Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Computer Issues and a Vacation

Wish I had some pictures to post, but right now our computer is having a fun time rebooting itself every 10 minutes or so, so no time to waste trying to sneak a picture in. The parts should be in tomorrow for a major hardware rebuild - better, faster, more power rebuild, love those words. Until then, I've been working on the quilt for our bed - finally. I was lucky enough to be asked to make 2 purses for a couple of friends who even paid me for them, which was really nice now that I'm not working. I am loving retirement, doubt I'll go back to work anytime soon. We are off this coming weekend for a couple of weeks to visit the Bend and Crater Lake area of Oregon and perhaps do some fishing as well. I may not post again till early September. So please enjoy the rest of the summer and hopefully I'll have all sorts of pictures and stories to tell you in September.

Stay cool,
Tam

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Computer Hiccups

I may not be around for a few days/weeks/months - who knows, this darn computer is doing some bazaar things, shutting down, and rebooting, weird errors, etc. At first it was a blue screen error, I found some software to fix that I thought, oh hooray, for once an easy fix - this is what happens when you get to sure of yourself where computers are concerned. This is why I retired as a programmer in 2005 and have never looked back, I swear they can make you CRAZY. So until I figure something out of get help that is far more savvy than I, I won't be doing much.

On a good note, 2 weeks ago on our way home from the Methow River, I picked up both cat carriers (with the cats in them - each cat weighs about 13 pounds) and twisted and well lets just say it was a rough 2 weeks of pain. So today I went in and got an epidural in my back and things are feeling a lot better tonight. I swear it's the one thing that makes L4 shape up and stop hurting. The other good note, today is supposed to be the last day of triple digit heat, oh thank the lord for that miracle, I've sweat so much you'd have thought I could have lost 80 pounds, but no, it never works that way, ho hum.

Stay Cool,
Tam

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Great Giveaway to tell you about........

Hey Y'all, Pop on over to http://mamaspark.blogspot.com/ and check out her awesome give away. It's a $50.00 gift certificate to Bunny Hill Designs by Anne Sutton. I'm off to see the new Harry Potter film today, so I'll get some pictures of my latest table runner and post about it tomorrow. Have a great Sunday

Tam

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Is it hot out there or is it just me

Seems like the day we left to fish the Methow River, the triple digit heat started. I hoped that since we'd be up north, perhaps it wouldn't be so hot, yeah right, reality was it was blazing hot there too. The first day we fished was great, we put in at Carlton and it was really hot, but the thing about the Methow River is it has rapids, so with my life jacket on we set out in our 3 man pontoon boat to fish and shoot the rapids - let me tell you nothing has ever felt so good as having those rapids drench you in that heat. I don't know how to swim and have issues with water, I was quite surprised how much I enjoyed the rapids and the whole experience. We did catch some good fish that day, the best was a 17 inch cutthroat that I caught, however we had a few bigger ones on our lines that we just weren't able to land.

The second fishing outing wasn't so great. We fished from Winthrop down to Twisp. The day started out okay, we put in, flies were tied on our line and we set out, then the lightening and thunder began. Not just a little lightening and thunder, but lightening and thunder all around us - everywhere you looked. I'm not a fan of this type of weather, so to be out on a boat, with a fly rod - or should I say lightening rod in my hands, was a bit to much for me to handle. The thing is, once you put in, you have to continue down river to where the vehicle and boat trailer are, you have no other choice. So I had to do my best to keep my panic at a sane level. Luckily we did pull over when the worst of it was on top of us to wait it out. Fishing sucked that day, nothing biting - heck if I was a fish I'd run for cover and not show myself either. It was a long day and I was oh so glad when we reached our destination. I found out the next day that there had been 1164 lightening strikes in the area, it sparked several fires and I learned that I could survive weather events that scare the crap out of me and still be excited to fish again!!

With the temps reaching 106 today - Skeezics would like you all to know that he has had it with this heat and even though cats don't like to get wet, he's considering asking his mom to buy him a wading pool.
One of the towns near where we stayed is Winthrop, WA. It's a cute little tourist town in the North Cascades Mountain Range of Washington. Quite popular with the Seattle crowds in the summer and quite popular with cross country skiers in the winter. It's built to look like the old west and has many fun shops to look at as well as good restaurants. Here are a few pictures of the town:
Here's a look at the mountains around the Winthrop area - as you can see everything is dry as can be from all the heat. No wonder several fires started from the lightening.

We've been home for a week but with the heat and things to catch up with - blogging wasn't high on my motivation list.
I did make a really cute table runner before we left and sewed the binding on during our vacation, so I'll post pictures of that in a day or two.
Hope all of you are well and staying cool - I can't believe it's the first of August, where has the summer gone!!
Tam