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January 17, 2021

We managed to finish our latest jigsaw puzzle today. It was Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks. The muted colors with subtle changes in color made it very challenging. A side challenge was the manufacturer holding back 3 pieces, and giving us an extra one.

The extra piece was interchangeable with the one below.

I think the supply pressures for puzzles early in the pandemic led to a lapse in their quality control. The puzzle before this one was missing one piece.

Before the puzzle, there was a walk. The day was grey, so we looked for color.

The rest of the weekend was spent walking elsewhere, doing some work, and hanging out at the house.

Same old, same old.

The house at the end of the road

January 8, 2021

I have probably referenced the post office in some disparaging terms over the last month. Two day packages taking two weeks, or even two Months.

When I was growing up we spent summers at our family cabin. In the woods, down a one-lane private road. We didn’t have indoor plumbing (well there was a kitchen sink, and a hose bib), a telephone, television or an address. It was heaven.

There were other cabins and houses, and it was a long time before addresses were assigned, and the road named. I recall stories of packages being delivered based on a basic description of how to get there and a family name.

Carl was looking at some old mail this morning and noticed this gem. This is from 1993, so not that long ago.

1/2 Block west of Roosevelt

I do understand the Post Office has been impacted by our terrorist in chief, as well as the pandemic. So, as my daughter pointed out a few days ago, I am just happy to know the packages arrived. And all that I have been tracking, have arrived.

It has been raining on and off for several days now. The weekend may provide a reprieve, before the next 3-day deluge. It seems our snow was so 2020, a distant memory. Of course, there is evidence left of the snowman.

Does anyone else use snowman building to rake their lawn?

Lock him up, kick him out, impeach him

January 7, 2021
Bat shit crazy

Today is President Pierce’s turn in our advance to sanity calendar.

Seriously, he can’t be allowed to just stay without repercussions. Stern verbal tongue lashings are not enough. A mere slap on the wrist that will continue to enable. If not him, one of his equally self-proclaimed self-important followers.

I apologize for the tone, but I am mad and sad to the core.

On the upside, I received these awesome RBG dissent earrings from Ashlan and Allen.

Once my hair gets cut, who knows when, they might show up.

January 6, 2021

January 6, 2021

Also known as 3 King’s Day.

Of course mr corrupto tried to make it 1 King Day.

Arrest the President

Seriously. I am spitting nails mad.

A different sort of Advent Calendar

January 2, 2021

The definitions of Advent include:

  • A coming into place or view
  • Most frequently associated with the coming of Christ into the world, celebrated during the four Sundays before Christmas.

The Advent being marked in our house is celebrating the coming of a new president. This is not intended to equate, in any way, the president-elect or any president with Christ, or any religious figure. We strongly support the separation of church and state.

Our 2021 countdown has begun.

The first 20 presidents
Grant steps aside

Back to a hope for sanity. I had written back to reality, but realized that, for me, the last four years have been a reality check. I don’t think my rather idealistic outlook has been so tested since the early 70s when I found out some of my friends parents were racist. And that not everyone understood that wanton littering was bad.

On Day 19 and counting.

Happy New Year

Boxing Day

December 26, 2020

We stayed home yesterday. All day. Didn’t do more than get to the front sidewalk to rescue the newspaper from the rain. We used to have dinner at lunch, and then get out a bit in the afternoon. But with all of our family groups in earlier time zones, we spent the morning and afternoon on various calls and zooms, and had dinner at supper time.

This was followed by an evening of movies, including The Bishop’s Wife, A Christmas Carol (1951 with Allister Sim), and the start of Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte. I’m not sure this is really a Christmas movie, and we will finish it later today. Our earlier morning and now afternoon has Premiere League Soccer on the telly.

Today we knew we needed to get out to stretch our legs. First up was our chance to check out the remains of the Seven Gables Theater. There were others also bidding adieu.

The actual theater area
NE 50th Frontage
Roosevelt Ave Frontage

We headed south to the newish waterfront park on the waterway between the University and Montlake bridges. There were one or two others passing through, but we really only shared the blustery park with seagulls.

Our next goal was to head up University Way and through the farmers market. I didn’t think University Way extended to the waterfront, but I was fairly certain that 15th Avenue, the next street east, did. I don’t know how we missed it, but we didn’t get off the waterfront until we were at the east side of the University Hospital, almost to 25th Avenue NE. We were out for exercise, so not a real problem. Carl suggested my navigation skills were at fault.

We trundled through the Campus and eventually got back to University Way, the Ave.

North, and up the incline. The only real downside to heading to the waterfront is that it is uphill all the way home. We finally reached the Farmer’s Market, except it wasn’t there. I guess they get a week off, well deserved.

And so we headed home, pausing briefly to watch the kittens playing at the Paws shelter.

At home we were surprised to find our snowman finally decided to get up.

Following a 5-day nap

A good morning. 10,000 plus steps. In other metrics, Carl found 10 coins totaling 50 cents. Not a bad start for the 2021 found money effort. Every year Carl collects found money, and saves it in a container. At the end of the year he asks several local folks to guess the total. The closest to the actual total wins the filthy lucre, and it is filthy.

Audrey won 2020 with her guess of $30. ($29.71 actual count.)

2021 collection has been initiated

And it looks like our lost package has miraculously reappeared and been delivered. When I checked the tracking, we mailed it on December 11th, and it got to Denver on the 14th. That is where it languished with other fellow packages until the 24th. Finally made it to Fort Collins on the 26th. Not too late in the long run.

Christmas Day into Evening

December 25, 2020

It has been a good day. From the morning coffee to the apple pie dessert. The middle was full of talking to friends and family.

The dinner turned out quite well, if I do say so myself.

Perhaps not as good as Jane’s souffle, but it didn’t have bacon on the side.

My breakfast was very different, but so enjoyable. Persimmons from Cheryl and Tony’s garden (Becca’s parents), and my annual grapefruit. Carl’s not allowed to have grapefruit, so it isn’t something we buy.

A quite satisfactory day. We hope yours was as well.

Bits of this and that

December 24, 2020

I worked the first half of today before doing the last final errands. Last groceries forgotten and delivering Christmas to Carl’s kids. It’s a little weird calling them Carl’s kids when he hasn’t cared for them since mid-February.

Then we had our traditional walk through Candy Cane Lane, a block where all of the 23 houses decorate, since 1949. We walked from home, and it was a nice outing. Keeping the 6 foot space between walkers was a bit challenging at times, but we managed.

The center Island. Not the most picturesque part, but good enough for me.

This was followed by takeout from a Chinese restaurant. We have done this before, and it seems to be a tradition way beyond us. I don’t know where or how it started. This restaurant has been around for a long time, and apparently has a following. Old school with no restaurant based on-line ordering. I started calling at 11:30 when they opened for lunch, and got through after about 5 tries. Pickup at 6:30. We got there at 6:30, and there were 2 lines, 1 for pickup and the other for ordering (those that gave up trying to get through on the phone). Finally somebody came out and asked who was there for pickup. We won the lottery and were the next called in. The person in front of us was completing their order, for pickup at 8:30. After that they said no more new orders, I am sure there were a few waiting that were disappointed.

Dinner was delicious, and plenty of leftovers too.

The big neighborhood news today was the fire at the old, closed Seven Gables Theater, a few blocks south of us. We heard the sirens, the theater was half a block from a fire station, but there were many sirens. I looked up the fire call and figured it was most likely the theater because it was a boarded up building, likely providing shelter to some transients. The other choices for the reported intersection were the public library (horrors), a newer retail/apartment building or a small strip mall type restaurant. We could see the smoke and they ended up closing several of the streets in the area.

Watching the news I counted at least 10 fire engines. Quite the sight, and just another change to our changing neighborhood.

Our dinner is done and I think we’re ready for Christmas.

This is a bit I saw on the interwebs, but I thought I would share because it made me laugh. As we close 2020, something to think about:

1.     The dumbest thing I ever bought was a 2020 planner.
2.     I was so bored I called Jake from State Farm just to talk to someone.  He asked me what I was wearing.
3.     2019:  Stay away from negative people.  2020:  Stay away from positive people.
4.     The world has turned upside down.  Old folks are sneaking out of the house & their kids are yelling at them to stay indoors!
5.     This morning I saw a neighbor talking to her dog.  It was obvious she thought her dog understood her.  I came into my house & told my cat.  We laughed a lot.
6.     Every few days try your jeans on just to make sure they fit.  Pajamas will have you believe all is well in the kingdom.
7. Does anyone know if we can take showers yet or should we just keep washing our hands?
8. This virus has done what no woman has been able to do.  Cancel sports, shut down all bars & keep men at home!
9. I never thought the comment, “I wouldn’t touch him/her with a 6-foot pole” would become a national policy, but here we are!
10. I need to practice social-distancing from the refrigerator.
11. I hope the weather is good tomorrow for my trip to the Backyard.  I’m getting tired of the Living Room.
12. Never in a million years could I have imagined I would go up to a bank teller wearing a mask & ask for money.

Nude Snowman Reclining

December 22, 2020

It doesn’t matter that it was late, sometimes you just have to follow tradition.

Nude Snowman Reclining

A year ago or so it snowed. Carl did not go out to make a snowman. The family across the street were worried he was ill. It was really due to poor packing snow. So he went out, and they helped build his snowman.

With the artist, and a clean lawn.

It’s Beginning to Look…

December 12, 2020

We got our Christmas tree last weekend. The lot was moved, but we still got to support one of the local elementary schools. Green Lake is Ashlan’s elementary school, but now kids on our street go to MacDonald.

We brought it inside right away, but it languished in its naked state for a few days. I did keep it watered.

In Michigan the decorating has begun.

Always the most important ornament

Totally by coincidence, breakfast this morning

Back in Seattle, I finally got a few lights hung, and mantel decorations started to appear. Yesterday morning I got inspired, or was avoiding work for a few more minutes, and hung some ornaments.

Our smallish tree

Compare ours to an NYC apartment tree on the previous post, or The NYC tree.

Notice anything sparkly?

Hint, not the tree. That’s our exciting news last night. In a very dark Central Park Allen asked Ashlan, and she said yes. Pretty exciting.

Allen had asked us and others to provide a short video of our reaction to the idea. Here is ours

We approve! Theo is their cat
Almost real time reaction

There was video footage, but it is a dark place, so excuse the video quality.

She said Yes

Just for fun. The backstory is that Ashlan wouldn’t stop work early…

The fun part
Sharing with Grandma Doris through her handiwork

And a Happy Birthday to Becca too. What a great day