Will Work for Food

June 14, 2018

Work on the raspberries has devolved into watering. But it looks as though we will get fruit from the tangled web.

My modest garden is a profusion of green. Not sure how this is going to turn out. Seems rather crowded.

Some tomatoes starting to take shape.

Mini strawberries anyone? I never did get the full size variety in. Maybe in the fall.

And it looks like I will have Carl wandering around the house for another weekend. His date with the doc was postponed until Monday. Apparently there were a few sicker folks around.

Daily doses

June 13, 2018

What with appointments and Carl generally feeling poorly, we have missed part or all of several mariner games. And they are playing entertaining baseball.

Today was par for the course. Morning doctor appointments and tests, and off to the game. We lasted a bit more than 5 innings. (Frances stopped by, a past ticket rep, now moved up the chain)

The game was tied 4-4 as we exited the stadium. It ebbed and flowed, with the Mariners falling behind and then tying it up again. Until Mitch Hanniger hit a game-winning walk-off home run. (By our rules we get a no-decision for the game. )

It’s amazing that the Mariners are 20 games over .500. What’s even more interesting is that the Mariners are 11-0 in games that Carl missed or left early. Not sure they will let him see a complete game again.


June 11, 2018

The good news is that our hospital has a tv package that includes the Mariners coverage.

They also get the local channel that will carry some World Cup games.

We are just here for a few hours today, but later this week it will be for several days.

In between we are trying to squeeze in a bit of normalcy. For me that means work. For Carl, trying not to work. Not even doing the dishes. I knew about diet restrictions before surgery, but chore restrictions? (Although this is due to a catheter hole in his wrist, rather than abilities.)

The other half

June 10, 2018

Work kept me late on Monday. The normal Board meeting, until 6 or so. Then the unusual offsite meeting with a congenial group of neighbors considering whether to join the public water system or stay on their private 10 lot system. About 9 my colleague and I exited the house. Across the private drive an eagle suddenly landed on the grass, harassed by crows. As it took off, it appeared to drop something. And here it is, the butt end of a fish!

I wonder who will finish this delicacy? Eagle, crows of a wandering dog.

And we went to see The Hunchback of Notre Dame. They used the Disney songs, but I read that the play differed considerably from the movie, and was closer to the book. For one thing, the actor playing Quasimodo was deaf. While he did speak, he signed the songs, accompanied by a gargoyle who sang. It was a good show.

I had never seen the Disney movie, and Carl said he had, but thought it was too dark to watch again with the kids (pre-schoolers).

June 4, 2018

A little baseball, a little soccer, filling in forms, and blowing my nose.

That about sums up my weekend.

The Mariners are winning more than losing, so that’s good. And they held a pre-game photo session for season ticket holders, that was well run, and fun. No autographs were allowed, so that removed one element that can be sort of pushy. Instead the players just made their way around the stadium warning track, chatting and posing for pictures. What the Mariners did right was have the players start at different locations so nobody was at the beginning or end of the line.

Julio Cruz, an original Mariner who pointed out he still fit his uniform.

Two coaches Carl talks with a lot.

Heredia, an outfielder

Edgar Martinez (future hall-of-famer)

The moose

Soccer, even an action shot. The player in red is Parker. A friend from Eugene up for a showcase tournament. He played 4 games in two days, scoring 2 goals along the way.

The rest of the weekend was much more mundane. Trying to remember medical histories and weeding. An interesting choice of chores.

And I seem to have picked up a cold. Hopefully short lived. Of course I have a neighborhood meeting tonight … where I will hopefully have a voice and limited coughing.

A flyover, maybe, from Memorial day, if it works

Saturday Night Lights

May 27, 2018

We went to the Mariners game tonight. But did not sit in our regular seats. We tried a different point of view for the evening. It was fun, especially after the very tall folks in front of us left, and I no longer had to sit on extra clothes to see.

The game went 12 innings. After 9 we returned to our normal seating area so we could snag a ride home.

They showed a between inning clip of “Who made the catch?” The clip shows a play where the ball goes into the crowd and they highlight 3 or 4 fans, and you guess who catches the ball. And one of the clips they used was Carl catching a home run. The regulars were all looking around trying to find Carl, and a few found him in the back row, rather than the front. It was fun. More so because the game winning home run was hit soon after.

The prior paragraphs were written largely on the way home from the game. Another day has come and gone.

Brief Sunday update.

Slept in.

Read the newspaper.

Weeded and watered.

Walked to and from the grocery store.

Made a dinner with yogurt marinated baked chicken in a wrap with a yogurt/cilantro/cucumber/tomato sauce. Pretty tasty.

Tomorrow it’s supposed to be a bit cooler, and we are heading back to the ballpark.

Mish Mash

May 25, 2018

Neighborhood changes continue.

This was Dantes, a bar around for many, many years. And a small repair garage. There was a fire in Dantes a few years ago. It did not destroy the building, and the owners initially declared they would repair and reopen. I don’t think I ever really believed that would happen. The fire more likely provided the answer to the question of WHEN they would tear down and rebuild into a 5-7 story apartment building with retail on the bottom, like every other 2 story or less building in our commercial area.

This is sometimes how work feels lately. Aggressively trying to finish something. Anything. But thwarted from what you can visualize by a force field you can’t control.

And now for the elephant in the room. We learned that Carl has to have a major surgery. Probably in late July. It is currently consuming thoughts, energy and planning.

I will work for food

May 17, 2018

My mother has the gardening gene. Me, not so much. I have killed off every indoor plant we had. We manage the outdoor areas, barely. When we had to replace our backyard, following its use as a staging area for the remodel, we just kept saying, “low maintenance!”

Except for plants that provide things to eat.

The raspberry patch was here before we were, and we have developed a routine that provides a good crop each year. Usually peaking when we go on vacation. The landscaper put in some mini-strawberries that are really sweet, but not very filling. I finally got a few raised beds built and planted.

Four of the five zucchini hills appear to be sprouting. And the bush peas are also showing themselves. One of the tomato plants has flowers, the other none. Perhaps I should replace the slow to produce plant.

The new azalea/rhodedendron is demanding water everyday. I am obliging for now. (Note the cala lily that won’t be killed, regardless of any thing we do.)

Chores that have not been done. Trimming a huge hedge. Getting some regular strawberries to plant. Weeding, weeding, weeding.

Beautiful Day

May 14, 2018

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers out there.

The start of my day.

The rest included conversations with family flung far and wide. And a nice long walk. Around 8 to 10 miles with lunch thrown in.

This followed a 5 mile jaunt yesterday morning.

I thank Carl for keeping me moving.

The Saturday walk had an initial destination for a talk on an Antarctic fossil collecting trip. Very interesting.

An Actual Weekend

May 7, 2018

I didn’t do any work work this weekend. Only work around the house, with some walking and watching thrown in.

It tried to start Friday morning, with great plans to get some shopping done Friday night. That did not happen. I was exhausted after work, so I went home, ate, a little viewing and into bed. Friday’s shopping became Saturday morning chores. Two tomato plants, Tupperware type containers, crackers, socks and a pair of shorts. Planted said tomatoes and some vegetable seeds.

And it was still morning! So we set off on foot. The initial destination was opening day of the boating season. There are crew races and a boat parade through the Montlake Cut. We had missed the races, but saw boats of all sizes heading through the Cut and on to the route that follows a trail between even more boats tied up to log booms.

After lingering here it was time to get on the light rail and head downtown. Baseball and all …

Carl just had to try to recreate Paxton’s eagle adventure from opening day in Minnesota. (Google Paxton and the eagle)

We sat high in the upper deck with the Garfield baseball team supporters. The day had been nice, but some clouds arrived, complete with rain. Luckily our seats were just under cover. Safeco’s moveable roof did not start moving until after an inning of rain.


he Mariners won in dramatic fashion and we snagged a ride home.

Sunday started similarly. I tried to get an azalea and ended up with a rhodedendron. But I planted it anyway. Did a little more futzing around with the vegetables and headed off to the light rail station. [This is a nice 2 mile walk, including walking through the UW campus. ]

The Mariners game was another game, but the first sunny afternoon game of the year, and it was warm. (Reason for needing shorts that fit.) The Mariners lost, we left a bit early, and both gave up doing any meaningful work once we got home.