Archive for June, 2007

I have had more trouble with my computer since I started blogging then all of the years before. This time I couldn’t get into my computer due to a new wireless keyboard and mouse. They both just quite working!  I was having fits! I think it was Shaun’s fault; he must have put a hex on me. Yep I just know that he did! Well the Feisty  Redhead (my granddaughter) was here for a few days. I think she left her cell phone to close to the wireless keyboard/mouse receiver and some how the wireless waves got mixed up and upset everything; after leaving the receiver on the floor well away from everything it straightened itself out and we are back in business again. So I didn’t miss many days of posting! Mimi went home today and left her older sister (The lovely blond) in her place. Now this one is telling me what to do! She has this book “Twilight” by Stephenie Meyer that she insists that I read! She wouldn’t even give me a brief on the book; she sure is bossy!

All of us; their mama (Sue), grandpa & myself and the two monsters in disguise went for a hike up the mountain this afternoon! What a beautiful view! I made some sandwiches and grandpa carried them in his day pack. We had a little picnic at the top of the ridge. It was awl-inspiring up there. The mountains were so close, walking across the sky, with some of them snow covered & all of them forested with pine; wild flowers were in abundance, the air was rich with the fresh air scent of pine & wild flowers and even the needles and moss underfoot. We were following a well worn path winding its way to the top of the ridge where a American flag, a wooden scenic overview, and a couple of picnic table waited for us. There  also was a surprise waiting for us up in a couple of trees.

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What do you think?Want to take a walk on the high side!

It was a wonderful afternoon! Then all to soon Sue and Mimi had to leave for home; leaving KT to show me a thing or two on the computer, my camera and how to feed my NeoPet! Yes I have one via Mimi!

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Hanging Mailboxes

The other day, John and I were out riding  the back roads of the very rural areas of Plain & Leavenworth, WA. The roads were paved, but quite narrow with just enough room for another vehicle to pass; along each side of the road was a  shallow ditch.

After a bit, we noticed that all of the mail boxes & newspaper holders were all either made of some very solid base/structure or hanging from some sort of contraption which extended quite far out into the  road. Now this looked quite odd to us city folk!

Finally, we seen a farmer in the process of getting mail from his box. Intrigued,  we just had to stop and satisfy our curiosity about the boxes.  From him we learned that during the winter months when the snow plows travel these roads “quote: “about 50mph” unquote” They are constantly hitting the boxes and sending them flying. The folks got tired of the damage caused from this action and took to putting the boxes on chains in hopes that the boxes would remain in their yards!  There seems to be a endless variety of arrangements for the mail box hangers.  Some were quite unique.

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We also noticed that several of the ones that were hanging as a single or double box set were hanging topsy tursey. Since it had been weeks since the last snow plow roamed the roadsides we figured that  some one with not enough to do had came along and wacked them with something. There always are troublesome people up to mischief.

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Deer in the Park

A short while ago I happened to glance outside and there before me came wondering into our camp site two growing fawns. Was I ever surprised! What with the activity around here, I wouldn’t have expected them to be anywhere near. I did enjoy seeing them.

 Deer in Leavonworth RV Park 003Deer in Leavonworth RV Park 004 I just barely captured their likeness! Seeing them all ways gives me a good feeling; closer to nature or some such thing. I know that they can be a big pest in the not so rural areas. My niece calls them wood rats.

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A Picture story of the market, but I still couldn’t do it justice. June 21, 2007 226This is the pig seat that was located at the end of journey through the market. June 21, 2007 219 The gal with the red jacket hanging over her bottom is Susan. June 21, 2007 208 Sorry but some of the pictures are not real clear! But you will get the idea! June 21, 2007 210John/Dad/GrandpaCopy of June 21, 2007 200 The Fish (I hate fish)Copy of June 21, 2007 189 Copy of June 21, 2007 185

The Girls= Miss Mimi! Miss KTJune 21, 2007 211 Sue & her papaJune 21, 2007 217

Outside the market in the street- no traffic allowed.

Copy of June 21, 2007 201 SeafoodCopy of June 21, 2007 199 Wonderful Fruit & Veggies

June 21, 2007 119 Spices/HerbsCopy of June 21, 2007 202 more of the sameJune 21, 2007 182

Beautiful Pig covered with painting of veg/fruit 

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 A little painting that caught my eyeJune 21, 2007 199 June 21, 2007 120 My attic!  HAHAJune 21, 2007 205 Pasta!June 21, 2007 203

June 21, 2007 206 Cheeses

June 21, 2007 208 Flowers for your pleasure!

June 21, 2007 213 Tops/skirtsJune 21, 2007 214 OK, This is a real person, but I think that is a hat! but I am not sure!June 21, 2007 215 Really Raw Honey- they said soJune 21, 2007 218 The baby- MimiJune 21, 2007 221 Shaun & Susan. Sue was thinking about the trip out of Seattle. She loves the hills so!!!!

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Music Music Music

A couple of weeks ago my dear grand-daughters  had the opportunity to participate in a spectacular performance presented by their school orchestra. One plays the violin and the other the viola. My pictures are not that good as I still have not caught the knack of using my new camera, but I try and I am learning more all of the time!  This is Kt. She is a long ways off and my camera just could not do her justice! June 21, 2007 056 This Mimi just to the left of the conductor’s left shoulder and KT just to the right of his right shoulder. This photo was taken at a zoom 10x.  I am sure that I moved the camera. kt playing her viola. cropped jpgKt

Mimi with violin Mimi

 June 21, 2007 048 This is their proud mama!

June 21, 2007 076 These are their proud papa and grandpa!  If you look close you can see me taking the picture!  no! I really enjoyed the whole performance. It was a fun evening. June 21, 2007 091 These two girls each started their career with musical instruments when they were in the 4th grade, having to get up earlier then their classmates; catch a school bus near their house which  took them to the middle school for the music lessons, attended  their class before school started and then rode another bus back to their elementary school. Now I call that dedication!!! Both of these girls have voices that would get them into any choir, but they chose the instrument! I love to hear them play and sing, but they won’t do either very often without the group behind them. Darn them anyway. See more about them at Sue’s Blog.

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poor-old-stove2.jpgYesterday, Susan (dtr) and I went store hopping. First we went to Costco Home Store, then to Sears, then to Lowe’s. We looked at a wide variety of cooking stoves.Susan has needed to replace her stove since before the dawn of the century. She loves keeping old things! She presently has an electric range that is about fifty years old with only two of the four burners still working, and the oven door creaks when it is opened, sounds like Halloween has come around again! It sounds like it is in pain, it probably is! And the storage compartment; the door hangs sort of lopsided with rust gathering in the floor of the drawer. I tried to get her to shoot it and put it out of its misery, but alas she just loves the poor thing to much. But now that she is down to two working burners, the third one developing a short or some sort of thing; it has become a fire hazard and she has finally accepted the fact that she has to replace it! Finally, I think! 

 I had Sue take this picture and email it to me. Now that was a mistake. She propped up the storage door! and I don’t know what else! 

 Sorry but I could not get this darn picture to upload until today; something to do with the Hughes Internet Sat. and the weather.

We looked at gas stoves and electric stoves. Sears seems to have the best selection. We discovered that it will cost pennies lacking three hundred dollars to have a gas line put in for the first 25 feet then eight nine dollars per 25 ft after that. Prices vary from about $250 upwards of $2500. There are some really nice  ones to chose from. Now she has to make a big decision whether gas or electric and take the big step to order it!

Now I need all of you out there in blog land to help me make sure she gets a replacement for this old thing soon! Since I will be leaving the area this week I will not be able to give her my full support of nagging; so of course I need your help! So now come on all of you tell her to get a new stove!

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