Friday, September 18, 2009

Craft Night in Mid September

Oh what a craft night it was! Things actually got crafted. You can tell winter is coming even though the days are still warm. We're all crafting. Well, except me. Some horrible dog whose name I can't even say right now TOOK APART the origami floral globe I painstakingly put together 2 weeks ago. The craft group cheered me on as I pushed through my frustration and completed a tidy, sturdy globe. Which the b%^* took apart on Tuesday. She didn't even shred it, which is almost worse. If she had destroyed it I could have said "oh well, it's ruined". Except it's not. And now I have to put the damn thing back together. Anybody want a free dog?
Guess who the ace dismantler is!Here are our projects for the week:
Cece's Sock!

Cece with sock. She's so freaking adorable with her blue sock!Kelly is working on bronze sculptures of Easter Island style heads. This is carved from wax and will be used for the actual bronze casting. As this craft develops I'll be posting more information.And Erin's totally splentacular, amazing and just so f^$&ing adorable Sea Nettle, made from a Hansigurumi pattern (sorry for the photo quality, my bad):And totally unrelated to our craft night but cool anyway:Some lucky devil in Cave Junction has this for a mailbox. I just love it! Nancy

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Oregon Caves National Monument Hike

On Labor day we hiked the Big Tree Trail at the Oregon Caves Monument. The highlight of the trail is – one wild guess!-a big tree. The big tree is the largest Doug Fir in the state of Oregon, estimated to be around 1300 years old (give or take a few hundred years), with a circumference of 41 feet and 160 feet tall. It’s not a Redwood by any standards but it’s a really big tree. Since most old growth forest is gone it’s hard to remember that trees overall used to be a lot bigger. Here's the tree: I had a great time. Don’t let Kelly tell you I was bitching the whole way up the trail, I was not. OK, maybe I was, but just a little. A teeny tiny bit really. No need to blow it out of proportion. Kelly did point out that we were hiking on a trail in the mountains and most likely there would be some elevation gain (1100ft, to be exact). I was much more reasonable after he told me that. It’s not like I starting yelling about moving to Kansas immediately or muttering wildly “where the $%&^ is this *#$& tree” or anything like that. I really did have a great hike, especially on the downward descent. The tree is magnificent, the trail is well-maintained and the forest is enchanting. We saw a deer that was relatively untroubled by our presence, it kept hopping a short distance ahead on the trail until it got wise to our direction and moved parallel up the mountainside. The woods were alive with rodents, all industriously preparing for winter (or not - who knows really?). We saw little black, very noisy squirrels and lots of chipmunks, although I can’t ID any of them with the genus/species. There are a lot of squirrel-type critters in the west. Birds were calling, mostly the Stellar’s Jays although I did hear some Nuthatches and Chickadees. I’m glad I stuck it out- it was a memorable hike.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

More of the Pets that Tolerate Craft Night

More pictures of our snarky pets...Velcro the wonder cat with the polydactyl paws..And a better shot of Io.
And here's a terrible shot of China. China is currently off on a backpacking expedition so, when she returns I will attempt to redeem my photographic skills and get a better portrait of her. As for Kita- I'll just have to try again. For such a tunky gal she sure does move fast!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

More Snarky Pets (and a repeat)

Shiko, the most energetic miniature pit bull ever:
Max, looking unhappy, probably because of the sand blowing in his eyes:
And another of Sunny. I just couldn't resist this one:Still missing: Kita, the wonder blur, China the queen, Velcro and Cece's dust bunny.