“D” is for “Decisive”…not.

Posted: September 18, 2014 in Ramblings

I already cancelled the order for that bag!  I don’t need any more bags.  Pfft.

Wow. What a Day!

Posted: September 3, 2014 in Ramblings

A whole day with no knitting!  That’s got to rank as some kind of record.  Well, we were busy with the Young Master’s online school start, and then I was trying to find a sort of romantic vintage-style messenger bag that actually looked like it would hold up to use (as opposed to the ones on Etsy, which seem to be uniformly made of quilting cotton and appear as though a strong sneeze would blow a hole in them).  So I spent a few lazy hours this afternoon designing another messenger bag from Zazzle.  (By the way, I never did get that Union Jack one.  I phoned them up and cancelled the order.)  I placed the order for this one tonight, and hope to have it in about 2 weeks.

zazzlebag

 

 

Gas Works Park

Posted: August 24, 2014 in Ramblings

Today we ventured out to a park that’s long been on my list of places to see – Gas Works Park in Seattle, on the shores of Lake Union.  It is the site of the former Seattle Gas Light Company’s plant for converting coal and oil to gas.  In 1956 operations closed, and in the sixties it was converted to a public park.  Apparently it’s a hotspot for steampunk cosplayers, but we didn’t see any today, just families, dogs and kids.  Here are some photos. 

Alex in front of the gas plant structure that remains.

Alex in front of the gas plant structure that remains.

A cool zoom (30x with my HX50V) of a rusty old boat in the dock nearby.

A cool photo (30x zoom with my HX50V) of a rusty old boat in the dock nearby.

The gas plant from atop Kite Hill.

The gas plant from atop Kite Hill.

The Space Needle at 30x zoom.  It was a bit hazy today.  Also, the Space Needle does not lean.  Your author leans,.

The Space Needle at 30x zoom. It was a bit hazy today. Also, the Space Needle does not lean. Your author leans.

Inside the barn of the Gas Works; this is called a "children's play barn" and all the machinery has been brightly painted, although children (and adults) are forbidden to climb on it.

Inside the barn of the Gas Works; this is called a “children’s play barn” and all the machinery has been brightly painted, although children (and adults) are forbidden to climb on it.

I don’t know why WordPress is screwing up all my captions.  They are off-center and I am unable to either left-align them with the left edge of the photo, or center-align them with the center of the photo.  Forgive me!  And enjoy the pics.

Mounties

Posted: July 20, 2014 in Ramblings

Not really.

Alex on Misty, Donna on Chex (full name Premium Chex), and Chris on J.B.

Alex on Misty, Donna on Chex (full name Premium Chex), and Chris on J.B.

The young master fords the creek.

The young master fords the creek.

Wrapping Up

Posted: July 20, 2014 in Ramblings

On Thursday we went ziplining on a course around the lodge and the lodge’s golf course. I hadn’t realized how tame of an activity this really is, and so forbore to take my camera in case of damage or loss. So we have no pictures at all from that.

Friday we came home.

As promised, rafting photos for you.

We approach the rapids.  (Alex on the front of the raft.)

We approach the rapids. (Alex on the front of the raft.)

We enter the rapids!  (Alex's legs sticking up at the front.)

We enter the rapids! (Alex’s legs sticking up at the front.)

After it was all over.

After it was all over.

More to come. I need to get my disc drive working again.

A Down Day

Posted: July 16, 2014 in Ramblings

We’re all still aching from all this outdoorsman activity, so today we went into Portland. First we stopped at a yarn store called Twisted, which I’d heard of, but have never shopped at (not even online). Bought some yarn there, of course. And then we went to the Portland Fluevog store, which is absolutely gorgeous compared with the 2-car garage that is the Seattle store. I tried on a bunch of stuff and bought the Baroque Lorrain in black from the sale rack. Been looking at that one for a long time.

After this, we met Chris’ friend Wilky at the Deschutes Brewpub, just a few blocks away, and had a leisurely, entertaining meal (so leisurely that our waiter was beginning to give us dirty looks for hogging a table). We tipped him generously and left. On the way back we stopped at an outlet mall to get Chris some socks, because I’d forgotten to pack them for him, and then came back to the hotel. Since tomorrow is our last full day here, I’m doing a little prep work, though not actually packing yet.

Alex in the Fluevog store.

Alex in the Fluevog store.

Chris in the Fluevog store.

Chris in the Fluevog store.

Chris at Deschutes.  This was before he had any beer!

Chris at Deschutes. This was before he had any beer!

Since we didn’t have a CD reader for the horseback riding photos, we figured, might as well buy a not-instantly-usable CD of our whitewater rafting trip today!

We did go whitewater rafting with Zoller’s Outdoor Odysseys (zooraft.com), and had a fantastic time! I personally am so much more at home on the water than I was in the hot dry area where we rode the horses. A raft is a little harder to steer but at least it doesn’t try to bite the rear of the raft in front of it, or kick when it’s angered! Plus the river was beautiful. Alex fell out of the raft almost immediately, but our heroic guide Shane grabbed him and hauled him into the raft right away. Alex bore this with cheer and managed to not fall out of the raft for the rest of the trip (nor did Chris or I).

When we got to a set of rapids called “Rattlesnake,” Shane said people could sit on the front of the raft and ride the rapids, so…guess who did it? Chris and I were flat-out amazed.

Alex also took the opportunity to stop the raft and leap into the water from a ca. 20-foot high rock. Again we were amazed!

But we ended the tour with good cheer and just a few minor aches. To cheer us, we went to the Full Sail brewpub in Hood River and had lunch before taking their brewery tour. Here are the only (phone) photos I have for you at this moment.

Alex (in "Staff" shirt and neon shorts) during the brew tour.  Blurry because I was walking and snapping the pic, and the phone camera is no good at that.

Alex (in “Staff” shirt and neon shorts) during the brew tour. Blurry because I was walking and snapping the pic, and the phone camera is no good at that.

8,000 cases of Full Sail beer ready to be shipped out.  We were on a balcony in the room above this.

8,000 cases of Full Sail beer ready to be shipped out. We were on a balcony in the room above this.

I apologize to Gran-Gran for not having the kind of photos she likes to see. Perhaps tomorrow, as we’re going to Portland and will have the real camera with us.