Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Christmas decoration?

We have this adorable little trunk and I had the brilliant decorating idea to lay the burgundy fleece over it, and set the laughing snowman inside. Just for looks you know. But Molly has a different idea. . . since it has a fleece in it, and all fleece is hers - obviously the trunk is her new bed. So, she shoves the snowman over (like who is he anyway?) and moves in. Comfy huh?!

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Merry Christmas!

You know how the day after Christmas all you see are cars obscured by trees that are tied on the top? Well, not to be outdone by the world around him, Ron made the long trip to the storage unit to pick up our tree, tied it on the top, and brought'er home!

Yes, this means my Christmas tree is up and decorated! It appears that we will have a lighting war with the neighbors. Everyday, Ron and Joe are out adding to the externation lighting. May the richest man win!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Interesting. . .

So, in respect to my last post - here I go!

This was interesting, nice to see the verbage. I wonder if the right people will read it, like politicians and their odd friends.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Best Thing About MY Blog

The best thing about my blog is that I can say what I want without fear of retribution, or argument, or worry of being more tolerant.

Hmmm, did any of you know it was raining here? Yes, rain. I love the rain, I love the fall (and this one was BEAUTIFUL!) and I love living here in Washington.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Hiking Mt. Rainier . . . AGAIN!

Map reading

Okay, this is a picture for anyone who traveled with Ron in Europe! He once again has a map and is directing us on our hike. I don't ever worry about where we are because he always knows!

In case you don't know, Ron has an uncanny way of knowing where he always is, where he is going, and how to get back. He also can read and follow any map in any language. I don't get it, he spends a lot of time trying to get me to figure out which way is north, south, east and west. North is up, right?!

Friday, September 04, 2009


I think that having ideas could be detrimental to my sanity. I always have a GREAT idea and then pursue it with single minded determination until I get the next great idea. Sounds kinda sad doesn't it?!

I had an idea about an online bible study, it could be fairly interactive without using any gasoline or finding a babysitter for the kiddies - but in translation I don't know if it's feasible. I know that building relationships requires interaction - face to face. I can't always see other people's faces on the computer (as of yet, I can't see through the wires - but I'm working on it). But with our busy lifestyles we need to have some form of connection that works with our own schedule, so it might not be too bad. . . hmmm. Maybe better than nothing.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Joe's Wedding

A friend asked me what my favorite moment of Joe's wedding was - what a lot of thought it required.

One moment, Johanna began her walk down the path to the wedding arch across the green orchard and the eagles began to circle.

One moment, Johanna's dad says, "let's get'r done" and the wedding begins

One moment, Ron dances with Johanna

The wedding was beautiful and you can see the pictures at in the file Joe's wedding

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Wedding

Joe's wedding was sooooo nice - from her dad saying "let's get'r done" to the clean up! I like this change over from the unity candle to the sand - I don't know what it's called, but they had two containers of different colored sand and poured them together and the blend was unique and pretty - what a nice touch.

This is a picture of Ron and Joe - they clean up very nicely!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

FaceBook Faceoff

I'm finding my way around facebook finally but I'm thinking I would like to "sound-off" just a bit about it. I find the 'what's on your mind' section good. . . and bad. You can only put in a sentance and I find reading snippets of sentances about the minds of others overwhelming. Then I feel compelled to let all these people know what is on my mind - but my mind is a scary place and I avoid fear at all times, so I have little to add.

I love hearing from my friends and stuff, and facebook lets it all be in one place which is convenient, but I could spend an hour just reading down the page to see what each person is doing; which I think is too time consuming - interaction without the interaction. Not my favorite way of being with others. So, call me and we can talk. Better yet, come and visit, I'll offer coffee.

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Our home a year later

Last year, when I returned from Guatemala, Ron picked me up from the airpot and we arrived here to our new home about midnight. We talked and dreamed until dawn about what we were going to do and how we were going to do it.

Even though we had lived in this location for a year, to have this house here was so exciting. We did some landscaping and enjoyed where we were. This year, we learned how to keep the deer out of the garden, have saved money on catfood since Molly eats the rabbits that would like to have eaten the garden and we have settled in.

First things first, though, we needed to move in. That was a job - let me tell you. First we had to move our stuff out of the fifth wheel RV we were living in, then we needed to go though storage and see what was really there. Once in the storage unit, we found ourselves asking the question, "and why did we keep this?" Since there was no real reason for the keeping, we had a yard sale. Once we were moved in, we needed to paint - perhaps that should have come first, but we were so excited about moving in!

We had trouble with the Dirt King on craigslist, but bought our dirt for more money locally - we got it when we wanted it, not when it was "convenient" to deliver it. Ron spread it and planted grass seed. We decided on one flower bed and set it up, I designed it, spent sometime planning what to plant that would not become overgrown, but could withstand the heat if necessary.

We ended up with two flower beds - no three. Once small one around the ornamental plum tree, one around the only big tree in our front yard, and the one in front of the deck. They are easily maintaned and are very nice. This year, where there were no flowers, I planted impatients but I will fill in the spaces with strawberries.
Thanks for walking with me down memory lane - this was one road without switchbacks!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Mt. Rainier - again

Does this impress anyone? I love hiking and it feels good to get out there and do it. This is "atop" Sunrise on Mt. Rainier. This hike along the ridge had many of these snow fields that I needed to hike over.

Hiking is a great opportunity of seeing what I can so and how far I can go and at the same time see the beauty that God created.
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Thursday, July 16, 2009

New Post

I just realized it has been a long time since I posted here. Sorry about that. I have gone from being employed full time to part time to full time to part time to unemployed to planning employment in the next couple of months again. Long enough to have a cool summer without worry about finding a job in the fall.

Now I confess that my fun this summer has been hiking. The mountain (Mt. Rainier) has a huge amount of snow still, but we have done some lower level hikes and enjoyed new views of the mountain. Since Ron is working 4 - 10's we have one day to work, one day to hike and play and one day to worship. It makes for a fun summer.

Friday, March 06, 2009

There are no real words to understand this. . .

There are things I don't understand. Why there are mosquitoes - that makes no sense to me. Why they have interstate highways in Hawaii. And why we have a new and expensive traffic light to no-where. Feel free to go - but there is no road and there are trees in the way of the unroad!

Don't go! The red light warns you that it's not safe to drive on the unroad!
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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Kentucky - Home of the Derby and Chicken

Kentucky is a pretty place. We rented a car, drove around, got in trouble with the car's GPS and generally enjoyed our trip to Kentucky. We stayed near the capitol city of Frankfort, it's an old city that is working on renovation. I'm happy to say Ron got turned around a bit driving through the city; which means we saw the capitol building at least three times. Once from the front, the second time from across the river, and the third time when we drove under it through the parking garage. Capitol parking is under the Capitol grounds - interesting.

Unfortunately, only the restaurants were open. I guess the holiday just lingered for them.

Our trip was enjoyable, there are few words to explain leaving Seattle in the snow and going to a place where it was warm, breezy, and dry. We were not really ready to return to the snow. To
be honest, we both groaned when we flew into the Seattle and saw that there was still much snow on the ground. Ick. I used to like snow - no more!

About the GPS - it was a weekend special and came with the car rental. We would never have chosen it, but since we had it, we used it. We set it up on the dash, and programed where we wanted to go and watched it. It was better than a computer game or video game. You were signified by a cool truck with big tires and every move you made was mimicked on the GPS. The only thing is - it's real time driving which means you should be watching the road, not the toy. Ron almost ran a red light before I took it away from him.

Brandy's Wedding in Kentucky

Going to Kentucky to be with Brandy for her wedding was a dream come true for many reasons. It was so wonderful to see Brandy, Steph, and Andrea again. I missed them so much and now so much more. Another reason we enjoyed Kentucky so much - it was like a heat wave there, temps in the 60's and NO SNOW!
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SNOW still

This was not the final total, but I found it fascinating to try and see how much there was at the half way point. The difficult part of snow in Western Washington is that it doesn't stay long. This did stay longer than usual, but it still has to rain. And then the snow puffs up with moisture before going away. We still have snow in our front "yard" but most of it is gone - FINALLY!
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