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.