Wednesday, November 23, 2011

3.67 Acres for Sale in Alsea

I have 3.67 acres for sale that is two miles from the main street in Alsea. It's a beautiful property directly across the street from a million dollar view of a wetland, mountains, and farmland. There is a timber exemption so you can market and grow timber for a cash crop. There's about one acre that can be put into garden with nine large raised beds, fruit trees, etc.

Benton County says the land is worth more than what I owe for the property. I'm not asking for the moon. I just want to be cashed out of what I owe for the mortgage so I won't have bad credit.

There are problems with the house. It's a two bedroom with 1 1/2 bath. When I made the decision to move from Alsea, I contacted several realtors in Alsea and Corvallis. Then I had an inspection done which revealed that a major pipe was broken under the house spilling sewage. I spent $3500 to clean it up plus I pumped the septic tank. I have a portapotty outside since the plumbing is still not connected. I've spent a lot of money on projects, getting the deck taken away, mowing, etc.

Since I don't want to stay in Alsea, I need to sell. It's discouraging when I have had recommendations from four mortgage and loan officers, one real estate attorney and several realtors to just walk away. I don't want to have bad credit. The land is worth what I owe on the mortgage.

It would be fabulous to put a home on the hill overlooking the million dollar unobstructed view of the wetland. The last family who lived here was Anthony Vella who was a professor at Oregon State University. He thought it was just fine to drive back and forth to Corvallis. Is there someone out there who wants a bargain piece of property, loves to live out in the country, wants to garden, enjoys fixing things, and wants to enjoy the beauty?.....................


I'm moving to Seattle. I have nothing keeping me in Alsea since I don't have close friends or a support system. I'm moving to opportunities to go to the symphony, Broadway plays, the Art Museum, the science center, and more activities, like a book club. I will be able to walk to the gym, instead of driving almost an hour to get there and then an hour back home again.

This photo was taken in March of 1993.
Les passed away six months ago so I'm going through photos,
a history of 39 years of marriage, and accumulation of stuff.

For the last five years, Les was very ill going from specialist at two hospitals in Oregon trying to find out what was wrong. Blood tests were taken several times a year but it wasn't discovered until October of 2010 that he had 4th stage esophageal cancer which blocked his stomach. He needed a feeding tube. Then the trips to OHSU for chemo started every two weeks. It was hard. He was in pain and it was difficult to go through without friends or a support system surrounding us. A week before he passed away, he was released from Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis after spending several days. I miss talking to Les.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Trader Joes

I love shopping at Trader Joe's. I could live close to Trader Joe's and never grocery shop anywhere else. They care about healthy food, and freshness. I can count on finding food without preservatives, chemicals, and nitrates. I went to Trader Joe's in Corvallis on Friday and bought seaweed roasted snacks, pomegranate seeds, and a bunch of other stuff.

My favorite cold cereal is Trader Joe's Organic Golden Flax Cereal with 1,000 mg of Omega 3 fatty acids, 5 whole grains, 6 grams of dietary fiber per serving. It's really good and it doesn't get soggy in milk.

Scott Gerweck

I was in the presence of genius today. I went to the Willamette Valley Symphony in Corvallis, Oregon at the Ashbrook Independent School Theatre. I heard Scott Gerweck's symphony, "At the Mountains of Madness," which was inspired by a novella written by Howard Lovecraft about a scientific expedition to the Antarctic. The complexity, the color, tone, and textures of the blending of so many different instruments was impressive. I have no doubt he will be writing scores for movies soon. I was in awe and in my heart was standing on my tippy-toes shouting bravo.

I did not realize until I heard Scott Gerweck speak before the symphony started that writing a symphony is similiar to writing a novel in that you search to find the right words, the blending of plots, bringing the characters alive with dialogue, and on and on.

It's a real treat to go to the Willamette Valley Symphony. I went last time too. Next time will be the music of Franz Schubert, Franz Josef Haydn, and Beethoven's Symphony Number 7 on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 4 p.m. at Ashbrook Independent School in Corvallis.

Sunday, August 21, 2011


I had the opportunity to attend a kick ball event at Green Lake in Seattle hosted by Dendreon on Saturday, July 9th. I had a great time. My son, Benjamin Haber, invited me and I felt honored to come. I have never seen so many smart people in one place in my life. It's obvious that everyone started out as a gifted child who was great at everything, just like Ben.

Ben played on the Buttercup team. There were four teams and everyone worked at Dendreon. I liked everyone I met. They know how to have fun, joke around, and they are so nice to each other.

I want to move to Seattle. Everything is better in Seattle.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Operating Room Masks

The other day when I went to visit my husband at the hospital in Corvallis, Oregon the nurse handed me a mask to wear since I still had cold symptoms. I understand this and it is important not to spread germs. However, it is hard to wear these masks.

You are breathing in your own exhaust or carbon dioxide. This can't be good. It's not comfortable. Over a period of time, I wonder if this is healthy. Then I started to wonder about doctors who wear masks in the operating room who breathe in their own exhaust. I wonder if it hampers their judgement and efficiency over time to breathe in carbon dioxide.

When you are spraying chemicals in the garden in the backyard, some people forget to wear masks. My husband hasn't worn a mask to protect himself most of the time in the last 10 years here in Alsea spraying for blackberries and poison oak. This can't be healthy. Now I seriously wonder if this is the cause of his esophageal cancer.

There needs to be a oxygen exchange system created that covers the mouth that releases the carbon dioxide but allows you to breathe fresh oxygen.

Medical Charts

I have made medical charts for years to keep track of the medication that my husband is prescribed. I don't know how anyone would keep track of it without a chart. I use Microsoft Publisher.

In an ideal world, when a doctor prescribes medication, and the patient picks it up at the pharmacy, the patient would be handed a chart to keep track of it all.

I put all medications down on the chart and I write down everything that needs to be done in the day for his care. I put down the times the medications are given. I check off when things are done.

Friday, May 13, 2011

New Blog

I started a new blog.
Now I get the message bX-ixy 9ss that says I can't access it.
When I tried to look at my new blog it says on blogger that it doesn't
exist. I tried to call Google but they don't have live support.

Thursday, May 12, 2011


I love watching Survivor. I wait for each episode with anticipation of what will happen next and I get all emotionally involved with what happens. I have always wished that I could be on the show. I even tried out once in Eugene for an audition but didn't make it.

Who do I like best on Survivor, Redemption Island? Boston Rob! I hope he wins.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

President Barack Obama

I am in awe of, and so impressed with President Barack Obama. His intelligence, calm, ability to negotiate, and his record clearly shows that he is heads above past presidents and anyone else thinking of running against him. I believe that he is the best president that we have ever had in the White House. This is the most difficult of times and yet he has brought us out of financial ruin and set us back on the right track. He is making a difference in all areas of American life to make it better for everyone who lives here. He has brought justice to 9-11 survivors and all families who lost loved ones. I'm grateful that he is the President.