Thursday, April 30, 2009

Where are you?

Fort Bragg, California  or  Shoreline, Washington.

Folks new to my blog wonder why I call it Walking Fort Bragg when I'm Walking Shoreline?

Well, I'm currently on assignment!  I am the primary caregiver for my 93 year old mother-in-law.  At the end of May my wife will arrive, take over and I will return to Fort Bragg. California.  Yes, we are ships passing in the night but hey!  We're doing a good thing!

To give you an idea of where Shoreline is in relation to Seattle, here's a map.  I've also indicated Highway 99, what is now called Aurora Avenue I took photos of yesterday.


Okay.  Back to business!

At 4:55 this morning the first Robin burst into song!

The sun started arriving on the Olympics at 6:30.

Honest officer,  I was only doing 3 miles per hour!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Walking to Aurora

One of those soft misty mornings.

Aurora Avenue.  I knew it as Highway 99.

The nursery at Home Depot caught my eye.

And then the backside of some of the shops along Aurora.

I could spend hours shooting stuff around here but

time to head back to Margaret.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Signs of the times

Shoreline was "out in the burbs" back in the day.  Large lots and a lot of modest homes.  Country living.

Now density is the thing.  Affordable housing.  Scrape off the bungalow and pile on the condos.

Density is probably a good thing but...

Meanwhile, here is my morning walk bonus photo.  I was shooting the sign but didn't notice the walkers until I uploaded this image onto my computer.  Cool happenstance!

This just in.  It is an ad but it is really nicely done. Click the go button, get your cursor out of the way and turn up the sound.  Perfect!

Saturday, April 25, 2009


I am unable to wheel my 93 year old mother-in-law around to her back yard because her wheelchair has those narrow hard rubber tires.  Yesterday I asked her if she would like to ride in the back of her riding mower's utility trailer.


Loaded up and putting on a sun hat.

Ready to roll!

Perfect!  A view of her house she has not been able to see for several years.

Now I ask you, how many 93 year old people would say "Sure!"?
What a treat, for both of us.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Morning Light

Not bad for hand held in early morning light.
Yesterday afternoon the neighbor brought over his pet.

It became quite agile after it warmed up in the afternoon sun.

Quite amazing.  This guy is two years old.  That is an ear opening in the lower left of this photo.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Tragedy on 8th Avenue

But, oh well.

It's just an opossum.  Right?

Meanwhile life goes on.

Returning from my walk I notice two things; the Olympic Mountains are missing and it is garbage collection day.

Am I blue?  You'ld be too...

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Ah! This is more like it!

What a difference a day makes, twenty four little hours!
Seventy four sunny degrees yesterday.  Fifty four drizzly degrees today.

Perfect for visiting a "big box" store.  I needed some work gloves and a night light bulb.  Of course Home Depot had 'em.  This Home Depot is a two mile round trip walk from grannie's house.

One of my readers sent in a comment telling me the flower I was wondering about yesterday is a Star Magnolia.  I Wikipedia-ed it and it is quite a plant!  Granny and I revisited it yesterday afternoon so I could take some better photos.

The information said they grow to around 20 feet tall.  I'd say this one is well on its way!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Me an Granny McGee

Song titles come to mind recently!  ShortLegs caught yesterday's effort!

Anyway, here's the Olympics at 6:10 this morning.  The days are getting longer!

I visited PCC this morning to replenish my oatmeal supply from their bulk section.

I really like this store and I'm pleased to see they are still in business.

I noticed this amazing tree.  I have no idea what it is but it sure is something!  I see I'm a bit out of focus and may have to revisit with a tripod.

If you look close you can see last season's christmas lights are still in place!