1. Woke up to cloudy skies, but not too cool. It never managed to clear off today, but it was very pleasant.
2. Got my clothes washed, dried, organized and packed to leave tomorrow on our Canadian adventure.
3. I picked up our rental car from Enterprise at noon. We got a 2020 Chevy Equinox, with about 2000 miles on it. It even smells new.
4. Betty’s plane landed 30 minutes early, and she got an Uber from SEA-TAC. she got here about 3:00, and we went to linner (lunner) at the Ram. Betty and I each had grilled pork belly and cheese sandwiches with tomato basil soup to dip them in. Yum, yum.
5. My Ducks beat Stanford for the first time in four years. #GoDucks!!!
1. I am eternally grateful that Big Al and I had the foresight birth two IT whizzes. Al’s computer had lost connection with the server, and Bill was able to remotely fix it and (maybe) return it to decent backups.
2. Cloudy and cool this morning, but it was okay to walk around the campus before lunch. It was supposed to clear off about 4:00 pm, but it was beautiful blue skies by 3:00.
3. Made Chicken Tetrazzini for dinner today with the chicken that I poached earlier in the week. We haven’t had it in forever, and it was very tasty, even if I do say so as shouldn’t.
4. This was the last Owen Beach walk of the season (at least for me). There’s another one next week, but I won’t be here to do it. I’ll probably be on the BlackBall Ferry headed home from Victoria.
5. Mint chocolate chip ice cream for ice cream on the porch today. It was nice sitting in the sun and eating an ice cream cone, even if the temperature was only 64 deg.
1. Woke up to the coldest temperatures yet this fall – 51 deg. – and foggy. It cleared off by noon and got up to 70 later, but it was still off and on clouds.
2. People sometimes ask me how I find five things to be happy about every day. I found this on a friend’s Facebook page. I don’t use it all the time, but it’s helpful. Maybe it would be helpful for you, too, to find simple things to make you happy today.
3. Nice walk around campus this morning after the fog burned off.
4. Olympia Presbytery meeting in Olympia this afternoon. Amazingly little pushback on the financials. I think they’ve finally realized that nobody is trying to put something over on them.
5. Supper at Presbytery was baked potatoes with chili gravy, cheese sauce, and all the dribs and drabs you might want to add – bacon, broccoli, chopped green onions, etc. Brownies for dessert.
1. This morning we had showers, and periods of blue sky and sun. It was pretty cool (mid 50s). I went out the door to go to the mailbox and just as I started another shower came along. I didn’t get too wet, but it seemed like it was just waiting for me to leave the house. Then this afternoon the sun came out for good, and it’s now 63 deg.
2. Thanks to my junior Senator, Maria Cantwell. Those of us with the Air Force in our background appreciate this.
3. My personal trainer has been sick the last two days, so I was pleased to have her back at work, even though she did torture me for 45 minutes. To be filed under “It feels so good when she stops.” Endorphins!
4. I think/hope that I’ve nailed down a location for the Gazebo Group to meet now that the weather is getting too cool and rainy for us to meet outside. Fingers crossed!
5. The tree outside my window is alive with chickadees and nuthatches and little brownish grey birds that I presume are sparrows of some kind (they’re never still long enough for me to get a good look at them). Their twittering, and flittering make me really happy.
1. Woke up to rain tapping on the window. Cool breezes, but warm in the house. It hasn’t rained ALL day, but we’ve had showers and rain and mist most of the time. Just when I think I’ll go out for a walk, it starts to rain again. Thankful that I have the Wellness Center with space to walk inside, and machines like the Recumbent Cross Trainer, and Treadmills.
2. We studied the 2nd chapter of the Song of Songs today in Bible Study. There’s so much there to dream about, and talk about, and mull over. There are lots of phrases that have found their ways into literature
I am a Rose of Sharon, a lily of the valley
The winter is past, the rains have come and gone. Blossoms have appeared and the season of singing has arrived. The voice of the turtle is heard in the land.
3. Big Al was up early to visit the fellow who is making his new dentures. He reports that the molds actually fit. Now the only thing left is to get the final product made. He also visited the plastic surgeon this afternoon, and the report of the surgery on his eyelid is very good. In six weeks, he’ll go back and get the stint removed. Then finally his regular ophthalmologist will be able to check his vision and update his glasses prescription.
4. The housekeepers came today. I’ve washed, dried, and folded all the sheets and towels, and they put clean sheets on the beds, cleaned the bathrooms, cleaned the kitchen, vacuumed, dusted and swept. Happy to have the house in good shape.
5. I had some time this afternoon (because I couldn’t take a walk) to read some more on my current book, The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt. It’s long and dense, so I have to think about it between times of reading.
1. Rainy and cool was forecast, but, so far, no rain. It was only supposed to get up to 61 deg. today, but it’s 65 and the sun is out! I guess if the clouds and rain get here soon, this may be the high. It was a beautiful day, actually.
2. All the laundry is washed, dried, and hung up.
3. Great lunch today (I went back to my southern roots). We had chicken, fresh green beans, fresh corn on the cob, and sliced tomatoes.
4. The letter with the report on my mammogram came today, and there were no anomalies.
5. The Gazebo Group is going to be meeting in my living room for Happy Hour because of the threatened rain and cooler temperatures. I can seat 18 people if I put up folding chairs. I guess, if necessary, I can go haul a couple more folding chairs from the Gazebo itself.
1. Rainy and cool all day today, although it’s begun to brighten up in the last little bit. We have alternating sun and showers forecast for the next week with temps in the mid-60s. My kind of weather.
2. Checking the forecast for Port Townsend, Friday Harbor, and Victoria, it looks like Betty and I should have decent weather for our trip. At least the Whale Watching part is forecast to be 60 degrees and cloudy/partly sunny. NO RAIN, so far.
3. In church this morning we learned more about the Song of Songs. It’s a love poem in the form of a dialogue between a woman and a man. What I like best about it, the woman has most of the lines, and she’s not afraid to ask for what she wants. If the book is a metaphor for God’s love for us, maybe we should ask God for whatever we want.
4. Lunch today was Kyoto Japanese Restaurant. I had chicken teriyaki and tempura combination. Big Al had tempura dinner.
5. The football gods continued to smile on my teams. The Ducks won last night (game was over at 11:00 pm local time), and the Cowboys won today, beating the Redskins (in our division).
1. It was pretty cool (mid-50s) when I got up this morning, so I checked the weather forecast and saw that it wouldn’t get above 65 today. I dug out my Oregon sweatshirt for the first time this season.
2. I was glad of the sweatshirt when I went to the Farmer’s Market. The summer vegetables and flowers are still available, and I want to take full advantage of them while they’re here. I got green beans, tomatoes, corn on the cob, scones and lemon bars and flowers.
They seemed to have made all the bouquets to go with the football colors for the Washington teams. Unfortunately they didn’t have Green and Gold for the Ducks, so I opted for Washington State’s colors. It’s supposed to be crimson and grey, but apparently grey is not prominent in flower colors, so they threw in a little gold and some blue snapdragons. (Don’t ask me.)
3. Finished up my morning shopping with a trip to Trader Joes for sausages and Safeway for eggs and milk.
4. I’ve finally figured out why I’m so impressed with the meat we get in the “boxes” (I’m using Home Chef right now). It comes fresh, vacuum-sealed, not frozen. I’ve used frozen meat that I bought fresh, and froze at home for more years that I care to remember. It’s probably because we lived so far from the base (everywhere we were) that I couldn’t just run to the store every three or four days like Mama did when I was growing up. I bought for six weeks at a time. Anyway, I’m trying to give myself permission to buy meat for the next five or six days instead of the next five or six weeks, and I’ll bet the chicken and steaks are tastier and a better consistency. Now, if I could just find a grocery store that would package 2 thighs and 1 breast, I’d be able to use it up as soon as I bought it. As it is, I guess I’ll poach the other breast and the other 3 thighs and use the meat in Chicken Tetrazzini.
5. Lots of upsets in the football games so far this afternoon. Hooray for Arizona State beating Michigan State. Washington State beat Houston last night, BYU beat USC, Stanford lost to University of Central Florida. Everybody keep your fingers crossed that the Oregon team who showed up last week comes back today and beats Montana (they’re favored by 37 points).
1. Rain and thunder overnight, so I worried (off and on) about the Wellness Walk this morning. I was afraid since it was Friday the 13th we would be rained out, but the rain stopped and the sun came out right on time with a couple of hours to spare.
2. The Wellness Walk was very successful. We had plenty of folks who were able and willing to push wheelchairs for the folks in Health Care.
3. I was presented with a Certificate of Achievement “for practicing a holistic approach to my health & wellness goals, pushing through fitness barriers and setting new milestones to achieve.” It came with flowers and a Gift Card to Whole Foods.
We also got lots of swag from various vendors who want to sell us home health aides, and talking books, and moving services.
4. Ice Cream on the front porch today was butter pecan – one of my favorites.
5. The duplex social capped off the day with another opportunity to visit with my tribe.
1. Nice quiet morning catching up on mail and other stuff around the house after several days of needing to “get stuff done.”
2. Took a walk around campus this morning, and checked out the finishing touches being put on the landscaping around the new buildings.
3. Really good weather – high of 77, with a nice breeze – sunny skies. It’s supposed to rain overnight tonight, and rain more tomorrow afternoon, but there will be patches of partly sunny and mostly cloudy for the Wellness Walk tomorrow morning.
4. Started a new creative writing class today on Memoirs and Biography. I’d like to begin getting all the stuff that I published here back in 2011 into shape for a real memoir.
5. Democratic debate begins in just a few minutes. I’m still completely undecided (except I KNOW I don’t want Biden or Bernie). Maybe more will become clear later tonight.