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Tonya
Harstine Island, Washington
A safe harbor, a good place to enjoy the view
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I was surprised that just about every single silly thing made my eyes fill with tears throughout much of the day. A beautiful dog on the National Dog Show, wagging his spectacular tail and expressing heartwarming joy, made me cry.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Kingfisher Cove
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The current but soon-to-be-outa-here idiot-in-chief still refuses to concede and still bellows wherever he can that the election was “rigged” and it is obvious to absolutely everyone with a brain that nothing was rigged. He lost the popular vote by... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Kingfisher Cove
I feel that I have coped fairly well with what this year has handed us, but I realize that I am feeling sad now that Thanksgiving is a couple of days away and it will be just a regular day with no grandson (or adult son/daughter-in-law). I've been purchasing some Christmas gifts, but I have to assume Christmas will be yet another regular day. Sigh.
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Things I've discovered at Stargazer
I'm thinking there's a Seattle Lighting in Tacoma off the freeway (between 56th and 72nd?) I'm pretty sure I've been there before (eons ago) and I recall they had a sizeable selection. Also, do a Google search of chandeliers and click images and see if anything pops up that you like. Often the picture will take you to site where you could order it, or at least you might get some ideas. Lighting IS hard!! John found several of our fixtures online, and we've been happy with them. (And we never saw anything in the stores--Lowe's or Home Depot--that were anything like them). I think a lot of people have...suspicious taste! Oh, that's terrible about the Covid spread in John's family! And El Paso!
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Minutiae at Stargazer
Is your painting done now? Kitchen, too? It sure does look great, the rooms I've seen in your pictures. Yeah, it sure is hard to feel particularly merry.
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on T'was and Tis' the season at Stargazer
I haven't completely decided about decorating for Christmas this year. I doubt that we'll be "having" Christmas, and so there really is no point, right? I have a few little things that I really like that I may set out, but probably no tree. Sigh. I was so looking forward to having the kids here and watching 3-year-old Quinn open his presents! *sob*
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Grinchy at Stargazer
Well, I'm relieved that your parents won't be attending a superspreader Thanksgiving, but then the worry begins again for a superspreader Christmas... This past week has been hell listening to trump's lawyers spewing insanity. Thankfully the judges are reaming them new assholes.
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Assumptions at Stargazer
I really is looking wonderful. Very soothing color. Ugh, inflatables. The tackiest of tacky.
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Misanthrope at Stargazer
Oh, that chaos before beautiful payoff is so painful! You've reminded me that I badly need to wash the crystal and china in my cabinets and also CLEAN THOSE CABINETS. It's a daunting task and will require step stools. Ugh. Ah, Ziggy! Such a lovely creature. And OH, DUDE! He is so stinkin' adorable!!!
Toggle Commented Nov 17, 2020 on Déjà vu at Stargazer
The beginning of that video shows the beach hill at our neighbors, Dale and Mary. Their FIRE PIT was underwater! Barely a strip of the top of their beach "hill" wasn't submerged, and their double-log "walkway" (which I've always hated) was floating! That hill is HIGH. I can't get my head around how much water that was!
Toggle Commented Nov 16, 2020 on Damned Good and Pretty Awful at Kingfisher Cove
Exactly.
Toggle Commented Nov 16, 2020 on Damned Good and Pretty Awful at Kingfisher Cove
Hmm. Your pictures aren't showing again. I get that broken link icon with IMG_3190, etc. How weird about getting somebody else's order mixed in with yours! BOXES of wine! Hahaha! I suppose that actually happens fairly often (I could see how it might with young people not paying attention).
Toggle Commented Nov 15, 2020 on Pandemaniac at Stargazer
Typepad HTML Email Yes, I’d heard that Jay Inslee was going to announce new restrictions tomorrow morning. Some of them have been reported tonight on the news. The 25% capacity at the grocery store has me a bit concerned for John, since he’s the grocery-go-getter. I was thinking he could get up and go really early, but I suspect everyone else will have that same idea. I’m going to check and see if our grocery store (Fred Meyer) offers curbside pickup. I thought I’d looked into it before but it wasn’t available. Maybe it is now. Yep, I’ll bet there will be a lot of pissed off people (and altercations). Did you hear that trump was inciting violence today via Twitter at the extremists (Proud Boys/Bois?) at his D.C. march/rally? I HATE him. Can’t we just jump ahead to January 20th?!
Toggle Commented Nov 15, 2020 on Damned Good and Pretty Awful at Kingfisher Cove
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I knew this was coming. The pandemic is raging throughout the country and our state—and I do mean raging—and I blame the politicization of the mitigation measures, so therefore trumpists. My friends and I, and my intelligent family members, have... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2020 at Kingfisher Cove
John's 88yo mother was insisting that we come over for duck on Thanksgiving, and John had to have "the talk" with her. She has severe heart and lung issues, and he said, "If you get Covid, you'll die. If I get it, it's risky at MY age, but if you get it, you'll die." She finally agreed. Reluctantly. Maybe if we all just looked at it as "postponing" the holidays. Who says Thanksgiving and Christmas have to be in November and December? Yikes! Home improvement! Hopefully the pain of chaos will be quick!
I knew he would put us through hell between the election and Biden’s inauguration. In fact, once I got through the nerve-wracking hurdle of determining that Biden had won, I turned my angst to: “Now what?” Gulp. And here we... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2020 at Kingfisher Cove
I KNOW there is a black & white photo somewhere of my father in his Marine Corps uniform, but I can't find it anywhere. I remember the photo used to sit framed on their bedroom dresser. Crap! I need to find it, but I'm worried I've lost it because I haven't seen it in years. He served for two years (I think) and he and my mom met when he was home in Bellingham on leave. Six weeks later, they were married. (Yep, six weeks!) This election aftermath sure has my nerves jangled. Some people have calmed my fears (Lawrence O'Donnell last night helped by going point-by-point how this is all a show and Joe Biden will be president on January 20th). BUT, we also know that trump has blasted through all the norms and has gotten away with so much. I won't actually feel a sense of calm until January 20th. And then...all of the crap there will be to deal with while the republicans are still "investigating" Hunter Biden.
My nerves keep jangling over the aftermath with trump and the repubs behaving like childish banana republic dictators. (And what the hell is he doing at the Pentagon with installing a bunch of his radical right-wing idiots? That is making my spidey sense scream). Then, hearing President-Elect Biden speak this afternoon calmed me down. Somewhat.
Toggle Commented Nov 11, 2020 on Under construction at Stargazer
YES! And I suspect GA WILL! What a new day it is.
Toggle Commented Nov 10, 2020 on And Now I Can Breathe at Kingfisher Cove
Oh, man, isn't that the truth!
Toggle Commented Nov 10, 2020 on And Now I Can Breathe at Kingfisher Cove
Oh yes, there's a rough road ahead. But I feel strongly that we dodged a shrapnel-filled, catastrophic bullet. We came so close to losing our democracy. Trump was consolidating power from every corner and if he'd won, we would never again recognize this country. I'm not exactly sure what needs to be done to prevent a future and possibly more lethal and intelligent bullet. His utter stupidity was our savings grace. (But there are still so many idiots who align with his autocracy).
Toggle Commented Nov 9, 2020 on Relief at Stargazer
Proud of our Northwest corner blue stripe! There was a time we weren't that way. I was paying close attention to the counts and Steve Kornacki (on MSNBC's Big Board), so I was very aware that Biden was the winner, but very frustrated that the news outlets weren't calling it. I still don't fully understand why they took so long. It was clear all the outstanding ballots were from strong dem areas. At any rate, whew!
Toggle Commented Nov 9, 2020 on Still Waiting... at Stargazer
I feel like Election Night until Saturday morning took a million years. Lordy. Jangled is an excellent word to describe how I felt those days.
Toggle Commented Nov 9, 2020 on Apocalyptic...or is it apoplectic? at Stargazer
Hopefully your face is back to normal?! Whoa! (I'm thinking I stay away from mirrors or cameras after Novocain, lol) Speaking of which, I very much need a dental appointment. Need a good cleaning (it's been quite a while).
Toggle Commented Nov 8, 2020 on "Cat"-astrophes at Stargazer
I had cyclamen in a deck pot or two over the summer and they didn't last long. All the other flowers lasted all summer long. Maybe they prefer the cooler temps?
Toggle Commented Nov 8, 2020 on Before the rains come at Stargazer