Saturday, February 28, 2009
Self Portrait, with level
I didn't have a very good day today. Which was surprising, considering this is the first full day I've had off of work so far this year. It started out nice enough, but once I got to Kohl's, it started downhill. Not very cooperative people, they are. I left in a pretty sour mood. Other things happened I won't mention, but all in all, not a great day.
I did see one of our local bald eagles. That was cool. I don't have a telephoto lens, though, so it basically photographed like a large bird way up in a tree. Oh well.
This picture reflects my melancholy mood. I want to build. I want it to be warm outside and for me to have several days in a row of just building. This itch, this urge has laid upon me for months and is only growing. I want to build.
Here's another picture I took today. I'm holding one of Kathie Olivas' creations - a nine inch Hazel figure. Kathie is a wonderful artist and person whose father just had a cardiac arrest about a week ago and whose mother saved her husband's life by performing CPR. Everyone should know CPR. I'm about 1000% sure that Kathie, her parents and the rest of her family are certainly glad that her hero mom knew it.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Jill's had this wonderfully cute set of stripes on her temples for a long time, but I didn't have any. We suspect she got it because of her propensity to internalize stress much more than me. And we've had our fair share.
Well, today I found gray hair on my temples. Doesn't photograph well because I keep my hair pretty short, but nonetheless, I spotted it.
In other news: the shoes didn't work. I need at least a half size bigger. They pinched my pinky toes. Also, our former Governor Gary Locke looks like he's heading to the Obama cabinet. I think that's fantastic news. Locke is my favorite Governor this state has ever had - and when he refused to run for a sure-fire win of a third term simply because he wanted to spend more time with his family, well, his stock rose even higher. I think he'll be awesome in Commerce. Well deserved. And, finally, it's lightly snowing as I type this.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Alexander hit a goal in school and his reward was a fish - he's been wanting another fish for a long time. He carefully reviewed them all in Bridges Pets last night and chose this one because of the black tips on his/her fins. The current name for the fish is "Fin". Turned out we didn't have rocks for the bottom of the tank like we thought we did, so we couldn't put the plants in just yet.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Tonight I gave Jill what I called an "anti-date" - after dinner, I took all five kids to shop so Jill could get things done without kids underfoot. We were gone for nearly three hours which gave Jill some wonderful focus time.
One of my main goals was to get a new pair of shoes for the Fred Meyer job - mine has big holes in them. I have kind of squarish feet so normal shoes smash my pinky toes. When I first started at FM, I didn't realize this and the shoes I wore gave me enormous blisters - my pinky toes each had blisters half the size of the toes. I had to have six surgeries to correct them. I was limping so badly that customers still ask me if my feet are doing ok - and I haven't had an issue in about a year. I seriously considered using a cane last winter. I would cry at night from the pain.
And shoes wear out quickly. My mom bought me a pair last time she was in town, but those now are on their last legs. So I'm picky about my shoes. I finally found a pair at Kohl's that fit the bill - slip resistant, black, squarish toes, extra wide. But they didn't have my size two weeks ago. Tonight I found them! And for half price. Gotta love that.
Also bought Jill two pairs of slippers on clearance - a winter pair and summer pair. Bought Alexander a goldfish at the awesome pet store near Kohl's.
It was a good night.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Quick pick snapped just now with the flash. Peter cracked me up. When Jill was taking the pizza out of the oven, he started going on about the "fire alarm", grabbed a book, drug a chair under the smoke alarm and started frantically waving the book. The smoke alarm wasn't going off - but it's a sad commentary on our cooking skills that it was the first thing he thought of when he smelled the food...
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Some of you know I work two jobs - a full time job 8a-5p Mon -Fri for Stromberg, a division of Paychex. Then in the evenings and on the weekends, I work in the home department of our local Fred Meyer. I enjoy the work. Often weekends are nine-hour shifts. Today was a real nice day, so over my hour lunch, I rushed home with a disposable brush, popped on disposable gloves and quickly stained the edges of the table top. Didn't take off the work clothes or anything - so you see my name badge in the pic :) Got done with it plus ate my lunch with six minutes to spare! So I got to sit on the couch and chat with Jill before going back to work.
The pieces are all back inside because currently, it's slated to rain the entire next week.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
So today I decided to varnish my table top - bottom first. I laid it out above then donned the rubber gloves and varnished it. Well, most of it.
I had actually carved a space out of the garage and setup my portable heater so I could do this over winter. I did one board and the smell infiltrated the house and was a bit overwhelming. So I decided to wait until I could do it outdoors. This week is that week!
Now I just need to stain the rest of it, find a planer so I can cut the center piece out and then cut out and finish the seats.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
This afternoon was David's funeral. We went from cold, wet and unpleasant outside to a warm, loving remembrance of a good man. The church was packed with a wide variety of people - his Jewish family, people from his church, people from his work, people from his childhood and from his wife's high school class she teaches. It was a wonderful memorial and we got to share laughs and tears.
The church is a small church with a glass back overlooking a man made waterfall. After everything was over, I took the camera over to get a picture of the waterfall. Night photography of water is a wee bit challenging - especially when you shake like I do. But a few came out well and I liked this one.
I've never been to this church before and doubt I will go again (it's about 45 minutes away) so this picture will remind me of David and of his wonderful service.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
My friend David's obituary has been posted here.
In the late 80's and early 90's, we lost six people close to us - first my friend Ron committed suicide for no known reason. Then my dad's dad passed away just three weeks later. One year later, we gathered around the bed of my dad's mom on the day before Christmas Eve, 1988 and said goodbye. Almost one year later, Jill's paternal grandmother passed away. In Feb 1991, my mom's mom passed away and I never got to say goodbye. Then in May 1991, my sister, Carrie, was murdered (I know some people who argue that it wasn't murder, but they've never had anyone close so brutally cut down by a drunk driver before). And just a few years ago, Kraig Keller, a friend in his 30's and in peak health died suddenly from colon cancer. Jill's maternal grandmother passed away three years ago just days after her 95th birthday. And now David is gone.
It just never gets easier, does it? Time does not heal all wounds, it just forms a scab. I still ache from the loss of my sister. People think I don't drink alcohol because of religion or something. No. It's how I honor the memory of Carrie in my own way. I don't condemn or try to stop anyone else from drinking - although I do offer myself as a designated driver whenever the opportunity arises.
To Shelley, Gabe, Sam and Nate: my heart grieves with you. David was a talented musician, a gifted intellectual and the world is a better place for his 49 years here. All of us who knew his gentle spirit will miss him.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
Rest in Peace, my friend.
I will always treasure the memories of your sons birthday party. My children fondly recall the fun they had…well, except when Alexander stepped on that wasp nest. But the rest of that day is filled with happy memories. I will always remember sitting in the shade chatting with you in your hat. The signs were so encouraging that the beast had gone into remission after such intense chemo and radiation. We were hopeful.
I pray you are at peace. Your encouraging smile, your insightful mind and friendly spirit will be sorely missed. Your wife has lost a great friend and your children a wonderful, caring father.
I pray for you, Shelley. May family and friends surround you and comfort you when you need, be a shoulder to lean on or an ear to bend when you need and when you need to be alone, that you can be, surrounded by love nonetheless.
Rest in peace, David Kaplowitz.
To the south of where I was standing is this tree stump. I took a lot of pictures of it, but like this one. Several big sheets of bark were strewn about on the ground.
To the southeast, was one of the reasons we so love the Pacific Northwest - greenery. Life is abundant here. Ferns are growing into the moss that is growing on a living tree.
To the east is the drainage pipe put in to prevent further landslides. Landslides of our house, come to mention it. I took several alternative focus pictures and this one, focused on the blackberry branch, was my favorite.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
For my first hour today, I had to ferry stuff in from the storage location, which is all muddy and filled with old leaves. By the end of the hour, my forehead was numb with the cold. Here's the forklift I used to bring in loads.
Here's a picture right towards the end. They'd already started populating the tables with Valentines plants. All these got moved to the opposite end - the tables in the foreground are the ones out in the open and are for herbs.
I'm so physically exhausted, I think I'll go to bed at 8 tonight.