Saturday, February 28, 2009

Fort Vancouver Update as promised.

I am so proud and I know you will be. The Mr. is now a working Blacksmith for Fort Vancouver the historical site in Vancouver, WA. thru the National parks Service. He will be helping to build a new building on the Fort this summer with his gift in blacksmithing. He will be helping a team of blacksmiths do all the needed hardware and fittings such as hooks, hinges, latches, locks, nails in all sizes. Maybe even a plow share if he's lucky.

They gave him a tour of all the archival blacksmith artifacts, and we know what a buff he is anyway. There is tons of it that he gets to go and touch and figure out how things were done and then replicate to museum standards. There's so much of the puzzle there on how things were done, He's over the top excited.
He may even get to be a part of the Black powder firings and cannon blasts that he thinks is so cool.

BTW, you can make an appointment to view the artifacts there at the Fort also.

He volunteers there on Mondays so far, but they will be changing his days to meet the demand of the schedule and his priority's also. He will dress in 1840's-50's and also interact with the public by teaching, demonstrating and answering questions. I'm so proud.

It's really neat to think that this new out building will be there with the rest of them for many years to come as a restoration, or recreation of a building that once stood there, and his mark will be in there on the doors in locks and hasp's and hardware, even some the poll axes that will be made there.

We just got a heads up that soon will be the season of class field trips and the mentoring of young minds. The Mr. has good practice in this area. Remember we have 2 grandsons. He'll reel them in somehow if he has to talk video games with them. They do have Blacksmiths on video games too. Oh, I know it would be out of character since in the 1840's there was no such thing as a TV much less a video game.

He went in for his fitting for clothes last week, I'm thinking they'll be done sometime soon. I'll definitely do pictures then.

Past to present meme

circa 1994


It's weird to look back and see yourself, I remember it like it was yesterday but there's been a whole lot of water under the bridge since then.
Still in love after all these years

Friday, February 06, 2009

Sorry, Wrong Number

Caller-Hi, how are you??
I'm fine
Hey do you have some tights that would go well with (her little girls) dress? She's wearing black patton leather shoes.
Um no, all my kids are grown and my daughter is 30.
Oh my God, I got the wrong number again...I'm so sorry.
That's Ok, I'll talk to you next

You know how you unconsciously look at the phone number of a person calling, well I guess if you have caller ID you do. I have a perpetual wrong number caller that I recognize and know her name and number, above is one of our many conversations and have had for years now.
I think it's funny how sometimes you get one that after you say "Hello" you don't get a word in edge wise until they take a breather and ask you a question. Then it hits them they have just rambled on and told you things that you probably shouldn't know. This has happened on my phone before with both guys and women.

But this ones different, she's now like an old friend. Familiar and friendly, and me, I’m a fun loving prankster.

I'm having fun with it, because I never know what she's going to ask next. I try to always come up with an answer though.
I don't know if she is dyslexic (she once laid claim to it) or I'm on speed dial and she doesn't know how to change it.
Either way, she's a nice woman, so I don't get mad.

Now I answer and say, is this S.? She's says yes… Oh hi, I got the wrong number again huh? And I say "yes". We again chat a bit and I say we should meet for lunch or something after all we had talked for years now, we laugh and hang up, 'til the next time.

Tonight was a little added twist though, her sister the real number she intended to call, called me back and told me who she was and her phone number. I said: I know your number because S. tells me it quite often in explanation for the repeated phone calls.
She's only one number off out of 10 and it's the last very digit and come to find out her phone number on her cell are the exact last 4 digits as my home phone however the first part is different, She tried for the last 4 of our phone number to make it easy to remember both her numbers with the last 4 matching, but we already had it. So she’s one digit off everytime.

I used to have another one also but it was a person that had the number before us and she didn't pay her bills so every bill collector this side of the Mississippi River and maybe beyond, but they were insistent that I was lying and should cough up a payment. WTH?

That used to piss me off. It wasn't until I threatened to turn then into the law that it stopped. But the charity's never have forgotten the number and still say April Redwine can we put you down for another 25.00 this year, and again I tell them I have had this number for 12 years now so I know that April didn't contribute last year because you called me. I've told you for 5 or more years and counting to stop calling this number; April Redwine doesn't own this number any longer.

Fun with phones....most days I love them, but some days I just pull the covers over my head.

Got 6 million?

In the news in our world, A recent abrupt closure of a really cool Grand old Hotel due to the times.
Evidently they have had it on the market for over a year and almost sold it twice. I've wrote about this place before and it's little supposed hauntings. I've been in there and never seen anything, Although I've never stayed the night, but always wanted to.
This excerpt from the Oregonian newspaper online:

Landmark Columbia Gorge Hotel Closes Abruptly as Foreclosure Proceedings Begin;
Hood River, Oregon Hotel Built in 1921 as the "Waldorf of the West" By Richard Read, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.McClatchy-Tribune Regional News
February 3, 2009 - The Columbia Gorge Hotel, fully booked for Valentine's Day and set to host more than a dozen wedding parties, has closed abruptly as foreclosure proceedings begin.

The romantic Hood River hotel hosted presidents and stars ranging from Shirley Temple to Burt Reynolds. Timber tycoon Simon Benson built it in 1921 as the "Waldorf of the West," with European-style elegance and sweeping river views.

The gorge landmark, rescued from its fate as a retirement home and restored by current owners Boyd and Halla Graves of Hood River, is for sale at $5.9 million.

...just in case your curious or you've hit the lottery and are looking to invest.
Here's the link to the real estate info. Columbia Gorge Hotel

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Oh, Clementine Oh, Sweet Clementine

I'm so glad your mine, Oh Clementine. OK, kinda corny...But seriously have you had these this season? I could eat my weight in them I swear they haven't been this sweet for a few years. Even Chocolate pales in comparison to the little jewels, Although it might be a nice complement to the citrus...

Sweet,sunny and juicy, they paint your palate with goodness

Oh my darlin', oh my darlin', oh my darlin'
Oh my darlin', oh my darlin' sweet Clementine,
You may be gone
You're not forgotten,
Fare thee well
So long, Clementine

Monday, February 02, 2009

Learning an ol' dog new tricks

Today I learned a new trick thanks to Brent Deming Photographer Extraordinar, for a while now I have been tinkering with trying to get my pictures to post larger on the page. I couldn't figure it out so I blatantly just asked him. So thank's Brent.
Now on to the reason for Itsa Bella's mug, I have been trying to get her to do tricks like say "I Love you" and "momma" in dog speak of course, she's already speaking a sound that sounds like she's saying "up" followed by a snort and an ear flapping when she wants up.

I can tell her to do the "stinky" and she rubs her eyes and nose as if something offends her nose. It's really cute.
But now, I wink at her and she is winking back when I say wink. She's so smart.

So there you have it 2 very cute dogs, one young at 7.5 years in doggie years and one 39 years young, learning new tricks.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Sharing reluctantly...

This evening I sat down to check my email and there was a forward from my sister in law. It was about a product that in our household has to be hidden to have. There are a few of such items that the Mr. and I share reluctantly, some of them are Awesome orange cleaner from the Dollar store, Teflon Tape, black electrical tape, and WD 40. For all the afore mentioned items, I have mine and he has his... and sometimes mine.

I thought we hid this pretty well. I know she couldn't have known...I now hide it and make him ask, he now says "hey babe, where's your Wd 40?" See I buy 2 cans one for me and one for him, Because he hides his in the Blacksmith shop and it's never to be found again. The shop also hides wood glue, tools, and anything I need in a hurry.
See our little power struggles are over power tools like Dremmels, cordless drills and attachments and Wd 40. 2 crafty do it our-selfers in the same house, and one that's learning to bring things right back or I say "Hey, where's my can?"

So here's the email, I just thought I'd share some hints for this prized possession in our house and then at the bottom of the post, a link to 2000 more uses.

A lady got up very early one morning and went outside to pickup the
Sunday paper, she noticed someone had sprayed red paint all around the sides of
the neighbors brand new beige truck.

She went over and woke him up and gave him the bad news. He was, of
course extremely upset.
And they stood there trying to figure out what could
be done about the problem. They decided there wasn't much recourse but to wait
until Monday, since nothing was open. Just then another neighbor came out of his
house, surveyed the situation and immediately went to get hisWD-40 out and
cleaned the red paint off with it. Guess What! It cleaned up that paint without
harming the original paint on the truck! I'm impressed!!

Water Displacement #40. The product began from a search for A rust
preventative solvent and de greaser to protect Missile parts. WD-40 was created
in 1953 by three Technicians at the San Diego Rocket Chemical Company. Its name
comes from the project that was to find a water displacement

They were successful with the fortieth formulation, thus WD-40. The
Corvair Company bought it in bulk to protect their atlas missile parts.Ken East
(one of the original founders) says there is nothing in WD-40 that would hurt

When you read the shower door part, try it. It's the first thing that
has ever cleaned that spotty shower door. If yours is plastic, it works just as
well as glass. It is a miracle! Then try it on your stovetop... It is now
shinier than it has ever been before.

1) Protects silver from tarnishing.

2) Removes road tar and grime from cars.

3) Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.

4) Gives floors that `just-waxed` sheen without making it

5) Keeps flies off cows.

6) Restores and cleans chalkboards.

7) Removes lipstick stains.

8) Loosens stubborn zippers.

9) Untangles jewelry chains.

10) Removes stains from stainless steel sinks.

11) Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill.

12) Keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from

13) Removes tomato stains from clothing.

14) Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots.

15) Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors.

16) Keeps scissors working smoothly.

17) Lubricates noisy door hinges on vehicles and doors in

18) It removes black scuff marks from the kitchen floor! Open some
windows if you have a lot of marks.

19) Bug guts will eat away the finish on your car. Removed quickly,
with WD-40!

20) Gives a children's play gym slide a shine for a super fast

21) Lubricates gear shift on lawn mowers.

22) Rids kids rocking chairs and swings of squeaky

23) Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to

24) Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and

25) Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, well as
vinyl bumpers.

26) Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.

27 ) Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans.

28) Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles for
easy handling.

29) Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running

30) Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other

31) Removes splattered grease on stove.

32) Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging.

33) Lubricates prosthetic limbs.

34) Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell).

35) Removes all traces of duct tape.

36) Folks even spray it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve
arthritis pain

37) Florida 's favorite use 'Cleans and removes love bugs from grills
and bumpers.'

38) Protects the Statue of Liberty from the elements.

39) WD-40 attracts fish. Spray a LITTLE on live bait or lures and you
will be catching the big one in no time.

40) Ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately and stops the

41) WD-40 is great for removing crayon from walls. Spray on the mark
and wipe with a clean rag.

42) If you've washed and dried a tube of lipstick with a load of
laundry, saturate the lipstick spots with WD-40 and Presto! Lipstick is

43) If you spray WD-40 on the distributor cap, it will displace the
moisture and allow the car to start.Keep a can of WD-40 in your kitchen cabinet.
It is good for oven burns or any other type of burn. It takes the burned feeling
away and heals with NO scarring.
Remember, the basic ingredient is FISH

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