Thursday, June 4, 2009

No they di-int!

I don't normally watch Hoda & Kathy Lee on the 4th hour of the Today Show. (Did they really need a 4th hour??) But it was on and a story caught my eye. It was a touching story about a man who looked to be about 80 who had long ago lost his wife to cancer, and has since raised their severely arthritic daughter. Although the daughter is 50-something, she still lives with him and he sees to her daily needs.

So Hoda & Kathy Lee were honoring this man for Father's Day. It was all nice and fluffy with puppies, unicorns & rainbows. And then they did it ......

They taunted, teased, and tormented these unsuspecting and undeserving sweet people by making them listen to a song by none other than .... oh, I can hardly type it .... Constantine Maroulis. (Ouch, that hurt.)

This man is just ick to the Nth degree. I hated his devilish stares into the camera during his season of American Idol. I always felt like he was glaring at ME. It drove me nuts. Plus, I don't think he can sing worth a darn.

Oh, and the title of the song? "He only had eyes for me". Sweet.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

First camping trip of the Summer season ...... Otherwise known as: Shock of the year - I'm actually blogging!!

I know, I know. You're shocked to see that I've posted something. It's only been 5 months. Gimme a break!

We kicked off the summer by going on our first camping trip of the year, and boy did we get lucky with the weather. We went to a State Park called Fort Stevens on the northern tip of the Oregon coast. There is a shipwreck that has been on the beach since 1904, I think. I'm too lazy to look it up. The ship was called the Peter Iredale. Someone research it and report back.







We had a great time. The kids relaxed....
...while the grownups played. Hmmm, that's different!

The place is called Fort Stevens because it's an old military installation that was active from the late 1800's until the end of WWII. This is one of the batteries. (I didn't know what it meant either.) It's where they had huge guns that could shoot miles out into the sea. They never fired an attack, but were fired upon.

It was a great way to get the summer started. We have 3 more camping trips planned, as well as a trip to Crater Lake. I can't wait!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Huge Snowstorm

As with much of the country, Oregon has had lots and lots of snow lately. We've had snow, ice, and freezing rain for 9 days now. It hasn't been over the freezing temperature mark either, and has gotten as low as the teens. Yesterday, it snowed for 14 hours straight and we got 8 inches. Then came the freezing rain to coat the top of the snow with half an inch of ice. I thought I'd share some pictures and videos with you.

In this one, you can see the bird bath filled up with snow. I think it looks kind of like a pie. You can also see that the pond is frozen over. In fact, the birds were walking on it. video

In this one, you can see how much snow piled up on our car. That was after scraping it off once the day before and driving to the grocery store. You can hear that there is a 1/2 inch layer of ice on the top. Oh, and it was taken through a screen. Yeah, I didn't want to go out in the 23 degree weather! video

This was taken to show the colored icicles. They really did look prettier in person. It was hard to get a picture that captured what it really looked like.






Our house with 8 inches of snow.













This is a gazebo in a park in the center of town.













Icicles and Christmas decorations.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Thanksgiving with the Fam

We went to Phoenix for Thanksgiving. I'm sure it was crowded at most airports, but ours was eerily calm for some reason. Our flight was at 8pm, but being that it was "the most heavily traveled day of the year", we decided to arrive at 4pm. Yes, the parking lot was very full and we had to park in the overflow economy lot, which is as far away as you can get, but there was barely a line to check our luggage, a short line through security, and we got to our gate with 3 1/2 hours to kill. Sheesh. However, I'd rather do that than to arrive 2 hours ahead and find long lines in both places and be all stressed out. So naturally we ate, then shopped, then pottied, then shopped, then sat, then walked around, then pottied, then sat. It was fine.

Had a great time with the family. It was nice going from 50 degrees and drizzle to 70 degrees and sun. I tried to soak up as much of it as I could. There were 10 of us for dinner. I have 2 brothers with wives, 2 nephews, my parents, and of course me and the Hubbs. It's hard to get us ALL together at the same time, so it was really nice. I think the last time was in Vegas in 2005. That was for my husband's and eldest brother's 50th birthdays, which are a week apart.

Ok, here's the problem. I have some pictures but not all of them. I have a 4GB memory card in my Canon digital camera, and after 2 years and over 1,000 pictures, it decided to throw a "Memory Card Error" on me -- AFTER I took a bunch of pictures over the Thanksgiving weekend. After researching, I discovered that I have to buy a card reader (which I never heard of before) to get the pictures off of it and on to my computer, but it's not guaranteed that it'll work. It depends on how bad the data was corrupted. Darn technology. I thought I liked it. Anyway, we went to Walgreens and bought another card so I could take pictures of what remained of the weekend.

Here are a few shots of our trip to Sedona. It's just beautiful. My Grandparents lived in Arizona when I was growing up, so we'd drive there from Los Angeles often, and I've always loved going to Sedona, Flagstaff, and the Grand Canyon. There is a church built into the rocks that is so pretty that I'm going to make a separate post about it. (Yes, I know I'm slow at posting and I haven't even finished my Alaska cruise series yet, but bear with me!) As always, click the pictures to make them bigger. These are best viewed BIG. They are really gorgeous.










































































Edited to add: I had gotten a new Flip Video camera just before the trip (I LOVE IT, and will make a post about it later). I was playing with the software it comes with, and here's what I made. video

Sunday, November 9, 2008

My nephew the Drum Major

Kyle is the Drum Major (or bandleader, if you're not familiar) for a very large high school in Southern California. He's the one in a white uniform in this video. You can see him at the beginning, then after the sign-holder girls get out of the way, you can see more of him. He spins a mace, which is longer than a baton and has a round head on the end of it. Anyway, we're proud he was selected as Drum Major for his Senior year. This particular video shows him leading the band in a competition that they ended up winning. Go Kyle! Go Apaches! Oh, and he was also elected Homecoming King this year! He rocks! And... my other nephew, Kyle's brother Spencer, is in the band also. He's a Freshman and plays trumpet. I don't see him in the video, but he's there. Ok, sorry to bore you. That's all.

Monday, November 3, 2008

File this under - WHAT?!?!?

This is from katu.com, the website for the local CBS affiliate in Portland, Oregon. It was posted today, November 3rd.

Dispute over pet cat ends in murder-suicide

FLORENCE, Ore. -- A neighborhood dispute about a pet cat escalated into a murder-suicide Friday in a rural part of Lane County, investigators believe.

Teddy W. Sellers, 63, died Saturday morning at a Eugene hospital from gunshot wounds sustained Friday night in a dispute with his neighbor, 57-year-old Guy A. Frazier.

Frazier believed Sellers had injured his cat, investigators said. Frazier confronted Sellers on the street about the incident and a shot was fired, striking Sellers in the head, according to the Lane County Sheriff's Office

The two men lived alone and next door to one another. Investigators believe the two had an ongoing dispute over trespassing, pets and other neighborhood nuisance issues.

A postal carrier saw the injured Sellers and alerted authorities. Sellers was taken by air ambulance to RiverBend Hospital in Eugene, where he died the next day from his injuries.

The sheriff's office closed down Canary Road for several hours Friday night and Saturday morning while they searched for the shooting suspect. Officers executed a search warrant at 2:15 a.m. and located Frazier's body. Investigators believe Frazier took his own life before emergency crews arrived.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Oh Hail No!!

We had a surprise hailstorm this evening. It was already cold, but it got even colder, then it started raining really hard for about a minute, stopped briefly, then started again in the form of huge hail stones. If you live in areas where you get golfball-sized stones, disregard the word "huge". They were huge for Oregon standards. Probably a little larger than a marble. All I know is it was LOUD! I took a video, but it was just as it was all ending. You can kind of hear the sound in the first few seconds of the video. Oh, and it was through a screen if you wondered.





















Kids in the neighborhood came out to play as if it had snowed.



















I hope they didn't dent the car. They were huge and were hitting really hard. It was seriously LOUD.























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Monday, October 6, 2008

Alaska Cruise, Part 4

I was looking through my Alaska pictures and saw some that I didn't remember posting even though they occurred before some of the pictures I have posted. After I recovered from my temporary Alzheimer's, I realized that we had done two adventures in one day. So I shall now go back and talk about the night we went to a Salmon Bake. I don't even like salmon. Neither does Mom. But it's ok because they have chicken also. We knew that ahead of time. Hubby and Dad LOVE salmon, and it sounded like fun, so we booked it. Anyway, they take you to this area just outside of town that has a creek running through it and lots of trees. They bake lots and lots of salmon and have some sort of yummy, sweet looking sauce they'll put on it if you want. As I mentioned, there's chicken too as well as corn bread, beans, salads, desserts, you name it. There was a lady playing guitar and singing folk songs, and she wasn't too bad. In between songs she'd tell stories about Alaska. It was fun. We liked it because it wasn't a rushed thing. You came on a bus at a certain time, but you could leave whenever you wanted. Busses were running back to the ships about every 20 minutes. So we took advantage of that. After we ate, we walked up the creek where there was an old abandoned mine.




















































They had a few gold pans out and you could try your luck in the creek. Hubby was all over that.




















There was a really pretty waterfall, and I must have looked like a professional photographer or something, because I got asked by no less than 5 couples/families to take their picture in front of it. We were all one big happy family.

















Oh! And it was lightly drizzling off and on, so they had this row of umbrellas hanging at the entrance that caught my eye.


















Here's a short video of the creek and waterfall. Complete with some random guy's voice.



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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Alaska Cruise, Part 3

I may just win an honorable mention in the "World's Worst Blogger" contest. Here is Part 3 of my Alaska Cruise Review. Ok, so it's been 6 weeks since Part 2. Whatever.

The good news is we're up to the most scenic part. Tracy Arm Fjord. We entered the fjord about 6:00 am and boy, was it cold outside! Probably mid-40's. They had a place on board where you could sign out a wool blanket. Even with the blanket it was pretty dang cold the whole time we were in the fjord. But the views were spectacular as you can see from the pictures. There was a naturalist on board providing commentary which could be heard out on deck, or through your stateroom's television.

Tracy Arm is a long, narrow, dead-end fjord cut by a glacier thousands of years ago. At the end of it is Sawyer Glacier. We were there on July 23rd, and of the weekly cruises from May through September, ours was the first to make it all the way in. They go as far as the icy waters will allow. Did I mention the awesome views? I took 94 pictures and 3 videos that day alone.

We were back out into the open waters by 11:00 am and I'd tell you what we did the rest of the day, but since it's been 2 months, I can't remember. So in the meantime, just enjoy these pictures and hang on 6 more weeks to find out what we did the next day.
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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Now I know how Gandhi felt

Ok, perhaps that's a lofty comparison, but it has to do with - doing without. No, I didn't go on a computer strike, but for 16 days I was without mine. It was sheer agony. Never have I experienced such deprivation and withdrawal. You don't realize how much you're dependent on this MACHINE until you don't have it. After the first week when we saw we weren't going to get it back soon, Hubby set up our old antique PC. It was NOISY, the monitor was HUGE, the screen size was all screwy, it was ..s..l..o..w.. it had (e-gad) a corded mouse and keyboard; it didn't have my bookmarks, photos or favorite software. I hated it. Well, long story short (too late?) I have my lovely modern PC back. I am once again whole.

Since I like to attach photos to all my posts, here is a cartoon progression of what my computer has gone through. Poor baby.






Acting Wacky















Diagnosed Sick















Getting Fixed...















...While we used an OLD computer













All fixed!!!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Laziness, bikes, and flowers ... OH MY!

I am just plain ol' lazy when it comes to this blog. I promise I will post some more about our cruise. Someday.

Summer is sadly coming to an end. We just got back from a 9-mile bike ride on an 85 degree day. I must say, it wore my ass out. I cannot for the life of me understand how those Tour de France guys do it. Maybe it's the extra few (dozen) pounds I carry. Ya think?

Anyway, I'll be back, as Arnold once said. In the meantime, enjoy these photos from our annual Dahlia Festival in Canby, Oregon. We live less than a mile away from the country's largest producer and supplier of Dahlias, and for two weekends every year, they open their farms to visitors and have a simply GORGEOUS display of arrangements in their nice and cool basement. Maybe I should blog about that someday. Hmm... a new idea!! Click on the pictures to enlarge them. Especially the 2nd one with the bee on it.















Wednesday, August 6, 2008

The train! The train! Our Alaska Cruise, Part 2

Ok, so on Tuesday we got to Skagway. This is where we boarded the White Pass & Yukon Railway for our 3 1/2 hour tour. The scenery was gorgeous. Oh, and the train tracks come right up onto the dock. That's it in the upper right in the picture below.
















Here are a few more pictures from the train ride.















































After we got back, we walked through the town a little bit, then headed back to the ship.

































I'm going to try posting a short video of the train trip. I haven't had much luck with videos in the past, but here goes. video


Wow, it worked! Ok, it's not very good, but it worked! Ok, that's it for today. See you next time!