So two years ago, when we first moved here, May hit and I swear it didn’t rain all month! We, here at the coast, were in a drought. Outdoor fires, even on the beach were soon banned and it was dry as a tater chip!
This year? Not so much! Its been raining off and on for the last couple of weeks. Today, I did a beach walk, 6.5 miles from the car at Gleneden Beach to Siletz Bay and back. It was dry when I got there, but it didn’t stay that way long!
But hey, I am a coast kid. If I gave up evey time a little rain fell, I’d never leave the house! Given what I ended up seeing, I am VERY glad I kept going… Continue reading “Who did I meet on my beach walk tonight?”
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…
So what has the last couple of weeks consisted of… Continue reading “I think I missed a week!”
Good morning all. I very much hope things are going as well as they can for anyone reading this.
Update from the coast. Michelle and I are still employed. We, and ours are still healthy and, things are going well.
I think she is healthy because she is smart and careful, and makes sure to keep us out of danger. For me it more like this
Like many of y’all, the Governor of our state has issued a shelter in place order Continue reading “Shelter in Place, Week one!”
Followers of the blog will know that for Christmas, my amazing wife Michelle got me something I have wanted for a very long time. A fat tire bike!
It came home the weekend after Christmas. I rode it day one, in the rain and racing sunset. Then later in the week, I did short beach ride.
Sadly, after that, the weather has NOT cooperated (32 inches of rain since January 1) and Roscoe (the name of said bike) has stayed warm and dry in the garage. That streak ended today…
Continue reading “The mind gives up before the legs do.”
One of the accounts I follow on Instagram is for a French Fry Mooching seagull affectionately known as FathomsBarBuddy.
He hangs out on the ledge at Fathoms Bar, up on the 10th floor of the Inn at Spanish Head
He has some pearls of wisdom that come from his feathered head and orange beak. (If you are an instagram user just search Fathomsbarbuddy, all one word.)
One of his tidbits is to “Never waste a winter day when the rains stop!”
Folks, let me tell you, as I type this, our rain gage says we have 15.36 inches of rain since January 1! Our average for January is only 10.4″ (thanks Alexa!) we are well above average and its windy and rainy this evening.
So when there was an unexpected break in the weather this morning, I saddled up! Continue reading “Seriously a 2 mile climb with a headwind???”
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!
However, the one bummer is that the sun goes down WAY too early! Continue reading “Fashionable it aint…”
Yep, I know, bad blogger, it has been a LONG time since I posted. I will tell ya though, November has been a month!
Let’s fill you in…. Continue reading “November was a month!”
Here we are at the end of our second summer as coast kids. The days are getting shorter. The mornings are a little cooler, and we are getting more rain. Shoot we got two inches between Saturday and Monday morning.
But it is NOT raining all day everyday, so there is still ample time to get outside, and so I have! Continue reading “The Weather is changing”
So there were plans today to rent a giant weed eater and clear back some of the vacant lot next us. There are weeds, scotchbroom and blackberry bushes slowly encroaching on our yard. I say rent the weedeater. because we have no grass! A yard of bark and plants only! (Can I just say I love not mowing)
We received an email though, from the head cowboy of the HOA, saying a tree/landscaper is supposed to be out today to give a bid to clean up the lot to the owner. Since its 1) his responsibility, and 2) seemed like it was going to be hard work, I was happy to hang up the idea.
This found me sitting not he back deck in the morning, ready a book and sipping coffee.
While siting there, I found myself thinking, as I do often, I love our back yard! Continue reading “I love our back yard.”
Fall has hit the Oregon Coast. This means the crowds have dwindled, the sun goes down sooner and we’ve had some rain. None of this is a bad thing.
Since it was not a rainy day, I decided to do a beach walk after work. I had an errand uptown, so it was the perfect opportunity to walk the Road’s End beach and check out some tide pools. Who knew I be doing a presentation on the beach… Continue reading “Tide Pool Talks with Tony”