Our move from RV to downtown apartment has thrown us into a 'shop-til-you-drop' mode. Because RVs come with everything built in or made specially to fit into every available space, all the storage and furniture is sold with the unit. Which means that we have had to shop for every piece of furniture needed for our new home. (This of course was part of the reason why we decided we should make the move now -- in another year or two, we figured we might not have the strength for this mass shopping effort! I barely do now, but fortunately Bill is an intrepid shopper, so it is all getting done.)
So, except to visit with family, we haven't yet ventured very far out of our new downtown area. But there is a lot to do when we're recovering from furniture shopping and moving. Here are a few of the things we've found to amuse ourselves.
We joined the crowds at Eugene's weekly Saturday Market -- lovely produce and crafts. (I didn't take pictures of the many craft booths, because doing so feels like stealing ideas. There's not a picture in the world that could help me re-create their wares, but still taking a picture of their creativity feels invasive.)
We had a drink and dinner at a nearby restaurant/bar and were surprised when a gang of pirates (in full costume) "invaded" the tavern for pitchers of beer and food. (It was 'Talk Like A Pirate" day -- an actual thing. Yarr!) You never know what's going to happen downtown!
A week ago Sunday, we went to the Library to hear Dan Piraro, the "Bizarro" author and cartoonist.
He's as offbeat and funny in person as he is on paper -- the talk was more like a stand-up comedy routine. But we did get some background information about how he works. (Hard!)
Piraro's talk kicked off Banned Books Week ( here). It is too bad in this day and age that some people still feel the need to censor what others read .... but it is rather amusing to read the list of books that people have tried to have banned.
(The annual additions always provide a few reading suggestions, but most of them we've read already.)
One of these days, we'll finally be caught up with the move-in chores and be ready for an outing away from city center and shops, but meantime, OUR WORLD has certainly been interesting.
The flower baskets on every corner downtown are still lush and pretty ...
But although we've been lucky to have warm weather and blue and cloudless skies for our move, Autumn is definitely in the air:
And the season's bounty is definitely featured at the corner market where we can "shop local.":
Thank you to Yogi, Sylvia, and Sandy for SWF and to Denise for TF.
Now that we live in downtown Eugene, (see here) it is easier to live local:
Within a few blocks of our new home we can eat, drink, shop ... and then there is READ -- that one other verb that is almost as necessary to our lives as eating. And we can do that locally too -- without spending a dime.
We are both happy that the beautiful Eugene Public Library is four blocks from our new apartment.
And, just in case we get hungry or thirsty on the way there or back, there are several places where we could stop to eat or drink.
Or shop for that matter. But I don't care about that ... because I'm so eager to get home and read my new library book!).
Living local but sharing with people all over the world on SIGNS SIGNS (thank you to Lesley for hosting).
We've moved. No -- not all the way across the country this time -- more like across Lane County. We wanted to be closer in to the city -- so we could avoid all the time we were spending on the road getting there and back.
And, for a variety of reasons (not least having something to do with turning 3/4 of a century old), we decided we really needed a more permanent place on this coast to call home ... One that required no maintenance and was turn-key ready whenever we decide we want to be here. And one that we don't have to worry about while we're away.
We loved the scenery at the Lake where we rented space for our RV -- but we were growing more and more tired of the 20 mile drive any time we wanted to do something in the city.
We thought it would take longer to find the place we wanted -- but it happened quickly.
Our new west-coast home is a terrace apartment in a downtown Eugene gated complex. Though located above urban shops, it's quiet enough to forget you are in the middle of the city.
There are nicely landscaped areas -- lots of greenery (we've even seen hummingbirds out our window). We're committed to small-space living and, at this stage of our life, we're happy to have someone else do the heavy maintenance and yard work.
But the best part of city living is being able to get to so many places without driving. We can walk to the Library, parks, theaters, restaurants, music venues, and some shopping. If we tire of walking-distance entertainment, we will be able to take the City bus pretty much anywhere.
The apartment has covered parking and we'll certainly still use our car. But hopefully not every single day -- when we do, it will be to explore a bit further afield. There are so many beautiful places in this area (mountains, coast, lots of nature) that we could never find enough time to visit because we were spending too much time on routine driving.
I think we're going to enjoy our new adventure!
Glad to be back to blogging -- and to sharing with OUR WORLD on Tuesday
Thanks to the OW Team (Lady Fi, Sylvia, Sandy, Gattina, Arija, and Jenn)
It's been that kind of week -- busy with shopping, appointments and a lot of mostly non-photo-worthy activities. And because this week is going to be another one just like it, I'm combining several themes and memes into one post for the week.
No matter what else is going on, we eat -- and a visit to a Farm Store always provides food for the eyes as well as for the body. This Farm is on River Road between Eugene and Junction City. Roses and sunflowers growing along the pretty fence -- summer and fall flowers mixing it up in this between-season month.
Fall fruits are already in season -- crisp apples, pumpkins and the stone fruits (peaches especially) are wonderful.
The birds are still hanging around the wetlands. Here a great egret wades near the Marina boat dock -- the boats have all been pulled because this side of the Lake is already too shallow.
(Fern Ridge Lake is a Reservoir -- water levels are lowered in the Fall for flood control purposes.)
Well -- we do have to eat no matter what -- but as mentioned above, "It's been that kind of week!"
So much to do, so much busy work -- not a whole lot of subject matter for a photo blog -- but then there is always the sun. It rises and sets as it is supposed to do and life is good.
With thanks to the hosts of all of the following wonderful sharing opportunities -- and thanks to everyone for putting up with this rather disjointed combination -- this post is shared with:
and SKYWATCH FRIDAY.
(Back to our normal programming next week, with any luck at all.)
Heard a little rustle in a thicket next to the road ....
... and caught a glimpse of this sweet little yearling .
Here's one of his older cousins and some other scenes of what seems like an earlier-than-usual Autumn around here.
The little guy thought he was better hidden -- he stayed and watched me for quite a while. Just another great reason to interrupt my "power" walk down Jeans Road.
Thanks to each of you for hosting these great sharing opportunities.
Even though it's not a very exciting picture, this just might be my favorite sign ever. (There are times when I would like to post it on my forehead!)
We saw this a whole year ago at one of the Alaska RV Parks where we stayed. When you register, most RV Parks hand you a little folder with vital information about the park -- a map for where the bathrooms, laundry, and garbage bins are and such -- and almost all of them have some variation of "Quiet Hours 10 p.m. to 7 a.m."
I liked "all the time" a LOT better!
So the sign is from Alaska, but the rest of the pictures in this post are from last week -- on a quiet afternoon walk down Jeans Road.
Autumn is already in the air around here.
We enjoy being here for this change of seasons. Since we've been living in Florida part of the year, the Autumn Equinox is really the only one we have. There's not as much difference between seasons there.
It cooled down last week and -- best of all -- IT RAINED!
As everyone already knows, we are not fans of gray, drizzly weather. But Oregon and the Pacific Northwest need rain so badly this year that we've been out doing our rain dance along with everyone else.
So we were delighted to see the storm clouds moving in and especially delighted when they actually produced some rain. (Probably not nearly enough -- but a start.)
Birds always seem to be more active just before it rains and here some of the usual suspects from the week's walks.
Scrub Jays are common here, but I never get tired of them. They are rare in Florida and people there get very excited to spot one.
Wild Turkeys are thriving in this area. I wonder if it has something to do with the fact that it has been so much dryer in the past couple of years. We've seen a few every summer we've visited here. Now we see large flocks almost every day and our daughter and son-in-law have three flocks in their neighborhood on the other side of the Lake.
Here's a little spotted towhee perched on "our" blackberry bushes. It has been such an odd summer. The berries usually are their best in late August-early September. But this year, they are already dried up. We started picking them early in July.
It's too bad that the kind of rain we had this week isn't really enough. The area really needs some of those long, gray, all-day-long steady rains that we got so tired of back when we lived and worked here. But the rain this week was so easy to take -- it let up often enough that we could go outside without getting soaked. And the light was beautiful -- this storm cloud turned the fading sun into pale gold.
A beautiful bouquet from someone special was waiting at the restaurant table...
... where we went to celebrate my 75th!
Happy colors for a Happy Birthday.
The collage was taken at the restaurant. The other two pictures were at home a couple of days later. It was still pretty for several days after that.
Thank you all for hosting these enjoyable sharing opportunities.