As ready as theyโ€™ll ever be!

We went out for dinner with Taryn & Colton last week on David’s one day home for a pre IronMan meal together.

They got to Arizona this morning and on Sunday will be attempting their first full IronMan. We’ll see if they look any different when they return ! ๐Ÿ˜„

In the meantime they do at least have much nicer weather down there to enjoy until they have to start swimming 2.4miles……then biking 112……. and then running 26.2!!! I’ll be tired just tracking them ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

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Wet & Windy weather

Well of course the local newspaper used a shot of the surf just down the road from me to illustrate how bad our windstorm was yesterday. The weather is much calmer today but down there at Constellation Park it’s still a little bit of a splash zone as you can see from the waves in this picture I just took out of my window. The weather people are promising more wind later this afternoon but nothing quite as bad as yesterday. I would point out though that at the height of the storm six of my neighborhood ladies still made it to my house for happy hour, several of them carrying food and wine through the torrential rain and 55 mph wind gusts – West Seattlites are made of stern stuff! ๐Ÿคฃ

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Time was…..

33 years ago today someone had just flown his first trip as a Northwest Orient pilot and was still young and poor ๐Ÿคฃ

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heading home

I didn’t even need the spotting scope to see these guys heading back out to the north this afternoon. Nice of them to do it before the light failed though ๐Ÿ™‚

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Friday happenings in the โ€˜hood

First snowflakes of the season this morning and the USS John C Stennis aircraft carrier sneaking out late this afternoon.

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Happy Halloween!

Not one of my big holidays since we didn’t do the whole trick or treat thing growing up in England – apple bobbing and the occasional costume party was about as wild as we got because just days away was Bonfire Night with (obviously) bonfires and guys and fireworks and food that you cooked outside and ate outside around the bonfire – lots more fun ๐Ÿ™‚

I learnt to do the costume and carved pumpkin thing for the girls growing up over here but I could never bring myself to take them trick or treating around the neighbourhood for candy I’d never let them eat anyway. What a mean Mom, hahaha ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Worth every penny ๐Ÿ˜„

Hands down greatest thing about having these gizmos is the fact that theyโ€™re easy enough for little kids to use. That means that when I send a message to Chelseaโ€™s house on it for my grandchildren I get a reply from Cora who is 3 saying โ€œ Grandma I miss you and I love you SOOO muchโ€ โค๏ธ

Like I said, worth every penny and then some! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜

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a little late….

Halfway through the week already and I’m just now uploading these pictures from Sunday. I must have been doing something important with my time……right?! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway, we had some old friends drop by Sunday morning and caught up with a little of what’s going on in each others lives plus they brought me the most gorgeous fall arrangement that Linda picked from her garden before they came over ย – it’s in one of the pics I uploaded, just look for the sugar pumpkin. (which another friend grew and gave me!)

After lunch (or if you were them after swimming!) Taryn & Colton came over to get their bike workout in. David went off with Colton around Mercer Island to do 50 miles and Taryn stayed here and did her miles on her trainer on one of our decks. Of course my workout is way shorter than theirs so after I’d done 30 mins on my machine I got to keep Taryn company the rest of the time. Luckily it was great weather for an outside workout as you can tell from that evening’s sunset ๐Ÿ™‚ Good job we’re supposed to have more nice weather this weekend because I think they’re slated to bike 90 then!!!!

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Monday, Monday..

fullsizeoutput_b08d.jpegSo today I had Chelsea, Cora and Anders come and spend the morning with me, David got home from a 6 day trip at lunchtime and then just before my usual neighbourhood Monday happy hour 2 pods of resident orcas swam past my windows putting on quite a show.

Not a bad start to the week at all ๐Ÿ™‚

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Family, farewells and the fabulous English countryside

The views and villages are what I grew up with every day of my youth and Dadโ€™s farewell gave me the chance to see not only my Mom and brother but also some of my Aunties and Uncles plus most of my cousins and some of their families.

Many thanks to my husband for getting me there (and back!), my brother for taking care of absolutely everything in my absence and of course my Dad, who taught me how to take care of everything I ever needed all by myself…..well, except for paying all those first and last months rents every time I moved to a new flat in London back in the 70โ€™s, which I did all the time! ๐Ÿคฃ

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