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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

and home again!

The flights home were gentler than the ones out though the plane made some very peculiar noises before taking off out of Seattle. If my car made such sounds, I would take it straight to the mechanic. But apparently the crew were not concerned with the rattlin' bangin' moanin' going on, and the flight was smooth enough. Coming into Denver after dark, off to the north there were clouds full of lightning, but the problem was not enough to divert to, say, Colorado Springs, which would have saved... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

The Main Event

This was why my daughter particularly wanted me here at this time, this evening. She is a member of the board of an animal shelter in the area and tonight was their big fund-raising event. She needed to be there to greet guests and encourage funds-giving, all in nice clothes and fancy shoes and all. So--while she and her husband enjoy their first evening out together, sans baby, in 17 months, it is my opportunity to put Elsa to bed. This is always an operation of 40 minutes to an hour, as she... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Baby Yoga

A room full of mamas and toddlers, one teacher, and a Gran with a camera--That was this morning at the yoga class for toddlers, some not quite toddling yet. The kids may pay attention for a moment or not at all; moms shape their child's arms and legs gently, or the kids run around investigating corners of the room, and each other. Pretty laid-back class that introduces notions like movement and poses, and "ohhhhmmmm" and it begins with a little song of celebration to welcome each child by name.... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Forest Bathing

Living in Colorado, it's about the geology: the mountains, the red rocks, the canyons... The Pacific Northwest is about the forests. Of course there is plenty of geology in Washington State, what with volcanoes and all, but what I really miss are the rain forests, the tall firs and cedars... Today, we walked a while in a park like that, revelling in the lush green and deep shadows. I feel some part of me soaking up the green, absorbing it like a dry, dry sponge. I love the geologic spectacle... Sign in to see full entry.


We had a full day, driving down to Olympia to have lunch with one friend who lives and works there, and another who drove up from Portland to meet up. She is the friend who is just back from teaching in China, and came home because she and her husband have a baby on the way. Before lunch, we took Elsa to the Hands On Children's Museum. So much excitement! So many things to see and to do! She ran here and there hollering, "OH! Oh! Ah! Oooh!" at each exciting thing! We hardly had time to take in a... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Day Two

Perfect golden weather! Temps in the 60s this morning, rising to 80 or so by evening, which is about perfect. Mother's Day menu will start with home-made Belgian waffles with fresh strawberries and maple syrup, then later, a buffet dinner with a spectacular view from the height of a local mountain. This is my daughter's second Mother's Day, her daughter is 17 months old yesterday. The back yard has a pond down at the bottom, surrounded by irises and visited by a couple of mallard ducks, and for... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

First day

All day yesterday, Elsa was excited that she would be seeing NaiNai--Chinese for Gran--and then when she woke up and came downstairs with Mama and found me there waking up, she was suddenly all shy. But she got over that quickly enough and we had fun today. After the various errand and coffee shop stops, we drove through lush, tall greens, the trees, the hills... We went out towards Snoqualmie Falls, but the crowds were what you might expect on a fantastic Saturday, and Elsa was napping which is... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Old and New

Today the power cord for my big laptop died. I can do many but not all my things on the little notepad, and it is a fact that this old thing--the laptop, that is--is hopping along on its last leg. So I went out to the local computer fixit store and got the new power cord... newish, anyway. And a new old laptop. It isn't as old or as big as the one I have been tapping on for at least 5 years now. It is only about a year old, loaded with Windows 10, and has a mighty memory both on the hard drive... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Just in time...

I fly away for ten days on Friday afternoon, and figured I was going to miss the white lilacs in the back yard this year. But lo! they bloom! I will cut some just where the branches need to be trimmed back and enjoy their light scent for a couple of days. In other gardening news: A few weeks ago, we loaded the bottoms of three big black plastic bags with soil, added cut up potato pieces with well-developed eyes, and layered a few inches of straw over the top. As the green leaves appear through... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Pretty sure winter is over...

Forecast is for 80s today, and dawn is coming ever earlier. I woke around 3 this morning, and would have been annoyed about that but for the sound of a bird--always that first one who greets the day before my eyes can see the sky getting light. I wonder if the other birds are really annoyed by that one, waking them up every darn day...? Getting laundry done, and house organized for my departure on Friday for 10 days in Seattle, checking out the new house and probably helping to unpack boxes. I... Sign in to see full entry.

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