Rest in Peace, Yahoo Directory

As of today, if you go to (the familiar URL of the Yahoo Directory) you are redirected over to a directory called “Aabaco Small Business”, Yahoo was quite the directory in its day. We have recommended getting a listing in it since about 1998. Listings used to be free, then they got greedy […]

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Gone Mobile

It’s been a while since I updated my blog to reflect anything going in my current life. I aim to remedy that now. In May of this year we decided to move out of the house we’d lived in for the last 20 years, on a ranch in the middle of nowhere, into a mobile […]

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Garden Surprise

We haven’t done a thing yet this year in our garden to prepare for planting anything. So it was a pleasant surprise to find some escapee poppies, left over from our experiment last year of growing one planter of mixed flowers. These were growing amid the cedar chips we have down to discourage weeds between […]

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Truth – an old definition

I try to read articles written by historian Victor Davis Hanson, as they show up in my feeds. He seems to hit the nail on the head quite a bit more than other columnists I have followed. (While I admire Charles Krautheimer, he often seems cranky.) Now I’m in the middle of Hanson’s book Carnage […]

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We are simplifying here. Getting rid of things we don’t need and don’t particularly want. We started with coats. Our coat racks were overflowing with coats that we hardly ever wore. So I went through mine, Marie went through hers, and we are sending a bunch of them to Goodwill or the local thrift store. […]

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New dog

My dog Max died a couple of months ago, of old age at 11 years old. Seems like only yesterday when I was blogging about getting him as a puppy…. Scroll down this old post for a picture of Max: Our other dog, Xena, is about ten years old now, gray and old herself. We […]

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Fall on the Chandler Ranch

When you have to walk every day, you sometimes get rained on. I’ve acquired a North Face rain jacket that keeps me dry even in a downpour. (They should ask me for a testimonial!) Although today was gray and rainy; here are some photos of the spectacular fall weather we’ve been having here on the […]

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Poppies & Sunshine

These poppies came in a “wildflower mix” which we planted in one of our garden boxes. We’re quite happy with the colors — they lend a cheerful note to the entire garden. These pretty but clownish-looking marigolds surround our tomato plants — they are “sacrificial” plants we hope the bugs will eat instead of tomatoes.

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Walking through sunset

Walking has some benefits other than just lowered blood pressure and a feeling of inner peace. Walking gives one the opportunity to see things that would otherwise have been missed. Today was an ordinary day of nondescript summer weather here — sunny and warm with some haze, but unremarkable in every way. I procrastinated on […]

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Everlasting Peas

In driving around Oregon you will see, on the side of the road, many kinds of wildflowers. One that is especially pretty is the everlasting pea. For the last four years, I have gathered seeds from these roadside plants in an attempt to grow some here on the ranch. (more…)

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