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November 27, 2008

Afghan for Michael and Tiffany

Five years ago I made an afghan for Drew and Beth's wedding present and this year I did the same for my friends Michael and Tiffany. They were married a couple months ago but I just mailed them the completed blanket. I'm pleased with how it turned out. It was my first project using a knitting technique called entrelac. Unlike with Drew and Beth's I did not have to knit all the little squares together at the end. It's an especially fitting gift since Tiffany is who taught me to knit.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Posted by Dave at 01:39 PM

November 23, 2008

Kruger's Farm cyclocross

Another gorgeous fall day and I headed out with Drew, Beth, Sarah and Sam to the corn fields of Sauvie's Island for one of the last cyclocross races of the season. I haven't raced much this year since it aggravates a low back that has been hurting on and off since early summer. I went out today to cheer on Drew and have a beer in the sun. It's a great venue and Drew raced strong. In fact I'm pretty sure he passed this guy in the photo on the next straightaway. And at the end I was able to get most of the veggies for our Thanksgiving dinner at the farm store.

Posted by Dave at 02:51 PM

November 15, 2008

Surfing Short Sands with Scott and Sam

Earlier this week the rain came in and I thought our beautiful fall was coming to a close. But the skies cleared again and today was beautiful. Scott and I headed down to the coast to surf and I thought it'd be a good day if it didn't rain but we had lots of sun, warm air, and great waves. I only surf a couple times a year so I don't have the physical stamina to stay out for long nor has it all really clicked for me yet. But it's great to get out in the ocean and paddle. And when I came in and sat watching the waves and dogs and other surfers and listened to the rocks being tumbled by the high tide it was the most peaceful I've felt in a long time.

Posted by Dave at 06:43 PM |

November 06, 2008

So long roosters

Today I said goodbye to my seven (!) roosters, leaving me with four lovely hens. It turned out to be a good thing I got so many chicks or I wouldn't have ended up with enough hens. I may just keep all four that remain. I took the roosters to Linnton Feed and Seed and the woman there said they should be able to find them homes in the next day or so. I was kind of sad dropping them off as these are some colorful and fun characters I've been living with these past two months. But the cock-a-doodle-do's from the basement were waking me up at two and three in the morning. Also, it will be so much easier to care for four chickens instead of eleven. Soon I will move them to a coop I'm building outside. I'm interested to see how the dynamics of the flock will change with all the cocks gone.

Posted by Dave at 01:12 PM |

November 04, 2008


vote.jpgThis was Scott's pumpkin this year and I really liked it. Voting by mail makes election day a little different in Oregon. I feel deprived of the civic excitement of queuing at the polls that I experienced in North Carolina and Virginia. Overall though I love the convenience and practicality of filling out a lengthy ballot at my own desk. I just finished reading Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama for our book club and it has made me more in awe of what a win for him would represent and mean to our country. At least either way Bush will no longer be our leader and that can only be a good thing.

Posted by Dave at 06:54 AM