The last month or so…

Funny thing about August, we all know it is still summer and there can be some hot days, but in the back ground we all know…

To this end, its time to start getting ready for the bad weather coming.  Add to it, with as dry as things have been, fire danger is still pretty darn high. This week last year, our world looked like this

There were huge fires within a few miles of of us, the power was out and we had to bug out.  It was not a good week at all.

Last year’s fires  made me get smart and buy a generator. This month I made sure I knew how to fire that sucker up!

Happy to report it fired right up, and I plugged in the rock tumbler, sure enough we had power! I am hoping not to have to use it, but we are ready if we do.

So what are the chances of a fire?

Check this out…

The last week of July I was walking the beach. I had JUST been down at this part of the beach agate hunting. I was walking back toward the car and was half a mile away from the smoke  when every siren in town was going off!  I was trying to figure out what was going on, and turned around to see this plume of smoke and the flames shooting into the sky!

I hotfooted (no pun intended) back toward the fire. There are houses on top of that hill.  I didn’t know what I could do to help but wanted to be there in case I could. Hats off to our local fire fighters who got there (at the same time dealing with a head on car/semi fatality collision) and knocked this sucker down within minutes. No loss of property or injuries.  No idea for sure how it got started, but it shows how dry we are, and how fast it can hit the fan!

The other big event of the month, dealing with the feral cats…

Somewhere along the line we have ‘adopted’ 5 feral cats

No these are NOT them!  I have to chase off the resident raccoon family pretty regularly, they love the cat food.

We have Kitten Kitten, Filbert, Nutsy, Scaredy, and the youngest, Peanut (Kitten Kitten is the mom and we are pretty sure Filbert is the poppa.)

We don’t want more kittens. So Michelle got ahold of the local human society, and the traps arrived. Peanut thinks they are the best toys EVER!

OK folks NO worries. These are humane traps. The plan is to trap them, then they are picked up spayed/neutered and brought back.

The first day we trapped Kitten Kitten, and 10 minutes later got a call that the vet had to cancel due to covid. Folks, that is the smartest cat of the 5. we would NEVER catch her again. The cat wrangler told us to hold tough, but not trap any more that day. He found a vet and picked her up.

Poor thing, good thing they did, she had somehow sustained a broken jaw!  They fixed it, and she is now in a cat halfway house for recovery and meds. We will see her again in October.

This last weekend the two big boys, Filbert and Nutsy were caught, and have come home fixed.

Poor Peanut though has been lonely, Michelle left the back door cracked, and look who came to visit.

If she decides she wants to move in, looks like we will have a new addition. Stay tuned….

There have also been outside activities for me  of course.

This year has NOT been a high mileage year, in fact, I am still, here it is September, and I am still under 1000 miles for the year.  I should hit it tomorrow though…

The bikes, these two shown above and the eBike,

Have allowed me to see SO many cool things this last month,

A juvenile bald eagle being pestered by seagulls

A smiling baby seal just a snoozing.

And of course the assorted blue herons

As always, when pedaling along, you see so much more that people in cars and you can pull over for the photos!  Love these guys!

Finally, there is just the back yard of our house. It is a place to escape the world and just relax. It is one of the reasons we bought the house, and if I don’t bike ride or beach walk

It is an excellent spot to decompress after work…

Aside from just sitting and relaxing, nature adds to the joy of the back yard!

It has been one helluv an interesting last month or so.

I have found an excellent place to stop for lunch on a bike ride

Found a cool piece of art for the house


And with fall approaching, I can stay awake long enough for sunsets!

Not that I needed it, August helped remind me how much I love living at the Oregon Coast. It refreshes the soul, relieves stress, and makes crappy days at work worth it.

I am hoping the next month has more bike rides, tide pools and fun adventures. Most of all, I am hoping there are no fires or evacuations needed. Send cooling and raining thoughts our way!

Thanks for stopping by!

Agate Hunting Valente Style.

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….

Was it any wonder we wanted to move here?

However, one thing I never did, was hunt agates.  I knew there was a beach called Agate Beach. But in my head, it never equated with me looking for them. Who knew I’d be good at it…. Continue reading “Agate Hunting Valente Style.”

2nd Week of Shelter in Place

Here we are at the end of the second week of the Oregon shelter in place rules.

Short update, Michelle and I are still doing well, and we are still working. We took today off from work as we both decided we needed a break, but otherwise, albeit slower, work continues.

A shout out to the Mighty P. They are giving every employee a small bonus next week to help out in these times. I did NOT see that coming and it one helluva nice thing to do. Like everyone, I have complained about work and corporate decisions over the years, but this reminds me why I work there! Well done!

It has been an eventful week… Continue reading “2nd Week of Shelter in Place”

Autumn at the Oregon Coast

I first started to title this post “Fall at the Oregon Coast”. However, since I am a bike rider, where falls do occur, and my mom reads the blog (and worries) I decided to title it AUTUMN at the Oregon Coast.

OK, on to the post!

Most people visit here in the summer when the sun is warm, the water, although cold, is calm, and there is a good chance of no rain.

The roads around here start getting busy in May. Then from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the coast, especially on weekends, is hopping! We DO have traffic jams, and miles long back ups!

I can’t fault folks, it is VERY pretty down here during that time of year.  However, these last couple of weeks are reminding me why I am finding Fall I mean Autumn, to be my favorite time of year at the coast!

Continue reading “Autumn at the Oregon Coast”

Yes, yes indeed I belong here

I keep waiting for it to happen. Sooner or later, someone who follows this blog is going to say. “Dammit! Enough is enough! I am tired of ‘I love living on the Oregon Coast posts!!!’ ”  Well, reader beware, here comes another one…. Continue reading “Yes, yes indeed I belong here”

Yes sir! That is just the rock I needed!

Ok, before I jump into the new post I gotta tell you what JUST happened!

I am on the back porch, sipping wine and looking at the photos I took at the beach, when I hear a noise. I look up and there go two deer, a doe and a buck, bouncing (I am told it is called pronking) right through the back yard in front of me! I had no chance to get a camera. I just watched with my mouth open!  I LOVE my back yard!

Ok on to the post! Continue reading “Yes sir! That is just the rock I needed!”

A year of cycling at the coast

Wow, I have NOT been a good blogger. I just saw it has been almost a month since the last post. Remember when I posted every day?

Well, a lot has gone on, including a week-long vacation since the last post. I will see about getting things caught up. However, one of the biggest things that occurred was Michelle and I had our 1st Beachaversary. Yep, March 23rd, 2019 marks the one year mark that we moved into our new house at the coast.

Sadly, on the actual Beachaversary, I was sick, so Michelle and I couldn’t go out to celebrate. We will soon though!

I started thinking on my ride this weekend, I have seen a LOT of things on the bike since I got here, So here we go, a year of riding at the coast. Continue reading “A year of cycling at the coast”

Spring is coming!

I know a lot of people who truly are NOT fans of winter! There is cold, there is snow and a whole lotta dark. Of the three, the only part I ever used to get tired of was the dark. In December and January, I would leave in the dark for work, and there were days I would leave work and it was dark again already.

Here at the coast, and working from home, this is NOT an issue. I always get home before dark. Plus, this winter has not been normal! Most of January looked like this

With lots of blue sky and sunshine, but it was still winter…. Continue reading “Spring is coming!”

Free fun!!

Ever heard the old saying, “There is no such thing as a free lunch?”

People usually say it when someone talks about getting something for free. As in, “You know junior, there is no such thing as a free lunch! Someone, somewhere is paying for that! you just don’t know it!!”

Well ladies and gents, I had an amazing last few days, and sure as hell, all the fun stuff was free! It started me thinking, a lot of the coolest things to do at the ocean really are free! … Continue reading “Free fun!!”

An Unexpected Morning Off

I have been sharing the weather we’ve been having over the last week or so. After a November of dry and sun, Mother Nature is making up for taking it easy on us earlier in the season.

This morning was no exception…..

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