grandson mason

grandson mason

grandson jaxson

grandson jaxson

Thursday, May 31, 2018

01-31MAY18 - Sultan, WA

May was a very quiet month for us.  Only “event” of the month was Mother’s Day weekend.  We decided to go out for Mother’s Day breakfast/brunch one day early on Saturday, 12MAY.  We chose the Maltby CafĂ© in Maltby, WA; supposed home of the world’s largest cinnamon roll.  We were last there almost ten years ago July 2008.  Unfortunately many other families decided to also take their moms out “early”, & we had a one hour wait.  But it was great weather & the food (especially the cinnamon roll) was worth it!

The rest of the Mother’s Day weekend was pretty much spent on our deck & enjoying the great weather by:

>setting up the pool for the grandkids (for some reason no adults were interested diving in?)
>jigsaw puzzling

During the month Dan also worked on project he has meant to do for some time  -  installing electric brakes on our trailer.  You may remember we bought trailer to help move our house hold goods from storage in Texas to the house in Washington, back in March 2012.  We have used it now & then, but have felt it would be safer if the trailer had its own brakes.
And now with the need to move Rebecca & Raymond’s stuff from our place to their new house, Dan needed to do it!  So Dan ordered the parts to:  removed original wheel hubs; installed new hubs & drum brakes; installed new electric wiring/control; & installed break-away system.  He finished modification night before first load of stuff was hauled to house in BremertonJ

At the end of the month we made a short trip into the Seattle Center for the annual Northwest Folklife Festival.  We last attended this festival in 2016 with Corrie’s sister-in-law Elaine.  One thing that stood out was that the Space Needle covered in scaffolding.  Turns out the needle is being renovated for over $100M plus.  The rotating restaurant at the top will now have floor to ceiling glass walls & (wait for it) a GLASS FLOOR:(!!!  We will be adding that to our bucket list (NOT!!!).  As usual the food from around the world was a hi-lite!  The following is a description of the festival from their website:

“Every year since 1972, the Northwest Folklife Festival has brought a celebration of diversity and tradition to the heart of Seattle. The Folklife Festival exists to celebrate all forms of cultural expression practiced in the Northwest. There are no headliners and all of the performers donate their performance. The Festival is community-powered through donations, sponsorship and volunteers. There is no admission charge to attend, thanks to your donations!”

“Northwest Folklife has stimulated interest and activity in traditional arts in the Northwest. In 1999, Northwest Folklife was selected as a Local Legacy by the Library of Congress in celebration of the Library of Congress’ 200th Anniversary. The Festival has become a major focal point for many traditional and ethnic performing groups and communities in its forty four years of existence. Over the years, the Festival has evolved to reflect the ever growing number and diversity of communities that call the Northwest home. Featuring hip hop MCs, Irish cloggers, Middle Eastern dancers, bluegrass fiddlers, West African drummers, ska bands and more, Northwest Folklife has built an artistic outlet that artists and audiences look forward to each year. For over a decade we have presented what we call the Cultural Focus, a “festival within a festival” that features a Pacific Northwest community through special performances, panels, workshops, exhibitions, demonstrations, and activities.”

Turns out while the month of April was third wettest on record, May tied the record for driest May!  Because of the great weather, most of the month was spent on outside activities – gardening, many t-ball games, staining deck, campfires, etc, etc; & one more trip to take stuff to Rebecca & Raymond’s new house.

Monday, April 30, 2018

01-30APR18 - Sultan, WA

April started w/Easter Sunday & grandkids hunting for eggs in the rain.  Then that afternoon it started snowingL?  Monday morning, 02APR, we awoke to more snow on ground.

That evening kids & grandkids headed to Bremerton & Olympic peninsula.  The purpose of the trip is to checkout the area since Raymond is probably going to start a new job in the Bremerton area?  It was a quick visit, with them returning on Wednesday.

Thursday, 05APR, Dan picked his sister Sharon up at airport.  Her visit to the Seattle area was to take care of some unexpected family business, & was on extremely short notice.  In spite of her schedule having little free time, we did have a family dinner that night before taking her to her daughter Marisa’s.

Friday, 21APR, is B-day dinner for Raymond at Olive Garden (his favorite).  Saturday grandkids have first t-ball game; this being the Pacific NW, the game is in the rain.  After dinner we have birthday cake for Raymond.  Sunday (Raymond’s actually b-day) Rebecca & kids take Raymond to his “new” apartment outside Bremerton, for the start of his new job on Monday.

Of course on Monday Rebecca & Raymond learn their recent bid on a house in east Bremerton, WA, has been acceptedJ!  So now Raymond will have to find a way to shorten his apartment lease?  The plan is to keep Jaxson & Mason in their schools here; & after school finishes, move to the new house.  Meanwhile Raymond will come here on weekends.

Other than the above events, the month was filled with routine activities like:  smores around the fire circle; t-ball; couple more skiing days for Dan; installing drip irrigation in Corrie’s vegetable/fruit garden; having contractor pressure wash house roof & decks; etc; etc.

Weather wise April not only started w/snow, but turned out to be third wettest on record!  But we did manage a few days of sunshine; grandkids even played in the sprinkle, & we dined al fresco!