Wishing I was in Maui, but dealing with being here

Archive for August, 2011

WIP Wednesday

I’ve been absent for a couple of weeks but I have been knitting. While we were away in Oregon I casted on for another pair of Monkey Socks by Cookie A and continued to work on Dawn’s Twisted Scarf. I love the yarn for both of these projects. The socks are Liberty’s Yarn from Mt Ranier, Washington in a merino, cashmere, nylon blend. The scarf is Star Light from Universal Yarns that I like because of the shimmer thread that runs through it.

Dawn's Twisted Scarf









I finished the first sock last  Saturday and casted on the 2nd sock on Monday. I still have several projects zzz’ing and might take one to Maui next week.

Finished sock 1 Monkey by Cookie A

Sock 2 Monkey by Cookie A



















On Saturday I picked up a Sock Loom at JoAnn’s with my 50% off coupon. Why I thought this might be fun, I don’t know. So far I feel like an idiot. I can’t seem to get the tension loose enough to easily make the stitches slid off the pegs easily. The lady on the dvd makes it look so easy. There is a Sock Loom knitting group on Ravelry that is very supportive but this might not be for me. I have no problem knitting socks the old fashion way so I may gift this to a friend in Maui while I’m there.

Sock Loom

Hope you all are having (or had) a good Wednesday.


Q is for………..

Quagmire may refer to:

  • Water infused earth or a bog. Solid ground may turn to quagmire following substantial rainfall.
Many of our Eastern countrymen/women are finding themselves in this situation this morning after hurricane Irene passed through the East. I always feel like a voyeur when I watch the news reports of the havoc storms have wracked on peoples lives. I pray that all who are displaced will return home soon and that they find their homes saved from the storm.
When we were in Oregon two weeks ago we went to a Cranberry bog located across the Columbia River in Long Beach, WA. I thought cranberries only grew in the Eastern United States. Maybe I was influenced by the Ocean Spray Cranberry ad on TV. Here are the pictures I took. They don’t flood the bog til the fall so it just looks like fields of small bush plants right now.

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Squee Sunday………

……..I finished a sock with without much grief. Unlike my last sock adventure which took me forever to finish the 2nd sock, this was a better experience. I love knitting socks so I knew I couldn’t let one bad experience put me off. So, getting back on the proverbial horse, I started a new pair in anticipation of a renewed enthusiasm for knitting socks. I decided to do Monkey Socks by Cookie A again. The last time I made them the beautiful yarn didn’t really show off the pattern so I decided this yarn  would work nicely. I love it. can’t wait to cast on the 2nd sock.

Yesterday we had a short visit with my brother Dan and SIL Linda. They were down from Tacoma to pickup a bird bath that had been at my parents home for 50 years to take back to their home. (It’s a long story). Anyway, we went to lunch at the trendy Santana Row here in San Jose. We stopped at the Tesla showroom to see the $128,000.00 car (starting price without whistles and bells). My 6″2″+ brother folded himself into the car for this photo op………..

O and P…………..

I’m doing last week and this week in this post. We were on vacation from 8/11-8/21 with limited computer access.

O is for Oregon and P is for Pristine

My DH’s brother and SIL moved two months ago from Colorado to Astoria, Oregon two months ago. Since they won’t be there next summer (they’re only staying for 1 year) I wanted to get there before they left. DH and I have never taken a road trip longer than about 4 1/2 hours so this was going to be a challenge. Happy to say we didn’t kill each other and I did all the driving, 1530 miles!

We drove the first day from San Jose, CA to Medford, OR (I promise not to do a day by day report). I had us booked into a Roadway Inn that turned out to be a 1950-60’s Motor Inn. See how the cars are parked…..

Motor Inn circa 1950-60

The room was small but adequate for one night. We arrived in Astoria mid day Friday afternoon. This is the view from the deck on the back of the house.

View from deck on side of the house

We spent time out here watching the ships going up the Columbia River. We learned about The Bar, Bar Pilots and River Pilots. You can get a list of ships each day that are coming or going on the river to help you identify what you’re seeing. The bridge in the back is the Megler Bridge that makes Highway 101 continuous from the bottom of California all the way through Oregon and Washington. It was finished in 1966.

On Saturday we atteneded a parade as part of the Astoria Bicentennial Celebration. What fun; fire trucks, marching bands, home made floats, the Queen and her Court, clowns, woman who say you’re never too old to twirl a baton and much more.

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We enjoyed Sunday with my brother and SIL who are from Tacoma but were visiting Portland. They drove over to Astoria to pick up some paintings we had been storing in CA and had brought up with us to give them We spent the afternoon at The Columbia River Maritime Museum which was awesome. If you are every in this area you have to stop in and see it to understand the area. We also went up to the Astoria Column, where my brother was the only one fit enough or not afraid of heights to go to the top.

Dan at the top of The Column in Astoria

The rest of the week was spent touring the coast from Long Beach, Washington to Umpqua Oregon. We stopped at most of the lighthouses along the coast, walked on some beaches and just enjoyed our time.

Here’s a slide show of the rest of the trip:

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My P word is Pristine. The beaches, roads, rivers, even parking lots, the area in general was so clean. We compared it to the mess that is California (I’m a native so I think it’s ok to criticize).

Finally, as we left the far north of California, heading back to San Jose, we took a picture of  pristine Mt. Shasta

Mount Shasta

Squee Sunday……….

We’re back from a great 11 day trip to Oregon and a little bit of Washington. Here’s the list of words that describe our trip. I plan to do the ABC meme on letters  O and P  on Monday using some of these words and post some pictures. We had a great time and saw things we don’t normally see here in CA. Check back tomorrow for pictures and narrative.

Oregon Vacation 2011 List

Bar Pilot

Bumble Bee Tuna

Café/Yarn Shop

Clean roads and beaches in Oregon

Columbia River

Cranberry Museum/Cranberry bogs



Fighting trucks on 5


Goats/Baby Goats/Goat cheese/Goat Soap

Grey Whale

Hang Glider property in Oceanside


Light Houses

Loading logs onto freighter

Log trucks

Long Beach

Maritime Museum

Mount St Helen

Mt Shasta

Myrtle Wood

No Yarn

Ol’ Bob’s Crab Cakes



Pier 39

Rest Stops

River Pilot

Roads in Oregon

Rogue River Beer


Sea Lions


Tsunami Zone

Umpqua River



Not much commentary today as I’m getting ready to leave for my last day at work for about 11 days. Tomorrow we leave for a trip to Astoria, OR to visit family. Plan to do some knitting in the car (when it’s not my turn to drive) and with my SIL as she beads and I knit.

The pattern is called Dawn’s Twisted Scarf and was created by the owner of The Twisted Stitch in Monterey, CA for the Peninsula to Pier Shop Hop in May. She doesn’t have a page on Ravelry but is on FB. The yarn is Star Light and has a bit of sparkle but it’s not showing in the picture. I love doing cables and not so much lace so this scarf is a great balance.

Hope you all have a great week and check back for Yvonne and Dave’s Road Trip Adventure to Oregon later this week and next week.

N is for

Napili Bay, Maui HI. My screen name refers to my favorite place on earth.

It's always a good day on Napili Bay

How we got there: In 1977 when DH and I got married there was no honeymoon. Fast forward to 1982, 5th anniversary and it was time for the honeymoon. I went to the travel agency (this was before internet) and spoke to a woman who was the “Maui Specialist” . I had been to Maui in the past with a girlfriend and stayed at a resort but knew my DH wasn’t a resort kinda guy. She suggested a quiet bay that was like the “old Hawaii”. I took a couple of brochures home and DH picked the one he liked.

How long have we been going: Since 1982 we have been 25 times.

Why: Because it is the most relaxing place I have ever been. I’m sure everyone has that kind of place and this is mine. The first year we only went for a week and spent it seeing the sights, Hana, Iao Valley, Lahaina, Upcountry, and of course a luau. Since then we have returned for 2 or 3 week trips and mostly just hang out on the beach.

We have met our best friends there over the years. We all return from around the country (and even one couple from England) the same time every year. When my husbands new job required that we change our usual vacation dates, everyone in our group changed to match our dates. Now we all come and go within a few days or so of each other.

This year we leave on September 8th for two weeks. I’ve been getting phone calls and FB messages telling me their “count down days” to Maui.

Do you have a “getaway” place that is special? Tell us about it. In the meantime, here’s a slide show of my “getaway” place. Aloha……………….

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