Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Little dog expired

May 20 - May 30 (11 days) - Humbug Mtn. State Park, Port Orford, OR
We've entered another "new" State...Oregon. This is a potential "settle down" State. We are looking forward to spending quite a bit of time here and learning the pros and cons of this State.
As soon as we mention Oregon, people say that we better be able to handle a lot of rainy days. From what I've read, it all depends on which side of the mountains you are. We shall see.  But right now, Oregon is living up to it's reputation. This is our 3rd day here and we've had two days of rain! I've been enjoying  my easy chair and afghan and looking out our rear window at the rain coming down amid the beautiful greenery.
Hubby subscribes to a couple of computer magazines. He cut out an article about HTTPS Everywhere. This is one attempt at improving web security for browser users.
HTTPS Everywhere ensures that when you visit certain sites, all of your communications are encrypted and secure.
Here's a good article from PC WORLD that covers it and has a download link for HTTPS Everywhere.
To use it, all you need to do is install it. Once you do that, HTTPS Everywhere does it's work invisibly. It works only when the sites themselves use the HTTPS protocol, and works only on a group of specific sites. So it won't protect you everywhere. And it won't protect you when you use other Internet services, such as an instant messaging client, or use client-based email such as Outlook.
I use Google Chrome as my web browser. HTTPS Everywhere has an extension for Chrome, so it was very easy to add. When the sight is encrypted with HTTPS Everywhere, a little symbol shows up at the end of the address bar.  Nice easy protection that performs without any real notice.
Devin just can't settle. There are too many critters around. I haven't seen him this bad since last year in Florida at a park with a lot of squirrels running around. The animals here at Humbug St. Park are more stealth. I rarely see anything, but Devin and Lyla sure can smell them. I have only seen a itty baby rabbit and some kind of large black & blue jay. But Devin is seeing, hearing, and smelling all kinds of things that are hiding in the bushes surrounding our site.
We have a no pull harness on Devin, but that is not even working against the temptation of the unseen critters around. This morning I had to hold his leash with TWO hands! I was afraid he was going to pull me down. Even Lyla was walking with nose to the ground.
Back inside the RV, Devin had not had enough. He was pacing and pacing like a caged animal! Well, I guess he is sort of a caged animal. He'd go from window to window, then try to put his feet up on the dining table to get a better look outside. Then he jumps on the recliner and puts his legs on the recliner arms. I guess he thinks he'll be closer if he has a higher viewpoint? I finally had to get stern and tell him to lay down. Finally....he slinked into the bedroom and settled down for an afternoon nap on our bed.
Poor Devin, he just wants to do what a Setter is supposed to do. Seek out the critters in the field. Back at Lake Tahoe, Devin actually did catch his prey!
Look Mom what I killed!
This is now his favorite toy.  At least he got some sense of satisfaction I hope.
Anyone know what this is?

While growing up, my Dad always warned us to not stick a knife in the toaster to get bread that was stuck in there. He would make us unplug the toaster first. Then we could poke the knife in. Safety first! Years later, when I was living on my own, I picked up this wooden tong device. Now I don't have to worry about getting shocked or ruining the toaster with metal objects. I no longer have to unplug the toaster to get stuck bread out. I just use this wooden tong and voila!

Thanks Dad for teaching me safety and making a happy childhood memory.
Siren's Cove Cafe, Port Orford, OR
My rating 4.5 out of 5
What a nice little cafe. After doing laundry in town on a rainy, raw day, I stopped in for some hot coffee and a sweet at Siren's Cafe. I ended up with lunch instead. Small menu, but everything sounded great. I had the cup of soup and 1/2 sandwich for $7.50.
Wonton soup: This was definitely home made. Did not taste like Chinese wonton soup. It was really a chicken vegetable soup with wontons instead of noodles. Nice broth with fresh sliced carrots & celery. 2 or 3 homemade wontons in the broth. Very good and perfect for a rainy day.
Old Standby sandwich: Excellent!!!!! Thin slices of deli turkey, piled on top of a crisp leaf of a dark lettuce, with onion, tomato & mayo. This was in between rosemary focaccia bread which was fabulous. The whole combo was absolutely heaven. I'll be back for that.
My one negative is the coffee menu, and why the 4.5 instead of 5 points. I just wanted a small cup of coffee. No latte, no grande, etc. I don't understand all that uppity up stuff. I just want a good cup of coffee.  Because of their wording (trying to be like Starbucks?), I didn't bother with coffee.
There was also a display case with some baked sweets. Not a lot of items, so couldn't be purchasing for the office, or for a dinner party, but a nice array to choose from with your coffee.
Snickerdoodles: (75 cents each or 3 for $2.00) I picked up 3. These may be the best snickerdoodles I have ever had. Slightly soft, with a great butter cookie flavor sprinkled with cinnamon on top. Yum!
I didn't know they had WiFi until I read it on Yelp. Now that I know they have WiFi, I'll be back for that also, since I have spotty connections at the campground!
Duds n Suds Laundry & Carwash, Port Orford
My rating 3.5 out of 5
Basic laundry. Clean. Had one bill changer machine, which took all bills.
3 sizes of washers double, triple, quad. Nice large dryers.
3 tables for folding clothes.
Somewhat tight by the dryers because there were tables in front.
Overall a decent laundry.
There was an odd ball in there doing her laundry. Which brings me to a Pet Peeve!
Besides the stupid "starbucks" coffee menu...People who NEED attention.
A girl in her late 20's comes into the laundromat and all heads turn. She is huffing and puffing carrying her load of laundry. Then she stomps over to the change machine talking to herself. She puts her bill in the machine and moans and jiggles and twitches and then says "shit" for all to hear. Tries the machine again and it works and she almost shouts for joy.  Her movements are very animated and she's very distracting. She jam packs her laundry into a couple of machines, the whole time humming, and grunting like it's really hard work. Slam bang, closes the door. While her laundry is going, she hangs over one of the tables, still jiggling and looking around. More grunts and more talking to herself as she continues to look around. I think she was just hoping for someone to make eye contact so she's have someone to talk to. She takes off her hat and even her hair is an attention getter. It's bright red (not unusual in this age), but it's in tiny pony tails all over her head.
She really pissed me off with all her noises. She was just looking for attention...or high on some drug.
Another attention getting pet peeve, is people who jingle their keys as they walk by. Hey, look at  me! I'm jingling my keys so you look up and notice! Grrrrr.
True DetectivesTrue Detectives by Jonathan Kellerman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A missing college age girl's cold case investigation leads to another girl's death and a missing baby.
I enjoyed the interaction between the main characters who are step-brothers. Interesting how they deal with each other and their own way of investigating. Even though they are somewhat at odds with each and have a strained history, they deal with each other in a mature manner trying to work together instead of for themselves. Maybe their is hope for their relationship.
Quite a few stories sprout out of the main story giving us many characters and background stories to theorize "who done it".
Unexpected ending which was a pleasant change.
This book kept my interest, but I would not go out of my way to get this book.

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May 31 - Jun 13, 2013 (2 weeks) - Diamond Lake RV Park, Diamond Lake, OR
June 14 -23, 2013 Armitage County Park, Eugene, OR

WA, ID, MT, ND, SD, WY, then south for the Winter of 2013/214

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