Thursday, April 30, 2009



Way Too Cute

Little Nicole

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Looking Back

Young Nicole

Monday, April 27, 2009

Motorcycle Ride for Rover

On Sunday, 4/19, Julie and Jeff went on a fund raising ride with the local motorcycle group. The charity for the ride was Benton-Franklin Humane Society. Jeff said he put the high pegs down on his motorcycle. The high pegs are the foot rests for Nicole sized legs. Jeff said, he wanted to ride with the high pegs, because Nicole loved all animals. In Jeff email, he had titled the photos "riding for Rover" and there were over 500 motorcycles in attendance.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Update on Knitting

A pair of sock started.
Yarn Mini Mochi, rainbow colors

A shawl completed.
Blocked (stretched) to dry
Yarn is Kauni from Estonia

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Tulips in Skagit County


This morning, I did go out early and take tulip photos. They will be posted, next.

Yesterday, Gary and I drove both our cars to the Edison station. Then, I took our fire engine for a pump test. So, I had my car for errands. I did buy some plants and seeds for the yard. That will be for Earth Day, this year.

My energy level had increased, so in the "get-er-done" mode.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Earth Day

Yesterday was Earth Day, and I didn't post. I will come up with a good Earth Day post, just a little late.
We had a power outage, this evening 5:30 to 7:30. The news said 96000 without power. It covered most of Skagit county, onto Whidbey Island and the San Juan islands. There was a car vs power pole accident, near Sedro Woolley. We were very lucky to get power back, quickly.
The tulips are showing a good deal of color. No photos, yet.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


Nicole, summer 2008
styling with her side swept bangs.

Monday, April 20, 2009


" I am not too sure about this headband, but it is a fashion statement."

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Dog Camp

JoLynn, Nicole, Meggen
Bayview Beach, April 2008
Gary has been out of town for a ham radio convention. He left on Thursday and will be back, tomorrow. Meggen went to dog camp, as I had a busy schedule, with work, meetings, class and some social time, too. I picked her up, yesterday. I think she had a good time at camp, she is napping. I think she is wondering where's Gary. Meggen and I plan a quiet day at home.
Happy Birthday, Julie

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Little Nicole

Jeff and Nicole

Friday, April 17, 2009


Nicole having a bath with her reflection in the mirror.


This is a new sock knitting book.
It is wonderful.
The author, Cookie A is coming to Mount Vernon to teach 2 half day classes.
I am signed up.
I had to keep the class a secret for a few days.
Now, it is official and public information and filling up, fast.
I am looking forward to the class.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


The best book, that I have read on bereavement.
Written in 2000.
A follow up workbook was written in 2003, which I have not seen.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Summer of 1998

Nicole with her Dad, Jeff
Summer 1998

Monday, April 13, 2009

Warmer weather in the future

2006, Nicole and Morgan

Nicole 2002

OK, I am guessing on 2002.
The weather is forecast to get a little warmer.
Wouldn't that be nice?

A Dog Story

Maggie with a short haircut.
This is Maggie.
She was the neighbor's dog, but liked to stay at our house.
We tried to encourage her to go home, but she would always come back.
She liked to sleep in the front garden area.
Maggie was a shy, timid girl.
We let her sleep in the garage for 4th of July.
She didn't like all the firework noise.
When, it was cold, we would do laundry, as she slept near the dryer vent.
Our joke with Maggie is that she would put quarters (for the dryer) on door sill.
After, Lady passed, Maggie moved inside to a pampered life for her last 2 years.
One time, when Nicole was here, Maggie put her paw on Nicole's leg, while being petted.
So, after Maggie passed, we got Meggen, that was October 2007.
That was quite a change, a young energetic dog, after two dogs in their senior years.

Sunday, April 12, 2009


Gary took this photo in Oct. 05 around sunrise.
Absolutely beautiful
I was looking in my photo files and found it.
This is looking east from our yard.
Gary, glad you took the photo.

Socks in a Tree

New spring decorations, socks in a tree

These photos were taken last spring in our yard.
This year, the tree is starting to bloom.
It is a windy and wet, today.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Old Photos

Jeff, JoLynn with our Mother, Claudia.
Jeannine and Claudia are sisters
Dad, Bob, Mom, Claudia and little JoLynn


Aunt Jeannine, with her daughters Yvette and Sherrie, and cousin JoLynn

Cousins Yvette and JoLynn
Just a few years ago

Friday, April 10, 2009



I found more ballet photos.
Looks like she was having a fun, creative time.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Happy Easter

Nicole, a few years ago