Incredible stuff!

David sent me this link for a TED Talk he just watched on a flight. Just amazing stuff being done by a lot of incredibly smart people out there ;)

https://embed-ssl.ted.com/talks/hugh_herr_the_new_bionics_that_let_us_run_climb_and_dance.html

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talk about karma!

IMG_2802So….. my bookclub (going since the end of my kids stretch at elementary school!) would normally meet this Wednesday, but my chauffeur is on the other side of the Pacific ;(

However, the other ladies were wonderfully willing to move it back a week so that I could go – yay.

That was great news except for the fact that I hadn’t read this month’s book because I didn’t think I could make it. Like lots of us these days I do tend to read most things on my ipad and I really like to make use of my library – just ask me how many Holds I have on my account waiting to become available!  But – I boot up and put in this month’s read (with a week and 2 days to go) and not only do they have it – it’s available for instant download –  yes!!  And remember, David is gone for a few days and the weather here is lousy so I have lots of time to actually get it read. What did I tell you – Karma! I must have been SO good in my childhood ;)

(Sssh mother, don’t ruin it!)

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and now wind!

Well this evening we’re getting our first windstorm of the season but so far we’ve kept our power on – hopefully those aren’t famous last words! 😜 It’s been pretty wet all day so I’ve been busy inside. Took advantage of my standing frame to be able to whisk up some bechamel sauce on the stove for tonight’s mushroom lasagna. When asked what he thought of the lasagna David said…. and I quote- ” it’s really good, you used Campbell’s mushroom soup, right?”
Only the fact that he’d bought me these just a couple of days ago saved his butt! 😉IMG_0307.JPG

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snow!

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Got up this morning to see the first snow of the season across the Sound on the Olympics and a little later saw our first Bald Eagle of the season fly past the windows too. ;)

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celebrating ………….. something! ;)

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possibly just that it was Wednesday and I was back in my old stomping grounds, but hey – a good time was had by all  ;)

Not too much going on this past week, my heat kicked on for the first time last Wednesday which made me think we’d really moved into Fall but after 45 mins of heat that day and 30 the next it didn’t kick on again until today, a whole week later, so the temperatures certainly haven’t been that cool yet. I made a sweet potato and peanut stew over the weekend only to have it hit 70 that afternoon so that  was overkill! Yesterday it poured all day and we broke all kinds of rainfall records but today I was able to roll to the Log House Museum and back without even getting damp. David is in the country this week so he had offered me a lift but at this time of year I like to grab every chance I get to get some outdoor exercise in. You never know when it will suddenly get wet and windy and you’ll go days without a fresh air fix ;)

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Welcome back!

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nice as it would be to be able to take pictures of exactly what I can see through my spotting scope, even my old iphone can pick up this dorsal fin as we get to watch a pod of resident orcas frolic in the waters in front of us for the first time this season on what would otherwise be kind of a dreary wet afternoon! ;)

and great views from our local TV station’s helicopter -

http://www.komonews.com/home/video/Orca-pod-takes-swim-near-Vashon-Island–279604412.html?embed

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love this

Orca Network shared this video and although this is North of where I am on Puget Sound there have been views of this humpback down here, I just haven’t been lucky enough to catch a glimpse personally.

What a great view from a drone though, and what a great 6 minutes to spend just enjoying this fabulous creature  – it was a great way to start my day ;)

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No barricades but some interesting hiking

Being back in Hong Kong I thought David might see some of the protests going on there but he’s in a different hotel than usual in an area away from it all. That meant he had a little farther to go to do his regular Victoria Peak hike and he used some different trails –

IMG_0306.JPG some of which didn’t look all that widely used……….. up and over huh?! Hahaha 😄

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Monday, Monday..

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Our cooler temperatures and raindrops didn’t keep these kayakers (look closely!) inside today but I stuck to the bike trainer for my workout and then moved on to my usual Monday happy hour with some of my fun neighbors  ;)

David got home from Amsterdam with some cheese in hand on Saturday afternoon but is already halfway to Hong Kong now so I bet his body has absolutely no idea what time zone it’s supposed to be on. By the time I go to bed he’ll still have another 4 hours or so to go after already being in the air for 9 – it’s a looong way over there!

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Soaking up the last drop…

Our weather forecast shows showers starting tomorrow afternoon followed by more rain and cooler temperatures for the next week, so after I got home from the Log House Museum I took today’s crossword and KenKen out to the deck to work on.IMG_2627The sun had finally broken through a little after 4pm and after a while I noticed this ‘sundog’ up there in the clouds. IMG_2628 IMG_2629 The repeated foghorns of the ferries and cargo ships as they navigated their way through the marine mist made the perfect soundtrack for my afternoon ;)

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