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Sunday, August 6, 2017

The hunt is on!

The Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World has ever seen has begun! The list of challenges came out yesterday, over 200 things to do over the next week, and right away I claimed several for myself, and the ideas began to flow... Then I went shopping for ingredients, and saw some inspiring things that made me forget the specifics of one of the challenges: to make bread or cookies in the form of something I would never ever eat. I brought home several items from the deli bar--for... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, August 4, 2017

I was sad...

when it looked like the recharger for my camera was missing just when the camera was going powerless. For several days, I was sad, trying every recharger cord in reach, none of them fitting that little hole, rectangular with shoulders, of this camera. Some were too big, some were too small. Then, yesterday I spotted one right here on the shelf beside where I sit with my laptop, and the little connector looked Just Right. It has the wide USB port connecter designed to plug into a computer, and... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

movie day

Back when Charlie was in college here in the Springs and I was back in Olympia, when he came home for vacations or visits, we would have Movie Day to catch up on all the movies we wanted to watch together. We would go to two or three or even four movies in a row, going to a couple of different theaters to see the ones we wanted, sometimes with dinner or lunch or both in between the films. Yesterday we had a two-movie Movie Day. We went to see DUNKIRK and WAR FOR PLANET OF THE APES. I am very... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

What do people care about?

On Facebook today, someone posted a thing asking us to make a simple statement without explanation or detail of something we believe that is generally an unpopular opinion, then to respond to others' statements with nothing but Agree or Disagree. Many people, it turns out, have opinions regarding pineapple on pizza (so far, 11 'agrees' to 8 'disagrees'), and fewer care whether Dobby the House Elf was the most annoying character in the Harry Potter movies(three agrees). To my statement that... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Another opening, another show... or maybe not.

It wasn't the opening, actually, but a final dress rehearsal with an invited audience: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING set in the Old West instead of Italy's Renaissance. Nothing like live theater! Nothing like live theater in a tent! Nothing like live theater in a tent during the season of almost daily and nightly thunderstorms! When the rain began to pelt the canvas so hard the actors could not be heard, a pause was called. After about 20 minutes, the show was called for the night and umbrella escorts... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

It seemed like such a pretty little thing...

I have been watching this one plant grow in one of my pots on the porch, admiring it's pretty yellow flower... until now. Looking closely, it has spines along the stem and produces a mean-looking burr. Turns out it is a thing called buffalo burr, among other names and is an opportunistic and highly prolific member of the nightshade family. In several states it is listed as a noxious, invasive weed. It is, however, no match for a gardener with tough gloves and access to a food-disposal. Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, July 22, 2017


The weather forecast this week suggests that we will not, through the whole week, achieve 90 F, and that is fine with me! Today is starting out a bit grey to the north and west, but there's blue sky where the sun rises. I can see it clearly in the open space where that lovely Chinese elm used to be. Charlie has been hard at work the past couple of weeks. He is Props Master for this year's Shakespeare in the Park, held annually in a big tent out at Rock Ledge Ranch which lies alongside the Garden... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Storms over the Plains

One of the things I love about this part of the country at this time of the year is the grand thunderstorm. It rises from behind the mountain in the late morning, and by afternoon it has grown and moved eastward towards us. Especially when it is so hot, the coming of the clouds between the sun and us drops the temperature very quickly 10 degrees or more, and the rain will cool the lands where it comes even more. Today we drove ~50 miles north to Parker to pick up a couple of things. We headed up... Sign in to see full entry.

It is all for Naut... I love the Tall Ships, and I'd love to sail on one someday! They are so very romantic and so very real at the same time! You can't get much more real than setting yourself in a fragile little sailing ship on a big ocean! Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Home report

Between two hard freezes after the leaves had come out, and a couple of hailstorms, I can see the mountain through the big old maple tree this summer. The ocean of green I have enjoyed every summer since moving in here is a bit shallow this year. Embers is eating well again, filling in that bony space between her hip bones, and drinking as she should. The vet and I agree that at her age, now 17, the every-few-weeks steroid shot may raise her risk of developing diabetes, but is preferable to... Sign in to see full entry.

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