Monday, February 20, 2017

Same, Same

It was another blustery and rainy weekend. The neighborhood lost power and road access again.

The power company assigned someone to watch the area and he spent the night in his truck.

Cars were not allowed to drive under the tree leaning on the power lines but we could walk beneath it. Go figure.

A few of the neighbors were forced to park their cars and walk in. Aimee and her boys passed us on the street with a big jar of dog treats and a Bingo game, planning for an Internet-free day indoors. Leah passed us too with her son and twin daughters, she wasn't smiling.

When we got back home The Man checked on his diesel generator humming along in the barn.

This time around the electricity went off Friday morning and stayed off till Saturday evening, just about 32 hours. No matter, we had electricity, groceries, Internet, chocolate covered marshmallows, and lots of quiet knitting time for The Man's Mom and me. We didn't have to do anything or be anywhere.

Yesterday we got The Man's Mom to the airport without incident. Just in time too.

Today is another blustery and rainy day.


Saturday, February 11, 2017

Eyes to the Sky

A month ago, Saturday, January 14, 2017, under clear blue skies SpaceX launched their Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg AFB.

I almost missed it (I may have been closing my eyes to soak up some rays). We never heard the tell-tale rumble that forewarns us when a rocket will soon be appearing. It was just there.

The Falcon 9 rocket carried 10 Iridium Next satellites and was the initial launch to replace Iridium's original satellites with 70+ second-generation satellites over the next fourteen months. For the next year we will be able to see many more rocket launches from our driveway Vista view. That's the happy news.

The sad news is that Iridium flares will cease to exist. The new Iridium Next satellites do not have the unique design ("angular shiny things") which produce the satellite flare phenomenon.

We've been very lucky to have witnessed such an amazing sight countless times since our surprising discovery one night during the summer of 2015. You can be sure that when the rain stops, and the clouds move away, we'll be heading outdoors in the early evening with our eyes to the sky.

I'm afraid those who've been tracking that phenomenon over the past 20 years have another year or two to see it. As someone who's seen a couple myself, you can imagine what a thrill it is to be the CEO of a company like this and watch your satellite go overhead. But we weren't going to spend money just to make angular shiny things on our satellites, so that phenomenon will go away - but it's been fun.   Matt Desch, Iridium CEO

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Rain Fall

Yeehaw, the first month of 2017 has been wet, wild, and crazy here on the Central Coast of California.

Sunday, January 8th, 7:08 pm ~


Although we welcome every single drop of rain, the severely drought-stressed trees are having a hard time staying upright during the stormy weather.

Thursday, January 5, neighbor Jim's tree ~

Sunday, January 8th, neighbor Deanne's tree blocking Leah's driveway ~

Wednesday, January 11th, our tree, our driveway ~

The worst of the storms occurred last weekend. Mattie and I listened to the wind howl and blow against the house through the night into the wee hours of Sunday morning. I finally fell asleep at 4:30 am when the electricity went off. We received just an inch or so of rain but the winds were damaging.

Everyone - aka The Whole Neighborhood - were without power or passage on our dead end street.
(The Man being The Man fired up his ex-military diesel generator and kept the lights and power on at our house.)

But wait, there's more, we found out the power pole had been brought down when a couple of trees fell onto the wires. The trees were now blocking ingress and access to the pole. It was going to be a quiet Sunday for our neighborhood.

By the end of the day progress had been made to clear the road so work could start on the power and cable lines.

We also lost more trees during this powerful storm but luckily no structures were damaged and cleaning up will be a work in progress.

 We've had a few days of sunny weather and have appreciated the time to dry out.

More rain is expected this week.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Pink and Orange

Our color scheme for the Holidays seemed to have been pink and orange rather than red and green as I worked on the baby blanket taking up residence across our dining room table. Not surprising to me, or The Man, I wasn't able to finish Becky's blanket before she left work on maternity leave just before Christmas (though I did have the foresight to ask for her mailing address).

Silly me, I thought it would be a quickie project.

This was my plan: A cute fabric panel for the top piece and soft cozy flannel for the backing. The top panel was printed with a black border that I could fold over and use as a self-binding edge. Easy-peasy.

But wouldn't it look so much nicer to hand-stitch a blind stitch binding and then do a machine top-stitch? A week went by. Yes, that looks nice. Now how about hand-quilting around each big block? I retrieved my small sharp quilting needles, pink thread, and a thimble from my sewing box. Another week or two flew by.

Okay, but now the four small blocks looked unfinished so they also required tiny quilting stitches around them. Another week.

Almost there, after a quick wash Becky's blanket will be ready to take up residence in it's new home. I'm holding off the temptation to just add a few more stitches to the cute animals. Don't you think that elephant tail needs an outline stitch with black embroidery thread?

And speaking of orange . . . .

Christmas Day was spent making Orange Marmalade with the home-grown citrus Jerry has been sharing with us. The yummy citrus preserves were processed using the Boiling Water Bath Canning method.

Welcome 2017.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Year Wish

you have a
Year Apple Pie by Grandma Ople (Moshasmama)

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Of Christmas' Past

Christmas with Maile (the dog) and Jade (the cat)
Early 1990's, Los Osos, CA

Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Merry Christmas

Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Central Coast Christmas

Thursday, December 25, 2014
A Bravo Christmas

Friday, December 25, 2015
O, Christmas Tree

Best Wishes and Blessings
all the good things
today, tomorrow, and every day.
SLO Yarns 2016