Snow in Newcastle

Merry Christmas! It’s dumping snow at my place this very moment. Time to walk to the Starbucks and get an eggnog latte!



Under the Dog House

I’m not a big fan of doing house work. Especially on the weekends, when I’d rather be doing other things with my time. But for some reason Sarah and I were motivated to go outside and work on the house for a bit on Saturday. Sarah’s job: Try and salvage anything from our “Flower Bed” and weed the rest. My job: Tear down this home built dog house that was way too elaborate for what it actually was. This thing was integrated into the fence with huge bolts and gigantor rusty nails. The former owner of the house really went overboard! After lots of beating, pulling, and grunting I got it pretty much all pulled apart with pieces of wood all over the place. The last part of the structure remained, the floor. So with Sarah there watching I heaved up the huge piece of wood and flipped it over on it’s back. I started to examine what was enderneath: 4 tennis balls, a plastic dog bone, fuzz, and… what looked to be a turtle shell!

“CLOSE YOUR EYES!”, I yelled to Sarah. (She isn’t a huge fan of seeing dead things, so she always tells me to warn her if I see something nasty) None Some of you faithful readers may remember my previous posting when I almost killed a turtle with my lawn mower last fall. Well it turns out that my neighbors had lost another one too! But unfortunately this time it looked hopeless. The turtle looked very much dead. It was in a hole covered in dirt and mud and wasn’t moving. I looked up and Sarah was still covering her eyes. “We may have a dead turtle here”, I said reluctantly to her. She opened her eyes and saw the grim looking shell. I reached down to pick it up and when my fingers made contact with the shell – his leg moved! We both yelped with joy! That guy had been living down there for over 4 months! We took him inside, and gave him a quick shower in the sink to get the mud off of him and returned him to his family next door.

After all of that excitement… the piles of wood and nails remained of the former dog house. Any ideas on how to get rid of something like that? I was thinking craigslist, it seems that lots of people unload their junk on there. I suppose a dump run may be in our future…

To Do List for this Weekend

This is going to be the busiest weekend ever!

1.) Attend my Dad in law’s wedding rehearsal. I’m an usher (no, not THE Usher) in the wedding.
2.) Pick up the family van at my brother Kevin’s house in Lake Stevens Friday night.
3.) Go to the wedding Saturday morning, and immediately after the ceremony drive my brother and his family to Vancouver, BC to catch their flight to Scotland.
4.) Come back from Canada the same day (Saturday) and return the van to my brother.
5.) Saturday night, pack up our stuff to get ready for the move.
6.) Sunday is moving day! Moving from our apartment in Issaquah to our new (to us) house in Puyallup.
7.) Collapse. (mr)