May 14, 2017

Wednesday was our 48th wedding anniversary!  It still seems unreal after all this time.  Not sure why I didn’t think I would be married this long to the same man – my parents were married almost 60 years.  Eddie’s parents were married about the same number of years, so we come from great examples.  It doesn’t seem that long, it is as if our marriage is broken into chapters.  The earlier the chapter, the more it feels I read it in a book or someone told me about it.  Yet I have photos of those years and as I look back at myself, I see myself differently.  More kindly than I felt at the time.

We decided to try a new Chinese restaurant in Southcenter.  They have Dim Sum and Eddie was delighted with the page of greens.  We tried a few things and had enough to bring home.  I kinda wish I had ordered the dumplings, maybe next time.  It was different and except for the noise, we enjoyed it.  We have become sticks-in-mud lately, more homebodies that going and doing all the time.

I find myself looking in the mirror but all I see is someone’s grandmother hiding my own face.  Where did she come from?  Will she ever go away? I don’t feel old, more about 30 or so, ready to start my life now that I have finally grown up.  I’m glad I have copies of my journal for the years I wrote it – maybe time to go back and read it again.  I remember several people saying what an interesting life I had – if you just read the journal.  There was a whole lot I didn’t put in, too depressing.

Would yu believe we had 2 days in the low 70’s with sun and warmth.  It went back to rain again by Friday and we won’t really see sun until mid-week or later.  Even so, the flowers are blooming, the lilacs are out, the Rhodos, azaleas – all kinds of blossoms.  We have what looks like white and pink snow on the ground because the flowering fruit trees are losing petals as the leaves come out.  We have little nubs on the branches of the fig tree – not many leaves yet.  I haven’t been out to check the fruit trees, though we have lots of blossoms on the blueberries.  A little more sun and warmth will help tremendously.

The downstairs bathroom is done.  Eddie is waiting until tomorrow to use it because he wants to be sure the shower door has curd.  He could use it now if he wants.  Now it needs to be furnished – we have some brown towels and I gave him my bathmats.  Then we found Soft Scrub, toilet brush, squeegee and glass cleaner – the door is transparent glass.  We need to check for new towels and mats, plus waste basket.

I have my car back – we picked it up on Monday afternoon.  I’m so glad to have it back, that stupid Kia Optima has the emergency brake right where I need room to get my foot out so I can leave the car.  Otherwise it’s fine but I much prefer my own car.  It feels so good, so familiar – I know where things are in it – none of this trying to figure out what happened to something in a strange car.

I had a wonderful show on Tuesday with Jamie and Diane Osborne – they were a delight to interview.  This week I have a good friend Diane Kolb as my guest.  She is the Executive Director of Children’s Country Home for medically fragile children.  All my shows are in the archives at 1150kknw.com – just look for my show in the list.

We sold our lot in Ocean Shores, Monday we need to have our signatures notarized and send back the title papers.  We haven’t really made a profit on it, but now we don’t have property taxes, club dues that keep going up and sewer fees.  The whole point of buying it was to have a piece of Washington State while we weren’t living here.  Now it really isn’t necessary, it has become an expense we don’t need at this point in our lives.  We hope to be getting the check soon, it goes into our house fund .

It has been interesting  having Eddie home most of them.  He keeps forgetting I didn’t retire, he gives me that hurt “How dare you leave me” look.  Then he wants to know when I will be home.  He has been working contacts and seeing what is possible – it takes time and he wants it settled right now.  Sometimes being a scenic route is better than a point A to B by the shortest route.  He likes to be doing, accomplishing things and making a difference; I doubt he will ever be happy sitting and watching tv.  The difference this time is he didn’t have something to go into as he left the previous job.  There are a couple of good possibilities, but it takes patience and that’s hard for him.

You could call this a weekly round-up of my life.  I have a project or two in the works, not quite ready to talk about them yet.  I haven’t taken much in the way of pictures of the flowers.  However, my sisters Ellen and Candy have been sending lovely photos.  I think they are both a bit warmer than here.


Ups and Downs

May 7, 2017

It definitely helps to roll with the punches some weeks.  This was one of them.  Monday we spent the day here together, I was working on a new order for shirts, another one for lapel pins, plus I do a donation of pens for Children’s Country Home every year and show prep for Tuesday’s show.  And of course, I helped Eddie with some of his things.  We don’t know what the weather will do – if I said rain, it would be the most accurate.

Tuesday I went to do my show and then came home – Eddie was here working on his emails and his Kaplanian Report.  Also, we see Brad when he needs to do some work before his sub contractor comes.  Wednesday he was here with the plumber – now there is a toilet that works and a sink with a small leak.  Still waiting for the shower door – they found a crack at the bottom and had to do it over.  We hope it will be here this week.

Wednesday was Breakfast Club and Eddie had an appointment with a friend to tour his company.  After Breakfast Club I went to see Dr. Cheryl and whenever to Jerry’s Rock and Gem for some healing stones for a special friend.  Joan had been on my show a few weeks earlier and I asked her advice for my friend.  She suggested several stones, plus a red suede drawstring bag for them.  When I came home, Eddie was here – he was back by 10:30 or 11.  He also talked to his friend about knowing anyone is looking to hire.  We sent him Eddie’s resume.

It has been the oddest thing, I have been needing cat naps to stay awake – no idea what that is about because I sleep well at night.  I had a cat nap before I saw Cheryl, then I fall asleep in my chair, waiting for the doc, waiting to pick up the car, etc.  Sometimes it is a liedown on the bed.  Yesterday was the first time in a while I didn’t feel the need to nap.

Thursday Eddie spent all day at Joint Base Lewis McChord for the Defense Symposium.  I planned to spend the day by myself, but then texted my friend to see if she had a few minutes because I had a special gift for her.  She invited me to lunch at Salty’s in Redondo Beach and it was lovely.  We had some sun which was a delight.  We had a lovely time and she was pleased with the stones I gave her.  I don’t know how WooWoo or Hocus Pocus she is, but I explained about them and said I wanted her to be around a long time.

Thursday was one of those usual days when we had at least four seasons in one day.  In the morning was fog and when I went to have lunch, the sun had come out.  It was a lovely afternoon, but I could see dark clouds from the south.  I arrived home just before the rain started – very heavy rain, thunder and lightning, hail in some places and high winds.  Unfortunately Eddie got stuck in it as he was driving home – rain so hard he couldn’t see.  I was uneasy about him in all that weather – what a welcome sight when he came in the door.

We had more rain, lightning and thunder overnight – some lost electricity but we were fine.  Friday morning we went to pick up my car at 10 – Eddie hates the  Toyota.  It was so good to see my car back together again, I had missed driving it.  We had a lunch date with Danielle, she used to be with Andy but had received a better off with someone else.  She had talked to Eddie on the phone to tell him what is happening and she was interested in having him do procedures manual and later some training.  She has not quite divested from Andy and needs to set things up with the new group, so it will be a bit before she is ready for Eddie to help her.  He will be able to do things at home rather than going up to Arlington where she lives.

She has had quite a year or more, new husband, new baby, new house and still making money with and for her clients.  She is about 32 and I really enjoyed being with her – Eddie wanted us to meet.

We left Nordstrom in south center and Eddie noticed the check engine light was on, a little flashing light where it shows what gear you are in and also the anti-skid light was lit.  Not a comfortable feeling.  So we called Pat’s,  they said to come back and they would put it on the computer.  Well, we spent quite a while there and it turned out a sensor needed changing.  We are back in a rental – only had my car 4 hours.  This time it’s a Kia Optima, a nicer car and more convenient.  They can get the part and will install it on Monday.

Friday was such an uncomfortable day, I was so stiff, sore and unbendable – I felt trapped in a cage.  I had been doing pretty well, so I wasn’t sure what was happening.  I have had many days lately when I have felt heavy, awkward and clumsy.  It is depressing, that’s for sure.

Hope this doesn’t too much of a downer – I prefer to be positive.


A Bit of This, A Bit of That

April 30, 2017

This could be called a catch up post, pictures of things from the last 2 or 4 months.  It feels as if most of what I have written lately is not so positive stuff, but there have been a  lot of bright spots as well.  There has been a lot of talk about the number of days of rain opposed to the few days of sun – those sunny days were delightful and very much appreciated it.  The sun pops out quite often, it seems the clouds have more strength at this point than the sunny.  The weatherman says a sunny, 70 degree day on Wednesday – we will see what arrives.

Brad has been here working on the bathroom downstairs and it is probably in the last quarter of finishing.  The sticky part is the shower door – will it be late?  Eddie wants it all done before he uses it.  He is excited to see it come together and see the big changes Brad has made.  He feels spoiled using the bathroom upstairs, I think he will revel in his new one.

We have had some spanners in the works getting my car fixed – first they kept saying they had to establish responsibility – my insurance company has no problem.  Then they weren’t going to cover all of the rental car and finally they wanted to put “gypsy” parts to repair it.  When Pat’s group took the car apart, there was twice as much damage inside than they first thought.  We are hoping they will be finished this week.  The Toyota Corolla is okay but I prefer my Subaru Imprezza.

My poor car

We just replaced the front bumper because some daft pillock put a hole in it.

Bent the grill and later found more damage.

The front bumper was in the street and a very nice lady brought it over to the gas station.

Would you believe this is all that happened to her car?

As for me, I am fine after the accident.  I have been going to my chiropractor to help me integrate it and release the tight stiffness.  It has been quite a while since I saw her last, feels so good to have adjustments from her.

I am feeling much more comfortable with my radio show, I think I have a focus for it now.  Instead of just saying there is a gift in every difficult situation for one to uncover, I need to give some ideas and ways to the finding.  I am still working on that, it is simmering on the back burner until I have a clearer picture.  Also, I talked to the station manager Erik about sponsors and what I can offer them.  This feels as if it is the hard part – if I had money to fund it myself, I wouldn’t have to look for sponsors to stay on the sir after October.

I just went outside to enjoy the sun while it is here.  I looked at the garden and took some pictures – amazing how the flowers come up and I didn’t do anything.  How cool is that!

The dark purple lilac is beginning to bloom along side the Scillas.

Blueberry blossoms – may have a good crop this year.

The dogwood has more blossoms this year, always spectacular.

Scillas all over the beds by the porch.

We had a couple of snowfalls  this winter, enjoyed the beauty but happy not to have several more.  I took pictures from the bathroom window and also on the porch.

Looking south to Allen’s house

The front yard from the porch

From the bathroom window

From the window toward the fruit trees in the back.

Pink dogwood with a snowy mantle

I need to open up the kitchen remodel site and add the bathroom pictures.  I think there is a link on this blog to get there.  I want them to be in chronological order, though it means the last ones will be first.

A bit of catch up about things.  Yesterday I went to a memorial service for the Celebration of Life for a friend I met through Charlotte.  There were a group of ladies who got together for birthday lunches and Charlotte invited me to join them.  I met Joyce and got to know her over several years – a real lady and very special.  I am not big on going to church and I didn’t really want to go.  I went to be there for Charlotte and support her – her friends are slowly disappearing and losing Joyce is a real blow to her.  They were like sisters, shared an apartment together and did all kinds of things together.  There were some happy moments – when she found several of the youth group came back, looking at the pictures and talking to people she knows at the church.

Time to close, I’m working on re energizing and building stamina to be able to do the things I want to do.

Not A Very Comfortable Week

April 16, 2017

Thank You Candy!!!  It’s not been comfortable this week, every time I see this character, he makes me smile.

I have no idea what happened, but Monday and Tuesday were miserably uncomfortable days.  I was stiff, sore and nothing really helped to lessen it.  Monday I went to see Dr. Cheryl to see if she could help with things.  I was feeling so beat, I went home for a nap.  I did feel better afterwards.  I did my show on Tuesday, but came home right after for another nap.   Wednesday was better, so I went to Breakfast Club.  I enjoyed it as usual – the pouring rain all day wasn’t a deterrent – simply Seattle weather.  I stopped at a couple of places to talk to people being on my show.  When I finished, I came home to meet Eddie so we could go do something together.

As I came to Ambaum on 128th, the light was red.  I waited for the green light and was crossing the first lane when a car came right in front of me.  I tried to stop, but I hit her and I saw her make a very graceful 180 turn, stopping right in front of a truck going the opposite way.  I was in the middle of the street and decided to park in the gas station.  It shook me up, I noticed stiffness in my neck and across my shoulders.  I was shaking and trying to gather my wits.  I called 911, called my insurance agent and finally called Eddie.  He came over – missed lunch with the guys at the archives – and  saw my car.  Not a happy camper!  It took me a bit to finally get out and look at the damage.  The front bumper is gone – the one we just fixed from the hole.

Actually, the bumper came off as I drove out of the intersection.  I called Pat’s to have them tow the car – they will fix it.  The woman admitted she ran the red light and apologized – she also told the sheriff’s officer when he arrived.  There was a woman who heard it and then the other car came right up to the front of her truck.  She was gathering information and  making shut everyone was all right.  It seemed as if there were people talking to me and people on the phone – I definitely needed my wits then.  Also Eddie answered some questions and also talk to the other woman.  She was upset and it scared her 3 year old son.

I wasn’t mad or scared, just shaken up and upset my car needs to be fixed.  things were friendly all around – the sheriff officer was amazed.  He had just come from an accident where both people were angry and ready to come to blows.  If I get angry and ream the lady’s tush – what have I accomplished?   Eddie isn’t as mad as I expected, he was more worried about me than the car.  The tow truck came, the papers were all filled out and we were able to leave.  We went to Pat’s and they arranged for a rental car, plus did a estimate for the damage and repair.  I have a Toyota Corolla and it isn’t too bad.  Much better than the Chrysler 200.  I drove it home and went for a nap – it wasn’t difficult to fall asleep.  He did the errands he planned to do and then came home.  Not quite how we planned to spend the day.

Thursday I spent the day at home resting.  Eddie spent the day up north at the Women in Aviation Conference.  He was quite impressed with the women there, learned things as well.  Another day with people who love aviation.

Friday, Saturday and today have been quiet.  Eddie went to the Museum of Flight this morning, hardly anyone there.  No doubt having Easter dinner with family.

Not One of My Better Weeks

April 9, 2017

It has been a challenging time lately.  I have been coughing like crazy – sometimes so hard it feels as if I have rows and rows of burning needles in my chest.  I also lost my voice – not that it kept me from talking.  I had to ask Benny to rebroadcast a show for me – no voice and 28 minutes of coughing is not my idea of entertaining radio.   Because I have been having such a bad time, I saw Doc Pierce Tuesday morning.  He gave me antibiotic for 7 days, plus I had forgotten he had given me something for the cough a while ago.  Last night was the first night’s sleep I have had in a long time.  I didn’t cough much, but it took me a bit to go to sleep.

Eddie has a cough, not like mine, but he has stuffy, runny nose with sneezing – he thinks it’s allergy.  I’m wondering if my is sinus because I get what feels like a sinus headache at times.  Both of us would love to be finished with all of it.  I wonder if we are getting more sensitive to things inside and outside.

After I went to the doc Tuesday morning, I went to see the eye doc in the afternoon.  Not my favorite to have all this in one day.  However, I am doing well and the macular degeneration is not any worse.  I seem to have spent the day taking cat naps because I was having trouble keeping my eyes open.  I went to Breakfast club the next morning, came straight home to bed and slept and cough until about noon.  This stuff is for the birds.  I did feel better in the afternoon; I’d rather sleep at night.

Brad has been here for a week or so doing the bathroom remodel downstairs.  He did demolition to prepare it for the repiping on Thursday.  They turned the water off so Greg the plumber could replace as much pipe as possible.  That meant Eddie and I needed to find things to do somewhere else.  We went to Panera for breakfast, picked up the laundry and wandered around the new Ikea.  I was amazed at how much I walked before needing a sit-down.  It’s huge, with floors, but the food available to buy is very sparse from what it was.  Their restaurant is much bigger – we didn’t check the menu.  We took stuff home and then went down the hill.  We spent quite a while wandering around in Barnes & Noble, then grocery shopped and finally decided to come home around 3:30 or 4.

The water was still off and it was close to 6 when Greg was done.  There is a lot of sediment and grit from the peeling pipes, plus the pipes coming in from the street need to be replaced.  I was glad to have the water back.  Greg said to call him the next day of there were any problems – he was working Burien that day.  In the night, I heard water running – the toilet was completely closing.  So there was drip, drip, drip along with a spraying sound.  I looked in the tank and found a new kind of set up.  No ball, though the handle still has a change to flush and the left has the regulating to open and close the valve.  However, where the ball used to be is a canister type device – love to know how it works.   I called Greg the next day to let him know – he came out and found there was sediment in the works.  So he flushed it out and thought he fixed it, but then on his next test, it started running.  More sediment; I am glad to say, so far it is working perfectly.

Friday was quite a day rain with really high winds. some places lost power, trees fell on houses and cars.  I’m so glad Mom and Dad opted to do underground wiring a long time ago.  So far we have not lost power.  I suspect when all that weather goes over the mountains and east, it will intensify.  Everyone has been having wild weather.  It was up to 60 on Thursday, now it is in the 40’s.  I keep thinking Spring weather will finally emerge.  Meanwhile, the flowers,  trees and bushes are blooming like crazy.  We may not have the weather, but we have lovely blooms and beautiful colors.  I miss the mountains, they have all been shrouded in clouds most of the time.

Today is the 50th anniversary of the 737 at the Museum of Flight.  It is not Eddie’s week to go, but he wanted to check it out.  I don’t think it is raining, which I’m sure the organizers are pleased.

As soon as I download pictures of the bathroom remodel, I will give you a link.

A New Normal

April 2, 2017

Last week was the first week of retirement for Eddie – except he wasn’t sitting on his tush watching tv.  He has been calling people, having lunch or making plans for lunch and also, he has an appointment Monday with Steve to talk about Eddie doing some research.  We have no idea how it will unfold, just watching what happens as it comes.

It was a medical week for me – again.

I saw my dermatologist Monday to find out if I had to make a visit to the MOHS surgeon or not.  At the time she thought I would, but I opted for her to freeze it, then if she needed to do a biopsy, we would talk about MOHS.  I am so glad to find out I don’t have to, everything is fine.  Next fall or winter she wants to do a face peel to get rid of the tiny bits that will turn into cancer.  I can hardly wait.

I had a call from the cardiologist’s office about my scoring.  Of course, no one will tell me anything one way or the other, I have to come in for an appointment.  If there was a serious problem, I’m sure they wouldn’t wait 2 weeks or more for the appointment.  More things to cross off my list.

I found out Medicare doesn’t cover orthotics, so that is out-of-pocket.  I have an appointment in May, not sure if I will keep it or not.  I did make an appointment with the clinical psychologist on Wednesday afternoon – Medicare doesn’t cover it, but she does half price for Medicare patients.  I’ll see how it goes and work from there.

I finally have an appointment with Dr. Cheryl, my chiropractor, tomorrow.  I haven’t seen her for ages and I am feeling rather stiff not very flexible.  I always enjoy going to see her, she is so gentle and her fingers know exactly where it hurts.  Something else on my To Do list.  I have to see the eye doctor Tuesday for my yearly check up.  he gave me a new prescription for glasses last year, so it will be a while before I need to do that again.  Sometimes I think there is more preventative maintenance every year I am older.

Last week was also the beginning of the downstairs bathroom remodel.  Brad has been doing demolition – the shower is gone as well as the toilet.  Eddie has moved to the upstairs bath with me – taking a shower up here is so much more luxurious that downstairs.  Thursday morning they went to choose tile, floor, fixtures, faucet, sink with cabinet, etc.  Ed is choosing because it is his bath.  The plumber was here on Friday – we still have galvanized pipes that have little bit flaking off inside, all that goes through the rest of the house.  Better to do as much as we can now rather than later when some of the bath would have to be torn up again.  I have some pictures as it has happened, so I will put them on the house remodel blog.

My networking breakfast group had to move because the owner of the building sold it.  So the catering business also had to close.  We are meeting at a restaurant that is next to a hotel – they gave us a good deal.  Also, this week is the change of officers for the next 6 months.  I volunteered to be a Member At Large – don’t really have to do anything except show up at a board meeting.

We still have rain and chilly weather – oh my, is that the sun?  Wonder how long it will last?  The trees and flowers are blooming like crazy – temperature doesn’t see to phase them.  Flowering fruit trees, forsythia, camellias and rhodos in some places.  Lately the moles have been quiet – maybe they are resting for the next assault on the lawn.  Eddie has noticed dandelions blooming – Spring is definitely official now.

I have been doing my radio for 5 months – the first set of 3 months was such a learning experience.  Now I feel I have more of a handle on it and what it is about.  I also have to talk to Erik about sponsors so I can stay on the air.  I have asked people to be guests and it has worked out quite well so far.  Most of the shows are just me with topics about Loving Yourself and the components that seem to comprise it – like a jig saw puzzle but without a picture on the box.  I’m working on how they all fit together – unless there is a different, better way to approach it.

Both Eddie and I are stiff runny, stuffy with sneezing.  I have quite a cough the past week, I need to check with Doc Pierce to know when it is just a cough or bronchitis.  Eddie and I keep each other awake at times – night-time seems to be the most uncomfortable time.  I have been drinking a lot of hot lemon or lime water – seems to help but it also means trips to the throne.

I have had to resort to 2 finger hunt and peck – so far it has worked pretty well, not many mistakes.  My little finger keeps changing sensations – right now it feels as if the nerve is just covered by skin and any  time I touch it, I can it feel it.  Then, at times it suddenly feels cold on something – not necessarily metal, porcelain, etc.  I’m hopeful it means the feeling is coming back.

I need to upload pictures from my camera so I can post snow pictures and also the remodel photos.


Our World Has Shifted Again

March 26, 2017

I don’t have pictures to add, so I will use Ellen’s  from last year.

It’s been quite a while since I did a post – 3 months to be exact!  I have had trouble writing because my little finger on my left hand has put in extra letters and I have to keep going back to fix it.  I have finally decided on the 2 finger hunt and peck system to eliminate as much as I can.  I’ll do spell check and if there are other errors, I’d say you will be able to figure them out without any problem.

We’ve had 2 snow storms, one on the 1st of the year, the other last month.  I definitely don’t go out in snow – I did my show from home rather than risk finding myself in a ditch.  I would have been fine, it was smarter to do it from home.  I had one I had to have a rebroadcast because I lost my voice – not helpful in radio.  I feel I am getting the hang of the show after 5 months, though what seemed clear a bit ago, isn’t quite so clear.  Definitely a learning experience.

Eddie has retired for the 4th or 5th time.  Two weeks ago was Eddie’s last day with Andy – finance is not his thing and spending time at the aviation conference really brought that home to him.  He had such a great time that week – like a kid in a candy store.  He met all kinds of people and his Kaplanian Report was a hit.  He is following up on contacts, talking to people and looking to creating a new venture in commercial aviation.  We don’t know how it will show up or how it will look yet.  Eddie has decided that at this age he doesn’t have to do something he doesn’t want to do.

That also means he is home a lot more – a big adjustment for both of us.  I let him know I haven’t retired, I have my own life and business.  There also my medical life,.  Tomorrow is a cardiac scoring the cardiologist wanted me to do – on me.  I am going to see my dermatologist on Friday to check if I have to do minor MOHS surgery or not.  I opt for not.   I need new orthotics, I have a list to the right since I broke my hip and I am noticing it more as time goes on.  Maybe they will even help me clip my toenails, I am having trouble reaching as well as strength to clip.  Both of us are dealing with runny, stuffy nose and sneezing – is it sinus or allergy?  No one seems to know.  Doc Pierce would rather save the antibiotics for heavy-duty situations – that’s fine with me.  I prefer to go do the things I want to do and not spend so much time on medical.

My personal injury case is finally settled – it’s only been a year and a half.  I got money earlier and then the second one just came recently.  I called Brad to find out when he can start on the downstairs bathroom – he came by this week with ideas and a budget.  He needs to schedule the plumber and electrician, so I’m not sure when he will start.  Since there will be a new shower stall, he wants to dig up the old one and see what is underneath before the plumber comes.  So he will do that first – Eddie can still the sink and toilet but will shower up here.  Since he will probably be home, he can make the decisions for his bathroom.

We had Mr. Rooter out because the hot water went wonky.  He had to replace the elements, my bad for not draining the water heater every year.  It’s so lovely to have it working properly again.  The joys of home ownership.  I also have a new toilet seat – the other one was loose and I have a bit more bulk now, so the mix didn’t work out very well.  No more loose toilet seat.

We have had more rain in the last 3 months than all of last year.  Not sure why – it still feels like fall and winter even though the flowers are blooming.  The crocuses were out last month – it was chilly – and they bloomed their hearts out.  Then the mini daffodils are blooming and a pink Hyacinth came up from out of nowhere.  Now the grape hyacinths are showing their pretty, purple faces.  The Scillas have greenery all over the place, soon they will have lovely lavender blossoms.  The forsythia on the bank finally bloomed, they are usually the first.

The moles have been busy off and on – Eddie is sure if he leaves them alone, they don’t produce so many mounds.  Let’s face it, they haven’t helped the lawn except to maybe aerate the soil.

As you can see, not a lot of excitement or big news lately.  However, I hope to get back into the groove of writing posts again – I miss it and it helps me process things.


Candy sent this lovely butterfly – great finish for the post.

Thank You both for the lovely photos you send me, I love to seeing them.


Christmas Memories

December 25, 2016

How did Christmas sneak up on me?  It is on Sunday and we’ve barely finished Thanksgiving.  Christmas has definitely changed over the decades – yikes, it is literally decades at this point.  Growing up, Christmas was like the rest of the year – family time.  My Dad once told me if they could take the three of us, they didn’t want to go.  I don’t remember Christmas the 1st 7 years of my life in Southern California – my memories are of 1955 when we moved to this house in Seattle.

We usually bought a Christmas tree a week before Christmas, but it went into a bucket of water at the bottom of the outside basement stairs.  There was a  store called Chubby and Tubby that had 99 cent trees.  We would all split up and look for a tree in the lot – then we had to decide which would be our tree.  I usually saw a cool tree – being held by someone else.  I loved the smell of Douglas fir – that is the smell of Christmas to me.

Christmas Eve was when we decorated the house with greens and put up the terrace.  We had a holly tree next to the house and a cedar type hedge by the drive and usually a fir somewhere by the canyon.  As the Christmas cards arrived in the mail, my Mom hung a ribbon or two to the front door and taped up the cards.  She had hooked a NOEL hanging for the front door, so sometimes that went up first and the cards were on ribbons on either side of the fireplace.

During this time, Mom would be making Christmas cookies and we “helped”.  It was mainly decorating, though whatever we did, it was fun to be in the kitchen with all those wonderful smells.   And Christmas fudge – a recipe Dad got from someone at North American.  He was told it is the See’s fudge recipe – whether it is or not, it’s wonderful!! I remember Mom putting it in the hall closet to cool off.  We would also go out to the see the Christmas Ship   –  yacht decorated with lights and a different choir every night singing carols.  There were small boats following it, also decorated with lights.  They would stop at different places w here a bonfire was built and they would anchor in as close as they could and play carols to all of us on shore.  There was a schedule published for the week or so they did it, on the lake and the Sound.

Afterwards, we would be cold, so we came home for hot chocolate and Christmas cookies.

The day before Christmas we decorated the house.  The tree went up and after Dad tied it to the curtain rod to keep it from falling.  He put on the lights while the rest of us decorated its.  We never had a “coordinated tree”, the decorations were from different times.  There were some from when Mom and a Dad were first married, some came from friends or we made; others were bought to supplement those that broke – it was a hodge podge – our own special hodge podge.  We had to keep filling the pan for the tree with water because the cats kept drinking it.  We were fortunate it didn’t occur to any of them to climb the tree.

One year we put up the tree a week before Christmas – we all were tired of it before Christmas arrived.  By doing it Christmas Eve, then the next morning was Christmas.  Mom made a sour cream coffee cake for breakfast and then we opened our gifts.  Then Mom made a proper breakfast.

When my older sister was married, Mom  decided to have Christmas Eve, then they would spend Christmas with his family.  when I was married, I went out of the country.  Our first Christmas as a married couple was in Australia – it didn’t feel like Christmas because its was in the middle of summer.  We had a rather sad artificial tree with some ornaments.  What I do remember is one of the women at the store where I worked asked me the significance of a white Christmas.  That brought me up short until I realized all the Christmas cards, movies, etc. show snow – how could they connect in the middle of summer?

The worst day was Thanksgiving – no one there knew what it was or why we celebrate it.  I made the mistake of thinking what Mom and Dad would be doing and it really upset me.  I couldn’t really explain why I felt that way to the other women.  When I came home from work, Eddie had cooked a whole chicken for us.

When we came back from Australia, we were living in San Francisco and no money to go to Seattle for Christmas.  So Mom and Dad and my younger sister came to us for Christmas.  After that, Eddie was able to arrange business trips to Seattle, we just had to pay for my ticket.  So for many years we went to Seattle for Christmas and my sisters would come too.

One year our godson from Australia came for a 6 week visit – 2 weeks in LA where we lived, 2 weeks in Seattle for Christmas and 2 weeks in LA before we left for home.  it was an interesting time, I took pictures, bought postcards and assembled a photo album so he could show his family.  It took some time to do the album, so it was after he left that it was done.

When he came up here, we had a small fir tree by the drive that was big enough for a Christmas tree.  He and Dad cut it down and put it up in the living room.  We also went to dinner at Ivar’s salmon house by the locks and the Christmas ship was going through.  We had a lose up view and heard the carols.

When our 2nd oldest niece came t3o visit, she w as amazed because it wasn’t like Jerusalem at all.  My parents took her on a walk down to the beach on an old logging road – she said she had never been in a forrest before.  SHE saw Vashon from our window and wanted to see an island – not sure what she expected.  I was surprised to find there aren’t Christmas trees and decorations in Jerusalem.

When she was here, we started new tradition – a middle eastern buffet for Christmas Eve dinner.   My sisters were still coming for Christmas and we continued it for several years.  It was getting harder to travel during Christmas and my sisters haven’t been here for quite a while.  Both Eddie and I were glad not to travel this year to Toronto – we love being with them but the getting there and coming home is not always easy.

Lately Christmas has been quiet – my Mom and dementia and for 2 years we went to Toronto to our oldest niece and her family.  This year is just us and for Christmas dinner, we have invited a good friend.

Although things are different, there are always reminders, big and small, of all the Christmases in my life.

Wishing everyone a lovely Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!

Little Fingers Affect A Lot

December 22, 2016

I know I haven’t been posting very often, there is a reason – I have to work twice as hard to make sure you can read it. Ever since my elbow replacement, my left little finger and ring finger are not working very well.  My little finger is numb and tends to catch on things and hit wrong keys so I seem to have a language all my own.  I am writing my show prep for Tuesday about Christmas and will use it for my blog later on.  I would have had  it all done but I had to keep fixing it as I went along.

I don’t have a whole lot to write about since I feel I am catching up more than anything else.  We’ve hwad a little snow, but not enough to really count.  It was sleeting wheqn Eddiqe left this morning, though it was mixed wit3h rain, he wasn’t really conceqrneqd about it.  It has been really cold lately – well, cold for us.  I don’t miss the snow and ice we had in the East and also in Fort Wayne.  We are glad we decided t4o stay here for the holidays.

I have been enjoying doing my radio show – it feels easier and more relaxed thant he first time.  I also know more 3thsn I did the first time. I decided to talk about my Christmas memories, especially with my family and when Sylvia came and our godson Jason form Austra;ia.   Later I asked Bennie what he thought – he said I am a good story teller.  I was pleased to hear t3hat.  I also need to help peqopke understand  what4 the show is about, why I am doing it and the message.  I am wondering what I am going to talk about next Tuesday –  I don’t have a guest at the moment.

Th moles are having a field day in the lawn.  Not only does one make a huge mound, after Eddie pounds it down, the little sucske2r make another one right on top.  I don’t know what has galvanized them to be so active, I’da love two put a stop to it.  As I have said, we don’t have a golf course lawn but there is no reason to have it look like a construction zone.  Jorge, who does the lawn, said he had something, so maybe we can stop some of them.

Tomorrow the pest guy is coming for his third visit.  He was here two weeks ago and out of 12 traps, no furry creature.  he will remove the traps and plug up as much as he can to keep them from finding a winter home here.

This is not a long post, just a way t3o let you know I am still here and want to continue the blog.  If you can read the oddball words, then  it will make more sense.


Enjoy the season.

Best 2 Weeks In Ages

December 12, 2016

I have had energy and enthusiasm for things the past couple of weeks – it feels so good after so many weeks and months dragging myself around, dealing with surgeries, bronchitis and RA.  I also may have overdone a bit, but what a feeling!!!!

We had snow on Monday, about an inch and snow on Friday, 2 inches at least.  Monday was problematic for Eddie in the morning because it  started snowing when he was having breakfast in Southcenter.  He wasn’t sure how it would be on 405 into Bellevue – then found someone had broken his back passenger window – no briefcase.  He came home and spent a lot of time working with the bank because our checkbook was in the briefcase – also Andy’s business checkbook.  Then called Vickie, our insurance agent and took his car to Murray’s Collision – we just got mine back.  Someone backed into my front passenger bumper leaving dents and scratches and a big hole.

I said that is why I am such a nag about leaving anything in plain sight in the car.  He didn’t really believe me, just thought I was being paranoid.  NEWS FLASH!!!!!!!

He has a Hyundai Sonata, but he misses his wagon so much that he is impatient for it to be fixed.  I had a Chrysler 200 for a rental – it was very awkward to drive and get in and out.   So glad to have my Subaru back.

Friday’s snow was more problematic – Eddie didn’t go to work, but worked from home.  I rescheduled my haircut and a new client visit – the pest control guy came in the afternoon.  I heard scratching on the bedroom ceiling last Wednesday – a familiar sound of furry creatures looking to settle in for the winter.  He came the following day to set traps and see where they are getting in.  He came this week – nothing in any of the traps – not sure what’s happening.  He will be back in 2 weeks to check again and put copper mesh over the holes he can reach.  We also need to put new insulation up in the attic as well.

Week before last we were doing Secret Santa for Breakfast Club.  I was given Bryan Gormley – someone I barely know.  I found he had 3 daughters, so the first week I did a Family Fun Box with cookie cutters, frosting, 4 bottles of sprinkles, recipes for Gingerbread cookies and Sugar cookies.  The 2nd week was a set of wooden puzzles and the last was a set of 4 small bottles of spices and some ideas to use them.  I think he was pleased.  We had the third gift at the Christmas party Wednesday night.

Thursday was the PNAA Christmas Party in Mukilteo – we skipped it because they said snow was coming in the evening.  Glad we did because driving home in the dark and the snow isn’t something that is easy any more.  This coming Friday is supposed to be the party for Andy’s group.  So far there hasn’t been a response and Eddie will have no regrets canceling it.  We’ll see how it plays out over this week.  Andy is leaving the following day for China to visit his Mom.  Things have changed for him, he had to have a written invitation to visit.  He is now an American citizen, so it looks as if they don’t recognize he was born there.  That bugged him no end.

The past few days I felt myself with less energy, so Saturday after we finished our errands, I crawled into bed for a nap.  I slept about 2 hours and felt so much better.  I have been sleeping better as well – I think the nap took the edge off being tired.  Looks as if I need to make time for a lie down or nap every once in a while.

Oh my, have the moles been busy!!!  Our lawn looks more like swiss cheese than grass.  On the bright side, it is aerating the grass so I don’t have to do it.  I am wondering if the  kids grew up and didn’t leave home.  Looks as if we have a colony instead of a small family.  We had a card telling us the new value for the house and land – the house is worth more than the land.  Maybe they think the land is less valuable with holes in it.  I suspect our property taxes will be going up again.

We have an arborist in Breakfast club now and he came by Thursday to look at the fruit trees, fig, blueberries and dogwood.  They all need help and the isn’t going to charge all outdoors to do it.  He will prune and clear grass away from the trunks and then in Spring will prune the new fruit so we have better fruit and maybe the apples won’t keep hitting the ground so often.  Might even keep the creepy crawlies away.  I also need to have John come and give us the view back.

The snow on the Olympics is spectacular!!  When the sun comes up and shines on the snow, it is gorgeous.  We sometimes have to look quickly or the sun disappears.  A lot of the time they awry covered with clouds.  Occasionally Mt. Rainer comes out in all its glory, what another spectacular sight!

Time to close – wish I had a picture of the mountains to include.












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