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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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I have NO idea where my children acquired some of their skills….

but I do recall Taryn going to Lisbon back in 2007 ~ here she is there, CIMG1145

which may…..  or may not have something to do with this nice little piece of translationIMG_2619

that dropped into my mailbox in the current edition of the Massachusetts Review today.IMG_2622 Now… how do you say “way to go Taryn” in Portuguese???? ;)

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Spectator Sports

one of the things about becoming physical disabled is that you learn to adjust to being a bit more of a spectator in life than you probably were once upon a time. There are still lots of things you can do albeit a little differently, but over recent years I have discovered that my extra free time gave me the chance to become a much better spectator of many activities. I’ve always loved watching tennis and back in the motherland I could actually score a mean game of cricket ;)
Nowadays I have learned to follow baseball and US football (oh what a killer that final kick was for the Cougs last night!!) but since moving to West Seattle I get to see divers nearly every time I roll down to Alki Beach or the Water Taxi and thanks to videos like this ~ Video: Seen off West Seattle shores, ‘Beneath a Dark Sea’. I actually get to see what the local octopi are up to! Still diving but in dramatically different environs I have been following one of Chelsea’s good high school friends as she and her fiancé dive ‘The Best of SE Asia’ and he photographs and videos their adventure – check it out ~

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good things to look at …..

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Not so bad for the first Friday in October is it? ;)

Last night we were across Elliot Bay at Pioneer Square’s First Thursday Art Walk so we weren’t really paying attention to the sunset ~ gorgeous as it was. Instead we got to gaze at some of John Andro Avendano’s work that he was exhibiting and then we did a quick visit to Alki Arts a little farther up 1st Street to see some of the stuff Diane Venti had on her gallery’s walls. John is a racquetball buddy of David’s and Diane used to have a gallery within rolling distance of my house so I’d get to go and enjoy lots of the local artists’ work that she shows. Luckily for me the gallery has a great Facebook page so I still get to see a lot of the  pieces that she shows even if I don’t get to see them in the flesh as often as I used to. Last night I really liked the CA Pierce paintings that were there ;)

This evening it’s back to watching the sunset again – feel sorry for me yet??? We are being spoiled by some fabulous early October weather and after my workout earlier today I was sitting out on the deck in just my sports bra and shorts. Remind me of that when winter finally gets here ;)

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just one little hiccup..

One late little hiccup to our trip out of town last week was that we checked our bags ( a rare occurrence which will be even rarer in the future) and they managed to arrive in Seattle the day before we did. That meant that we spent our last night away from home without any niceties like clean clothes or make-up or hairbrushes. A little bit inconvenient but manageable. :) The bags were there waiting for us when we finally landed at SeaTac on Monday so that was nice but we had come home with a Charleston goody bag that included Bloody Mary Mix and crackers. 3 guesses what broke in transit………..and then sat there for a day waiting for us to arrive!!!! Thankfully the bottle was in David’s suitcase so it was his clothes that were scarlet and smelly and it’s his suitcase that still REEKS!!  ;)

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I had told him I didn’t think he should bring the bottle home with him in case it broke so I chuckled just a tad when my prediction turned out to be correct. “Never mind, we can still have the crackers at happy hour” said I after throwing all his stuff in the washing machine…….. another 3 guesses what he DIDN’T bother to bring back with him!

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back in the swing…..

Having just got back into town on Monday I was just thinking today that things were almost back to normal but that I’d only managed to read the paper and do the puzzles, get my bike trainer workout in, cool down, eat lunch and then grab a shower by 3:30pm. Then of course it occurred to me…… that’s usually all I ever manage to do by that time in the afternoon! So, back to ‘normal’ I think ;)

I’m always excited to get home after a trip because everything is set up so that I can function with no help at all when I’m here and after a week away I am more than ready to get in and out of bed by myself, take a shower without help etc etc. Of course now it’s a competition to see who is more thrilled by this – me, who doesn’t have to have any help or David who is the one who doesn’t have to help me ;) The trip was good though – a family wedding and both our girls were able to join us there so we all got the opportunity to touch base with lots of relatives we hadn’t seen for a long time and let’s face it – weddings are always fun! It also happened to be in Charleston where David went to college so it’s always fun for him to go back. The city is a nice one to visit and we had enough time there to see a couple of his college friends and go to a football game as well as enjoy all the wedding festivities.

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