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Life During Covid-19

What have you been doing while you are confined? I am glad that we don’t live in an apartment but our own home. We can hang out in our back yard when it isn’t raining. I am not complaining about the rain because it has really made our yard green. This meant we better go buy a lawn mower. We got a used one while using social distancing.

David picked up the sticks from the backyard with the help of Harrison.

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Crewdsons and CoronaVirus

Well I imagine that all of us our doing things differently in our life because we are trying to do what we can do to stop the spread of Covid19. We are doing what we can to entertain ourselves here in our home.

We have taken Harrison to the vet. They want everyone safe, so you sit outside while they examine your pet. Talk to you on the phone to let you know what it going on with your pet. When we left we thought we were done. Then we get a call to tell us that Harrison has hookworms too. David had to go and pick up his meds. When he arrived he had to call to let them know he was there. He gave him his card info and then they brought out his medication.

I had a doctor appointment this week with my new doctor. I had been waiting for almost 2 months to get in. I was figuring they would cancel it but they didn’t. We arrived at the doctor’s office. There was a gentleman outside that by using social distancing asked me several questions and told us the David couldn’t come in with me. I was handed a mask because we had been in Seattle for a month, returning on March 9th. Was allowed into the empty waiting room. I was escorted back within a minute or two. There in my room things seemed like just a normal office visit. After the nurse talked to me and the doctor had gone through my records I had brought in earlier we discussed my plan.

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Coronavirus and Harrison

Living in Alaska in a cabin in the woods you learn about cabin fever and how to protect yourself from it. I know we are supposed to stay in but they are recommending outside activities like hiking or walking. I know that is what always helped me was to get outside and move. Thanks to Harrison we always take him for a walk, well at least for the little over a week we have had him. Of course, I say that as I look at the rain coming down outside. I really don’t want to smell wet dog the rest of the day. We have several times had to wait until the rain stopped to go. Hopefully, we will this time too. Looks pretty gray outside though.

Our happy family in front of our new house.
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Harrison

After the loss of Alice, David and I decided when we got a house with a yard we would adopt another dog. We started looking while we were in Seattle. I filled out applications at different rescues. David had done research on Great Pyrenees and thought one would fit into our family great.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Pyrenees

We got approved by several rescues but by that time the female dogs we wanted were gone. Then Lee called from Operation Paws for Homes to talk to us. We were approved but once again the female dog we wanted was gone. She told us about Sweetheart Harrison who tested positive for heart worm and would not available until March 12th. We got back from Seattle March 10th. She told us that he was very sweet but no one wanted him because of his size. We thought about it for about 1 minute. Then we said we want him. We started talking to the foster Mom, Becky, she told us all she knew about Harrison. She was sending us photos of him. We were starting to love him before we met him. It was decided that we would pick him up on Friday, March 13th. This day will always be lucky to us.

Harrison was in Virginia. Becky told us she would meet us halfway. We met in Maryland.

Becky’s daughter, Becky, and us with Harrison
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Carkeek Park

I am finally back online and taking time to catch up with my blogging. Our last day in Seattle, WA we went to see Nancy and work and had a picnic at Carkeek Park.

We decided to go see Nancy before we went to the park. She works at Swanson’s Nursery.

https://www.swansonsnursery.com/

We brought the boys, Frankie and Charlie, with us. Nancy got to show them off.

Swanson Nursery
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Caribbean Food

Today before John Lee went to work he said he needed to go to Bongos Café to talk to the owner about a gig for the Seattle Houserockers. He said we could have lunch there. So off we went.

In the summer they have the outside open. This is where the Houserockers play. You can sit with your feet in the sand while you listen to music.

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Brewery and Mexican Food

Four years ago while visiting John Lee and Nancy we found a nice brewery called Lantern Brewing. Every time we come back we always go to have a beer or two. It is about 6 blocks from their house.

When John and Nancy left for work we decided we would walk to Lantern Brewing and eat from whatever food truck the have there.

Yes, I had to take some flower photos on our walk.

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Gig at Tim’s Tavern

Our friend John Lee is a bass player for the Seattle House Rockers and he had a gig while we were in town. Friday night we headed to Tim’s Tavern for a beer and some Blues music.

We went out to eat at a Central American restaurant that was next door to the tavern for dinner. It is called La Cabana and was very good. Once again I was too busy eating to remember to take a photo.

Bistec Encebollado (Nicaragua) $17.50
A traditional dish from Nicaragua made with a choice cut of beef and top it with a generous amount of caramelized onions, and tomatoes. Served with Gallo Pinto, freshly made tortillas and a green salad. This is what I had.

Salpicon (Honduras)  $17.50

This traditional dish comes to you from Honduras. We start with a choice cut of beef, peeled knuckle, which is cooked in a special seasoning mix. We mince the meat and blend it with diced onions, cilantro and top it with fresh lime juice and diced radish. Served with rice, freshly made tortillas, and a green salad. David had this.

Huevos Rancheros  $10.75
Over easy or hard (fried) eggs on a corn tortilla topped with a home-made spicy red salsa,bell peppers,and onions. Served with refried beans, queso fresco and crema. John Lee had this.

They make their tortillas and they are really good.

They have special non-alcoholic drinks.

Horchata  $3.75
Sweet rice water drink w/ a hint of cinnamon
(contains dairy) I had this drink and it was nice. It kind of reminded me of Thai Ice Tea.

Nance  $3.75
A refreshing drink made from the fruit of the
palm tree, a small tart, yellow cherry-like fruit. David tried this one which we thought had a nice flavor but was a little too pulpy for David.

John Lee did it again and took us to a wonderful place to eat. If you are ever in the neighborhood you should give it a try.

La Cabana

https://timslivemusic.com/

Nancy and John Lee

Trouble at Home played first. One of the guys is actually in the Seattle House Rockers. They were good too.

The guy on the harmonica, John Marsh, also joined in with the House Rockers.

After they finished it was time for Seattle House Rockers.

If you would like to hear some of the Seattle Houserockers check it out here.

We had a great time and the music was great too.

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U District on the Av

John Lee was off on Thursday so we headed to the University District in Seattle on the Avenue.

Last time we visited John and Nancy he took us to an Indian Buffett. Chili’s South Indian Cuisine has one of the best Indian buffets I have ever been too. The price is great too, $14 after tax. You can check them out here.

http://chilissouthindianrestaurant.com/home

Of course, I didn’t bring my camera like an idiot so no photos. Well I guess I could of taken them with my phone but I was to busy feeding my face.

When I waddled out of Chili’s we headed to Bulldog News. John Lee was looking for a magazine. Bulldog News is one of the few news stands left around.

https://www.bulldognews.com/

There is a baker that does have gluten free goodies. You have to get a coffee from Nathaniel who is the longest serving barista in the country. He makes great coffee too!

https://www.bulldognews.com/9/caf-espresso.html

Another one of John’s favorite places in Tea Republik. This guy makes some of the best blends and more different teas than I have ever seen.

NO COFFEE HERE!

After John’s nap at Tea Republik we headed home.

We had a great time wondering around the Av in the U district. John always find the best hole in the wall places. We keep telling him he needs to start being a tour guide for foodies.

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Wondering Around Greenwood

Our first day in Greenwood which is in North Central Seattle John and Nancy had to go to work. David and I decided to go for a walk.

Just a nice looking bug.

We decided to go eat at a Turkish restaurant that we had gone to before. To our surprise it is now a Thai Restaurant.

https://thaithaikitchen.net/

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Home and Concert

Our last day with our kids before we head into Seattle to visit David’s best friend before we head back to York.

Sarah and Steve made it home around 11am.

They made it 13 days without killing each other. Sarah was a little afraid because she said that this is the longest the two of them have ever been alone. I think from the smiles on their faces it was ok.

They were happy to be home.

They met the kids at the bus stop with candy Lei’s. Then home to give them their gifts.

What goofy granddaughters we have.

Willow and Meadow had a concert with the middle school that night and wanted to go dressed like this. Mom had to tell them no.

We all went to their last concert of the year. There were 3 local elementary schools who went to the middle school to sing with their choir.

We stopped at Subway on the way home for dinner. It was a great night and we really loved the kids concert.

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South African Burgers

On Sunday Cade needed to go to Tracy and Ryan’s to help him with some trees they had fallen. Cade had left him his chainsaw to cut the trees up for firewood. There were a couple that were really big and Ryan couldn’t handle them.

Ryan and Tracy are from South Africa. Of course they have a different way of cooking and seasoning their burgers.

When we first arrived we all hung out to visit a bit and have some chips and dips or were we the dips. Not sure but anyway.

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Escape of the Grandparents

Last Saturday David and I escaped from the house for a while. My son, Cade, was home and the girls were all out playing. We decided to go enjoy the day. Cade told us to go to the back of his property and follow the dirt road to the first power pole. There we will find a trail that takes off into the woods.

Believe it or not we actually found the trail.

He said if you follow it all the way you will come to a road and then you can continue on the trail on the other side.

We then came upon the creek.

We then took another trail back to the road.

It was just a very nice day.

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65 Years

I turned 65 on February 26th. Yes I am now official old. I have medicare!

Cade, son, took me out for dinner. Along with David, husband, Rickie, Willow, Meadow and Brodie, grandchildren out for Italian. We didn’t have a big choice because there is a Mexican or Italian on the Key Peninsula. Cade chose Massimo.

We got there just at the perfect time. The sun was setting over the water.

If you are ever in Purdy, Washington you need to go check this place out. The food is great.

https://www.massimobarandgrill.com/

Then we all went home and Cade had stopped at The Cheesecake Factory and bought a cake. I guess he had never been there before and he was overwhelmed with all of cheesecake flavors. He came home with half salted caramel and half original. It was so good and enough for 2 nights of desserts.

To say the least I was so stuffed I couldn’t move but it was a wonderful birthday with my family. I love all of you and thanks for making my day special.

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Key Peninsula

After we got the girls on the bus to school David and I decided to drive into Purdy and walk along the beach by the bridge.

That’s right the name of the town is Purdy, Washington. My son, Cade, was telling me that when he was looking for a house he saw an ad that said Purdy house. This might be the place I want that must be owned by a hillbilly like with his purdy (pretty) house. Anyway it wasn’t the house for him but if you would like to know more about Purdy check out this link

https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Purdy_(Washington)

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Hanging with My Girls

Mom and Dad left for Hawaii on Wednesday and we started our babysitting of our granddaughter’s, Willow, Meadow and Brodie. Brodie is my son’s daughter and he will be home from work on Saturday.

We will see if they still like each other after spending 13 days alone. They have never been on their own this long before. Hopefully, they will both make it home safe and sound.

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Valentine’s Parties

David and I made it safe and sound to Seattle on the 12th of February. My daughter, Sarah, picked us up and by the time we got to bed we were worn our from the long flight and all the time changes from one side of the country to the other.

It was so nice to see our granddaughters, Willow, Meadow and Brodie, when they got up for school the next morning. They are all in elementary school, 5th, 4th and 2nd. Of course they were having Valentine’s parties on the 14th.

We started off in Meadow’s 4th grade class. They had to make Valentine Boxes that had moving parts. Meadow made a giraffe with a moving tongue, neck and ears.

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February Birthdays

David and I are leaving February 12th to go to Seattle to take care of 3 of our elementary age granddaughters, so we had a early birthday celebration in York on Friday. Dan’s birthday is on the 13th, Bekka and Kate’s is on the 16th and mine is on the 26th. My daughter, Sarah, in Gig Harbor had a birthday on the 1st. I have plenty of birthdays that is for sure.

Of course Oma had to make some birthday hats.

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Day with Our Girls

Dan had a bunch of things to do yesterday, so David and I took care of the girls. We had a ton of fun with them.

The girls decided they could dress themselves.

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Sunday With My Girls

Heather told me she had gotten something new to try out on the girls, stamps. She asked me if I want to come up and play too. Of course, I said yes.

When I first came upstairs this is what I saw.

Why exactly do we buy toys for children when all they really want is a box.

Kate really got into the stamping.

Bekka got into stamping herself.

Bekka said stickers are more fun. They discovered them on our move to York. It kept them entertained while driving down the road.

Mommy enjoys her Sundays with Kate and Bekka. Of course, Oma does too.

Bekka said it must be Super Bowl time. I better bring Grandpa a football. She carried it all the way down the stairs to give it to him.

The girls love spending time with Grandpa.

David and I will really miss these moments when we get moved into our new house next month.

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Mad Hatter

Heather got the girls these cute little hat hair clips at the Christmas market. Bekka just really loved hers and wore it all the time.

I am thinking I can make this. Heather decides the girls should have one for every holiday. I give it a try and this is what I came up with.

Bekka was my little model once again.

Heather says, “Mom, you should make these and sell them.” So I made these.

They are made out of some felt, a little batting and some decorations. They have a hairclip on the bottom to put it in your hair.

I think I will get some more varieties of hat clips made and then see if I can sell them. What should I ask for them? Let me know what you think int he comments.

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Beautiful Twin Granddaughters

David and I enjoy watching our little girls, Bekka and Kate, growing up. The new things they do everyday just amazes us. We have many wonderful days with them.

The girls love hanging out on our stairs with Mom.

They really enjoy being outside and learning all about what you can do with a stick.

I hope you get a little joy out of these photos because they sure put a lot of joy in our life.

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FestivICE

We have been checking out all the different happenings in downtown York. We went to checkout FestivICE.

https://www.eventiveyork.com/festivice

The day started getting the girls dressed in their winter gear. I remember doing this with all my kids. By the time you got number 5 dressed number one was coming back in.

There were quite a few ice sculptures. They were so small compared to the ones in Alaska.