Summer Returns to Eugene

Well, at least for a day, anyway!  I did a bunch of chores this morning and then went upstairs to load my next client quilt.  While up there, I needed to shed my sweatshirt, as I was getting quite warm.  I’m always cold, but this was a huge quilt (108 x 128) so I thought perhaps I was working up a sweat because of the size.  I had promised Ozzie a trip to the dog park when the quilt was loaded, and I grabbed my sweatshirt, feeling sure it would be cold at the park, and came back downstairs.  Once I got outside, I could tell that no, I hadn’t worked up a sweat.  It’s just very warm here.  78°F, sunny without a cloud in the sky.  It made for quite a crowded day at the dog park, but we found a space to throw the ball and had fun anyway.

dog park Oct 6


It is supposed to cool off and start to rain later on tonight, with rain through Tuesday, then partly cloudy and in the 60’s for the rest of the week.  I hope this will mean pleasant weather for everyone coming to Portland for MQX.  It was nice of Summer to come back for a brief visit.  I think I’ll go outside and enjoy a bit more of it before it says goodbye!

A little of nature’s beauty

When I first moved to Oregon, long, long ago, I was a bit disappointed in the quality of the fall colors here.  I grew up in New England — well known for spectacular autumn displays. In Oregon, the trees are green.  In autumn, they just sort of turned brown and fell off.  Well, in town anyway.  Up in the forests, there are lots of vine maple and other trees that can put on a spectacular show in the fall.

Over the past ten years, many of our street trees have been replaced with more colorful trees.  The two trees in front of my house used to be hawthorns, but they eventually decayed and the city cut them down and removed them.  They then allowed me to choose two other trees to plant.  I chose Norwegian Sunset Maples which, it turns out, are not all that colorful.  Other trees in town though, are putting on a very nice display.  I thought I’d share some near the dog park that Ozzie and I get to see every day.


Fall trees 1

fall tree

fall leaves 2Now these would all have looked much prettier if the sun had been shining when I was taking the pictures, but it’s been a bit cloudy and rainy here lately.  That’s fine with me.  We really needed the rain.  It’s also great quilting weather, and I’ve been extremely busy, hence the less frequent posts.  I’m trying to get some client quilts done and out of here before I go off to the Pacific NW Quilt Festival (MQX) next week.

A missed opportunity

I usually always have a camera with me.  If not my wonderful Pentax K2000, I have the camera in my phone.  While there is absolutely nothing wrong with the camera in my Samsung Galaxy S3, I don’t like to use it often because it can’t really handle my tremor.  Well, I would have loved to have had it with me yesterday, but I left it by the computer where I had been using the contact information to enter an invoice for a new client.  Ozzie and I made a break for the dog park in between the showers.  We had just gotten there, started playing ball, and a gentle shower came.  Being the Oregonians we are, we just continued playing, and just over the trees appeared the most vibrant double rainbow I have ever seen.  It was glorious, and I had no means of capturing it to share with you.  Bummer.  But . . . I still have it in my memory.  It was so very beautiful.

On the way home I had a bit of a chuckle about how some people should keep some images in their brains only.  Seems too many folks these days get in serious trouble for sharing photos none of us should see.  ;D  I promise, you’ll never see any of those kind here!

Oh – and we got almost 2 inches of rain on Sunday.  We need the rain so badly.  We generally don’t get much rain at all in September, but we managed to hit a record of over 6 inches for the month – greatly helping us catch up on a 16 inch deficit for the year.  I’m ready for October showers and gloriously beautiful fall leaves.  As soon as Ozzie and I manage to get out for another walk, I’ll share some of them with you.  I’ve seen some beautiful trees over the past few days.

What a long strange trip it’s been

It’s a really big day in Eugene.  I had forgotten all about it, but during a break in the clouds and rain this morning, I decided I’d better get Ozzie to the park for some exercise (for both of us).  When we arrived, there were all sorts of signs along the way saying, “no concert parking until 3 p.m.”  Ozzie’s favorite dog park (Alton Baker) is right next to the Cuthbert Amphitheater.


This is Eugene’s outdoor concert venue and I took this photo in the spring when the weather was much more fair.  Just inside the enclosure for the Cuthbert today were parked these big buses.

further busThey are the concert touring buses for the band Further – the remnants of the once very popular Grateful Dead.  Yes, back in my youth I was a Deadhead, as their fans are called.  I was not as avid as many of my friends, having attended only about six Dead concerts, while I know a few fellows who traveled the country following the band, funding their journey by selling, “picture of Jerry?”  My friend Jack had taken a magnificent photo of Jerry Garcia on stage and made it into posters which he sold outside each venue.  I imagine these days that would amount to severe copyright infringement and not be allowable, but the Dead always seemed rather laid back about these things.

So, Further will play Eugene tonight.  Some of you may have seen the recent report on the best cities for hippies.  Eugene, of course, ranks number one.  When I moved here in 1979, I told friends that I had moved to the hippie burial grounds – the place where old hippies come to die.  Well, it turns out that many of them live here too.  A Dead (and, therefore, Further) concert is not just a musical event.  It is more like a movable festival, hence the park putting up signs that concert goers must wait till 3 p.m. to move in.  Otherwise, there would be a huge party going on in the park that would have begun in the wee hours of the morning, or perhaps even started last night!  Eugene has had a long history with the Grateful Dead, due to their close association with Ken Kesey (actually a Pleasant Hill boy) and the Merry Pranksters.

Ozzie and I got into the park and began to play ball.  As all dogs do, eventually, there was some business to which we had to attend, and nearby I spotted this on the ground.


Not only is it the beginning of a faerie ring, but the mushrooms brought a smile to my face in thinking of their close association to the Grateful Dead and hippies in general.  Did I do such things in my youth?  Hmmm . . . maybe.  Would I do that now?  No way.  At any rate, I thought a lot about the past and enjoyed many memories while throwing the ball for a very happy dog this morning.  hapy oz

We’re home now and it’s raining again, but it’s already a good day.  I hope you all will enjoy your day too!