Anyone who has followed the blog for longer than a couple of years knows that Michelle and I loved coming to the Oregon Coast for vacations. We loved spotting whales, going on beach walks, going to lighthouses just walking on the beach.
Oh and sunsets and good food, and waves, and the people, and the food and and and….
You know, sometimes you just need an extra day off during the week… This week, I was lucky enough to score a Friday!
Before I get into that, the important stuff first. Michelle and I are happy and healthy, and yep still employed! We made sure to get our flu shots last month, and even though we are back in a Covid shutdown for a couple of weeks, we are making the most of it.
We have already decorated for Christmas
And in our backyard, Frosty the snowman is holding auditions for Santa’s Sleigh Team.
We even went out for dinner the day before the shut down began. Tidal Raves in Depoe Bay has done an excellent job keeping people separated and safe, and who would miss a sunset like this?
Hi all, long tome no see! So long in fact, they have changed how to do a post. My apologies if I end up messing it up somehow. We’ll see how this ends up!
As always, since the time covid has come amongst us, the important stuff first. Michelle and I are happy and healthy and gainfully employed! We also survived the wildfires that hit our area, almost a month ago to the day today, without any damage at all. The Wind Gods smiled on us!
But now back to the post, what do I mean ‘tuned out’.
Folks, I am tired of the news. Especially the political news. I know who I am voting for, and I bet y’all can guess who it is! But keeping to my rule of NOT being political on this blog I will leave it at that.
But since I know, there is no need to watch debates. or listen to what the candidates said or tweeted yesterday, or anything else for that matter. In fact I have, for the first time in since I got here, changed the car radio from NPR to KCRF 96.7 classic rock!
OK, when did my 80s music become classic rock!!! Am I truly that old????
But I digress!
I am doing my best to enjoy the remainder of daylight savings time and getting outside after work. Beach walks and bike rides take the place of seeing or hearing people fighting and complaining!
Now I am not safe from ALL battles. There was this epic one recently in a tide pool. Who knew hermit crabs have knock down drag out fights?
(Quick note, I made it go back to old school blog post writing!! We will get this done!)
I will freely admit that I did get sucked into one online debate.
One day, I was walking along the Salishan Spit and found this
This is the same piece after the first big waves of the year hit (same waves that dug up the whale!) I took this last week.
We humans sometimes think we are in charge. Momma Nature, though, every now and then, lets us know we are wrong!
OH! And speaking of waves, here is my public service announcement: When the waves are big, do NOT stand on or near big logs. Why?
Every year we loose someone to waves and driftwood. Even that big sucker above I have seen rocked by waves…
OK, on to better stuff. The last few weeks have been fun (well outside work, work is never fun, that’s why it is called work!)
First off, the Yaquina Head Lighthouse is open again!
This is one of my favorite places to bike to! I’ve been there twice now, which is a good 44 mile round trip. These are the longest rides of the year. AND I hit the 2000 mile mark for the year! Not too shabby for not having a single 100 mile ride in 2020. (Ok I just looked on Strava 2137 miles to date! And counting!)
We did have a brief revisit of smoke! Nothing like when the fires were just up the road, but the NorCal fire smoke hit us for a couple of days.
The nighttime red moon was REALLY creepy!
But it soon cleared and sun came back! One of the things I love about this time of year is that it is still light late enough after work to go on a bike ride, but the sunset is early enough for me to catch! There have been 2 nice ones this week! This was Monday (I snuck down after cleaning out the gutters)
And this was Tuesday at the end of the bike ride.
After 2.5 years of living here it still does NOT get old watching the sun set!
Wildlife has been fun too!
The birds love our back yard bird bath. He is a pine siskin.
Last night, no photo evidence, there was a young possum looking in the patio door at our car looking out at it! All I could think was that Mewson was saying, “You are one ugly cat” While Pete the possum answered “You are one funny looking possum!” I just let them stare at each other!
Blue Herons, Egrets and kingfishers are all over, though eagles have been scarce.
Whales are coming in closer again as well!
And just yesterday, for the first time ever, I found a Roughskinned newt! I had parked the fat tire bike for a cookie break.
He was hanging out near the fish ladder I found this summer.
Cute little guy, just sorta hung out for a bit then disappeared into the moss.
I have found quite a few NICE agates lately.
I have them tumbling now, hoping they turn out as well as I hope! This one, perfect for halloween, also came home with me.
I am also on the look out for a person! He or she has some serious mad skills! (sorry its blurry, but check out the balance!)
I have tried, there is no way I could do this! I would love to watch one being done!
All in all, as you have read, life is pretty darn good here!
I am a lucky man to have a beach 3/4 of a mile from my front door. I am lucky I can saddle up my bike and see things that make me forget the world. I am lucky to have a loving wife who takes car of me.
And I am even lucky to have Sal here who keeps seems to be watching me every chance he gets!
I swear any time I am near the water, on the bike or walking, he is there! I choose to think he is just keeping an eye on me!
OH!! One last thing! Not a big deal but I thought it was cool! One of the Facebook groups I am a member of, dedicated to the rocky coast lines here at the coast, chose this picture at the banner for October.
No money or fame, but I won a tshirt! Not bad for a point and shoot.
Ladies and gents I hope this post finds you well. I can’t tell you enough how important it is to get outside, breathe fresh air, and love life. Get away from the TV and radio and take a walk. Plug in your favorite CD or mixed tape and take a drive. Get the hell away from the evil and hate and just love life for a bit!
Yep, its been a bit since I posted. My Friend Val, of Wedgewood in Seattle History, reminded me recently that the month of June was over half gone and no one had heard from me!. So, on a rainy first evening of summer. I thought I would rectify this.
First off, as always, Michelle and I are happy, gainfully employed and healthy. As are the families. The mighty P announced this week that those in the Puget Sound area and Spokane would NOT be going back into he office in 2020. Proud of my company for making sure we are safe!
However, not all has been happy, hence the title.
First the sadness.
We lost a member of the family unexpectedly a couple of weeks ago.
The beloved, girl cat, C Catty Proulx, aka Pooh Bear aka Da Bear is no longer with us. She had not been eating and that is NOT like her. The doctor told it is was kitten cancer, and we made the hard decision to not let her suffer. She will be missed… Two weeks have passed and I still watch out so I don’t step on her early in the morning!
Wow… I totally fell off the regular blog post wagon!!!
I went back and took a look at the last post, and all the photos I have taken since then. Yep it has been awhile!
I think though you will see that with all the events that have been happening, that the delay is understandable.
So, lets make sure we cover the important parts first. Michelle and I are healthy and still working. Our jobs can be annoying, as all work can be, but we are thankful we are working when so many aren’t.
The scary part around here is we are opening up to the world next week. Hotels open and the folks from the big cities, with a much greater frequency of Covid, will be flooding the town. Add to it, some just aren’t intelligent enough to understand how masking up can help (even though it was proven in the Spanish flu 100 years ago.) We could be in for a rough summer. Michelle and I plan to hunker over the upcoming weekends.
Last weekend I got a bit busy with stuff in general. You know how it is, Jig saw puzzles, walks, and bike maintenance. Somehow I flat missed the weekly update!
First off, the most important piece. Michelle and I are happy and healthy and still working! We are bummed we aren’t in Italy as planned, but otherwise life is good here on the coast!
I saw this recently on Facebook, and it fits me pretty well in these interesting times we are a living in.
Truth be told, aside from not being able to go to our favorite places for dinner after work, and the trip into Safeway done at an almost dead run, things aren’t much different for me.
its a good thing we are surviving well! We just found out this week that our town is closed until June 1. No hotels open, and asking nonresidents to stay away. Personally I think they are trying to avoid the crush of people who would be here on Memorial Day weekend if they opened sooner. People aint happy about it, and it is tough on the town, but I gotta say, I think its the right plan…
Looking at the calendar, one will see winter is here! The week before Christmas, between Thursday morning and Saturday afternoon, our back yard rain gage recored over 6 inches of rain! That was combined with some heavy winds for 18 hours straight!
But I am OK with that! I love stormy weather at the coast, its half the fun of living here. AND it made our Lincoln City Office Christmas party at Tidal Raves even that much better!