Monday, September 12, 2011


Willamette Valley 09/11/11

Sam's Valley 09/12/11

Thank you for the birthday wishes yesterday. I love you all!
Last week also marked my 18-year anniversary at "the day job". Today we implement some personnel reassignment and task reorganization. I am hopeful this will solve some problems and take a load off of my shoulders.
So now on with the "first day of the rest of my life."

Thursday, September 1, 2011


A new season is coming, sooner than anticipated. This morning it was crisp and bright and in the upper 30's.

The leaves are already starting to change, and not just from drought.

We should make some time to pick a few blackberries this weekend.

The fall webworms have been busily spinning. They've really exploded locally this year (see Mail Tribune article). Driving to work, I pass trees that are totally covered in web, giving them into a ethereal fairy-tale look.

Some trees are engulfed, others untouched.

It's a beautiful drive in to the office this time of year, but I fear that I will soon be suffering from snowbird-itis.