Archive for June, 2019

Ebey’s Landing

June 26, 2019

We got out of Seattle today, and onto the island. Whidbey Island.

Our destination was Ebey’s Landing prairie ridge. Aimee lead our party of five. The hike started across a field, transitioning to a path along a high bluff overlooking the Sound. We followed this path for more than a mile, and then down some switchbacks to the beach. Back along the beach until we reached the Landing area and then back up to the field and back to the car.

The vistas were beautiful. The jets from Whidbey Island Naval Air Station were numerous and noisy.

An eagle was spotted in a snag. I know the limits of my phone, but snapped a pic anyway.

Here is the real deal, taken by Mark with a real camera.

Nobody was voted off, but we did part company after the hike, heading to our respective ferries.


June 25, 2019

What is missing?

The viaduct!

It is still in the process of being torn down. But boy has it changed the view from the waterfront.

We came down for a walk when they started the demolition, but that was just a small taste of what they have accomplished now. And it was quieter, even with the continuing tear down activity.

The occasion was touristing with a sister and brother-in-law. The Pike Street Market, Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, Aquarium and several other sites along the way. We took transit all day to avoid traffic and most of all, parking.

I am stealing a picture from said brother-in-law for a family photo.

This is actually yesterday, with Aimee and Mary Beth after dinner out at the Magnuson Brewery. The food was good, the beer better, the weather was grand, although Mary Beth and I got doused by some glasses of water that didn’t quite make the table. This was followed by some desserts at Aimee and MB’s place, including home made sesame balls. I had to hold myself back from clearing the plate.

Tomorrow we’re off on another adventure.

Film at 11

June 23, 2019

That should be films on the 29th.The annual backyard baseball film festival is scheduled for next Saturday. With a venue change, to our backyard.The program is curated by our friend, fellow Kingdome curmudgeon and film archivist, Dennis Nyback. This year’s program includes films from the 1940s through the 1980s.So we had to figure out what they could be projected against.Another friend to the rescue, as time is getting shorter. While we were out wandering around the city, celebrating the summer of ’69 with the Seattle Pilots

and Seattle Men’s Chorus,

Jim showed up with some wood and tools to create a screen frame. All it needs is a sheet, and we’re good to go.And no rain.

1 Year

June 18, 2019

It’s Carl’s one year heartiversity!

That is one year of becoming bionic or cyborg or something slightly better than before.

That’s Turkey meatloaf, in case you’re wondering.

Can you spot today’s theme?

Only one year ago. Sometimes it seems much longer.

Here’s to many more heartiversitys.

June 13, 2019

West Side Story was our show this week. It was true to the original songs and choreography. If only I could have seen the entire stage. About 1/3 was blocked by the tall person in front of me. Usually I can find a view corridor, but not this time. And it was well attended, so shifting wasn’t an option either.

Temperatures have been rising as well. It was 95 at work when I left yesterday. Only 90 at home. The rest of the week is predicted to be nice, in the 70s.

I am not in the habit of watering, yet. This morning I watered the chives and a few other selected plants. I didn’t have time for the raspberries, and assigned them to Carl.

Carl has been doing a lot of yard work, weeding and pruning (hacking). Maybe the lawn today.



So the garlic experiment is still a bit of a mystery to me. Some new plant parts appeared (grew), so perhaps my expected timing of the harvest was way off. But they are in the way of my tomatoes.

Hard to tell the new bit from this picture. Like a flower.


June 9, 2019

Nice day for a walk, so we put together a short list of errands together and set out.

Home to U Village to Metropolitan Market to Ravenna Park to home. About five miles in all, with lots of ups and downs. Toner, chicken and cherries.

And a few trees or at least trunks of note.

Who knew gnomes and dinosaurs coexisted?

This was a huge street tree. I wonder if the original planting envisioned the trunk extending from curb to sidewalk.

Lovely day.


June 8, 2019

An odd theme for a Saturday, but sometimes it just happens that way.I was undertaking the weekly ritual of refilling the pill tray when I realized that the blood thinner was out. I actually knew this, and had reordered last week. But the refill had not arrived! So now there will be a trip to the pharmacy…On the other side, I am donating a pint of the thicker stuff today. It’s been a while, and I think the last time I tried they turned me down. But today they are taking a pint.Really I do this for a valid excuse to not have to do yard work this afternoon.Later this afternoon Carl has a baseball game. It looks like the weather will cooperate for a nice time.

HB day

June 6, 2019

To one of the lights of my life.

Baseball, Amateur Style

June 3, 2019

No, not the Mariners. They’re too young. These are over 60 folks. Many are professionals, just not in baseball.

And the season is finally underway.

Carl pitched the middle 3 innings, and I think he pitched well.

In the end their team lost, but playing is the point.

Last year Carl played just one game before the doctors shelved the season in favor of open heart surgery. This year we are going for ice baths instead.

The first game was Friday night. Their next game is Monday night, so we’ll see how he does.

And … it’s Monday night. Carl is busy keeping score, and there have been many hits to tally. I heard a rumor he might be pitching in a bit.

Color Red

June 2, 2019

We are in recovery mode from a lovely, but short, trip to Colorado. The focus of the trip was getting together with people we don’t see frequently.

This started off with an airport rendezvous, and we all, Becca, Rey, Ashlan, Carl and myself, left said airport together.

We immediately moved into a bonus round. My sister and her husband were in Boulder for a few days. So we stopped to have lunch. I used to live in Boulder, but barely recognized anything. There was a Safeway that I used to walk to, but my path was now filled with an office building. We did not explore further to find my basement apartment.

Lunch and tea was held at the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse. It was lovely. The building was shipped from a sister city in Tajikistan, and reconstructed here. Please excuse my few excuses of pictures, they don’t really capture the beauty.

Teahouse ceiling

Sorry, no pictures of the bonus folks, but I have purloined a picture of the immediate family taken by Mark, the photographer extraordinaire.

Next up was the fun Fort and our seat of operations for the next few days.

Again, being with family is our focus.

Three generations

We took a drive up to Horsetooth Reservoir.

And down into town.

Because it is baseball season, we had to fit in a Rockies game.

Coors Field pre-game

An original staff member with original uniform patch

Mr. Beard (yes, really)

Colorado is usually dry. But of course, it started raining in the 3rd or 4th inning. We moved up under cover and the game continued. The Rockies prevailed and we skedaddled to a shuttle that delivered us close to our parking spot.

A weather side note. When we rented the car the rental agent pressured us to at least get the liability insurance that would cover hail damage. The joke became me always scouting for cover where I could move the car if it started hailing. My little brown Honda had hail dents from my time living in Colorado, so they are a real thing. While we were in Fort Collins there was a substantial hail storm in Denver. But we dodged a bullet and the hail this trip.

The next day started at Snooze, a breakfast eatery.

Then it was on to the Denver Art Museum. I enjoyed their mixture of modern and older.

The final outing, after a tasty Thai lunch, was City Park. We walked around, one mile high,

dodged geese

and hung out at a water spray park. The highlight was watching a toddler chasing the water spouts. He stayed dry for longer than you would expect, probably because he kept moving towards where the water had been. Even when he was finally doused, he did not get visibly upset.

The car rental return was incredibly quick. They must be schooled in checking for hail damage. We were whisked to DIA, where we hung out waiting for our respective flights. One last round of hugs and we were off for home.

This was a good trip. Catching up with family, spending a bit of time together.