Another Leg of our Journey; Life in Town...in a rented Bungalow

C'est Moi

Dishin' it out.
Location
Houston Y'all
So, I'm knocking out these bird houses
Got 'em all sold

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Trying hard to be whimsical/fickle in design
It's not natural for me
Too OCD I guess
Getting random in eave lengths
Starting to press out knotholes, not use a hole saw
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anyway
they're selling

I may buck up the price
So cool looking, Gary. You should open an Etsy store so I can buy one. :D
 

Gary O'

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Location
Oregon
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You should open an Etsy store so I can buy one.
Doubt I'll go the Etsy route
Had an at length discussion with them and their enhanced policies a couple years ago
It's a bit too involved now

aaaand, haven't worked out packaging these little devils

Selling these locally right now
Folks wanna place orders, but no two are the same
Selling them thru a little shop downtown
$10/mo for a bit of space
Very comfortable for me
 

Gary O'

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Location
Oregon
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So, I'm delving deeper into this OCD head of mine, and foraging around in there for bird house design thoughts in the whimsy dept

I sorta went with the wood grain on this next one
And again just pressed out the knot hole for the front entry
Thought I'd screwed it up when the hole blew out
But rethought things
Turned it into a walk into affair
And followed the grain with the saw

Not unhappy with the first try

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Gary O'

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Location
Oregon
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So, we were knockin' around town yesterday, and ended up at wally world, had to get some light bulbs...and corn on the cob (oooh...yeaaaahhh)
Anyway, on the way in, I see this Santy Claus lookin' guy (long white beard)
When this happens, seeing another older bearded gent, in a store, we both point at each other, mosey over, and start a confab, like brothers of the beard
My lady has come to terms with this, as it's a common occurrence ever time I'm let out, and goes on her merry way

But this guy is short
Rather pudgy

Has a very natural Santy beard
..and somewhat long whitish hair

We get into deep discussion
My lady, as usual, rolls her eyes and vanishes, never to be found...for days

Turns out this little guy does Santy gigs in the season
Pretty serious about it
Get's a hundred bucks an hour
Ten hour days
His big gig is at the Cabelas huge store in Boise

Very interesting little fellow

actually..

His eyes - how they twinkled! his dimples how merry,

His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry;

His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,

And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;

He had a broad face, and a little round belly

That shook when he laugh’d, like a bowl full of jelly:

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,

And I laugh’d when I saw him in spite of myself.....

Hope to see him again...later this year
 

Gary O'

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Location
Oregon
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Shopping for cute little places to park for a very long time
Realtors are not near as aggressive as we've known them to be in the past
And a bit cagey
Turns me off, big time
Mortgage brokers aren't any better
They both hustle their strengths and play down their weaknesses
It gets tiring
And closing costs....they ain't what they used to be
More fees and charges not included in closing fees

Makes me consider buying land and building

Anyway

Gotta take a bit of an emergency trip to Crescent City CA
Haven't been to that part of the coast in awhile
We'll take our sweet time to get back

Heh, this retirement gig rocks...in so many ways
 

Gary O'

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Location
Oregon
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Just got back from the coast
Crescent City CA

Gorgeous part of the coast
Perfect weather
Spent a goodly lot of our time on the beach
The redwoods on 199 are always spectacular

Got a very busy son that resides there

Not sure how he does it all
Running two 90 foot fishing boats up and down the coast from Canada to Mexico, and being a family man
It's good he has a couple good crews right now

He'd asked us to come down in a kinda emergency situation
His girl had had a pretty bad seizure

Y'see, our six year old granddaughter has Dravet Syndrome
I really didn't know how bad it was, but she pretty well zones out about every few minutes
My son doesn't seem too bothered by it, but it freaks me the hell out
I'm sittin' there showing her really cool stuff, like my humungous bone spur a bit below my knee

I look over, and she's twitching with her lids at half mast
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Then...in moments, she's back
Kinda freaky

Anyway, he's home for a while.
Seems to have things well in hand

Mission accomplished
 
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Gary O'

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Oregon
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Gotta hand it to my youngest son.
He's been commercial fishing for around twenty years now.
The last three years he's been dealing directly with the Korean buyers.
That IS where the money is
Right now he's eeling
Quite a market for eels in Korea
He sells them by the ton
Processes them right on his boat

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Making incredible money
Spending incredible money doing it
$10K just in fuel, every trip
My mind does not go there

He loves it

Guess that's why he named is boat what he did

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RadishRose

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Connecticut USA
@Gary O' , I felt sad to learn of your grand daughter's condition! I looked at a description online, what I could understand of it said the seizures are often triggered by heat or fever. Dear little girl.... I hope it will diminish with time.
♥

Your son's business is a tough one, He must be very strong and very smart. Does his family eat eels, too?
 
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CeeCee

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Location
Fresno
So you moved??

I have a lot of catching up to do on here...everywhere really.

My summer was a blur but not a painless one....

I may end up moving also....it’s for the best sometimes.
 

Gary O'

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Location
Oregon
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I looked at a description online, what I could understand of it said the seizures are often triggered by heat or fever.
Her's seem to be triggered by stressful situations, or just getting worn out from the day.
Mornings she's pretty good, not so many twitches.
But, afternoons, whoa.
She's out more than she's in.
Whenever she comes out of her twitching, fluttering lids, eyes rolled back, minor (I guess) seizures, she says 'Hi' to whoever is around her.
Hundreds of 'Hi's a day.
And she is so sweet about everything.
Many hugs...hundreds.
Music helps
She rocks to Funk

Dear little girls.... I hope it will diminish with time.
Fervent prayers for that, as prognosis is not good
Probably won't see adulthood
As my son says, 'we'll enjoy her while we have her'
 
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Gary O'

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Oregon
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So you moved??

I have a lot of catching up to do on here...everywhere really.

My summer was a blur but not a painless one....

I may end up moving also....it’s for the best sometimes.
Not envying anyone moving
But my lady and I made it as painless as possible

Glad to see you, CeeCee
You take care
 

Gary O'

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Location
Oregon
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Your son's business is a tough one, He must be very strong and very smart. Does his family eat eels, too?
He's as rugged as they come
He gets a kick outa some tough looking new recruit crew members breaking down, some crying
He started fishing with the Deadliest Catch guys before that show became popular
Phil Harris was his boss
His first trip out on the Bering Sea, he asked Phil if they were gonna make it
Pretty rough waters
Harris just laid back and kept reading his book....'yeah, kid, probably'

No, they don't care for eels
 


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