Sunday, February 19, 2017

New wheels...

Ever since my fall last October I have been using my old standard walker, the kind that really isn't designed for outside walking, but, hey, life happens.

It has become clear to me that my knee has become pretty unstable (and taking the time off from work right now to get it replaced is out of the question) and going it with just one cane was probably bot safe for me anymore.  So I started looking at "rollators" - four wheeled walkers designed to go over hill and dale. 

Sadly they are not covered by insurance and this was a little bit more $$ than I was thinking (plus I got it from a local store - $125 more than online!!!).  I was able to get them to come down $50 in price - The Shepherd and I like to buy local when ever we can - so as the old saying goes, I bit the bullet and bought it.  Then are some challenges ... it weighs about 18 lbs,  getting it in and out of the trunk, and up and down our back steps is going to take some work, but I like it and I hope it will help me to be more mobile too.

She needs a name - right now I'm thinking Maybelle...

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

My friend Mary Ellen snapped this wonderful picture last week up in Vancouver - she didn't see the heart in the icy water until she got back home and downloaded her pictures.  What a wonderful gift from Mother Nature.  

By the way, Mary Ellen writes two newsletters - you can read them on FaceBook - or get them delivered to your email inbox  - no matter how busy I am, I always stop to read what she sends.  

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Do you like Valentine's day?  When I was a kid, it seemed like I would always get those Valentines with a hippo or an elephant on them :-(     
It is Random Acts of Kindness Week.  Do something nice for someone, it will make you smile.  

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Gracie's romp in the snow

 Hello effury body and effury kitty - 

I've been spending a whole lotta time on the foot of Mummy's bed - I really like having her home all day long - she just lets me be and is always there for me to give a snuggle to.

This snow was all the way up to the bottom of my skirts.  Yikes!

 Now what do I do? 

The Shepherd said that he could see everywhere that Gracie went out side - one place was into the bamboo.  We figure she was looking for burdies in there. 

A couple more wintery pictures

 This maple looks like it's been dipped in plastic.  All told, we were snowed or iced in for a full week.  First time that's happened in years.  And we didn't really get as much snow as we've had in the past, but it would snow, then rain, so everything was like a skating rink

I like the ice hanging off the bell. 

Ever the optimist, before our witch hazel got hammered by the northeaster last week.  

And then it really started to snow.

Gracie was going outside, but it was snowing so hard, you can see her skid marks as she ran back into the house...

The Shepherd worked tirelessly to keep a clear path between the house and the barn.

"Hey, you - make it stop snowing.  My water is frozen"

Jefferson and Buddy didn't think much of the snow. 

The ice storm nearly broke the limbs off our Cedrus deodara

But once it warmed up "a little" The Shepherd
was able to knock some of the ice off.  Luckily it didn't damage the branches.

After this one last hurrah, where we got another 3 or 4 inches of snow, the wind switched from north to south, and the temps just climbed about a degree an hour from mid 20's to almost 45 degrees in about 24 hours.  The snow just seemed to disappear almost over night. 

Thank goodness! 

Saturday, February 04, 2017

An Ice Day

Well, we've taken a page out of the Portland weather book today.  Ice every where and as you can see , our river birch is caressing my car, which looks like it is beginning to lose its ice cube look .. must be warming up a little.  No difference to me,  I'm not going anywhere today.  Got this good book on my Kindle and maybe some popcorn and hot chocolate...

Friday, February 03, 2017

Snow day

I should say. another snow day.  This is getting old. 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Live is good...

Actually, live is great.  What a fantastic band.  All very talented musicians.  Big smile on my face tonight!

Pre-show reception

As a member of the theater we get a pass to a pre show reception.  Many times you get the drummer or a road manager.  Whoa. Jesse Cook did his own talking.  Fascinating man and very funny too.  Really looking forward too his music.   Check out his web site to hear some of his tunes!

Concert at the Mt. Baker

We're at the Mt. Baker Theater tonight to see one of our favorite musicians, Jesse Cook.  Flamenco and World Music.  If you ever get a chance to hear him don't miss it!!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Yes, Women's Rights ARE Human Rights

Today was, I hope, a pivotal day for America, and the world.  Nearly 5 million people world wide marched in solidarity - not to protest the new administration, but to remind it that Women's Rights are Human Rights, "regardless of a woman’s race, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, sexual identity, gender expression, economic status, age or disability"

Human Rights should come first, not greed, not bullying,

Inspired by the Women's March on Washington there were almost 700 "Sister Marches" all around the US and around the world  (VISIT: SISTER MARCHES here)

The city of Bellingham, that The Shepherd & I call home had a march today. - I saw one report that there was an estimated 5000 people there. 


  You can see from this picture (sent to me by a friend from church, thanks Sonja) how big the crowds were.  
Sadly, I did not feel that I was physically up to the challenge to go - The Shepherd said - "Well we could have gotten you a wheel chair" - and "Who would have pushed it", I asked? 

So I lived vicariously through my church friends - This is our God-daughter and her mom.  (and many thanks to Margot for these two pictures)
Our Minister, Rev. Amy, with another group of our members.  I am looking forward to hearing all about it tomorrow at church! 

 Meanwhile, on the "other side of the State" - my older sister lives in YAKIMA, WA.  It is, to say the least, a "conservative" area, but she and several other members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Yakima, encouraged and inspired by the other marches that were being planned all around the US began planning their own.  They had imagined that they might get between 250-400 people - They got over 1000!  My sister was beyond thrilled.  (That is her just to the right of the banner, carrying the bright pink sign - "1972, An original Ms.")

 The march ended up at their church which is in downtown Yakima.

Blessings on all those who have spend the past couple of months, planning and working (and knitting those crazy pink Pussy-Hats).

May you sleep well tonight, safe in the knowledge that a new day has dawned, and it looks like it's going to be a good one.