Diary Entries Created September 2006 through June 2007

By Paul

Originally posted: Monday, May 07, 2007
Modfied: Monday, May 07, 2007

Annual Sleigh Ride in Leavanworth

Posted: 10/16/2006

Modified: 10/9/2007

Every year since about 1998, Gregg's mom and OJ attempt to gather up all the family for a day in the snow in Leavenworth. 

Go Play on the Freeway

Posted: 9/22/2006

Modified: 9/30/2006

My favorite freeway -- playground for a few hours.  Which was a good thing for me.  For several years I had wanting to walk along this waterfront freeway to enjoy it good views of the city, Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountiains.  It was cloundy the mid-June Saturday, so the mountains weren't out. 

Thoughts on a quiet, rainy Sunday.

Posted: 10/15/2006

Modified: 4/8/2007

It was another crazy week at work.  I worked too many hours:  many of them frustrating and fruitless; some very early morning; one full 8-hour day on a conference call and WebEx.  My weekend got off to a decent start with a nice Friday night dinner of pizza slices followed by a couple of cocktails with friends.  Saturday was full of appointments, volunteer committee meetings and errands.  Luckily the final appointment was fun evening with a bunch of friends as we celebrated Craig's 40th birthday at his home in the Madison Valley of Seattle.  

Plus some thoughts of me when I was about this old, in 1955

New Shed Built in Back Yard

Posted: 10/22/2006

Modified: 4/19/2007

After more than 3 years of anticipation, Jack coordinated the construction (and did 98% of the work) of a new shed in my back yard.

Big Storm Uproots Tree to Damage Fence.

Posted: 12/20/2006

Modified: 4/28/2008

Considering the damage all around Puget Sound we made out easy.  No damage or power outage here, but Gregg's mom house had some excitement.

Square Dance Convention

Posted: 9/20/2006

Modified: 9/2/2009

This is the 3rd year in a row Gregg and I have gone to the IAGSCD convention in Anaheim .  This group from Seattle was just part of nearly 1000 people who were there.  While there we visited Disneyland too.

Stay at Home Vacation

Posted: 9/10/2006

Modified: 4/19/2007

Staying around western Washington while on vacation

Bye Bye Mullett

Posted: 1/15/2007

Modified: 4/18/2007

Back in September 2006 I decided to let my hair grow out.  I went to work after Labor Day and annouced "I am growing a Mullett".  After 6 years of a crew cut, the long wavey hair is a nice change, but the curly stuff at the base of neck is a bit much.

  Not much of a story here, but hey.  You must be killing time if you are reading someone else's diary.

Thoughts about February and March 2007

Posted: 4/1/2007

Modified: 4/26/2008

A lot of news:  A trip to Palm Springs for Gregg and me... Gregg goes back again to sign a teaching contract... I give notice at work... we go bowling...  we start packing to move south... remodeling the kitchen begins.


Kitchen Remodel Should be Completed On Time

Posted: 4/8/2007

Modified: 4/19/2007

Jack started kitchen and dining room demolition and remodel on Wednesday, March 28th.  He promises to have it completed before he leaves on a train trip vacation Monday, April 9th.  With just a few hours to go, it looks like he'll make it.

Family Reunion at Fort Worden -- For the Last Time

Posted: 4/17/2007

Modified: 4/19/2007

Family Photo

It wasn't sad, but there was a little twinge of something being let go as we had our last gathering at Fort Worden State Park.  Most everyone agrees that the first gathering here was in 1989.  A lot of memories have been made and recalled here, but the time has come to move on and start antother tradition.

Spring Thaw XII & Kitchen Progress

Posted: 4/23/2007

Modified: 4/25/2008

A week of work and a weekend of fun.  Some of the fun was on Saturday at Spring Thaw XIII.

Karl and Jack were at Spring Thaw as well.

On Sunday Jack & Karl finished installling the kitchen cabinets.

Let the Good Byes Begin

Posted: 5/4/2007

Modified: 6/20/2007

With just about 9 weeks until I leave Seattle I'm running out of time to do all those little things I want to get done before I go.  I wanted to visit the graves of my grandparents, but I didn't want to attend a funeral for a friend.

Here is Gregg at Golden Gardens Park feeding the birds.  We do this several times a month.  This park is just a few minutes drive from our house.  I'm sure we'll be doing this a few more time before we move to Palm Springs.



May 2007

Posted: 6/5/2007

Modified: 7/29/2007

It was my intention to get a diary entry every week, but we all know the road to Hell is paved with good intentions.  Here are the highlights of what happened this past month:

  • A Mother's Day spent with 2 aunts, 1 uncle and 2 cousins in Stanwood.
  •  Final mad rush to get the house ready for market -- but taking time out to see an steam engine train.
  • A trip to Denver for a square dance convention
  • Putting the house on the market and getting an offer

June 2007 - Final Days in Seattle

Posted: 7/29/2007

Modified: 4/25/2008

This is the final entry for this diary page.  The month of June was hectic with the final preparations for moving.  The final weekend in Seattle, July 6-9, was all about cleaning out the house.  Before all that we did have some good times with friends as Gregg had his farewell party at school and I had two retirement parties from my workplace.