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Tonya
Harstine Island, Washington
A safe harbor, a good place to enjoy the view
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We’ve had this Madrone tree along the beach bank that has been slowly dying. Here’s a pic from a few years ago where that shorter tree in the middle was healthy-ish. It was still rather annoying, blocking part of the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2022 at Kingfisher Cove
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Absolutely remarkable! Yes, I managed to get up at 4:45 a.m. Tuesday and we were on the road at 5:30. (Then hit brick walls of commuter traffic in Tacoma and Federal Way…) We drove directly to Stan Sayres park/pits, which... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2022 at Kingfisher Cove
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I’ve been taking a breather to tamp down my incandescent rage about the leaked opinion from the five radical far-right Supreme Court justices that points directly to overturning Roe v. Wade. I cannot believe we are at a place when... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2022 at Kingfisher Cove
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Quinn and Mama Sandra came to visit us Sunday for a couple of days, and what bliss!! The weather cooperated “enough” that we were able to spend a little time on the deck, with a fire one night, and then... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2022 at Kingfisher Cove
This doc series is about the WORLD'S national parks. I had no idea there were so many of them, and they are amazing! (Plus, the documentary is narrated by Barack Obama!) :o)
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Helen left this morning after a two-day, whirlwind visit! What a great time. Monday night (the day she arrived) we had a warm cheese & simmering broth fondue dinner! Oh. Yum. I also had plans for chocolate fondue dessert, but... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2022 at Kingfisher Cove
So...no deal breakers with the house? There do seem to be a few daunting things, like that spooky behemoth in the basement. (And possibly the sewer issue?) But gosh, what a cute house. As for the cabinets, I like them as they are (because I'm a lover of wood). They add a nice contrast to all the neutral white and gray, I think. If they're there for a long while, I can imagine teenage grandson loving that attic bedroom! Wow, that owner! And that sign! LMAO!! And YAY for your bathroom! Is it totally done? You can move back in? Woohoo! Sounds like a very pleasant and interesting day!
Toggle Commented Apr 17, 2022 on Inspections at Stargazer
The kids' house looked like it had been updated quite a lot (when I peeked online). But they didn't upgrade the plumbing and electrical? Yikes. OK...so that cookie doesn't look particularly appealing! LOL! I'm so very happy you got your tile and that things are finally progressing. It shouldn't be long now! Your ordeal is almost over.
Toggle Commented Apr 15, 2022 on Hang Outs and Houses at Stargazer
Oh, LOOK at that earnest little adorable face and chocolate eyes! He looks so much like his mama! (Especially in this pic). $800 for a toilet. Sure does sound like a nice one, though. Hmm. Will you have the opportunity to see the inside of the house on Friday? (I assume so!) That will be so exciting!! And I also hope the inspections go just fine.
Toggle Commented Apr 14, 2022 on Oddities at Stargazer
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Getting ready for company and doing a bit of cleaning in between spending time in the glass studio. It’s a decent balance! Playing with the glass is a reward for accomplishing chores. Things will heat up (not so much the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2022 at Kingfisher Cove
This weather has TRULY been insane. We missed any snowflakes, but had plenty of wind and hail. Helen in Sandy, OR got 6" of snow yesterday! Raining here now, but it's down into the 30s. Hmm. I just love the house! What a gem! And I'm so glad you are now in the company of big bear hugs!
Toggle Commented Apr 13, 2022 on A whole lot of craziness at Stargazer
It was!! EXTREMELY disorienting. We both got Moderna (which is what we've had before).
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2022 on This and That, Ups and Downs at Kingfisher Cove
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This is how my little glass plate turned out. I was frustrated with how thick it is, but other than that it turned out quite pretty, I think. So I decided to try another one just like it, but using... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2022 at Kingfisher Cove
The peony style tulips have their own special beauty, but I agree they don't really scream "TULIP!" Oh, poor John getting caught up in that horrible traffic jam on I-90. I kept hearing/reading about it and all the spin-outs and I thought, "Good thing I'm not stuck in it, or anybody I know." Gah! Very glad he came through it unscathed. I agree with Luftmentsch about those "good old days." And that term "illegitimate" makes my skin crawl.
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2022 on Deceptive at Stargazer
YAY!!! Kitchen is DONE! What a relief it must be, and joy/contentment to have it back to normal! The Little Guy looks like he has a great sense of humor. What a cutie!
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2022 on Recharged at Stargazer
I love that tulip photo! Truly magical. That sandbar at the bottom of the canyon intrigues me, but I imagine there is no sane way to get to it unless you are Spider Man.
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2022 on ROMO at Stargazer
That IS lucky you were able to have the doors/windows open with the odor! There have been so many godawful weather days lately—so you definitely lucked out on that. I learned yesterday (4/9) that you can see "The Traveler" on the tallest peak of the Olympics when the snow starts to melt. It looks like an old man with a hat and a robe and a walking stick. Shadows, snow-melt, and probably angle make it quite noticeable! I'd never heard about it before, but apparently it's a "thing!"
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2022 on Old Age at Stargazer
So glad you finally got access to your coffee maker! Jeesh! And thankful your ceiling is closed in at last!
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2022 on Hodge Podge at Stargazer
God, I feel your angst with this horrific remodel/repair. It is so seldom that contractors do an exceptional, timely job these days. When they do (and our long-awaited driveway contractor was superb!) it is shocking.
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2022 on Tiresome at Stargazer
I wonder if a dumping of top soil might help with your planting areas? Maybe sprinkle with Preet to help prevent weeds (and maybe moss?) I also thought those colorful flags were tulips at first glance! Lol We loved Unforgotten!
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2022 on Guilty Pleasures at Stargazer
I am very curious about your "good news" that you can't (yet?) share! I think I can guess! Love your tulips! They're a no-go here because of the deer.
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2022 on More Reflections at Stargazer
Little Dude is rocking Martin Short's "Ed Grimley!" https://i.pinimg.com/originals/9f/d3/95/9fd39510631cd64305969c750e80efa2.jpg Ugh, I ache for you. So. Very. Frustrating.
Toggle Commented Apr 1, 2022 on Adaptation at Stargazer
Texas has zero appeal to me for many, many reasons. I can safely (and happily) say that I will never set foot there in my lifetime. I do like road trips, though, and it's been a very long time since we've been on one. I always thought it would be cool to fly to New England in October, rent a car, and leisurely drive throughout those states to take in the Fall colors. Then hop a plane back home. I'm so glad today was a day of progress! The tile looks perfect! And yes, splashes of color with accessories would be stunning!
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2022 on A Day of (Mostly) Progress at Stargazer
Don't you just HATE it when workers are LATE?! You can't rely on people's word. And here we are, all week long, waiting for the propane company to deliver propane to our big ass tank (several power outages have resulted in our generator using up a fair amount) and they can't even tell us WHAT DAY THEY WILL BE DELIVERING. Jeeze. Poor Mari. Poor you. Roadrunners crack me up.
Toggle Commented Mar 30, 2022 on The Day of Little at Stargazer
Well, gulp about the kids not getting that house, but that (ancient?) wiring sounds pretty scary. The bidding wars involved with buying homes these days sounds very discouraging. Lots of jaw clenching for the next couple of weeks for your repair work. Oh ugh, I feel for you. I sure hope it sails along smoothly and quickly.
Toggle Commented Mar 30, 2022 on The Day of No at Stargazer