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Sun
31
Jul '11

Project Day.

Today is project day. That wasn’t the original plan, it’s just what happened. Pull out shelf over the washer/dryer combo. Why a shelf? Because of the high-velocity spin cycle, thing set on top of the unit tend to bounce off and fall to the floor, and too often, BEHIND the unit. And work on the […]

Sat
30
Jul '11

Saturday Of Drop Bys.

Drop by number one: Me Reason: Dropped about 20# of frozen meat to Missy who lives on the corner. With her recent rounds of surgery she hasn’t been working. It’s easy to grow vegetables, it’s not so easy to grow veal chops. Drop by number twp: Dancing Bear Reason: To go through all the gathering […]

Fri
29
Jul '11

On The Road Home.

I had an interesting conversation with Magnetrocia about when does a vacation turn into boredom. Apparently for me at the same time the ice runs out and I’m seriously in need of a shower. Each morning here at American Ridge after the morning pot of coffee, I’ve cleaned out the filter and run a small […]

Thu
28
Jul '11

Life At American Lodge.

The first night in the Tent-Cot. Wrong sleeping bag — I should have brought the big-ass cotton lined one. Between the nylon of the sleeping bag and the nylon covering the mini-air mattress and the nylon of the tent, lots of sliding around. And I forgot a pillow so I had to stuff every spare thing […]

Wed
27
Jul '11

Headed To The Mountains.

At Chinook Pass: That would be a partially obscured Mount Rainier (Mount Tahoma to the 1st nation’s folks) and the yellow cord to keep you from sliding into the mostly frozen Tipsoo Lake. The lower parking lot and bathrooms were still 5 foot snow right to the outhouses (which are in the middle of the […]

Tue
26
Jul '11

The BOX, Day Three.

Well, I have lungs full of dust, and it still isn’t done. It is done enough to get the talisman safely to American Ridge tomorrow. The progress so far: It still needs the walnut trim, a little more work on the felt, and the latches. But not this week. [227.1]

Mon
25
Jul '11

The BOX, Day Two.

And Dinner With Graf.

Back into the wood shop today. The goal? Glue the slabs of the box today, and then recut the ends because you are designing on the fly. More brown snot. Really. I should use a breathing apparatus or put in a dust collection system. And even when I move the car out of the garage […]

Sun
24
Jul '11

Work On THE BOX, Day One.

Today’s word is DADO. It’s a variable width blade for a table saw. A dado set or dado blade is a type of circular saw blade, usually used with a table saw or radial arm saw, which is used to cut dadoes or grooves in woodworking. There are two common kinds of dado sets. The […]

Sat
23
Jul '11

Choo, Choo.

Today’s big adventure is to ride a stream train to nowhere. That would be the Chehalis-Centrailia Railroad. Take about an hour and a half to do the nine mile route up and back. What can I say, it was a Groupon Coupon which basically made it a 2 for 1 Special. We took the longer […]

Fri
22
Jul '11

Friday Dinner With The Usual Suspect

Before I get onto the day, dinner, and what-not, I have to post this “odd-car” picture: Why do I want one? If you click on the photo you get to an article featuring 10 weird and wacky cars. And now back to our regularly schedule blog post… Today’s package run is something I’ve been anxious […]

Thu
21
Jul '11

Full Day.

A very full day today that started with the City of Seattle showing up for the initial weatherization appointment — FOUR HOURS LONG. It seems that my neighborhood and income bracket qualify me for free weatherization. The four hours was spent pressurizing the house and looking for leaks, testing for carbon monoxide (and mounting a free […]

Wed
20
Jul '11

Hump Day 20 July

One phrase for today: billable hours But more unbillable than billable, enough that by the end of the evening my neck was hurting. Nothing like editing a hundred thumb-nail photos into something that will print nice in black and white. Yes, I’ve started on the photo directory for the gathering. Another run to the apartment […]

Tue
19
Jul '11

Swandalihish Dining.

Ah, a quiet house again. An office that I can actually use. Peace. More Madrona Wine Merchants stuff today, thing logo revisions and tax consequences (no, not of the logo). Three more possibilities: Now it’s out to “committee”. The joys of multiple opinions, but it’s all for the better good. And I took another print […]

Mon
18
Jul '11

Brits On The Hound.

With everyone in bed early last night we were up early, fed, and out of the house by 11am to take the boyz to the hound, the Grehound that is: Thanks DancingBear for the use of the car! Hope you had fun with the Miata. I dropped the car off in the north end and […]

Sun
17
Jul '11

Brits Day Three.

Mostly On Their Own.

Another late night. Bottom line, breakfast closer to dinner. The boyz are headed into the city on their own, on the bus, goddess help them. Some silly pictures from the last night (no wonder I took a nap after they left for the city): OK ¯ that was creative editing of pictures. Apparently we are […]

Sat
16
Jul '11

The Brits, Day Two.

Queens And Country.

I must say that staying up late leads to getting up late which means breakfast is closer in time to lunch. Today’s plan is to play tourist with my favorite driving tour. South to Tacoma with a stop at South Center for 35mm film. Yes, real film. Mike has a couple of non-digital SLRs with […]

Fri
15
Jul '11

The British Are Coming!

And They Are Staying With Uncle Markie.

Hectic day with a growing waitlist for the gathering and picking up MaryBeth from Swedish Medical Center and taking her home to Tacoma. She was in for a sort of hernia and touchup on her reconstructive surgery. And you know how much I hate hospitals. Which gets me onto all things plumbing. How do you […]

Thu
14
Jul '11

Dinner with DB & BM.

Another typical Seattle summer day, it can’t make up its mind if it is going to be sunny, cloudy, or dripping. Spent the day tidying up gathering stuff, picked up paper for the cover (which will be printed oversize and then trimmed so it bleeds on all four sides) and started cleaning up the house […]

Wed
13
Jul '11

Wednesday’s Picture Of The Day.

Half a chicken roasted in a hot sweet chili sauce. Yum ! [230.1]

Tue
12
Jul '11

Photo Of The Day.

Actually, Photo Of The Night.

Here is today’s photo of the day taken at night: Drinking and watching TV twenty feet above the back deck during a rain storm — hanging out under the umbrella. [228.6]