Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Day Three of the Road Trip...

On Sunday (the 18th) Roger and I drove into Tacoma to see the Chihuly exhibit at the Museum of Glass. We were able to watch some of the glass artists working in the “Hot Room” creating blown glass pieces.

This stuff is really hot stuff folks...

While watching the pieces being created was exciting, the walk from the car to the museum was more interesting. We had to cross a covered bridge to reach the museum entrance. These are photos of what you see on the bridge.

This is the photo of Roger next to the wall... just to give the viewer a size reference.

I’m aware that not all of this work is created by Dale Chihuly but he has a hand in much of its creation. If we could afford one of his pieces, we could also afford to own a small island in the Pacific. I think the investment would be about the same.

The museum also contains a variety of glass pieces created by ‘guest’ artists who are allowed to work in the hot room.

These are two of my favorites. Look closely at the fish.

It sort of makes me wish I had the talent these artists have. The work is interesting, creative and beautiful.

We then drove around looking at old land marks. We saw both old homesteads (Roger’s), a building he used to own and had dinner at the Tides Inn a diner he used to frequent. All in all it was a pleasant day… even though it rained most of the day.

Our First Real Trip...

We took our trailer on its first (for us anyway) long trip. I really did try to think of everything we would need. I got most of it but true to form, I forgot a few things too. I think I should get an E for effort though. Roger said I packed too much but it didn’t interfere with the route from one end of the trailer to the other so I guess I did okay.

We left home on Friday morning. After gassing up and making a few adjustments we took turns driving until we reached Snoqualmie Summit. We stopped there and took a lunch break. We hit the road again and arrived at Bryan and Addi’s at about 6:40. That is where we spent our first night in our trailer. It rained most of the night so that replaced the thunderstorm CD I forgot to bring.

We discovered that the bed is a little on the short side and the twin/full blankets are a tad too small for the bed.

We had a great visit. We went to dinner; to breakfast; and to the Home and Garden show with the kids and Addi’s mom, Cindy.

This art work is right up Roger's alley. I call it sticks in a shadow box. It really is a nice piece though.

This is an interesting tree... Going to try this one on the apple trees.

Display at the entrance to the Home and Garden show.

We strolled out to look at the fishing boats. This pallet is filled with fish nets. Can you imagine living on a fishing boat for months on end? And I think the trailer is a tad on the small side... go figure.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Three signs of spring... sort of.

The weather dips below freezing only occasionally;

The pheasant are marching about in the open; and,

Spector thinks he's the Great Hunter.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007


Good Bye...

We said an official good bye to the old Wilderness trailer yesterday. We sold it to the neighbor for less than we paid for the tires. It was good to see it go to a new home.
BTW: They were thrilled to get it. What a bargain.

Monday, February 05, 2007


We narrowed down the door to the dog house on the back porch so that we are not feeding the raccoons along with our feral cats. This way we can put out larger quantities of dry food and eliminate the requirement of moving it out every morning and in again at night. We (I) committed ourselves (myself) to feeding the the cats (not the raccoons) and don't want to let them down when we decide to travel for any length of time.

Loper seems to have adapted well to the dog house but Spector (aka C.S.) has not.

We purchased a pet taxi and are trying to acclimate him (C.S.) to dining in the taxi. This will allow us to put out enough food to last them both for a few days without the raccoons vandalizing the menu.

The next step is to put the top on the taxi. He's a more mature cat and it may take awhile to gain his trust on this issue. It would be nice if Loper would allow him to eat in the dog house but that's not going to happen so we'll work with the taxi.

Unfortunately there is nothing we can do about Buff, the transient yellow cat that sometimes comes to dine. Hopefully, they won't invite 'friends' over for lunch. These are the photos (and results) of our fist attempts at 'training' our cats.

Why do I feel like they're not the ones being trained?

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