06 December 2016 @ 08:45 am
I never had driveway moments in Modesto, for a variety of reasons.
The white swaths in the nursery are covers to protect the plants (it's cold) but there is snow in the Coast Range. I'm not sure what is in all of the white plastic bags that they set out last week. Perhaps fertilizer?
05 December 2016 @ 09:45 pm
Sadly, the snow came while I was at work and the dogs were at home. Some of the flakes were HUGE! The first snow of the winter is always exciting.
It went away after a couple of hours but it was pretty while it lasted.
04 December 2016 @ 11:00 pm
It was a mostly gray weekend, but that is expected this time of year and is fine with me.
I made it out to Fernhill yesterday afternoon. The sun had suckered me to go over there, and then it was gray and rainy when I got there. Oh well. I still walked around for a bit and got some photos with the paparazzi lens. It's nice to have the refuge so close (and not flooded).
I checked the internet and I think that there will be views of Mount Hood from the refuge. Out there somewhere. It should make a nice backdrop when it is clear again.
I spent some time this weekend and worked on figuring out Elements as my editing program. I think my computer is about maxed out, but the editing is okay for now. Country living is great, except that I can't get fast internet. Oh well. There will be more photos of the refuge.
The darkness that is winter is still increasing, but the second derivative is quickly approaching zero. (I love being a nerd.) Then it will start getting better again. C'mon solstice!
I went out yesterday and found a new desk chair for my office. Here's my view from my desk: there was a pretty sunset tonight. Perhaps a bit of snow around tomorrow. Exciting!
27 November 2016 @ 07:15 pm
Four-day weekends are wonderful: two days for company; two days for relaxing.
Bed sharing is fairly uncommon around here. It makes me smile.
I spent some time today fighting with PicMonkey again to get it to edit my photos. I have really slow DSL internet since there is no cable or fiber to the house. I think the problems are worse with large files although I've had the same problems sometimes at work when hard-wired to the LAN. I thought about buying Lightroom so I can edit at home and upload the finished photos rather than editing via the web, but the reviews of the cloud-based service is terrible. Then I checked for reviews of photo-editing software and realized that the Photoshop Elements that I already have can both organize and edit. So I bought a CreativeLive course on Elements for photographers that I can watch and learn. I need to figure out a new workflow that will work for me. Rainy winter nights are good for these types of projects. I want to get out with my good camera and take photos, but the editing problems and slowness have been holding me back. I have trial photos plus Crater Lake photos in the queue. Fair warning!
Here are a couple more photos from the most recent trial. Joe's photos are large, packed with all sorts of goodness and fun.
26 November 2016 @ 05:00 pm
25 November 2016 @ 09:00 pm
We had 1.73 inches of rain yesterday, with additional that fell on Wednesday and today. We had record-breaking rain in October (8.71 inches) and over 6" so far in November, so the ground was pretty saturated before this storm. According to the county road condition site, my road was closed in at least three places due to flooding. Nothing close to my house to worry me about my place flooding, but Mark was leaving today and he needed a way out. I had seen photos of last year's flooding in these same areas, so I knew that this could happen again. Thus we went exploring in my truck.
First we checked the way out to B Street, which is how I usually get to work and to town. It was not passable today. And to the left at the intersection in the distance, the road to town was also under water.
We turned around and went the other way and found more flooding on the other side of the nursery with some water over the road but the truck did just fine. But probably too much water for Mark's car so we kept exploring. (Exploring the area had been on our list of things to do this morning, but the flooding gave it more purpose.) We tried another route and it was fine the whole way. Now I am prepared for the rest of the winter -- it is good to know that I could get back in in case it flooded while I was away and the dogs were at home.
Here's a view of the flooding looking back toward my road -- these had been dry fields since I moved in.
I had puddles at my gravel area that were hock-high to a Gordon Setter (Black Friday checked them out) but nothing else to worry about. The puddles in the arena went away quickly, thankfully.
Once we got out to the highway, we continued on our planned exploration. We circumnavigated Hagg Lake which is only a couple of miles away from me. It was very nice but I think it could get VERY crowded in the summer, based on the size of the parking lots. There are a lot of trails through the forest so perhaps I could take the dogs over for some hiking in the future.
I also wanted to check out the Fernhill Wetlands since it is a birding hotspot that might be great for wildlife photography. But not today! This road must flood fairly frequently since it has its own permanent "High Water" sign that can be easily deployed. This is also my route to Vivienne's so I now know to check the road reports when there is flooding in the area. Oh well, on this day the turkey was done early so it was probably a good thing we couldn't get there.
We ate, Mark left for home and I took a nap. It was a nice day.
25 November 2016 @ 08:45 am
20 November 2016 @ 05:30 pm
We didn't have our best weekend, Q-wise, but we had lots of fun at the Mount Hood Dobe club trial. And I have many pictures, courtesy of Joe Camp. I have missed Joe and his photos!
Zelda was 1 for 5 for the weekend, with her lone Q coming in FAST on Saturday. Friday was 2 for 6 (so she squeaks in with the title of our hero for the weekend) with Qs in FAST on Saturday and Time2Beat today. Friday just had a bar down in Standard on Saturday and did a good job with all of her contacts all weekend. I thought both girls had Qs in Standard today, but the judge (and the videos) both indicated that both girls missed the last weave pole before the tunnel. My fault, of course, because I didn't notice which shows that I didn't work every pole. Oh well, we had fun. Once again, Zelda had a bit too much fun on Saturday... but the big smile on her face always makes me smile.
I'll upload more photos at work tomorrow (with the fast internet), but here are a couple for now.
18 November 2016 @ 09:32 pm
It was a slow, albeit colorful, drive tonight.
16 November 2016 @ 09:30 pm
13 November 2016 @ 07:45 pm
It was an interesting week, to say the least. The election results did not change, so I was happy to have a quiet weekend at home.
On the dog health front, both girls seem to be getting better. Zelda hasn't had any accidents (that I know of) and Friday's cough has settled down to just a chuffing sound. Both girls are sure to live. I don't have a more recent photo to use, so here is Zelda from her vet visit on Monday. She's such a happy dog and is at ease at the vet, but the cat that is asleep in the basket on the counter is purrfectly at ease.
Zelda's wild white eyebrow hair has returned! It makes me smile.
I spent Friday night in front of the fire and it was fine way to end a hard week. Saturday's weather was pretty nice and I spent time outside cleaning out the gutters. I took the plugged downspout off and found that it was packed with a tight mat of roots all the way up to about 5 feet high. The pipe going underground was totally packed, too, with absolutely no water passing through. That explains the overflowing gutters and the puddle on the front sidewalk next to the house. I will have to call some sewer folks to ream it out next week but I did put up an alternate pipe system out to the grass for now. I also planted 5 boxes of Winco tulip and daffodil bulbs (@ $1.98 each) in one of the raised beds in the back. It will be fun to have some spring color when spring comes (hopefully but not much money was invested). I had dinner at Vivienne's so that was a very nice way to end the day.
Today, I have been both a bum and fairly productive. I unpacked a few more boxes and hung a couple of things on the wall, but at this rate it will take me years to totally unpack. That is okay. I've asked for the movers to come take the empty boxes and other debris away so that should give me much more room in the shop. I moved a cartload of wood from the barn so that I can have more fires at will. I found a power cord that works for the boom box that will allow me to have fine tunes when I soak, which I plan to do soon. Zelda and Friday assure me that it's okay to be in bed by 9 pm in the winter.
08 November 2016 @ 11:30 am
Although I am thoroughly enjoying my work these days, I would have liked to linger longer in the driveway this morning.
I am having trouble concentrating on anything this election day. It will soon be over. Except it won't really be and the same old obstructionist and partisan shit will continue. Sigh.
But in other happier thoughts, my agility arena is turning nicely green. The green on this side of the fence is moss but also a lovely shade of green. And now the back fence is ~75% complete!
02 November 2016 @ 09:00 pm
Zelda and Friday and I had a great time in Medford. First up was our day trip up to Crater Lake and explorations on the Rogue River. Those photos are to come. Then it was soooo fun seeing all of the Southern Oregon people who I haven't seen in years (along with some Northern Californa folks). It wasn't our best weekend of agility, but it wasn't too bad. Zelda had fun in all of her runs and only too much fun once. Friday's weaves started poorly but got better over the weekend although that doesn't usually happen. Friday also missed several dark single-bar wingless jumps so that is something we can work on. I liked our matching Halloween hats. JH and I ate well and often. And my raffle luck continued!
Thursday: Zelda 2nd place JWW
Friday T2B Q (only 4 points since she took three tries to get her weaves)
Worker's Raffle: Bottle of Wine plus gourmet chocolate bars (I gave the "poison-to-me" ones to JH)
Friday: Zelda 1st place Std
Friday 2nd place Masters JWW
Saturday: Zelda 2nd place Std and 1st place JWW for Double Q #18
Friday 1st place Masters FAST
Sunday: Zelda 2nd place FAST
Raffle: Set of cloth storage squares, Spa tote (with fleece blanket, towel set, luxury hand creams, wine, candle, Olay body wash, spa sox and candy), Friends picture frame, $50 certificate for the photographer, box of dog cookies
Worker's Raffle: Free Day Entry
I made it home in time to soak off the driving stiffness before going to bed. I was never big on taking baths, but the Jacuzzi is darn nice!And meanwhile while we were gone, this was happening at home:
In other news, I submitted my ballot and I checked the Elections website and it was acknowledged. Now, can't this terrible election end already?
29 October 2016 @ 05:52 pm
Halloween fun in Medford.
26 October 2016 @ 05:57 pm
If you drive 75 miles to see a lake and can't see it, is it really there?
This was Crater Lake today, full of fog. I know it is out there!
Meanwhile, it was sunny when we got to the Pacific Crest Trail.
A very nice day even with an invisible lake. Pictures to be resized soon.