October 2021

Friday 1: Work has entered a new activity - using 4x4 vehicles to survey the rough country out near Snoqualmie and North Bend. Unfortunately, I don't get to drive one, but then I had plenty of that in Australia anyway. More deer. This time, there was 4 of them. One of our team got himself bogged. My suggestion was simple - "Drive out forw…

September 2021

Wednesday 1: Wow. I went to make a blood donation today and was rejected because my haemoglobin count was too low. It was 12.7 and their lower limit is 13. It's the first time I've ever been rejected, and all I thought was, "OK, I'll just go home then". Looking back on my most recent blood test two weeks ago, it was 12.1 - their range is 12.6 to 17…

August 2021

Monday 2: On our travels today, we got a lot closer to the Pacific Bonsai Museum than most people (having driven into their car park and up to the building), before taking this picture from the road. That night, the kids took over our kitchen, Yes, Duncan is that tall, towering over Julie now. Wednesday 4: Ever since I arrived here, I've …

July 2021

Thursday 1: At Julie's request, I visited the Veterans Museum and took pictures of the uniforms she wore in Guam, but they weren't quite right, so she did some research and found this instead. This is a walk analysis from my PT session today. What it means is that when my lower back is not giving me grief, I can walk normally. …

June 2021

Tuesday 1: I took some pictures for my PT Specialist in Israel. My walking strip. I use this for relatively fast walks for analysis. Go out the door to the path, turn right and go. You can see the golf course in the background. My walking frame. With the strap tensioned, I can now balance a box on it, leaning forward onto the front of the f…

May 2021

Saturday 1: After finding the hummingbird feeder riddled with mould some time ago, we finally got the impetus to put it out again. This time it's in the shade, so a little less likely to go "off". I've picked up a job that I can do! King County (that's the area that contains Seattle) are working on a new Emergency Services Radio Network. What …

April 2021

Monday 1: April Fools Day. We saw some good ones. Saturday 3: Julie was training a new person today in Seattle. She lives in Lynnwood, and between them, they decided that the Lynnwood location would be better for her, and Julie would prefer the nicer people to work with at the hotel in Seattle. So after a conversation with her coordinator, Julie…

March 2021

Monday 1: I thought this was funny, and after I explained my motive (not picking on her), she agreed. She is diligently doing her exercises (MUCH more than I do), and smoking. We both thought it was pretty funny. Julie was minding her own business, until she looked up and saw this. It took me a few moments to get close enough for a decent pict…

February 2021

Tuesday 2: After the week in Vancouver, Julie's work with the Census has continued in Lynnwood, which is a whole lot easier to get to. We went down there late Saturday and met Hamid, with whom she will sharing shifts. He had managed to put the equipment together OK, but didn't seem to have much of a clue about anything else. When she mentioned that…

January 2021

Wednesday 1: Here we are, Happy New Year, with 20-20 hindsight, and I'm working a 12-hour shift. Cancel the stuff about not being able to use my San Serif font back in September. It must have been a one-off, because it's working now! Thursday 2: It's raining here. This is the path on the opposite side on the building from us. Again, we're so …