Ocean – Mission Accomplished

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More than a year ago I figured out a compromise (between me and my pocket book) relating to my goal of living at the coast for a full year.  I wanted to see every season, experience the changing tides.

My husband and I began a year long adventure of staying, once a month, 3 days and 2 nights at the coast in Lincoln City, Oregon.

Mission Accomplished!

Because posts can be organized in this fashion, I decided to link all 12 months to this post.  This has been a great adventure.  I want to thank those who have followed along with us.

October: Fox Fun

November: A year at the coast (not really)

December: December Ocean

January:  January Ocean

February:  February Ocean

March:  March Ocean

April:  April Ocean

May:  May Ocean

June:  June Ocean

July:  July Ocean

August:  August Ocean – Sunshine and Laughter

September:  September Ocean

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September Ocean

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As busy as last month was at the coast, it was equally busy in September.  Hubs and I drove out on a Sunday, around noon, and are shocked with the traffic leaving.  “I wonder if they know something we don’t,” I teased.

Once at our cozy hotel, The Sandcastle, we chatted with the host at the front desk.  She said that the last two weekends had been full for the hotel and the entire town.  There appears to be an app (of course there is) that let’s one know hotel availability.  Well, the town has been full up the last few weekends.

We unpacked and knew we’d be in for a rainy three days.  Rain does not spoil the coast, it is just a different way to enjoy it.

It was hard to keep up with the weather Sunday and Monday since it changed so quickly.

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There was something brewing from the north and we could see rain showers through the clouds.  “Our” seal went back and forth peeking at anyone who strolled by.  Hubs went out a couple of times to gather rocks or shells and spend time near the ocean’s edge.

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We usually close the drapes when it turns dark, because we have learned from experience that if you leave the drapes and lights on….your large window becomes a TV show for those on the beach.  But Monday night was different.  We heard about a storm moving in and learned there might be lightening.

I understand that this is no big deal for those used to thunder storms.  But in the valley, we get lightening and thunder about three times a year, if that.  We were eager for a show.

The thunder rolled and the lightening struck, zig-zagging into the ocean from time to time.  Mostly, we saw lights behind clouds, but it was still very exciting.  It was a first for us both.

Tuesday morning around 7 AM we heard what sounded like a bolt of lightening and then hail descended.  I was first to the window, cell phone in hand.  Hubs was growling in the bedroom about the light switch.  What???

Then we tried another then another.  No electricity.  We tried to call the desk.  No phone, no wifi.  Hummmmm.  Hubs went down to the office and learned the whole hotel had lost power.  Not only that, the town along main street had lost power as well.

We bundled up and just enjoyed the view.  The electricity was back on within three hours, so we felt rather lucky.

The storm had re-arranged the view.  New rivulets twisted to the north.  Tiny pipers and large seagulls alike were feasting.  Mounds of seaweed had been tossed on the sand.

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The tide, which had been a good distance from the hotel, delivered a huge trunk near the back door.  Click on the link below to see a wave I caught from our hotel window.

We left at 11:00 feeling rejuvenated, another wonderful three days at the coast.

Sunday Comics

Kid’s Kubb

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While thinking about our grandchild’s birthday party at a park, I wondered what field games could be played with the variety of ages in attendance.  My brother, who was visiting at the time, introduced us to Kubb, a game from Sweden he had heard about.

There was a great deal of information on YouTube and Google about the game.  A few of us watched several videos and thought it would be a splendid game….and one we could make rather “easily.”  Lincoln and I discussed colors and how to change the original rules to something more birthday-friendly.

My husband, who can make anything, bought a couple of dowels, a piece of wood, and gathered some wood from a wooden pallet.  He cut everything to size and rough sanded the pieces.

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I took over the blocks and painted them with used paint from the garage.  It took a while, but it helped to give the wood two-three coats.

The next step took the longest.  I taped off each block and baton in preparation for the colors.

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To say this step took hours would not be hyperbole.  Still, it was fun to see the colors bring the set to life.

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Once the set was painted two or three more times, everything was handed back over to my husband who sprayed a sealer on the entire set.  Yes, several coats.

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The game turned out to be a lot of fun.  After the kids played a couple of games, the adults played as well.  It was a success, and a game I hope we will play for years to come.

Plating – Wow

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It is said that you eat with your eyes before your other senses.  That is true with me.  When I saw this plate I thought….yummmm.  My second thought was…how do they do that?  I remember eating crunchy tacos that fell over and then later soft tacos that would also fall over.  What was this magic?

Glad to say, the fish tacos were delicious and it didn’t take long for me to learn the secret.

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Haha!  Presentation, presentation, presentation.

Sunday Comics

Amazon Prime Madness

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“Try it FREE for a month…..”

Six most dangerous words online.  “Try Amazon Prime,” they said.  “You’ll love it,” they said.

Well, dang it, “they” were right and I may now be hooked.

I started my month timidly, making sure I was ONLY getting what I would otherwise buy.  Three weeks in, I’m LOOKING for things to buy.  Lord, have mercy.

It started with Divina Dolmas, the best stuffed grape leaves I have ever eaten.  One 4.4 lb can makes four meals for Hubs and myself.  Add a salad, and there ya go!  The shipping for a can a month would pay for Amazon prime (so I told myself).  What a deal.

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While searching for more goodies, I found a six pack.  I mean, who does not need 26.4 lbs of dolmas.  I sure do.  Amazon probably thinks I am part owner of a Greek restaurant.  So now I have cans stuffed around closets, etc. since our pantry can only hold one can.

The box came with 3 straight cans, two with dings, and one soundly smashed.

Will I continue Amazon Prime after the 30 days.  I do not know.  But I have enough dolmas to eat while I think about it.