Archive for 2011

New MacBook Pro Laptop for QuilTak

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Long ago, on my first stay in Alaska,, (Nome),, I worked for the Nome Public School systems,, First as a tutor, then as a teacher in the Adult and after school programs and then as Director of Community Schools.  Way back then Apple was just getting going in the school systems and was giving a great deal called “An Apple for the Teacher”  who could or would resist.. And since that time I have owned and operated many, many Apple products.  We originally started QuilTak on one twenty years ago.  But when QuickBooks didn’t’ keep their programs up to date with Apple, I was forced to go to a PC.  No complaints, other than, ---it’s not an Apple and you can’t compare apples to oranges or Cadillac’s to Geo’s.  Today I get to drive to Portland and get a new Macbook pro laptop.  We are getting ready for our move to Maui,, we want to be more portable and efficient and have a great computer for our music—i-tunes and our photos.  But also, most importantly, to run a few businesses from it… Like QuilTak, Vacation Rentals and Studio and Quilt retreat information.  I am very excited.. Then I get to stay with my dear buddy Ellen and her boys and also see little bair and Steve.  Yeah,, a fun couple of days.
I am adding two days worth of Abraham,, something to think about,, not everyone’s beliefs,, but something to consider. These two quotes are a couple of my favorites. Enjoy your day,, I know I will ;-)))

We want you to enjoy the contrasting experience, just like you enjoy the contrasting buffet. And we want you to reach the place (and practicing Virtual Reality will help you to gain this confidence) that whenever you're in front of a buffet that has so much that you do like to eat, as well as some that you don't like to eat, you don't feel frustrated that there are things there you don't want to eat. You don't feel compelled to put them on your plate and eat them; you just pick the things that you like. And the Universe of thought is the same way. You can choose from it the things that you like.

--- Abraham
You just cannot kill everybody who doesn't agree with you. You can't do it. You'll kill enough of them, and pretty soon, you'll be down to the nitty gritty that is just you guys, and then you'll start disagreeing with each other... In other words, you cannot get to where you want to be by pushing against what you do not want—it never, ever works.

taken with my i-phone--was our Christmas treat on our drive up to Dundee on Christmas day,, Was a double at times.
--- Abraham

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The Wine Place and 4th Street Cafe'

Tuesday December 27, 2011
Wine is Sunlight held together by water,,, Galileo--such a wise folk.. 

Highway 101 Gallery entrance

Front Entrance to the Wine Place, Prime location right on the famous Highway 101

I do the "landscaping and garden/deck fluffing--notice the Wine Bottles-Great recycling--known as planting the wine bottles to produce offspring--to be purchased inside the wonderful Wine Place ;-)))

Speaking of which,, on Friday I get to go visit my dear, sweet, delicious friend, Carrie @ the Wine Place in Yachats where I play/fluff the garden/do landscaping/create art sometimes and have my art to sell @ the Gallery at the Wine Place,,,,,

Just a little corner of my stuff that I play with to see if anyone wants to pay $$ to haul it home--turns out,,, a lot of folks do ;-)))  Notice the mosaic "bowling ball" weighs a ton!!  the magnets are a very hot seller--those $$ add up--all goes into the "Move to Maui" fund 

and drink wine and have yummy snacks that sometimes I bring to share and sometimes Carrie brings to share and sometimes we let Lew (sorry Lew if I misspelled your name,, just because I know it,,, doesn't mean you told me how to spell it)) he will do the cooking over at 
The 4th Street Café is now open!  It is located at 238 W 4th Street, just two doors away from The Wine Place’s parking lot – next to the Lion’s Club Thrift Store. 
 Café open times are:  Thursday through Monday, 7:30 AM – 3:30 pm or longer. 

The menu changes daily and includes breakfast, lunch, sandwiches, soup, pasta, baked goods and more.  There are New York style bagels, made by a real New Yorker, owner Lou Caputo.  Darlene is baking up a storm and making soups, wearing her beret and springy shoes.  Katie is the smiling face at the front counter, ready to take your order.  Everything is homemade, and vegetarian and gluten-free options are available.  You can dine in or take-out.  Planning ahead for a special event?  Special orders are welcome. 

4th Street Café phone number is 541-547-4494. 

YES, you are welcome to bring take-out food to The Wine Place so you can enjoy some good wine with your food.  (Please bring me a treat!) --Carrie knows how to get her needs met by both friends and customers,,, we love her to pieces ;-)))

This is my favorite hang out--great positive energy and Carrie has a magic princess wand that she can wave over your head and make sure your day if perfect--has worked for me on numerous occasions.

And sooooooo------

I get another daily message from the Universe,, this is great--pay attention--so simple.

Give thanks, bari, whenever you want more.

Of anything,
    The Universe


Life really is about the fun--those are our best memories ;-)))

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Christmas Day 2011

Sunday, December 25, 2011

ghost trees at stump beach

sunset christmas eve

When it was decided whether or not to celebrate Christmas this year,, we were in a funk and so decided not to decorate or go to lots of trouble or to get gifts—wanting to put those dollars into the move to Maui fund.  Yesterday we figured it out that neither one of us had ever,,, not celebrated Christmas with lots of “ to Do’s” and busy times.  This year has felt so good.  We have gathered with lots of friends,, done some baking,,, listened to incredible Christmas music continually and today we are traveling to our very special friends from South Africa who now live in Dundee, OR—great wine spot.  Last night we gathered with other friends for food, games and lots of laughter and yesterday we got surprised by our other good friends with filled Christmas stockings,,,, so very fun—lots to smile about on this day.

pippin has got the idea,, belly up on a cat quilt on gale's lap--life is good =^..^=

It is so nice to have my energy and zest for life back---Yeah!!.. I have still been doing some each day towards the move and simplification of our lives.  It is good to move now and again just to rethink the stuff we have chosen to share our time and space with.  I now have a couple of large paper bags in the office where I put the items intended for the “sales”  It’s been very fun trying to fill them. 

You cannot judge the value of a life by its quantity. It is by the joy that you are feeling. The more joyful you are, the longer you live. Let yourself relax and breathe and be free and be joyous, and romp. The optimum physical life experience is to have plenty of things that stimulate you to desire, and an awareness of the way you feel, so you're reaching for thoughts that feel good—so you're wide open, so you're tuned in, tapped in, and turned on. We promise you, the timing of your death is always chosen by you.
--- Abraham

I am wishing each of you a truly special year filled with family and friends,, good times and lots of grins…that is what it’s all about after all.  Enjoy your day 

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Looking at the Little Stuff

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Coming up on Winter Solstice tomorrow.. I remember when we lived in Nome,,Alaska, we were so excited for Winter Solstice to come because it meant we would start having more than 4 hours of “sort of” daylight.  We gained or lost 7 minutes a day,, so the changes happened pretty quickly.

not nome

When deciding to make a major move probably the top subject might be $$,, how to save, where to cut back, what it will cost,,, etc, etc,.. I started with the fax line that we rarely use, yet we have had it on a dedicated phone line for 20 or so years… Yesterday our phone guy came out to make the adjustment.  Not long ago,, we would not be able to get by with a business with only one line, but with cell phones and DSL it makes life simpler if you look at what is changed and how it can affect you in a positive way.  I got in touch with our QuilTak customers and let them know they would need to email in orders,, mostly they do anyway.  We will save $30 per month x’s that by 36 = a little over a thousand $$ that can go into debt reduction or the “Move to Maui” fund.  I think if we pay attention to the smaller stuff, the stuff we have become complacent about over time,  and make the necessary adjustments,, we will be surprised at the simplicity it brings and of course the $$ saved.
Interesting quote for today…something to think about

Every bit of it is about economics. Every bit of it, without exception. Everything about religion is about economics. Everything about politics is about economics. And everything about economics is personal satisfaction. Everyone is personally motivated to do the best that they can possibly do for themselves.
--- Abraham
Now it’s time to slice and dice for the yummy Chili ;-))

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A cat will do--what a cat will do

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Pippin-long stochings--about 5 months old and ready for anything

So when I was a mama raising four active boys,, it was always a challenge to keep them occupied and interested in something other than beating the holy crap out of each other—their favorite past time.  So now as I have turned 60 I realize what I do currently is not that different from back then.  I am lucky—actually I wished it up this way—to have several ways of producing income—all out of our home base.  I love it.  However, that means that my companions are not actual folks but more the furry type.  So again, if I don’t keep the furries occupied in between nap times and out door explorations, they tend to look for stuff to do—like chew on the orchids,  push things off the kitchen counters-yes they are allowed up there,  my sanity was not worth being the one to try to keep them off.  A cat will do what a cat will do. 
Crackers in the driveway and birds in the bush--life is good!

In going through some food cupboards today, with the thought of organizing and simplifying,, I found some crackers that were stale, but not rancid and so crunched them up and tossed them into the driveway—great viewing for the kits and they will sit in the window for many minutes (not hours) at a time watching the crows, blue jays and all other types of feathered friends feasting on an unexpected treat.  And it’s the same window that has the fuchsia just outside with blooms still going at this time of year attracting the sweet hummers.  I do love the Central Oregon Coast.

Weight Watchers Chili-Mary Greenberg—revised by bair and gale 12/20/2011

1 1/2tablespoons canola oil
1 pound sweet green peppers, cored, seeded and chopped
6 stalks celery-chopped
1 1/2pounds onions, peeled and finely chopped
2 large cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
2 jalapenos or green chilies, seeded and minced (optional) or 2 cans green chiles
1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
5 not 3 pounds ground turkey
1/3 cup mild chili powder
2-3 tablespoons hot chili powder
2 30-ounce cans red kidney beans, drained, or 6 to 7 cups cooked kidney beans 2 28-ounce cans tomatoes with their juice or 1 huge can of beans/1 huge can of tomatoes--gallon??
1-2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon oregano, crumbled
2 teaspoons cumin
1/2teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste (optional)
1 teaspoon coriander
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1. In a very large, heavy pot or very large skillet, heat the oil, add the sweet peppers, and saute them slowly for 5 minutes. Add the onions, and continue sauteing the vegetables for 3 minutes more. Add the garlic, jalapenos or chilies (if using), and parsley, and saute the ingredients for 1 minute.
2. Add the turkey, stir in the mild and hot chili powders, and brown the turkey over medium heat for about 10 minutes, breaking it up and stirring it to cook evenly. If you are not already using a very large, heavy pot, transfer the turkey mixture to one now.
3. Stir in the remaining ingredients, combining them thoroughly. Bring the chili to a boil over medium heat, reduce the heat, cover the pot and simmer the chili for 1 hour. Then uncover the pot and cook the chili for another 30 minutes.
Note: suggest making this a serve-yourself-dish, by setting out a variety of garnishes: chopped onion, grated Cheddar, plain yogurt, chopped sweet pepper, etc.

Tomorrow I am joining my good buddy DJ and will get together to Dice, Chop and make “Weight Watchers” Chili -our fav!! It makes buckets and is great frozen.  I just finally figured out a place on the net to copy and paste so I could share it with you.  Times,,, they are a changing.  We have served it at many gatherings,, also makes great Navajo Tacos,, and is just the yummiest stuff—so enjoy!!  And grins for your day..

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Recipes and Cook Books oh my

Monday, December 19, 2011-little bair’s birthday ;-)) so happy she was born.
Can hardly open the Microwave these days.  

So can you tell me what it is about cookbooks and recipes that make us gather such a huge stash of books and papers.  We do try many new recipes on a fairly regular basis,, but not to the extent of our collecting abilities—there is not enough time in this life to try all the recipes collected.  So today starts the task of reducing cookbooks.  I know we still have some time to try stuff out and we will,, but the feeling of cleaning out a cupboard that is stuffed to the gills is feeling pretty exciting and empowering.  I do have to say, my sweet mama also had this trait.  After she went on to her next adventure a few years back,,, I was the one who brought all her recipes, cook books and food magazine cuttings here to sort through.  I do believe it is going to be boxed up for a trip to the California “Cotten’s”  But treasures,, every one.  It all probably is based on trying something new, whether a recipe or a new place to live—gives us a little something to look forward to. 
This cupboard gets used a lot--beverages on the top, catnip on the side (not  to be confused with other similar looking stuff)  And lots of favorite cookbooks and recipes.

Another cupboard of recipes/cookbooks not cracked in 3 years--time to go--Do  Ya  Think??

I always like seeing before and after photos of purging activities,, I will try to document the process.  Here are the before the sorting cook book and recipes begins pics ..

Friend Ellen gave me an Ah Ha moment when she took a photo on her I-Phone, of a recipe she liked while we were cooking in the cabin at Belknap Hotspings over Thanksgiving Weekend.  ;-)))

So here is one we tried last night,, low carb,, very yummy from a cookbook called 500 Low-Carb Recipes by Dana Carpender.  Great Cookbook,, but not totally sure it will make the cut to go to Maui—time will tell. 
We used turkey burger and part pork sausage,, topped with pinapple tidbits and olives--Yum--will freeze well also

Another profound treat from Abraham ;-))) Amazing how “right on” these daily bits are for our journey.

We are really advocates of just getting as happy as you can be—which takes care of everything. Even if you don't have reason to be happy—make it up. Fantasize it. Make a decision that you're going to be happy one way or another—no matter what. "No matter what, I'm going to be happy! If I have to ignore everybody; if I have to never watch television again; if I have to never pick up a newspaper again, I'm going to be happy. If I never have to see that person's face again, I'm going to be happy. If I have to see that person's face, I'm going to find something to see in that person's face that makes me happy. I'm going to be happy. I'm going to be happy. I'm going to be happy."
--- Abraham

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Friends and Family

Sunday, December 18, 2011

And there will be lots of days of clear underwater viewing of the  fishy's

The decision to move to another far a way part of the country effects more than just the two of us.. Telling friends and family about your new dream is mixed.  On the one hand you are so excited that you have a new goal and destination with in reach,, and yet,, these incredible friends and family will be missed in our daily doings,, most especially in their daily doings.  We will have new pictures to look at as they will be left with a void in having us in their familiar pictures of daily life.  I suppose over time we might find out if it is better to have a long range goal or a short term change of plans,, which is harder to deal with I wonder.  I will treasure my time with these friends and loved ones now and make the most of the trips, gatherings and games we get to play over the next few years as we also ready ourselves for the next adventure enjoying the journey from every aspect.  

I did find out that if you move close to the ocean,, friends will come.  That has been a wonderful part of living here at the coast.  We became a destination point for friends and family and have actually seen more of them than if we had stayed stagnant where we were.  Who can resist vacationing in Hawaii after all. 

Yesterday brought discussion about our next trip to Maui in the fall of 2012.  We will go there one time a year until we move.  Making vacation plans is always a fun way to spend time. 
And another box got packed with books—prices also. 

Start telling a better-feeling story about the things that are important to you. Do not write your story like a factual documentary, weighing all the pros and cons of your experience, but instead tell the uplifting, fanciful, magical story of the wonder of your own life and watch what happens. It will feel like magic as your life begins to transform right before yours eyes, but it is not by magic. It is by the power of the Laws of the Universe and your deliberate alignment with those Laws.
--- Abraham

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Book Reduction

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Is this water beautiful or what?? and it's warm!! We couldn't get enough.

It is such a treat to wake up with a smile and a plan.. who knew I needed a plan to look forward to in order to wake up with a smile.  We are having a quite beautiful sunrise here on the Central Oregon Coast.  No clouds,, no rain, no bugs.  This is one of the only places that I have lived where there are hardly any bugs,,, so now we will be moving to Maui where I am pretty sure the bugs are big and plentiful,,,I am sure there is lots to keep those little guys busy other than bugging me. 
Last night I packed up 3 good size boxes of garden books that I haven’t cracked in over two years.. what a gatherer I am.  It’s not that I lack the interest in the subject,, but really in today’s times, I would seek that knowledge on the internet,, takes seconds to find and there is so much available information for the reading. 
A few years back I took the Master Gardener course here in Lincoln County.. I took it mostly for my own knowledge and my,,, did I learn a ton.  I also learned how to access information via the internet.  Even though I am not now a practicing Master Gardener, the knowledge I attained is so valuable where ever we end up.  It would be nice to grow Tomatoes ;-)))
So the garden books are priced and stored in the back of our little “beach cottage”  aka: Sammi and Bobs travel trailer that is now coastal and will never see the road again due to rusted out axles… but it is a great space for storage and our friends and family to sleep when coming to the coast to visit.  No plumbing facilities, which makes the chances for a long visit a little uncomfortable,,, short and sweet,, that is the best sort of visit…  I have decided to price everything that is gathered for a garage/yard sale,, Don’t you just hate it when you have gathered all the stuff and nothing has a price and its time to have the sale????… Very overwhelming.  This adventure is about the fun in the journey.  We will have many “stuff reduction” sales between now and the time we leave and there will be lots of time to donate items that folks don’t want to pay for,,, but all the $$ gathered by sales will go into the “Move to Maui” fund.. it will be fun to watch the pennies grow.
Just opened my email and found this little note.. Right On!!
Most of you do not believe that it is your natural state of being to be well.
--- Abraham

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The Adventure

Wow,, almost a year since last post,, my point exactly--this will now be a journal about a journey, a new adventure and how we go about the process to make it happen,, First---wish it up--Maui,, here we come.

I have often wondered what the process is for folks who decide on a huge life change and move to a remote location... I hope to shed light on that process during our journey to Maui.

Maui, 60th bithday,, whale watching trip.

And whales there were--mamas and babies and studly studs (whales) to lure the ladies.  Such an adventure.

Friday, December 16, 2011

To start a new adventure and enjoy, to note the journey.

In 2004 I moved from Swarthmore Philadelphia to Seal Rock, Oregon.  This was after much plotting and planning.. wanting to live by the ocean and near an artist’s community.  It is here where I met my life partner and best friend.  Several years have gone by with many wonderful adventures and experiences and lovely life long friends. 

I moved here believing this would be my last move.  Having always moved from one part of the country to another every few years, the thought of a permanent place to call home attracted me.  Now I believe that it also trapped me.  I am an adventurer in places, people and things and will always be. 

I have now lived 60 wonderful years and totally looking forward to at least another 40 more.  Believing there is so much in this world I would like to know about and experience,,, so begins the next journey.  My wish is to document this journey,, hopefully with bits of writing on hopefully a daily basis. 

For the last couple of years I have found myself with a low energy-non enthusiastic condition coming on every 6-8 weeks or so and lasting between 2 and 4 weeks,, such a waste of time.  I am knowing this passes and I get back into my wonderful life with all its color and friends and nature.  I do believe that perhaps this condition may be due to the stagnant place my life has brought me to.  Don’t get me wrong,, I have a wonderful life with an incredible life partner,, 3 furries, an art studio that is totally inspiring and welcoming, a yard that just keeps giving and in a place on the Central Oregon Coast to rival any other place on the planet.  Not a reason in the world to feel unfulfilled or sad.. Next step was last year to go to the doc for depression meds, thinking this ole body isn’t producing all it needs to of the "happy juice" its used to.  Been working with the meds for about a year and a half and just recently changed prescriptions with the hope of happy coming back with all the energy I have become accustomed to.  Doc said it would take a couple of weeks to kick in and perhaps he’s right or perhaps it’s due to the new vision of a new adventure for my girl and I. Only time will tell,, thus the need to write a bit and keep a “journal” so to speak of the journey. 

I am a follower of “Abraham” and today’s message in my email was:

You're never satisfied. That's what life is, it's just this ongoing, never ending vacation adventure, you see. You can't get it wrong and you never get it done—and we recommend that you have as much fun as you can along the way.
--- Abraham

And this morning I started journaling again and this is what I had to say. 
Just a note to start—been struggling with low energy-meds-finding zest for life for the last two years.  I feel like I’ve found the “kicker”.  Wouldn’t’ it be wonderful to live in Maui, Hawaii.??? We have talked about it and actually had it as a long term “sort of” goal.  But it has felt overwhelming and un attainable due to the amount of material possessions that reside at our current location, (just look back on previous blogs dealing with the studio to see my point) between the business-QuilTak, our garden and the studio there is a lot of stuff that must go away before accomplishing a move.  Most importantly I must become un attached to said possessions before they can leave.  I am looking at it a different way after many months of low energy,, more like a shell on a turtles back that he/she must haul around in order to have a home.. this is not us.. we can live simply with simple life styles and desires.  Do our exploring and our art and our business—whatever that ends up being.  Life is supposed to be fun,,,as it turns out ;-)))
So with in 3 years we believe we can move to maui with debts mostly paid off,, simple needs and not many earthly goods to haul with us.. the plan is for each day to do a little something or maybe something big towards the end of moving and living in maui.  We can do this and it really feels so right.  

12/15/2011-tossed out 1/2 a recycle garbage can worth of magazines ;-)))
12/16/2011-made a plan to be debt free in under 3 years--
new mantra--are we taking this to Maui????

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Another Reason

In the middle of finishing taxes yesterday and the beach called to me,, just down the hill, around 4ish with the sunset happening soon, at low tide. I love living here and don't get down to the beach nearly often enough.

 This is my "hood" just up the hill from the ocean

 The beaches here changes a lot from week to week,, right now at low tide, wonderful rocks are exposed due to the sand being taken back out to sea.  This rock was filled with fossils and so interesting, can you see the heart shape--imagine.
A last look before heading back up the hill--I love my life ;-))

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SeaGulls,, gotta love em

This photo was too cute to pass up,, just walking on the beach New Years Eve and came across the bird prints in the sand,, also a very cool sunset to start the New Year

I love this place,, new resolution---walk at least 3 times a week on the beach and do the Wii "walk it out" the other 4.  All depends on the Oregon weather of course.  I will keep you posted ;-))

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