I took myself and my bicycle up to the remote village of Stehekin, Washington a week ago. The main purposes were to see some nature and spend some time alone. As far those were concerned, the trip was a resounding success.I spent Saturday and Wednesday at my aunt's house at Wenatchee and the four day
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I woke up with a sore lower back...a sign of advancing age and, sadly, weight. Nonetheless, I was able to motivate myself to ride my bike after popping 3 Advil and pumping up the tires. The total trip ended up being 16 miles (26km). I wanted to ride tomorrow instead but there was still a risk of major wind
These tweets are of the American Goldfinch (in winter plumage) variety. I saw them today in my back yard and snuck out to take pictures. Enjoy.
Ladybug took over the SnabbyCat Twitter feed since my tweeting was minimal and she pretty much tells me if any interesting tweets come up thus relieving me of yet another onerous task. Anything before August is my fault and anything after is hers.Enjoy!
As it likes to do, real life provided some interruptions to our 5 weekday dinner shopping week. I also wanted to break up any food blogging with non-food blogging which met with only partial success.Up first was Lamb Cho
People tend to think of Portland and Seattle as havens as rain and, for 9 months of the year, they are correct. However, the entire region goes quite dry in July, August, and September. Seattle missed their dry spell record by 3 days
Well, there is a LOT that is the deal. I will get more into it over time. Suffice it to say it takes me a while to really, really think about things. I can never tell when something is going to finally click but, when it does, I do have some things to say about life, the universe, and that thing over there
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For those who have been following Facebook, you know that we have been experimenting with some old issues from Everyday Food magazine allowing us to make some food that is healthier and more home made than we had been previously cooking (or buying and eating). Ba
In the northwest corner of Vancouver, there is a peninsula known as Stanley Park. That was our destination on Day 5. It required a train ride downtown followed by a bus transfer out to the park. Once we disembarked, it took us a little while to orient ourselves. Along the way, we looked across the in
(I realize that it shouldn't have taken me nearly a year to write a simple blog post, but what the hell.)Today was tourist trap day. We started with breakfast at the hotel followed by the train ride to the waterfront downtown. From there, we walked down to the
(Actually, tourist day was Day 4. Sorry for the confusion.)I am not sure there is a name for the phenomenon, but most working people who are bustling all day, then attending various activities at night for months on end wind up experiencing a singular sensation once the wheels of life pause for a bit. The sens
While you wait for me to get through my information bottleneck, check out Moody Minstrel's excellent trip to Okinawa.
The centerpiece of Granville Island is the Public Market. It is a large building housing dozens of vendors who sell fresh produce, poultry, soaps, jams, jewelry, native art, many cooked food vendors, and much more. For those in Portland, it is like Saturday Market
One of the fortunate things about our location in Vancouver was our proximity to the Canada Line of the BC Transit SkyTrain. Well, they call it a sky train, and it is an elevated line for some of its length, then it becomes a subway for the rest of the way into downtown.Ladybug recalled a nice Dutch pancake exp
It seemed like
I have a tale of my worst restaurant meal in years...but it will have to wait until I have better internet access.
This last week was a great week for sky colors. Autumn is laying in the clouds despite the best attempts of a late summer to hold on. It has made for some beautiful mornings and evenings. Even my crummy phone camera couldn't screw these up.This was the sunset after (possibly) our last 80+ degree F day of the
The forecast for Sunday in Portland was 95F (35C), so I decided to get the bike ride in early. I woke up at 5:30AM and took the family out to the local Elmer's pancake joint for breakfast at 6am. I enjoyed my Saturday market skillet with egg whites and green
Given that nobody has posted here in quite some time, I decided to go solo and set the blog to post only my own stuff. Ladybug, Moody, and Info Geek posts from the past will remain on the site. I am always happy to link to other blogs or posts from said people that are of interest. In fact, I already am.
There is an anniversary coming up for a criminal event. The horrific nature of the event itself and the subsequent perversion of civil reality along with the consequent destruction of innocent lives, property and the permanent establishment of state power as an end unto itself renders me unable to reverently mourn, in publ
I figured that my regular commenters would prefer to forego the Captcha-style identity verification so that they may comment easily on the blog. While it is a noble quest, I now find myself saddled 2 to 5 times per day with comment moderation requests for various spammy adverts or possibly even malware.I don't
After a cool and humid summer with a few warm, humid days and a couple hot humid days, we arrive at September when the high pressure finally camps to the east of Portland and the humidity drops like a rock. Today it reached 90F (32C) but the humidity was likely in the teens. It was dry enough to need chapstick and protect
Hi there. I rode about 39 miles today on my bicycle. I got these fancy kevlar street tires to replace my knobbies and, thanks to a cool and wet summer, my first long ride included a spill that still hurts my wrist. Today was perfect with temps in the low 80s and a nice light breeze. My street tires once again had proble
I tried Wordpress for a while and didn't get into it. Now Snabby is back. Then again, I've been a flake about posting, so who knows?
Arkonbey had a fun questionnaire and I thought I would get in on it.1.What is the worst treat to get when trick-or-treating?I got a toothbrush once...likely from a dentist. It wasn't terrible, but not what I was looking for.2
Zero Tolerance Syndrome seems to be one of the epidemics of the 2000s. In a way, it's kind of like AIDS: a viral infection compromises the immune system to the point of rendering it moot, so that any small bug that would normally pass unnoticed suddenly becomes a chronic issue. In this case, however, the "infection"