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North America » United States » Washington » Seattle » Bell Town February 19th 2014

Yes, it can be cold, snowy, and rainy in Seattle in February. It might also be sunny and clear. Flip a coin, since either one is possible. But rarely does it force the fine folks in Seattle from going out and about their fabulous city. First, drink a hot toddy, the hit a Russian spa. If that fails to warm you up, try a skating rink. Some ski resorts have been known to open as early as July! Long underwear is always in my suitcase, though locals rarely even carry an umbrella or raincoat. I have been in Seattle numerous times, during my working career, where it has snowed to the point of paralyzing the city. The downtown area is quite hilly, rendering cars without snow chains or snow tires relatively similar to bumper cars at ... read more
Famous Top Pot, the donut choice of Microsoft millionaires

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle February 1st 2014

Well our first day of our trip to Chicago has been quite an adventure. We were up EARLY this morning (5;00 A.M.), went down for the complimentary breakfast and then got the 6 o'clock shuttle to the airport. We breezed through the security point very quickly and made our way to the departure gate. Our flight to Chicago left pretty much on time. It was a beautiful sunny morning as we were taking off so I was able to catch a couple of interesting pictures from the plane. We decided to have lunch at the airport since there were lots of choices of places to eat!! While having lunch we reminisced about how we would drive out here to watch the planes take off and land as our major source of entertainment!! Had no money to ... read more
2014.02.02-2  Leaving Seattle
2014.02.02-5 Flying over the clouds out of Seattle
2014.02.02-8  Flying over the Cascade mountains

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle December 29th 2013 I realize I've been home for a couple weeks now and not done my last blog! I could give a story of "busy with holiday stuff etc etc.....but I'd be lying! I simply returned with travelers remorse and a healthy dose of laziness. So I'll try and recall the last week or so in Managua and post pictures and at the end give some insight to a conundrum I currently have about my next trip. This may prove to be long-winded so grab a beer or your favorite poison! First whilst staying near TicaBus I realized my hotel was crapppppppy! And for 300 cord a night I could do better. So walking a whopping 50 meters the opposite direction I found a much cleaner and (in the end) much friendlier option. Not to say the ... read more
New Hotel.
National museum
National Palace and Museum

North America » United States » Washington » Skagit Valley December 28th 2013

Happy New Year to you all.....wishing you peace, health and joy in the coming months! In sitting down to write this year's new year greeting, I find myself tired of the "what a wonderful life we've lived this past year" format. While that is true, and we do truly love our life here on Skagit Bay, you've already heard enough about our kayaking, biking, hiking, gardening... Our sons are doing well, and our grandson is exceptional, of course. We are both actively volunteering (Bill is with Hospice now); we sleep late, eat well, read newspapers daily, watch Stewart/Colbert/Maher/Louie C.K. most evenings and frequently feed our House Hunters International addiction as well. Bill would like to watch many more movies on our big screen, but Lynn is always reluctant to commit.... Our travels have been documented here ... read more
Paddling into LaConner
Kayaking Skagit Bay
Blue Evening Skagit Bay

North America » United States » Washington » Edmonds December 25th 2013

Merry Christmas everyone! While it may be belated for some of you, today is Christmas for me. We have opened those fun little things in our stockings already, so I will share those with you in the pictures (attached to this post). I hope you all have, or had a lovely Christmas day.... read more
Owl earbuds
Christmas Coal
Sewing needles


North America » United States » Washington » Edmonds December 25th 2013

I recently fulfilled a childhood dream- making a Build-a-Bear. For those who don't know what this is, you participate in the whole process of making your soft toy bear. First you choose you bear's colour and shape, and then a red heart to place inside. This heart you fill with all the qualities you want your bear to have (happiness, kindness and caring in my case). You then choose a sound you may like your bear to make ("Girl's just want to have fun" being my obvious choice, though there is a wide selection of One Direction songs!). Following that you participate in stuffing you bear with softness, and placing its heart inside. After this exhilarating task, you can brush your bear's fur, and then dress it to your liking. In keeping with the Christmas spirit, ... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Tacoma December 22nd 2013

”Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.” C.S.LEWIS 1 Corinthians 1:4- I always thank God for you because of His grace given you in Christ Jesus… As I sit here to type my yearly Christmas letter, I smile as I look out the window and see the beautiful blue skies this crisp December day! The smile comes, not only from the beauty of this Sunday, but from so many things this past year. This deep thankfulness and appreciation of life has grown out of my walk on The Camino de Santiago. Truly the greatest blessing in 2013 – the greatest blessing because it has helped me understand and appreciate so many things in life and ... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Edmonds December 20th 2013

This is a post from December 20th, I forgot to publish it before. "We got our first dusting of snow overnight! It was really only a dusting- less than an inch, but oh how magical! I must admit, I was a little like a kid in a candy shop- I have never seen such fresh snow, nor had it actually snow on me! Sadly most of it has melted away as the temperatures have climbed to a balmy 37 degrees Fahrenheit (that's about 3 degrees C), but I had my fun with a few well aimed snowballs at Joel!"... read more
Snow on the road
Snow on the car

North America » United States » Washington » Edmonds December 15th 2013

I have arrived safely in Edmonds (a little town just north of Seattle). It is not as cold as I expected, which is a welcome surprise! I only need one thermal layer, so no need to feel like the Michelin man yet. (If you don't know who the Michelin man is- google him) The family dog, Tucker, has taken a liking to me- which is hilarious since he still occasionally barks at Joel. It must be my natural charm! (hehe) My father warned me stoically prior to my departure that I should prepare myself for some terrible coffee here in the US. Well, to my delight, I just had some fantastic coffee at a little cafe in Edmonds with the fam, where they roast their own coffee. I certainly perked up through the jet lag at ... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle December 7th 2013

Here are some pictures I took while Ashlee and I were in Seattle. Steve, Dinesh, Shyam, Ashlee and I took the ferry to Bainbridge. We had John, Marty, and Donna over for dinner. We also went with Bender and Carson to see Sol, a Seattle rapper. Not many pictures on this trip, I just kept forgetting to pull out the camera. We both loved Seattle!... read more

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