It was an eventful week in North Bend/Coos Bay, weather-wise. The trip to Eugene on Wednesday was only eventful in that there was snow all the way up to Eugene on the roadsides and in the hills. Some ice early but none when I reached Eugene. Snow is quite unusual for the Pacific coast. The hills were lovely because the snow hid some of the strip logging that has taken place. Hail and rain were horrendous.
This is what it looked like when I left in the early AM. By mid morning, it was rain, some sleet and very cold. The trip to Eugene was slow.
After spending an hour or so with my favorite maxillofacialary DDS/MD, I went Home Depot to get some bochures on kitchen cabinets. It was suggested that I look on line. Not much stock in that store anymore. I bought a nice sized plastic tub for $2.99, (should have gotten 3 of them for my stash yarn).
I was so ticked off by the 'do it yourself' checkout that didn't work, the snotty clerk and the 1/2 hour it took to get 1 tub checked out, I left. The trouble was the $2.99 sale wasn't put into the computer and it read $5.99. It took awhile to get it squared away.
What is it with no clerks in stores and these 'do it yourself' check outs? Sure is new for me and quite unpleasant. Of course if the 1 person on duty in the gigantic Home Depot was polite or personable & perhaps competent, it would have helped. You have to pay with a cards. No checks allowed. God forbid you offer cash. That takes a real person to actually 'wait' on you. A machine doesn't offer much in the way of customer service. Anyway, it sucks but you don't have to pay health insurance for a machine. The place used to be full of clerks. Now, you don't see a soul but this black widow type woman, sitting stone faced in a chair with a portable scanner in hand.
And Home Depot wonders why their business is way down. It might help if there were real live people to help a person.
Vader was in the back of the SUV and I knew he was tired and needed to get out, before we headed home so I made a beeline to the park closest to Country Club Road. I can back up to a little hillock there, and Vader can step in and out of the truck without injuring his hips further.
I didn't have any problem with the weather. On the way home, a little past Elkton, a young bull elk was grazing next to the road. I stopped and took a few pictures. I hollered, whistled and coaxed to no avail. The best he would do is look up once, and away from me! It was pouring down rain so I didn't hang around. I took the pictures through the window of the car.
We have a large herd of protected elk scattered over about 60 acres right next to the Highway. This young bachelor was unwelcome by the older bulls.He was too young to have any status in the herd. All the other elk were grazing up the road. It was a little odd because the bachelors usually group together.
While I waited for the dentist, I managed to get some knitting done. The Calvin Klein baby cable pullover is pretty but boring. I want to start my Oregon cardigan. Two more inches and I split the 2 halves and knit them individually. This is going to be larger than I planned. It said 'oversized' and I didn't pay attention. Dahhh... I should have knitted the smaller size.
I neglected to mention that the angora yarn came from Lydias eBay store. Depending on what you buy, it is from 50 to 70% angora, lambswool and a bit of nylon. No cashmere as I originally thought.