Archive for February, 2013

Tree Clearing

We finally took the step to do a big weeding of trees from out lot.  Most of the remaining firs are over 2o years old and crowding each other.  By the end of the day tomorrow, 14 trees will be gone and I’ll have a ton of clean-up work to do.  I’ve had to move scores of plants to keep them from being crushed by falling branches or trampled by the workers.  We are looking forward to see how our gardens do with more light and air and which plants will need to find new locations to accommodate for the changes in sun exposure.


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Yummy Quiche

We’ve always liked quiche but gradually drifted away from making it because preparing crusts is a bit of a nuisance.  I’ve recently begun experimenting with Bisquick and other Betty Crocker and Pillsbury products to shortcut the crust-making step.  Today I whipped up a delicious ham and broccoli quiche in just about an hour.  The Bisquick crust was passable but I’ll continue to test other options.

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Cirque du Soleil Does It Again

Tonight we made another trek to Marymoor Park to see Cirque du Soleil‘s Amaluna. Every time we see a Cirque show I’m amazed that it’s just as beautiful and exciting as the previous one. The music, costumes and makeup for Amaluna were particularly wonderful, especially the lizard-man character, Cali. These shows are so well done; everything is just perfect. What a fun night!

Trisha tries a Cirque mask


Cali, the lizard-man


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Bandon, OR – Fabulous Locale, Crumby Golf

I finished two rounds at the fabulous Bandon Dunes Golf Resort.  Monday it was the Pacific Dunes course, one of the most beautiful in the country.  Unlike my previous trip in December of 2011 I shot a shockingly poor 101.  It was an especially frustrating outing because I had fourteen holes of better than bogey golf and four disaster holes of sixteen over par.  Tuesday, at the equally lovely and dramatic Bandon Dunes course I struggled again repeating the previous day’s pattern of fourteen holes at eleven over par and four holes at plus sixteen.  It seemed like every miss was near disaster with terrible lies in bunkers and behind thick reeds.  And I couldn’t get a single long putt to drop even though seven or eight putts curled around the edge of the cup.  All the frustration aside, it was a beautiful two days at what has to be the most golf-friendly facility anywhere.  Can’t wait to go back.

Pacific Dunes

Pacific Dunes

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Wheezing Round of Golf

Determined to take advantage of a mild winter day, I ignored my lingering case of bronchitis and drove the hour or so south to play the challenging The Home Course in Dupont, WA.  It was a bit of a frustrating round.  I played sixteen holes at bogey, three pars and three double bogeys.  However,  through the 5th and 6th holes I had a coughing fit and shortness of breath and struggled to consecutive triple-bogey scores, ending up with a 94. So although it was a disappointing score, the exercise ultimately seemed to help clear my lungs and it felt good to be outside for a few hours.

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