Throw-back Thursday

Boxes in the Kitchen

Three years ago we rolled into Tacoma, and began our new life at Franke Tobey Jones. The days of wall to wall boxes and falling over each other in the one-bedroom apartment have been over for long enough that they are barely a distant memory. This was a wonderful decision we made six years ago, and all the angst of selling and not selling the house, and travel, and packing, unpacking, etc. were well worth it.











Throw-back Thursday


In keeping with the theme of last week, here I am with one foot in Alabama and one foot in Tennessee, on the Natchez Trace, as we were traveling from Dallas to Tacoma. (I know, you’re thinking how on earth is the Natchez Trace on the way from Dallas to Tacoma? Just believe me. We took a few detours to see family along the way, like Chicago, Nashville, Metarie, LA, etc., before we really got started.)









One Year Ago Today

This is the anniversary of the day we finally closed on the house in Dallas and began the adventure to the rest of our lives.

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We started out the next morning driving to Texarkana where we had a short visit with my sister and her family.


Then we took the train to Chicago and met my future daughter-in-law and step-grandchild (that’s my #1 son in the picture, too).


Then back to Texarkana, and some time spent checking out the cemetery, Old Washington, and Hope, AR – all important for my genealogy interests. The obligatory “State Line” photo in front of the Texarkana, USA, Post Office.


And of course a trip to Bryce’s Cafeteria (where I met LeMichael James’ aunt).


Next it was a visit to Burns, TN, to see my cousin and spend a couple of days with her.


Then we drove down the Natchez Trace…


…on our way to see #2 son and his family in South Louisiana.


Then began our trek across the country. I declared I didn’t want to mess with Interstate Highway travel, so we kept to the regular US highways as much as possible.  This is a stretch of the old Route 66 that’s still there in Western Oklahoma (or maybe the Texas panhandle).


While we were in Amarillo, we got a chance to visit Palo Duro Canyon, and really enjoyed our time there, particularly since it was a little rainy and not too hot.


Unfortunately, we still had to ride on the Interstate in some places, like here in New Mexico.


We took a couple of days and drove up to Santa Fe and Taos.


Then due south through New Mexico and turned west again on I-10. We got to see White Sands.


And then into Arizona where we took a detour to see an old trading post and Indian war Fort.


A couple of days in Tucson, and then north through Phoenix and into Flagstaff where we finally got to see some trees again.


Then the Grand Canyon


Bryce Canyon National Park


and Zion National Park


North through Utah, and into Idaho where we saw Craters of the Moon National Park.


And on to Spokane where my father was born. We found one of the houses he lived in as a child.


Then across the great state of Washington, including the Columbia River Gorge.


and in to Tacoma, and Franke Tobey Jones.

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Thus endeth our trek from Dallas to Tacoma.

Tomorrow, I’ll try to review a few of the highlights of our year here.

Just a few little things left…

…to do. The fellow was here today to run the Cat 5 wire into the living room so we can watch Netflix on the big TV.


All that’s really left now is to get the pictures hung and we should be ready for whatever comes our way. Of course, we still have to buy a couch, a couple of end tables, a sofa table that pulls out to seat four as a dining table, but that will come later (when the pocketbook recovers from the movers and all the “hooking up”).

There are still several things that haven’t turned up since the move(s), but there are a couple of boxes in the garage that I’m not sure what’s in them. Once I get that sorted out, I’ll be putting some pictures of this place up.

Groundhog Day

Yesterday was a beautiful day – mid-50s, mostly sunny – and they promised the same for today, but it’s the mid-afternoon and we haven’t seen the sun yet. Also it’s 41 deg. Hardly mid-50s.

Settling in continues slowly. We received our belated Christmas present from Ray yesterday – a lovely umbrella stand.Umbrella Stand

It has the place of honor just inside the door, right where I can grab an umbrella when I’m ready to leave the house. I know, I’m not a real Washingtonian if I use an umbrella – but, hey, I prefer not to have a wet head all the time.

We went with the Lunch Bunch to Johnny’s Dock yesterday. It’s on the tide flats, by a marina across from downtown Tacoma. Tasty – and we probably wouldn’t have found it by ourselves.


I have given up and agreed to return to cooking (*sigh*), but only if we eat our main meal at noon. We’ve gotten used to it because lunch portions at restaurants are usually cheaper, and Big Al really doesn’t like going anywhere in the evening. He thinks we ought to be at home once the news comes on. I decided I’ll cook Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Tuesdays we eat at the Bistro because I have Tai Chi from 11:00-noon, and then we play bridge at 1:00. Thursdays we HAVE to have our Mexican fix at Moctezuma’s.


Sundays will be our day to explore interesting restaurants. We already know we love the Sunday Buffet at the Lobster Shop, and I’m not sure when we’ll get to indulge in Silk Thai, our favorite Thai restaurant. Maybe we can skip Moctezuma’s occasionally.

Anyway, we had barbecue pulled pork sandwiches for lunch today with cole slaw. I didn’t do much because we had the barbecue pork in the refrigerator, but we didn’t spend money at a restaurant. I’m already planning to try to recreate Zuppa Toscana because there isn’t a convenient Olive Garden around here, and I’ve been craving it. I also have the makings for chili, and pot roast. I splurged on a Crock Pot when we were down at McCord AFB at the BX last week, so I guess I’d better put it to good use. I’ve enjoyed my 9 month hiatus from cooking, but it IS expensive.

Now that I actually have a closet of my own with plenty of room in it, I got the clothes that I had packed away in the suitcases out and hung them up. Monday I’ll try to pin down someone to hook up the DVD player and all the other components.

I got out the card table and I’m going to start sorting the stuff for taxes. I undershot my estimate in 2011, so I had to make estimated payments in 2012. But that means we’re getting a LOT back. That should be nice!

It’s coming together

We got the shelf supports up in the living room and in the garage, and have the DVDs and components on their shelves. Now to find somebody who knows how to hook up a Home Theater system. I can wire up a computer system, but audio/video hooking up is beyond me. The big problem is the back of the TV isn’t marked with any particular input places – and I’m not smart enough to trouble shoot which left goes in which hole, and which output does what. So we’re still just watching TV with no DVD player and consequently no Netflix. *sigh* Of course, the ideal situation would be to run the DVD through the Cable Box, but somehow, I don’t think that would work at all. And then we wouldn’t be able to add the speakers unless we hooked them up to the TV (but that’s also beyond me).







We are moved, hooked up to internet, hooked up to cable, stocked up on groceries, and mostly unpacked.

Big Al’s room is all set up.

My room is mostly set up.

The kitchen is in pretty good shape.

The living room is pretty bare, but we’re working on it.

I’ve done four loads of wash, including sheets and towels.

Tomorrow the guy from maintenance will come help us put up the container store shelves in the living room and garage. Once they’re up, we can finish hooking up the TV with the DVD player and hopefully get Netflix through Wi-Fi. If not, I’m going to have to strongly encourage them to run a Cat.5 wire from the router/switch in the bedroom to the DVD player.

Then, hopefully, we’ll be able to put some pictures on the walls, and be completely moved.

Until then, we’re suffering with whatever is on TV for entertainment in the evenings. (GAG)

All in all, we’re in pretty good shape for only 5 days since the move.