Wednesday, August 27, 2008

My New Playground

These pictures never go in the order that I intend them to. This is the ice plant from Marjie, and I can't wait until it lines the streets.

I brought quite a few plants from Snohomish, but with this large of any area, I had to call in the troops. Actually, Marjie and Steve at Auburn Park, our sister park on the other side of Auburn, has THE most beautiful garden ever, and has offered me starts, and a lot of this is from her. She has all kinds of sedum! and lots of other fun stuff too.

There are 150 daffy's and tulips planted in the bricked area.

Yesterday I did the brick work. Part of it by the sign was there, except one row was buried. So I dug those out, moved the top layer to the other side and bought a few more bricks to add to it. I also trimmed back alot of the trees there.

The little spikey plants are Yucca plants from Marjie. I wanted to save the sedum for my yard, but I think they will look real pretty around the bricks.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Geology Lesson

Dave and Clyle have been digging out in the park trying to find the water lines and Clyle has found some really outstanding stuff.

Not long ago a friend of mine said that she was sure that rocks grow, because she can work in her flower bed and get rid of all the big rocks and then a while later she has big rocks in her garden again. It's just one of those crazy things that you think about and wonder..."hmm." I think this example disproves her theory. It is a rock in formation. You can tell that it is sandy dirt, but yet the center is hard as a rock. The outer area is still pretty flaky, but it's fascinating.
This was actually the first thing that he found while digging. It is a fossilized sea shell. It apparently filled with sand inside the shell, then the sand formed the rock but left pieces of the shell still attached.
This is the bottom side and you can see the shape of the shell where the white is.
This was today's find. It is petrified wood.
Oh yes, and this is the young geologist that made the discoveries. Can't wait to see what he finds tomorrow! Sorry the picture is blurry.

Saturday, August 9, 2008


No pictures this time, just some thoughts. There is a new manager at Plantation and I think I went twice last week for training and maybe I'll only go once this coming week which I know will make a huge difference here.

For the first time I was able to actually take a lunch break this week! It felt so good just to lock the door and put a sign up and kick back for a few minutes without feeling terribly guilty.

I am starting to get a few chores done that I've been asked to do. I got a huge project done Friday that actually took both Dave and I all day to do, but it is DONE! My next project is huge data base and I've been working on it tonight. I actually woke up at 5am and started thinking about it this morning, so I got up and worked on it for a couple hours and then went back to sleep and slept like a baby until 10am.

I called in a tow truck today (Saturday) for some problem parking problems and shook the residents up a bit. I think it will be a better week with parking problems next week.

So, there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel. I've also gotten a couple more boxes ng unloaded so there's a little more walking room in the living room.

I even had a little time to do some scrapping today!! My scrapspace is partially done, and enough to use it anyway. Clyle is sharing the room, but I have to say that his space is getting smaller all the time.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Northwest Trek

We finally got away this weekend and went to Northwest Trek. We've been wanting to go there for the last few years but it was too far away. Now we're less than an hour's drive away. We went there one time when Carla and Skip were little and I don't think that Christy was even born. Needless to say it has changed drastically since then.

The tram ride tour was good and there was only one animal that we did not see, and that was the moose. But we had a very close encounter once at the Olympic game farm, so wasn't too worried about not experiencing it again. Dave got what we thought were going to be some real good pictures of the mountain lion, but weren't as good when we saw them up close. This one was pretty good though.
The Bison were breathtaking as usual. I never realized that the layer of hair on the front of the male is for their protection as they fight other Bison.

This mountain goat was quite photogenic.

It was rutting season and this male was keeping his female from rejoining the heard. The males have the pointy horns for fighting and the females have curved one so that they can nudge their young along with hurting them.

Even though this guy was pretty sleepy, he is by far my all time favorite, the black bear.
Clyle also really enjoyed the day and we are enjoying having him around and going places with us.