Sunday, January 27, 2008

Winter Snows

Well it's snowing at home and the sheep are eating as usual.

The hazelnut trees look decorated for Christmas over shadowed by the huge pines.

Our Mimosa looks like a dead stick with powdered sugar on the branches.

The Redbud tree in the corner of the yard looks more like a Whitebud.

There is a mystical beauty in some tiny branches looking like petitioners with arms upstretched to the heavens.

The wrought iron trellis creates a nook for the snow flakes or any other flakes hanging around.

The streets look like Massachusetts.

Again, here is the mimosa looking frail but graceful with curves.

I love the look but it isn't just beautiful but cold as well.

The fields are perfect for cross country skiing and ...

The sheep stopped eating and are looking for shelter. I love winter. It only proves it doesn't rain all the time in Oregon - some days we have snow.

No Scrabble

Quote of the Day ~
“O, wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?” ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley (English Romantic Poet whose passionate search for personal love and social justice was gradually channeled from overt actions into poems that rank with the greatest in the English language. 1792-1822)

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Things that float or fly

We just didn't get out much today.

But I did try something new - taking a picture through the binoculars - and it kinda, sorta, almost worked. I took a picture of a buoy marker from 160 yards away and it kinda, sorta, almost worked. But it reminded that the I-Man has a telephoto lens I should have brought.

This was without the binoculars. The Coast Guard flew right over us.

Next came the King Louie I had in an earlier Coos Bay blog.

Next came the Sause Bros Tug pushing a barge.

Followed by this Coast Guard Boat with a visible crew of eight brave souls. All in all it was a good day that including lunch at the Mill Casino Plank Room followed by some slots. I went through my $11 in about 5 minutes while Scrabble Queen went 30 minutes on $2. I should have known what would happen in Scrabble tonight.

Scrabble Score - Scrabble Queen 312 ~ The Contender 304

Quote of the Day ~
On a painted sky
Where the clouds are hung
For the poet's eye
You may find him
If you may find him
On a distant shore
By the wings of dreams
Through an open door
You may know him
If you may"

~ Lyrics to the song "Be" by Neil Diamond for the Movie "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" today is his 67th Birthday ~ Happy Birthday Neil

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Back to Coos Bay

On the road again

The Musemobile was ready to go ... almost. After a battery jump to get her rolling our ever faithful Winnebago (Still looking for a sponsor for a cross country trip ~Hint~ from WINNEBAGO [stock symbol WGO]) Sightseer.

So here we are at Coos Bay looking out at the ever present sand bar buoy in the middle of the bay.

Still waiting for the boardwalk to replace the old docks at the old mill location.

This looks like a water fight with two guys on one side and zero guys on the other.

There is the north end of the casino taken from our RV site.

Then there was a fire on the hill across the bay and I was too lazy to get out of the Musemobile to take this picture. I think it was probably just a burn pile (they do that in Oregon in the counties.

By far the most interesting thing we saw was this guy who appeared to be walking on water.

It looked like he had a broom and was sweeping up.

On closer inspection with the binoculars we saw that he was on a surfboard and had a long handled oar. Weird huh! But very interesting.

It wasn't quite a full moon and I took this hand held (no tripod) but it came out OK for an amateur blogger.

Oh did I mention there were shadows. For the non-Oregonians this is a rarity during an Oregon Winter. It's nice being back out if only for three days.

Scrabble Score - Scrabble Queen 311 ~ The Contender 331

Quote of the Day ~

“I'm still a kid. I'm like six years old. But it's just a matter of wanting to get up, it's just a big journey. I felt like when I left home that I was on a journey, and I still am.”
~ Heath Ledger (April 4, 1979 – January 22, 2008) was an Academy Award-nominated Australian actor. He starred in both critical and financial successes, including Ten Things I Hate about You, The Patriot, Monster's Ball, A Knight's Tale and Brokeback Mountain. He was only six months older than my youngest son. Rest in peace Heath and complete the journey with that wonderful smile.


©Paul Viel