Posted: November 23, 2017 in Ramblings

Well, here we are.  This hotel has rooms and condos for sale.  The bathroom is so nice I almost would want to live in the hotel just for the giant tub with astounding water pressure that fills up fast and has plenty of hot water!

suncadia view

And what a lovely day it is, indeed.  We didn’t have much planned for today.  Swimming (the hotel pool has waterslides) and a Thanksgiving dinner later.  We are all very thankful for our loving families, and hope everyone enjoys a great Christmas season.

UPDATE:  While I was writing the blog post, this happened.


Chris and I agree this is the brightest rainbow we’ve ever seen.  A beautiful start to the holiday season.

Some things never change…

Posted: October 19, 2017 in Ramblings

Look what I spotted in a parking lot today!


The other side looked even better!

However, this was not the same model year as mine.  I think it is even older, based on those little crescent-shaped vents behind the rear window.  Still.

A Big Day

Posted: August 23, 2017 in Ramblings

A milestone in a young boy’s life has been reached!

alex tooth progression

I still think the one on the bottom, under his big tooth on our right when viewing, looks out of alignment, but apparently all the experts say it’s okay.


Posted: August 21, 2017 in Ramblings

We have just passed the moment of “maximum.”  Redmond had a 91.6% eclipse.  Our apartment looks very dark inside – like a typical rainy Seattle day – but outside everything still looks sunny and bright.  We are expected to continue in partial eclipse for another hour and 20 minutes, but the thrill of the moment has passed, and we are going back to our normal chores.

No photos:  couldn’t get eclipse filters for the real camera, and holding the smartphones up behind our eclipse glasses resulted in really junky photos!

Lost and Found

Posted: August 6, 2017 in Ramblings

Remember these keys?

Found ’em today while looking for my travel wallet.  Now I need to lose something else, so that I can find the travel wallet while I’m looking for the new thing!

It’s that time again!

Posted: August 1, 2017 in Ramblings

Wedding anniversary time.  Chris and I traded in all the old camera equipment we had lying around the house and treated ourselves to a new Sony Alpha and a big zoom lens.  He took this pic freehand tonight (not even with a tripod).

moon august 1

Look for more experimentation in the upcoming weeks!

Picture Quality

Posted: July 27, 2017 in Ramblings

My parents said that all the pics in the previous post had been ‘taken by Dad.’  Well, maybe so, and maybe I maligned him unfairly, but these few below were definitely NOT taken by Mom, and so this is how I knew he’d taken them.


I have to wonder if this is a still frame from his video camera.


This was taken while he was up on the steps to Lincoln and we were all milling around at the base.  Very fuzzy.

So maybe it was a camera fault and not Dad’s skill as a photographer.  You don’t see any pictures taken by me (for a change) because I’d purchased an Instax Mini 8, hoping to make photo albums for each of the families who attended.  So I took a lot of instant photos and 95% of them were garbage.  I have since sent off the camera to Diane to see if she can coax anything better out of it.