What’s new?


What’s up? We spent the weekend in LA… Ted is a Hot Wheel (yes, the little toy car) collector and attends the conventions pretty regularly. I join him – not so much for the hot wheels – but to be social and to travel about. There are generally 2/year – and one is almost always on the west coast – LAX this year. Hannah came out – so I enjoyed spending time with her. Not so much the LAX area. I just wasn’t up to fighting through the 405 traffic (at any given time of day) to go somewhere I didn’t really feel strongly about getting to. We did explore some of Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach. Shopped a bit…

Charles and Sophia Kitson – Hot Wheel fans from London – drove up on Tuesday and are spending
the week with us. They’ve been before so know what to expect and what they want to do! Which is a good thing as I have plenty of work to be doing! They are off to explore the old Hearst Hacienda in Jolon today. The weather has gotten a bit cooler – I think they will have a good time.

I finished reading Ted Bell’s new book “TSAR” last night – and enjoyed it.

So that’s the current skinny. I’m not feeling terribly philosophical or up to commenting on anything really important… The state of the economy is discouraging – waiting to see what the next day will bring. I’m trying to keep a focus on those things I can control and have an effect on.



William Butler Yeats — The Second Coming (1920)

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in the sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?


Unhappy Loom

Does this look like a happy Loom to you?  It does not.  I warped this up with beautiful browns and cream alpaca yarn at the end of June…  and it’s only become a collection spot for “Karin’s Stuff” since then.  🙁  

Granted – I was out of town for nearly 8 weeks and I’ve been busy since I’ve returned.  But I’ve gotta get to that weaving!  Now!  Today!


Best laid plans

So I took my camera with me – hoping to take a picture to post for the day…  which says it better than words.  But the camera got locked in the car with the dinner.  What???  I understand your confusion….

We frequently dine at Montana de Oro State Park – adjacent to the town we live in to the south – a beautiful coastal area.  The minimal service campground allows fires and for years we have frequented it with a few other friends for pot luck dinners.  Gather early evening, get a good roaring fire going, spread out the food goods and good wine – enjoy good company.

This morning Deborah called – she and Gary recently saw their daughter off to UC Davis to school and did we all want to get together for dinner at Montana de Oro?  Of course.  I made a fabulous pot of Albondigas soup – a cooker of rice with the side fixin’s.  Pjete brought dessert.  Deborah and Gary brought their own stuff for the fire.  So as Ted and I arrive first – Ted starts to take the soup pot from the car and I stop him – saying it will stay warmer in the car until we are ready.  The car is new for me – only a few weeks old.  I took the keys from the ignition – but left them in the center console – not wanting to misplace them in the dark at the campsite.  Eventually – after we’d all arrived and were settled in – Ted went to get the dinner from the car and asked me if I’d locked the car on purpose???  uh…. No.  

Apparently 2008 Jeep Sahara Unlimiteds have a default program to lock the doors automatically.  Beware.  AAA came out within an hour of being called and the guy had the door open in minutes – without setting off the alarm.  Beware.  Guess I’ll be reading my owner’s manual more carefully tomorrow.

So – obviously the camera was in the car with the dinner for most of the evening.  Maybe next time?!


Sleepless in Los Osos

So what do you do when you can’t sleep?  This is an infrequent problem for me.  I just finished my library book…  what to do.  I compared new book releases on Amazon to my “hold” list at the library (I love that libraries are online).  I’m an inveterate mystery/thriller fan.  Historical novels too – but a new mystery by a favorite author is a draw that I can’t resist.  

We got home at a reasonable time.  Nimbus has been happy to see us.  Something odd – Los Osos is not a very rural community.  It’s somewhat densely populated – typical small California lots, etc.  We’ve been gone about 10 days.  We had left some Kindereggs (Kindereggs are Nestle candies – about the size of real eggs – a thin chocolate egg with a capsule inside.  The capsule has a cool toy – usually a very elaborate, assemble yourself little toy.  These are unavailable in the U.S. – Ted brought them back from Mexico recently for the grandkids.) on the kitchen counter.  When we got home – of the dozen K.eggs – there were 4 of the inside capsules left…  Huh?  Shera (the neighbor looking after Nimbus) thinks that raccoons had been in.  She saw dirty footprints on the counter and several days running the scraps of an eaten kinderegg….  She put the remaining surviving eggs in the cupboard for us.  Weird.  Raccoons in the house!  So we are considering ways to modify the dog/cat door so that the cat can come and go but not have the flap big enough for raccoons.



On the road again…

We are in beautiful downtown Barstow California. Hannah is on her way to Miami… We are all traveling.

Bekka is driving with Ted and I – we’ve been at Glen Canyon Dam and are attending a meeting tomorrow in BORON California – another unusual ‘garden’ spot. Bekka is an excellent traveller. Who woulda figured? She’s patient. She’s curious – often looking out the window apparently interested in what’s passing by. As long as mom and dad have the food and toys and blanket in the right spots – it seems to all work for her. Good dog.

Nim – we’re coming home!


Who in the world?

Not to be confused with “Where in the World?” which comes later….  I’m not new to the web – but I am new to “blogging” in the modern sense.  Though I don’t suppose that you will get to this point unless you already know who I am – I may as well put the chosen pertinent facts out there!

Almost 50, Wisconsin-native, living these past 24 years on the Central Coast of California – currently with Ted and our cat Nimbus and our dog Bekka.  I’ve been married to Ted for 26 years.  Hannah is our daughter.  When I’m home my Saturdays are often spent cheering on our Grand-kids (Amy & Nathan’s kids – Nathan is Ted’s son) at various sporting events.  

Weaving, knitting, quilting, wine making, photography, cooking, music, exploring – these are all pretty frequent pursuits.  Ted and I have been working together for 20+ years on a daily basis for “work”….  (we work in the electric power industry).  This kind of relationship is challenging and rewarding – but often intense.  Ted travels quite a lot business related – I travel some, more in recent years.

We keep a 2nd home in the US Virgin Islands – on St. Croix.  Life there is different and a real compliment to the crazy way we seem to be living ‘up here’.  Mostly we get there frequently – this year not so much…  

So Where in the World?  as I type today – Page Arizona.  We have a long term project here (next year and a half maybe) at Glen Canyon Dam and will likely be here off and on for the duration.  We are keeping a condo just north of Page in Greenehaven.  We have the dog with us this trip (she makes a good traveling companion).  We’ve spent a lot of time this trip (outside of actual work) in the desert – cruising the surface for fossils.  Locally here it’s like what walking on the moon must be like….  The scenery is incredible.  We’ve been out there whole days and never seen anyone or much of anything else.  Jackrabbits, lizards, ants.