Friday, October 22, 2010

Staycation 2

With the first real fall storm of the season forecast for the weekend, we decided we better take our last chance to go up to Artist's Point. It was a gorgeous, gorgeous day, and the temperatures at the top were mild and comfortable. We had packed a picnic lunch, with some help from the Dutch Bakery -- delicious subs! -- and sat on the tailgate, munching and gazing...

Not much more to say...the pictures say it all!











Thursday, October 21, 2010

Staycation...

When The Farmer hurt his back, our plans for a road trip vacation were scrapped. Hours of riding in the car didn't sound like fun...Vacationing with a guy whose back hurt from hours of riding in the car didn't sound like fun...

But that's okay. We're flexible...and now that the big farming projects are done, it's easy to relax in the comfort of our own home, with our own familiar bed, and hard chairs for back support...

This week, The Farmer is feeling pretty much mended...Should we get in the car and drive away somewhere? Hmmm...the problem with this scenario is that we have too few days to go where we had hoped...only enough time to go where we have gone before...and the weather was too gorgeous to stay cooped up in a car for hours...

We decided to day-trip and stay-cation. So Tuesday, we headed off to The Big City. We decided to do something that we had NEVER done before: go to Pike Place Market!! Wild! Crazy! Risky for hickish types!!! And, yes, it is pathetic that we had never been there before.

Because we would be in the wilds of The Big City, I decided to leave my new DSLR at home...so I only have cell phone pics of our adventures...
The famous flying fish place...No, I didn't ask them to throw anything over my head...I was content to watch other people enjoy this smelly experience...

I loved all the fruit & vegetable displays!


And the flowers!! My goal was to bring home a bouquet...

Delicious clam chowder for lunch...

...with a view!!

We walked down to the waterfront...Perfect day for it!


Beautiful sun sparkling off the water...

Views of downtown from the waterfront...

We ran back into the market to get my coveted bouquet!!

Then we went to explore Queen Anne Hill -- never been there either...
I didn't get any pictures of the quaint houses, but did attempt a shot of the view down the hill to Seattle proper...Imagine having this view out your window -- every day!

Then we made our way to the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, where boats are lowered or raised between Lake Washington and Puget Sound...Lovely old structures, interesting engineering -- and we got to see a small boat go from Salmon Bay out into the Sound.






A marvel of engineering of their day, and beyond...
By the time we were done enjoying our visit there, it was, of course, rush hour. What to do? What to do?

The appropriate solution seemed to be to go to dinner at Anthony's at Shilshole Bay, where we enjoyed watching the sun set at our table with the water view...

It just seemed like the responsible thing to do.
And we like being responsible whenever and however we can.

Friday, October 15, 2010

The One That Got Away...

I picked my last zucchini today.

I actually haven't been picking any zucchini for a while, and today, I was just pulling the plant out to throw on the compost pile.

Underneath all those leaves, I found this:
Mondo Zucchini!

Really, it's as big as your leg!!

Well, maybe your leg. I should have left it longer to be like my leg...sadly...

I usually pick my zucchini when it's small, and easier to carry around...but I guess I missed this baby.
I didn't have a good zucchini year -- lots of babies that didn't get big enough before they started rotting.
I know -- who can't grow zucchini???
Apparently, me...but I have never claimed to have the green thumb around here. In fact, I do confess that my thumb is, at best, a sickly, yellow-y green, and this year, alot of the zucchini matched it...

But while I was feeling all pathetic about my zucchini growing skills, Mondo Zucchini was hiding out, and growing as big as your leg...Does one Mondo Zucchini make up for all the little ones that never reached fruition?What do you do with a zucchini that's as big as someone's leg?

Feed the world? Use it as a door stop? A weapon? Sneak it onto someone's porch on Halloween? Grate it, and freeze it for a lifetime supply of zucchini bread?

You take a picture and blog about it, I guess.
Hey, my life rocks...

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Doctoring Daisie...

Daisie's been having a time of it...Trips to the vet, medicines, misery...poor pup!

Daisie's funk started way back with the bee stings, and the ensuing allergies. She was spending WAY too much time doing this:
The vet put her on antihistamines for the itch, and antibiotics because she had a little infection on her muzzle...And have I told you that Daisie has a sensitive stomach? Well, be thankful if I haven't...it's not pretty, and antibiotics don't make it better...

They did make her muzzle better, but then, she scratched her nose on something...
And it wouldn't heal...Yukky looking...
I tried to be my own vet, of course, and doctored it with triple antibiotic ointment, and finally hydrocortisone cream -- whereupon it swelled up to a large angry red bump.

Daisie contemplating the crappiness of her life...

Another trip to the vet, where her nose is scraped for testing,  more antibiotics -- less eating, more puking, more antihistamines. The test comes back positive for...uh, ringworm...which is why her nose got so bad when I put hydrocortisone cream on it. Apparently, fungi love steroids. It helps them grow rapidly!
Sorry Daisie, I was just trying to help!

At least now, we can put the right kind of cream on the nose -- and the antibiotics can STOP, as well as the puking...(Happiness!) But now we have a very skinny dog, with a rough coat, still scratching a little.
I decide that it would be a good thing to give her a bath. Let's wash that itch right out of her hair!
Cait warns me that this can backfire, but she gamely helps with This Event...no pictures, as giving Daisie a bath requires all hands on deck.

Ahh...she smells so good. Her coat is SO soft...
And she can't walk TWO steps without doing this:
Poor, poor Daisie!! She can't even do her walk in the field -- her "reason for living" walk -- without stopping to scratch her shoulders, her neck, her head...Cait is kind enough not to say "I told you so" when I schedule the next vet visit...We have to double her antihistamines to keep the scratching to a reasonable level...

Apparently, my skills as a studied hypochondriac do not carry over to the animal world...
I better make a note of that...a BIG NOTE...
Sorry Daisie! I was just trying to help...but I won't anymore...I promise!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Miss Madelyn...

...spent the day with me! And she liked it...For the first time, not a single tear was shed! Though we did have a little problem with eating...
Her opinion about it is illustrated here: 

So we resorted to snacks...



...and it seemed to work.

Wherever the Adorable Miss M was, Daisie was following close behind.


Miss M made quick direction changes just to test the canine loyalty.

Daisie passed!


I think I had a pair of jeans like this in the 70's...or maybe they had rainbows...Still, even back then, my jeans didn't look this cute!


Gotta take time to smell the flowers!


Wisely, Madelyn decided that she would get DAISIE to try eating the Kousa berries...

Good idea, girlie!

Wait! Don't put that...


MADELYN!!


Why am I taking pictures when I should be removing potentially poisonous organics from the toddler?

Because I'm out of practice, that's why!

Author's Note: No child or dog was harmed in the photography for this blog...

Friday, October 1, 2010

I splurged...

It took a while because I had to research, and I had to save money...Of course, that took the longest.

And then I splurged...

But if you saved, is it still a splurge? What makes a splurge?

But I digress...as usual.

Anyway, I bought myself a fancy camera!
I just got tired of waiting for the Pioneer Woman to pick my comment from the 30,000 comments she gets when she gives away a camera...

And I chose a Pentax because the research yielded good results, and because I'm a sentimental girl. Back in The Olden Days, when The Farmer and I were dating, he bought me my first SLR, a Pentax K1000.

This is me (gosh! I was so young...and other things that I am not now...) taking my first picture with my dream camera...The Farmer pretty much won my heart with this gift...He knew I had a dream of writing and taking pictures to illustrate my writing...Sigh...wasn't that sweet! Of course, this was back in the day when I said, "What? You want me to drive a tractor without a cab for hours on end? I'll be right there!!! What kind of food do you want me to make for you and bring along?"

Ah, young love...

But I digress...and how!

So now, I have a Pentax again, and fortunately, on Tuesday I had my very photogenic great-nephew and great-niece to be my subjects!

Colby was learning how to hook up the little tractors and implements...It took patience & perseverance...

...but he did it! Yay!(Clap, clap, clap!)
 
Little Sister, Brielle was busy looking cute...

...and showing off how she can roll over!

Did you see that, Brother?

It's okay to gloat when you're so little! 


Colby was so obliging when I was snapping away that he crawled into the sis' shot for a duo picture.

And, of course, I always have Daisie to torture...


She's thrilled about it.
This is her, "Someone make it stop!" look.

Now I must admit that the quality of these photos is not appreciably better than what I've taken before...But considering that the first day the camera arrived all I could manage to figure out was how to turn it on, I've come a long way...

Besides, I'm only this far in the Operating Manual...

Better things to come!! (I hope...)

About Me

Needing an outlet for various thoughts rattling in my head, I've created two blogs -- One about my real life (leslieisverbose.blogspot.com) and one where I can vent. (leslievents.blogspot.com)