Archive for April, 2020


April 30, 2020

Hoping for a great day in the Big Apple.Birthday celebrations in the time of Covid.Ashlan is in the thick of the current situation. Coming and going, and having to deal with all of the issues going on with the running of restaurants. Trying to adjust to a wildly different situation, different customer demographics and service expectations, and employee situations. Business learning at a graduate level.We are very proud of her.

The Best Aunt

The Best Friend

The unauthorized Zoom in the time of COVID

Theo working to keep Ashlan safe

Happy Birthday

Food Art

April 20, 2020

1. Carl is a caregiver.

2. Carl’s care giving is normally for infant to early elementary school ages.

3. Carl has not worked in a small child care giving capacity since mid February. This statement does ignore caring for Corwin.

4. Carl has been applying artistic techniques to food for well over 30 years.

5. He is working to keep his skills fresh.

Picasso inspired Woman with Red Hair

This does not come close to all of the artwork I have devoured in the past few months.


April 15, 2020

Happy Jackie Robinson DayCarl has made it a point every year to go to a baseball game on April 15th, Jackie Robinson day. The Mariners, if they are in town, occasionally a minor league team, and high school games a few years. This year, the closest we got this year was a family group playing at the Ravenna little league field.Our lunchtime walk was to a drugstore to get aspirin, and some baseball cards. Our post work walk was to a friend’s house to, safely, pick up another baseball card, and catch up on several weeks. About 5 miles altogether. Two trees caught my eye today.The first was just a magnificent specimen.The second had very interesting shape and delicate structure.

That’s all


April 14, 2020

WFH (working from home) has allowed me to track and appreciate the neighborhood flowers on a daily basis. When I planted our bulbs last fall and many falls ago I did not think to retain any information. So what blooms is always a bit of a surprise.

From the front walk.

Nice light pink with yellow highlights

Deeper pink, and somewhat larger

Really enjoying the orange with a more open petal arrangement

The next 3 are all the same variety. They have denser petals, but never seem to get really organized for a nice presentation

We also got some new photos today.

What personality!

I know this is all over the internet now, but as a lego household, I couldn’t resist the humor.

Happy Easter morning

April 12, 2020

Apparently Easter Eggs grow on trees

Our bunny brigade

Easter Egg trees are not native to Tennessee

We will continue to physically distance today, although a walk for takeout dinner is planned, about 5 miles round trip. For the first time in a long time Carl will not be helping the Easter bunny distribute his wares. The Easter bunny may be an essential worker, but his assistants are not.

The Easter Bunny was here!

29 eggs hidden around the house to get me moving this morning

And hello from home church in Tennessee

Sunshine on My Shoulders

April 11, 2020

We took an afternoon walk today. About 4 miles and 9,000 steps. It was generally sunny, with a few clouds and about 55 degrees with a 5 to 10 mph breeze. The temperature you felt was very much dependent on whether or not you were sheltered from the breeze.We drove up to Maple Leaf, did one circuit on the 1/2 mile loop, and set off into the neighborhood. The first half was fairly flat, with some inclines. But then we encountered the hills. Up, down and around. A reasonable workout in the end.Our tree of the day.

And now I am sitting on the back deck, in a tshirt and shorts! First time this year. There is a definite edge to the warmth, but the warming sun is worth the cool edge.

And I brought Carl with me.

Tough Day at Work

April 11, 2020

In reality, the day was OK. But at the end of the work part, I was spent. The day included working on several different topics, including customers that didn’t quite understand the requirements for new water service, others needing documentation, policy discussions with my boss, the normal Covid check-in, and reviewing and responding to others work. Just drained.

So we took advantage of the relatively nice weather, and set out on a walk. We didn’t stray too far, 9 blocks east and about 10 blocks north-south, cruising up and down the streets. About 7,000 steps worth.

Tiny tulips

We included about 6 blocks of student housing that we don’t normally traverse. There were a few small groups playing some game involving a table, rock or ball, and, we assumed, beer. It was entirely possible these were living groups, and the area was much quieter than would be normal for a sunny Friday.

The tree of the day invites you to find faces and shapes.

A really interesting surface

This gathering of beings, however, was our favorite by far.

The gathering, click to zoom in

The detail is quite remarkable

In other news we put in our order for next week’s groceries. For this week we may have to venture into a store for more carrots.

Busy Day in the Neighborhood

April 6, 2020

In many ways this was a duplicate of so many other days working from home. In other ways it was a lot more interesting.

It was garbage day, and yard waste and recycle, but that comes around every week. This week, however, the first garbage truck wasn’t taking garbage away, it was delivering new garbage cans. The man took out the new can, moved the garbage from our old can into the new can, and put the old can into his truck. As the day wore on, the respective trucks made the rounds picking up their loads.

The real excitement was the replacement of the power pole in front of our neighbor’s house. The work started around 7:30, and was done a bit after 10:00.

Starting the vactor truck work to dig the hole for the new pole. They use high pressure water to disturb the dirt, and vacuum it out of the hole.

Getting ready to start work, the vacuum pipe is getting in place

Spray from the water wand, with the grey vacuum pulling dirt from the hole.

Lining up the new pole over the hole

Lowering the new pole

Filling the annular space with gravel

New pole in the ground

This project gave me an opportunity to show Carl the modern way to dig a hole. Through the entire process we never lost power, even though they lowered the service lines to the ground while changing from the old to new pole.

On the Covid front, the contractors were not wearing masks, or staying 6-feet away from each other. The City person that stopped by, did wear an N-95 mask. And the kids from across the street camped out on our sidewalk to watch from a safe distance.

Today’s noontime walk was to Whole Foods for milk and nuts. I did the store run, and sanitized as I left.

Tonight’s movie was The Professor and the Madman. We both enjoyed the movie. I know I got the book for someone, but I don’t think I had ever read it.

Flower Power

April 5, 2020

Sometime last fall I decided to refresh our front walk garden. I am happy that we did, just because there is more to look at, since we keep walking out and back by the same patch. The tulips in front are almost certainly new, along with some of the daffodils.

We passed these mini tulips down the block.

The flowers from work friends continue to flourish. I haven’t killed them off yet.

Today’s walk was quite a bit shorter, walking around the freeway. That is, we headed south, crossed over I-5, headed north, and crossed under I-5, then south home again. About 2 miles, not a bad walk. And it provided our tree of the day.

Carl pointed out that it was just a month ago we were still in Nashville, watching the Washington Covid situation start to grow. In many ways it feels like it has been several months, it is so different for all of us.

The Trudge

April 4, 2020

Our afternoon walk was to the Maple Leaf Reservoir lid. The lid is at the second highest point in Seattle. That’s why it’s a water reservoir location-all about gravity service. The destination also means it’s uphill all the way, until you head home. A trudge today. The entire route was around 4 miles, including one lap around the 1/2 mile lid. The lid path is long enough to allow for good social distancing with the others on the path.

Nice branching

I have started wearing a mask in stores last week. Thank you for the supply Pooh. Today we wore them on the walk. My vision was compromised by fog at times, but on the positive side, I was warmer when we started walking.

Doing our part, and we stimulated the economy by stopping in the grocery store on the walk home for treats. Carl did not go into the store. We limited our exposure, and I sanitized my hands when I exited.