Liriodendron cascade

Liriodendron leaves

I was sitting comfortably inside, elevating the foot, and saw movement out of the corner of my eye.

Falling leaves. Out the window.

Traveling…through time

Sturgeon inset

I avoided stepping on this sturgeon, instead admiring it by stealing its soul (or perhaps that had already happened).

Movie choices

Westbound we watched “Wonder Woman;” this way we chose “Big Sick.” Serious contrasts there…. Enjoyed both.

Burwell area nebraska

Sometime after the movie finished, we crossed the Nebraska Sandhills pretty close to Burwell, where I lived for most of a working summer. The site we excavated dated to about 1400 and had never been plowed. So, just pasture and no center-pivot irrigation….

Food holiday = luv

Table n candles

Lotta thanks given by people gathering at table on this holiday…here and elsewhere

Dinner rolls

Our menu included nephew#2’s first dinner rolls. Only three left after eleven chowed down.

Pie duo

The highlight: dessert, of course. Apple pie we made, and pumpkin from a renowned neighborhood bakery. Both excellent. And that metal cylinder: whipped cream power shooter.

Lovely time, beautiful day (especially after the rain quit), yummy everything, great company. 🥂💖🍷

Good omen day

Sound view

All day the light came and went, and the rain came and went. Here’s a brighter moment, although there really was some rain when I took this shot.

Mall rainbow

In the afternoon, we had a mall run to get a new laptop for us so we can hand-me-down the one we arrived here with. Yeah, it’s not new, but nephew #2 is thrilled to have his OWN LAPTOP! He also got a lesson in bezier curves and lathe rendering (if I remember the terminology correctly) from The Guru.

Apple store

As we drove around the parking lot, thick with vehicles, trying to get to the parking garage, we saw this brilliant rainbow. Then, in the Apple store, we discovered it was (informally) take-your-dog-to-the-Apple-store day. I think I saw six dogs in the store. I daresay none were service doggies. Does it make a difference that this is a mall, but not an enclosed mall, instead one that has shop doors opening to the out-of-doors?

SEA traffic: wicked bad

Patio w hose

But this was early, when the clouds muffled reality and I was inside with my cuppa (except to take a few photos), all quiet and remote. Others did the traffic thing while I was lethargic and inertial.

Cloud view

I did get out mid-day, and again later, but when I took these photos, I was in a morning cloud, the real weather kind.


Precip view

We did have a reasonably clear view of the mountains—for about fifteen minutes! Then they resumed being socked in, and we’ve had rain, spitty moisture, and variations in between.

And traffic (if we venture out!). Mega-traffic.

However, we are Midwesterners (in origin), and we are tough, and we are fine!

Busy, busy (no bees)

Jocks jills

Today was a blur. At one point I got new feet…meaning shoes. I tried to take a “squared-up” shot of this, but found it impossible. Was I aiready tired at 12:30?

Spiny red spheres

Those blossoms fall off and become squishy, and will compact in shoe-treads. I’m keeping my new soles away from under this shrub, so as to avoid collecting compost.

Matsutake sliced

The day wound up with a cheese board, including snuck-in French (what other kind is there, though?) unpasteurized camembert, a side of sautéed matsutake mushrooms (mmmmm), and home-made pizzas. And wine-socializing.

Busy day, and lovely. Also, there was a musical in there somewhere….

Feeling better

That mountain view

My strange knee pain that seemed to arise about when I began to use Steed flared overnight/this morning…found out it’s the genicular nerve, probably overstimulated. When you are houseguests of an MD, a diagnosis and prescription are relatively easy to obtain…. I am now sporting lidocaine patches on my “hot spots.” The game plan is to get the nerve to calm down, then proceed.

I did get a short walk in before the sun came out. Love this view of the sound and the Olympics.

New, all aboard

Pilot zone

Wow, I get to see through the specially fortified door(way) to the pilot area!*

Feet display

And at my seat, foot elevated of course, I discover that texting (really IMing) is free, courtesy of Delta. Yay!

* And the protocol on a pilot exiting the cockpit while inflight begins with a call to the head flight attendant. Then, the flight attendants in the front block the entrance from the cabin with a drink cart and turn their attention to cabin activity, highly scrutinized. Then, they call the pilot to exit, and s/he closes the door after exiting the cockpit. Does biz, then calls the remaining pilot from the flight-attendant phone to coordinate reentry, then opens the door to return. You get the idea…many well-executed safety steps….

TwoShoes report

Fern frond tip

From the other day….

I’ve been working my new exercises, which focus on front of foot and ankle strength—and walking…that was an assignment, too. Today I didn’t walk outside other than errands, no “walk,” but I was on my feet a bunch, almost every hour. That’s a change for me. Slow increments of improvement….