Life on Silverhill

Monday, September 11, 2006

A Northwest Sunday

Har!!! No, the PNW hasn't been invaded by pirates! This was a scene out in the water during the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival on Sunday. There were a couple of old schooners out there having entirely too much fun shooting off canons into the water! Wish I could have been out there with them!
Here's a shot of the town harbor. About 200 wooden boats, some old and some brand new came out to play for the weekend. They were amazing to see - such nice lines and so beautiful. I was drooling over all the wooden kayaks. There are even companies that will sell you a wooden kayak kit - very tempting. Only thing is, I know how I end up beaching my plastic kayak to get in and out, and no way would I want to do that to a gorgeous, shiny, varnished wood boat! When we got on the ferry to come back home, we saw a girl with a beautiful kayak covered in some kind of skin, with a hand lashed seam along the top. Turns out she made it herself at a class somewhere in Anacortes. I'll have to check that out!

The ferry ride home was interesting.
Two huge cruise ships passed in front of us, and the ferry captain had to practically turn the boat around to avoid their wakes. Wimp! He should have just gunned it and jumped the wakes the way my cousin does up at the lake! Ha Ha

I checked with our wonderful little town library today, and they have purchased the i-Web book I requested, and I should be able to check it out soon. I'll post the new blog address as soon as I finally figure out how to use the system!

Sending lots of Whidbey Magick your way.....

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Habitats for All

Today DH and I worked on a Habitat for Humanity house for the first time. What a wonderful experience! In addition to making our little inner builders very happy, it is just a very good cause. The project is an adorable one story, 1,000 square foot house on a nice wooded lot. When we arrived at 8AM, there was a foundation, and when we left at around 3PM, we (a group of 8) had installed the cap boards and all the floor joists. It was a nice day to be there, because they also had the official ground breaking ceremony. The partner family (a nice girl and her little daughter) were working right along with us. They are very sweet and I wish them much happiness in their new home, which should be completed by Thanksgiving. We may be going back on Friday to help nail up the siding.

On another note, our yard remains a habitat for coyotes! They still enjoy performing howling operas at night - usually around 1 or 2 AM. But we are starting to get used to this, so they do not always wake us up (completely). They serve to remind us that this is not really "our" land, but we must share it with other creatures, great and small. And that is fine.

My fiber stash has been sorted and organized, and now resides in a lovely habitat of 15 quart Sterlite boxes in the hall closet (except for the fleeces, of course). I will try to post a picture soon. I even bought a Dymo labeler! Scarey, isn't it?

Finally, I've learned that the habitat for my blog is going to have to change sooner rather than later. Blogger has started a Beta blog that requires a Google mail account. Been there, done that, and I refuse to do it again! I found Google mail a nuisance to use and I didn't appreciate the fact that they keep every email you send and receive on their servers for, basically, forever! I have no intention of giving them access to my blog. So I will probably have to give in and spend $25 for an after market manual so I can figure out how to use Mac's I-Web application, which will allow me to publish a blog to the dot Mac service that I already have. It annoys me no end that Mac sells an application with so little documentation that I can't figure out how to use it!

Sending lots of Whidbey Magick your way..........