February 16, 2020

There is twilight during the morning and evening drives.

February showers will bring flowers.

The lilies were planted last year to brighten the spring. They are lovely, but we have barely seen them since time in the backyard has been limited by the continuous rain of January into February.

I did manage a raspberry pruning yesterday. And Carl picked about 400 spruce cones out of the backyard today.

Cuteness among the produce.

And in view of equal time for our two kids kids.

Happy Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2020

Carl and I kissed this morning and went our separate ways. Work and all that stuff.

We will reconvene tonight, and see what happens. We have no specific plans. Maybe we’ll walk, but it could be dark and wet, so maybe stay home.

This is not a holiday where we spend a lot of energy. When the kids were young, and valentines for all of their classmates was de rigueur, the “holiday” would not sneak up. With that said, we both remember one of the best presentations I provided one year long ago.

A square of treasure cave blue cheese, flat on the plate turned 45 degrees. A slice of braunscheiger, cut in half, and place each half circle next to adjacent sides of the blue cheese. Surround the resulting heart with crackers.

I don’t have any pictures, and the last time I looked I could not find Treasure Cave.

We do have some bacon, so maybe a festive BLT. I will share a picture or two from yesterday, as we celebrated Jane’s birthday from afar.

And a few new Corwin sightings


February 3, 2020

When a picture just won’t add, you go to extremes

A Break in Precipitation

February 1, 2020

Tomorrow we will spend most of the day at home. Today we left about 9 am, and didn’t return until after 5 pm.Our first stop was on the UW campus for a memorial service. A friend’s wife, who died unexpectedly before Christmas. We did not know her well, but wanted to support her husband, whom we do know well. Trying to put understand what her husband is going through is almost impossible to concieve. Tears and joy at the memories shared, of the lives she enriched. Carl and I have each tried to imagine life without the other. Not good for either one. We each see major deficits that are filled by the other.At the conclusion we didn’t really want to go home, so we set off to walk and talk instead. Several miles later we were on top of Capitol Hill. And we did climb the hill. A little urban mountaineering. No long incline, this was a long hill.We lunched at the Rhine Haus. It hit the spot after our trek, and allowed us to pass some time waiting for the second event of the day.The Seattle Women’s Chorus concert, including a set by the acappella group, Acappella Joy. The focus of the concert was voting rights, and human rights. I find myself despairing of the current goings on in our country on so many fronts. But we just keep moving forward as best we can, putting one foot in front of the other.7.5 miles for the day, according to my tracker. And it didn’t rain on us until the very end, and that was barely noticeable. This is after a week of rain. Not showers or drizzle or mist, RAIN. And wind for the last few days. We consider this a major win. And, yes, it is raining again.And now for what we are thankful.

Should be 4 pictures

The 49ers

January 26, 2020

We were invited to a 49ers party last night. Nothing to do with football, although baseball was discussed here and there. It was, instead, to fete 3 folks that recently turned 70. The 49ers. Holding the party in 2019 just didn’t work out, so 70 plus a bit.

The party was held in a sweet common room of the age-restricted apartment where one of the honorees lives. They provided a main dish, and others brought sides (especially beer and wine).

One of the sides was especially inviting, a charcuterie. A platter with crackers, cheeses, salamis, olives, and other assorted foods. It reminded me of smakerel lunches my parents would make. Always a favorite, but with a fancier or at least, harder to spell name. Since our family was rather fond of the Winnie the Pooh books, I am thinking our term is from that source.

Nearly eleven o’clock,” said Pooh happily. “You’re just in time for a little smackerel of something.”

I guess we don’t party late that much. We did stay up past our bedtime, but didn’t drink too much. This morning I feel like doing a lot of nothing while I gather myself. It appeared it might be nice enough for a walk. The moments of sun are still somewhat limited, and I don’t feel like working to stay warm.

Plus, there is a project that needs attention. It is in the figuring out how to make it work before completely diving in. Currently on the second trial. Must get the how down! There is a potential requirement for additional tools.


January 23, 2020

Not quite the impact of turning over with the analogue odometers, and not an even 6 digit point, but after 200,000 I think we can celebrate the smaller victories.

This was the reading as I parked at work this morning.

Work is also speeding forward with new technology and “smart” systems. Last year we completed addition of 18,000+ smart water meters, and customers can now look at their water usage in hourly increments. How long was that shower? Yesterday we started the upgrade of our Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) and today the new telephone system goes live. This means everyone is learning new nuances at light speed.

In the end it will be better!

I do remember when I was so proud that I could do a few tasks in dos. Anyone remember, File, transfer, open in Word early versions.

And on a personal learning curve, I figured out a new thing in Access (database software) that should ve helpful to me. I tend to use my databases over periods of years, so it wasn’t until I set about revamping a process I have used since 2005 that I discovered some new functionality in the 2016 version of the software.

Okay. Enough of this, but it is all on my mind this morning. And now to get trained on how to successfully answer the telephone.

Weekend Fun

January 19, 2020

The snow has abated, and the rains have returned. It did hit 50 degrees both weekend days, but the lower portion of the snowman remains.Spring is springing. Note the daffodils testing the air.We spent some time watching a Eugene friend play soccer in a local tournament. This is a tournament where college coaches can check out talent from a wide area. Our friend’s team won their first two games.

This is an action shot. I highlighted the ball since my phone does not possess action shot capabilities

There is one more game tonight, against the top ranked team in their division, but we are going to skip this one for the warmth of our living room. If they win tonight, or did well enough in the first two games, they will play on Monday. I will be working, and not have the opportunity to attend. We did make use of the Saturday game for a halftime stroll. Not every trail has signs like this!Thanks to Pooh for the M Peach Mint hat.

The “M” is on the top tier.

And the latest Corwin pic.

Snow Day 5

January 16, 2020

Yesterday afternoon it was blowing and snowing at work. A bit in Seattle as well, with a brief accumulation of slush on the front steps when I arrived home.

This morning, not so much.

I think my shoe choice for work will be shoes, instead of boots, for the first time this week.

Rising temperatures mean that in town precipitation is more likely to be rain. I don’t think we will declare victory until we see the 50s.

Snow Day 4

January 15, 2020

I will need to wait until we get to work for new snow pictures. The much anticipated overnight snow storm materialized noth of Seattle. After 2 days with snow and late starts, Seattle Public Schools canceled school last night, and no snow…

I had prepared to work from home, bringing my work computer, a few files and even spent time copying some digital files to the work computer hard drive, since the predicted high winds would likely result in power outages at work. Work has a generator, but someone would have to turn on my computer each time the power switched from live to generator and back again.

So I am carpooling with the Seattle engineering contingent for the third day this week. From the news this morning it does appear there were a few new inches at work. And more storms in the forecast, although rain may be the form of precipitation.

Snow Day 3

January 14, 2020

Still snowing. Actually not at this moment, but overnight again. Accumulations are small at home, with promises of more to come. The change today is colder temperatures. I shoveled and swept the front walk this morning, until my fingers got numb. I only had thin driving gloves.

Yesterday, mid day.


Carl’s morning snowmen are so ubiquitous that a neighbor inquired whether he was feeling OK when there wasn’t one in the front yard by the time everyone was up. So, he went outside and was joined by several kids and their parents, creating this storm’s version.

Honestly, the snow is not great packing snow, so they did pretty well.

Carl took advantage of the midday lull in snow and took the Prius in for its every 5000 mile wellness visit. The appointment is today, but driving and busing (home) is more pleasant when it is lighter out. Notice I didn’t say sunny. At 210,000 miles the car is still running well. But we’ll hear later what conditions have popped up. And hopefully Carl will be able to reverse the bus to car to home route, during today’s lull between snow.