Category Archives: House

Tired Dog Ranch

Today my in laws stopped by for an impromptu visit and asked if I’d like to join them to check out the Tired Dog Ranch as a possible camping option this coming summer.  Just under 40 miles from my home in West Fir, this was a fun adventure!  My sister in law does a horse/dog camping event every summer and our thought is that this place might work for that.  It has a yurt, cottage, cabin, and lots of space for camping.  DSC_0166

The woman who lives here said they’ve had several weddings here as well.  DSC_0165

The colorful building here is the cottage, next to the house.  DSC_0164

This building here is the cabin and that road leads to one large grassy area with a large space for a bonfire and camping and space for horses.  DSC_0161

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Upgraded

Our friend Tim, who is a contractor has been a busy man the last two weeks!  We now have new sliding doors in front of our washer and dryer, freshly painted walls, new linoleum, and newly sanded down and painted kitchen cupboards.  My before pictures were taken by my friend Ben Seese during our wedding reception (didn’t think to take my own until the mess had already started).  So here’s our old doors in front of the washer and dryer.  We ended up changing these out to some long blinds but then Jeremy broke those so they wouldn’t slide closed easily.  Here’s the upgrade (and linoleum).

Presented by Zen :)

Presented by Zen 🙂

Our old kitchen cupboards had these crooked moldings on them, that of course only seemed to collect dust.  So Tim sanded those down, got some new hinges and a new color to bring out the floor.  IMGP3660


50 Things You (Likely) Don’t Know About Me

I got this idea from Janine Russell, another blogger I happened across this week (this has been such a fun project).  Going to write this, and then see what inspired photos I might come up with.

50. 12 is my favorite number.  First because I was born on the 12th; second because I like even numbers. (Notice I’m starting with 50 rather than 1?)

49. I once called my dad an animaniac (he had this uncanny ability to collect animals who would mate and make babies).  While I don’t have all the exotic pets he did (turtles, tortoises, goldfish, koi, iguana, chameleons, snakes, guinea pigs, cats, dogs, finches, canaries, parrots, parakeets), I do have way more than I ever imagined (4 dogs, 2 cats, 4 finches).

48. In 8th grade I wanted to be a photojournalist.

47. I’m afraid of heights, although I did learn how to push past it to climb some Mayan ruins in Belize and learned how to rock climb at my local gym.

46. The first movie I cried at was in 3rd grade, Benji the Hunted.

45. Favorite gum?  Orbitz Cinnamint.  I think the first thing I ever shoplifted was Bubbalicious.

44. I like to write down what I do during the day in my calendar after I do it.  So I pencil in future appointments, and when the day comes I fill in the rest of the day.  Sort of like a diary, except I don’t write my feelings down.

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43. In 4th or 5th grade I wrote actor Chris Burke, who played Corky on Life Goes On. He autographed a photo for me. Did you know he is also a folk singer?

42. I just found out how to make a vanilla steamer on Pinterest, it is embarrassingly easy.  Not sure I’ll ever buy one again.

41. Twilight.  I read all the books in a week.  Maybe less. Yeah probably less.

40. I never believed in Santa Clause.  I did like to write the tooth fairy (I knew she was my mom).

40. I never believed in Santa Clause. I did like to write the tooth fairy (I knew the tooth fairy was my mom, AKA Fred).

39. Ex-Collector: I’ve collected slugs, lady bugs, stickers, rocks, shells, stamps, coins, watches, jackets, & hoodies.  I still have a thing for jackets and hoodies however I am much better about donating them when there are too many.

38. I loved pen pals growing up.  Sara was my first pen pal.  I also wrote my cousin Emily, my Aunt Edie, and friend Naomi for many years (and there are plenty of others I wrote).  I still love receiving mail.

37. I used to love racing my dad’s wheelchair around in the garage.  My skills were put to the test in sixth grade when we all were given some obstacles to get through in a wheelchair (and a hospital chair with the awkward arms mind you) and I think only 2 boys beat me.

36. My pretend friends growing up were Jilly, Angie, and Flakey.  I am not sure what the y/ie ending was all about but my favorite doll’s name is Susie.

35. The boy I crushed on for the longest (on and off from 1st grade through high school) broke up with me after 2 weeks, maybe 3.

34. I tease that I’d like to buy our dog Ming a mini goat to herd.  Except I’m kind of not teasing.

33. The first C I ever received was in math in high school.  Thank goodness for a good math teacher like Mr. Hellwege, I was back to As in six months.

32. I used to like Pepsi better but in the last 5 years or so I now favor Coke.

31. My first actor crush was Jared Letto.

30. Turning 12 was a bigger deal than turning 13; turning 20 was more impressive than 21.  See #50.

29. Definitely thought I would have kids by now.  Never thought I’d consider not having kids.

28. I wasn't one to plan my wedding as a little girl.  However once I started planning for my wedding I had all kinds of fun with it.

28. I wasn’t one to plan my wedding as a little girl. However once I started planning for my wedding I had all kinds of fun with it.

27. Cinnamon makes hot chocolate taste so much better.

26. There’s a leak in our ceiling in the bathroom that sprung this week, I’m thankful the water drops are going into the bathtub.

25. I once could bench press 110lbs.

24. I don’t like to have regrets, but I do wish as a kid that I had lived more in the present rather than for the future, although I understand why I did that.

23. Last weekend I interviewed my mom about her thoughts on alcohol and drugs for a school assignment.  It surprised me there were so many questions I had never asked her before.

22. In fourth grade I learned how to show dogs at dog shows, until my chow chow was diagnosed with hip dysplasia.  Have some good memories showing dogs one summer with my cousin Michelle, Grandpa John & Grandma Dorothy.

22. In fourth grade I learned how to show dogs at dog shows, until my chow chow Bella was diagnosed with hip dysplasia. I have some good memories of showing dogs one summer with my cousin Michelle, Grandpa John & Grandma Dorothy.

21. One of my fantasies is to become a car mechanic.  Not because I like cars but because it costs so much to fix cars and an all female mechanic shop could be a great hit.

20. It is not too helpful when you get nervous for a piano recital at church and your hands shake.

19. My favorite college roommate’s name was Jenny Jones (she’s since married so it has changed).

18. Actresses I’ve quietly wished were my friends throughout  my life:  Shirley Temple, Kelly Martin, Jennifer Garner, Claire Danes, Katie Holmes, Natalie Portman, & Sandra Bullock.

17. I briefly dated musician Mat Kearney in high school, which probably only consisted of going to one high school dance and talking on the phone.  And I drew a really great picture of him with pencil.

16. Teleporting would be my superpower of choice.

15. My favorite pen is Dr. Grip’s Center of Gravity.

14. I got a pair of glasses last year that I like so much that I now wear my contact lenses only about 50% of the time.  My eye doc approves.

13. In 2000 I had an emergency appendectomy; made sure to tell them I was an organ donor because we were studying living wills in my social work class.

12. First apartment I rented was in Portland, Oregon on 12th and Columbia.  12 being cool and all.

11. My childhood dentist was so good that I didn’t even know people were afraid to go to the dentist until I was much older.

10. Favorite recess activities:  tether ball and four square.

9. One of my least favorite chores growing up was pulling weeds and working in the yard.  Now I mostly enjoy it.

8. From grade school until 10th grade there was a girl on my soccer team who was stunning, I loved to watch her play soccer and she had an infectious giggle.  I later would run into her after the Thurston High School Shootings at a memorial in 1998.  I soon considered her one of my dearest friends, only to have to say goodbye in 1999 when she died from cystic fibrosis.  Miss you Angie.

7. I’m allergic to alcohol but even more so to Erythromycin, doctor said it could be life or death if I ever took that prescription again.

6. Blue is my favorite color, although I wonder if purple would have been if it hadn’t been both my mom and sister’s favorite color.  I just couldn’t have the same favorite color as the two of them.

5. My first boyfriend I would find out years to come was sentenced to nearly 11 years in prison.

4. My Grandpa John called me a pill, so I called him a pill and often wrote him letters starting, Dear Pill.  Funny enough I've got proof he signed off that way too.

4. My Grandpa John called me a pill, so I called him a pill and often wrote him letters starting, Dear Pill. Funny enough I’ve got proof he signed off that way too.

3. I sit the same way my Gong gong (Grandpa in Cantonese) did, left leg bent with foot on the seat with the right leg hanging normally from chair.

2. Recent favorite side dish: Chex mix.

1. First word I spoke was bird; first dance class was tap dance; first sport I played was soccer; first kiss was at church camp; purchased my first car before I had my driver’s license; first international flight was to Thailand; bought my first house when I was 24; first published co-edited book in 2008.

1. First word I spoke was bird; first dance class was tap dance; first sport I played was soccer; first kiss was at church camp; purchased my first car before I had my driver's license; first international flight was to Thailand; bought my first house when I was 24; first published co-edited book in 2008.

First Soccer Team Picture, 1st grade


Coburg, Oregon

My vet’s office is in the little town of Coburg, Oregon which has just over 1,000 residents living there.  What I love about the town is the number of old historic buildings and homes that still remain.  IMGP3591


Fog in the Valley

Was surprised today to see how foggy it was at 11am.  Took a little detour and found this very cute house, love two balcony railings and the shape of this home.  


Junction City, Oregon

So enjoy the drive out here.

Heading south I stopped in the middle of the road. Farm land to my left.

And the farm to my right.


Back to the Pacific Northwest

Over the years it has been much more common from my friends to move away from Eugene/Springfield than to move back (I’ve moved here three times now).  My first move including my dad getting a job in Oregon and my parents moved me here just weeks old, from California.  The story goes, I met Ben the day he was born.  I was 5 weeks + 2 days old.  Yesterday, 33 years + 7 months later, I got to welcome Ben back to Springfield.

The last time Ben, Amber, & I lived in the same city it was in Portland in 2001 although we now only live a whole 1.96 miles apart!  My heart is happy.