Saturday, September 19, 2020

Saturday Snippets - BZZZ, Smile, Waiting

The pest control guy came out this week. I saw a few bees flying back and forth under one of our eves and when he got here we saw about 15-20 bees flying around. He said for every bee outside, there are about 10 inside. Eewww!! 

Beth bought a new refrigerator that has a separate freezer. She's kind of outgrown the small fridge / freezer she has now and was so excited when this was delivered! And then we opened it up. 

It was dented in a few places and many of the shelves were cracked and broken. We told Beth she could still use it and we would order new shelves or we could send it back and wait for a new one. Of course now this one is on back order so it's going to be a while until it comes. But she wants to wait for a new one. You can see the stainless and black one she's using now just to the right. This one is going to be so much better for her. But for now, we wait.  


Allie came over today and helped me paint part of the fireplace. The red area was behind our old insert and needed to be painted before they put in the new one. It'll be installed on Wednesday!

 Then we painted pumpkins. 😊


Beth and I went to the grocery store this week and she put in The Greatest Showman CD. We sat in the driveway listening to the end of one of the songs and she was really rocking out! I'd pull up my phone to take a picture and she'd stop moving and quietly sing. I put my phone down and she'd bop her shoulders and jam! She's so shy, this is as crazy as she gets when she's being watched!

Are you shy or are you comfortable in front of the camera? Do you always carve pumpkins or do you draw or paint on them?

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Thankful Thursday

Knit by God's Hand 

I'm linking up again with Knit by God's Hand

This week I'm thankful for ~

Quiet moments

Leaves turning yellow

Cooler temps

Tillamook Banana Split ice cream

Dinner with the family

Finishing a project


Good friends


I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Saturday Snippets - Non-Stop, Finished and "What IS that?"

 Chuck and I went for a walk earlier this week and we was telling me how he rode Sharaya's bike for a couple miles. He hasn't been on a bike in years! We came home after our walk and he went out to blow the pine cones off the driveway. His energy level is astounding!

I finally finished my puzzle! I tried to work on it a little every day and it took me almost a month! It was hard but I feel good now that it's done.

 Work has really picked up a lot this week. We have two schools operating now, plus our maintenance guy is on vacation (Did I already tell you this?) Anyway, I've noticed our sprinklers aren't working quite like they should... I've done a lot of work for the schools... lowered the flags for 9/11 - Patriots Day... I've worked a lot of hours this week so it's been great to just be home today.

 And speaking of 9/11, I recently found out that Edmonds has a small memorial so Beth and I went down there after work on Friday. There is a beam that was at Ground Zero, the two panels represent the Twin Towers, there are tiny glass panels that represent each person who died... blue and red for the police officers and fire fighters... it was actually very emotional being there.

And... fire fighters! The west coast is on fire! Literally. Up and down California, Oregon, and Eastern Washington there are so many wildfires burning. Beth woke me up this morning, I could hear her talking kinda loud down stairs so I went down and she pointed to her window, "What IS that?"

"What is what?"

"The color." 

The winds have carried smoke up the coast to Seattle and we've been socked in lately. 

It's creating an orange hue on everything. I told her I was just thankful we only had smoke, no fire. We're wearing our masks now even to just check the mail.

We've been praying for everyone involved in battling the hundreds of fires that are burning right now. 2020 just keeps going...

I hope you are all healthy and safe.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Thankful Thursday - Thankful For You


Head on over to Rebecca Jo's blog and get some good news!


This week I'm so grateful for ~

 Medical bills are being paid in full

Chuck continues to feel well

Microwave popcorn

My job



For all of you. I read your comments and it humbles me. Your kind words mean more to me than you will ever know.

Monday, September 7, 2020

Theodore ~ Teddy

 I had a quiet and relaxing day today. Did some reading, worked on the puzzle, watched a movie. All day yesterday I was planning my day for work and then I'd remember that it was a holiday, woohoo!! That's the best feeling!

This week is going to be busy with both of our schools reopening. Just figuring out where everyone will enter and exit, creating one-way hallways, placing desks 6 feet apart... our gym is going to be used for P.E. all week but it's also being used as overflow for Sunday services and Prayer Meetings, group gatherings in the evenings... the logistics of all of this has kept some of us up at night.

Our maintenance guy is on vacation so he showed me how to fill and heat our baptistry for this coming weekend.

I just got an email from our Senior Pastor letting me know someone spilled their communion cup on Sunday so we'll need to clean the carpet in the Sanctuary tomorrow.

Plus, Thursday marks one year since my dad died. I've been thinking about him - and my sister - a lot. The hospice place he was at had a service that would create teddy bears out of your loved one's shirt or jacket or whatever. My sister ended up getting one for me and surprised me with it when she visited this summer.

 My dad wore this jacket a lot and this is what she gave them to make my bear.

 The ribbing on the feet and ears are from the collar and the wrists of the jacket.

As I was saving these pictures to my laptop I noticed the 'Hurricane' label was worn over my dad's heart; plus I quickly and randomly saved these pictures as Teddy... and remembered my dad's middle name was Theodore.

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Saturday Snippets - Sun, Eyes, Fire

Beth's eye appointment was... different. She was seen by 3 different people, one said her vision is fine. She doesn't see any blurry images because her brain has just ignored that eye. After all these years she's adapted and is doing fine. But if we want her to get new glasses, some special lenses will help.

Then the doctor came in and very quickly examined her eyes. And I don't mean he was in and gone, but it was that he was moving so fast, he spoke fast, he worked fast, he was like a whirlwind! Checking this and that... he kept calling her Liz and after a couple minutes I got brave enough to say she goes by Beth. But that didn't matter. He called her Liz. And Lizzy. And Betty. And Bit... Then he turned to me and said she needed surgery. Because one eye is cross-eyed, he'll do surgery to correct it. Oh! I asked how the surgery would help her vision. "It won't. She won't see the world any differently, it will just change how the world sees her."

I told him we'd let him know. Beth and I talked about it on the way home and she decided, "No way" on the surgery. I think she's making the right choice.

Sharaya and Allie come over for dinner every Wednesday and this week after dinner we went out to the backyard. Allie and I played corn hole and we all sat around the fire and talked. I do love these kind of evenings.

I came home for lunch the other day and stood out in the backyard for a while. The sun was shining, it was beautiful and so nice to be outside after being at my desk all morning.

 I hope you're having a great weekend!

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Trying Hard to be Thankful - Thursday


I'm linking up again with Rebecca Jo. Check out her blog!


Beth's eye appointment didn't go as hoped but the good news is she won't be having surgery! 

Work is getting extremely busy very fast but so far I've still got a good attitude about everything! 😁

The fireplace is going to cost $4000 more than we first thought but it will be installed in 2 weeks and I can't wait!

Chuck and I are working a lot of overtime lately but it will help pay for the fireplace! 

I'm so done with doing yard work this year and thankfully Fall is right around the corner! Woohoo!

I hope you find a lot to be thankful for this week even if you have to really look for it!

Monday, August 31, 2020

A Fountain In the Center

 After church on Sunday Beth and I decided to go get some frozen yogurt. Our city has a small center of town where the city actually began (it's grown to over 42,000 people) but 'downtown' is still small and quaint. We have a fountain in the center, a movie theater that opened in 1924, it's a fun place to walk around and shop.


Lot's of outdoor seating now due to covid and thankfully the weather was beautiful. Beth bought a new wallet and a canvas to color, the yogurt was so good, it was just a nice relaxing afternoon. 

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Saturday Snippets - Empty Pallets, National Parks, Speeding

 Chuck got me the Legacy Box for my birthday this year. It's a company that restores old photos, reel to reel films... and puts them on DVD's or thumb drives. I went through everything and finally decided what I wanted, (10 items) packed it all up and it's ready to go. I have film from when my mom was 12 years old, some from when my sisters were little before I was born... I can't wait to get it back and see it all!

A police officer knocked on our door the other day and asked if they could put a speed radar thing in our driveway. (It's not the driveway we use.) The speed limit is only 35 but cars go so fast on our street, some of them really fly by our house, it's scary! We'll see how many of them will slow down when they see this thing.

I'm slowly making progress on my puzzle. Sharaya came over the other day and did most of the black lettering on the bottom. I'm doing a little more each day but I sure have a long way to go!

 I'm in charge of Purchasing at work so I've been scrambling to find disinfecting wipes. We have disinfectant in spray bottles that the custodians use in the bathrooms and on door handles, push bars, etc. but the staff has been disinfecting the seats and arm rests in the Sanctuary after every service and these are easier to use. We were down to our last container when a friend texted me and said Costco has a pallet of the wipes! It's only a mile from me so I was there in less then 20 minutes and this is all that was left!

It was a limit of one (one pack of 5) so I got mine and left. The next day another friend said the Business Costco had some so I flew down to that one and they had 4 pallets completely full! Whew. I got another pack of 5 and now I'm a little relieved. We have enough to last us a little while now. So what's it like where you are? Are your stores still out of certain items? Are things hard to get?