Archive for May, 2018

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.

More seconds of fame

May 3, 2018

Warning. Baseball heavy blog.

Yesterday Paxton pitched a great game and our EH cards got several looks during the game.

As it turns out, it was also Ichiro’s last game as a Mariner player this year. He is transitioning to front office duties. Carl dug out a sign he made for ichiro’s last game the first time he was a Mariner. I think the date on the sign is October 3, 2010. (Pack rat? It is a homemade sign.) The sign celebrated his 10 seasons with at least 200 hits in a row.

And it was picked up by the local mlb coverage. (Picture courtesy of our seatmate who was taking the night off from the ballpark.)

And the Mariners won, in rather efficient style. [This means we get home before it is too late.]

Interesting expressions. Carl is keeping score. I am trying to keep warm (sitting on my hands). Kevin is … I don’t know what he’s thinking about.


May 3, 2018

Going back to Tuesday and the Mohai exhibit. I’m not really sure what the neon is from. The next picture is Quincy Jones visiting his and the kid’s alma mater, Garfield High School.

And since we were in South Lake Union, a picture of south Lake Union.

Yesterday was our first in-person Mariner game in a while. They lost.😐, but it was still a fun game. The pitcher, Paxton, a Canadian, struck out 16 batters. Our group puts up “EH” cards for each strikeout. (Rhymes with “K”, Canadian, it’s a joke) He kept us busy!

A late Birthday Wish

May 2, 2018

Sometimes life just gets too busy to take care of niceties, like wishing your daughter happy birthday.

On the other hand, by waiting a day I got some pictures to share.

Allen prepared a 5 course meal for the birthday girl.

Our present arrived and fits their huge tub!

May Day in Seattle

May 1, 2018

I am sitting in the sun, next to the boat pond at Mohai in South Lake Union.

The idyllic setting is only slightly interrupted by the sound of helicopters keeping tabs on the demonstrations going on several blocks to the south. They normally start out peacefully, but can morph. There is usually a group of anarchists organized to create problems and break windows. I am hoping for the best.

I bused in from work. Carl, on the other hand, chose to go to the Mariners batting practice and then drive north to meet me. This requires traversing the area of the demonstrations. I believe he is trying to go over the problem areas (on the viaduct).

If he takes too long I will go to the museum. Spoke too soon, he is arriving.

The photos of Al Smith is the display we are here to see.

And then there is the continued development to watch. And into the show.