My father bought this puzzle in 1976. He’s the one who got Mark saying Sacramento at age 2, when you’d ask him “what’s the capital of California?”
This summer Mark took his family to see ten more state capitals/ capitols.
The handcrafted wood puzzle was missing New York and Lake Ontario. For years! Missing puzzle pieces is such a bummer. I’m not sure why I waited so long to see if I could get replacements.
Wk, I just received the hand cut replacement pieces and although the wood is a bit thinner these days and the color brighter, it is wonderful to have the puzzle complete again.
Besides New York is my birth state (yes, I grew up in the Garden State- New Joisey)
Thank you Puzzle People Michael and Pat Smith of Philo, California for completing the puzzle once again, 40 years later.
We made it to Homer on the Kenai Peninsula.
So happy to be here. Welcomed by dear friends. We sat on the deck and caught up, then-
King Salmon, King Crab and Halibut for dinner.
Mary and I had a beautiful drive down from Anchorage today with sunny skies and blue water, snow topped mountains.
Tonight you can hear the waves on the beach. We’re ready for a good night’s rest and more adventures in the morning.
It’s a peaceful setting to sleep well.
Today’s iPhone shots taken on the train today
weekly photo challenge:edge of mountain touches sky
Will upload regular camera soon
Guest blog by my son-in-law James
Cleveland National Airshow at the Burke Lakefront Airport
“My cousin Troy is ranked a CW3 Warrant officer. He was in Afghanistan for a year, Kuwait for a year, and Germany flying around generals and other dignitaries for 3 years. He is an 18 year army vet and has been a part of the Golden Knights for 1.5 years”….James
Cousins Troy and James and Charles and The Golden Knights
The Navy Blue Angels
Mirror is the Weekly Photo Challenge so I’m interrupting the Northwest Vacation Series to post my favorite mirror photo. Maura is going to be eight come November- her baby photo makes me smile. Time passes at a rapid rate which is what old people always said to me but now I am understanding what they were advising me when I was young. The baby blanket belonged to her mother Erika when she was a baby. I always like the heirlooms passed on to another generation.
Bridgeport, Washington is a small town on the Columbia River, near Chief Joseph Dam. The town’s old sycamore trees, which lined the main street, were in sad shape but instead of being cut down, chainsaw artist Jacob Lucas has transformed them into incredible sculptures.
With a CHAINSAW!
(And by the way he does custom orders if you have a tree stump in need of being transformed.)
Salmon, quail, wolves, cougars, bear, the logging industry, deer, farming, pelicans, beavers, dragonfly, bees and honeycomb, eagles and other native species are a few of the themes of the tree sculptures.
See an owl swoop down to catch jackrabbit below.
To get an idea of the scale
Meet Susan. Most gracious yarn store hostess. Every yarn store you visit has “a feel to it” and this is one welcoming shop. See the label for the botanical dyed local yarn. Just beautiful. I bought some sock yarn weight with silk yarn with a label Three Fates.
Meet the founder of eqpd (say:equipped) Jonathan Baker, originally from New Hampshire, Rhode Island School of Design grad ( he even used to camp in Ossipee NH where my SIL used to live)
I bought a cool red bag. If you look at the Twisted Knitters pic above you will see the project bags (red, white and blue) that stand open, have a place for needles, instructions and are just perfectly designed.
Check out this apron made out of two pairs of jeans. A loaf of dark rye sourdough hit the spot for lunch. Added some sharp cheese. Cinnamon Twisp Bakery