December 2018

Wednesday: I took Julie to the VA Hospital today for a consultation with an Ear Nose and Throat specialist. This man is by far the best doctor we have seen since I moved here, and therefore by far the best specialist. His enthusiasm came across as exceptional caring and empathy. The end result is that right after we get back from our mini road trip…

November 2018

I finally managed to get a decent picture of one of our hummingbird visitors, These little guys are only about 3 inches long, with VERY thin beaks that can get down into the slots in the base of the feeder, which other birds can't do. Ah, the dumb things we do sometimes. I was Dead Ending some cables this week, which involves stripping a len…

October 2018

With hummingbirds around, we bought a feeder and filled it with the correct mix of just sugar and water. Julie has seen them a few times, but they don't stay yet. Yay! I finally caught up with one. [wonderplugin_video videotype="mp4" mp4="https://www.fiddaman.info/website/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/1810054381.mp4" webm="http://www.fiddama…

September 2018

As you know, I missed the excitement of CenturyLink Field and returned to work there recently. One of my ways of enhancing the guest experience is to offer to take a picture of the party as they arrive, or sometimes, once the game has started. In this case, the party included Dave and his daughter, son and daughter-in-law. From time to time, I woul…

August 2018

For some time now, I have been making a small difference in the world, and I figured it was about time I “came out”. I have multiple loans to people all around the world via Kiva. I have 12 loans that have been repaid in full and another 7 loans currently active. One of those is to an artisan in Indonesia, where I am loaning to him for th…

July 2018

The balcony garden continues to flourish, mostly. I had to replace the capsicum. The tomato continues to tower over the parsley and strawberry. It’s now about 5 feet tall. If Julie thought my hands were dirty after working with grease and oil, imagine what she’d say to there! Not as bad as it looks though. It’s just from working with alu…

June 2018

With the local Seattle Jets field hockey club putting on a social tournament in mid August, as my contribution, I am making 2 sets of goals out of aluminium tubing, which can be disassembled for transport and storage. This is the sample of the top left front corner. The one marked with yellow writing is the crossbar, the other square tube is the up…

May 2018

At least on this job, the supervisor told me that equipment was damaged when I collected the box. You can see the remains of the hose fitting still in the “Easy Out”. This one was an interesting piece of repair work on a job site. A backhoe operator had flipped a bundle of cable over and had damaged one of them. On inspection, I could see …

April 2018

After a battle to get it done in time before the Oregon registration expired, the truck now sports shiny brand new Washington plates. Combined with a Residential Parking Permit, for those days when I have the day off but it’s not a public holiday, and I won’t have to move the truck every 2 hours. Buddy with the softball I pulled out o…

March 2018

Still in Grants Pass, and for us, a late start. The rising sun illuminating the snow capped peak, from the balcony of our room. Somewhere up in the mountains of Southern Oregon: “Ooh, there’s a sign for a covered bridge. Let’s take a look!” And we did. The view of the sunrise from the balcony of our room in Portland. We a…