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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Getting to the Pirate Fest

The event runs Friday evening--the adult-themed Pirates' Ball--through all day Saturday to 7pm--Pirate Fest Family Day. So we had to arrive at the site in Northglenn between 8 and 9:30am Friday, 80 miles up the road from home. Thursday night we planned to be ready, hitched up and with nothing to do but pull out by 7am. However... I ordered a couple of sea-themed wall hangings back in early July, planning to use them for our backdrops at this event. But they were coming from China and by last... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Pirates have left the port...

The Northglenn Pirate Fest has concluded for 2017 and the Compass Rose Traveling Theater is all packed up, hitched up, and parked up at the Ramada Inn where we are staying another night before driving back to the Springs. We had a great time with Captain Jack Sparrow (aka Michael Sheridan) strutting about our little stage, hosting costume competitions, making announcements of this and that, and then, as Michael Sheridan (aka Captain Jack Sparrow) appearing with the musical group Windover Tide... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Some days you just get lucky!

We are prepping the stage to drive up north of Denver for this weekend's Northglenn Pirate Fest. The backdrops I ordered online on July 4 have not arrived so we have to put together something of our own, and today did some materials-shopping. It is planned to be a coral reef, under-the-sea theme, and we found a light blue drop-cloth so we don't have to paint something white, blue, nor yet make other trips to thrift stores to find something already blue. I had the notion that the floor of our... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Charlie makes war upon the invaders...

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Saturday morning again

...and I don't feel like doing much. Charlie and I both brought home a cold from Seattle--could have been the Labor Day picnic with kids, but also there were coughers and sneezers on the plane flights. Anyway, I don't feel like doing much. Next weekend is the Northglenn Pirate Fest where we will again provide the second stage for performers to strut their stuff and sing their songs. It has been smoky in the air since our return, residue of all the western US wildfires. But the mountains are... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

That property...

might be worth something like half the asking price IF the owner demolished the 'house' and other structures, and carried the wreckage and all the other trash and dead wood and the rotten hay pile away. The best part of the place was a sign on the door that said BEWARE STRANGE DOG. None of the buildings was safe to go up to, let alone into. At any rate, we did speak to the agent who came out to show it to us, and he will be our agent, he isn't a listing agent, and will be looking out for things... Sign in to see full entry.

going back to bed...

My sense of 'home' is in a state of disorientation, what with flying through two 'home' airports yesterday, spending a week+ 'back home' and now... back home from that. And I can't just sit here and recover, there are sooo many things I have to get done just about right now... on 3 hours of sleep, and with a cat who most definitely does not want me out of her sight. Time for a nap. Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Ashfall and Acreage

This morning ash was falling, and a pall still hangs over Seattle... So many fires, north, south, and east of here. When we fly out tonight if I have a south-facing window, I may be able to see the one burning along the Columbia River. Started, I'm hearing, by a couple of kids throwing firecrackers off a cliff. It has now hopped over the river to Washington, hard to imagine as that is: the Columbia is a wide, wide river! Our Elsa is now loving pulling herself up to her feet by the edge of the... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, September 4, 2017

One more day...

This trip is coming to an end: We fly out tomorrow evening, back to Colorado where events have not stood still. Charlie and I have each gotten the landlore's email that he's raising our rent by $150 each as of November. That seems exorbitant to me, and inspires me now to look aroiund again for a house worth buying. Charlie and I have to discuss whether we want to share such a house, or each go our own way. Then we have to find something suitable for either or both of us, considering that we have... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Would I move back to the Northwest?

There are things I greatly miss, like the tall green trees, the wide open waters, and really knowing my way around from 30+ years living here. Mount Rainier on the horizon... the ocean just beyond the opposite horizon... hills and lakes and islands between, and ferries and whales... The Olympics silhouetted against a long clear amber sunset... Idyllic summer weather! Yesterday the high temperature was 76F and there is enough moisture in the air to be not unpleasantly, steamily humid, but my skin... Sign in to see full entry.

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