We have a rare sighting today, friends! I spotted the elusive paper coffee cup perched on a rock near the boat launch near the bridge at the south end of town. I approached carefully, so as not to frighten it, and was lucky enough to get this shot before it scurried for cover. You’ll forgive my focus being a bit off, as I was so worried about getting too close. I need not have worried, though, as it let me approach, and I was able to capture it and return it to its natural habitat — a recycling bin where it can live out its remaining days in peace, and will someday be reborn.
Well, maybe not so much with the ‘happy.’ More like ‘meh.’
Someone drew this face on the side of the children’s riding horse thing at the Safeway grocery store on 1st Ave. For context, here’s a more overall shot:
I’m not a fan of marking up others’ property. In fact, I think it’s downright stupid. But that didn’t stop me from taking pictures and posting it here. At least this bit of graffiti is easily cleaned.
The people at Stayton Veterinary Hospital on 1st Ave. have been making me smile a lot lately with their funny reader board signs. I posted one a couple of weeks ago — We Like Big Mutts & We Cannot Lie — and now they’ve done it again with this one.
They’ve also been making me smile because they’ve been doing a great job treating one of my cats, Butler, and it’s very much appreciated.
There are those who might think just because he’s an amphibian, Kermit the Frog wouldn’t enjoy a nice afternoon tea. But as I discovered a few days ago, that is happily incorrect. I spotted Kermit hanging out with some friends through the window of Art Gone Wild / Stayton Friends of the Library Used Book Store on 3rd Ave. He was clearly relaxed in his lovely floppy hat, and he seemed to be chatting up a storm. It’s nice to see a bit of civility in our little town, not to mention seeing a celebrity in our midst was really quite exciting.
Guest photographer Denny Barnes has discovered a most unusual creature in the woods in the hills just outside of Stayton. I’ll let him explain:
Hiking far into the woods a few day ago my dog and I ran into Coon Hollow’s legendary TROLL. He was very scary but we managed to escape….
We were “in the middle of nowhere” and I have no idea how this stuffed toy got there or who propped it in the tree branch. But when I got home and showed my wife the photo of the encounter, she was totally creeped out.
I’m glad Denny was able to escape and bring us this photographic evidence of this curious being in our midst. Let us not judge him by his unusual appearance, and that he comes in peace.
These are scary times, friends. Guest photographer Terri Jo Adams brings us this terrifying story:
I took this picture out at my mom’s house on Kingston-Jordan yesterday. Looks like the walnut tree, which up to this point had always been such a benevolent soul, has turned into a swing-eating monster…. yikes!
Stay strong, everyone, and watch out for the trees. Oh, the trees…
I have important news, friends. What may look like a mild-mannered sprinkler hook-up thingy near the south end of 3rd Ave. is actually an alien. I’ve passed by this creature any number of times without even noticing it, but a few days ago, I stopped and I saw. Look at it looking back at us. It is watching and waiting. Soon, all the sprinkler hook-up thingies will unite and try to take over the world.
We’re gonna need a bigger boat, because there will be water everywhere. At least until we turn off their access to the water. But in the meantime — lots of water. Briefly.
So be prepared. And for goodness sake, don’t show any of them this post. We can’t let them know we know, you know?
These shoes were hanging from the power lines over W. Hollister St. a few days ago. As you can see, the sole of one of the shoes is dangling down, which left the shoes with a sole sole. So sad. It’s a loss I can feel down in my soul, and they weren’t even my shoes.
I posted another photo of shoes on power lines a handful of months ago.
These shoes hanging from the power and/or telephone lines in front of the Circle K convenience store on Washington St., near 3rd Ave. a few days ago. I wonder how many tries it took to get them to stay up there.
I feel obligated to include a “do not try this at home” warning for those who may be tempted. Messing with power lines is never a good thing, and can be downright dangerous.
To any parents in the Stayton area who might be wondering what happened to their child’s shoes… well, good luck getting them down.