Wednesday, September 30, 2009
I've been in a real battle with this hair of mine -- it is so fine that if I put conditioner on it, it makes a limp dishrag look peppy. Without conditioner, it tends to get lots of split ends...
I very seldom pick up magazines, but the other day when we were in town, I picked up a whole batch of them: Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, etc. They are worth, at the most, a half hour's worth of reading apiece -- and are of course, targeted to a much younger audience (Enjoy your 40s!; Still Sexy at 50!, etc.)
But this time, I learned something that seems to actually work. One of the articles on hair and make-up suggested that if conditioner was too much for your hair, but you still needed it, to put it on wet hair first, then wash your hair! By golly, I tried it this morning and I am impressed!
Guess I'm still not too old to learn a trick or two...
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
But the the green thistles start turning color and you know Fall is here!
Monday, September 28, 2009
Forry had a couple of projects he wanted to do. We've got a piece of wood trim in the bedroom that needs to be re-glued. He ended up having to buy some new clamps as he'd given his to g-son Varick and son-in-law Todd. But when he went to work on it today, he discovered that his Gorilla Glue had set up in the container. So now, he needs to get some new glue. It seems that's the way his projects go...
Sunday, September 27, 2009
This morning's collection was the last this year as the Relief Sale is next Saturday, so Diane went around after Sunday School talking to everyone whose name hadn't been drawn to "match" various percentages of Sunday's collected pennies. She gave us each an opportunity to "draw" a percentage so that we wouldn't "feel left out" of the fun. (I drew 1/4, so I'll have to pony up a quarter of whatever was collected this morning.) By the time everyone puts in their match, the kids may have collected a couple of thousand dollars!
After Sunday School, Curt fed everyone that stayed to work hamburgers, then they went to work putting the big tent up. The tent is huge -- circus tent size! All of the quilts and the auction items will be displayed in it before the auction starts and the "Great Gatherings" booth (items that are antiques or not suitable for the auction, but too nice for the et cetera shop) sets up inside as well.
The fellows rent out the tent -- or portions of it -- during the year for weddings, family reunions, parties, etc. so they have got putting it up down to a science. It only takes them a couple of hours. We didn't stay to watch today as I wanted to go back to Auntie Violet for a nap... (But only because Forry says I'm cranky!)
Saturday, September 26, 2009
I cannot even conceive of going to a breakfast meeting that starts at 4:30 AM real time. The only way I can do it, is to convince myself that it really is 6:30 AM. And while that's bad enough (especially for a NON-morning person), it's just a bit more palatable than trying to eat breakfast in the middle of the night.
This morning was one when my body was just not believing my lies. It kept telling me that getting up at 2 AM real time to take the shuttle to the airport at 2:30 was not even remotely a possibility...
I had planned to get to bed early last night.
Our last meeting ended at 4 PM and I was going to go to my room, order room service and just crash. My roommate's flight to New York was leaving at 5:30, so I knew I'd have our room to myself. Well, there was only one other person on the Executive Board that wasn't able to fly out last night and she said she disliked eating alone so I said, sure, I'd go to the hotel restaurant with her. (I really think she wanted to get a taxi and go somewhere else, but I ignored the hints...).
Kansas City prides itself on being the BBQ capital of the world (though there are many other claimants for that title!) so we had wonderful pulled pork sandwiches while we discussed what it was like to raise autistic kids then and now. (Our son is in his late forties and her daughter is a teenager.) Needless to say, we didn't have a very quick dinner.
When I finally got back up to my room, I was shocked to see my roommate's suitcase sitting in the entryway! Addy had missed her flight to NY! There was a trainee at the airline check-in desk all alone who didn't know how to take care of the woman in line ahead of her who was changed from another airline that had cancelled its flight. By the time a supervisor showed up (angry that the trainee had been left alone..), the last NY flight of the evening had left... At least the supervisor was able to issue Addy a boarding ticket for the 8 AM flight this morning -- and she knew that she still had a bed in our room.
But, as we hadn't really had a chance to talk much during the meetings...
It ended up being a pretty short night!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
It was after 11 when I got to bed last night and 6 AM seemed to come awfully early. We met this afternoon with all of the agency boards. Late in the afternoon we had presentations from four youngish pastors. You think at that hour of the day, fatigue would have set in, but they energized the whole group.
Meanwhile back at the ranch, the well driller seemed to hit a pretty good flow of water at around 480 feet. Tomorrow they'll put the pump done and see what we've actually got.
I got a Facebook message from Germany tonight from a Mario Hardt wondering if I recognized the name of Ernest Hardt (who was Forry's Dad.) Mario had the names of Ernie's Dad and brothers, so we think he's most likely a 2nd cousin... Forry has had no knowledge of his family beyond his grandfather, so he's pretty excited about the contact!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Our first in-person Mennonite Church USA Executive Board meeting of the new biennium started this afternoon (we actually have already had one conference call meeting). It was good to see everyone, especially as I had originally figured I wouldn't be here due to my back surgery. But since that's been postponed until October, here I am!
After our meeting until 6 PM this afternoon, we adjourned to committee meetings this evening. My Board Development Committee met at a very good Mexican restaurant, Abuelos, not too far from the hotel. I ended up taking the Minutes for the meeting, typed them on the hotel computer, then discovered you couldn't save documents on their computer in order to email them. They also had no facility to use a USB port with a Memory Stick! So I ended up RE-TYPING the dang things into the body of an email and sending them to the Chair so that he could report at the Executive Board meeting tomorrow!
The good thing -- I am using the hotel's computer to do my blog instead of doing it on my iPhone! It's neat to be able to use the iPhone, but it sure takes a lot longer with that little keyboard!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I spent most of the day today flying. We were at the Moses Lake airport a little before 5 AM (bless Forry for his patience and willingness to get me to the airport so early in the morning.).
From ML to SeaTac to get a flight to Denver and then finally to Kansas City. I got here at the hotel a bit after 4 PM.
I don't have meetings until 1PM tomorrow so can actually sleep in! Except my room mate Addy has an 8 AM meeting, so she'll be up and stirring.
Monday, September 21, 2009
We spent a good share of the afternoon at Les Schwabs getting the rear brakes replaced on the Toad. (The back left rotor was dragging...) Having work done on the vehicles is always a bit traumatic for Forry as he is used to doing this kind of work himself. So there's always lots of muttering about what it costs and how much cheaper it was when he did it. But since he no longer has a shop and since it's a bit harder for him to get down and do physical work, he generally admits he's glad to get it done.
By the time the Toad was finished it was after five, so we picked up Son Sean and went to dinner at Applebees on the South Hill. I should of gotten a picture of Sean -- he had his hair clipped down to the scalp the other day! It's grown out a bit -- there's a little stubble -- and it's quite a change from the shaggy look he's had all summer.
It was after nine when we got back to Auntie Violet and I still have to pack! I have a 5:48 AM flight from Moses Lake (then SeaTac to Denver to Kansas City) tomorrow. I will be in KC through Friday for an All-Boards meeting and will fly home Saturday morning.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
The weeks leading up the the Sale are always fun when the items for the auction start to show up. This morning the back pews were draped with quilts. There was a very different one that came from a lady in New York called a garden quilt. The patches were all different kinds of fruits and vegetables -- including blocks of red potatoes. Walt has again made a gorgeous pair of turned wooden table lamps. I saw an antique oak cupboard sitting in the vestibule as well, along with a pair of Amish dolls.
Dennis and Kay ordered several cases of maple syrup (both flasks and cans) from Canada that will be a new item for sale in the booths this year. The fellows are going to fix a pancake breakfast Saturday morning so that people can sample the syrup.
One of the attractions for all of the relief sales across the country is Penny Power where glass five gallon jugs of coins collected by children are displayed and filled. This morning's penny collection portion of the service got just a wee bit long as Diane had decided to teach the children how the auction portion of the sale works. The kids all got Auction Cards with Bidder Numbers on them from me (and some coins to bid with...) so that they could actually bid on the items Diane had brought. A couple of the littlest ones (four year olds) really got into the spirit of bidding -- their parents are going to have to keep a close eye on them when the auction starts!
One of the older boys was high bidder on a box of 72 crayons, but he saw the disappointment of the younger boy who had been bidding against him. He turned and whispered in his Dad's ear, then quietly put the box of crayons in the younger lad's lap...
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Cathi asked me how deep wells in this area are. We don't really know about domestic wells as most of the wells in the area are irrigation wells that go down several hundred feet (and any new ones have to be below sea level -- and cased all the way down). The nearest domestic well is a couple of miles away and up on a hill -- they're a little below 800 feet. There are none down in our coulee anymore. The big irrigation wells in the area dried up all the springs in the coulee thirty plus years ago.
Well, at least both WSU and UW on their games today! And the Mariners beat the Yankees last night in extra innings (Yea, Ichiro!). Maybe tonight's game will continue the streak.
Friday, September 18, 2009
They're drilling through some rather hard dark basalt-type rock, but they did get down to 440 feet today. They stayed late this afternoon (they usually are long gone by four PM), but didn't get a breakthrough. I guess we'll have to wait until Monday now.
I finally finished the bracelet I was making with Bill's hand blown beads (three strands), but now have decided it is WAY TOO HEAVY! I was playing around with a couple of left over beads and made some neat earrings that I really like, but I think I will take the bracelet apart again. I'm thinking I have enough beads to do a single strand necklace as well as a single strand bracelet. Hmm.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The drilling company:
The drill master:
I know that they did drill through the cement that they had poured on Monday afternoon, but I'm not sure how deep they got today...
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
There is beginning to be lots of evidence of Fall's imminent arrival. The fruit stands are full of peaches and pears and the first of the apples are beginning to appear. This wild rose plant we saw on one of our walks with the g-kids had the the fattest reddest hips:
All of the beauty bushes in the Mount Vernon and Burlington area are beginning to turn from green to red and we saw leaves on the ground under some of the trees.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
MM and I and Claire went shopping for baby gifts for my new great niece to be, Then the fellows met us at the Olive Garden for dinner.
Yesterday Scott bought a DVD of The American President at a garage sale for a buck. We watched it this evening with many chuckles.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Similar to geocaching, except using clues to hunt for boxes hidden around Skagit County for kids.
In the process we ended up at Taylor Shellfish Farms out of Bow. One of the boxes was hidden there which gave us good reason to buy fresh Dungeness crab and clams for supper. Stopped at the bakery in Bow for a late lunch - great sandwichs, quich, huckleberry pie and ginger pear tart! Umm, good. Went to to the other bakery (which has mainly breads) and got baguettes to go with the crab, then one more stop to buy fresh farm cheese and Greek yogurt.
By the time we cleaned the crabs and Scott BBQed the clams, it got pretty late, but a good day was had by all. (And the g-kids found four treasure boxes...)
Friday, September 11, 2009
We tried and tried to put MM's address into the GPS unit but it would NOT accept that Mount Vernon was a city/town in Washington State. It even tried to tell me all of the states that did have such a town -- even one in Australia!
So I gave up and just left it on map view. Later when I was looking at a regular map I noticed that it was abbreviated as Mt Vernon. I tried that spelling -- the GPS liked it and all was well...
I'm not sure who's dumb -- me or the machine? Or should I blame the wise souls that programmed it?
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Forry vacuumed while I cleaned mirrors and dusted, then mopped the tile floors. I went ahead and washed the bathroom throw rugs while I was at it. I'd better take advantage of having water before the well driller finally gets busy. We'll be using water from the tanks that Jeff had filled, but will need to be conserving (back to boon-docking?).
Jeff has had trouble with the domestic well the last month or so. He's not been able to keep ahead enough to keep the yard watered. The water table in this Odessa Aquifer keeps dropping. We drilled the well deeper a few years ago until they ran into sand. Now they will have to pour concrete into the well to fill in the sand area, then drill through it in order to make it deeper. The well driller moved all of his equipment in last Friday, but said he wouldn't get started until after Labor Day. This morning he said they had an emergency, so didn't make it today. Maybe tomorrow?
Monday, September 7, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
It was cool enough today that I put on my velour pants and top and even have my slippers on -- quite a change from shorts and sandals.
I've spent most of the day with my nose in my Kindle. I've been reading a new (to me anyway) series by Karen Marie Moning, set in Ireland.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
We got home this morning a little after midnight. It was a very eerie, beautiful drive home from Bellevue under a full moon. As we got to this side of the mountains, there were a few scattered clouds that the moon seemed to be flirting with, slipping in and out and lighting them from the backside.
I had a very productive day today. Not only did I get three loads of laundry done, but I got all of my Quicken accounts up to date! I had been caught up a couple of months ago and for some reason I was sure that I had entered all of the July data the first of August. I must have gotten distracted, because when I went to enter the August stuff, I discovered that only about eight days of July were done... But, anyway, I am now caught up! (This is one of the few resolutions I've made that I've really tried to follow through on. I hate trying to remember what it was I spent $87 on seven months ago and trying to figure whether it was deductible or not.)
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
After the game we met Bill and Leslie at Daniel's Broiler in Bellevue for dessert. Leslie and I shared a peach tart and some chocolate covered strawberries, while the guys indulged in molten chocolate cake while we watched the sunset. Afterward we took the private Microsoft elevator up to the 20th floor of Bellevue Place to see the view.
Now we are driving home to Auntie Violet across the mountains under a gorgeous full moon!
We were up fairly early, showered and checked out of the hotel, then headed for Pike Street Market. We hadn't been there long before Linda & Darryll arrived. We went to Lowells and up to the 2nd floor to have breakfast overlooking Puget Sound, but the fog had rolled in and we couln't see a thing!
We ate and talked and looked at their pictures from Paraguay & the sun came out by the time we were finished.
After we left the market we drove over to the park at Shilshole and spent a couple of hours at the beach until it was time to go to the Mariners game.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
We drove over Snoqualmie Pass this afternoon and arrived at our hotel in Seattle by 4 pm and had time for a short nap before dinner.
My friends I had worked with for many years at the Washington Health Foundation have been really wanting to get together for almost three years, but it just has never worked. Tonight it did! We met for dinner at 5:30 and talked non-stop for almost 2 1/2 hours! It was great to see Lorna and Theo and Katharine. (Jeff couldn't come, but we chatted a bit on the phone...)
On our way to dinner, Linda & Darryll called out of the blue, found out we were on their side of the state and are now going to meet us at Pike Street Market for breakfast tomorrow!