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Waiting/Watching For Spring March 1, 2018

Filed under: Cats,Katerina,Seasons,Weather — Janet @ 4:47 pm

IMG_5268   Katerina in Seattle – the sun struggling to break through the clouds following a very rainy preceding day

28336673_1192149854254825_8804623887552481173_o  Orange cat in Bray Dublin Ireland – wondering about a snowfall in late February


Snowing Again February 20, 2018

Filed under: Weather — Janet @ 10:59 pm

Just a few light flurries so far, but it’s COLD.  And the heating system seems to have gone on the blink.  Olson Energy Service is on the way.  And I’m not away in London or Dublin and it’s not the middle of the night.


Will It Ever Stop Raining? January 30, 2018

Filed under: Cats,Katerina,Weather — Janet @ 12:15 am



Katerina doesn’t think so.  And I’m beginning to wonder…….


Where Is The Sun? January 28, 2018

Nothing but rain here in Seattle.  January is proving to be a long month.  My “garden” is a soggy mess.  ………  But I do have a lot of birds.  Hundreds, well let’s say many, little brown birds of delicate variations in size and pattern of coloring.  Nature is amazing.  However there is no problem in identifying the Northern Flicker – 2 of them visited my deck yesterday morning.

IMG_5100  Lone picture of a greedy squirrel.  The good thing is that he loosens the suet for the little brown birds who come along after he leaves.

The cat is in position for constant bird watching.

IMG_5103  Katerina aka Kat


A Day At The Races March 19, 2017

Filed under: Bicycling,Bike Racing,Sequim Washington,Weather — Janet @ 7:45 pm

It was extremely windy and cold at the Bike Races yesterday in Sequim Washington.  I was a spectator and was able to enjoy the day regardless of the weather.  I could retreat to the shelter of our car to watch the drama – or knit or read.  I was watching for son James in his bright blue helmet and Team Apex outfit.  Quite easy to spot as most of the other cyclists dropped out after 2 or 3 laps as the weather was so awful.

James’s starting group, Cat(egory) 3 was quite large.

IMG_2648  Warming up for the race at the Apex tent

IMG_2668    Off they go – Cat 3 group at 9:45.




IMG_2670  As they disappear in the distance

My instructions were to expect to see James in about half an hour.  He estimated a time of 2 1/2 hours to cycle the 60 miles.  1/2 an hour for each of 5 laps.   I had a wave from James after lap 1 or was it 2.


3 hours later here was James

IMG_2682  James in the lead (well of 2 riders – I didn’t know how many riders had rounded this corner already or which group they were in – Cat 3, 4, or 5.   It was confusing to watch and learn anything.  There were 3 groups of riders- Cat 3 started at 9:45, Cat 4 at 9:50, and Cat 5 at 9:55.  Cat 3 riders were supposed to do 5 laps round the 12 mile course.  Cat 4 4 laps, and Cat 5 3 laps  They was a fair degree of overtaking and mixing of the competitors out on the course.  And many dropped out.

A good day racewise despite the weather. Cold and very windy but at  least it didn’t rain n the rain shadow of Sequim’s location.  Several tents were blown down that added to the drama.       IMG_2677             IMG_2675


A Beautiful Morning January 1, 2017

A beautiful morning to start the new year 2017.   We had a dusting of snow last night and welcome sunshine this morning.

img_2120  my latest scarf on display

And my favorite bird, the Northern Flicker reappeared for the fist time in about a month

220px-Northern_Flicker from wikipedia  Northern Flicker



Steller%27s_Jay_b57-3-076_l_1  Steller Jay – ever present

img_2114  and of course a squirrel, entertainment for the cat


Avalanche In Far North Of Norway December 20, 2015

Filed under: Norway,Svalbard Norway,Weather — Janet @ 11:28 pm

Flash news item in today’s (Sunday Dec 20) Seattle Times. Saturday at about 11 a.m. North of the Arctic Circle in Svalbard an Avalanche. – during the time of complete darkness!!  Need I say more.  Norway must be well used to winter snowstorms and avalanches  But this was an even more severe  storm in an area well geared to  extreme storms.  El nino?  A situation graphically described in the book We Die Alone by David Howarth.

406677-norway-avalanche-afp                                                                      9781599210636_p0_v2_s192x300 David Haworth We Die Alone