Better Late than Never

In 13 days I will have lived in my current house for 6 whole years. Yesterday, thanks to the recent addition of curb cuts on Beach Drive I was able to roll home on the other side of the road for the very first time – woohoo!!!

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One of the good old days!

Ooh, a whole 7 years ago today since Susie got Salman Rushdie to hang out with the girls and I at a Words & Wine event here in Seattle. Taryn of course got to mingle with him after that since she worked at his agent’s in Manhattan for a few years but the rest of us weren’t so lucky so we’ll just cling to our signed first edition hardcovers instead 😄
And in other news I just realized that I was wearing that same black top a couple of days ago 🤣

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weekend comings and goings..


We got to see the USS John C Stennis going out and coming back in over the last couple of days, it’s always a treat to see an aircraft carrier glide past your windows! 😀

Yesterday David did a quick 40 mile bike ride with Taryn & Colton, ( after they ran a 5K! ) since they have new bikes to break in and are of course in training and then the whole tribe came for dinner 😊IMG_0755

Apparently Anders is happy as a clam as long as he has a big enough steak and beer…. who knew?! 🤣 IMG_1405.JPG


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Summer… at home and away

I’ve been keeping an eye on what the USS Nimitz has been up to since it shipped out of here in June on its latest deployment. It’s made the news quite a few times, the latest being today….

The following is U.S. Naval Forces Central Command’s full statement on the incident:
While operating in international airspace in the Central Arabian Gulf, an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the “Argonauts” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) had an unsafe and unprofessional interaction with an Iranian QOM-1 unmanned aerial vehicle Aug. 8.
Despite repeated radio calls to stay clear of active fixed-wing flight operations in vicinity of USS Nimitz, the QOM-1 executed unsafe and unprofessional altitude changes in the close vicinity of an F/A-18E in a holding pattern preparing to land on the aircraft carrier. The F/A-18E maneuvered to avoid collision with the QOM-1 resulting in a lateral separation of approximately 200 feet and a vertical separation of approximately 100 feet. The dangerous maneuver by the QOM-1 in the known vicinity of fixed wing flight operations and at coincident altitude with operating aircraft created a collision hazard and is not in keeping with international maritime customs and laws.
This is the 13th unsafe and/or unprofessional interaction between U.S. and Iranian maritime forces in 2017.

When I was searching through stuff about the ship online last week I came upon this this great old documentary featuring Cliff Robertson doing the narration – it’s good stuff 😃

Back at home it’s still warm and hazy with smoke from wildfires but not quite as bad as it has been. Certainly hasn’t stopped us from having neighbourhood garden parties and happy hours or stopped me from rolling along the water 😄

It has however apparently required my granddaughter to dress ‘appropriately for the season’ when she takes a walk around her neighbourhood…IMG_2699She sure doesn’t get it from me!! 😉

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hazy days of summer


a heatwave together with a lot of smoke from wild fires in British Columbia have given us a lot of hot and hazy days of late..

but before the haze descended there were the usual happy hoursfullsizeoutput_a9ea

and in the midst of me thinking I’d run out of hot weather clothes soon if it didn’t hurry up and cool down, Miss Cora took a completely different approach to dressing for a heatwave 🙂fullsizeoutput_a9ec

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Reading time

Cora and Anders came to visit yesterday and David and I got them all to ourselves for a while when Chelsea and Rich biked down to the beach for lunch. As is my wont I spent some time reading with Cora and pulled out this old English book which I thought she’d enjoy since she loves the flowers in her garden so much.

After we read the poems I happened to glance at the fly leaf only to discover who this book actually belonged to…….. IMG_0642sorry Nic, you’ve probably been desperately looking for this one!! 🤣Hahaha……


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Barb comes to play…

The photo captions are pretty self-explanatory – it was a lot of fun but over too quickly of course and we didn’t do half the things we thought we would, but we walked/rolled, soaked up the sun, made cocktails, cooked dinner, sipped wine and stargazed for hours.

If you stayed up until after midnight and the bottom of the 13th inning of the M’s game last night you’d also understand why Barb sent me this picture and accompanying caption from her water taxi ride home today 🙂


only grumpy guy on the boat, hahaha 🙂

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Yesterday started with David dropping off the car at a repair shop to get a new bumper and then biking home from there because that kind of stuff got logistically tougher once I had to quit driving. That ride warmed him up nicely since he was heading out with Taryn & Colton for a quick 30 miler (once a tire got changed!) before he had to be at the airport to go to work. The kids will be racking up a lot more miles than that every weekend now on the bikes, on foot and in the water because they just signed up for this – gulp!
I, on the other hand had a much easier day of it because I was keeping a friend company manning a booth for the local Historical Society at the Alki Arts Fair in the afternoon. This was the view from behind our booth….Yet another of my tough volunteer gigs, hahaha…… 😎

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I spy with my little eye….


Noticed this radar ship as we were heading home across the West Seattle Bridge the other day and thanks to the trusty West Seattle Blog  SEEN OFF WEST SEATTLE: SS Pacific Tracker headed out; USNS Benavidez passing by and then this link I was able to find out some pretty interesting info about it – check it out!

That was the same day that we rounded Alki and came across these tribal canoes overnighting on the beach as guests of the Muckleshoot tribe on their way up to British Columbia as part of this years tribal journey. Always something interesting to see 🙂fullsizeoutput_a95b

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time flies!

7 years and 2 days later we were back at the winery Chelsea & Rich got married at. A few changes along the way….mostly to do with the amount of grandchildren we and several friends who were at the wedding now get to enjoy thanks to some of our kids 🙂

but essentially we’re more than happy to have an excuse to get together over decent wine,  food  and live music outside on a warm sunny afternoon with good friends and family.  It’s what makes the world go around 🙂

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