Autumn approaches…

Apparently in a three hour period here yesterday we had five times more rain than we had done in the previous two and a half months!

Of course, most of us in Seattle were more concerned about the level of our home team’s football play than the level of our rainfall but still, a cool statistic πŸ˜‰

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Enjoying our view….

Nothing like a few orcas to go with our September sunshine on a Friday morning! Easy to keep track of them too with all the boats following them! πŸ˜€

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the advantages of a David getting older…..

you get to go out to somewhere you actually like to eat and drink and pretend it’s a treat for his birthday 🀣

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you have to be kidding me!!!

OK so when I was working out on my new exercise machine yesterday, David went out kayaking with Tom, one of our neighbors. Originally Tom had offered stand up paddle boarding but David said the water was too cold for that (oh, of course I said “don’t fall in then!”). Luckily Tom has many water toys since he lives just steps from Puget Sound like us so off they went, Β putting in at Weather Watch Park and paddling north towards Alki Point.

In the meantime I finish my workout, head upstairs to grab an espresso and recover and glance at my computer for any local news before I turn on the TV ready for more US Open coverage. What do I see but whale reports – heading south right past my windows so you can just imagine what went through my head (rude words mother!).

An hour later somebody comes up the stairs with a big grin on his face…”guess what I saw!” aaaargh!!!!

These are pictures of the actual whales David and Tom encountered at close range c/o the West Seattle Blog and taken by Kersti Muul who the guys actually saw taking the pictures.

David said it was hard to believe just how tall the dorsal fin on that big male was – identified as T102 I think, probably twice his height! Oh and they also had a big sea lion come and say Hi and wave his flipper at them. Show offs!!

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My new exercise machine is TOUGHER than my handcycle on the bike trainer was! I started slowly with 15 mins a day to get used to it, had a break for a few days because life got busy then the Norwalk virus put in an appearance which admittedly left me with a few weakness deficits but I just pulled a fairly standard 30 minutes on it and I am TRASHED 😝

Clearly I have work to do – I’m not used to feeling like a wuss!! On the plus side though, you can see that I can just stay in my wheelchair and roll up to this – no more being unable to transfer safely off, hooray! πŸ‘πŸŽ‰

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Smoky skies and tall ships

a restful day after what turned out to be an unusual holiday weekend for our immediate family. Between the eight of us we managed to fit in a wedding, 4 cases of Norwalk virus, a college football game, a fall downstairs, a vehicle catching fire and some stitches! We are not however close to any of the fires dropping ash all over Seattle and filling the skies with smoke so we are very grateful for that!

Watching some US Open tennis and the tall ships sail by this afternoon is definitely a nice relaxing option πŸ™‚

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The mark of a good Grandad……

being up half the night comforting a throwing up three year old, feeding and changing her 9 month old brother at midnight and still finding Frozen videos for her on his laptop the next morning and singing the songs with her πŸ˜„

There might be a nap in his future ( between football games ) πŸ˜‰

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Rough day 🀣

OK so at some point between the vinegar tasting and the Moscow Mules I actually made them move some furniture up 2 floors for me but hey, I have an elevator – it wasn’t that tough! πŸ˜„

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This looks like a good vacation…….

 this may have been the moment that Howard began to get suspicious about David’s ulterior motive for wanting him to visit 🀣

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some workouts are tougher than others ;)

fullsizeoutput_aaa5someone got delayed heading home due to a little weather issue in his neck of the world yesterday, but before it hit he amused himself by doing a solo spin class in his hotel – rough view!

He’d been hiking earlier but bailed halfway through when the ‘real feel’ hit 117 degrees fahrenheit and headed downward to Repulse Bay to catch a bus back to where he was staying. Β Er… good choice!IMG_7423

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