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end of the snow!

Who ever thought that anyone from these parts would be so delighted to see rain this time of year. We drove into Seattle on Monday. It was clear and bright along the way, but there was a lot of lingering snow.
            these shots are from around the east side of the bay after leaving the peninsula. We had an easy drive until hitting the junction in West Seattle. Not a good place for a non-4WD truck. We stayed with my sister that night, then on to Mom’s house on Tuesday. We had to chain up two blocks away from her house. The side streets in Seattle were all a mess.
It snowed hard on Christmas Eve. We made it to Justin’s for an excellent dinner of stuffed roast quail ( which I had never eaten before ), and back to Mom’s. It snowed hard enough overnight that Deb and her family in Snohomish were snowed in ( with over a foot of new stuff! ) and couldn’t make it in for Christmas. Boo. Mom made her prime rib for Christmas dinner, which was wonderful. It was a nice day sitting around talking and eating.
We left out of Seattle and came home yesterday. Ryan followed us out and will hang out here for a couple days. There was still snow on the ground here last night, but it rained and blew hard – today it is all gone. 
I had wanted to do a little shopping while in town, but the mess of the snow, ice, and then the crowds on Friday was a big turnoff. I just wanted to get away from it, and have never been an ‘after christmas’ shopper. The crowds have never been worth the sale for me, I guess. I think with the economy the way it is, there will be some good deals for awhile, so maybe we will make a trip to the city around my birthday.

Richard made a platform for the tv and gave it to me Sunday
       We wanted something low to keep the whole thing below the window line. It’s just right. He also gave me a 16G mp3 player – now I have a new toy to figure out. 
There is still no word from the last bank. This waiting is getting tiring. I want to move forward – in some direction, but we have to wait it out.

I ended up making a lot of shopping bags – like 30 – out of materials that I had here. And I got four chef jackets done for Justin, and a pair of pajamas ( also from fabric that was in my stash ) . This is the upside of having a hundred boxes of fabric.    We were not the only ones to give shopping bags though. My niece also made them for everyone. It was nice to get one that someone else made – everyone has different ideas and it’s interesting to see how someone else executes them.
With most of the Christmas sewing finished ( I still have something I want to do for a friend of mine ) I can begin to plan on the next thing I want to sew. Maybe for myself even.

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Sew, Snow, Sew

Thanks to the miracle of not losing electricity in this snow storm, I’m still sewing. Yay!  Because there’s still sewing to do. It’s my nature to continually add to any list. So, as I finish one more gift tomorrow, I will start another ( or two!) . 

We awoke to snow this morning, and it is beautiful ( since we didn’t have to go anywhere, and the lights are still on ). Here’s some pics we took on a walk down to the beach. Richard went along – his knee is getting better every day ( part of my christmas wish )!
 even in the snow, someone drives down the pedestrian beach approach.    Snow and sand – an uncomman combination
 Of course we had to include one shot of you-know-who.  She had a time of it on the walk down there. Sort of trying to hold one leg at a time in the air. But once we hit the beach she had a ball, running free for the first time in a week or so.  Life is good again.
  Dune grass in pretty winter mode.
 The house looks so Christmas-y all red and flocked with snow.
 our tree, and the (non)mantle,  
yes, we decorated the cinderblock above the new fireplace insert. Some fake fur, ornaments, candles, and kitch, along with a piece my sister Deb made several years ago which reads " Peace on Earth, Good Will to All" .     If only.

We did talk to a local guy who has a small sawmill about getting a mantle. We may get a piece of driftwood from the park, and have it cut / milled to size. 

Of course the sun shining made all the outside picture taking lots better. They are now calling for big winds, like the 50-60 mph variety for the next day or two. More snow. We did get everything in the mail to send to all the CA family that’s down south. We are planning to leave to go into Seattle on Monday, but depending on the snow, the sewing, and the power, well, who knows?

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I’ve been in Seattle for over a week now, and at this point I’m missing the better weather at the beach. You can’t say that too often, but it does happen now and then. Here it is raining, hailing and even snowing some. Yuck.

I drove in last Wednesday to help Ryan do some work on his house. We made progress ( though not as much as I thought we would ). He has decisions to make before it can go any farther, and I have to leave that to him.  
Its been a nice week, and Richard joined me here a couple days ago; he rode the bus from Ocean Park, switched to a second bus to Longview/Kelso and got on the train headed north. I picked him up in Edmonds. It took all day for the ride, but he enjoyed the laid back pace of the whole adventure.  
In addition to working at Ryans’ house, I went nursery shopping with Mom. There are trees and plants that I want for the house, and I’m anxious to start making my own mark on the neglected ‘yard’.  We also went to a quilt show on Sunday, and took a long drive around Lake Sammamish en route to a couple nurseries. Wow, has that area changed. Looks to me like any house more than ten years old that was lakefront and sold recently was razed in order to put up an obscenely huge, lot-filling house.  I feel really bad for those who built there thirty years ago, now being surrounded by monster houses.  Yesterday I got a haircut – not yet ready to have someone from the beach area do that.

I also got to go to Snohomish to have lunch with Deb; dinner at Gretchen’s; dinner at Justin’s; dinner out with nearly everyone and just plain hang out and talk with all of my family that is here. Nice.  

I did some furniture shopping with Ryan, and have come to some decisions about interiors for our house. I am really leaning to flooring from this place for the downstairs. Not sure which style or color(s) yet. Seems pretty utilitarian, without being cold. And, it’s interesting, colorful, and low maintenance to boot. I’m also rethinking the idea of a leather sofa to match the loveseat that we already have in the living room – its soo cold to sit on ( the cool was nice in So. Cal, but not here). I’m looking into wood framed vintage Danish Modern styles, like this one, (but not so pricey!) and I would recover the cushions in an Ultrasuede material. I think I’ll be on the hunt for awhile before I find the perfect one.  Seems like there are some good vintage furniture shops in the Portland area to go looking at. 
Yesterday Richard and I also went to a fireplace shop and looked at wood inserts for the upstairs ( main ) fireplace. There are some more modern type ones out now, from a company called Scan versus the more traditional type from Jotul. I’m not sure which style we will end up with, but by next fall there will be one of those in the to-be refurbished fireplace to help offset the high heating bills of the colder months. 

Today was spent helping Mom finish up a quilt on her quilting machine, and staying out of the yucky weather. Tomorrow we’ll see more family, and I think we will head home on Sunday. 
I’m hoping the weather there will be better.  I don’t think it could really be worse.

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