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gordongirls
24 September 2016 @ 07:30 pm
We're at our first trial since we got back to Oregon. We haven't been raking in the Qs but the ones we've gotten have been nice and finished some titles. There will be some new action photos.


It's been nice seeing old friends and dogs and meeting new puppies.
 
 
gordongirls
17 September 2016 @ 09:30 pm
Although I feel bad for people who had things to do outside this weekend, I so so so enjoyed the rain today.  This morning before the rain started, I checked the gopher traps and had two successes out of my three traps (for a total of three ex-gophers now).  Then it started to rain.  I listened to the rain falling on the skylight.  I geeked out for hours on Horn Concertos and early classical music on Pandora.  Appropriately, I heard several movements of the Handel's Water Music.  I got many boxes unpacked and many boxes of donations repacked.  It was gray outside and simply lovely in the house just with the light from the windows.

It's fairly warm outside but I'm enjoying my first fire in the fireplace anyway.  The seller left quite a bit of wood for me.  I haven't had a real fireplace since before the turn of the century (in Wichita).  I had a pellet stove in Albany but it's not the same at all.  I had a gas fireplace in Modesto and that's really not the same as a true fireplace either (it's just sort of a glorified heater and I only used it the first winter).  The apartment had some sort of electric thing with shimmery lights made out plastic.  I would have definitely traded that for A/C this summer.  This is a real fireplace that burns real wood logs and it is perfect for me.



I've been smiling all day.  I think that this will be happening often!
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gordongirls
16 September 2016 @ 07:30 pm
It is a lovely Friday evening.  Plus there is one fewer gopher in "Minnesota" field tonight.



Ah......
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gordongirls
15 September 2016 @ 09:30 pm


I am once again the proud bearer of an Oregon drivers license and the vehicles have Oregon plates.  Happily, my middle name is once again gone from my official identification card and that makes me very happy.  Years ago, I sweet-talked the DMV man in Corvallis to leave it off, even though it was on my birth certificate.  For many years I was happy.  The California DMV people were not as nice and said that my license had to match my passport.  I looked into getting the middle name legally excised, but it would have cost several hundred dollars to do so.  But here, I just handed them my old Oregon license, they pulled up my records and gave me my old license number back and just changed the address and gave me my happiness back.  Even though I was #38 in line when the office opened at 9 am, I was out of there by around 10:30.  It was a good day.


And the first post of the back fence has now been set.

In other news, the great battle to retake "Minnesota" field back from the stupid gophers has begun.  Neighbor Joe loaned me some traps and I watched YouTube videos.  My first strike was a miss, but at least I found an active hole among the many mounds in the field.  The gophers will die.  And Joe is also going to give me some fill dirt with which to fill the dangerous holes that exist in the yard where the huskies used to spend all of their time.  We haven't been going in there since I am afraid that one of us will break a leg or something.



I also got new tires on the little truck today.  The ride had started to get rough and I knew that I wanted new tires before the rainy season kicked in.  It was a good thing I went in.  The tire guy said he thought the tires were over 10 years old and I checked the paperwork in the glove box and they have been on the truck for almost 12 years - the truck doesn't get much mileage to wear the tread off.   When they changed them, they found that one of the front tires had tread separation and could have gone at any time.  The truck is a 1997 but long paid off (and only 86K miles) so I'd like to keep it around longer.  It needed the starter a couple of months ago and probably needs a belt change, but not bad for a truck approaching its twentieth year.
 
 
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gordongirls
11 September 2016 @ 09:30 pm
Although it is sometimes hard to tell with so much clutter in places, I have been making good progress on getting the house unpacked (and stuff tossed, too).

On Friday afternoon, I found that the spinner I had ordered had been delivered.  I like the motion and colors in the yard.  This one is pretty, spins well and even has some LEDs that recharge during the day and shine at night.  A fine first kinetic scultpure -- it really zooms.

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Home photos just a click away.Collapse )
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gordongirls
04 September 2016 @ 08:30 pm
I never left home today but I made good progress in getting the office set up.  I'm trying to be good and not just shove long-packed boxes in a ceiling-high pile or on the garage shelves this time.  It takes longer, but I have lots of things for donation, recycling and trash.

Tonight's sunset was particularly pretty.  Someday the novelty of the view will wear off, but not yet.

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gordongirls
03 September 2016 @ 11:00 am
I'm not enough of a morning person to get up early and seek out golden light, but there it was, right outside my door, when I rolled out of bed this morning.  I don't know how many times I have pinched myself since moving into this house.

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There was a full rainbow over the bottom scene, too.  I'm hoping to get my office set up this weekend so I can get back to a full-size monitor.  The DSL seems to be working for most tasks, although uploading is very slow.
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gordongirls
31 August 2016 @ 09:45 am
It was hard to get dressed and come to work this morning: I was so enjoying the sound of the rain on the skylight in the kitchen.

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gordongirls
29 August 2016 @ 08:30 pm


The fan on my laptop started making bad noises when I was in the apartment.  The noise really got worrisome after I got to the house, and then the computer started spawning new Chrome windows every 15 seconds or so and being generally weird.  So I shut it off before I did irreparable heat damage to the processor.  I checked on the Internet (I love the Internet) and found a replacement fan for less than $15 including shipping from Hong Kong.  I ordered it nine days ago and it came today.

When I was a kid, I could take everything apart and put it back together.  There is a reason why I am an engineer.  I could do tune-ups on my Jeep back when there were things to actually adjust without a computer.  I had my own timing light and feeler gages.  One of the partners at the law firm in Minneapolis used to brag that I was the only woman he knew that could field strip a Jeep!  (He was sort of a chauvinist but in an OK way, and a nudist to boot, but that is a whole different subject.)

I knew I had everything backed up on an external drive so I didn't have much to lose by opening up my three-year old computer.  A search of the Internet (I love the Internet) on my work computer brought up the HP technical manual with instructions of how take the thing apart with dire warnings on how it was factory-only repair.  But I soon had the fan replaced!  Such a nice feeling.  I got the computer started and then it had some errors and Windows wouldn't start but it went through a repair operation while I fed the girls and thought good thoughts.

And now, I have just posted this using said computer.  I've still got it.
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gordongirls
28 August 2016 @ 03:00 pm
Although it will be several months before my arena gets rototilled and seeded, I spent some time this morning getting the agility equipment properly stowed in the barn.  The movers had basically just shoved things in the door and some of it was outside.  Even though I probably set the fall rains back several weeks since nothing risks getting wet, it feels good to have things in their places.


Imagine that there is a lush green field instead of weeds and wood chips.  Perfect.


So nice to have a barn again!Collapse )

And sadly (but as expected), no weave pole bases.  Those were my only set at 24".  Damn.  But I will follow up with the moving coordinator tomorrow.
 
 
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gordongirls
25 August 2016 @ 09:45 pm
We have now been in the house for a week.  Some things are put away; many are not.  I am going through long-packed boxes and I have a large pile of things and work suits to go to charity (I'm hoping I can find a place that helps women to donate the suits; maybe some tall woman needs a suit for a job interview).  It will take a long time to get everything in its place but that is okay because we are here.

Happily, last night I found two (2) brand new pairs of my favorite hiking boots that I had purchased several years ago but couldn't find when I needed boots last year.  The boots were no longer available so I bought new boots that fit well but were sadly not waterproof and looked pretty bad pretty quickly.  But now I can go back to my favorites!   Twice!

The girls and I went out to our field for another romp tonight.  Friday insisted on bringing a tennis ball so we all had a good time.  The yard in Modesto wasn't wide enough to get action shots.



We lost the tennis ball, perhaps it went down a gopher hole.  None of us could find it.  Oh well.
 
 
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gordongirls
21 August 2016 @ 09:15 pm
I'll have plenty of time to unpack.  In the meantime, I decided to seize the sunset.



My giant maple tree helped.  So did the ultra wide lens.  Aaaaahhhhhh........
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gordongirls
21 August 2016 @ 10:00 am
The big truck (and a smaller one) arrived on Thursday morning, along with five moving guys and JH and Knife.  Let's move!



Pictures!Collapse )

It has only been a few days, but this feels so good.
 
 
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gordongirls
17 August 2016 @ 06:30 pm
The moving van comes tomorrow!  It is the last step of my move.  I noticed today that I had sent my resume and cover letter to Genentech on 2/29/16.  Now, a little less than 6 months later, I am living my dream: back in Oregon, new job with great potential, new perfect house with a view to boot!  Hoorah!!

I spent the day at the empty house, waiting for various appointments and enjoying the extreme quietness and the view.



The first contractor stood me up at 9 am, but I met the neighbor along the back.  The seller had mentioned that the neighbor to the east (Kent) might be willing to split the cost of a fence along a portion of the back.  I was wandering in my big field and Kent introduced himself and immediately brought up the fence.  He can put it up, too.  I saw a fence he had built between his property and one of his neighbors and it is fine.  I think he and I will split 100 feet of fence (I buy materials and he installs) and then I will pay him full price for another 100 feet.  That works out to about 40% of the cost of the other estimate I got today from the expensive fence folks.

Kent and I also talked about my arena area and he has access to a nursery tiller and he will be able and willing to rototill my arena area in the fall and I can put grass seed down.  He used to do similar work for the Little League fields when his kids were young.  (I also figured out that I have an irrigation well so I can keep my agility field green all summer if I want to do so.)  Woot!  Plus he can help me stretch field fence around the arena (it has electric horse fence right now).



I also met some of the nursery folks, including the manager, when they drove by.  (I was just sitting outside and enjoying my view while waiting for my various appointments to come.)  I told them I will stop at the office soon to exchange some phone numbers.  They seemed very nice and welcoming.

I also met my neighbor to the south (by the road) when he came buy looking for his cat.  Joe said that there were coyotes in the area and I would definitely hear them at night.  He said there were sometimes eagles, too.



The internet guy from Frontier really liked the house and was working hard to get my phone lines working again.  Maybe tomorrow on that.

And the last appointment was Brian the carpet cleaner who I found yesterday to clean the carpet in the shop office (which will be my dog room).  He got rid of most of the stains which I found the day before.

Tomorrow morning the truck (and JH) will come.  I had originally planned on spending tomorrow night at the apartment, but it is supposed to be 100 degrees tomorrow so I will bring the girls to (air conditioned) house after the movers finish. I'm sure we'll all sleep well!
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gordongirls
14 August 2016 @ 06:30 pm
Today is another hot day so the dogs and I are staying cool and hanging out in a dark apartment.  I am working on yesterday's photos with their cooling effect.  With all of the fog, the best pictures are the face shots.  More than about fifteen feet away and things faded to gray.  It was a lovely bunch of faces with great big smiles so no problem at all.

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It's my blog, so I start with Zelda, but all the dogs are well represented.


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The end for this trip.
 
 
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