July 2008

Monthly Archive


Posted by on 23 Jul 2008 | Tagged as: Uncategorized

Buffy is gone now, off running an adventure in the sun… somewhere else. She came into our lives in the early months of 2000, and gave us more love than we deserved.

Buffy surveys her domain...

Rest in Peace, Boo-Girl.

Green Living and Profitability

Posted by on 17 Jul 2008 | Tagged as: climate, environment, good things, Green Living, Interesting Websites, Uncategorized

Here is a CNN article about a solar company that has several unique aspects: Namaste Solar Electric is the company’s name, and they “walk their talk,” which is refreshing. Here is a link to Namaste’s actual website.

When companies, big and small, do what they can to reduce their impact on the earth, then it is a very good thing. Though solar energy has some limitations, in the right places with the right installations it is very good for many uses. Even in the Pacific Northwest where we can have 200+ cloudy days a year (and most of our electricity comes from hydropower), solar power can be used to help offset electricity needs, making power cheaper for everyone.

And yes, solar power is one of the improvements we hope to make to our home at some point. When we re-roof in about 7 years, sooner if we can.


Posted by on 14 Jul 2008 | Tagged as: British Columbia, Uncategorized, Vacations

Yes, it took four days for me to post the last of the pictures from the trip. I will post my recollections later. The new week is upon us! And we have just bought a new washing machine…

The pictures are at the post titled: Picture Postcards.

The Itinerary

Posted by on 12 Jul 2008 | Tagged as: British Columbia, Uncategorized, Vacations

On July 3, we began our trip in Victoria, the capitol city of British Columbia. We finished up in Vancouver, Canada’s international city in the West and crossed back into the U.S. just east of Blaine, Washington on July 10.

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Picture Postcards

Posted by on 11 Jul 2008 | Tagged as: British Columbia, children, environment, friends, fun, Gardens and Life, good things, Making a Difference, parenting, Uncategorized, Vacations, weather

I wanted to put up a bunch of pictures, but I am not really into writing a long travelogue today. So, here are a few of the prettier and more memorable pics from the trip to Canada. Sorry about the blurriness in some… my camera lens had a smudge on it that wasn’t apparent until I uploaded the pics to the computer. *grumble*

I will load a little bit now (noon, Friday 11 July) and more later when I take a break from life again.

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Youssif Update

Posted by on 11 Jul 2008 | Tagged as: caring, children, Gardens and Life, good things, hope, Making a Difference, Uncategorized

From CNN.com today: Youssif: ‘I can do more’ I am so happy this child is doing well.

This is good news, and I hope that people will take heart that good people DO good things. And not as rarely as we might fear.

A pretty picture

Posted by on 07 Jul 2008 | Tagged as: art, British Columbia, education, environment, friends, Gardens and Life, good things, Uncategorized

This is just one painting by my friend Jillibus — she did a whole series in the 1950s when she was living in Quebec, Canada. I took this photo of her work (and some others) while visiting this past weekend.

I have her permission to share these with you, and will gradually load one at a time.

Cottage in Quebec under the elm trees

The cottage seen here under the elms disappeared long ago, as did the trees. Partly to neglect, partly to a four-lane road that went through the cottage. Signs of the times, referred to by a few people as “progress.”


Sidney, Vancouver Island, British Columbia (Canada)

Posted by on 04 Jul 2008 | Tagged as: Babble, British Columbia, food, friends, fun, Gardens and Life, Uncategorized

Hello to all! We are here (see title) today, Stidgrandmere, a stidkid and myself.

While on the Big Island we have seen Hetty and her husband (yesterday in Victoria) and lunched with Hetty, Jillibus, Flosey, Raelite, and Saanichcat here in Sidney today. Supper tonight with Raelite’s family, and tomorrow we will be on Salt Spring Island. I love vacations!

While I am actually trying to do a fair bit of math homework, I am also taking a couple breaks to take pictures.

Here is one from yesterday:

stidkid and his grandmother on the ferry from Washington state to Vancouver Island

And a few from today:

Stidgrandmere and the Stidkid in the garden at the Provincial Governor’s mansion:

stidkid and his grandmother in the garden of \"Government House\" in Victoria, British Columbia

Stidgrandmere and Saanichcat:

stidgrandmere and saanichcat

This is Hetty, getting into her “Smart Car” — a nifty little two-seater that she uses to get around.

hetty gets into her smart car

And here is the WHOLE group (thanks to the kind stranger who took our pic) just after we ate at Sabhai Thai in Sidney — highly recommended by us all!

the whole gang in Sidney

Standing left to right: stidgmere, flosey, stidkid (#2) and stidmama.
Seated: Jillibus, Hetty, Raelite and Saanichcat.

Finally, I took a rather poor video of everybody, but at least you can sort of hear their voices!

More later…