"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~George Bernard Shaw

"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time." ~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Saturday, December 27, 2008


Our good friend Tony Tycer who owns and runs the tree service A Picture Perfect Tree
came over yesterday and removed our large and pesky Pine tree branch that had come down
early Christmas morning on top of our garage. It was still hanging part way in the tree and
was a safety hazard as it kept slowly shifting downwards to the point where we were concerned
to even open our garage door.....yikes.
So Tony and Al (a landscaping friend of his) came over and quickly dispatched that branch.
Here are some before and after pictures plus a little video that shows some of the action....

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas Day!!!

Well the magic day is upon us.....it's just the three of us this year as Grace is in New York City with Radu and Paul is snowbound in Issaquah....but PJ, Russell and I are having a hummy day.

The weather is slowly easing up and actually there is a bit of blue sky as I write.

We do have an interesting situation on our garage roof. A LARGE pine tree limb (18"in diameter and about 15 feet long)

is gently resting on part of the roof and is precariously perched on a few branches...I am hoping it will just simply slowly slide into our driveway without a mishap to the house or anyone. It's too dangerous to remove yet as there is still a ton of ice on our roof....it's interesting to say the least.

In just a little bit, we'll be off to Tom and Steve's next door for roast beast and other tasty bites.

Tom peeling the potatoes

Katie and Colin

Steve's mom Fay is making the Rum Sauce....
for the yummy Apple Cake

And here's Steve...who was our bartender....
while keeping the dishes and countertops clean!
Phillip enjoying a lively comversation............

Scott....Kristi's husband. They drove up from Fresno...

Greg.....good friend of Tom and Steve's

Kristi (Steve's sister) madly taking photos
Here I am.....
and Russell is doing a great job here of not
only holding down the chair but,
watching everyone work......

All we had to do was bring the "Gosh Darn Apple Pie" (actually I was calling it worse names while I was making it yesterday) and some bread......I was going to make the NYTimes No Knead Bread....but got sideswiped by the idea of making Challah...so I did. Two loaves and it was fun to make. I'll take a photo later at the dinner and you can drool over what we had!
(actually I forgot to take photos as my appetite precluded any more photos)

Again-we wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Let it snow.....

First snowfall of December....
will we have a white Christmas?

Meanwhile....where's my peanuts????

More snowy shots on my flickr site....


Wednesday, December 03, 2008

It's been a busy busy year and now it's time to.....

...pull up a chair and sit down while
I reminisce about this past year-
the year that has so swiftly flown by....

In February and part of early March
Russell and I joined 13 friends for the
trip of a lifetime. A cruise from Chile down
the coast of South America, around the
Horn and back up the coast to Brazil.
It was an amazing 16 days and we are so
glad we went. We saw sights and went places
that we might have never experienced if not
for this amazing voyage.
Here are the darling Magellan Penguins!
Penguins-think of that!

Here we are going through the Fiords of Chile.
The following day we went around the Horn.
It was remarkably calm-the sea was like glass.
The following day we arrived at the Falklands
and it was 77 degrees. The warmest it had been
for a year. Amazing place and I would have
liked to have stayed longer than just a few hours.

In March our good friends from Abbotsford BC came to visit on their way back from The Grand Canyon. They stayed with Curly and Suzie and we all met for dinner one night. We all know each other from Zihuatanejo....

April found me gardening with Tom and Steve-
as I was ready to be sharing that big 20x20 foot plot!

In early Summer I went camping in the Olympic National Forest with Doug and Peggy for a week. I had never been there before. Such gorgeous scenery. And right in our backyard ! Wow.

I also took a quick one week trip to Colorado to visit my brother Paul, my sister Nina and my good friend Kit. I also got in a good visit with my nephew Evan and his girlfriend Fawn.

Here's an unusual shot at Luscher Farm. Artists at work.....

Russell and I had many a delicious meal with our great neighbors Tom and Steve. Either at our house or theirs.

Here we are being silly in front of a sidewalk mirror....

Russell with sister Barb and Florida sister Susie...Our friends from Scotland, Toni and Andrew came to visit in September. We had a great visit what with traveling to the Redwoods, to the dunes in Florence and allowing them to explore the Columbia Gorge on their own! We were quite sad when they left and felt slightly abandoned for a bit. They are now having an adventure beginning their own "croft" which is Scottish for "small farm". Obviously we'll need to visit soon.

Russell decided early in the summer that he would run for City Council. I took this picture early on with one of his campaign signs that he had up at our favorite gas station. Look at the price compared to the $1.69 it is now !Russell didn't win, but as it turns out it's ok. We have lots of new projects to look forward to!

And so here we are.......Christmas!
Merry Christmas everyone and Happy New Year!
Since I am just getting over my knee surgery
I am being very lazy and allowing this to be
our Christmas Card. We wish all of you the
happiest of holidays and the best New Year to come.
Hugs and Kisses from Kathe and Russell