Saturday, September 28, 2013
Are you all getting ready for the Pacific Northwest 'big-blow'?? I guess it's going to be a wild weekend. Hope all my friends on the coast stay safe. They expect wind here but 35-40 MPH doesn't sound like much to me after Port Orford. But there could be a lot of trees that might come down if they aren't used to strong winds here.
Had our local flock of turkey passing down the street again today. Norm and I stood there watching and making little noises at them. One tom was very curious and kept answering us. I just hope none of the neighbors heard us. I think they all just take the turkey's as a common occurrence. Saw one of the woodpeckers up close yesterday........acorn woodpecker. Norm put out some suet and a special blend made with dried insects. So, there were scrub and stellar jays and the woodpecker. Over in the sunflower seed holder we have one chickadee that sits in there forever, on top of the seeds. It's one of those round top feeders that is supposed to foil the squirrels. This chickadee rests after eating all it wants, then continues to just sit in there........little hog!
Speaking of birds, has anyone noticed the turkey vultures this past week? We were driving in a rural area over to Sutherlin and I noticed in the sky a large number of vultures all circling around in circles. They were fairly high and disorganized......meaning not like geese or duck's 'V' shaped flock. I saw about 5 different groups of them......sometimes numbering 20 or so. I've seen them before in past years but not quite so many different groups of them as last weeks. Guess it was the time for them to all gather and fly south to California and beyond.
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Monday, September 23, 2013
We had a happy surprise email yesterday from our good friends from Port Orford, Steve and Elaine Roemen. Much too short a visit but very welcome, nonetheless....... They happen to be over in eastern Oregon and stopped by on their way back home. We caught up a bit with some of the news, showed off our new home and hoped they make another and longer visit soon. It was good to see friendly and familiar faces again.
Our new house is the color sage......so Norm and I have thought that Norm might build a house sign saying "Sage House"...........It might let people think that 'sagely, wise' people live here. ;-) And Elaine brought us a twig of sage from eastern Oregon. It smells so good! and it's the real thing! It went up on the mantle where I'm collecting other autumn-ie type things......maple leaves and twigs and odds and end.
We took care of a bit more business this morning.........changing our address for our driver's licenses and I made an appointment to have my 'concealed' transferred over here to Douglas County. I told the woman I talked to at the Sheriff's office of the problems I had (or I should say the Curry Co. Sheriff's Dept. had) in getting my finger prints. No one was able to get that done......the electronic print reader just would not accept any of my prints. Hours spent. So, I told this woman today that they'd better give me a nice long time slot. She said what I needed to do (or not do) is: No washing dishes for the next week (without gloves), no cleaning (without gloves) and no gardening (without gloves). So.......there you have it!! I have direct orders from the Sheriff's office to hire a maid and a gardener. She also suggested that when I come over to turn in my paperwork to bring my husband so he can take me out to lunch. She said they have some excellent restaurants downtown, and she thought they would be better than Curry County. I don't know about that, but generally, you can understand why I like their way of thinking over here! I love this woman~~ I am soo lucky!
We're going to try a new restaurant this Thursday. It's 'mon' birthday and I've heard from friends in Port Orford that Bric's is excellent. I'll let you know......
Hope everyone's week is starting off well......lots of rain over here. I do believe summer is definitely over. Snowfall at 5000 ft. already. The Old Farmer's Almanac says it's going to be a cold winter and that seems to be starting off that way. Reach for the 'woolies'!
Have a great Tuesday~
Posted by Snap-Smith Photography at 8:04 PM
Sunday, September 22, 2013
What a time I've had trying to get onto my blog this past week!! I was about ready to just give it up. My email account was all messed up too. Maybe I had a virus, I don't know but I changed a password today and all of a sudden my email account came back en force with hundreds of emails, some I'd seen, others not. My contact list is back along with all my folders and files.
Well, for now everything is back even if my usernames and passwords are all over the map.
I thought this photo below looked like the first day of autumn since I didn't make it out to Kruse's today.........they have tons of pumpkins that I want some photos of. These are the tomatoes and cukes that Angie gave to us a week ago. So Good.
This last shot is just of some of the pretty clouds we see over here. I was somewhat inspired to do come art work up in my studio........I really love the feel of that room, surrounded by many of my favorite things, photos, books, paintings of all types and music. (MY music). So, I did spend a couple of hours just getting myself back into the practice of going up there and trying to let my muse encourage me......
In the meantime, I'll try to get my blog with a little more frequency but the new passwords aren't being accepted and there is a mystery leprechaun inside my computer! I'm sure of it.
Posted by Snap-Smith Photography at 7:05 PM
Saturday, September 14, 2013
This first photo is of Norm fixing up his work benches......As usual his workshop is going to be neat....and in this case, brand-spanking new. I'm so happy to see him setting up his 'space'. I can hardly believe that we've now been over here in Winchester for one whole month already! It just doesn't seem that long.
Posted by Snap-Smith Photography at 5:08 PM
Friday, September 6, 2013
I had one of the nicest of days yesterday........along with one of the most frustrating mornings. My new neighbor, Angie, was taking me on a 'round the area' tour to help me get my sense of where things are a little more finely honed. I was so happily surprised when we pulled into the Winston Wild Life Safari Park. I thought, "Wow! This camera-crazed woman was soon going to be one happy camper!!" The day was overcast with chance of some showers forecast, which was a good time to shoot (camera-wise) the animals. Years ago Norm and I took a family of friends who had driven all the way from Colorado, to Wild Life Safari, only to see no animals at all because it was too hot, and too late in the day......very disappointing. This day was going to be so different! Camera primed and ready to go........the first wildlife spotted was a pair of ostriches. I did get a couple of ok shots....a little blurry but.......When I went to take more shots........disaster struck! My camera froze up!! No amount of fiddling would un-stick it. I don't want to give the impression that I didn't enjoy the rest of the trip ride through the park because I did.......but I silently growled whenever I saw anyone else with a camera taking photos. All the animals were out.......there were 4 or 5 grizzly bears....2 in a pond of water, play wrestling. There were a large circle of elk that were around a feeding bin with all their tan bottoms lined up perfectly. A pair of rhinos........a couple of cheeta.....and course the King of Beasts and his mate........all kinds of birds and etc. etc. etc. And no working camera!! ARGGH! Well, it's a good excuse to go back and now I know the perfect time and type of weather than should be the most promising.
After a bite to eat at the Park, we went on through the vineyards and farms and estates of Winston and Melrose. Angie was a wealth of information and the afternoon passed quickly.......and about that time I tried my camera once more and heard the joyous sound of "click-click-click". So, I was back in the game once more. God is Good!! (I know......he has better things to think about than whether my camera is working or not)...........
Posted by Snap-Smith Photography at 4:40 PM
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
It's already our third week here in the "Land of Umpqua". And there's a feel of autumn to the air as the dried thistle above shows. Summer is winding down....
This morning we took off for the Douglas County landfill.......or the dump. Now, you might think that a dump is just a dump is just a dump. But, I disagree. The Delightful Douglas Dump is really a very special place. Others that we've had the UNdelightful experience of visiting have been dirty, stinky and no one who has business there ever, ever looks at each other...........like they are embarrassed to be seen there doing something they shouldn't be doing. There was one back in Nevada County where the wild pigs would run all over and they were friendlier than the human visitors. Well, here in Douglas County, it's a happy place where they have everything marked as to where you drop off your 'wares', clearly labeled signs all over. There are guides to direct you, attendants that will unload some of the bags of trash, and they SMILE and say hello. When we went over to unload all our moving cartons, others dropping off their trash were smiling, talking and saying a friendly 'hi' to each other. And one of the nicest bonus' was that it is FREE!! We were so pleasantly surprised!
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