Posts Tagged ‘birthdays’

be careful what you wish for……………………
Sunday night the Big Wind came. Really big, with 50-60 mph winds and gusts of 90+!  We lost power at 5:07 am on Monday morning; lighting, wind, driving rain, etc. The ups ( battery backups ) sounded the ‘no power’ alarms and I got out of bed, and turned them off and unplugged them.  When we got up at daylight, around 7am, Gretchen was doing the dishes with the last of the hot water, and she had made a fire. Her and Tom headed towards home, and to get a cup of coffee somewhere along the way.  
We did okay, having a good supply of firewood, and made good use of the little burner that they had left here some time ago.  Thank goodness it wasn’t too cold, and the rain had left with the last of the wind midday Monday. We do need to come up with a checklist of things to take care of when an approaching storm is coming – namely, fill buckets of water, as the well pump is electric, which means we need flushing water.  I have an oil lamp, coleman propane lantern, and a supply of candles.     We did make a trip to Long Beach yesterday afternoon for ice, as we didn’t know when the power would come back on.  We went to a friend’s for dinner ( who got their power back yesterday morning ) and when we got home there were lights on. happy dance :))
We only lost the tops out of a couple trees on the north lots, and a tree fell across the road by our driveway just about where the last one was. No big deal. The wind did push a lot of water at the south wall of the house, and we got a leak in the ceiling by the sliding door in my studio. I think we found the source, so we’ll attempt to protect it for the next ( coming ) storm.

Needless to say, I have done nothing as far as painting goes, and the carpet is still scheduled for tomorrow.  I did get the fabric off the wall, but that was the end of it. It was just too dark in there to work. Today we will move everything out of both bedrooms. Tomorrow evening we can move it back in.  Looks like I’ll just have to cover the floor before painting.

Richard is now toying with the idea of leaving early this coming Monday, and having thanksgiving with Lauri. Seems like it might be a good idea to get to San Diego and do the work on the Falcon sooner – I am feeling a little nervous about the drive back here with winter storms on the horizon.  If that’s the case Sunny & I will make trip to Seattle for the holiday.  Some of this depends on the plumber coming to finish work on the garage – if he comes this week, then Richard will go next week.  

A belated Happy Birthday to Ethan, who turned 35 yesterday.  My dad used to always ask on Ethan’s birthday ( to nearly anyone ) “do you know where you were xx years ago today?”  Then he would go on to describe that he was fishing on some river and what he caught. That was one of those funny things about him that I’ll always miss.  Ethan, I hope you had a great day.

Read Full Post »

 We are at our New Home!  
Well, for a few days, anyway.
This trip it feels different, in that I know that it will be permanent really soon.  Like, I have a date. Its looking like the final trip will be around the 8th of October. And as more personal things are taken away from the Santee house, it is feeling less and less like ours now. Hmm. One of the goals is to keep the plants and yard somewhat green in the 105+ degree heat that has settled in the last several days. It would be really disheartening as a buyer to get the keys to a house that you saw in its’ green glory now all brown just a couple of weeks later. I am really lucky to have a couple people come by to do the watering.  No news from the realtor – which really is good news at this point. 

We had a great trip up this time; taking three days to get here instead of the usual two. We stopped by to see Ethan and Sarah in their new house – what a treat to be able to sit and visit for a while. They have found a nice house, and all it needs is for them to put their own marks on it – it’s still in the ‘blank canvas’ state. They are lucky in that the previous owners left everything in whites or light neutrals – easy to go over with whatever colors you like. ( the complete opposite of what we are leaving our buyers ) It was fun to watch the cats warily check out Sunny. 
We left there and had a relaxed drive to Roseburg, where we spent the night.

Today we drove the last leg, stopping at a little place on Hwy 26 ( which goes from Portland to the coast ) called Oney’s – had a good burger and great fries ( always a wonderful thing when they’re fresh cut ). Got here around 2:00. We had to do a little bank/ business/tax/ stuff but got it all worked out – I love technology sometimes!
It looks like Gretchen and Tom, ( and possibly Ryan and Mom ) will join us for the weekend. Yay! I also need to mention that over the weekend is  http://www.funbeach.com/events/cars/RodRun/index.html which is one of the reasons that we decided to come up this week. 
It was great to fire up the Tiger and run into town this afternoon. And the weather looks to be good for the next few days, so I see some topless time ahead!   whoo-hoo!
We need to bail out of here on Monday though, and get back to Santee to move out, as the house should no longer be ours on the 14th.

We got to go to Aidan’s birthday on Saturday, and he is getting so big – but still adorable. I’ve tried to upload pics, but somethings’ witchy there- boo.
I did meet with my wealthy client on Friday, and as of now its looking like she might just be flying me back to San Diego periodically to fit her. There was even talk of her putting me on the payroll. Might turn out to be an okay gig after all. hmmm. We’ll see how it works out, but it should be interesting at the least. 
I’ll try to put up some new pictures in the next day or two. 

Read Full Post »