Wednesday, March 31, 2010

No rain far...

This bird better hope for no wind.
I hung my laundry outside today, hoping for no rain. None so far, but it does not look good for later today.
I am enjoying reading The Big Burn, a history of Teddy Roosevelt and Gifford Pinchot. They palled around a lot. Pinchot was in love with a young lady who died from tuberculous very early. He talked with her after her death. When he went camping with others, he would never sleep in the camp. Instead he went off to sleep away from everyone else, so he could chat with his dead wife. (He married her after she died...).
If you traveled to Washington State, you see the name of Gifford Pinchot as the name given to the big forest up there.
More than half of this book takes place before 1910, the year of the biggest fire in the United States since it became the United States. At times it burned 3,000,000 acres in a single day.
This why I like to read read biographies to learn about the times the person lived.
The worst biography I ever read was one on Sandy Koufax, my favorite pitcher of my favorite baseball team. That author put in one or two paragraphs at the end of each chapter to tell what was going on in society during the time he pitched. I remember most of his pitching career, but that book was terrible.
I have seven more books waiting for me at the libary plus 3 more "in transit."
I will spend the next two evenings reading The Big Burn to finish it before going to the library.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Snowing here earlier


I bet these birds wonder what they are looking at.

It snowed here around 7:30 this morning. What a surprise to have snow here on March 30.

Have you seen the movie Harvard Beats Yale 29-29? It is a documentary that interviews many of the players, including Tommy Lee Jones, a Harvard player in that game. Both teams were undefeated prior to this game, but Yale was so much better. Everyone was surprised when Harvard won each game. You must watch this movie to see how the scores piles up for Yale, and how Harvard catches up to them in the last 62 seconds, with Harvard 16 points down at that point.

I watched this movie a few months ago. I also recorded it again last night and watched it again then. The game took place in 1968, the year of my high school graduation.

Did you see snow this morning where you live?


Monday, March 29, 2010

Raining all day today...hard

Hi again:

This picture looks like an island of the dead.

It has rained here all day today, mostly hard rain.

Is anyone getting an Apple iPad? Not me as I don't need one. I have a new laptop and my Kindle.

I opened a can of prunes today. I did not use much sugar last summer when I canned my prunes. So they taste so very well.

I cooked dumplings tonight for myself. The only type we have here are what I call fried dumplings. I wish I could get the dumplings I ate in China.

As I told you earlier I don't watch football or basketball on TV. I do, however, watch baseball. Spring training is starting and a few pre-season games are on TV here. I can read my book or my Kindle when I watch baseball on TV.

I am watching The Reader here tonight. It is a good movie. It is almost over.

Not much else happening here. I have now seven books waiting for me at the library, including two on the terra cotta warriors in Xi'an China.


Sunday, March 28, 2010

A week before Easter


Another "oh no" picture from Bill in Eugene.

Easter is a week away. I do not believe in Easter, even though the Catholic Church thinks this is the biggest celebration of the year. We don't know how long Christ was on the cross. Probably three to four days, suffocating at last. We don't know what happened to his body. It certainly did not resurrect. No one was around to see what happened. The bible stories are all stories with nothing true in them. Like the Christmas myth this is also a myth. No one was around to see and no one knows what happened. The story as about as much truth as the easter bunny.

I finished Angelology last night. I predict this is the first book of a series of books. The ending was unexpected with many questions remaining unanswered. So I predict another book next year the second in a series.

I am now reading The Big Burn, about a fire in Montana and Idaho in 1910 that was so big it saved the Forest Service and created Smokey the Bear, one of the biggest mistakes the Forest Service made. "The" created a way of life in the forest to put out every fire that arose. Now the Forest Service will let a fire burn if if it does now affect people. Remember the Yellowstone Fire in the late 1980's where they let it burn until the fire threaten the lodge at Yellowstone.

We had a fire in southwest Oregon a few years ago. It was the rains of September and October that put the fire out. That is the way to treat forest fires.

So two rants today: one on the falsity of easter; the other on Smokey the Bear, called by me "the."


Saturday, March 27, 2010

Warm Saturday here

Hello again:

Once again, a picture of the small and the big.

This last week was a sad one. My ex-sister-in-law died from cancer. Nancy was the wife of ex-wife's brother. She was one year younger than me.

I also found out one of my favorite bosses' from my years at the local cannery killed his wife then committed suicide. He was always so nice to me and very funny.

It is so warm out today I went on a bike ride in short shirt sleeves. It is very comfortable out. I will go out a little later to take some more pictures of Stayton.

I spent last night reading Angelology. It is turning into a page-turner as I near the end. I will finish this book once I log off today.

Have a good weekend.


Friday, March 26, 2010

Friday evening now...

Too bad for these cats...I had a cat that would do this...look out the window and try to get the birds in the yard.
I am now half way through Angelology. It is such an interesting story.
Today I made unbaked cookies for the first time since returning from China. I like these type of cookies, with the coconut, oatmeal, sugar and chocolate.
I just reserved another book at my local library: 13 Bankers. I am listening to a story on ATC with the author of this book, telling us to shrink the six big banks. No bank should be too big to fail.
I am planting my peas tomorrow. I have six of them in damp paper towels to see if they germinate.
Hope your weekend goes well.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Weather changed...


With warm and nice yesterday, at 70 degrees, the weather today changed dramatically. Rained hard during the night and very much cooler today.

The picture here shows Regis High School, the classroom building to the left and the gym to the right. My high school is a campus style setting with three different buildings. In addition to these two there is another one behind the classroom building that is the combined chapel and library. The Regis campus is very big, my estimate of over 100 acres.

I am reading Angelogy, a novel of angels and their interaction with humans. Interesting book so far, about 150 pages into it. I don't agree with some of the premises, that is Adam and Eve and the Flood. Those people and that event never happened or existed. But it is interesting to see how this author slightly ties those people and event to her story.

I am on a coffee fast once again. I was up at 2:00 this morning, way too early for anyone. I was drinking my coffee last night, a full cup after 8:00 pm. So this time I am on my coffee fast for three days. I am drinking tea today instead of coffee.


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Warm today and so very nice...

Hi again:

It is so warm out today. I put all of my clothes outside today to dry out there instead of in the dryer. My clothes feel so nice when hung outside.

I think the Democrats will win big in November, as more and more information comes out telling us about the good benefits of the health care law. Again, I dare you to tell anything wrong with this health care law. My bet is that you cannot come with a good cogent argument.

The picture is from last Labor Day, actually the day after. You see a very low tide with people seeking clams.

I have my shellfish license and fishing license for this year.

We have a very low tide in the middle of June so we will head over there to dig for clams.

It will rain tomorrow, I suspect.

I am heading out to plant my peas now. I have some dried peas left over from last year. I wonder if they will grow once I plant them. I may try to see if they germinate. I will put a few between a couple of damp paper towels to see if they start to germinate that way.


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Tuseday morning, not afternoon yet...


The big and the small in this picture.

I finished two pages off my Kindle last night, taking it from 65 pages to 63 pages. All were magazine articles. I deleted each after reading each of them.

Why do the right-wing nuts still oppose the Health Care bill? What do they oppose? Government takeover of health care? What a stupid idea... Government looking over your shoulder when you make health care decisions? Yet another stupid idea...

As you hear more about what is in this health care legislation more and more of them will support it. The R's ideas are all wrong, all so very stupid. If you disagree me, then tell me what is wrong with this health care law. I bet you cannot name one thing wrong with this new law. The dump R's opposed it only because Obama promoted it.

David Frum, a right wing columnist yesterday said it was the Waterloo for... the stupidest Rs. His ending sentence was so very good. The republicans went for all of the marbles in opposing this wonderful health care law, and ended up with none.

So again, tell me what you see wrong with this law. I bet you can find nothing wrong with it.

I heard on NPR this morning that some states will try to opt out of the health care law. Yet another stupid idea.

Turn on C-Span 2 right now to see our president talk about what is all so good in this new law.

I predict once most people learn about what is in the new law, they will support it and the R's will suffer at the polls in the next general election.

Want to see how it affects you? Go to to see how it applies to you. I like what I see there. You will too.

Off to the library soon.


Monday, March 22, 2010

Fairly good weather today...


So many cats in one house. But at least they know where to go and where to sleep.

The weather is good today again, and will get better tomorrow and Wednesday.

I hope no one was offended by my posting yesterday. But I am very liberal and you needed to know that and what it means to me.

I went to Costco today and spent over $88.00 for our food.

I also found a farm that sold filberts so I bought 10 pounds of uncracked filberts. I will crack them to make chocolate-covered filberts. (In Oregon we call these nuts filberts; everywhere else they are called hazelnuts. I prefer filberts...)

I have two books waiting for me at the library. One is The Big Burn and the other is Angelogy. I will wait until I finish Liar's Poker before going to the library, probably later today.

I have been watching the Kindle page for Angelogy. It has been priced at $14.41 for such a long time. I was waiting until it got down to the standard price of $9.99. I checked the Amazon page last night and found this book at $9.99. But since I have it waiting for me at the library now, I will forgo buying it for my Kindle.

I have 65 pages on my Kindle table of contents. That is 12 items per page. Too many book and too many magazine articles. Today The New Yorker comes out online again today. So I will add two or three more articles from it to my Kindle.

I saw the author of The Big Burn last night on C-Span 2, Book TV on most weekends. It is about a big blow-out fire in western Montana and Idaho in 1910. The Forest Service was a target of Congress before the fire and it was losing its funding for National Parks. But this big fire changed the thinking of Congress and most people who were living then. Roosevelt got it funded fully after the fire. It will be an interesting book to read once I have finished Angelogy.

Have a good week.


Sunday, March 21, 2010

Big change of weather today...


This is another picture of the truck nearly off the highway.

The weather changed so much today. Yesterday it was warm and sunny in the high 60's. Today, it rained and rained. I went to Safeway around 2:00 today after the rain had stopped, but by the time I came out of the store it was raining hard again. So I got very wet on my bike ride home.

I have C-Span on my TV but on mute. I am listening to Car Talk podcast instead. I will watch it to see the House pass the Health Care bill. The Republicans will pay for their opposition in the next election. They oppose this bill not for any good reason except to oppose the President.

Once the House passes the first bill today, it goes to the President to sign it. The House is passing the Senate bill in full force. The second bill is the 10 page changes the House wants to change in the first bill. Once this passes the House it goes to the Senate for compliance. There is needs only 51 votes and cannot be filibustered.

I don't watch right wing TV so I can only guess the anger of the nuts there. If you have insurance from your employer nothing changes. The bill also prevents insurance companies (the real bad guys in our system) from rescinding a policy, prevent an insurance company from denying coverage for previous conditions. It also helps out 30 million uninsured Americans get health insurance. We still have a health system with for profit insurance companies, which is a mistake of the biggest order. We need a single-payer system here.

By the way I am a Roman Catholic, with 12 years of Catholic education. But like most Catholics I believe the only person involved in an abortion decision is the woman. Whatever she decides is fine with me. We have no right to tell her when she can get, or if she even have, an abortion. If she does not have the money to pay for it, then her insurance company should pay for it. I don't care if the government must pay for it. We have no interest in her decision.

So I strongly disagree with the Catholic bishops on this topic and most other topics. I remain a Catholic but I don't believe we know much of the life of Christ. The new testaments are poor sources of the truth. We do not know of his birth; what is written in Luke and Matthew (that is, whomever wrote those two book, certainly not guys named Luke or Matthew) are Christmas myths.

I am strongly liberal. I rather doubt the Catholic Church has a big enough tent to include me.

My friend Nolan tells me once I have to pay a lot of taxes in the upcoming years I will change my tune. I WILL NOT CHANGE. If I must pay a lot of taxes then I pay them gladly...

This post tells you how liberal I am...


Saturday, March 20, 2010

The First Day of Spring today...

Hi again:

This picture, one of many, I believe came from China. I will post some more in the next few days.

It will get to 66 degrees here today. That is 18.9 C. I plan on mowing the lawn later today and digging out some more places for tomatoes and other vegetables later this spring.

No Book TV today as the Senate is in session. I assume it will not be on at 1:30 am tomorrow morning. I plan on recording a program of an author talking about his book on North Korea, called The Cleanest Race.

I sure hope the Health Care bill passes the House tomorrow. It is NOT a government take-over of health care. That is a right-wing LIE. We need to make the commitment, as a country, that we want cover every citizen with health insurance in this country. Once we make that commitment then we can craft a bill to come to that result.

I can rant and rant on the stupid right wing nuts out there, but I want to go outside soon so that rant will wait until they do something really, really stupid, not that they have not done that already.

Am I the only liberal you know? Being liberal is the only way to see things correctly.

I picked up Liar's Poker, a book by Michael Lewis, from our library today, all in preparation of reading The Big Short, again by the same author.

I just finished Impact, a book by Douglas Preston. I read every book he writes. His books are truly page-turners. I read this book in two nights. Today I went back to re-read the last 50 pages of the book. You read so fast you miss a few facts I missed just two or three unimportant facts the first time I read it. This is a 2009 book, one I missed when it came out.

Time to go outside to get some sun and do some work here.


Friday, March 19, 2010

Nice weekend coming...

Hi again:

The picture here is about the cat, so very relaxed.

Here is a story my brother Ken sent me a few days ago, called the Monk's Story:

A man's car breaks down near a monastery. He knocks on the door, and says, "My car broke down. Do you think I could stay the night?"

The Monks graciously accept him.

As the man tries to fall asleep, he hears a strange sound. It is a sound unlike anything he's ever heard before. It is weird but absolutely wonderful. The mythological Sirens that seduced sailors into crashing their ships came to his mind.

He just cannot sleep that night. He tosses and turns, trying to figure out what could possibly be making such a seductive sound.

Next morning, he asks the Monks what the sound was, but they say, "We can't tell you because you're not a Monk."

Distraught, and full of puzzlement, the man leaves the monastery.

He was never able to forget that sound.

Ten years later, and almost a broken man, he goes back to the monastery and pleads for the answer again. The Monks reply, "We can't tell you. You're not a Monk."

The man says, "If the only way I can find out what is making that beautiful sound is to become a Monk, then please, may I be made a Monk."

The head Monk replies gravely, "To do so, you must travel the earth and find out for us exactly how many blades of grass there are and the exact number of grains of sand. When you tell us these answers, you will have become a Monk."

The man sets about his task. After fifty years of searching, he returns as a grey-haired, haggard, old man and knocks on the door of the monastery. He is taken before a gathering of all the Monks. "Have you found the answers?" they ask him.

The man replies, "In my quest to find what makes that beautiful sound, I have traveled the entire world and have found what you asked for. By God's design, the world is in a state of perpetual change. Only He knows what you ask. A ll a man can know is himself, and only then, if he is honest and reflective and willing to strip away self deception."

The Monks reply, "Congratulations, indeed, a wonderful answer. You have now become a Monk. We shall now show you the way to the mystery of the sacred sound."

They lead the man to a wooden door, where the head monk says, "The sound is beyond that door." He gives the man a key and his old heart, nearly bursting with awe and anticipation, he opens the door!

Behind the wooden door is another door made of stone. He is given the key to the stone door and opens it, only to find a door made of ruby.

He then needed keys to further doors of emerald, pearl and diamond.

Finally, they come to a door made of solid gold. Now the sound has become very clear, very definitive. This is the door to the magic room. The Monks say, "Here is the last key to the last door."

The man is very apprehensive. His life's wish is now just behind that door!

With trembling hands, he unlocks the door, turns the knob and slowly pushes the door open.

Falling to his knees, he is utterly amazed to discover the source of that haunting and seductive sound.

But I can't tell you what it is - because you're not a Monk.

Interesting story....


Thursday, March 18, 2010

Hi again:

My brother sent this to me. He lives back east.

The Cat in the Hat poem is so funny all by itself.


Just in case you weren't feeling too old today..

The people who are starting college this fall were born in 1991.

They are too young to remember the space shuttle blowing up.

Their lifetime has always included AIDS.

The CD was introduced two years before they were born.

They have always had an answering machine.

They have always had cable..

Popcorn has always been microwaved.

They never took a swim and thought about Jaws.

They don't know who Mork was or where he was from.

They never heard: 'Where's the Beef?', 'I'd walk a mile for a Camel ', or 'de plane Boss, de plane'.

McDonald's never came in Styrofoam containers.

They don't have a clue how to use a typewriter.

Pass this on to the other old fogies on your list.

P.S. Save the earth.

It's the only planet with chocolate.


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

A story for you...


This is a story from my friend in Eugene.

A couple from Montana were out riding on the range, he with his rifle and she (fortunately) with her camera.

Their dogs always followed them, but on this occasion a Mountain Lion decided that he wanted to stalk the dogs (you'll see the dogs in the background watching). Very, very bad decision.
The hunter got off the mule with his rifle and decided to shoot in the air to scare away the lion, but before he could get off a shot the lion charged in and decided he wanted a piece of those dogs.
With that, the mule took off and decided he wanted a piece of that lion.

That's when all hell broke loose for the lion.

As the lion approached the dogs, the mule snatched him up by the tail and started whirling him around. Banging its head on the ground on every pass. Then he dropped it, stomped on it and held it to the ground by the throat.

The mule then got down on his knees and bit the thing all over a couple of dozen times to make sure it was dead, then whipped it into the air again, walked back over to the couple (who were stunned in silence) and stood there ready to continue his ride as if nothing had just happened.

Fortunately, even though the hunter didn't get off a shot, his wife got the pictures.

End of this story. Tomorrow a story from my brother back east.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

An experiment...

I want to see if I can get a smaller font here. Clicking on the Font size seems to do nothing.

Nothing I do seems to work here, although this one shows a bigger font than the previous sentence.

Now a third style but nothing seems to work here.

Now the fourth one but again no difference in my mind.


Tuesday after----noon....

Hi again:

I made some brownies today but this time I used beer not water. The brownies are lighter brown and taste different. I used a wheat beer instead of water.

The picture here is a kitten that is starting to celebrate St. Patrick's Day a little early. Again, a picture from Bill in Eugene.

I changed the colors on my computer so now this turns up green instead of blue.

I want to change the size of the font on my computer but I cannot seem to do so.

I have two more books waiting for me at the library. I need to go the store as well, but it looks like rain outside right now, so I will wait an hour before heading out.

I am now sleeping seven to eight hours a night now. Not the nine to eleven hours I was sleeping the past few weeks. I am feeling much better now too. Maybe that has something to with it.

I hope your week is going well.


Monday, March 15, 2010


Good morning:

The picture here is from my friend Bill in Eugene. He sends me emails with some interesting pictures. This one has the title of "no need for a bunk bed."

I finished The Sign last night. I thought it would take me four days to finish it, but I read the 458 page book in two days. Not a page-turner like David Baldacci or Dan Brown, but interesting enough to keep me reading last night.

Another bifurcated night. I was up, wide awake, at 4:30 this morning. I watched a TV show I recorded. I went back to bed at 6:00 then woke up again at 8:30. I don't know what causes this occasionally, but I suspect it was drinking coffee in the late afternoon.

Time to get some work done here.


Sunday, March 14, 2010

Daylight time now...

Good morning:

The picture here is one of the sample pictures on this new computer.

It is daylight time now, making nearly 8:00 am as I write this. We lost an hour during the night, but I did not miss the hour.

I am now reading The Sign by Raymond Khoury. The book came out last year but I did not read it then, which is sort of surprising to me. I usually read everything this author writes. It is not a page-turner like the Dan Brown novels, but interesting nevertheless.

I have here two other books I thought it would takes months to get but the regional library here. One is The Infinities and the other is Union Atlantic. These books just came out within the last two weeks. One is from the Newberg library and the other is from McMinnville library.

It is fun to be reading fiction again after spending so many weeks reading non-fiction books.

How is your weekend going?


Friday, March 12, 2010

The weekend is near...

Good morning:

How are you today, the eve of the weekend?

The picture here is page from Cymbeline, one of Shakespeare's minor plays.

I am almost finished with the biography of Joseph Pulitzer. He came here near the end of the Civil War, as substitute soldier for a Maine person. He survived the war but it made him anti-war, even in 1899 when the New York Journal, a rival to Pulitzer's New York World, rattled the sabers of the nation by promoting the Spanish American war after the Maine battleship exploded in a bay in Cuba.

The New York Journal was owned by William Randolf Hearst after he came from San Francisco to start a paper in New York.

In his late 50's Pulitzer went blind when both of his retinas detached in his eyes. He was born a century too early. I say this because I discovered I had a detached retina in my left eye about seven weeks after my train accident in 1992.

I was in Rehab at General Hospital in Salem when I found my left eye had black lines all around it. I was sent next door to an ophthalmologist who told me there was too much blood in my eye to see anything. A few days later I returned to him and he found the detached retina in my left eye. That same day he sent to a retina specialist to re-attached my retina.

I never heard of retina specialists but I certainly found out that day. The hardest thing to get was the shot in my eye lid to stop me from blinking. That really, really hurt.

Then the doctor shot a green laser into my eye, a pulsing light that repaired my retina.

Joseph Pulitzer did not have access to laser surgery in the early teens of the 20th century.

After being totally involved with the New York World for so many years, making it the biggest newspaper in New York, he became an absentee owner, traveling around the world on the suggestions of doctors to try to heal his eyes.

Joesph Pulitzer was an Hungarian Jew who came to the U.S., as I mentioned, to earn money fighting in our Civil War.

As the owner of the World, he railed against monopolies and the rich, even though he became one of the wealthiest persons in the world through his ownership of the World and his continued ownership of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

This book is a good history of the late 19th and early 20th century. We see all but one of his siblings die before he left Hungry. He watched two of his children die of diseases we can easily cure today.

Joseph Pulitzer endowed the Pulitzer prizes with his wealth upon his death. This is why his name lives on today, even though the World, the Journal, the Herald and all other newspapers at died over time. Only the struggling New York Times survived from that time.

I like to read large biographies to learn about the subject of the book but also to learn about the time that person lived. This author weaves the two together seamlessly.


Thursday, March 11, 2010

Raining hard today...

Hi again:

The picture here shows the classroom building to the left and the library/chapel to the right of Regis High School, the school I graduated from so many years ago.

It is raining hard here today. I needed to go the store so I walked to the store. Good exercise for the day.

I am falling behind in my reading of the biography of Pulitzer. I read only about 60 pages last night so today I must read 140 pages to keep with my schedule.

I felt a cold coming on last night, so I took a cold pill that is suppose to be non-drowsy, but knocks me out.

I found a grant yesterday and I first need to read the 42 pages of instructions. I will do that later today. The grant is due May 6 but I will have it ready in two to three weeks.


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Wednesday here...Hump Day...

Hi again:

The picture shows my rhubarb, which is only about 2 inches tall right now. I will fertilize it later this month. I love rhubarb as well as prunes.

This summer I will dry about 40 pounds of prunes, four times as much as I dried last summer.

I certainly am enjoying my two books I am reading. It works out well to read one early in the morning(Control of Nature) and then reading the biography of Pulitzer late into the evening.

The speakers on my old laptop are much better than the ones on this new computer. So I listen to podcasts and NPR programs on my older laptop and do everything else on my new laptop.

I do not know yet when I am going back to China. I will let you know when I am ready to leave. After that my blog will be called steveninshanghai once again.


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Nearly Tuesday afternoon....


The picture is from Santiam Marketplace last Saturday at the Stayton Middle School. It was in two buildings but this year the number of booths seemed to be down.

I am reading two books now. One is Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print and Power by James Morris. This is the biography of Joseph Pulitzer from the Civil War, where he signed up as a substitute soldier for the Union, into the early 20th century when he was the biggest publisher in the United States.

The other book is Control of Nature by John McPhee. The three stories in this book are three he wrote for The New Yorker. I read all three of these stories in The New Yorker when they appeared at least 10 years ago. He is such an excellent writer I really enjoy what he writes.

I read the latter book when I get up in the morning. For example today I got up at 5:30 am so I read for about an hour and a half of that book. It is too early to download stories from Morning Edition to my computer so I spend the time reading and drinking coffee.

I still make my coffee in my French Press. It is so much better this way than any other way I have tried in the past few years.

I even got a French Press in China after I found whole coffee there (for $14.00 per half pound of coffee!!!!!). In the grocery stores in China there is Nestle's Instant Coffee and Lipton Tea. Nothing more than that in the grocery stores. I drank instant coffee for about two months before I found my whole coffee beans in China.


Monday, March 8, 2010



I have my new computer back now.

The picture here is a deer born early due when its mother got killed by a car.

I still use my old computer to listen to Morning Edition and All Things Considered and to all of my podcasts. The speakers on my new computer are not nearly as good as the ones on my old computer.

I see Daylight Time starts this coming Sunday again. I just wish they would keep Daylight Time year around. But since it does not, the shorter Standard Time between November and March is the next best thing.

My next book is a biography of Pulitzer that came out very recently. It is one of five books I picked up today at the library.

I hope you week goes well.


Sunday, March 7, 2010

Sunday now...

Hi again:
How is your weekend going? Two nice days in a row on a weekend-what a rarity.
The two pictures here are quite different. The top one is from Bill in Eugene.
The bottom one shows the inside the Globe theatre as it is today in England.
I want to go a clamming clinic on June 12 and 13 at Garibaldi. I will try to set it up next week.
My new computer is now ready and I will pick it up tomorrow. It now has Office 2003 on it instead of 2007. I just wish I could get XP on it. Instead it has Windows 7.
My rhubarb is now about 2 inches high. I do wonder if I should fertilize it now or do it later in the spring.
Have a good day today.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Warm, weekend Saturday


The picture here I took from the covered bridge in Pioneer Park in Stayton. It shows the creek where once I took swimming lessons.

It is a very nice day outside. Earlier in the day I visited my dad on his 88th birthday. I downloaded 10 new books to his Kindle, plus I gave him an apple crisp and a cranberry pie.

I later visited Safeway here and asked the clerk there about fresh cranberries. Not until after Halloween he told me. I am going to investigate freezing fresh cranberries once they come back in season.

I finished Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory by Peter Hessler. It is such a good book, telling me stories about parts of China I did not know about.

I am now ready for a novel after reading two non-fiction books in a row (the one mentioned plus Nothing to Envy, another excellent book). Wolf Hall is the next book I am going to read.

I rode my bike around Stayton, taking a flannel shirt with me (that I did not need at all). I went to Santiam Marketplace at the Stayton Middle School. The booths seemed less than last year.

I will have some pictures for you of Santiam Marketplace.


Friday, March 5, 2010

Tis Friday here

Hi again:
The small picture here is the Globe Theatre in England. You saw it in its "original" from in Shakespeare in Love. Back in those days everyone in the audience stood as the seats where in the balcony.
I have not been back to Ashland since returning from China. This summer I do plan to go there to see a few plays there.
Tomorrow is my father's 88th birthday. I made for him a cranberry pie and an apple crisp. I did find some cranberries I had in my frig here from the last time I made cranberry pie.
Like I told you yesterday no grocery store in Stayton, all four of them, had no cranberries. In Salem, Winco also had none. I do wonder if I can freeze cranberries once I find a good supply of them, probably in October?
My appetite is returning slowly. I ate a bowl of cereal for breakfast. Then around 1:00 today reheated a hamburger from two nights ago. I ate half of it, then I ate the other half about 2 hours later. I was going to make some brownies for me today, but I have desire to eat any right now.
Weekend is coming; how you have a good one.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

H now...

Hi again:
This picture shows a different picture of the Salem Ditch as it courses its way through downtown Stayton. The bridge you see is a an extension of the sidewalk.
I am feeling better but my appetite has not returned yet. I am not hungry this morning. Last night at dinner I only part of it. I skipped lunch yesterday.
On Saturday my dad turns 88 years old. He was born in 1922. He is doing fine and reads his Kindle every day. I have some more books to download to his Kindle.
I was going to make him a cranberry pie for his birthday, but cranberries are not available this year. I checked four different stores over the past two days with no luck finding cranberries.
So I will make him an apple crisp instead.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Feeling better today

Good morning:

The picture here shows my grandfather and grandmother, on the left with her parents and one of her sisters sitting next to them. The picture also shows three out of the four aunts and uncles born in Argentina, where this picture was taken. We figure this picture was taken in 1906, based on the ages of the children we see there. In 1907 my grandparents moved the Jordan area, about 15 miles to the east of Stayton.

As you look at this picture my grandfather looks like his son, Mike. My uncle Mike died a few years ago but looked exactly like his father.

I am feeling better today after my 15 hours of sleeping yesterday. I still may have a slight fever as I cannot stand up to do many things without getting hot and wanting to sit down.

The earthquake in Chile caused a loss of 1/1,000,000 of a second in our day. Which means in a million years we will lose 1 second. But in geologic time it is a big change.

I do wonder when we will get a big earthquake off the Oregon coast. Our last big one was on January 26, 1700. How do we know the exact date? There was an orphan tsunami in Japan that day with no earthquake felt there. By today's standards the thinking is that this earthquake was 10.5 or so on Richter Scale.

At very low tides on the Oregon beach, south of Seaside, you see an entire forest of stumps revealed in the sea.

In the past these earthquakes happened every 300 to 350 years. We are now past 310 years since that last big one. With the other big earthquakes in Chile and other places in the Ring of Fire, I think we may see an earthquake in our lifetimes off the Oregon coast.

With that, I hope you are enjoying your Hump Day.


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Tuesday now

Hi again:

I have virus on my new computer already It is the Security Tools virus. It has taken over everything on that computer. I download Avenger, as well as rkill and malwarebytes. All three should stop it but my desktop is empty and, unlike this computer, the desktop does not come up. Instead I get a black screen with Security Tools pop-ups all coming up.

I am taking my computer to a friend here tomorrow to get Office 2003 put on it. I will let him try to get the virus off of it.

The picture here shows Fall in New England.

I am not feeling well. I slept for 10 hours last night, then another five hours today. I am not eating very much either. It is not the flu but I don't feel very good. No fever nor a sore throat.

Hope your week goes well.


Monday, March 1, 2010

In Like a Lion......

Good morning:

The picture here is Shakespeare's birthplace as you can see from the title to the picture.

Shakespeare created many words and phrases. This document shows you some common phrases many us use quite often.

Shakespeare and Us

If you cannot understand my argument, and declare ``It's Greek to me'', you are quoting Shakespeare;

If you claim to be more sinned against than sinning, you are quoting Shakespeare;

If you recall your salad days, you are quoting Shakespeare;

If you act more in sorrow than in anger;

if your wish is farther to the thought;

if your lost property has vanished into thin air, you are quoting Shakespeare;

If you have ever refused to budge an inch or suffered from green-eyed jealousy,

If you have played fast and loose,

If you have been tongue-tied, a tower of strength, hoodwinked or in a pickle,

If you have knitted your brows, made a virtue of necessity, insisted on fair play, slept not one wink, stood on ceremony, danced attendance (on your lord and master), laughed yourself into stitches, had short shrift, cold comfort or too much of a good thing,

If you have seen better days or lived in a fool's paradise -why, be that as it may, the more fool you , for it is a foregone conclusion that you are (as good luck would have it) quoting Shakespeare;

If you think it is early days and clear out bag and baggage,

If you think it is high time and that that is the long and short of it,

If you believe that the game is up and that truth will out even if it involves your own flesh and blood,

If you lie low till the crack of doom because you suspect foul play,

If you have your teeth set on edge (at one fell swoop) without rhyme or reason, then - to give the devil his due - if the truth were known (for surely you have a tongue in your head)

You are quoting Shakespeare

I am using my old computer to write this because I could not figure out how to get this document copied to this post. I was using Word 97 which is an abomination. Today I will try to get Office 2003 put on this computer.

Have a good week.