Tuesday, August 23, 2016

While the Cat's Away

While I was volunteering as a consultant for my sister, BJ was busy working on some projects of her own. She visited a number of quilting shops on our Northwest trip. Along the way, she landed on the concept for a project she wanted to do.

She started out leveraging some fabric she'd found to make some large hot pads.

And then she leveraged a pattern to do some applique. This one was done to match the colors of our friend's Tab trailer.

She's paid more attention to our to-do list from our Northwest trip than I have. This was her solution to keep the sensor for the refrigerator thermometer in one place. We discovered our temperature readouts would change most every time we moved the trailer since the sensor was free to move around. When it dropped into the shelves on the door, the temp reported would be higher than when it was on the shelf. This way, we'll eliminate one of the variables.

The big project was new curtains. When we first got the trailer, she replaced the thin factory curtains with a heavier fabric, but she's always wished for curtains that would do a better job of blocking all the light.

She bought a set of black out curtains at a local store, and cut them up in sizes needed for our windows.

This fabric has a bit of texture to it, but is totally opaque. At least she hasn't made covers for the fan yet so I can still tell when the sun comes up.

I'm headed up to the rim with the trailer for a week or so which will give a nice chance to test the curtains.

Meanwhile, I'm not sure when the next blog post will happen. I'm a bit blogged out at this point.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

International Geocaching Day

Between the file conversion project I've been working on, some caches I've been building, and the hot weather, we haven't been out to do much geocaching the past couple weeks. Since today is International Geocaching Day, it seemed only appropriate that we get out and do a bit of geocaching.

While we were in the Northwest, a local geocacher put out a series of caches honoring her grandchildren. I'd done a few of them as quick finds, but still had 8 of them on the County Line Trail that I hadn't logged yet. They became our target for the day.

The weather guessers suggested that it might be a bit cooler today, but we still decided to get an early start. When we left the house at 6:15 it was very cloudy with the sun trying to break through.

Some might have said it looked like rain, but we bet on improving weather. 'Sides that, a hike in the rain could be nice at these temps.

By the time we had logged three or four, the clouds were breaking up,

and the bikes were hitting the trail. We'd started at the north end of the majority of the series (there's one more outlier in the National Forest further north), paid our daily access fee and started down the trail. Most of the bike traffic was going downhill as well.

It turned out to be a beautiful morning. Comfortably warm, but not hot. Made for a great time to wander a trail that neither of us had been on before.

The caches all varied in size and shape, but most contained a few trinkets. They were nicely camo'd and some were quite challenging to find, even when you were looking at them.

Nice job, Nana18. It was a very nice series and it sounds like you have a great bunch of grandkids.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Downtown Edmonds

I finally got a chance to wander to downtown Edmonds. My destination was the waterfront but I must admit I liked the classic, small town, downtown area, complete with opportunities to practise parallel parking skills. Lots of the street corners had profuse displays of flowers.

There's a very nice walkway that extends from the beachfront dog park on the south, past the very active small craft marina

to an underwater State Park on the north. The park was clearly popular with the SCUBA divers.
As my brother-in-law and I wandered, we noticed a few Pokemon players,

but it was the wide variety of sculptures that caught my eye. This sculpture was placed near whale watching scope.

The brass seal lions caught my attention for a moment, and then I noticed the man with his two children that was also watching them.

My personal favorite was the crude rowboat with three kids. As I circled it, I kept noticing other details. The part I really appreciated was that the young man standing at the bow was holding a claw hammer in his hand, and the 'wooden' flag was nailed to the mast, complete with bent nails.

After wandering the waterfront, we caught the ferry to Kingston, leaving the car in the parking lot on the Edmonds side.

We wandered around Kingston a while. Jim spotted a couple chairs that he wanted for his office, but I don't think they'll fit.

The big reason I'd headed for the waterfront, and my hope with taking the ferry, was that the weather would clear and we'd get some of those snow-capped mountain pictures. This one is a picture of Mount Baker,

and this one is a picture of Mount Rainer - just use your imagination!