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.

Hardwoods, before/after no.2

Old stains by previous owners... dining room corner.

Entry to Dining room.

Damage by young dog gunning his engine and squealing his paws around the corner (repeatedly).

Snow-maggedon, Saturday Feb 8th

We've been playing in the snow since Friday.  With chains on the Pontiac Bonneville we've been to the veterinarian and the grocery store.  We've also walked Toby a mile or more.  By the end of the walk he had snow balls in his paws pretty bad and had to stop a few times to chew the worst ones out.  We also walked to the local Fred Meyers for more furniture felt pads to get all the furniture back into the dining room.  Last night we started to get the freezing rain and this morning there's an 1/8 inch coating of ice everywhere.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Hardwoods, before/after no.1

Small furnace cold-air return vent at base of stairs.

Large cold-air return next to front door.

Large cold-air return in dining room.

Unused vent hole in kitchen hallway.