The airport holds bad memories for Aura, since just 2 weeks ago, when leaving long term parking after her trip from Thanksgiving in California, a guy T-boned her precious first automobile. She was unhurt, just bruised emotional and shook up. The car is totaled.
Looking at these photos, we are thankful that we didn't lose our home to a sea of mud and trees. Counting our blessings.
They ended up here- across the country at another home of OYSTERS.
I am not sure why she sold her masterpieces... and for less than the cost of shipping them. I felt so badly that I sent her another check. Later, I was contacted by someone writing a book about unique Ebay transactions. That would be 100 Patriotic Santas from South Carolina Low Country Oyster Shells.
The clock, Nutcrackers and plant stand on the right were hand made from exotic wood by my Father. I will highlight those with a special photo in a few days.
Days without electricity: 2 full days (some locals still without power)
Days without long distance, cell or internet: almost 3
Roads out of here: ALL of them were closed. Hwy 30, Hwy 26 in Oregon. Hwy 6, Hwy 101 in Washington. You couldn't drive to Portland, Seattle- or even Astoria....and come to think of it- trees were down all over so you couldn't even drive north or south locally.
Trees down: too many to count
Fences down: same
Roof: so glad we got our new one!
Gasoline: none (no electricity to pump until the electric guys fixed up a generator and then the locals lined up for hours- including me)
Generators: no we don't have one...and if we did, we would have to remember to buy gas!
FISH: lots of it!!!! Everyone giving it away- eat all you want, but eat it now!
Elk meat: how come I didn't get offers of Elk meat? Those guys must be the ones with the generators.
Candles: yes we have them and we all had a lesson in candle fire safety... so sad.
Radio: KAST in Astoria was the emergency broadcast. We grew weary of the station owner learning the craft while broadcasting. But kudos to Astoria sheriff for filling the station generator with gas to keep us all informed.
Firemen: our community is well served with brave men and women in volunteer and paid service. A crew of new cadets fought last nights fire and we watched in awe as the local auto mechanic kept his charges safe while teaching and keeping the fire from spreading. Awesome job!
Internet: kind of hard to own a business that depends on internet
Kind of hard to operate on computers when you have no electricity!
Board games: activity of choice among families
Visiting your neighbors: priceless.
Final note. The nature of our business and life depends on communication through the internet and cell phones. It also make it possible for us to live here remotely. It is also the hard part of living here when disaster strikes. We lost power more often in Seattle, but had options to work around. Whereas, here at the beach we are isolated and when the roads close, not able to seek shelter with the luxury of wifi. Overall, along with the community, we are learning lessons about preparedness for disaster. Brett and I will be deprogramming and figuring out what we need for the next time. The first item is to take care of these trees!
We are recovering from 120 mph winds - a storm that lasted 2 days! power restoration and communications longer.
No electricity, no long distance (only very local exchange), no cell, no internet, no 911 service, nothing.
Many trees down- including a few very dangerous still upright, but needing professional tree removal in our driveway. We lost 2 large trees, and tops from another 6 more- which make their removal necessary. What a mess! Remember Brett's fence work? It starts all over, plus more!
Other people lost roofs, sides of mobile homes, entire rooms of homes, cars and many fences.
Late last night, as we snuggled in bed exclaiming how fortunate we all were and looking forward to the possibility of 'electricity and communication' in the next 24-48 hrs... we jumped out of bed and out of the house because- a home a few doors away burnt to the ground and sadly claimed a life.
Astoria is still without power, parts of the peninsula are still without power or phone lines.
We are 'energized' as they say in the power company speak... and so madly catching up on work, cleaning and preparations for the Home Tour this weekend.
We are all safe and sound... and happy to have such wonderful neighbors, friends and each other. Will post photos soon.
Doug, Gail and Saren insisted I play a few Christmas Carols. I was surprised I could even read music- let alone play and sing along. Then the female red heads marched out to the forest and cut down my 4 trees. Lydia, Gail's niece- joined us- she is in 10th grade and a red head! The 4 females with red hair went on my tree mission while Doug (also a red head, stayed home)... Gail handles her chain saw with ease... I loaded them up and arrived back at the beach as the sun set.
I will be updating the blog with random shots as I move from room to room.
But dont think that The Depot is all about burgers (but they are the BEST).... the gourmet menu is quite upscale. They change it with the seasons. When we go out- we compare everything to The Depot- and are happy to have such a great restaurant a few steps away.
At the Destination Pacific National Historic Workshop that I attended- (see March 2007 blog), Team Long Beach/Seaview worked on a plan to beautify the 'Gateway' to our communities. Months of planning, meeting, approval from WSDOT, designing, organizing and securing plants culminated with building a planting bed and planting along Highway 101. We worked over a number of weekends to finish the bulk of the heavy labor.
Brett and Aura pitched in with some really heavy labor. We had small tractors and volunteers from the community help out in rain and shine.
We had to cancel a few times due to weather and the Highway contractor being delayed with their installation of a new traffic signal. I still have a few plants to install- but with Brett and Aura's help- that will finish up soon.
Here are some photos of the process. I can't wait until next summer to show how the plantings are beginning to look.
We have the perfect environment for mushrooms. Lots of moisture.
Once I let one or two people know that I wanted to learn more- lock the doors! News travels fast! In some communities, zucchini will be found in unlocked cars- gifts from your neighbor. Here on the Long Beach Peninsula- we have mushrooms, smoked salmon, crab and cranberry gifts in the fall. We had mysterious fungi appearing at our doorstep, phone calls with offers of mushroom foraging walks, still more offers of mushrooms. But they will never tell you where to find them- as they like to say around here.... "if I told you, I would have to kill you." Mushrooms are serious stuff.
I am fortunate to have mushroom experts within a block or 2. I am able to pick up some tasty fungi while on a walk and stop by to get an expert opinion about the identification, consumption and favorite recipes.
This past month we have been blessed with many mushrooms. Gifts and those grown in the immediate area. I confess I get nervous about my identification abilities- so always get verification.
Many of the restaurants have mushroom dinners, guest speakers and events during the Wild Mushroom Festival. I attended a cooking class by Cynthia Nims at The Shelburne Inn. Cynthia prepared about 8 dishes, complimented with David Campiche's narrative about mushrooms.