Archive for September, 2013

Fun times!

I have to share a few fun things I’ve done this last month.

First of all my sister and I had the amazing opportunity to stay at a friends cabin in Winthrop.

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If you’ve never been to Winthrop you really need to check it out.  Take a drive over the North Cascades Scenic Highway to the Methow Valley and into the Old West town of Winthrop.  There’s usually lots of things going on in the area, including mountain biking, camping, horseback riding, etc. etc. etc.  In March there’s the Balloon Festival, Labor Day Weekend is the Methow Rodeo, In the winter there’s cross country skiing and snowmobiling.  Or if you just want to hang out in town, there are tons of restaurants, the Rhythm and Blues festival in July, the list goes on and on.

Winthrop

Winthrop

We chose to spend most of our time at the cabin enjoying the deck, the peaceful quietness, and the many deer who came to visit us.

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My next fun week-end was having a great time at our Annual Poker Party at one of my friends house on beautiful Lake Chelan.

Beautiful Lake Chelan

Beautiful Lake Chelan

We spent the week-end laughing, enjoying the beautiful scenery, acting silly like only the best of friends can, and oh yeah, playing poker!

DSC00457Last but definitely not least I helped celebrate my grandson’s second birthday.  His favorite thing in the whole wide world (right now) is riding the train.  So my daughter planned his birthday party at Country Village where he could play on the swings,

Swinging with Grandma Connie

Swinging with Grandma Connie

play catch with his new ball and mit,

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watch the model trains,

LJ watching the model train

LJ watching the model train

take a ride in the caboose with daddy,

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and of course open his presents.

DSC00341It was a wonderfully delightful day for LJ!  And I was so happy I could be a part of it.  LOVE that little boy!

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It’s definitely been a fun month!

September 28, 2013 at 10:14 am Leave a comment

Walking the dog

I know that I’ve talked about the importance of walking your dog before.  Honey has reminded me of how much dogs love their daily walks.

Honey ready for her walk

Honey ready for her walk

She is the BEST dog to walk!  She checks out EVERYTHING!  There are lots of squirrels and cats in the neighborhood and she has to find them all :-).  It’s so much fun watching her snooping around.

Is there a cat back there???

Is there a cat back there???

Anyone home?

Anyone home?

And there are three spots along our walk where Honey loves to roll in the grass.  She’s very particular where she rolls.  The grass has to be soft, silky and cool.  It’s pure joy for her!

Rolling in the grass.  Feels soooo good!

Rolling in the grass. Feels soooo good!

As I walk along, I love looking at all the different kinds of architecture and landscaping.  Each yard is so unique.  There’s the one with the flamingos…

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The landscaping varies from perfectly manicured

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To au natural

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One of the houses that I am amazed at along our walk is the one pictured below.  It has the most unusual fence.

Unusual fence

Unusual fence

Then I noticed that it has a globe tucked behind the tree

Can you see the globe?

Can you see the globe?

And then for the grand finale, there’s a palm tree in the yard!

A palm tree?  In Seattle?

A palm tree? In Seattle?

Amazing, right?  I wonder what I’ll find in the next neighborhood I’ll be walking in!

September 24, 2013 at 10:22 am 1 comment

The Grandma Theory

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My daughter will be delivering her second son any day now.  When she returns to work after her maternity leave I’ve decided to take an extended break from my pet sitting to watch her two sons.

Hanging out with Maddie & Zoey

Hanging out with Maddie & Zoey

This was a really hard decision for me because I LOVE all the pets that I watch and will miss them terribly.  But on the other hand I know that these little boys won’t be little for long and I’m so thankful that I’m able to be with them during their young lives.

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I read an article in the Readers Digest the other day and had to share.

It’s call The Grandma Theory.

We will always remember how Grandma gave us cookies, great birthday presents, and…longevity?  According to a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, humans developed longer life spans because grandmothers began looking after their grandchildren millions of years ago.  With grandmas helping out at home (or, more appropriately, around the cave), prehistoric mothers were able to have larger families, according to study author Kristen Hawkes.  The result:  Grandmothering set into motion evolutionary changes, like bigger brain size and long-term monogamous bonding between individuals – all because Nana wanted to play tea party with the kids and read the occasional bedtime story.

Well, I plan on doing my part, just like my mother did with my children 🙂

September 20, 2013 at 5:04 am Leave a comment

My cousin Bruce

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I haven’t posted in a while.  My cousin Bruce was burned quite badly in an accident on his farm and was flown to the burn unit at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.  Every minute I’ve had has gone towards sending him healing thoughts and visiting with him.

First day in hospital

First day in hospital

Bruce was very lucky, if you can say getting almost 40% of you body burned lucky.  His torso was protected by his clothing so only his head, legs & arms were burned.

A positive attitude from day one.

A positive attitude from day one.

Bruce’s’ head and face, although very swollen, started healing immediately.  And day by day I could see the old Bruce re-emerging.

Bruce 08With the loving care of his wife, the medical staff, and friends and family, he was soon on his way to healing.  The doctors were amazed at his rapid recovery.  I’m not surprised at all though.  Bruce lives and works on an organic farm and leads a very healthy lifestyle.  Throughout his time at the hospital, his wife Grace was making and bringing him healthy food and juices to speed up his recovery.

Grace on the farm

Grace on the farm

I love Bruce so much!  He’s like a brother to me and it scared me so much to think that I might have lost him.  Incidents like this make you realize how lucky you are to have family like him in your life.

Having a good visit

Having a good visit

Bruce wanted to get a picture of the medical team that helped him during his stay in the hospital.  He was so grateful to them for their excellent work and care.  Dr. Nicole Gibran, first on the left in picture is Director of the UW Medicine Regional Burn Center at Harborview Medical Center and was in charge of Bruce.

The medical team with Bruce

The medical team with Bruce

Not only is Dr. Gibran renowned for her expertise in burns, critical care and wound healing, but much to Bruce’s delight, she is the great-niece of Kahlil Gibran, the author of “The Prophet” which Bruce has read many times.  How could he not heal so fast!

After four weeks, Bruce was released from the hospital last Saturday and is now back on his farm to continue recovering.  He’ll have to return to Harborview weekly but for now, he’s just happy to be “back on the farm!”

September 16, 2013 at 7:31 pm Leave a comment