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San Francisco Bay Area Weather Forecast

This is the most informative I've found, a text report by the National Weather Service:

http://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=MTR&product=AFD&

Monarch Butterfly Chrysalis in Garden


The Sea Forager's Guide to the Northern California Coast

Anyone who fishes (or clams or collects anything from the California coast) will love this book. In fact, anyone on the west coast of the USA, from Baja California up to BC, will learn how to catch, gather, clean, and cook fish, clams, mussels, eels, crabs, and seaweed from this witty and complete fishing compendium. Kirk Lombard worked for 7 years as an observer for The Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission before becoming "The Sea Forager" in the San Francisco Bay Area. He conducts fishing classes, does demonstrations, and sells sustainable seafood. IYou can get info on all his coastal activities and buy the book at: http://www.seaforager.com/

Full disclosure: I've been to one of Kirk's fishing demos, attended a seminar on making pickled herring, and went fishing with him for night smelt (caught 15 lbs. that night, netting them in the surf).) I've gotten a ton of useful info from him, including tonight, when I used his technique for getting the skin off horseneck clam siphons (slit lengthwise, soak in warm water for 10 min.) before making clam fritters (below, left).

He tells you how to catch salmon, halibut, rockfish, striped bass, and 8-10 other kinds of fish, how to gather 15 different types of shellfish, how to pickle seaweed (I've got a jar of pickled kelp in the frig right now, and I put ground-up dried seaweed on omelets, potatoes, anything hot). He's big on the small fish in the area — herring, anchovies, smelt, grunion, and mackerel — because they're low on the food chain, super healthy, and take pressure off the popular fish.

He's got a sense of humor, plays in a band (his oldest kid is named Django), and has fun with his work and teaching.

The book is very nicely illustrated by Leighton Kelly.

Rachel Pozivenec's Masks


Rachel Pozivenec studied mask making in Mongolia and has created a unique mix of human and animal masks - coyote, wolf, turtle , fox, hare - out of clay, acrylic, feathers and hair. www.rachelpozivenec.com/yearbook/

Posture Lessons Learned from Cats

From The Gokhale Method:
http://shltr.net/2fVSVxv

Note: Esther Gokhale has written a great book on posture: http://gokhalemethod.com/8-steps-pain-free-back

Lesley's Open Studio This Weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

Lesley is having an open studio this weekend in Bolinas featuring knitted wool scarves and woven Alpaca shawls. Info here: http://www.coastalmarinartists.com/2016-open-studios-thanksgiving-weekend/creed-copy/

Two of our favorite potters are among the 16 artists doing open studios: Patricia Yenawine and Mardi Wood. Info on all artists here: http://www.coastalmarinartists.com/ (Roll mouse over images to get artists' names.)

Helicopter Skiing in Bella Coola, British Columbia, with First Nations Imagery

Music: A Tribe Called Red - Electric Pow Wow Drum

#sanfrancisco #victorian #carpentry #architecturephotography #millwork


"I don't have to show you any stinking badges."

Famous movie quotes quiz (mostly vintage).
I have to remember, when talking to people much younger, that we don't necessarily share the same points of reference. These are all embedded in my memory, and I have to remember that there's a certain age requirement for them to have any meaning.
1. "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."
2. "He vas my boyfriend!"*
3. "Here's looking at you, kid."
4. "We'll always have Paris."
5. "Round up the usual suspects."
6. "Made it Ma, top of the world!"
7. “Mussolini, Hitler—and now, Peterson!”
8. "I coulda been a contender."
9. "You talkin to me?"
10. "Go ahead, make my day."
11. "I have always depended on the kindness of strangers."
12. " You just put your lips together and blow."
13, "Nobody's perfect."
14. "It was beauty killed the beast."
15. "The Dude abides."
16. "You're my baby, man."
17. "I'm ready for my close-up, Mr DeMille."

*in what is probably my favorite film of all time: 
18. "…just exactly what is it that you do do?"
19. "Put the candle back!"
20. "Don't put the candle back!"
20. " Do not open this door."
21. "Open this god dammed door…"
22.  "Oh, you men are all alike. Seven or eight quick ones and you're off with the boys…"

Hey, this is fun, but I gotta get back to work. We're putting the finishing touches on Small Homes: The Right Size this week.

Woodworkers Attention: J. B. Blunk's Handcrafted Wooden Home in the Northern California Woods

I visited J.B. in the early '60s, when I was just starting to build. I was inspired. It was (is) a magic house. Everyone who steps inside feels it.

Here's a great article and photos in yesterday's New York Times Style Magazine by Amanda Fortini, with photos by Lisa Eisner:
http://shltr.net/2fyLfRi

Into San Francisco Early This Morning

I left around 6AM, stars were out, it was cold. My MO for these early morning rides into the city: cup of fresh ginger tea, a bit of power plant in Ploom, the Michael Des Barres program on Sirius radio (for which I thank you, Lew!), iPhone ready for whatever pops up.

This morning as I drove the windy road, I counted 54 lights out in the sea, crab season just opened, and it might be a good one. Neighbor fisherman Todd pulled 35 pots the 1st day, got 700 lbs. dungeness crab (we had fresh crab with 1-hour-old porcini pasta, + my brother's deep red Syrah wine last night, ahem).

I was driving my Toyota truck (picking up lumber today) when, on a tight turn, a white Porsche, came roaring up behind me, didn't hesitate, whipped around me with a roar, crossing the double line, baby -- you go!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQ6akiGRcL8&list=RDlQ6akiGRcL8#t=0

It's always a thrill to go thru the tunnel and see the Golden GateBridge. This is my bridge; I've been to the top of it, and crossed under it in a kayak -- and this the city that I love to this day, 81 years later. I start the day with a latte and brioche at Cafe Roma, old-school coffee house in North Beach, spend a few hours writing, editing, blogging, listening to music on earphones before venturing out for the day's chores.

This was playing as I went through the tunnel:

Check Out Our Photos Now on Tumblr

Above: Caleb and Louise's hand-built home near West Cornwall, Connecticut, in the early '70s
Sean Hellfritsch gave us the idea of using Tumblr for good quality photos; he started it and now Brittany Cole Bush is continuing to put up photos, some old, some recent.
Click here: http://shelterpub.tumblr.com/

Cool Tools- My Favorite Website

As I've said before, this is the 21st century online Whole Earth Catalog. Same M.O.: People like us writing reviews of cool stuff for other people like us. It's embarrassing how many things I've obtained after reading about them here. These aren't frivolous purchases; all the stuff is useful to me, stuff I'd never have known about otherwise.

I must point out I have a massive conflict of interest here. I've written a lot of CT reviews, and these guys are good friends.

That said, I periodically want to turn people onto this rich source of ad-free advice. It's just madly useful. Take a look: http://kk.org/cooltools

Write a review and they'll send you an email of new tools weekly.

Photo of #super moon on TV last night behind Coit Tower in #sanfrancisco by photographer Drew Kass


Lost in the Woods

I've just (belatedly) started telling Lesley where I'm going when I head out alone in the hills or on the beaches. In case I don't get back and someone has to come looking for me. Yesterday I was taking off for a long bike ride and mushroom hunt, and I said I'd be home by dark. "In case I break both legs," I said. Ha ha.

So I got out, deep into the woods, left my bike leaning against a tree, and set out, finding nothing much but death caps (Aminita phalloides), but it was nice being in groves that contained, in addition to bay trees and conifers, healthy live oaks not hit with sudden oak death. I stalked and wandered for maybe an hour and decided to head back to my bike, and at that moment congratulating myself on my sense of direction. I usually can track my way back to the starting point.

Well, smart ass, after a few steps, I realized I didn't know where I was. Nothing looked familiar. I knew west because of the setting sun (yeah, brilliant, no compass), but I had no idea of the direction back. After 20 minutes, following various deer and coyote trails, I realized I had maybe an hour before it was dark. For some reason I had a phone connection, and I called and left Lesley a message, I'm OK, but lost and it's possible I may have to spend the night out here, so don't call in the troops...

I started jogging, decided to head for what looked like a canyon, because I figured it would run west and that would lead to the road. I was getting a bit worried, shit, it was gonna be a cold night. I finally got to the canyon and the opposite wall looked almost vertical.

BUT then I spotted some red banners. and started following them down to the bottom of the canyon,  and there was a faint trail going up the steep west side. Never been so glad to see trail markers.

AND at the top, I spotted telephone poles. Eureka! Bushwhacked over to them, then hiked a mile or so back to my bike, got home just after sunset, dog tired and happy. A great adventure.

Anyone have ideas for a good GPS app for an iPhone 6s?