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Posted by Here and there at 9:56 PM
One week down, three more to go till Carl returns. I reorganized my makeup drawer, did 1.25 tons of laundry, built a desk I got & discovered at the very last step that critical parts were not milled properly, moped around a bit, read, went to the bike shop & got some new summer gloves, changed the living room around, found a giant spider & started obsessing about finding more in my hair, in my closet, on the walls, under the bed, squished under bare feet... Drooled over summer sandals, contemplated my circumstances. Overall a good weekend. I keep ignoring my taxes, ugh. That's not gonna work.
Posted by Here and there at 3:39 AM
This is the link to my GPS track and photos from yesterday's snowshoe hike in Santiam Pass:
Posted by Here and there at 8:16 AM
I am being a good influence and dragging friends up to the snow. Yesterday we did a short 3 mile snowshoe hike at Big Springs Loop which is about 30 minutes past Detroit, Oregon. As you can see, the newbie on the left, Renee, loved it. Of course she did, what's not to love? several feet of new fluffy snow made the day magical. My new truck does great in the snow. We passed one nasty car accident on the 22 that had just happened, the truck had spun out, and flipped over, landing on its top, everything all smashed up. Luckily, all the occupants were out of the truck, brushing off bits of glass and snow from their clothes! Many had stopped to help, so we slowly drove past. My truck did not lose traction at all, my tires are the bomb! Of course, I also drove very cautiously!
Posted by Here and there at 10:13 AM
It's a fair amount of work, being me. Always on the move to discover the next new thing. Lately it is snowshoeing and wilderness survival. I got a new car, and it's a 4x4 which has opened all my horizons. Suddenly I can go anywhere. I can explore and adventure at will and hopefully won't slide off the side of the road. So, after a ton of research, I am outfitting myself with some rudimentary survival tools to keep with me. I went snowshoeing by myself in the Jefferson Wilderness 2 weekends ago, and I still feel like that was probably stupid. It's a wonder I didn't get eaten by a cougar out there. I'm also obsessing about waterproof clothing and have ordered several pairs of Goretex pants to try out. I've been tromping around out there in my snowboarding pants and they are too bulky for snowshoeing, not allowing the freedom of movement I crave. So that's about it.
Posted by Here and there at 10:30 PM
Carl's been working in Texas a lot, so I got a new bike. It's my urban assault bike. I hop on that bike with whatever I'm wearing, ratty tennis shoes, no helmet, and I head down generally through Bush Park to Riverfront Park, or over to Minto. I've been having a blast. I'm also riding my road bike a bit more. Today we did a 32 miler up to Gervais. There was a nasty headwind the whole way up, and I pulled much of the way. I'm shot. That tailwind coming home was heaven. Cooking class with Carrie yesterday was awesome as usual. She showed us some comfort food recipes, and we had boozy coffee. I rode my bike to and from, so I guess riding my bike home inebriated wasn't too mature of me, but I took the side roads and didn't hurt anyone! The days are shorter and cooler, boo hoo. I'm working on a hand embroidery project of a halloween tea towel, generally I watch the Vergecast or iPad today while stitching. I had my first private uke lesson Friday night. The instructor was great, but it was painfully clear that he was mostly used to dealing with 11 yr olds. I guess I may go back, I'm thinking about it.
Posted by Here and there at 6:46 PM
New Post!! whoo hoo. I'm at the beach house this weekend. Beau was about to expire from the heat in the Valley, so here we are. Yesterday, my neighbor and I did the rounds downtown, the art fair, all the shops, got an ice cream, had some lunch, etc. It was a good day in Rockaway. One of the folks that I follow in Instagram is Kevin Systrom, founder of Instagram. Yesterday he was posting photos from Manzanita Beach, which I thought was pretty darn cool. Except, of course, now all 15 billion of his followers, who have NEVER heard of Manzanita Beach on the Oregon Coast, I can guarantee you, now know about Manzanita Beach. hmmmm. I'm off to take a long walk on the beach with my Nikon.
Posted by Here and there at 9:21 AM
Don't you love this weather? It's mild, a bit grey and misty but not cold, and the days are long. There's no wind, and no hot sun. I don't mind it. My mom lives in Arizona. It's been 115 there. ugh.
so, what to do, what to do, what to do today? The bicycle club is doing Coopers Hollow ride this morning. That is sheer torture and I've already done it once this year, which is good enough. I need to ride my bike, but I'll choose something more FUN.
Instagram is down, as are many of the big cloud services because of the storms across the nation. So, I am cut off. I'm going to wash all the windows on the house, and try and organize my chaotic studio upstairs. I keep switching interests. I was doing paper art for a while, then polymer clay, then embroidery, now I'm into photography, but that means I have to box and unbox certain supplies and equipment each time. I need a house elf, like Dobby, to do all this dusty work!
Posted by Here and there at 8:32 AM