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The outings were Allan’s, with one exception.  I’m at home, reading.

Monday, 4 January 2016

During a Long Beach errand, Allan photographed part of our Fifth Street Park garden.

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early narcissi

early narcissus

dried flowers on Sedum 'Autumn Joy' would look wonderful in snow.

dried flowers on Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ would look wonderful in snow.

One of his missions was to go into Marsh’s Free Museum and get a couple of sea stars for a photo project.  (His real errand was to Dennis Company hardware to get a part to fix the kitchen sink.)

He found this regarding the Deadliest Catch.

He found this regarding the Deadliest Catch show. Same model boat, different stickers. The ‘Time Bandit’s’ skull mismatched onto a ‘Kodiak’ hull may become collectible.

and Sea Stars

Big Sea Stars. He brought home some smaller ones better scaled to my garden toy props .

On the way home, he accomplished a bit of work at the Ilwaco Community Building garden: cutting some dead wood out of the redtwig dogwoods.

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after, so much brighter and better

after, so much brighter and better

The next morning, I used the sea stars to make a new profile picture for Dave and Melissa’s Sea Star Gardening page.  (If you are a Facebooker, please give their page a like and make me and them happy.)

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Tuesday, 5 January 2016

I had seen an event in the paper, at the Columbia Pacific Maritime Museum in Astoria, that was perfect for Allan to attend:

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“On Tuesday, Jan. 5, historian, author, illustrator and kayak-builder Harvey Golden will present “History and Evolution of the Kayak.” Golden will trace the development of the kayak from primitive inland craft to vessels capable of navigating and hunting in the fiercest arctic marine conditions.”

outside the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum

outside the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum

Allan, who just turned 63, noticed that the audience was mostly made up of men about his own age.

Allan, who just turned 63, noticed that the audience was mostly made up of men about his own age.

After the lecture, he took the opportunity to drive to Hammond at the mouth of the Columbia River to enjoy some scenery.

He found a boat launch that he might try sometime.

He found a boat launch that he might try sometime on the Lewis & Clark river.

He observed some elk from inside our van.

He observed some elk from inside our van at Fort Stevens.

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and some bird life

He found almost all the pigeons in Warrenton

Glad our local pigeon flock seems to only number about ten!

Glad our local pigeon flock seems to only number about ten!

water's edge in Hammond, Oregon

Soon they took off over the Warrenton boatyard to mob someone else

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The Skipanon River flows through Warrenton and is another place to explore later.

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

daytime at home

daytime at home

I'd like to have time to re-read some books from my own collection...and yet have so many books out from the library, and new books I've bought, and staycation is slipping away so quickly...

I’d like to have time to re-read some books from my own collection…and yet have so many books out from the library, and new books I’ve bought, and staycation is slipping away so quickly…

This excellent, small print tome took two days to read and brought back many memories of the mid 70s.

This excellent, small print tome took two days to read and brought back many memories of my life on Seattle’s Capitol Hill in the late 70s.

And then, in the evening, for the fourth time (and Dave and Melissa’s third time):

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last time before The Force Awakens leaves our small town theatre.

After the film, we had pizza at the Pickled Fish, the only place that suits our fancy for a late evening meal.  (Most restaurants that we like are closed by 9.)

Melissa and Dave and pizza

Melissa and Dave and pizza

The margherita pizza was especially delicious.

The margherita pizza was especially delicious.

Thursday, 7 January 2016

On a bright and warmish day, when I felt somewhat guilty for not gardening, Fred from The Basket Case brought me two Lonicera fragrantissima and we had a visit for awhile.

Fred and two choice plants

Fred and two choice plants, my shadow in sunshine

Allan replaced a rotten fence post between us and the Starvation Alley house.  It turned out to be difficult because of the old post being cemented in.

He dug way down.

He dug way down.

had to get the old chunk out.

had to get the old chunk out.

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new post sunk in deeply

new post sunk in deeply

finished at dark, and then discovered another post that needs the same treatment....

finished at dark, and then discovered another post that needs the same treatment….

I tried to read the well reviewed and, I could tell, well written Manual for Cleaning Women, and just could not.  From the title story, I did glean two quotations that (having cleaned houses in Seattle from 1978-1992), I quite liked:

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So instead, I read another excellent non-fiction book:

published in 2015. I fervently recommend it.

published in 2015. I fervently recommend it.

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Friday, 8 January 2016

Last night and tonight I read our friend Debbie's book.

Last night and tonight I read our friend Debbie’s book.

I have no intention of actually brewing…too much like cooking!  The book’s witty prose was a good and informative read anyway.  I’d like to try cucumber or hot pepper beer, or have cider made from Foxwhelp apples.

I started reading The Art of Gardening and was gleaning all sorts of ideas:

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Then Allan returned from the library with a new Seaside Knitters mystery and that completely absorbed my later afternoon and evening.

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I’m desperately trying to get day after day at home for JUST reading, and yet excellent company does interfere with my mission.  Our next post will be on our other blog as we spend a Saturday afternoon at the port with our friend and sister garden blogger, Ann Amato-Zorich.  I’ll reblog it over here for your reading convenience.

 

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We’re working on our other blog this month; here is a re-blog for your reading convenience.

Our Ilwaco

From the first Saturday in May till the last Saturday in September, the market is in session from 10-4 along Waterfront Way at the Port of Ilwaco.  We managed to attend most Saturdays (unless gardening events interfered).  Here are our favourite photos of 2015.  The photos are embiggenable.

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Wednesday, 30 December 2015

On the 30th, I took a break from reading time with the feeling that I simply MUST remove the Christmas tree, eager to have the space back because I wanted to put my mother’s old desk there.  I had used it for blogging during Christmas time and realized I liked it much better for that purpose than the blue table.

I needed my space back!

I needed my space back!


many precious ornaments carefully packed away

many precious ornaments carefully packed away


new spot for blogging with a view

new spot for blogging with a garden view

Before putting away my village houses, I thought I should photograph them in order to study the details.  I acquired them from Swanson’s Nursery in Seattle back in Dcember 2005.  The backdrop is kitchen condiments, as I was in a hurry to be done with Christmas and move on.  Pretend it is a mountain range (of pink salt and of pepper).

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Thursday, 31 December 2015

This books was extraordinary.

This book was extraordinary and all about restaurant life.


This is how we get treated as weekly regulars at the Cove Restaurant.

This is how we get treated as weekly regulars at the Cove Restaurant.


the call and response

the call and response


the ebb and flow

the ebb and flow

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dealing with annoying customers:

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poor old chocolate lava cake:

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restaurant workers:

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This gives away nothing of the plot.  Bread and Butter is a flawless book.

Meanwhile, Allan made a sturdy new cat ramp that replaced one that had been hurriedly made before we moved in :

before, getting pretty wobbly

before: getting pretty wobbly, saggy and missing a step


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after, now strong enough for a raccoon family (that we hope don’t come back)

And he took some photos of what I believe is a female stellar jay:

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Allan keeps us alive during stay(book)cation by foraging for groceries and for the daily mail from the post office.

Seen by Allan in the back window of a vehicle:

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Friday, 1 January 2015

Wind blew down a tree on some important power lines partway up the Peninsula and all of our friends at the north end, including Todd and Dave and Melissa were without power till after 9 PM.  I was glad we were not affected as the day was cold and we have no alternate source of heat.

I followed Bread and Butter with another book by the same author.

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On page 44, it rocketed to another ten star rating.

This author has a knack for picking subjects that interest me:

ALS (a friend died of it and I fear it) in the novel You’re Not You. The film kind of butchered it.

Restaurant life in Bread and Butter.

And now alternative co-op life (and food co-ops and feminism and small farms) melded with something maybe a little apocalyptic. She knows just what I like to read about.

This is just how I feel when someone posts a meme on Facebook justifying spanking.

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(Below) Co-ops like these still exist in Madison. The Womyn’s Coop is now called Avalon. The name change was not so long ago. I read some websites about them. So fascinating.

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She has life with an alcoholic perfectly pegged:

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and

just how it is

just how it is

Michelle Wildgen is a new favourite novelist, but unfortunately I have now read all her books.

Saturday, 2 January 2016

I began a long novel by another favourite:

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The title comes from a favourite quotation of mine:

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I do feel that attention should be paid to the fact that Allan had a birthday! In the evening, we were joined at the 42nd Street Cafe by Dave and Melissa, Todd, J9, and Patti.  It was not the weekend for Kathleen to be here, and we were sorry she could not attend.

Places were set for three absent friends, Ed Strange (who had to help some friends wash dishes at another restaurant) and Susie and Bill (who had to attend to guests at their B&B, the Boreas Inn).

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Patti got her caesar salad with calamari deconstructed, so she could take half of it home.

J9 observes the pepper grinding.

J9 observes the pepper grinding.


Three of the party chose comfort food (stroganoff)

Three of the party chose this comfort food (stroganoff).


J9's squash and gorgonzola ravioli

J9’s squash and gorgonzola ravioli


Melissa got the pork dish.

Melissa got the pork dish.

The 42nd Street provides an exciting touch for birthday dinners:

the sparkler!

the sparkler!


the perfectly tiny chocolate mint sorbet

the perfectly tiny chocolate mint sorbet


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Melissa and I checking out Allan’s new hairy lip (Cheilanthes lanosa) fern from Todd

Another gift: about a fern quest:

  

a good evening

a good evening

Melissa and I arranged one more trip to see Star Wars midweek.  Other than that, I plan to be re-immersed in reading time with as few interruptions as possible.

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Wednesday, 30 December 2015

The weather was finally good enough to go boating, so I went back to Cullaby Lake to make up for my wimpy weather turnaround December 15. Mission: What is around the point at the south end of the lake?

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Cullaby Lake is just inland just south of Astoria

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Last time, serious rain just before launching. I didn’t embrace the rain but packed it in instead.

This time I was so bundled that I had to extend the life vest’s straps all the way out. I couldn’t imagine being too warm today so I went for the michelin man look.

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This time, sun, light wind and 40 degrees. (39 degrees-that would be too cold).

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A check out the houses and shore birds route

Skyler gave me for Christmas a sheet illustrating ‘Mac’s Field Guide to Coastal Water Birds’ from NIVA Green. It’s waterproof and has pictures on both sides.

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These birds have names which I’ll attempt.

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American coot, singular.

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American coot with friends

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American coots at a party

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A couple of western grebes

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A female Common Merganser modeling her hooded cap

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A parade of male Common Mergansers close by. 

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An alert Great Blue Heron…

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flying off to where I am not.

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These people have a small flotilla to choose from

I found a tree house that looks warm enough to live in. Three trees for support and two stories tall.

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Solar cells on the roof, a suspension bridge, and deck, wow.

There is a show on the Animal Planet network called ‘Treehouse Masters’ that we sometimes watch about building serious tree houses. It’s hosted by a company based in Falls City near Seattle. Every build is different but inspired.

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A suspension bridge to a path leading off to the woods.

Not a long trip at all, but cured the urge for a while. A dry fifty degrees would be really great next time.

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