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Taking a breather

The last 2-3 months have been really busy for me.

I know; I’m retired, right?

I’m a soccer granny these days, and I love it! It’s a way for me to spend time with the grand kiddoes, but also stay active. Moving keeps my blood sugars down, and my mood at an even keel. 

But it’s been busy, as I said. I got kind of tired out. But thanks to my son Jay and my new daughter-in-law Aya, I’m getting some time to chill!

I hope to spend some time with friends tomorrow night (happy hour+movie), then Saturday night I’ve got an reservation at a swank area hotel (the jacuzzi suite, thanks again Jay & Aya).

So staying busy is good, but so is taking a breather!

It’s 57 degrees F in Seattle today, a few clouds but some sun also! I’m sitting on the back porch watching Rose and just breathing…

a bit of this, a bit of that

The National Weather Service is predicting our first “fall like” storm tomorrow.

For Seattle, that means rain, wind, possible power outages.

It means that fall is closing in on us, and I’m ready for it!

It’s been a hot dry summer here in the PNW, and I’m ready for rain, cooler temps, and hot soups for dinner )along with a load of fresh bread with a nice crust). I’m not complaining. At my age, I try to remain grateful for every day I can swing my legs out of bed and get ready for another day!


Kids are getting ready to go back to school-my youngest grandchild is taking advanced placement courses and Chinese this fall. Where does the time go?

I got my free copy of Windows 10 (FREE) and downloaded it to my laptop. It’s working pretty good so far.

Washington State has been dealing with lots of wildfires; I’m hoping the rain helps put some of these fires out. I’m not always a praying kind of gal, but I’ve been sending out good thoughts and hoping our neighbors and firefighters stay safe.

I’ve not been blogging a lot these days, because Facebook is so damn easy. I sometimes think about the days I would rush home and get ready to push out my daily blog posts. Hell, a long Facebook post is three paragraphs! Add a picture or a smiley face and you’re done!

As for my reading, I’m re reading the “In Death” series of books, in order. I own a lot of them, and borrow the rest from local libraries. On Kindle, of course.

It’s been almost 14 months since I retired, and I’m still in a kind of weird space. I’m really enjoying not working. I miss the money, of course, but my heart just isn’t into going out and working every day. I’m enjoying looking after the family, doing yard work, trying out new recipes, and sleeping in once in a while. It’s a lot less stressful, and something I’ve needed to do for myself for a long time.

So if you take the time to read this, I thank you and hope you are doing well.

Come on, Fall!

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Seattle pic

The photo above is one of mine, taken a few years ago at the Seattle waterfront.

Happy Thanksgiving



Thanksgiving is Thursday, and I couldn’t be happier.

I’ve got five days off from work, and I’m going to enjoy every minute of  it!

I will be spending time with family, eating lots of good food, and enjoying the cold DRY weather in Seattle (I love turtlenecks and sweaters, and this is the time to wear them in the Pacific Northwest!).

And no, I will not be shopping on Black Friday <shudder>.

Happy Thanksgiving, USA!

Be  safe and enjoy the holiday!





RIP Google Reader


It takes a lot out of you, doesn’t it?

I’m still missing Google Reader, but with time (and possibly some grief therapy), I know that I will be able to accept this loss and move on.

For now, there’s the WordPress blog follow, My Yahoo, and subscribing via email.


And I’m aware of my part in GR’s death–thanks to Facebook, I no longer blog as much as I used to. Facebook allows me to stay in touch with friends, family, colleagues and people I have not seen in years. Facebook is a fast and easy way to communicate. Now that I’m blogging less, I find posts harder to produce. My brain is not used to crafting quality posts anymore. I’m going to try to do better, post more often, and give my brain more exercise.

I’m finding WordPress a good blogging platform. It’s easy to use, and to stay in touch with other WP bloggers.

In local news, summer in Seattle continues, with temperatures in the 70s and 80s, some rain showers, but still quite warm. Mind blowing!

Wishing you all a great weekend.




Saturday: Reading on the patio



What a week at work!

I’m going to spend the weekend reading and relaxing, in between performing my usual weekend chores.

The weather is a real beaut in Seattle this weekend, warm and sunny but not too hot.

I’m going to snag a chaise lounge chair on the patio and finish reading Portal, by Imogene Rose.

I hope you all have a wonderful Saturday. 

It’s p.j. weather

I’m sitting in my green chair, wearing p.j.’s and socks, nice and warm under a blanket.

It is cold tonight.

I’m including a picture of my grandson Luka, for Caroldee.

Feels like autumn

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Do you remember, not so long ago, when I was complaining about the hot weather in Seattle?

Well, it feels like fall now.

It’s much cooler, and of course we got lots of rain in the last few days.

It’s also getting darker a little bit earlier every day.

Life just keeps moving along, I guess.

Well, gotta go and download Firefox 3.


Monday, the convention, and a thunderstorm

As for the convention, here are the results of a CNN poll that I took part in today:

How much of the Democratic National Convention do you plan to watch?
A lot 15% 48699
A little 29% 92136
None 56% 179779
Total Votes: 320614

I’m one of the voters who reported “a little,” the 29%.

I watched the convention for about thirty minutes, heard Ted Kennedy’s great speech (he looks and sounds great).

As usual, I’m glad that Monday is over–4 days to go, then 3 days off!


Seattle is cool and very wet today; I came home in a thunderstorm.

That’s Seattle for you!

Take care everyone.


Just rain

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No storms today, just cooler weather and rain.

The last three nights have been hot, so I’m tired and cranky this evening.

Check back tomorrow!



The weather gods are calling for thunder and lightning, hail, and cooler temperatures.

Looks (and feels like) it’s coming soon.

The air is heavy right now, the wind is blowing harder, and it’s almost dark.

I’m going to turn off my computer and read my book.

Happy Monday and TTFN.

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