Author Archives: JJD

Also, my monstera is living up to its name

It is seriously going to take over the home office slash guest bedroom. And that cactus I got in Portland six years ago that was small enough to drive home with between Amanda’s feet in the front seat? Well, that’s all grown up, too. Almost taller than I am!

More of the garden

I’m realising we’re already more than halfway through the summer and I’ve documented virtually nothing of my garden this year. Not sure why—especially since it has been huge success. Maybe I’ve just been too caught up enjoying it to want to stick my nose back in the phone to post about it. But if hate […]

Water lily

If April showers bring May flowers, the heat and sunshine of July bring water lilies. And oh, what a dazzling show they put on! I attribute this 100% to moving the pond from the spot next to the Japanese maple tree to where it now sits along the southern parapet. After going all last year […]

Fourth of July!

This might have been the best weather I’ve had in Seattle for the 4th of July. The morning was chilly and cloudy, but then the clouds cleared and it warmed right up and it was just about perfect. Justin and I hosted a small family barbecue with his parents and brother on the roof, and […]

Stolen!

At 10am today I unloaded groceries from my car. At 12:30pm I went back k down into the garage to leave for a wedding—only to find, well, nothing; an empty stall (that’s mine in the middle) and no car to be found! So I called the police to start the process of filing the stolen […]

First shot!

Part one of the vaccine is done! Flowing through my veins turning me into a hopefully (almost) covid-proof Spider-Man or whatever. Next one is scheduled for three weeks out. And I have to give credit to the folks at Virginia Mason hospital (who administered the vaccine clinic) and Amazon (who provided the facilities and logistics […]

Hiking and grilling and 75 degrees

This past week has been the best week of weather we’ve had all year so far. Day after day of clear sun—and sun in the Pacific Northwest is hard to beat. On Thursday and Friday I worked most of the day on my roof deck. Today we went on a hike to Bridal Veil Falls […]

One last weekend, and now back to work

Yesterday was Easter Sunday, the second day of General Conference, and the last day of my three-week vacation. With a heavily overcast, steel-grey sky and an aggressive case of the Sunday Scaries that kept threatening to take over, I struggled to appreciate the time that I’ve had and the fact that so much is good […]

Exploring the north coast

Let’s see, we had done the western beaches, the southern coast, and the eastern volcanoes—time to explore the north coast! The weather was overcast and chilly, so we didn’t even bother looking for beaches; instead we wanted to take in the lush jungly terrain, the famous waterfalls, and explore the town of Hilo. We didn’t […]

Then we watched the sun set

We stayed in the west side of the island, which made for perfect sunset-watching. We just walked down to the edge of the golf course next to the Hilton and enjoyed the colours and breeze at the end of the day. And we weren’t the only ones. Slowly a number of other families and couples […]

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