Archive for November, 2017

Holiday Season has begun 

November 28, 2017

We shared Thanksgiving with Anne and Dennis of Portland film studies fame. Dennis was the primary cook, and jambalaya the main course. Fear not, we had a turkey breast and squash on Saturday. 

We also managed a long walk on every day of the holiday weekend. One of the walks started our shopping off as well. [Do socks and underwear count as Holiday shopping?] 

Winter trees can be intriguing, with their skeletons showing. These seem to have gone a bit far.

Then it was back to work. That never really seems to slow down. 

Tonight we are out at a show.

Perhaps an update at intermission. 

The lead character actress, Louise, is being played by Lorna Luft. I’m dreaming of a white Christmas… Who knew so many songs we grew up with are from this show. 

Weekly Mish Mash

November 19, 2017

There were multiple blog posts started but not completed through the past week. Here is a compiled sampling. They may not make much sense.

You know you’re getting older when finding your roots becomes more difficult because you just can’t remember some of the stories told to you over the years. And you know what to bring to unplanned visits to the doctor’s office. (Reading material, food, coffee) But still have to make a second trip home for more.

Weather report early week. Not unusual for this time of year, just with some extremes. Today’s version is mixed with sun, rain and leaves. Individually, in pairs and all at one time.  

I put the garbage can out this morning, and wondered whether I should, or just hold it back by the house for another week. The can was only half full, and not very heavy. But I snuggled it up next to the big yard waste cart and headed off to work. Driving home I could see it was general garbage can mayhem around the neighborhood. 

At our house both the garbage can and yard waste cart were missing from the curb. Since it was very unlikely the yard waste cart would travel far I figured our neighbor had pulled them back to the side of the house. I was partially correct – the yard waste cart and garbage can lid were there, but no garbage can. I looked around the yard and street. No can. So I went inside to take care of my chores of the moment. When those were finished I left the house, and there was the wayward can, rolling in circles in the street. I have never figured out where it was hiding in the interim.

The challenge over the next few days was combining the Google map traffic information with the City Light powee outage map to plot a course through town with lighter traffic and working traffic signals. 

The whole weather bit was written a few days ago, but it might work for today as well, and so perhaps it was a good idea to put the garbage can out. 

As the week wound down we had assembled a grocery list. It was focused on items involved with thanksgiving dinner. So not immediate needs, but might be better to get them before the big rush. Since it was not raining and the list was not huge, we decided to walk the mile to the grocery store.  We took a slightly longer, but usually quieter route. A one block different choice. 

As we rounded the corner we could hear and see a man railing on about something and directing his ire at a small parked pickup truck. As we passed, on the other side of the street he succeeded in breaking a window out, I think with his arm. 

We continued, but did pull out the phone and dial 911. And kept walking. As our paths crossed another woman with a stroller said others had called too. We went one block further and Carl said it looked like the man was following us. So we turned the corner. And so did he. We headed for the busier street we had initially avoided, and picked up the pace, all the while giving information to 911. Instead of turning back towards our house we headed towards businesses, and with him still behind us entered a restaurant. We alerted the manager who locked the door as the man arrived and stood there looking in. 

He then proceeded north. We stayed for a bit, asking other arriving patrons about his potential whereabouts, and finally headed home. The police did stop by for a brief chat. We don’t know why the man focused on us. Was I perceived to be the woman he was yelling about, or he saw we made a call? It was dark and I think it was an irrational moment fueled by who knows what. 

And we still have to do our shopping. 

On the plus side we did try a new recipe, for us, last night. Roasted delicata squash with madras lentils and parmesan cheese. Tasty and the most difficult bit was cutting the squash in half. 


November 7, 2017

That number has come up a few times this year. The oldest child reached that age, rather unimaginable. The temperature dipped that low a few days ago, brrrrr. And yesterday marked 30 years at my most recent job.

Does that mean I can stop listing pizza cook in 1976 on my resume?

In addition to the lovely certificate, suitable for framing, there is a gift certificate. 

And we’re back on the job in the morning. Focused on making it to 35.

Speaking of work. I wish we would have a bring your kids to work day again. I would have Carl bring Dean. Backhoe digger and big valve. He would love it. 

Nice to Nasty

November 5, 2017

Making costumes for Halloween in Seattle is always interesting, because you really need to think of the waterproof considerations. 2017 was the first Halloween since 2006 where it did not rain. And we had more trick-or-treaters than we have had in a while. Not an immense number, but enough to keep us entertained as we watched Game 6 of the World Series. And the kids were entertained when a spider hanging out below our porch light caught and then wrapped up a moth.


And it was an entertaining World Series. Kudos to Houston. Many may have felt that Game 7 was a bit of a let-down for excitement, but I am sure the Houston fans were happy for a game that was not quite so exciting.

And the next day (Thursday) the Seattle Sounders were playing to stay in the MSL playoffs. We did not attend, choosing to not tempt the weather gods, who did make the fans manage with a cold rain and temps in the 30s. Success against the Vancouver Whitecaps. Games today will determine their next opponent, although that game won’t occur for a few weeks. [Countries that are still in the World Cup hunt will have games in the interval. Not the USA however.]


And following that it snowed on Friday. Most of the day at work, although none stuck to the roads.20171103_081336

Saturday was equally cold, but there was a morning respite from precipitation. We took full advantage for a bundled up walk to and around Green Lake. (It was really a shopping trip, but that was only before the last of the five or so miles.) The Bubble Man was out at Green Lake on a pier. It was an absolutely lovely display.

My favorite for sereneness (I should make this a screen saver).20171104_114849

Bubble Man at work.20171104_114910

A slight breeze blew these directly towards us.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.