Category Archives: seasons

Seasons of change

Northwest skies are gray and our backyard plum and maple trees have already begun to let go of their leaves.  No matter how warm the days, nights are cool. Projects I began in the spring, then ignored while the sun … Continue reading

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Cherry blossoms bring out the crowd in the “other Washington.”

Now that I’m retired my days are pleasant and predictable, so I appreciate the occasional surprise. Earlier, my husband and I decided we would visit the University of Washington campus this spring to see the cherry trees in bloom. But … Continue reading

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Morning walks: more than just exercise

Yesterday, I took a walk in my neighborhood and nearby downtown to watch the day begin. Not before dawn, but before the normal workday got underway. Morning is a good time to see a city, before cars and their rumbling … Continue reading

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Wrapping up 2015

I haven’t blogged much this month — or even this year — so I’m wrapping up 2015 with the summary we just sent to friends and relatives out of the area. Meanwhile, may you enjoy the end of 2015 and … Continue reading

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The perfect Christmas gift

As I exited the library the display of cookbooks, each with “chocolate” in its title, stopped me cold. I’d been struggling to think of Christmas gifts I could make. The books provided me an instant answer. This year I would … Continue reading

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I resolve to…

This is the year to forego making New Year’s resolutions to become thin, bring about world peace, or keep one’s house, kids, pets, work and life organized. In fact, if we’re bothering to make New Year’s resolutions — and forty-five … Continue reading

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An apple a day

Most of us realize that we’re not perfectly shaped, featured, or coiffed. And we probably don’t have many friends, relatives, or acquaintances who come across as model-perfect. So why do we expect the fruits and vegetables we buy at the … Continue reading

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Flower and Garden show paves way to English conversation

It should be obvious why I had to make my annual trek to the Northwest Flower and Garden show, based on the first photo, which I took outdoors while waiting for a bus. Gloomy skies, wind, forlorn trees and crows. Compare … Continue reading

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Spring, a change for the better

We’re starting to see a few signs of spring.  The warning signals usually start below ground or just above it.  I’ve seen one-inch-tall iris bulbs in front of a neighbor’s house, and the moles in a nearby park are excavating very quickly, … Continue reading

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Celebrating in the snow

This year we opted for a White Christmas, and since forecasters were not predicting snow to come to us, we went to it. This was our way of attempting to start a new holiday tradition, a necessity since we don’t … Continue reading

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