind to Java" with Fred MacMurray as a swash-buckling sea captian.

Prior to dinner Sunday, Toby was acting very stiff in back, so we dug through the cupboards and came up with an old pain medication from the vets (Vetprofen).  About 15 minutes after one of those he was bouncing.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Breaking the writer's (blogger's) block.

While traveling back north I stopped for gas and an early dinner in Albany.  The gas station jockey was chatty and when I said I was looking for a place to eat he right off recommended Pop's, just three blocks further on.

Yeah it was early, but when most of the people in it were older folks I knew I was in the right joint.  A good old fashion greasy spoon.  The triple decker "Honey Nut Roast Beef Melt" with a cup of chili was perfect.  The bread grilled as dark as you can get without actually burning it was the tastiest combo with the thinly sliced roast beef.  Ok, maybe I was rather hungry, but it was good!

Don't forget to try the Cheddar Munchers also!  Deep fried tater-tot like things with bits of cheese and jalapeno, and served with ranch dip.

Monday, May 26, 2014

1 in 85, Memorial Day

It makes me feel like a redneck, ultra-conservative, Republican, right-wing, NRA member, Christian, John Wayne loving, flag waving, founding fathers believin', freedom loving, ....

Took a walk around the block in my neighborhood.  In ALL the 85 houses... mine is the ONLY one flying an American Flag on a national holiday honoring our soldiers who perished in battle defending freedom.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

CWD - May 18th

Seems like it's been a while since we went walking, so it's only the dog park again, but at least we got off our lazy butts.

It was a drizzly morning.  The field grass is growing fast.
The river is high enough, you can't get to the open beach.
The wild roses were in bloom all over the park.  A belated 'Happy Mother's Day' to you mom.
Spotted this little guy in the middle of the path on a tree root.
Took time to take a number of photos hoping at least a couple would turn out, and he eventually stuck his  eye stalks and tentacles out.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mothers Day (belated post)

Last weekend as a Mother's Day gift she got her mother tickets to the Portland Opera production of 'The Pirates of Penzance', a Gilbert and Sullivan creation.  Beth, I and her mother went to the Sunday matinee production and then had dinner at our favorite Thai restaurant afterwards.

I won't critique the play here, but will only say... I've seen better productions of The Pirates of Penzance.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

CWD - hill and stairs

 Instead of the flat dog park, we took to the local neighborhood park, Mt. Tabor.  Roughly a 400 ft gain from our house.  Toby had to be leashed, so not quite the same fun for him, but still plenty to smell.



Tabor has many side trails of gravel/dirt in addition to the main roads, so we managed to spend more than an hour going round and round and up and down the hills, getting in a few good steep trails and, of course, doing the North-East stairs (200 feet of elevation by stairs).
With a side trip to the bank, a full two hours.  Our feet hurt, but I've always had tender feet (no callouses at all practically).

Monday, April 21, 2014

CWD - Easter Morning

 I've been out of town the last two weekends, so it was a joyful return to CWD on Easter morning with nice cool temperatures, but warming sunshine.  We did an hour and forty-five minutes around the dog park, trying to keep a good pace and even jog for moments. 

Then off to Nancy's for Easter dinner.  Blew the diet, but Holidays should be an exception anyway.  Here, some Easter Bunnies were caught hiding the eggs...

Monday, April 14, 2014

Red Rocks

Red Rocks Canyon, outside Las Vegas.  Wish I had a week to do some hiking.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Boulder Dam


I prefer 'Boulder Dam' rather than some politician's name.

Spending a couple of days with relatives in Las Vegas following the NAB-2014 trade show.

Here the 'intakes' show the pending California water crisis.


Sunday, February 16, 2014

CWD - Sunday, Feb 16th

Saturday Toby and I walked down to the Barbershop (Barber Dan's).  About 2.5 miles round-trip.  The government doesn't allow dogs inside, so we sat outside until our turn.

Today, it was off to the dog park again, for a couple of hours.  Toby was aggressive to three dogs, but sociable with the rest today.  It was sprinkling when we started, but ten minutes later it dried up and even saw some blue sky break through.
He had his typical good time.  On the way home we stopped for gas and the attendant gave him three small dog biscuits through the back window.  Spoiled...

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Snow-maggedon... day 4

 The results of last night's freezing rain.


 Star Magnolia bud encased.

 A little less than 1/4 inch.
The wind and freezing rain make a frozen overhang.

Hardwoods, final


Hardwoods, after no.4

 Not everything turned out perfect.  There where a few remaining stains that went deep.  The only sure way of fixing these is to replace the boards.  Sanding more may only have created a serious dip in the floor and if failed to remove the stain then the whole overly sanded area would have had to be replaced.  We told him in the beginning we didn't expect miracles with this incredibly abused floor and so we ended up with a few "beauty marks" as my wife calls them.

Hardwoods, after no.3

When we previously had the stairs and upstairs hallway finished we used a water-based polyurethane, simple, quick, but resulted in a rather yellowish, blonde-like finish.  This time with the Swedish Oil finish, the red-oak hardwood became a dramatic dark-contrast golden color.
The stairs are white-oak planks and finished out a lighter, softer finish, but still nicer than the previous water-based varnish.(stairs looking down from upstairs landing)
Entry, looking down from stairs.  Front door to right, dining to left.  You can see the first couple of stair treads in the lower left of the picture.

The Dining room area, without furniture.