Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Flooded waters...



With all the recent rainfall and snow melting in the mountains, some flooding occurred once again in our valley. Yesterday, whilst on my way to Little Bit, I stopped to take some photos along the way.  One of the main roads across the valley is still closed this morning, but will hopefully open again later today. 

We are never in any direct danger so don't you worry. It (the flooding) has just become one of those things that is part of our lives in this area...


In the mean time, I'm working on finishing this over-sized and boxy sweater. The pattern is called  'Acorn' and is designed by Junko Okamoto.  The yarn is Brooklyn Tweed's Shelter in Snowbound (grey), Camper (pink) and Newsprint (black & white marl). If you click on the link then you can see I've changed the colorwork area drastically. The acorns just weren't speaking to me somehow...

I'm loving this slightly different design. (then again, I always enjoy things that are 'slightly different...')  {smile}

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Our last hike...

Snow!

Railroad relics...

I-90 toward the Cascades...

Taken from the car...



Saturday was Miss M.'s last day at home before she would return to college. Therefore we had to take one last hike with her. Her wish was to experience snow one more time... (my wish was to walk on a fairly level trail)







 We drove to the Homestead Valley Trail Head just off of I-90 and explored parts of the Iron Horse Trail. Such cool (and very high!) trestle bridges  from the old railroad that used to run there. 




After a 4-mile walk it was getting very foggy and couldn't see much anymore. We drove up to Snoqualmie Pass for some lunch (and a beer at Dru Bru brewery). It was snowing and it was just beautiful.  After all that we drove back home and Miss M. started packing. She left very early Sunday morning (we had to leave the house for the airport at 5:45am...) and today was my first day back to being home alone. It was a looooong day....



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Friday, January 19, 2018

At the Lake...





To celebrate our last days together, Miss M. and I decided to go on a walk to Rattlesnake Lake, just past North Bend, WA. It was very cloudy, wet and moody: so Pacific Northwest-like. Beautiful!













Two more sleeps and our house will be so quiet again...

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Complete...


"I'm so happy, I could cry..."

The period from August until now has been the longest that we haven't seen our children. It feels so good to have them home again...





Today we are celebrating Thanksgiving, yesterday the floods arrived...






Don't worry, we usually have some secret roads that are still open. We are expecting seven Dutch guests for dinner this afternoon. They've all been sent updated travel info, we should have a grand ol' time!  {smile}

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

A New Chapter...


Today  was a very special day for me: I started working at  Tolt Yarn & Wool! Yes, at my favorite yarn store, can you believe it?!  {smile}

It was only (less than) four years ago when Tolt opened up shop. I remember asking Tif what I should try: to crochet or to knit?  She suggested knitting since I like to wear what I make, which is still so true. I knew how to do a knit  and a purl stitch and that was about it. I didn't know if I was a 'picker' or a 'thrower' (first a thrower, now a picker), had never heard of circular needles and basically had never really knit anything in my life.

Now four years later, I actually had to muster up all my bravery and apply for a job. I haven't worked (for money) since my mid-twenties (yes I know, I have been extremely fortunate that way) and I have never worked in a retail shop before either. The information is overloading my brain right now, but I'm also so incredibly happy to have found a place among the incredible staff there.

Yay, I am now a proud 'Toltia'!!!

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Monday, July 31, 2017

The Hike...



So last week we hiked to the top of 2nd Burroughs Mountain, just North of Mount Rainier. What a day it was! 

I am not a hiker and really don't enjoy inclines, but Mr. G. and Miss M. took this hike a few days earlier and the pictures looked just too spectacular to not give it a go. (even though they couldn't see the actual mountain all day because of low hanging clouds) 

We started at Sunrise (elevation 6400 feet), walked past Frozen Lake and then up through several long patches of snow on very steep hills to 2nd Burroughs Mountain (all the way on the left on this map). After lunch we walked down and finally made it back to Sunrise, but approaching from the south side.  About 8.8 miles (15 km) in total with an elevation gain of 1000 feet. An absolute first for me! {smile}

Here come LOTS of pics, most of them made by Miss M., they are in no particular order...









Mountain Goat!!!













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Flooded waters...

With all the recent rainfall and snow melting in the mountains, some flooding occurred once again in our valley. Yesterday, whils...