Lee: Do you think you can break into Zorbel's place?
Amanda: Call me a cab.
Lee: You're a cab.
Be sure to check out a new Scarecrow and Mrs. King website by tjsmklvr. Actually, it's an updated version of her previous webpage Call Me A Cab. Lots of SMK interviews, fan fiction, music videos, memorabilia, and tons of photos and articles on both Kate Jackson and Bruce Boxleitner. Includes promo photos from The Rookies and Charlie's Angles, too. I know Taya spent many, many, many hours putting this site together. Drop her a line and let her what you think.
Lee: Do you think you can break into Zorbel's place?
Amanda: Call me a cab.
Lee: You're a cab.
One of my favorite movies to watch when I was a little girl was Dr. Dolittle (1967). No, not the Eddie Murphy one, I mean the original with Rex Harrison.
"If we conferred with our furry friends,
Man to animal
Think of all the things we could discuss."
And then for those of us dog owners who have looked at our dog staring at us and ever wondered what our dog was thinking, the book Kibble Talk by Cynthia Port is for perfect you. Spirited 9-year-old Tawny suddenly realizes she has the ability to talk to dogs after eating doggie kibble following a dare from her best friend. She soon learns her own dog, a lovable, but demanding Great Dane named Dinky (what a great name for a Great Dane) has a secret desire to become a lap dog. Tawny helps him fulfill his wish by entering him in a local dog show. And what category does he enter? Well, of course, "Best Small Breed", which leads to hilarious results with plenty of laugh out loud moments. Perfect pacing for middle grade readers, good clean humor, and fun characters, especially the dogs. Did you know Saint Bernards tell the worst jokes? Suitable for dog lovers and non-dog lovers of all ages.
I really love the genre of science fiction especially television series and movies, but when it comes to books I am a lot more picky about what I like and what I don’t. I often find the plot in science fiction books to be too cerebral for my taste and find it difficult to connect with the characters and/or the environment. Therefore, I don’t often put science fiction books as one of my favorite categories. Hence, I have to admit I was a little hesitant when a friend approached me about beta reading her novel, The Gypsy Pearl, especially with the setting taking place on not only a space station, but three different planetary worlds. However, my hesitation was unwarranted, as the story literary grabbed me from the very first page, just like the fanep who changes everything for the young heroine in the story. Lia London wrote a very gripping and exciting adventure. The character of Caz Artemus is a strong, likable young lady who grew up on a city space station all her life. After getting in trouble, she is sent to a reform school on the planet down below which she is happy about (much to her father and sister’s protest and disbelief), because she will finally have a chance to explore something other than the stale environment of the space station. Through Ms. London’s writing the reader can feel Caz’s need to go forth and grow, which she does, as she meets new friends along the way and cycles the gypsy pearl, thus sealing her fate in the world. The story is fast paced, and the imagery very descriptive placing the reader smack dab in the middle of the believable fantasy world Ms. London created. The characters are well developed and engaging, and I especially like how smart the heroine is, as often female characters are dumbed down, but Caz is not only smart, but strong and brave too. I am glad I had the opportunity to take this incredible journey and I highly recommend it to others as this story is suitable for all ages.
The Gypsy Pearl by Lia London is available to purchase on Amazon.
There are times I really do wish I was paid to go on vacations. How I love to travel, sightsee, and explore. This past summer we took a couple family camping trips around Washington state and that got me thinking about favorite campgrounds in the "evergreen" state. Washington state offers a wide variety of camping experiences from sea to mountains and everything in between. Therefore, I made a list of my favorite places to pitch a tent or park a trailer (I would love to hear what readers of this blog favorite campgrounds are).
10. Fort Flagler State Park
Location: near Port Townsend, Olympic Peninsula
SItes: 116 (2 campgrounds)
Description: Fort Flagler is a former United States Army fort at the northern end of Marrowstone Island. Overlooks the Puget Sound with views of the Cascades and Olympic Mountains. Offers boating, fishing, swimming, hiking and biking trails, military museum, and guided tours.
9. Potlatch State Park
Location: Potlatch (12 miles from Shelton)
Description: Camp along the saltwater shoreline of the Hood Canal (fjord). Activities including boating, fishing, scuba diving, shellfish harvesting, bike riding, and kayaking.
8. Sun Lakes- Dry Falls
Location: Coulee City
Description: 4,027-acre park includes a visitor center, hiking trails, boating, fishing, biking, golf, and more. Close to Grand Coulee Dam which is open for public tours.
7. Colonial Creek Campground
Location: North Cascades National Park
Description: Just a short walk from Diablo Lake, Colonial Creek is the gateway to everything the North Cascades has to offer. Hiking and biking trails, boating, fishing, evening ranger programs, and more, Also an interpretive staff is available to learn about nature, glaciers, and the abundant wildlife.
6. Salt Beach Recreation Area, Crescent Bay
Location: Near Port Angeles; Olympic Peninsula
Description: Fantastic views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, explore tide pools at low tide, hiking, biking, and swimming, too.
5. Cougar Rock Campground
Location: Mount Rainier National Park
Description: The campground is adjacent to the Nisqually River and just down the road from one of my favorite places in the world. . . Paradise. Activities include hiking, stargazing, sightseeing, and rock climbing.
4. Fairholme Campground, Crescent Lake
Location: Olympic National Park
Description: Pristine glacial-carved lake offers boating, kayaking (rental), and fishing. Tons of hiking trails from towering trees, waterfalls, and surrounding mountains. Also close to Sol Duc Hot Springs and Hurricane Ridge. Campground is first come-first served.
3. Cape Disappointment
Location: Near Long Beach; Washington coast (mouth of the Columbia River)
Sites: 250 (2 campgrounds)
Description: Miles of beaches, clamming, boat launch, fishing, and two lighthouses. In addition, there is a Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center to explore. Reservations available and highly suggested for the main campground, while a secondary campground along Lake O'Neil is first come-first serve. Cabins and yurts also available to rent. Cape Disappointment does not disappoint.
Location: Olympic National Park (coast)
Description: Open year-round, close to both the Hoh Rain Forest and Forks (for those Twilight fans). On a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean with staircases descending to the beach below.
1. Ohanapecosh Campground
Location: Mount Rainier National Park
Description: A river runs through it! Fantastic campground in the middle of an old growth forest. Offers a visitor center (limited operating hours), ranger lead hikes, lots of hiking trails including a fairly easy 3 mile round trip hike to Silver Falls. Also just down the road from the famous Grove the the Patriarchs trail (even I was able to do both hikes on the same day with relative ease), and all Mt. Rainier has to offer.
If you live in the greater Kitsap peninsula area including Belfair and Allyn-Grapeview and are looking for family, baby, or senior photos, I highly recommend Courtney Thomas Photography. You may contact her via her Facebook page.
"New teacher Nikki Fallon is trying to ward off unwanted advances from the hunky football coach. She should. . .
a) slap him silly.
b) report him for harassment.
c) invent an imaginary husband."
I don't know what it is about romantic-comedy that draws me in, but the newest novel by Lia London, Her Imaginary Husband, sure did not disappoint. Ms. London has an incredible grasp on writing dialogue (All those years in the theatre department at WOSC together I am sure. Go Wolves!) and while I was reading I visualized the whole story as a movie in my mind. (Hint-hint Hallmark!!) It's a clean, lighthearted romance that entertains and educates. The characters were fantastic, from the likable heroine Nikki, to her bossy mother, to the two men who rival for her attention, to the secondary characters of the students Nikki instructs her rookie year as a English/American Lit teacher at a local high school. The dialogue is snappy, clever, and witty. The comic moments are funny without being over-the-top. There are several laugh out loud moments, but also a real sense of discovery as Nikki discovers herself and her place in her new world. I was crying happy tears at the end.
I highly recommend. 4 Stars.
I am happy to see tjsmklvr is back to writing fan fiction again. Actually, a few of the original SMK fan fiction writers have been popping back up and entertaining us with their stories of danger, excitement, intrigue.
The latest story from tjsmklvr is This War of Mine set during season three of Scarecrow and Mrs. King. A little AU, but a wonderfully crafted tale with lots of action, suspense, and romance. Warning regarding violence and a couple swear words, but still a must read. Stories like this remind me why I fell in love with Lee and Amanda to begin with.
Have I mentioned how much I love my husband? I love him to pieces as he took me to Disneyland for a belated birthday trip. This was his first time visiting the park, and I was not sure if he would have fun or not, since he is not "into" rides. However, I think he thoroughly enjoyed himself, mainly because I enjoyed it. He said it was fun watching me act like a little girl. There are just times we need to be kids again.
First, a huge shout-out to my good friend, Elaine, who let us stay at her timeshare and also, to Southwest Airlines for their great "Wanna Get Away" fares, otherwise, we would not have been able to afford this trip, although, I still HATE flying. Nothing personal. Flying ties me up in knots.
The weather was absolutely picture perfect - in the low 80's all three days we were there, which was a huge difference from the high wind warning and localized flooding we left behind in Seattle. We almost missed our flight, as we got stuck in a massive traffic jam, because of a jack knifed semi-truck in near the Tacoma Dome and then we ran into some difficulties getting through security. I told the TSA agent I had an implantable defibrillator, but it was a newer device that can go through the metal detectors. However, she would not listen and I spent the next twenty minutes being "molested" by the TSA. The longest part of the whole pat down was her explaining in great detail everything she was about to do; so I just assumed the position. Ed and I were the last ones to board the airplane, but thank goodness we made it. We left SeaTac, had a quick change of planes in Oakland, and soon were on our way to Anaheim.
We arrived at John Wayne Airport and took the SuperShuttle to the resort where we spent the next three nights. I have to say, I was impressed by SuperShuttle, they got us to our place quickly and at a super reasonable price. I was also captivated with Wyndham Resorts. We had a very comfortable stay. Too bad we didn't jump on the timeshare bandwagon years ago.
Since we did not have a car, we utilized Anaheim Resort Transportation (ART) to get us back and forth to Disneyland and only $12 for unlimited rides all three days we were there. The best part, the bus drops passengers off right in front of the gates leading to Disneyland Resort.
My biggest complaint about Disneyland is the cost. I just think it is outrageous and Walt himself must be turning over in his grave. How can the "Friendliest Place on Earth," be the most expensive place on Earth? A three-day park hopper is $265 dollars a person. This is one of the reasons we did not bring the boys. I would have loved to have brought them, too. (However, they also were in school). I am also frustrated with the fact of buying a three-day ticket, there was an extra up-charge for Mickey's Halloween Party (which was sold out); however, we still had to pay full price, yet had to leave Disneyland by 6:00 pm on both Wednesday and Friday. Was also disappointed there were no fireworks on the weekdays, so we did not get to see a firework show. And Disney puts on one of the best shows. Disneyland is just not family friendly in their pricing and when it comes to eating in the park or souvenirs - fuggedaboudit.
Nonetheless, we had fun at Disneyland and California Adventure. Both Ed and I had our pictures taken with Pluto. I was actually able to get Ed on a couple of roller coasters and he was even willing to get "wet" riding Splash Mountain and Grizzly River Run. We also thoroughly enjoyed Radiator Springs Racers and rode it three times. Ed also really liked Toy Story Mania, which I am not happy to report, he beat me twice. <Sad face> Then we were both mesmerized by Disney's Aladdin - A Musical Spectacular and awestruck with the World of Color. One thing I do have to say is Disney knows how to entertain.
Saturday morning was another ride to the airport on SuperShuttle and then one of the fastest trips through security I ever had, with no personal pat down. Wow! We had lunch at the airport, boarded our plane, had a quick layover in San Jose, and then home to Seattle. The flight was a little over three hours with the quick layover, so cannot complain at all. I also like that Southwest lets passengers change seats after landing, so we were able to snag good seats up front with lots of leg room for the second leg of our flight. Sweet!
Of course, the best part of Disneyland close to Halloween is all the decorations and how the Haunted Mansion is decked out in The Nightmare Before Christmas. I like visiting the park in late October, not anywhere near as crowded as Summer or Christmas, yet, not too hot or too cold to enjoy all southern California has to offer. It's just right.
Just the other day, a writing buddy of mine told me, "You must have been a cheerleader in a previous life." I chuckled. "Hey, it's me!" No seriously, I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with so many talented writers and I am ecstatic to spread the good word about their work. MeriSalope has not posted her newest SMk story yet, so I can't link; however, Resourceful has started posting her revised edition of a story she wrote back in 2006. A fantastic tale involving Lee and Amanda going under cover as a married couple at a revival to stop religious zealous terrorists.
In addition, Lia London's newest novel, a young adult, science fiction trilogy went live last week on Amazon. The Gypsy Pearl 2: Craggy is the second installment following Caz as she continues to cycle the "Gypsy Pearl" and take her place as rightful Queen of the gypsies. The Gypsy Pearl 2 is what The Empire Strikes Back is to Star Wars, a little darker, not the happy ending, but I know it will lead to something epic, imaginative, and wonderful. I look forward to the third and final book.
The Gypsy Pearl 2: Craggy
Always happy to beta read or do line edits. Just contact me.
UPDATE: Here is the link to MeriSalope (aka Soapie) Autumn challenge entry for "Scarecrow and Mrs. King Fan Fiction Rocks" Facebook page.
My good friend Sarah (who makes the amazing avatars, signatures, and wallpapers), has started a Scarecrow and Mrs King blog discussing the progression of Lee and Amanda's relationship. I look forward to joining in on the discussions. Check it out: Scarecrow and Mrs. King - Getting to Know You.
In addition, if wanting to join Scarecrow and Mrs. King episode discussions, I highly recommend IWSOD's Just Walk With Me site.
Now through Wednesday, two of Lia London's YA fantasy/adventure books will be free (Kindle edition) on Amazon. Once finished reading, she would appreciate a review or two. She periodically offers her books for free, if not they are ridiculous inexpensive and worth every penny.
The Gypsy Pearl
I also highly recommend the following books by Lia London.
The Circle of Law
The Fargenstropple Case
Of Mice and Momphilbraks
Friends often ask me what to do and see when visiting Seattle, so I decided to post a blog entry of my favorite things to do in Seattle. I cannot suggest enough seeing all Washington has to offer – from majestic mountains, to rocky coastlines, to temperate rainforests, but in the city itself, I suggest:
1. Ride the ferry. There are several options. From Seattle at Coleman Dock, you can ride to either Bremerton or Bainbridge Island. If in West Seattle, you can ride to Southworth (Port Orchard). These are the Washington State run ferries. There are also city water taxis (seasonal runs) and private companies that ferry to beautiful Victoria, B.C., Canada. (One of my favorite locations in the world). Nothing compares to the ride over the magnificent waters of the Puget Sound with Seattle skyline and Mt. Rainier in the background.
2. Visit Seattle Waterfront. The Seattle Waterfront is a span of parks, piers, ferry and ship terminals stretching from Pioneer on the south to Shilshole Marina on the north. I love walking along the pier, and visiting the unique shops and restaurants along the way. If looking for a quick bite to eat, I highly recommend Ivar’s Acres of Clams. Their clam chowder cannot be beat. Other highlights along the waterfront include the Seattle Aquarium and the newest attraction the Seattle Ferris Wheel. In addition, Pike Place Market is just a short climb away, as well as, downtown Seattle and the Seattle Art Museum (which is free the first Thursday of every month).
3. Visit Seattle Center. It’s gone through some growth and changes over the years; however, I love visiting the Pacific Science Center and have enjoyed cultural exhibits from King Tut to Titanic to Harry Potter. The science center is very hands-on and the Tropical Butterfly House is worth the price of admission. I also enjoy watching movies in the IMAX Theater on their six-story screen. Of course, don’t pass up the opportunity to visit the world famous Seattle Space Needle. Enjoy the stunning 360-degree views from every direction on the observation deck. My only complaint is the ticket price, which is now up to $22 dollars. It's almost worth going up to the SkyCity Restaurant for breakfast or lunch instead.
Other Seattle Center attractions include the shops and restaurants of the Center House, The Children’s Museum, Seattle Children’s Theater, the Experience Music Project, The Science Fiction Museum, Intiman Playhouse, International Fountain, SIFF Cinema, Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and Chihuly Garden and Glass. Seattle Center also hosts hundreds of festivals each year. Finally, hop on the Monorail for a ride to Westlake Center. Once there you are walking distance to several attractions including the Washington State Convention and Trade Center (where Emerald City Comicon is held), Nike Town and Game Works. Also tons of places to shop and eat. If looking to enjoy a bird’s eye view of Seattle without paying Space Needle prices, visit Columbia Tower’s Observation Deck.
4. Bill Speidel's Underground Tours. Did you know there is a buried city underneath today’s Seattle? In 1889, Seattle was consumed by the Great Seattle Fire. When rebuilding the decision from the planning commissioners were to build over the destruction and raise the city. The tour is located in the historical Pioneer Square District.
5. Seattle Japanese Gardens and Washington Park Arboretum. Located within the Washington Park Arboretum, near the University of Washington, there is a 3-acre formal garden designed and constructed under the supervision of world-renowned Japanese garden designer Juki Iida. It’s a fantastic place to get your “Zen” in a hectic world. Although not a very big garden, I find the changing season colors vibrant and the Koi fish are huge and always hungry. Whether visiting the Japanese Gardens first or later, be sure and spend time walking through the arboretum and park. A great way to spend the afternoon.
Finally, I highly recommend the Seattle CityPass to catch multiple attractions at a discounted rate. Included in the admission price is the Space Needle, Seattle Aquarium, Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour, EMP Museum or Woodland Park Zoo, and Pacific Science Center or Chihuly Garden and Glass.
Tipping Point is a new SMK fan fiction story by Resourceful. She is posting in chapters and her story consists of a total of 15 chapters. It is a very suspenseful and well crafted story, set in today's time period and deals with the real dangers of internet and social media and the controversial technique of hydraulic "fracking". I am grateful to be working with such talented and gifted writer being one of her beta readers. If you have a chance to read, please take a moment to leave a review.
Life's been pretty hectic the last few weeks, but filled with lots of family time and lots of mileage on my truck. It all started just after school was out for the summer, we took our two younger boys and my niece, who has been staying with us, camping at Cape Disappointment. The following week, both Steffen and Sarah, along with their grandfather, attended a staff training week at a Boys Scouts of America camp - Camp Habobas. Sarah is the camp photographer and teaches photography. Steffen teaches Environmental Science, Reptiles and Amphibians, and Chess. This was also the week we received Michael's mission call. The following week was pure chaos, as we tried to squeeze in summer doctor, dentist, and orthodontic appointments. Steffen finally received his bottom braces, which he is happy about and the orthodontist informed us that Joey's adult teeth are all in and he can start orthodontia as soon as possible. Of course, a week before furloughs start and have no clue where we are going to come up with the down payment. Sigh. Ed and I also celebrated our 21st Anniversary. We went out to dinner and a movie.
Both Steffen and Joey's dental checkups did not go very well. Steffen had two cavities and Joey had one. Of course, Steffen's cavities had to be on opposite sides of the mouth and would require two appointments. I was able to squeeze one appointment in before camp, but the second appointment will have to wait until after camp. Also, when teeth are being cleaned the wire for the braces is removed, so this required a trip to the orthodontist to remove the wire, a trip to the dentist for cleaning, and then a trip back to the orthodontist to put the wires back on. In addition, the orthodontist and the dentist are on opposite sides of the peninsula. Run, run, run.
I also took Joey to see the optometrist for a yearly eye exam. Steffen has already had his earlier in the school year, after his glasses had broke and we had to replace them. As far back as Kindergarten, I have been saying that I thought Joey was color blind, but was dismissed. What does it take for school districts to listen to mother's when it comes to their children? Mother's are always right! He failed the color test at his last appointment. The doctor believes he has a blue-green deficiency. Not sure yet, if anything, we can do about his color blindness, but good to finally have a diagnosis.
My sister, Elizabeth and her family arrived Friday evening and stayed with us until Monday, when they boarded a plane, heading to Alaska for a few days in Anchorage and Denali, followed by an Alaskan cruise.
The following week, I picked up Michael from his mini-mission in Tacoma. The week was filled with shopping, shopping, and more shopping, but first he had to be released as a missionary for the Washington - Tacoma mission, then he had an interview with the Bishop, followed by an interview with the Stake President and was found to be worthy to go to the temple and receive his endowments. My sister, Cathy had arrived a few days prior with her youngest son, Spencer, and because my mother has night blindness and can not drive at night, I went to the airport to pick her up. It was a very long evening, as her flight had been delayed and did not arrive until 2:00 am. I had also squeezed in an appointment with my cardiologist. I have been very, very fatigued and not just because of all the running around. I just don't seem to have any energy at all and several friends and family members have made the comment how tired I look. He's not very happy with how fast my heart rate is and upped the dosage of my medication, but one of the side effects is tiredness. I think it's more than that. With being in consent a-fib, my heart and lungs are working harder and it's just hard to find stamina to do housework or enjoy a quick hike. He's scheduled a echocardiogram for me in late October.
I have to give a huge shout-out to Bartels and CTR Clothing in Chehalis, Washington. Joe again delivered for us. He was able to find Michael another suit in a very timely matter, was able to squeeze us in for a fitting and hemmed the pants while we ate lunch. We also purchased more white shirts and blacks socks. I highly recommend CTR Clothing for those seeking missionary attire. Then it was a trip to Wal-Mart to buy a couple new suitcases and a stop at Famous Footwear for a new pair of dress shoes. My sister could not believe how long it took us to go shopping, but when we live in the boonies - anywhere is a drive.
On Saturday, Michael went to the temple with Grandma and Grandpa and his aunt Cathy. Ed and I went for a nice drive and ended up visiting the Seattle Japanese Garden. We had a wonderful stroll through the gardens on a beautiful Seattle summer day. Then we took Michael out to a celebration dinner. On Sunday, he gave a wonderful talk in Sacrament meeting and several friends remarked how mature he had become in just three short months. It was also a day of miracles, as some church members gave both him and us money to help him on his mission. Praise Him! On Tuesday evening, we met with President Fields, so Michael could be set apart as a full-time missionary for the Utah - Salt Lake City mission. It was a very moving prayer and the Spirit was very strong in that room. We were all moved. Our time with Michael was too short, and after driving him to the airport early Wednesday morning, we tearfully said good-bye to him. Boy, do I miss that kid!
Unfortunately, this was the same weekend as Ed's mother's 80th birthday celebration (even through her birthday is July 30th). All his brothers and sisters and their families attended, but we were unable to make the trip to Idaho. However, this past weekend, because Ed had a four-day weekend because of his furlough, and we made the 7 1/2 hour drive to Grangeville, Idaho to spend a few days with his mother and to work on some family history research. We had a great visit and then even was able to stop and visit his sister, Carleen before heading home. The drive home was pretty uneventful, say for a funny story about a large bug that flew through an open window and being in ugly stop and go traffic between Cle Elem and Easton, Washington. Now I remember why I avoid Snoqualmie Pass - traffic is just ugly on the weekends coming over the mountains. Yet another example why this state NEEDS more lanes!! We also saw thick billowing clouds from a huge wildfire burning near Wenatchee. Fire danger is extreme as it has been a very dry summer.
We arrived home late evening and then I turned right back around to drive my sister Cathy, her husband, Tristen, and son, Spencer to the airport for a late red-eye flight and their flight had been delayed an hour before we even arrived.
The previous week, all the families made a long day trip to Mt. Rainier. Again the weather did not disappoint. It was gorgeous at Paradise and we enjoyed hiking a couple short waterfall trails. Elizabeth and family had to dash off in the early afternoon, so Ted could start his new job and they could close on their new house. The rest of the family continued puttering around the mountain and we even visited a few sights we had not seen before, then a drive to the Ohanapecosh visitor center (which was closed because of sequester) and Cathy and family headed towards Wenatchee for week of family camping and Ed and I with Grandma and Joey headed home.
This week, Joey is attending Boy Scout camp at Camp Habobas. This will be his first year, although he wasn't exactly thrilled about going, I hope he has a great time. Ed went with him yesterday, to help him get registered, set-up his tent, and get him signed up for classes. He will be taking a pathway to Tenderfoot class, Environmental Science, Chess, and Fishing. I know, he's always begging us to take him fishing, but neither Ed nor I fish, so I am sure he's going to have fun.
I was looking forward to some time alone this week. To catch up on writing and housework; however, last night my dad got really sick and we had to pick him up from camp. Unfortunately, we could not find an after hours clinic open late last night on the peninsula and he didn't want to go to the emergency room, so I drove him home. Him and my mom went to see his primary doctor this morning. I don't know anything else, yet. Makes me mad, that several years ago, before congress shoved the Unaffordable Healthcare Act down our throats, we were assured we could keep the same doctors, could keep the same coverage and insurance providers. Well, here in Mason county, where we live, all insurers have left and are not offering coverage, except Group Health, and there isn't a Group Health clinic in the county!! My parents did not have a choice, but to switch to Group Health. Ugh!
Steffen and Sarah have another week of working at scout camp and then Sarah flies home to Florida. Steffen will be attending band camp the following week. Joey has asked for swimming lessons, so I need to look into who offers them in August - I think the Navy base does. Tomorrow, Michael leaves the MTC and heads off to Utah-Salt Lake City Mission. On top of everything else going on, my laptop stopped holding a charge. Now waiting for a new battery. Hoping it arrives soon. I am going through withdrawals!
"Hey. . . it's me."
I live in the shadows of the Olympic Mountains, in the State of Washington and I love camping, boating, hiking, and hanging out with my husband, our three boys, and two Bernese Mountain dogs.