Archive for December, 2014

2,999 Piece Puzzle

I had been eying this huge, 3,000-piece, 4 feet by 3 feet, puzzle for a long time.  We decided to tackle it during the typically cool, drizzly days of December, thinking it might take a couple of months.  Well, we finished in exactly four weeks… only to discover that one piece is either lost of missing.  A disappointment, for sure.  But the huge puzzle challenge is definitely out of my system. It’s back to 500 and 1,000 pieces now.



Looking like Winter

While driving back to North Bend from Bellevue this afternoon I got some lovely views of the mountains just west of Mt. Si.  We have the best of winter: fantastic views and clear, snow-free roads.


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New Resident

For Christmas, I got Trisha (well, both of us) an original bronze sculpture of a raven done by a local native American artist, Marvin Oliver.  It’s beautiful and really fits nicely at our fireplace.


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Christmas Letter 2014


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Chrsitmas Eve

We got a nice break in the weather today; it’s cool with a few peeks of sunshine.  Just enough to get a glimpse of the snow on the mountains.  We took advantage of the pleasant conditions to deliver our traditional Christmas cookies to the neighbors.


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This season is the last for the Pacific Northwest Ballet‘s Maurice Sendak staging of The Nutcracker so we decided to make it our first ballet experience. After negotiating the terrible traffic and a typically rainy Seattle night we were delighted by the performance.  The staging was fabulous and the dancing mesmerizing.  Great fun!


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…but feels great. Forty-eight hours after my surgery my knee feels fine. It’s stiff and puffy but I have zero pain and can motor around the house just fine. I hope the next six weeks go as well at the first two days.


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12-13-14: Good Day for Surgery

I see on the news that lots of couples are getting married today; supposedly there’s some luck attached to the consecutive numbers in today’s date.  Me, I’m doing arthroscopic meniscectomy. After trying rest, cortisone injections, and tons of workouts we decided to have my right knee scoped.  A good outcome has me back on the golf course by mid February. I’m certainly not missing many good golf days right now.


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Wierd Weather


The official high temperature at SeaTac today was 66 degrees, the warmest December day in Seattle history (and, strangely, the same temp as on our visit to Death Valley in October). Here in North Bend, we got up to a toasty 67 degrees, the warmest it’s been since the middle of September.

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E.T. in the Back Yard

P1080521My snow man of two days ago has nearly disappeared. From the low teens of three days ago we’re almost up to 40 degrees today.

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