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April 30th, 2013 | in Family | Leave a comment

He did it, he actually did it! Today was Jim’s last day at Boeing, and this time for good. He starts re-retirement on May 1st! Isn’t that exciting??!! Now, I just have to flog thru a couple of months and I will be joining him with all the free time in the world.
 

We are going to celebrate by going to France. Well, yeah, we were going anyway, but hey, makes it just that much more special :)
Jim

 

It’s time to have fun Jim, we’ll start with wine touring in France!

Kim

November 20th, 2011 | in Family, Scenic | 2 comments

We got all set up in our new home in Issaquah, where we are going to be as long as we are in the Seattle area. It’s nice that we have family & friends in the area (including some right here in the RV park!), so we get to have lots of fun! Here is a sample of a couple of things once we got settled in.

 

We went to watch Mark play in his pool league (he plays for a team from the Rolling Log Tavern in Issaquah) in North Bend:

 

North Bend Tavern

North Bend Tavern

 

crazy weather in North Bend

crazy weather in North Bend

 

Mark playing in a pool league

Mark playing in a pool league

 

We went to the local Wild Bird shop in Burien and bought LOTS of stuff to keep the local birds happy. I love sitting in my seat where I do my computer stuff and watch the birds flock to the bird feeders.

 

Yellow Finch

Yellow Finch

 

another view

another view

 

We hung some fun flowers from the top of the bird feeder in hopes to draw hummingbirds. We finally did, but it took awhile. To begin with, mostly we had Yellow Finches, lesser Finches, Oregon Juncko’s, Black Cap Chickadee’s, Stellar Jay’s and a Downy Woodpecker. I will be sharing pictures in the next few posts because I took a LOT of pictures while sitting in my seat (out the window).

 

We are here for awhile, so not so much traveling, but just enjoying family & friends!

 

October 21st, 2011 | in Family, Friends | 1 comment

Where has the time gone?!?! It’s the end of October and I haven’t even finished posting about July and the rest of the trip to Seattle. Well, here is one more post of pictures as we traveled across Montana with a stop in Missoula and then Billings. After Billings, we stopped in Idaho to say hello to family & friends. We leave Idaho on the 14th of July, getting to our RV spot for the winter in Issaquah late in the afternoon, I have to head to work the next day for the first time in 5 YEARS!

 

I don’t remember doing much in Missoula, MT other than relaxing and getting a good nights sleep. I was looking forward to getting to Billings so that we could try out another great brewery, Montana Brewing Company. I had asked my niece about where to go, she stayed in Missoula for awhile, but she and her husband also knew a brewer that had moved from Bend, OR to Billings, so we had to try it out.

 

Come on in, the beer is cold

Come on in, the beer is cold

 

dinner & the required beer tasting tray

dinner & the required beer tasting tray

 

I asked to see if Evan was there that day, he was the brewer that my niece knew. He was, he came out and we chatted for quite awhile. He makes some great beer, I would recommend giving it a try!

 

As we traveled from the Black Hills to Missoula, we crossed some beautiful country. Here are a few shots that I took from the RV as we were driving down the road.

 

crazy clouds

crazy clouds

 

part of the Rockies

part of the Rockies

 

We had a really short trip from Billings to Hayden, ID, which gave us some time to catch up with family & friends. We spent the night in our favorite camp spot, the Bolam’s driveway. They are so generous with letting us stay awhile, use their electric, water & bath facilities. They also let us invite our daughter and grand-kids down to visit. Can’t ask for better friends.

 

me, Julie & Daisie

me, Julie & Daisie

 

Lisa & Daisie

Lisa & Daisie

 

the twins giving us a concert

the twins giving us a concert

 

Kathy & Daisie

Kathy & Daisie

 

Jim & Bob

Jim & Bob

 

Jim, Kim, Bob, Kathy & Daisie

Jim, Kim, Bob, Kathy & Daisie

 

It was a short visit but a wonderful stop. Had lots on my mind, thinking about going back to work so this was a great way to relax and take a break! Thanks again everyone for everything!

June 29th, 2011 | in Family, Friends | Leave a comment

It’s a great thing that Phil & Terri have so many hobbies, but in this case, I really love it :) They crew on sail boats during the racing season on Lake Erie. Our last trip to Ohio, we got to go out with them and Phil & Lorraine D. on Phil D’s boat Changes. I took lots of pictures and posted them (3 years ago, my goodness!). This trip, Changes was on the way back from the Bahamas, so Phil & Terri are now crewing on the Notorious. They are really good at what they do and they finagle ways for us to get at least one sail in each trip. So on a Wednesday morning, Phil, Jim and I met up with Brad (owner of the boat and skipper) & Bob to take a little sail. It started just breezy enough, but it got breezier as the sail continued and we headed back into port before it got too breezy.

 

This is a picture I took the last trip (June 2008) when we were on Changes and we were the committee boat for the evening race.

Notorious from 2008 in the late evening sun

Notorious from 2008 in the late evening sun

 

These pictures are from our sail this trip on the Notorious.

 

Brad at the helm

Brad at the helm

 

sun behind the sail

sun behind the sail

 

Bob, Jim & Phil

Bob, Jim & Phil

 

Brad, Jim & Phil

Brad, Jim & Phil

 

sun shining onto the sail

sun shining onto the sail

 

Notorious

Notorious

 

Me, I don’t do anything while on the boat, just sit back, relax and enjoy. Oh yeah, and I shift sides as we tack (I do make good ballast). I love the feel of sailing, I would do it a lot if I had a chance, but I will still stick to my RV for living & traveling. Thanks Brad for taking us out on Notorious.

 

btw, that same Wednesday, they had a race in the evening. Jim and I did not go, I was worried about the weather. It was a good thing too, they barely made it into port before the wind got so bad that it was pushing trees down. We had shear winds come through the area that night and Phil & Terri had to make 2 detours around downed trees to get back home from the boat. It was kinda scary, but it all worked out fine.

 

June 9th, 2011 | in Family | Leave a comment

It’s always interesting to see what hobbies people pick up over the years. My b-in-law (Phil) and his wife (Terri) started target shooting and now belong to a club and compete. Terri even got two trophies this last year, so they are truly enjoying it. Jim and Phil got to talking about guns and they decided we needed to give it a try.

 

They live out in the boonies with only other family members living nearby, so they can practice right in their own back yard. Phil set up some water bottles and hung some potatoes from a rope so that we could shoot at something. I did shoot Terri’s back-up gun (don’t ask me what the caliber was, I can’t remember), her primary gun has a fitted grip for her hand and my hand is bigger.

 

Jim shot Phil’s gun, it was a little bit bigger (Jim says it was a .38). Anyhow, it was interesting, I actually did hit a few potatoes (never having shot a hand gun before), and so did Jim. I still don’t want one, even though they think all “Texans” carried concealed.

 

click on the picture to see a little bit bigger one, and if you want to see it bigger yet, click on the picture again :-)

 

When trying to figure out what to do while in Ohio (other than visit, eat & drink), Put-in-Bay came up from a friend at dinner. So the plans were made, the drive seemed long (because we had to get up so early to catch a certain boat), but it was all worth it. We were just a tad early for the season, a couple of days before Memorial Day, so not everything was open. That was ok, we still had fun!

 

The biggest bummer was that the Perry Monument was closed for renovations (200 year anniversary next year for the War of 1812). We couldn’t go to the top, but the video was interesting in the visitors center.

 

 

After visiting the memorial, we did some shopping and then decided it was time for lunch. We had heard about this marvelous lobster bisque at the Boardwalk, but the Boardwalk was closed. We ran into someone that worked there (they were getting it ready to open over Memorial Weekend) and he said that the Hooligan Pub was also owned by them and they had some that day, it was in the process of heating up.

 

So, off to Hooligans it was. We ordered lunch but they said the bisque wasn’t ready yet, it had to be re-heated very slowly. We said we would come back for it after awhile. Once we were done with what we did order, we headed over to the Put-in-Bay Brewing Co. so that I could try their beers (and get a souvenir glass :) ) We did go back, but they were closing from between lunch & dinner. They never told us that, so we asked for our bisque to go and ate it out on the porch. We were definitely disappointed in the bisque, it was too thick and kinda lumpy.

Here’s there line-up that we tasted:

  • Watermelon Wheat
  • Captain Barclays’s IPA *
  • Summer Brew
  • South Bass Oatmeal Stout *
  • Pass Out Bourbon Stout *

 

I liked the IPA and the two stouts, the oatmeal was the better of the two. I was pleasantly surprised that I even liked one, let alone three of them. I would go back if I ever had the chance.

 

After the brewery, we headed out to do a little wine tasting. There are two wineries on the island, Heineman’s Winery and Put-in-Bay Winery. We didn’t taste at Heineman’s, all they had was sweet wine, but we did make some purchases in the gift store. We did try a few wines at Put-in-Bay, they had a few dry reds and whites. Not bad, but no purchases made here.

 

After wine tasting, we drove around some more in our little golf cart along the waterfront to see how the other half lives. There are some really nice homes and a lot of summer cottages. It was fun to see what was basically a “gosling nursery”. There were 3 or 4 mama geese keeping all their goslings together and herding them from one spot to another. There were all different ages (sizes) of goslings, so it was really interesting to watch. Those mama’s were very careful too, if you got too close, they started spitting at you and would make like they were going to bite. I stayed a little further back to get my pictures 😉

 

We didn’t want to get home too late, so we headed back, but we also wanted to try another winery on the way home. We stopped at Firelands Winery in Sandusky. It was really nice inside (they were renovating the outside), the people very nice and you got to choose 5 wines to taste. They had a little of everything. I bought a cool bottle (blue fish) that has riesling in it (didn’t taste the wine, just wanted the bottle) and a bottle of sparkling brut (didn’t get to taste it either). We did open the bottle a few days later and I found it really enjoyable and was surprised at the quality (not so much for the price though). Terri bought a couple of bottles of Italian styled wines.

 

We were ready to be home, it was a long day, but really enjoyable. How can you go wrong after wine & beer tasting? You can’t 😀

May 14th, 2011 | in Family | Leave a comment

Next stop, OHIO 😀    Going to visit some of Jim’s family.  Watch out, here we come!

May 8th, 2011 | in Family | Leave a comment

For all of you Moms out there, Happy Mothers Day. Jim took me to breakfast since we are quite a ways from any of the kids. It was full of other Moms and their families. I love going out for breakfast.

 

This is the 2nd Mothers Day without my Mom, we all miss you. Hope you are having a great breakfast with your Mom and sister.  Love You.

 

Mom and little brother Jeff (1965)

Mom and little brother Jeff (1965)

 

Mom and oldest son Mark (1980)

Mom and my oldest son Mark (1980)

 

Mom & Me Mothers Day 2002

Mom & Me Mothers Day 2002

 

Hope you all have a great day!

 

December 31st, 2010 | in Family, Friends | Leave a comment

Iv’e put the sparkling wine in the fridge, dishes are currently caught up, but not the laundry :( and I am putting up my final post for 2010. We have not been sitting on our laurels, we have been very busy campers. On Boxing day (did I mention this before?) we enjoyed eating our left-overs from Christmas dinner and we also share them with Randy, Kris, Graydon & Diane. They shared theirs with us too, so we had a grand Boxing Day Buffet.

Boxing Day Buffet

Boxing Day Buffet


On Wednesday, in the torrential pouring rain, the kids from San Antonio came to visit for a couple of days. We ate, we visited, we played games and we watched movies. It’s always fun to see the kids, they grow up so dang fast!

Kelsey, Mike, Celi & Scott

Kelsey, Mike, Celi & Scott




Tomorrow, after sleeping in late, I begin the job of putting Christmas away. The lights come down, the tree is undecorated and all the “stuff” is stuffed into bins for another year. I can’t believe that it is going to be 2011! We hope it is going to be a great year for all of our family and friends. We are so blessed, we will be planning the up coming trip in the RV soon. More on that later.

Happy New Year!

December 30th, 2010 | in Family | Leave a comment

I “borrowed” these pictures from Kerry’s facebook and wanted to share them with you. Ava in her Christmas dress and other pictures taken on Christmas Day in Puyallup, WA.

Pretty Ava in her Christmas Dress

Pretty Ava in her Christmas Dress

Ava meeting "cow"

Ava meeting

Ava sleeping with new friend

Ava sleeping with new friend

Ava & Sean

Ava & Sean