Sunday, August 27, 2017

What-What?! Week of August 27th

Yesterday we went to an SCA event; there were a bunch of different classes and things to see and do... unfortunately, though this is more organized than in years passed, it was still very confusing for us newbies.  We were going to go back for the second day today, but Osric woke up this morning throwing up.  So I guess we'll be staying home. :(

Last week, I took Monday off so we could see the eclipse, then go to the Woodland Park Zoo.  We had a very good time walking around, and because it was a weekday, we went and saw some parts of the zoo that we hadn't in quite a while.

Most of my pictures of animals have a "Where's Waldo?" vibe.  There's a lemur in this picture somewhere.

Corwin was oddly not excited when we first arrived, but warmed up quickly.  He spent a good deal of his time reading the signage around the animals, which was a new experience.

Jaguar resting on a branch.

You can tell how excited Osric was to take this picture with his brother.

The toucan was hilarious, bobbing around and clacking its beak.  We spent a lot of time visiting the aviaries this time, which was quite enjoyable -- they have a giant variety of different birds.

Ridin' worms!

Over at the African plains exhibit, there's also a model of a rural African school and houses.  This is actually a grain storage hut.

There was a big meeting hut, too, which was perfect for taking a rest in.

Spotted these unusual flowers on our way out.

Happy Ozzy at the end of the day :)

Sunday, August 20, 2017

What-What?! Week of August 20th

So I spent all day yesterday sewing costumes for an SCA event next weekend.  I've made it through shirts for the husband and boys, and dresses for Saffron and me.  Still have three pairs of pants, some accessories, and then I actually have to hem everything... but I hate hemming, so that can wait 'til later. >.>

Other than that, the weather here has been pretty lovely.  I walked down to the county park with the kids earlier in the week, and we played with our Frisbee and giant bouncy ball.  The blackberries around here are ripe, and there are thickets fricken' everywhere, so we picked and ate some of those, too.

You can see the giant blackberry thicket on the right.  This also brings up the only thing I really do not like about this park -- you can see directly into one family's backyard.  We stay away from that corner generally, because they deserve some privacy.


The big kids spent some time watching the clouds.

Mom!  Take my picture with the ball!

Mom!  Take my picture with the Frisbee!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

What-What?! Week of August 13th

Yesterday, we spent the day moving around furniture, assembling furniture, and hacking at blackberry vines.  I found one blackberry vine had actually started to grow up underneath (!!!) the siding at the front of the house.

Today, I don't know what we're doing.  The husband and I need to work on costumes for an SCA event later this month.  So far, I have a shirt for him all ready to be sewn, but nothing for anyone else...  I don't even have fabric for the two boys.  But that's alright, 'cuz I still have over a week.

It also rained last night, which was actually nice because it's beaten a lot of the smoke and smog down.

It can go back to being sunny now.

...any minute.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

What-What?! Week of August 6th

This weekend and last weekend we visited Kayak Point, which sits along the coast overlooking the sound.  It's got a nice beach, play ground, and some short trails.  Last weekend when we went, it was super hot and extremely busy; we parked at the top of the hill in the overflow parking and had to walk a ways down the trails to the beach.  We still had a good time.

Yesterday when we went, we came early in the day and brought a picnic lunch.  When we arrived, the tide was very low, so we got to investigate the tide pools.

This was last weekend -- you can see how clear it was.

The trails are very steep.

Yesterday -- there was lots of parking down by the beach, and we even got our own picnic table.


You see how the sky is all grey?  That's not fog -- it's smog.  The air quality has been horrendous here, with winds pushing smoke down from wildfires in Canada, then that air getting trapped.  There's one little valley I drive through everyday going to work, and Thursday you couldn't look across the valley and see the hills on the other side.  I had never seen that before.

The husband climbed to the top of the rope climb-y thing, 'cuz he could.

Eatin' lunch -- hotdogs, chips, and grapes.  We cooked the hotdogs at home and packed them in a cooler to keep warm -- it was a good thing, too, since fires are not allowed right now.