Finally, Daffodils!

We finally have daffodils!  Granted, they are a month late (which is extremely surprising), but they certainly are pretty, and definitely make me feel like there’s a chance spring will come soon. Out in our yard we have several different kinds.  some have frilly inside petals, some just have the standard 6 petals and a trumpet.  Those come in all … Read More

ForSoapmakers sold, not closed!

In my last post I mentioned that I would be closing I’m really, really pleased to say that the business was purchased by Kevin Growns, from Star City, Arkansas!  The business will continue, and all the existing products will continue to be offered. So far, Kevin is doing a great job filling orders and taking care of customers.  I’m … Read More Closing December 31

After much thought and internal debate, I have decided to close down as of December 31, 2011. It was a hard decision, but having made it, I must admit somewhat of a sense of relief.  ForSoapmakers had gotten to the point that it had to grow to the next level (or not) … and I chose the “or not”.

Rural Oregon Timber Economy

I recently received a newsletter from Dennis Richardson, Oregon State Representative Fourth District.  He’s not the Representative from my district, but his point are so applicable to our area, I wanted to pass this along. For some background, the 1994 Northwest Forest Plan was set up to provide income to rural Oregon counties from logging done on federal land within … Read More

Life Unconnected and Offline

On June 28th our internet service provider shut down.  Since that time we’ve been essentially unconnected and offline (dial-up only).  It’s made life, well, “interesting”.  As I write this I am in my car, parked on the landing above my house, laptop plugged into a car-lighter converter, connected to the internet using my Xoom tablet as a wi-fi hotspot.  The … Read More

Warning – Sunken Grade

Before I moved to Oregon, I had never seen a warning sign saying “sunken grade”. In fact, the first few times I saw one I wasn’t exactly sure what it meant.  (Trust me, those grades weren’t very sunken, otherwise I would have figured it out much sooner.)  Even Yahoo Answers doesn’t have the exact right definition of a sunken grade. … Read More

L. Ron Hubbard 100th Birthday Event

Last week we went to the L. Ron Hubbard 100th birthday event hosted by the Church of Portland.  It was attended by several hundred people – it was great to see old friends. Much of the event was dedicated to a retrospective look at the life of L. Ron Hubbard, especially the many endeavors and adventures in which he was … Read More

Coos Curry Small Woodlands Annual Dinner

Recently I attended (and presided over) the Coos Curry Small Woodlands Annual Meeting and Dinner.  We have them every year in February.  It’s a great time to have an evening out and meet up with other small woodland owners, most of whom I see just this one time each year.