Archive for August, 2015

Chimney Sweeps are still a Profession

Who Knew? Had a chimney sweep come by today (for our wood stove). Yeah, 1.5 years ago those are words I never thought I would write or speak. Who would have thought this is still a job…but we are cleaned out. Last year I started making fires in Sept…so, needed to get this done!

Check out the Before and After photos. The Sweepers said this was A LOT of soot…more than they’ve seen in quite awhile.

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Music: McDougall

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Saturday morning Ralph noticed that McDougall – a one man band – was playing 2 hours north of us in the little town of Dufur [population 600]. He was playing outside on the grounds of historic Balch Hotel [quite the hotel during the booming RR days].

Amazing how much sound he can put out.

At a break we checked out the town, which had a small grocery store, a hardware store…and the Pastime Saloon, which was across the street. We’re NOT “bar people”, as in either just go to a bar, let alone sit at the bar, but here, we sat at the bar. Place was run by women and enjoyed talking to them, then some colorful locals (Ricky and Vernon) started talking to us. Had a blast. What was supposed to be a 10-15 visit ended up being 1.5 hours!

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Sunflowers growing in our backyard

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View from Grayback Mountain in southern Oregon

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Fall River, Central Oregon

 Water was very aqua blue, but doesn't really show up in the photo.

Water was very aqua blue, but doesn’t really show up in the photo.

Vegetation growing on a downed tree.

Vegetation growing on a downed tree.

Beaver started here, but must have stopped due to too much resin/sap.

Beaver started here, but must have stopped due to too much resin/sap.

Looked very fresh

Looked very fresh

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Saw a coyote while hiking Pilot Butte tonite.

It was small.

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Beans From My Garden

I’m harvesting this much beans and also peas, each week from my garden.

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Sea lions at Simpson Reef on the Oregon coast

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Slug eating a mushroom near Rogue River and Oregon coast

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