Monday, August 30, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
The RV Park had a pancake and sausage breakfast this morning. You had your choice of blueberry or buttermilk pancakes and either pork patties or turkey sausages. This afternoon we checked out the mini-golf course (what Abe K used to call "putt-putt.".) Even though it is small, it was a challenge -- especially the last hole.
The deer came around while we were playing golf too. First there was the doe with her twins and then a young buck came visiting. He only had little short velvet spikes. The way he acted we wondered if maybe he wasn't last year's fawn.
I talked with Brother Pat and Cindy today -- they were busy canning spaghetti sauce as the tomatoes in his garden are finally ripe. Checked in with Sister Sherry who seems to be having a rattlesnake week. Earlier they lost one of the longhorn cows who had gotten bit. Maggie, the stray hunting dog who adopted Sherry a couple of winters ago, was much luckier. After an overnight stay at the vet's, she's home again and seems to be doing okay.
Tonight I baked a few of the potatoes Daughter Dawn had given us from her garden and grilled a steak. With the addition of cucumber slices and fresh raspberries we had a feast. This is our last night at the Sequim RV Park. Tomorrow we will be moving to the the county camp at Salt Creek.
(Pictures taken with my iPhone -- sorry they aren't real great...!)
Friday, August 27, 2010
But since poor Varick was so hungry, we settled on a run to the end of the Point and back by the restaurant in order to get rid of some of his excess energy. A cup of clam chowder and a plate of fish and chips (proclaimed "Not as good as the ones he had at the Public House in Port Townsend...) later, he shared a huge piece of chocolate chip Oreo pie with Forry and me.
Then nothing would do for BOTH of the guys but we hurry back to the Sequim RV Park for Ice Cream Sundae Night so that they could get root beer floats! I dropped them both off at the Clubhouse with five minutes to spare. They showed back up at Auntie Violet a while later all smiles -- and I'm sure, very full bellies.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Here's a copy of Wheat Life, the magazine of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers and one of the Ruralite, Big Bend Electric Coop's magazine.
There's several church publications -- I expect that as I am on the Executive Board of Mennonite Church USA. Three copies of the Mennonite Weekly Review, one of The Mennonite and one of the Leader.
Ah, a copy of NurseWeek. I seem to get one of these every year or so. I can tell that they've done a mass mailing using the list of Registered Nurses licensed in the State of Washington -- it's the only list that lists my name with my maiden name as my middle initial.
A newsprint catalog from Camper World -- I can count on at least one in every batch of mail. There's also copy of RV View, the monthly magazine of Camper World. And let's see, a copy of Family Motor Coaching and one of Motorhome.
And then there's the mail: two letters about crop insurance; a newsletter from the Farm Services Agency; a couple of checks (nice!); a couple of bills (not-so-nice); a hand-written note (with a fountain pen, no less!) from Roy expressing his thanks that I am going to be a facilitator at the Health Sector Assembly in October; a letter from the Skagit County Auditor with the license tabs for the pickup at the ranch; two credit card offers (not nearly as many as there were a few years ago...); a couple of confirmation letters from my retirement account about deposits; two promotional letters from Good Sam; and of course, a letter from AARP!
Lots of filing of the important stuff; shredding of the stuff with private info; round-filing of the junk and envelopes; stacking of reading material and I'm done with the mail for another couple of weeks or so.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Wow! That one went WAY out there!
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
This ferry is a fairly small one -- there's room for about 65 vehicles on it.
There is a full moon tonight. It was gorgeous as we watched it rise over the water.
After our return to the Port Townsend side we walked over to the Old Public House for a late dinner. I had a bowl of the most wonderfully delicious Corn Potato Crab Chowder along with some salmon fritters for dinner. Forry had a crabwich and Varick -- true to his sister's tradition -- had fish and chips!
Monday, August 23, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
This mother and her twin fawns were in the meadow on the way to the refuge --
And then we saw this fellow --
Saturday, August 21, 2010
The Mariners played an early game today. They are in New York so it started at 10 AM our time. Ichiro started off with a home run which was immediately followed by another one. Then in the third inning, Ichiro again started the inning off with his second home run! Alas, Vargas wasn't up to par today and the Mariners couldn't hold on to their lead. ;-(
Now Forry is watching the Seahawks play the Packers. I know it's a pre-season game, but it's still too early for football!
Friday, August 20, 2010
We've been wanting to check out the Escapees RV Park near Chimacum, Washington, the Evergreen Coho SKP Park. It's one of the SKP parks where you can "lease" a lot for your RV. You can either live there full or part-time. When you are not there, you can put your lot in the rental pool which allows other RVers to use your lot.
The park is a Co-Op Park, basically run by the owners as volunteers. There is a paid manager, but all of the other work is done by the residents. You pay a price for your lot plus a yearly maintenance fee. Problem is, like many other retirement places, there is a waiting list! At this time there are 185 people on the waiting list! The average wait is five to six years.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
There are different criteria for how you want to "bid" your acreage into the program. Each has different numbers of grass species as well as the addition of shrubs or forbs. I guess when they want to verify numbers they either put down a certain size square (say 10 foot by 10 foot) and count every plant within it. Or another way they put out a hundred foot line and count what ever is along it.
Today was definitely a "down" day. After getting in about midnight last night, we slept in this morning. I had a two hour conference call with the Racial Healing Task Force at noon. I've thrown a few loads of clothes into the washer/dryer, but haven't done too much else, besides take a nap and read for a while. I've got a couple of the new red potatoes from Daughter Dawn's garden in the oven and some thin pork cutlets simmering on the stove. After a day of overcast skies, the sun is shining and all is well with my world.
It's a few minutes after midnight and we've just arrived back at Diamond Point and Auntie Violet!
We went to the ranch this morning; then went into Ritzville; picked up some mail that had been waiting for us since July 17th; then went to the Farm Services Office. We were there for two and one-half hours getting all of the paperwork done to re-certify and sign up two parcels of land back into the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).
It was a long trip back to the west side of the state!
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Today we buttoned up Auntie Violet and moved to Diamond Point RV Resort near Sequim -- a four hour drive from where we were in Ocean Mist RV Resort. It took a bit longer than usual as we were showing each step to Leslie and Bill as we went. They will be soon (within the next two weeks!) buying their own rig so were quite interested in how we went about it.
Bill and Leslie had stayed overnight in Aberdeen last night, then came back in time to join us for cinnamon rolls (a Sunday morning tradition at that RV Park) and peaches this morning (Sunday, August 15). After breakfast we drove down along the beach in their Jeep Rubicon. We ran into a feeding frenzy of gulls just off shore. There must have been hundreds of them wheeling and diving just above the waves. We could see that some of them were catching small silver fish about 1 to 1 1/2 inches long. There must have been a HUGE school of little fish that they were after. Bill and I waded into the ocean up to our knees, but we couldn't see what they were after.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
We got here to the RV Park a little after five o'clock; visited for a while; then went in to Ocean Shores for dinner. And would you believe, after two weeks of looking -- and on our last night here -- we finally found THE seafood restaurant! Located at the rear of a fish market, Mike's Restaurant has fantastic seafood. I had a fresh crab (cooked after I ordered it), Forry had crab cakes, Leslie had some wonderful crab stuffed prawns and Bill had some delectable scallops. It was a great meal!
Bill and Leslie are staying in Aberdeen tonight, but will be returning in the morning for breakfast and to fly kites on the beach before we pack up Auntie Violet and head for Sequim.
Friday, August 13, 2010
I had a very nice boring flight from SeaTac this morning. There were people from the Phoenix Convention Bureau waiting to give me a ride to the Wyndham Hotel. Very nice -- the have plug-ins all over the place. There's one on each side of the bed at waist height. I can actually plug in the chargers for both my iPhone and my Kindle without having to crawl under the bed and/or unplug something!
We met this afternoon with the Vice Mayor of Phoenix whose mother is Mexican and his father is Polish. He's a pretty devout Catholic who is looking for the churches to stand up against all of the hate legislation and talk. Many of the Arizonians we talking with today are working to register Hispanic voters -- they've invited college students to come and help -- almost like the voting drives in the south in the 60's.
There are 18 of us here in our delegation, most of whom I've met over the past few years, though only five of us are Anglos. We're definitely in a listening mode. We'll hear more from the Chief of Police tomorrow as well as other city officials and then in the afternoon we'll be talking with local church folks.
We met with the Mayor & the Chief of Police today and got a lot of the history of Arizona's SB 1071.
This evening we met with about 70 local Arizona church members. Interesting discussions!
Sent from my iPhone....
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Forry will go back to Auntie Violet in the morning then drive back over and pick me up when I return Saturday afternoon. There are fifteen or so of us going as a delegation from Mennonite Church USA to discuss with the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and Convention Bureau the ramifications of holding our 2013 Assembly in Phoenix. I was invited because of my role as the Co-Chair of the Anti-Racism Team of the Executive Board. Most of the delegation members are from the Racial-Ethnic groups of the church.
It's going to be quite a contrast to go from the coastal beaches where the temperatures have barely reached 70 degrees to the 110 degrees Phoenix has been posting!
These are the dunes between the RV Park and the beach --
Monday, August 9, 2010
So today was moving day when we moved back up into the main area of the park. Which of course, meant we didn't get to sleep in this morning as we were supposed to be moved by 11 AM. It is just as much work to get ready to move less than a mile as it is to travel several hundred miles. The only thing we didn't have to do was hitch up the Toad. I had to chuckle as after we got everything done, I went to wash my hands and realized the one thing I hadn't done was turn the water on!
We didn't do too much this afternoon. I did put the beach towels in the washer -- and I hope they will eventually get dry in this humidity! Towards late afternoon, we went into Ocean Shores to pick up groceries, then went over to the Quinault Casino for supper. Forry and I split a delicious rib steak, then shared creme brulee.
Sunday, August 8, 2010
These are some of the flowers and grasses along the path down through the dunes to the beach. I think the yellow one is Tansy Butterweed (Senecio jacobaea) or ragwort, but I am not sure.
Grandpa came down to the beach with us and the girls had a chance to try flying the drivable kite (as you can see, the sun has again disappeared...!) --
Saturday, August 7, 2010
By two o'clock, the rain was down to a drizzle and Kyra persuaded me that they should go down to the ocean for one more swim. Sometimes I wonder about my sanity, but we went. We were the only people to be seen on the beach -- and nobody was playing in the waves! The only positive thing I can say is that it was a lot easier to walk on the wet sand then the soft dry stuff.
Friday, August 6, 2010
This is mainly the bird life we have seen so far at the beach -- sea gulls in all stages of maturity --
And we've sighted lots of these little coastal deer, including several does with their fawns --
Here's Claire deciding that, once again, the only thing on the menu that looks good to her is fish and chips (we keep checking her for gills, but haven't found any yet...) --
This morning we drove down towards the Spit in Ocean Shores to go horseback riding along the ocean beach. Claire has gone to Pony Camp for a couple of years, but has never ridden a big horse. When the guide went to put her on the horse, she decided it was just "too high!" They tried her on a smaller horse, but she still thought it was too high and didn't want to ride. So just Grammy and Kyra went for an hour's ride down the sand.
Grandpa and Claire went shopping while we were riding -- we badly needed to get some dehumidifier for the motor home. The humidity here is extremely high -- right at 70% in Auntie Violet! My clothes are just not getting dry at all, nor are the beach towels.
After lunch -- Claire had her fish and chips, Forry had a crab burger, Kyra had a crab and cheese sandwich and I had a delicious crab Louie salad -- the girls and I went back down to the beach for a couple of hours. We had a light mist and then even a bit of sunshine, but after their time in the ocean, the girls were ready for the hot tub.
Tonight was Ice Cream Social night at the RV Park. Kyra, Forry and I all had banana splits with three scoops of ice cream, one each of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry with all of the toppings and lots of walnuts, while Claire had a chocolate ice cream cone. After all of that, I decided I was NOT cooking supper! Kyra said she was still hungry, so she had a root beer float and Claire had a strawberry cone. I didn't even feel guilty about it, after watching all of the calories the two of them expended running on the beach and chasing the waves.
And yes, I know, I missed writing something yesterday! I had uploaded a picture of the girls on the jetty to Facebook that I had taken with my iPhone, and I guess I thought I had done my blog... When I woke up to go the the bano about three o'clock, I remembered I hadn't done it, but wasn't about come out and turn on the computer at that hour...
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Watch close now --
We did not see the sun at all today and tonight the fog has crept up the dunes into the campground. There was a pretty good breeze blowing which was nice for flying kites, but not for swimming. I waded out no more than my knees, but the girls spent quite a while jumping into and diving into the waves. Claire got chilled and came and sat on the beach wrapped in towels with Grandpa and Grammy, but Kyra kept at it for over an hour until I called her in and took them into the hot tub.
The girls spent the morning making plaster of paris molds and sidewalk chalk with the kits we bought in town yesterday, while I worked at the getting the laundry done that I had neglected all last week. The humidity is over 65%, so things aren't drying very well.