Sunday, June 25, 2017

What-What?! Week of June 25th

Well, the weather is finally nice!  It is lovely and warm... and should hit 93 degrees today.  So time to bust out the squirt guns and sprinkler, I guess.

Friday night, the husband and I cleaned out the dryer ducting, because the dryer wasn't doing anything.  That was fun -- the ducting makes a total of four 90 degree turns, so it was difficult to get anything out.  We bought a brush on a pole thingy, which is advertised to bend around corners, but we couldn't get it through the ones at the far end... so then the husband crawled under the house, disconnected the ducting before the third turn, and I operated the brush thingy while he gathered up the refuse in a sack.  We got a fair amount of lint out, so I'm hoping that it will be massively improved.  But we haven't found out yet -- that is for later.

Last week, I went to Target and bought myself a Lego set with my birthday money:

Rosalyn's Healing Hideout, which features a dragon, a goblin guy with trap and cart, the elves Rosalyn and Naida, and Rosalyn's house.  I have one other Lego Elves set that also has a dragon -- I like that there's a lot of articulation, which allows a lot of expression.  Lego always includes a lot of nice details -- the cookpot and fireplace are great, as is the lookout on the second story of the house.  There is a hidden place to store treasure, and the branches on the tree swing inwards to 'hide' the second story lookout.

Osric and Corwin helped me build the first part:
Helpers.  Corwin would not make a normal face in any of the pictures I took, so here he is with big eyes.

And I built the rest in the evening while enjoying some drinks.

Overall, 10/10 would do again.

I plan on putting it up on the shelf that we put up in the living room that's our 'not-mantle'... after I make space for it.  >.>


Sunday, June 18, 2017

What-What?! Week of June 18th

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there. <3

It's raining here again today, and rained yesterday.  Blah.

So far this year, we have managed to miss every single big event in Marsyville.  Apparently the Strawberry festival was this weekend, with the vast majority of the events yesterday.  In the last two or three months, we've missed like three or four events total.  I don't even know what we've been doing.  Fixing stuff, I guess. xP

Today, we're talking about either doing the strawberry festival, or checking out the new video game store that just opened in town -- they also have an arcade, though I expect it will be pretty small.  The husband and I have been to the company's big arcade in Edmonds before, which was pretty fun, but very full on a Saturday night.

Other than that, not much going on.  The husband pulled everything out from under the kitchen sink and put paper down earlier this week to figure out where it was leaking, but we let it sit like that for several days, and didn't ever see any signs of water.  So maybe there isn't a leak?  Could be condensation or something.  Not sure.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

What-What?! Week of June 11th

Old Robe Canyon Trail

On Memorial Day weekend, we went hiking through part of Robe Canyon; this scenic location up in the mountains once housed a railroad and settlement servicing the Monte Cristo mine, now abandoned for over 100 years.  We didn't go too far into the canyon, because the trail conditions were a little dicey in places -- we hit this point where we needed to climb across several large downed trees to go on, and since we'd been hiking for a while already, we turned back.  Farther on from where we stopped, you can walk along the original railroad ties, and through some of the tunnels dug for the trains.

"Mom, are you coming?" -- This is at the top of the trail.  From here, you go down several switchbacks into the canyon itself.



Moss and lichen on everything, of course.  The standard for a Washington hike. xP

Where it was sunny, the forest was beautiful.



There were lots of downed trees everywhere throughout here -- some across the trail, others, like this one, just to either side of it.

Perfectly healthy looking, red-colored water next to the trail.  With the mining history here, I would not go splashing around in this stuff.

This is called Scouring Rush, which is actually a spore-type plant.

The Stillaguamish river runs next to a large portion of the trail.  In one or two places, this was pretty stressful because the trail is very narrow.
 
This was a nice lookout spot on the river bank.


Snack time!

Ozzy brought this toy truck with us.

Remains of the railroad.

Not exactly sure what this was from -- could be the remains of someone's house?

This is where we turned back.

This is the trailhead.  It is literally just off the Mountain Loop Highway -- there is nothing other than this sign there.  No facilities, no ranger shack, nothing. 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

What-What?! Week of June 4th

I can't do this this week.

So I'm not.

I will post pictures of going hiking and stuff next week.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

What-What?! Week of May 28th

The three-day weekend has totally thrown me for a loop.  I thought it was Saturday again, so I got busy coding, rather than writing a blog post. xP

Last weekend, the husband and I replaced the upstream O2 sensor in the Subaru.  After paying someone else to replace a million different other expensive parts, we decided to do this ourselves.  Unfortunately, getting to the sensor in this engine was anything but fun.  It involved being shoulder deep in the engine, in a teeny, tiny space.  And then having to move a wrench around in there.

You can almost kind of see the hole in the shade there.

Husband with arm in car.  I kept getting my hand stuck -- by the time we were done, I had collected several bruises on my arm (from the engine), and my legs (from leaning on the car).

But we did eventually get it done, and the car has seemed better since then.  We've done this thing before, though, so I'm waiting for a month without issue before deciding that the car is actually fixed.

After that, we took the kids to a  park.  Normally we'd go to Lake Goodwin park, but the parking lot was literally full, so we headed to a different park near the northwest side of the lake.  It was pretty nice, though more of a boating/picnic spot than anything.  The playground was very small, and not a lot to do.

We did see some bowl-shaped mushrooms, though.

And Ozzy harnessed the power of static electricity!

My big cutie <3

And my middle one, pointing.  Corey doesn't sit still for long, so hard to get good pictures of him.

Ready for his close-up!

This weekend, we put a new alternator in the truck, painted the door (just white, not exciting), and will go hiking still.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

What-What?! Week of May 21st

Yesterday, the husband and I swapped out the backdoor of our house.  We finally had enough sun on a weekend that having a big whole open all day would be a good idea.

I tried to take some pictures of the old door, but they all just suck:

 Osric and Corwin went outside and played while we worked.  We got out the lawn chairs and trucks.


 Taking the door out -- notice the big holes on the left.  No wonder this doorway was drafty before!

BIIIIG HOOOOLE.  After we got the door off, you would not believe the number of bugs we found.  There was the biggest Black House Spider, a number of smaller spiders, some ants, pill bugs, and some beetles.

Hammering.  We got these nifty composite shims that were easy to break off later.  All the holes you see around the door were filled with expanding foam.

Taa-DA!  New door versus old door.

The difference in the temperature of the kitchen is already noticeable -- normally by morning, the kitchen is pretty chilly, but this morning it was actually still warm.

We still need to add trim on the inside, then paint the door and trim.  Dunno what color we're going to do -- probably just white until we make other color decisions.

This was a surprisingly easy project -- it did help that the doorway was both level and square to start out with, so not a lot of fiddling there.  Probably a not-square doorway would be harder (I'm looking at you, bedroom doors), but I'd be willing to give it a try sometime.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

What-What?! Week of May 14th

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there! <3

Last Sunday was Osric's birthday -- his fifth!  He's getting so big now.

This year, we decided to just do a quiet family-only thing.  The husband and I were just not feeling like hosting a party.

We did things in a different order than usual; starting with presents, so that he'd have more time to play with them before having to go to bed or whatever.
He was excited to get started. :)

He got a bunch of different things like a paint set, Legos (including Star Wars and Angry Birds, his favorites), an apple slicer, a book (Too Much Noise by Ann McGovern), and some little toys from his siblings.


He had requested the same cake as Daddy's birthday, so I made a German Chocolate Cake again, decorated with blueberries.  I made the frosting pink at Ozzy's request.



Target sells these mini-piƱatas, and the kids begged for one... so we bought one.  It was a tough little sucker, though -- took the husband beating on it to finally get it to break.



Corwin getting lost. xP


Osric was able to put together the Lego sets pretty much by himself...

Thought Corwin kept a watchful eye, too.

Osric has enjoyed using his paint set, here making a picture with a tree.