Friday, July 18, 2014

The Fire Is Kind Of Close

You may have heard that Oregon (and Washington and a few other places) is on fire. 

We seem to have a fire every year somewhere in Oregon but this is by far the worst since we've been here.  The Waterman Complex Fire is about 30 miles or so as the crow flies to the northeast of us. The smoke is really bad. My throat is sore and my eyes are burning.

You can't see the town or mountains like you usually can.

I don't think we are in any danger at our place unless something really bizarre happens.

 We're just trying to breathe.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

New Horse

Last week my daughter texted me and asked if I would go to Medford to pick up a horse she found on-line. He looked nice in the photos and she had been talking with the owner and decided she wanted him.

We made arrangements to spend one night with our friends in Roseburg and took off the next morning for Medford to see the horse. When we got there he was in a field with some cows and when I went to get him he trotted straight up to the gate. I haltered him and took him out.

As we were talking with the owner I gave him a cursory look over and picked up his feet. The feet were a little rough but not too bad. At least he picked his feet up right away with no problem. He seemed very sweet.

Then we tried to load him. 

Umm, I thought he loaded easily???  NOT.

A cowboy at the training stable tried to give us a hand but I sensed his frustration after about 20 minutes of fruitless attempts. Then someone suggested backing the trailer to the opening of the indoor arena, so the only place he could go would be into the trailer. At least that was the theory.

I tried to walk him in twice with no go. On the third try I muttered to myself (and to the horse) "If you don't go in this time you are staying here."  

He walked right in like it was no big deal.

The ride home was uneventful.

Here is the new horse in the third pen, next to the two mares' pen.

Not the best head shot. His eyes really aren't crooked.

He has no problem with the dog.

After giving him a week to settle in I decided to take him for a little ride.

He was very good. 

One thing is certain and that is it's time for me to start exercising again.


Monday, July 7, 2014

Big Egg

Last week I got an egg that was so big it hardly fit in the egg carton.

I'm pretty sure I heard the hen screaming when this one came out!

Tonight it was breakfast for dinner so I thought I'd have the giant egg. Sure enough it was a double yoker!

Sunny side(s) up with a buttered biscuit with Bonne Maman mixed berry preserves. 


Monday, June 16, 2014

Bucks And Clucks

This spring we've seen a few regulars hanging around the property. There is a doe and her babies, though we don't have a picture of them.

These two young bucks seem very comfortable.

And we seem to have a pair of quail that may have been nesting in the cubby under the deck.

We've only seen one at a time for the longest time but today was the first day they were out with their babies. 

Right now they are so tiny and cute!

The bucks aren't that tiny, but they are cute too.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Bank Jump

We finally got our bank jump filled in with dirt. 

I'm pleased with how it turned out. We ended up putting two more side pieces on just to help hold the dirt in. Actually all we have to do now is cut all the posts flush with the surface, but that's not a big deal at all.

This is the "tall" side at 20" height.

This is the "short" side at 18" height.

The view looking down hill.

Closer view of the tall side.

Closer view of the short side.

And Clyde modeling for us.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Painting The Game Room

The time has come to paint the game room, aka Wil's former room. All the holes have been patched for quite some time and the white patched hole marks were glaring against the medium gray walls. We wanted to lighten it up. 

I know the room is a mess now but we pushed everything to the middle in preparation for the painting.

At work they had asked if there was any other department I might want to work in and I said "Paint". So for the past few weeks I've been working in the Paint Department once or twice a week. I really like it.

We finally narrowed our choice of color down from the 40 or so chips I had brought home. I was excited to mix my own paint when I was at work the next day.  

Turns out I was in a bit of a hurry and I mixed the wrong color.  It was one of those three color chips and I had marked the color I wanted, but when I went to mix it the chip was folded up and I made the wrong color! A coworker tried to lighten it up for me and I brought it home anyway.

We painted a few spots on the wall to see if it would be okay.

We thought it would be okay and I started painting.

It wasn't okay.

It was glowing. It was taking over the room. It was overwhelming. 

It was nauseating.

It reminded me of when my sister painted one of her rooms orange and we jokingly referred to it as "CalTrans" orange. Icky.

I had only used one can before we decided it was enough and we could not live with it. Fortunately our store has a very liberal return policy and I was able to return the two unused gallons.

I got the paint chips out again and started over. This time I got the 8 ounce samples and brought them home.

I still wasn't happy with those colors and brought a couple more home to try on the wall (no photos of that). But I finally decided on a color and bought the paint. This time I didn't mess up on the mixing. Here is the new color. 

I got everything but the three access doors done. Maybe on my next days off.

SOOOO much better!!!

The next step will be to paint the three access doors, then clean up. It's going to be a nice room again soon.

In other news I did not get the Paint Department job, but I did get a promotion anyway. I will be moving to the Hardware/Tools Department which is fine too, because I love my power tools! Also I was offered a full time position so I'm no longer part-time. I'll be working a full 40 hours a week and I got a bit of a raise too (about $1.00/hr). That means I can get store health insurance too. It's not a whole lot of savings but it's better than before. 

So, things are looking brighter!

Sunday, April 20, 2014


I believe it wasn't all that long ago I mentioned I was starting to get a bunch of eggs every day. Despite my friend from work's assurances that he would take all the eggs I could give him, when I asked him recently if he was ready for yet another batch he admitted that he couldn't keep up.

This is what we have to date:

In a bowl...

Three 18 packs full...

Leftover from yesterday's gathering after breakfast this morning...

Since it's Easter today and I was fortunate enough to be scheduled off for the day, I decided to bake some sort of sweet egg bread. I started my Google search with "egg bread" and after a bit I found "challah" and decided to go with that.

I'm not going to post the recipe here but if you are interested I used Smitten Kitchen's recipe (click here). It was easy and didn't take all day.

Here are my results.  Two loaves, the first a regular three braid. Kind of boring looking, in my opinion.

The second was a six braid, more interesting but next time I'll make it a bit prettier.

And in case you were wondering it really tastes good, too. If you like Hawaiian bread you'll like this bread.

I will use the bread not only as bread, but for French toast and bread pudding. 

Happy Easter!!