G is for Guard Dog…

p1070151On a recent walk Dear saw this Guard Dog on the porch of a house and alerted me so I could take a photo. Now this is a great guard dog that never needs feeding or walking. I think the chain is a good touch!

We are busy at this old house getting all our records together for our yearly gutting by the IRS. I might be slow in getting around because my left hand and wrist are giving me gnawing pain. I’ve lost my grip. I hope I don’t have to go under the knife to get things repaired. I’m visiting my General Practitioner today to get some good advice on how I should go forward.

I’m linking up to ABC Wednesday started by Mrs. Nesbitt and carried on by a GREAT team of bloggers!

Snoqualmie Falls


Dear, my sister Vera and I drove to Snoqualmie Falls on Saturday January 28th. The falls weren’t at their fullest on this trip.





On this day we decided to hike down to the bottom of the falls. Our first time to do this.


It was nice to have a different view.




The river was fast and furious and frothy!

After our hike down the trail and the harder hike up again we decided a nice cold brew and good meal were the next thing to enjoy.

Linking up with ABC Wednesday, F is for Snoqualmie Falls. Thank you Mrs. Nesbitt, Roger and the friendly ABC team.

Flashing back to Sunday evening and our early Valentine’s day celebration with our kids Josh and Laura. I’ll share more tomorrow. Happy Valentine’s Day ABCers!


E is for Ellen’s Winter Wonderland…

p1070087We don’t get snow every year and this was an exciting surprise for us when we woke up early on Monday morning.

p1070077It won’t last long but the exhilaration causes an excessive amount of photos every couple of minutes on social media. I like how this old house looks in the snow.

p1070079Dear and ellen b. went for a walk in the snow. Dear is home because he is not employed and hasn’t been employed since June of last year. We are still not sure if this is unemployment or retirement.

p1070076Our pear tree that we just finished pruning last week.

p1070084Our privacy fence that encloses our deck from eavesdropping neighbors.

p1070069An enchanting view on our walk east of our home. There were ducks in that pond.

p1070074On our early morning walk we encountered neighborhood children enjoying this steep hill sledding.

16427645_10212122420284040_3764751214739464333_nWe ended our snowy walk with a selfie of Dear and ellen b. Our house is behind Dear’s head.

Linking up with ABC Wednesday which was going to end but has been revived with a new leader.

D is for Dale Chihuly

chihuly-041“I want People to be overwhelmed with light and color in a way they have never experienced.”~ Dale Chihuly

chihuly-040Chihuly Garden and Glass is located in the shadow of the Space Needle at the Seattle Center. On Friday the 27th of January I picked up my sister Vera from the airport and we headed straight to the Seattle Center to enjoy the art of Dale Chihuly. This was something my sister wanted to see.


chihuly-037The Glasshouse, a 40-foot tall glass and steel structure, was inspired by Chihuly’s appreciation for conservatories and includes a 100-foot long sculpture.

chihuly-029There are several rooms with themes and Chandeliers was one of them.


Ikebana and Float Boat. Dale Chihuly has always loved the water. As a child in Tacoma, Washington, he would beach-comb to find Japanese fishing floats.



The Mille Fiori from the Italian for a “thousand flowers,” this unique series is comprised of a variety of works.



The Persian Ceiling, an immersive experience in color and shape.




The Sealife room.

chihuly-009Linking up to ABC Wednesday for D is for Dale Chihuly. Thanks to Mrs. Nesbitt and the great team of ABC’ers.

Chihuly Garden and Glass

Chihuly Garden and Glass

While we were enjoying the art of Dale Chihuly my Dear was home smoking a couple Pork Shoulders for our Carnitas Street Taco dinner on Friday night. We invited our Western Washington kids over to enjoy the meal and to visit with their Aunt Vera. We added guacamole, pico de gallo, beans and other goodies to our meal. D is also for a delicious dinner and for Dear who is a great chef!

A, the Finale…

ABC Wednesday is starting their farewell tour. This will be the last trip through the alphabet with Mrs. Nesbitt and her team. On this farewell tour I will be looking back with a mix of old and new for each letter. Click on ABC Wednesday to see what others are sharing.


Amish, animals the Amish use and Architecture are my choices for A. All these photos are from our trip to Amish Country in Indiana and Ohio the end of September (2016) with the Mennonite Girls Can Cook.






The architecture photos are from the village of Millersburg in Holmes County, Ohio. I haven’t shared these photos on my blog before. Millersburg is in the heart of the largest Amish settlement. This is the Courthouse at the county seat.



We found the downtown to be charming with many interesting shops and original architecture.


Millersburg was incorporated February 17, 1835.


Hotel Millersburg built in 1847 is on the left. The Hotel, which has been placed on the US Department of Interior’s National Register of Historic Places, is located in the center of the Millersburg National Historic district.

Now to the present…how’s January 2017 shaping up? Things are busy here and I’ll have a lot to share later. We are still cold and icy but nothing to compare with other parts of the country.

Zestful and Zany 2016

Zestful: full of energy and enthusiasm. Here are some zestful captures in 2016.

There are also some zany moments. Zany: amusingly unconventional and idiosyncratic.

pictures dj15Dan and Jamie have birthdays one day apart in January. Here’s their Happy Birthday Cookie Pizza.

2016-01-16 Josh 2016Our boys have birthdays 3 days apart in January. We were able to celebrate Josh since he lives on our side of the state.

Eleanor 2My pop holding his youngest great granddaughter for the first time in 2016. She was born Christmas Eve 2015.

12801376_10207490791500845_3603949523279273893_nSister weekend Selfies.

12797850_844294819033073_347721827_nDaughter Selfies.

easter 2016 002Easter Egg Hunt!

kulich-16Praying over our dough so it will rise!

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13061943_10209470854876562_4327377309614113889_n-001Met up with my brother’s family in Austin Texas at the end of April. They live in Dallas and I drove from San Antonio.

HolsteinsTogether with my brother and sister in June in Southern California.



pop f.d.'16My siblings having some fun with our sleeping pop.


Canada new book launch 086The Mennonite Girls having some fun with our newly published book.

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14317439_10210161594261007_2186919252756866346_nOur 93 year old Pop getting his turn to hit the pinata at his great granddaughter birthday party.



15442312_10211344817842114_7566032109614302110_nZestful Sounders MLS Cup win in Toronto, Canada.


15726430_10211703331807090_3701693253863052823_nOur zany daughter on Christmas morning in her onezie.

2016-12-09-decor-snowWe are already at the letter Z for ABC Wednesday. Thanks to Mrs. Nesbitt and her team for keeping us going all these years. Joy to my ABC Wednesday friends!

Onward and upward into 2017 we go. Today we woke up to cold temperatures for the Puget Sound area, 15! We aren’t suppose to get up over 30 degrees today. Brrr. I guess we’ll wait to prune our fruit trees till the days warm up next week. Hope your year is starting well.

The X in Xmas…


PM1909 (postmarked 1909)

X has a long and sacred history

The idea of X as an abbreviation for the name of Christ came into use in our culture with no intent to show any disrespect for Jesus. The church has used the symbol of the fish historically because it is an acronym. Fish in Greek (ichthus) involved the use of the first letters for the Greek phrase “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior.” So the early Christians would take the first letter of those words and put those letters together to spell the Greek word for fish. That’s how the symbol of the fish became the universal symbol of Christendom. There’s a long and sacred history of the use of X to symbolize the name of Christ, and from its origin, it has meant no disrespect. (from Ligonier, R.C. Sproul)

img519These are both antique postcards from Dear’s great great aunt Emma. I’m posting them to share with ABC Wednesday for the letter X.

X is for Christ. Thank you to Mrs. Nesbitt and her helpful elves, Roger and company for keeping our ABC meme moving along.

The Xmas news from this old house is that what is done is done except for preparations for our meals on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and some baking. I will wait to shop for the meat and side dishes early on Friday. On Wednesday I will do a little baking to make cookies to take to some neighbors with an invite to our church’s Christmas Eve services. I am also spending time adoring Christ and all He has done for us.