My neighborhood growing up

My neighborhood growing up
19th Street, Port Townsend

Friday, January 15, 2016

I didn't win the Power Ball

I didn't win -- and we can only guess how many people can say those words.  Ha!  Like I even thought it would happen. gotta buy at least one when the pot gets that big.  I'm sitting here watching one of the winners being interviewed on the Today Show.  Glad it was ordinary folks.

Looked over the Oscar nominees and realized I haven't seen even one of them this year. Now I'm going to shop around and investigate which ones I can pay-for-view at home or rent from RedBox. Here's a round-up of ones I wouldn't mind seeing, along with the rating they got on IMDB.

20 movies up for Oscar Awards

The Big Short   8.0  - Ryan Gosling
Four denizens of the world of high-finance predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, and decide to take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight.

Bridge of Spies 7.8 – Tom Hanks
During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers.

Brooklyn   7.8  Jim Broadbent
An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.

Mad Max: Fury Road   8.2   Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron
A woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in post-apocalyptic Australia in search for her homeland with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper, and a drifter named Max.

The Martian   8.1   Matt Damon
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.

The Revenant –  8.3  Leonardo DeCaprio
A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820's fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.

Room – 8.3   Brie Larson
After five-year-old Jack and his mother escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery.

Spotlight  -  8.3  Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton,
The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

Trumbo – 7.5   Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren
In 1947, Dalton Trumbo was Hollywood's top screenwriter, until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs.

Steve Jobs  -  7.5  Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslett, Seth Rogan
Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution, to paint a portrait of the man at its epicenter. The story unfolds backstage at three iconic product launches, ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac.

The Danish Girl  -   6.6  - Eddie Redmayne
A fictitious love story loosely inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda's marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili's groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.

Carol – 7.6   Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara
An aspiring photographer develops an intimate relationship with an older woman.

Joy – 6.7   Joy Lawrence, Robert DeNiro
Joy is the story of the title character, who rose to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty.

45 years -   7.4   Charlotte Rampling
A married couple preparing to celebrate their wedding anniversary receive shattering news that promises to forever change the course of their lives.

The Hateful Eight – 8.1  Samuel Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh
In the dead of a Wyoming winter, a bounty hunter and his prisoner find shelter in a cabin currently inhabited by a collection of nefarious characters.

Trainwreck – 6.4   Amy Schumer
Having thought that monogamy was never possible, a commitment-phobic career woman may have to face her fears when she meets a good guy.

Spy -   7.1   Melissa McCarthy
A desk-bound CIA analyst volunteers to go undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent diabolical global disaster.

Concussion -   7.1   Will Smith, Alec Baldwin
In Pittsburgh, accomplished pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu uncovers the truth about brain damage in football players who suffer repeated concussions in the course of normal play.

Empire – 7.9   Terrance Howard
A hip-hop mogul must choose between his three sons who are battling for control over his multi-million dollar company, while his ex-wife schemes to get what's hers.

Creed – 8.0   Sylvester Stallone,
The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed.

I've missed the first two episodes of the latest season of Doc Martin because I've been so wrapped up in watching this show on Netflix called 'The Making of a murderer'.  Fascinating documentary.  I'm thinking about signing up for Showtime at least long enough to watch the next season of Homeland. I borrowed Mary's Season 4 and am quite anxious to see what comes next.

Here are some Port Townsend photos I saw on Facebook that I thought were especially worthy. ...
                                                              taken by Tracy O
taken by Mark Stevens

taken by Dale Musselman

                                                            taken by Dan Haneckow

 And here's some I took of the Port Angeles harbor when Hunter and I were out and about yesterday.

 lots of lumber on ships downtown. Most going to Japan and China I suspect

 You just can't help but stop and take mountain pictures.  So pretty.

 Maddie made the Port Angeles sports section page yesterday.
Saw a picture of workmen on the old Union wharf dock in the Leader on Wednesday so I dug out some old photos of that pier.

The twins have completed their driving courses but still have several "driving" outings to do. Hunter drives my car pretty much every time we go anywhere.  He lives and breathes cars so he's a lot more comfortable behind the wheel than Maddie is.  Yesterday I had him hose down my car because the mud buildup on it accumulates way too fast and you have to be super careful getting in and out of the car or you get dirt all over your clothes.  I'm going to invest in mud flaps soon to see if it won't help a little bit.  I had to laugh when I was explaining my frustration of the mud to Hunter and how I hoped he could get the mud flaps installed for me.  He said he could and mentioned that if his truck had this, it would be considered way cool!  

Mud flaps? I asked.

Today I'm going to continue work in the sewing room.  Have been working on Sunbonnet Sue applique for this 'days of the week' wall hanging.  I'm pretty much learning as I go so hopefully, future endeavors will look more professional.  I've got to do some hand embroidery on the squares I've completed so far and I'm hoping it will look a tad better once it's all hung on the wall.  I'm still learning about my machine and needles too. (click on pics to enlarge)

Well, I guess that's about it for now. Looking forward to football on Sunday. Last Sunday I got to watch it with Jake although he was actually more interested in exploring my house. Caught him in the bathroom examining my miniature toilet collection.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Off to Seattle and home again

Left the house at 7:30 a.m. yesterday and got home again around 6:30 p.m.  Hate driving in the dark but I managed. Was thankful it didn't rain.  Caught the shuttle bus to the ferry at Clearwater Casino but got there early enough to have a quick bite of breakfast while we waited. Played a little Keno too but didn't win.  Ann Robson picked us up downtown and drove us up to Swedish.  I don't know how she manages to drive in that downtown mess with the streets straight up and down and traffic down to a crawl in most places. And construction.  I sure am thankful, though, that she's willing.

Picked up the twins at driving school when we got back in town and since we were a little late arriving, I treated them to burgers at Frugals 'cause they were short of time. Had to attend teen court. I sure was happy to get home and into my jammies.

Spent this morning catching up on little odds and ends around here.  Amazing how your to-do list grows if you spend the day away from the house all day.  One job I decided to tackle was to park the car on the front lawn and hose it down. I've had such a winter problem with mud that people often get their pants dirty climbing in and out of the doors.  I tried wiping it down with paper towels but it was so thick I wasn't getting anywhere and my back was killing me.  It's kind of hard to attach that hose but I think it's the only way I can manage to stay ahead of the caked on mud during the rainy season.

I won $4 on my power ticket so cashed it in to get one ticket for the next drawing and one ticket for Match 4 where the odds are much better.  Stopped at the UPS store to return a pair of pjs I bought for Jen for her birthday later this month but they didn't fit right.  I do like the ease of returning with Amazon Prime.  There's a cutting board she's got her eye on at Costco so I guess I'll look for it next time I'm in Sequim.  I got a gift card from Mary and Andy (much to my delight and surprise) so buying a gift will be all the more fun.

I spent a good part of my morning trying to figure out why my 'Tune In' radio feature on Roku isn't coming in.  None of the stations are and I've been listening to them for a long time.  Two of them are especially favorites. KIXI 880 AM  and KSQM in Sequim.  I can get them on my computer but not on the tv.  Guess I'm going to have to investigate more.

I've about given up trying to get a list of my TV channels on the guide menu on my smart tv. Jen thinks perhaps because I don't have the higher tier on cable is why it won't give me a menu of the listed stations.  I've written them all down myself and typed them up to have by my chair so I'll just have to scroll through until I get to where I want to be.  I can punch in 100 but then I have to scroll up or down to get the various channels in the 100 range.  Kind of hard to explain.  I am thrilled, though, that I can even get these stations.

Here's a selfie that Jen and I took on the ferry plus another out the window.  Glasses reflected too much to make it worth while.

Well, best get back to that to-do list now.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Tidying up in the office

I decided I needed to clean up my computer a bit and once I  start deleting and filing and sorting, I'm usually held captive in this room as I find more and more things "out of place" or that need to go to the great recycle trash bin in the sky.  Sometimes I'm sidetracked when I have to stop and read how to maneuver or perform the particular thing I want to do.  I managed to delete my favorites list from Google Chrome that I had moved over from Explorer so I had to go back and relearn how to put it back again.

I noticed my roku on the tv wasn't picking up any radio stations so now I have to go to that website for help.  I noticed my sign in needed a password and of course, I don't have one listed anywhere that I can find.  And my age was listed as 70 so while it may be somewhere in this mess, darned if I can find it now. I think I'll rejoin using a different email address.  I do have three to choose from.

Jenni and I were scheduled to drive to Bainbridge Island ferry this morning but thankfully, she changed her appt to tomorrow morning.  The roads were looking so treacherous yesterday a.m. I was dreading having to get out there on them.  The rains have returned, thank god, and the cold snap seems to have passed.  It does look awfully "strange" outside right now, though.  So dark.  Obviously a large cloud is hanging over the town. At least I hope that's all it is.    We're either going to get a really hard rainfall or dare I type it... some snow.  I refuse to believe that.  It has to be a rain cloud.

Once I get my computer cleaned up I think I'm gonna head back to the sewing room. Have been wanting to work on applique patterns a bit and have a fabulous Sunbonnet Sue book with a lot of cute designs. This one is Monday - Wash Day but I haven't added the wording yet.
 Maddie called requesting a pick up at the school at 4:30 so I think I'll hold off running my errands until later this afternoon.  Need to fill up on gas, get a few groceries, buy a power ball, and return some library books.  I finished watched season 4 of Homeland last night.  I got so involved in it that I had to stay up until midnight to see what happened.  Now I have to wait a year or more for the next season to become available.

Jenni gave me a book on making cakes in a cup so I might take a stab at that later today. Also have my latest jigsaw puzzle in process but it's proving to be a real toughie.  The pieces are such that it's hard to tell if they actually belong.  I read the reviews online and most everybody complained about this feature.  I can't even get the border done because most of the pieces are exactly the same.

I got on my exercise bike yesterday and oh lordy, was it ever hard!  Am determined, though, to use it daily (if only for ten minutes at a time) until I can pedal without pain.  Been so long since I climbed onboard that it's going to take a while to get over the hump.  It's a high bike so I have to use a little step stool to climb up onto it.  So pathetic.

Well, I've procrastinated long enough. Time to get back to the chores at hand.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Playing Around with my Blog

Decided I needed to post a few new pictures on my blog.  Always takes me  a while to figure out where to go to do what on this website. Guess I better take the time to read up on the little details I've been putting off until another day.  Always fun to change the font a bit and background colors but sometimes it gets to be too much of a chore when you're given too many choices.

Woke up to 28 degrees and it looks like it's gonna stay cold all day long.  Sure hope it breaks soon as this iciness is getting old.  Not much on my agenda except to finish up this quilt I managed to get tied yesterday. Sure had problems with it but hopefully, the hemming of the edges will go quickly.

Also began work on my Christmas jigsaw puzzle. It's of my childhood neighborhood and darned if it isn't one difficult thing to put together. Glad there are only 400 pieces.  It will keep me occupied as I sit and watch the Seahawks later this afternoon.  Will finish up Season 4 of Homeland too and I hate to see that end.  Man, is it getting good.

I'm sitting here with a cup of coffee using the chocolate spoons that Maddie made for Christmas gifts. It's chocolate wrapped around a plastic spoon that you let melt in your coffee.  Pretty tasty too.

Had to turn off the TV after my favorite Sunday Morning News show because Face the Nation was featuring that blowhard Trump and I refuse to allow his voice to be heard in this house.  Looking forward to the election being done so we can hear a little less from the egotist.  I wouldn't be surprised, though, to see him run again someday.  The publicity he's received is like opium for him. He can't get enough attention.  And I will never understand how popular he's grown with so many folks.  Anybody can bluster loud about how they're gonna' make the world better but I'm fascinated that so many are taken in by him.  It's scary really.  People aren't thinking.  They're being led around by their nose.  Strange.

Well, I'm gonna have to get up and start moving.  Poor ole body just can't take prolonged periods in front of the computer. At least not this morning.  Here's a photo I just saw on Facebook from Astoria Oregon. Fabulous!

Friday, January 1, 2016

The 1st day of the year

It's 4:50 p.m. and I don't believe I have talked to one single person today.  I hope that isn't an indication of how the year is going to go.  Ha!  Still, I've had a nice first day of the year.  I got up at 7 and that was better than the 5 & 6 a.m.s I've been experiencing.  I've slept in here on the single bed the last  two nights as I had moved the memory foam mattress in here thinking I needed a firmer mattress on my double bed.  Found my shoulders and back were just causing me too much discomfort so back to the foam I go again.  This has become a back and forth routine with me as I struggle to find comfort in sleeping.

I fixed myself a hot breakfast and began my morning browsing on the computer. Facebook mostly but I worked a crossword puzzle, as well.  Made some popcorn to throw out to the birds and set out a fresh batch of sugar water for the hummingbirds

Decided it was time to get back to work on my latest quilt so I set it out on the table to begin pinning it together. For some reason, I had a lot of problems getting it aligned.  I started over a couple times and on the third try, I found that whatever I'm doing wrong isn't going to be resolved. I finished pinning it and decided (as usual) I will play around with it when I'm ready to sew it together on the outside borders.  I know darn well I had enough bottom material so I don't know why I couldn't get it even.  Typical for my blankets so nothing new there!

I finished knitting a pair of slippers last night while watching Homeland. Man, but that's a topnotch good show!  I'll start season four tonight.
I also started the jigsaw puzzle that Sue gave me for Christmas. It's the map of my neighborhood growing up and the center piece is in the shape of a house.  It's fun to look for pieces that say Kuhn Street and Cape George Rd, etc.
Yesterday, Joyce Lee and I went to Elwha Casino for an hour and a half.  We came home with less money.  Typical.
Saw this picture on facebook of Jake trying to escape from his crib.  Those baby monitors are fun to watch.
Also saw this picture on fb today of cousin Lee Arey at Kai Tai Nursing home sitting with Norm Sather.
Tomorrow I intend to do much the same as today.  Quilting, puzzle, and browsing the net.  Will watch the Seahawks on Sunday and drive to Bainbridge ferry on Tuesday so Jenni can see her neurologist at Swedish.  She had exploratory surgery day before yesterday and they removed a little endometriosis. Poor thing has had a hard year.

Well, I guess I'd best get off this computer for a while.  I thought about making some New Years' resolutions and then decided the hell with it.  Although I will try to get my act together regarding diet and exercise.  Yeah, I know.  We all say that. I've been saying it all my life and still haven't quite figured it out.  ha ha

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Baby, it's Cold outside!

It's 8 a.m. and in the low 30's outside.  Brrr....  I got up around 6, brewed coffee, and sat down with a piece of toast to browse the net.  Always look forward to Wednesday mornings so I can look over the E-edition of the PT Leader. But nope...not there yet!  So I guess I'll blog instead.  I suppose the weather and icy roads might have something to do with why the Leader isn't appearing  although I can't quite grasp the whole scenario since we're talking "on-line" and not the hard copy. Oh well, it's not the end of the world.

I had a pretty good day yesterday. Got a lot of odds and ends done. Even drove the car through the car wash downtown.  It was filthy and I just couldn't talk my back into hooking up the outside hose and washing it down in the driveway.  We're supposed to have cold and sunny weather all week so at least it will stay halfway clean for a while.  Doesn't take long for that boxy white car to turn into a sooty mess.

I picked up Jenni at 7:15 and dropped her at the short stay entrance of the hospital where she'll undergo exploratory surgery. Hopefully, she'll finally get some answers to why she's had so much difficulty with stomach pain.  The nurses will call me when she ready to be picked up again.  Later this afternoon I'll take Maddie up to the high school so she can work the concession booth at the basketball game.

The washing machine is running with a small load of very dirty rags from a bucket in the garage.
Been meaning to wash them up for some time.  They were an accumulation of rags I wiped down the outside of the car with so I could see out the back window or climb in without getting mud all over my pant leg.  Sitting on the kitchen table is 4 very full photo boxes that I intend to sort through today. Another overdue project.  I need to dispose of some of them as they're more or less just duplicates but it's always hard for me to throw away a picture.  Course I won't have that much of a problem with ones of me.  For some reason, I look pretty pathetic in most all pictures I appear in these days.

I put away all the Christmas decorations yesterday and vacuumed the house and mopped the kitchen and bathrooms.  I was just a little whirlwind of activity.  Once I get these pictures in order, I intend to set up a jigsaw puzzle I got for Christmas.  It will be one I'll frame for the wall.  Sue bought it at LL Bean and it's an aerial map view of my childhood neighborhood in Port Townsend. I can't wait to see it completed.

I called somebody who may or may not be able to come over and help me program my new Smart TV that Mary and Andy gave me for Christmas.  I sure am enjoying it.  I borrowed her latest season of Homeland while visiting so I've been wrapped up in that during the evening.  I sit there bundled up with a blanket and work on these knitted slippers I'm making.

I hung up my new calendars even though January 1st is a few days off. I do love new calendars.  And, as usual, I'm taking a couple of my old calendars and sticking them up in the closet for safe keeping.  Sometimes you just cannot throw away those fabulous scenes.  I've got a bird calendar I bought from Current Catalog hanging in here and a PT Gathering Place calendar in the kitchen. My Downton Abby desk calendar is sitting by my recliner and I have my First Federal Calendar near my computer. It will be the one I mark up each month with reminder notes.

I really lucked out at Christmas this year.  Mary and Andy also gave me a very generous gift card to Costco along with Andy's old tablet.  It's taking a little getting used to but it's way better than checking my email from my recliner than using my phone.  One of my favorite gifts from Jenni was this book on making cakes in a cup. She also provided cocoa powder, flower, vanilla, and two cups. I do love cake.  Ha!

Had an electrician come in a couple days ago because I couldn't understand why my heat never turned off.  Sure enough, it was the thermostat that needed replacing.  So nice to hear it turn on and off now.  I knew having to manually adjust it all the time wasn't right.  It's so cold this morning that I turned the heat on in the sewing room -- just in case I decide to get back there and play around.  I've been buying material and am anxious to settle in at the machine again.  Must do those pictures first, however.

Tomorrow I'm picking up Joyce Lee and we're heading to 7 Cedars for lunch with Linda and Joanne. IF Joyce and I both win (very unlikely as I'm never lucky) we might hit Elwha Casino later that night. It would be early, though. Like 6 pm.  Joyce says they have a free buffet on New Years Eve that is pretty good.  I can't really afford to gamble right now but it would be kind of fun to do something to close out the old year.  We'll see....

Facebook put up a picture on my timeline yesterday of "two years ago" and it brought back happy memories.

Below is their Christmas card this year....

And here's one from Catie and Brandon (which made me laugh).  They spent the holidays in Utah. Even drove there themselves.  You can do stuff like that when you're young and fearless.
Well, washer just clicked off so I'd best get in there so I can move on to the picture project early. Have a Happy New Year!

Monday, December 28, 2015

For My Relatives

Always fun to read something about family members. My Christmas letter from Katy Mason this year was especially interesting.  Katy is the daughter of Ann Evans. Ann is the daughter of Arthur Blankenship, my dad's oldest brother.

Ann married William Evans in Tacoma in 1959. Katy was their only child. I always knew Bill worked in a bakery but I didn't really know much more about their family. Katy shared a link in her Christmas letter which I'm saving  for my genealogy files.  The article in the Tacoma News Tribune read:

When Patti Jeffrey and Bob Gunderson were house-hunting in Tacoma 15 years ago, the one thing they knew they wanted was an older home.
What they bought was a two-story house in the Oakland-Madrona neighborhood, built in 1910.
“We looked in the windows here and it was a perfect layout, absolutely charming,” Jeffrey said. “It was stripped bare, no carpets on the floors. So we had a blank canvas.”
What they eventually learned was that they’d bought a history far richer than they could’ve imagined.
Inside a wall, in what had been an attic, they found a bread label from Evans Bakery.
“I was curious, so I did a little investigating and found a website with information on the family,” Jeffrey said. “And I found we had this marvelous history with a bakery that was directly across the street.”
From the early 1920s through the ’90s, Evans Bakery was a family operation. And the Greek family that had owned the bakery all those years had also owned the house that Jeffrey and Gunderson now owned.
Then history came calling.
“Bill Evans had run the business after his father died, and liked to drop by the bakery, even after the family had sold it. When he did, he’d stop by the house,” Jeffrey said. “He’d tell us stories about the house, his family, the bakery. We loved it.”
The more Jeffrey looked into the Evans family, the more people she found. One of those was Katy Mason, a Tacoma woman who was Bill Evans’ daughter.
“Patti said my dad visited six or seven times,” Mason said. “He was very sociable, loved to chat. That was his job with the bakery. He was an actual baker, and delivered bread throughout the city, so he talked to customers.”
“Evans” was the name the family had shortened from Evangelou. Two Greek brothers, Louie and Peter, migrated to Tacoma about 1917. Louie worked for small bakeries in the downtown area, then bought a building at 3812 S. Wright Ave.
It was a bakery with a small apartment in the rear of the building, a tiny grocery in the front and a full-service gas pump outside.
“A few years after they bought the bakery, they bought this house,” Jeffrey said. “We still get junk mail addressed ‘Evans.’”
Over several generations, Evans Bakery was essentially a neighborhood employment agency. Most families in the area had one member or another who worked for the bakery, for the small retail store, or as drivers for a fleet of trucks in the ’30s and ’40s.
Mason spent a lot of time in the house across the street from the bakery when her grandparents owned it. Her father, his brothers and his sister, Ethel, all grew up in the house — and stayed there until they married.
“I spent lot of nights with grandma at the house,” Mason said. “Dad worked across the street, mom worked full time, so I’d get dropped off in the summers and spent days with grandma.”
By 1998, Bill Evans was the last of the family still working at the bakery. He sold it to Gavin and Cindy Jury, who operate the bakery today as Baker Boys Northwest.
“They’ve kept the bakery much the same as it was, and they even left old pictures of the bakery and the Evans family on the walls,” Mason said.
What of the remodeled, former Evans home and its previous occupants?
Bill Evans died in 2013. Mason and her aunt Ethel, who lives on Camano Island, hadn’t been to the house since the early ’90s. Last weekend, Mason accepted an invitation from Jeffrey to visit.
“I felt my grandmother there as soon as I walked in,” Mason said. “Patti kept it historically accurate while updating some things. It really seemed like walking into grandmother’s house again.
“It was funny, because I wanted to see what Patti had done to the house, and Patti wanted to know how my grandmother had done the inside.”
For all the years the Evans family lived there — and at times there were as many as six or seven in the house — there was only one bathroom.
“They were probably just glad it was indoors,” Mason said, laughing.
“The home is lovely, and at one point I stood looking out the window at the bakery across the street. For just a moment, I felt like I was waiting for dad to come home.”

A photo of Louie Evans selling doughnuts in the 1940's hangs on the wall of Baker Boys bakery in Tacoma on Monday,