Archive for August, 2008

Cali Trip

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

Here are a few pictures from the recent trip Rick, Rebecca, Lydia and Seth took to California, for your viewing pleasure:

This is the last picture in a series. There were a lot of shots of Rick and helpers assembling the boat trailer. Bringing home the boat was one of the purposes of the trip.

There was lots of time spent playing at various beaches: Shell Beach, Chicken Ranch (two beaches on Tomales Bay), and the ocean beach at Drake’s Bay, Pt. Reyes National Seashore.

Rebecca, Lydia and Seth love Grampa Taron. 🙂

Grampa really enjoys watching the SF Giants ball games.

Reb on the phone, sitting in front of some travel memorabilia in Grampa and Gramma’s livingroom

On Sunday, Rick and kids went to church in San Francisco to the Orthodox Presbyterian Church there. There is a beautiful beach just down this road where one can relax between worship services.

Homecoming Time

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

I’m a-travelin’;

I’ve got a destination.

My homecoming time

Up ahead, just ’round the bend;

Lord, I love You: comin’ home.

This tanka poem is a response to the prompt HOMECOMING over at One Single Impression. You are welcome to join in. Won’t you write something to share?

Oops! Almost forgot! Thanks to Geraldine at My Poetic Path for the prompt this week!

Waiting and another warm day

Saturday, August 16th, 2008

I received the above photos via email this morning from Rick, right before he and the children left the motel in Grants Pass on the last leg of their homeward journey. This was my first peek at the little sailboat that is coming home to live with us, as a gift from Grampa Taron, 85-year-old world class sailor. Thanks, Dad Taron! I think Rick will make sure that the children learn how to properly guide this craft, and will make Grampa proud.

It’s 5:30pm, and I just had a call from Rebecca, letting me know that they’re as close as Everett. How tired Rick must be! I’m so sorry I wasn’t along to share the driving with him, and enjoy the visit with Grampa and Gramma, but duties here precluded doing those things. At least I have dinner waiting in the crock pot (Bratwurst and Sauerkraut) and cold beer in the ‘frig.

The girls have an invitation to go to the Fair this evening with some good friends. Hope they make it home in time; this is the last day of the Fair!

Well, time to go put some finishing touches on dinner. I’m so happy my dearies are almost home. 🙂

Warm Day, Relaxing Day

Friday, August 15th, 2008

(Image from Snapshots of Joy.)

Debra and I have been enjoying a lovely, WARM morning here, as we await the homecoming of the rest of the family from California tomorrow. Rebecca gave me a call to let me know they are currently “on the road”, and the sail boat is towing nicely behind our little car. 🙂

Rick will be glad to know that Debra showed me how to clean the fountain filter for his goldfish pond. We did that. So nice on a warm day (feels much warmer than 80 degrees – maybe it’s humid as well) for the fish to have plenty of water circulation.

We also cleaned the above-ground swimming pool filter and added bleach to the water. Someone who knows how to vacuum the pool bottom will have to do that when everyone’s home. Eek! It looks a little scummy. 🙁

Next, Debra watered all the garden beds, and is just starting the sprinkler down by the apple trees. I see she has the sprinkler going by the raspberry bushes as well.

I’ve reserved some books and CDs online from our library system. I recently finished reading Regency Buck by Georgette Heyer. It was an enjoyable read in the manner of Jane Austen (though lighter). Now I’m in the mood for some good young adult literature that was recommended by Celtic Librarian on her Thursday 13 post this week. I’ve requested:

  • Aunt Dimity’s Death by Nancy Atherton
  • Escape to Witch Mountain by Alexander Key
  • Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters
  • The Girl with the Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts
  • The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie King

I’ve taken longer to do this little post than I anticipated. I’d better get busy in the real world again.

Whew! It’s going to be a HOT day! Hope you all have a good day. 🙂

Thursday 13 – Fair Time!

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

Thirteen things I did at the Northwest Washington Fair this year:
1. I learned how to make cotton candy, and made lots of it.
2. Got very sticky. All over. From wisps of cotton candy.
3. This was in the concessions booth for our high school Music Boosters club, where I worked a shift yesterday and today.
4. Saw that our daughter Kayla was awarded Best of Show for a painting she did of her best friend. Congratulations, Kayla!
5. Found out that one of my daughters’ girlfriends is very good at judging vegetables and other produce. Congratulations, Paige!
6. Watched the horse show at the grandstand. This is my favorite thing to do at the fair. Big horses, little horses, coaches, miniature chariots, barrel racing, on and on. There’s nothing like it!
7. Talked with lots of friends, some of whom practically live at the fairgrounds this time of year, due to their involvement with 4H, judging, volunteering, etc. That would be Grace, and Sue, too.
8. Listened to The Timebenders do some great remixes of music from the 50s, 60s and 70s. They have a lot of energy and are quite funny.
9. Caught the very end of the magic show by our favorite young magician, Sterling Dietz.
10. I ate a candy apple for the first time in probably 20 years. Quite yummy, but too much candy.
11. I stayed far, far away from all rides.
12. I did not try to win any plastic blow-up toys.
13. I had a good time.

Three Word Wednesday – Debra’s Tanka

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

Here is another response to the 3 Word Wednesday prompts (intimate, river, waiting) in the form of a tanka written by my daughter, Debra:

Rivers of song draw

Pull me on. Lost and waiting;

Intimate recall.

Why am I here in valleys,

These deep places full of song?

Three Word Wednesday – Back Roads Walk

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

Rivers of sunlight

Stream through the green canopy;

Fluttering leaves glow.

Waiting to hear a bird call:

Intimate, back roads moment.

This Tanka is a response to the prompts given this week at 3 Word Wednesday:
• Intimate
• River
• Waiting


Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

(Image from Snapshots of Joy.)

What a strange time this is, with Rick and three of the children away in Inverness, California, and just Debra and me at home. I realize that many of you do perfectly well in a small family, or even solo, but I am feeling like a fish out of water!

The usual work that MUST be done is decreased or absent. You would think I would be pounding out the blog posts, or composing some little ditties, but, No! I almost feel like a bug buzzing around in circles, busy going no where. 🙁

Let’s see; what have I been doing?

I have been catching up on reading blogs and various things on the Internet. This is a good thing, and keeps me in touch with friends and family. I also spent way too much time playing an online version of Scrabble , waiting for . . . I don’t know what!

Yesterday I also spent some time before bed reading an entertaining book by Georgette Heyer, Regency Buck, a funny book full of character studies in the spirit of Jane Austen. I found myself chuckling time and again at the mix ups that occur when one is too hasty in forming opinions of others. Just read the book and see. 🙂

Debra and I have been enjoying the lovely summer weather, taking the old doggie for walks. I’m undecided (which seems to be my current state of mind), but perhaps Deb and I will go to the Northwest Washington Fair today. I am scheduled to work in a food booth at the Fair on Wednesday and Thursday. Of course Deb doesn’t want to go around all alone while I work, so this is probably what we’ll do today.

I spent a lot of fruitless time yesterday trying to find out (without actually going to the Fair!) if Kayla had won a prize for the painting she submitted in the adult, non-professional class. My friend Amy told me this morning that Yes! Kayla did have a blue ribbon by her painting, and a nice review written by the judges. Kayla will have to wait until Friday to see the results for herself, since that’s when she has time off from work and will go to the Fair with friends.

Debra and I went to the doctor yesterday for her annual physical, and were informed that she has some sort of problem going on with her thyroid. For those of you who are savvy about such things (This does not include me.), she has low TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) yet high 3T4 (T4 is thyroxine and T3 is triiodothyro-nine). This suggests hyperthyroidism. The doctor scheduled Deb for a scan of her thyroid on Monday, so that’s where she and I will be spending quite a bit of time this coming Monday. Though I don’t like the uncertainty of not knowing what’s going on, I’m thankful the doctor was careful and thorough in his exam. So, I’m also busy waiting for Monday. 😛

I’m thankful for another beautiful day to be alive. Deb and I are doing fine. My conscience is feeling guilty about not being more productive, but maybe I’ll just say that Deb and I are “on vacation”, too, in our quiet, little way.

I’ll let you know how the thyroid scan goes. I think we’re in for a learning experience, which is a good thing. Some puzzle pieces are dropping into place.

Have a great day, and do comment if you are a thyroid expert, or efficiency expert, or just feel like saying, “Hello!” 🙂

A Quick Sunday Post

Sunday, August 10th, 2008

My dear, familiar lap top is on vacation to California, along with most of the family. Actually, Rick is going to be using it to get some work done, in between visiting and helping his folks. I’m not complaining, because I listened to our pastor’s sermon on Numbers 11 very carefully this morning and am trying to apply it to my life. 🙂 However, I must advise you that my posts will not be quite so pretty this week. I can’t publish from Word on this computer; it’s not as simple to include clip art and nice fonts. Maybe I’ll learn some new tricks to combat these handicaps.

I was feeling a little down in the dumps yesterday. It was SO QUIET here! Kayla showed up and – No, it didn’t get noisy! She brought me flowers and some special green tea mints from Trader Joe’s. Here is a picture for your viewing pleasure:

Thank you, Kayla!

Staying Home Haiku

Saturday, August 9th, 2008

Holding down the fort

Keeping the home fires burning;

That’s what I’m doin’.

Dad and kids are off

To fetch home Grampa’s sailboat

From good old Cali.

It’s so quiet here:

Deb is reading; I’m online;

Outside: quiet rain.