May 2006 Archives

New Portland residents

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Greg and Lauren arrived in Portland Saturday afternoon. They'd signed the lease and were getting ready to unpack their cars when he called. Greg said the apartment is nicer than expected and the complex is across the street from a shopping center with a bank, gym, and Starbucks (a comment for me I'm sure since he doesn't drink coffee!). They had stopped by Lauren's grandparents' farm on the way and had some dried deer meat (deer jerky?) and buffalo ribs and meat. Greg is game (pun intended) for anything, so he was interested in experiencing deer and buffalo. I'm definitely not!

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Got grey thread - and more fabric

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Of course, on my way home from work Tuesday, I had to get grey thread for Keepsake Kitty so I stopped by Jo-Ann Fabrics...and spend 2 hours there browsing through fabric and thread. I fell in love with the purple, orange, and yellow tropical print...and the garden print...and the snowy pine tree print. Right now, I'm thinking pajama bottoms or sleep shorts from each, and a valance or some type of curtains for my home office window from the garden print.

I didn't get a chance this week after work to sew, but I plan to work on the Keepsake Kitty this weekend, try to understand how to machine quilt the top once it's been pieced, and try to get around to making the cutting board cover from the lovely fabric I bought a few weeks ago.

Julianna cardigan - In progress

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I've been taking a crochet break, getting into sewing/quilting and visiting Greg in Virginia. I put down the Julianne cardigan in early April and picked it up again last night. I pulled out the shoulder cap of the first sleeve since it wasn't long enough and made it longer. The sleeve has been sewn into the body - I hope it fits or is at least proportional to the body to someone can wear it!

Our backyard garden

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Above are photos of the plants and flowers in our backyard (taken May 6).
While I did work in our gardens last year and I even took some photos, I never got around to posting about it. In summary, I pulled out the 9 rose bushes in the backyard, gave the 4 climbing roses to Paula, and put the 5 non-climbing rose varieties in containers so I could place them where the sun shines more.

I didn't realize how much getting snagged and scratched by the thorns bothered (annoyed!) me until I removed them and put other plants in their place! It's a delight to see the very full green vine with clumps of purple flowers from the kitchen window! I also love the bunches of colored flowered in front of the vines.

As you can see, purple is one of my favorite colors! Red, yellow, orange, and green set it off just right!

Our front yard garden

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Above are photos of the plants and flowers in our front yard (taken May 6).
On the last weekend in April, I was finally able to get outside to work in the garden! It was cold or rained nearly every day through March and April!

On Friday evening after work and Saturday, I hit the front yard and on Sunday the backyard. It was delightful! The weather was warmish-cool - not too hot, not too cold - with a light breeze.

Some of the plants that weren't working for me were removed and discarded. New plants were put other in their place. Two rose bushes were moved from the short part of the L to the long part where they'll get more sun. I've added more color, which I adore. I'm still undecided whether I want to replace the now nearly leafless vine on the front porch (it has lovely purple flowers!) or add another vine to it with the hope that the purple-flowered vine will come back.

Bright red Bottlebrush Tree

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In one of the staff parking lots at the college, there's a wall of Bottlebrush Trees that are now in full bloom. I happened to have my camera with me one day this week and captured them.


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Virginia Beach. Except for the hotels on the beach and not having amusement park rides, it looks like Santa Cruz.

Colonial Williamsburg.

Graduates, tent where graduation ceremony was held, Sandra Day O'Connor giving speech, lovely brick building on main campus.

We got back Monday night, exhausted from a full day of traveling. Yuck.

My boy is a law school graduate and will be a lawyer (after passing the bar and getting a job)! Wow. How'd that happen? He even looked like a grown-up in his black suit, white shirt, shiny black shoes, and tie! (Since he's 27 years old, I suppose he should look like a grown-up in a suit and tie!)

The flights to Virginia and back weren't bad, but my legs ached and I just really needed to put them up. On the way back, I was very hot and uncomfortable. Bill and I didn't sleep well any of the 4 nights at the motel. I would probably travel more I could recline or lay down or stretch out.

It was a lovely Mother's Day where I got to see my son graduate from law school! A bit of rain, but it cleared up before the ceremony. When Greg walked out of his bedroom with his suit pants, shirt and tie on, I was so surprised! That's my boy! My son! All grown up. I was speechless for a few minutes. And very proud.

Mom, Bill and I sat in the front row on the left side of the stage. Perfect for picture taking! Greg asked me years ago to not put his photo on any website, so I won't post pictures of him (unless he's blurred out). A few photos from our trip to Virginia are posted above, however.

Sandra Day O'Connor was the commencement speaker. She was relaxed and funny, then got down to serious talk about the three branches of government and the importance of the judicial system and contributions of attorneys. It was a pleasant speech.

Since my digital camera can record video with sound, I have four short videos: part of Sandra Day O'Connor's speech, Greg and Lauren receiving their law school diplomas (the real one, not just a temporary fake!), and the graduates' cheering "06! 06! 06!" at the end of the ceremony. There are also photos of Greg and Lauren in their graduation robes, as well as photos of family.

Afterward, we briefly attended the reception at the law school, then headed to Greg and Lauren's apartment to celebrate their graduation. They had spent days preparing special dishes for all of us to eat - most of it was pretty good! Greg enjoys cooking and usually fancies up whatever it is he's making. I imagine he got that from his father! I certainly don't enjoy standing in the kitchen fiddling around with food that disappears in 10 minutes or less!

I imagine that Greg and Lauren may have had the largest number of guests at the graduation! Greg: Me, Bill, Grandma, his father, his stepmother. Lauren: Her mom, dad, grandmother, sister, and 2-month old nephew.

It was good that Bill and I rented a car since there wasn't enough room in Greg and Lauren's two cars for all of us! Budget Rent-A-Car was $16.49 a day (plus tax) - cheap! The woman behind the counter asked me if a Mustang was OK, and I said "Sure" not knowing it was a brand new V6 2006 Ford Mustang in silver with a black "MUSTANG" stripe on each side with only 108 miles on it. When we returned the car, it had 372 miles. I was the designated driver since both Mom and I get car sick if we sit in the backseat - so, we didn't have to deal with the difficulty of getting into and out of the backseat like Bill and Greg did! The car was a pleasure to drive! (Darn it, I didn't get a photo of the car, although Greg may have a few on his digital camera.)

Greg and Lauren left Virginia in their nearly identical Chevy Cavaliers (his gold, hers forest green) to head toward Portland, Oregon where they'll be settling down. They decided to move there because it's a growing area and housing costs aren't as ridiculously high as they are in California. Their Oregon bar review classes start Monday.

At dinner time on Wednesday, I heard from Greg. They were in Wyoming where the sky had been a "beautiful blue with fluffy white clouds" all day (his comment) and were planning to get to Odgen, Utah before stopping for the night. He estimated they would be in Portland by Saturday - which is today!

The Web is a wonderful tool! Greg and Lauren used Craigslist in Portland to apartment hunt from Virginia, and Google Earth to locate apartment buildings on a map to see the surrounding area. One apartment had a brown field behind it and Greg was able to see construction vehicles. He questioned the landlord about the quietness of the area since construction was being done. They decided to take a different apartment that is a little cheaper, has a washer and dryer in the unit, and doesn't have a construction site behind it.

Hmmm, Portland is much closer to the Bay Area than Virginia so travelling to see them won't be so awful next time!

Ran out of grey thread

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I feel like an addict. A sewing addict. The grey thread I'm using for the Keepsake Kitty quilted wall hanging ran out last night. I stopped at Longs on the way home to pickup a Mother's Day card and grey thread - but there was no grey to be found! Only black, white, navy, and an ugly greenish gold. So I stopped at the corner thread at all. Because we're leaving tomorrow, I don't want to run to a larger store. Bah!

Virginia visit for graduation

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Greg is graduating from law school on Sunday - which coincidentally is also Mother's Day! His girlfriend Lauren is also graduating.

Mom, Bill, and I are flying to Virginia Thursday morning bright and early to spend what is basically the entire day in two airplanes and three airports before arriving to have a late dinner with Greg and Lauren. Since we're renting a car for the few days we'll be visiting, Greg sent us directions to our motel. He included this note on one of the turns:

Turn LEFT at STOPSIGN (if you turn right you'll enter Camp Perry - training grounds for the CIA - they WILL shoot you if you go too far :)

Hmmm, I'd like to see the CIA training area... [just kidding] I wonder if they shoot first and ask questions later...! [/just kidding]

Lauren's mom, stepdad, father, sister, her sister's baby, and grandmother are expected, as well as Greg's father and stepmom. I'm a wall flower among groups of 3 or more people, but Bill can talk to anyone. [semi-joke] We have the car so we can get away if needed... [/semi-joke]

I finally started my first quilting project Sunday afternoon! I bought this Keepsake Kitty Wall Hanging quilting starter kit a few years ago when I first wanted to learn to quilt. It came with a few basics (9x12-inch cutting mat, 4x12-inch acrylic ruler, 45mm rotary cutter, etc.) and a pattern for a small cat wall hanging (available free on the Dritz website). The last photo was taken last night after all pieces were cut and laid out, before I started assembling the pieces.

New sewing machine setup

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Last night, I finally got around to removing the Singer 7462 from its box and setting it up. I even read the manual to get an idea of its features. I haven't used it yet...but it's ready when I am! On the right side of the first photo is the old 1960s-era Kenmore sewing machine Mom gave (loaned?) me a few years ago.

Seventh set of sample skeins

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The seventh month (of 12) of sample skeins from Elann arrived early last week.

Jasmine and Cleo enjoy keeping watch at the screen of the sliding glass door in our bedroom. There is much for them to look at in the backyard: birds (including the occasional hummingbird), bees, flies, wasps, plants, flowers... Stray cats in the neighborhood try to attack our babies through the screen door which results in loud hisses and screeching cries from both sides of the door. To make the stray cats stay away and give our cats and ourselves peace, I suggested we place a piece of plywood with nails driven through it on the step of the deck outside the screen door - our Anti-Cat Board with Nails. The strays will hopefully learn to stay away after stepping on the nails once or twice.

Mysterious and undesired message

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..Sorry, this page is not available.
If you are the owner of this site and believe this message to be in error, please contact support.

No one wants to see that message displayed for each of their websites. And for their web hosting company's website. And the hosting company owner's blog. And for many of the other websites known to be hosted by that company.

Yet that was the message I saw yesterday afternoon for each of my websites, my hosting company's website, the owner's blog, and other websites I know are hosted by that company.

Websites down. Email down. Helpdesk down. Support forum down.

Is it a server problem? a DNS problem?

Who to turn to?

Well, since I know the hosting company is a reseller of a larger web hosting company, I visited their support forum on which there were no references to server or DNS problems. Hmmm.

Did something go wrong with billing? Was the reseller's account closed for some reason?

Did the reseller close their account without notifying clients? The owner doesn't present herself as a flake on her blog, and she has been reliable for the 3 years or so I've been hosting with her.

Then, a few hours later, the websites and email were back. I still have no idea what happened.

20th Anniversary

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Today is our 20th Soup 'n' Sandwiches Anniversary! 20 years ago tonight, Bill invited Greg and me to have dinner with him and his boys. Tuna sandwiches and vegetable beef soup. Our first "date."

sizzlermegabaconcheeseburger.jpg Throughout the years, we've celebrated this anniversary by having tuna sandwiches and soup (usually not vegetable beef since it's not one of my preferred soup choices) or having dinner out. Last year we may have had Bill's BBQ cheeseburgers - one of my favorites! Tonight, however, we went to Sizzler in Hayward where they serve very tasty Mega Bacon Cheeseburgers and french fries. Delicious!

20 years. That's a whole child born and raised and graduated from high school and sent to college. I moved into my own apartment with Greg when I was 19.

Just 3 more years until Bill and I have been together as many years as I was when we met (stop trying to calculate! I was 23 years old).

Where does time go?

The other new toy is here!

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Look what arrived yesterday! Yup, my new Singer 7462 sewing machine!

Yes, it's still in the box... I've been concentrating on getting the new computer setup.

New computer setup and ready!

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It's taken quite a number of hours to setup the new PC, but it's done for the most part.

  • Installed frequently-used software
  • Transferred data files
  • Installed Thunderbird on old PC, imported Outlook email into Thunderbird, exported email, and imported it into Thunderbird on new PC (used MozBackup, a freeware Windows utility)
  • Moved new PC into old PC's place at computer desk
  • Setup old PC on other side of computer desk
  • Connected 4-speaker surround sound subwoofer system (from old PC) to new PC
  • Connected printer to new PC


Sketch of Cheryl

About Cheryl

Enjoys crocheting, gardening, cats, NASCAR (especially Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch!), reading, photography, snorkeling in Kailua-Kona with sea turtles, Sizzler's Mega Bacon Cheeseburgers, hot and iced decaf coffee, dark chocolate, color (yarn, fabric), playing around with web technologies - not necessarily in that order! Still very much a beginner with quilting, knitting, and sewing. Donates crocheted lap blankets.

List maker, detail-oriented, organized, leans heavily toward perfectionism. ISTJ. Libra.

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