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Archive: May, 2013
I sure do love this thing.
I never really had a good outlet for my love of vehicles. There really isn’t anyone in my family, my dad is an engineer and has both an understanding and an appreciation but there is no one who loved cars, not even in my enormous extended family. Real motorheads can be tough to deal with too, there tends to be some misogyny there that rubs me the wrong way.
I really lucked out meeting AP, he is into the motos, respects ladies and recycles! Perfect! That is a very rare combination. Together, we have a very good time riding dirt bikes out on the trail, and maintaining them at home. The same is true for our ever changing stable of cars, we like driving as well as maintaining them.
AP works at an independent auto repair shop and brings me a funky issue to solve almost every week, it is my own private ‘Car Talk’ and i totally love it. I don’t get it right all the time but it is sure fun to ask questions and guess at it. It is also fun to hear about the real issue once it has been properly diagnosed. Funny (and tragic) things happen to people with regard to automotive maintenance & repair. I am constantly impressed at how few people actually understand how their cars function. The internal combustion engine is just pure magic to many folks. I can’t imagine not wanting to understand something that you use everyday.
Then again, I just have a just vague inkling of how a computer works, I guess I should get off my horse.
Isn’t she cute. She has been such a punk lately, but she is also so disarmingly cute that you can’t really stay mad.
Annie is a broken coat Jack (or Parsons – that is the long leg edition) Russel Terrier, she is about 4.5 years old and has really turned into a brillo pad with attitude.
One of the great things about her is that she does not shed much. Her hair grows out and she starts looking homeless but she does not create the bunnies that our other dog does. Some of that can be attributed to care, this coat type should never be shaved but only hand striped to ensure that it does not get outta control fuzzy. She has been striped a number of times now and has a pretty great coat. It is fun to pick her up from the groomer, she looks ready for the show ring!
I have never done this before, I have several large pots and planters and I have filled them up with plants.
Gardening in Central Oregon is a real test of commitment.
- The weather here is predictably unpredictable, and what starts off as a pleasant day can turn deadly for delicate plantings in the matter of minutes, think late frosts and sudden hail storms.
- The damn deer. They do not read the tags and will happily much away on deer resistant plants.
- What about the birds? Say so long to those berries.
- The humidity, It is DRY here and missing a day of watering can be the end of it.
The last one, I was able to over come the last one.
My buddy Adam mentioned that there exists an adapter that connects to the bottom of an in-ground sprinkler head that allows a drip line to be run off the same watering zone. I found these adapters at one of the big box stores (the guy at the local store was worthless) and was able to run line for all the pretty pots of plants out on the front and back porches.
See it? The little black line feeds a small ‘bubbler’ sprinkler and should keep my new plants moist. It took all of about 30 minutes to do this project. I am not sure what to do about the frost, deer, birds or hail; but water? – handled!
Here i am now, Monday, May 13th.
He is so big, that he is distracting.
Sitting at my desk trying to accomplish greatness, I am distracted by a tiny person that happens to be living inside me at the moment.
I still can’t quite believe that this is happening and really wonder what i was thinking some days. I am going to be responsible for a whole new person? What a wild and crazy idea. I really hope that AP and i can do a decent job of teaching our newest family member useful things. It seems tough enough to navigate the world and the warnings without having to do so for more then yourself. At the same time, I am excited for this science experiment to start. Hey little person, your dad and i are really looking forward to meeting you!
We are really lucky. I feel so bad for the people who have been hurt by the economic downturn but it has been an enormous blessing for me. In 2012 I had the opportunity to buy the coolest home, cool to me at least. Had it been even 1% cooler there would have been no way for me to afford it. Thankfully, the stars aligned and here i am.
I live in a 2 bedroom 2.5 bath, ‘nuthin special’ ranch style home on 3 glorious, irrigated acres with banging mountain views. It has 2 garages which has really improved my relationship, we are both into our garage space. My garage is the one that is connected to the house, I get to park in there. This is the view from the parking spot and the garage –
Does it get much better then this?
We live in a very sunny place, sunglasses are requisite. At least that is what i think.
I have been trying to buy sunnies for my bespectacled mate for years and this past weekend, I achieved. He ended up getting a new pair of everyday wear, transitions (that means that they tint automatically when the light is bright) sporty spice glasses.
I think he looks pretty good in them!
Finally, we are getting eggs. We have two batches of used chickens and i was beginning to think that the second batch was a dud. I bought 5 Silver Laced Wyndottes off Craigslist for 10 dollars a piece back in Feb. They were about 12 weeks old, but the man I got them from was not too sure. I think that they are about 23 weeks old now. I selected this breed because they are meant to be good layers, do well with cold and they are really pretty chickens.
These have been hanging out, eating since Feb, and we were getting very impatient for the eggs that the promised to lay! But then, it happened. I was outside messing around in the yard when i started hearing some distressed chicken noises. It was a stressful day in the coop and it was tough for me to leave them alone, i really wanted to go check it out, but i resisted the urge to pester until i thought they were all done.
This past Saturday our second batch of slightly used chickens layed 4 eggs. 4 out of the 5 seems pretty good to me. When a chicken just begins laying the eggs are small, they get bigger as the chickens mature. These first eggs are positively adorable, perfect and tiny, sometimes called fairy eggs; there are other names but fairy egg is my favorite. It makes me feel like a stud when i can eat 4 eggs at a sitting!
3 days and a couple of tiny omelets later we have a full dozen eggs. The 3 on the right were layed by our older, more experienced, first batch of gently used chicken. The first batch was given to us by a very dear friend and has proven to be one of the greatest gifts ever. Thank you Keelia! Keeping chickens is way more satisfying then i ever would have expected it to be.
We had an absolutely outstanding supper at the Jackalope Grill in Bend, Oregon this past Saturday night. It is always a struggle to find a restaurant that is acceptable to my entire family. A balance must be struck between food and ambiance that is not easily achieved. It has to be quiet, with mellow ambient music, not too crowded, and the food must be great. Jackalope Grill hit all the requirements with apparent ease. Everyone had a great meal and we could all hear each other.
Some added bonuses:
- Our waiter was great, awesome service.
- They have nice artwork on the walls, in every direction was something nice to look at.
- The owner/chef came out to speak with us about our meals and taught us new things about where the ingredients had come from.
We were even able to bring home treats for the dear pets that make up our household; bones for the dogs and oyster shells for the chickens. Oyster shells are not so much a chicken treat but something that helps them lay eggs with good hard shells, it is only possible to buy oyster shell in enormous quantity so taking home the shells from a meal once or twice a year is a better option for our small flock.
The chickens really thought that the dog treat looked a lot better then their own doggie bag. It seems that dog and chicken can get along just fine as long as there is no confusion about who gets the best leftovers.