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Monday, February 18, 2019

Monday in the Northwest

Seattle is bustling and even on a rainy winter day, gleams with glass and chrome. We drove up to Edmonds today for brunch, and I had a 'louie' salad with shrimp and dungeness crab. Saturday, arriving around noon, my daughter took me to a Lebanese place for lunch. It was delicious! Then yesterday's dinner was at an exceptional Taiwanese dumpling restaurant. I love how my kids are food-adventurous and know where the good eating is to be found! Kids of all ages are everywhere. Not just today being... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Seattle Sunday

The sunshine comes and goes, and mostly the Seattle area is typically winter grey and damp. The a-typical snowfall is mostly gone by now after several days of above-freezing, and gentle rains. Like everywhere else, it is more and more difficult to predict the weather. There are two dogs in this household, a small-in-size but not in spirit Lancashire healer who can rightly be called elderly, nearly 14 years old, and a tall, lanky cross around 10 years old between, perhaps, german shepherd and... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, February 15, 2019


A couple of new shots of Embers--this link takes you to her own album where you can see how she has filled out since coming to live here three years ago. And here in my photostream are a few shots taken in the fading sunset tonight... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

My Dvergr Valentine

Dvergr... It's a word that speaks of one who lives in the shadows, on the fringes of society, always there, seldom seen. I have always lived on the verge of convention, even on the edge of non-conformity. It has been a choice, a value picked up in childhood but not truly embraced until recently. That choice, like all choices, comes with costs. It comes with consequences. Any part of me that values membership in a coterie of friends, has felt the apartness, the uncertainty of being wanted or... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

for a laugh

Found among comments in Facebook: Well to be perfectly honest, in my humble opinion, of course without offending anyone who thinks differently from my point of view, but also by looking into this matter in a different perspective and without being condemning of one's view's and by trying to make it objectified, and by considering each and every one's valid opinion, I honestly believe that I completely forgot what I was going to say. But I do love bacon! Sign in to see full entry.

lyophilizing continues...

This morning I put in a load of mixed sweet onion and peppers--yellow and orange--and some huge grapes sliced in half, some sugar snap peas, and a pan of beaten raw eggs. The grapes are iffy--high sugar content. But slicing them open gives them a chance. The skin is designed to protect the insides from stuff like this, also a problem with blueberries, but those little guys are more of a problem to slice. I read that highly flavored foods should go at the top of the machine, but that... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019


So that's the proper term for 'freeze-drying.' Which makes the device a 'lyophilzer' or maybe a 'lyophilator' if you want to take it in a steampunk direction... or are thinking of dinosaurs. Whatever you call it, we have now lyophilized a variety of 8 fruits, 7 vegies, and 22 meats. That's counting the packets, some of which are single serving sized, some are double servings, so that's a good week's supply of emergency or travel food. Next batch is going in later today. It will be strips of red,... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Suddenly, Seattle!

Saturday I will be flying out to Seattle for a week, to hang out with my daughter and her daughter while husband/daddy is away. I found a reasonably good fare yesterday, and went for it, and it said something about my trip 'in six days.' Wow, I rarely get a ticket so close to the actual trip! It startled me into getting started on my packing. It will be simpler as United now offers basic economy fares. This means not even a carry-on other than the one personal item to stuff under the seat in... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

And it's Sunday again...

I am sitting here watching a series called World War II in Colour which has colorized hours of archival footage of World War II. It is quite comprehensive, and should be watched by current generation who aren't even sure this happened. Meanwhile, on the home front, we have just packaged up another load of freeze-dried foods for future use. This time it's spiral-cut butternut squash, cauliflower, sliced turkey and sliced chicken/apple sausages. The next batch will be mushroom risotto, japanese... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Only Thursday...?

...And now, it's cold again. 0 F with a wind chill to make it feel like -12. It may get into the 20s today, and then the temps will slowly begin to rise over the next week. It seems that 40s are the new 60s. Yesterday was near 60 during the day, and the doves are confused. On warm days, I hear that frisky male who-hooing away, and yesterday I spotted one of the doves on the nest on the light fixture on the deck--where they have raised 3 broods in the past couple of years. (If you want to see the... Sign in to see full entry.

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