Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Stormy nights...

A very stormy weekend has just passed, with another storm on the way. I believe we recieved 3 inches of rain on Sunday with high winds. Trees were down all over the place Monday morning, roads were flooded and mudslides had closed a few roads. Yesterday on the way home from work, there was a small car in the ditch (volkswagan rabbit maybe) and the water in the ditch was up to the windshield. BIG BIG puddle (lake!) on the road right there, so they probably hit that water and hydroplaned right into the ditch!

We finished our kitchen floor this weekend. Tore up the old nasty linoleum that was in there, put down 1/4" plywood for a leveling agent and installed black and white vinyl tile in a checkerboard pattern. We have done our kitchen in a "retro" style and the floor really adds to that and looks great. Will be adding a black counter top and white porcelain farmhouse sink in the future.

Went to the movie "Walk the Line" about Johnny and June Carter Cash. Very good movie, I recommend it. It played at the Columbia Theatre, which is my favorite movie theatre ever! It is the old Opera house in Astoria. The balcony now has a bar in it and they serve beer and wine. Most of the seating is couches with small tables in front of them. The main floor has some couches also. The theatre is attached to the "VooDoo Room", which is a bar that serves pizza and burgers, so you can order food in the theatre also. Very cool!!!

I finished the book "A Safe Place: the true story of a father, a son and a murder" by Lorenzo Carcaterra this past weekend also. A true story about the authors childhood and trying to come to terms with the fact that his father had murdered his first wife. Set in the Hell's Kitchen area of New York City. Not a "feel good" story by any means, but a very good read. Very intense and fast-paced. This book preceeds "Sleepers", which is also a true story about the authors childhood and was made into a movie a few years ago starring Brad Pitt, I think. I recommend both.

Next storms on the way...looks like we're in for another rainy night ( - :

Friday, January 27, 2006


Pardon me...just trying to figure out how to get back in my blog to post after being gone. Hey, looks like I figured it out, now doesn't it? Catch ya later....

My First Blog

I have been wanting to make my own blog, but couldn't decide if I had enough to say. I think that I'm an interesting person, but what if I find that my thoughts are extremely boring? Would I be better off not knowing that I have nothing going on upstairs? I have decided to venture out and give it a go... My life, my thoughts, it's all good.

I have titled my blog "On a rainy night..." because it is just under a year now that Riff and I moved our family from the high desert of Wyoming to the Oregon Coast. We are enjoying our new adventures and experiencing MANY rainy nights. I love the sound of the rain on the roof and against the windows. I love the sight and smell of the fog rolling in and creeping around the trees. I love standing on the beach with the wind blowing the salt spray across my face. I love walking the dogs on the beach under a full moon (on the months when the sky is actually clear enough to see the moon!) . So feel free to follow me as I write about our new life.

We have also purchased a 1918 craftsman style home and are in the slow process of updating it and making it "ours". Follow me on that journey, too. When I figure out how to post pictures, I will be adding many.

Happy Trails!!