Thursday, May 10, 2007

A Beautiful Sunny Day in the Pacific Northwest

I spent most of the day running errands.  With the soaring gas prices, I decided to do everything in one day, making a big circle thru the community stopping here and there to get my errands accomplished. It was a beautiful day, sunny and warm enough to use the A.C. in the car.   I bought more bedding plants this afternoon, so can do some more planting the next few days.  Yesterday, I planted a few geraniums and lobelia in hanging baskets.  As I drove into the mobile home park where I live I marveled at the beauty of all the shrubs and plants right now.  So I came home & grabbed my camera and drove back thru the park and took a few pictures to share.  This park has 160 spaces and was laid out in the 1960's.  Whoever did the planning did a marvelous job.  There are so many trees of various varieties, every space has at least one Japanese maple of some sort.  Mine is more of a tree and others are low growing shrub types.  There are rhododendrons, of every size and color throughout the entire park.  The rhododendron is the state flower here in Washington state, so the literally grow like weeds.  I have two in my yard and each year I really have to prune them back so they don't completely cover my house.  Also, almost every space has at least one lilac tree, and several azaelasProbably 95% of the people here keep their yards in good order.  We are required to keep our lawns mowed and if the management sees a yard that's unkept, they leave a notice giving them so many days to mow or clean up, whatever....and if the resident doesn't comply, the management will send someone to do the job and then bill the resident for the work done.  A lot of people, like my next door neighbor, have taken out their grass and put a barrier down and put in rocks or beauty bark...because that of course in the long run is less maintainence.  But, like my neighbor...they also have nicely trimmed hedges, and the other shrubs that we all have.

On another note...Charlie Gibson the ABC evening newscaster from New York, is broadcasting from Seattle for a few days, so if you think of it...turn into ABC evening news and you can see Charlie broadcasting from the outdoor deck at KOMO TV in Seattle.

After a long (way too long) break...my friend Barbara and I are going to a movie Friday.  I think it's been a couple months since we've been able to do that.  Anyway, I think we're going to see "Georgia Rule" starring Jane Fonda, Felicity Huffman & Lindsay Lohan.   If anyone wants to join us, be at my house about 12:30pm and we'll all go together......

I'm so glad to hear that the horrible Los Angeles wild fire is close to being contained.  It has been burning very close to the Los Angeles Zoo and one of my favorite places...Griffith Park. 

I've been distressed that Ms Gabi has been shedding so much.  It seems I vacuum and I hardly get the vacuum cleaner put away and there are little patches of grey or white hair on the carpet.  I know she'd shedding her winter coat (even though she's an indoor cat) and her fur is adapting for the warmer temperatures.  Well, after a whole lot of brushing (which did absolutely no good) guess who had a bath the other day?  She was not happy and she meowed louder than I have ever heard in the past.  I had special cat shampoo recommended by her vet and the water was warm, I spoke softly to her but she still howled.  I had a pile of towels and after I got her rinsed off, wrapped her all up and snuggled her like a baby.  I finally got her dry and she was so fluffy looking...but still I find a little fur here and there.  At least she wasn't mad at me...so that's good.

Well, that's all for now...next time, I'll tell you about the Las Vegas experience.    Until then...........Linda

 

10 comments:

jonibooks1991 said...

I wish I could come and go with you guys but we're leaving about that time for our little trip.   That movie looks really good.  Have a great time.   Our shrubs are beautiful this time of year too, I love them.  

jonibooks1991 said...

I wish I was going to be here I would love to see that movie looks really good.
Have a good time!,  Can't wait to read your next installement but will have to do it on the road.  We're leaving tomorrow right after the mail comes.  Joni

queenb8261 said...

Washington ,ust we ablaze with sxuch colorful foliage. I marveled at how there were hydragea all over this one place we drove around Steilacoom. (Where my son lived when he was stationed at Fort Lewis.)   Thanks for sharing the photos. Do you think Gabi might be shedding because she was stressed because you were gone? I know for a period of time when I was under a great deal of stress I was losing hair terribly.  When the stress ended, my hair stopped falling out. Have a good weekend.
Barb  

mariealicejoan said...

What a beautiful place you live.  Thanks so much for sharing these lovely pictures with us all.  It looks a lovely trailer park.  We do that now as well, try to do all our errands at once so that we can save on the petrol for the car.  Oh well, I guess it's just the age we are living in.  :-)  A little bit of thrift is always a good thing though.
Marie
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jlocorriere05 said...

Your home area looks beautiful Linda, I love to see colour after the dark winter days! Poor Gabi, I hope she stops shedding soon, my two are losing fur right now ready for summer. Katinka has so much, she looks like a giant musk ox walking around! Have a good weekend! Jeannette xx  http://journals.aol.co.uk/jlocorriere05/Welcometomytravels/  

ally123130585918 said...

Linda your Park looks lovely and the blossoms are beautiful ~ what a lovely place to live ~ and what a good idea sending in someone to do the work if the gardens are not kept neat and tidy ~ and to Bill the owners ~ Hope you enjoy meeting up with Barbara and enjoy that film ~ Laughed at you giving Ms Gabi a bath ~ glad she wasn't mad at you :o) ~ Ally x

jeadie05 said...

Linda, I agree your home looks and certainly sounds lovely ,enjoy the film ,send us some of your warm sunshine ,and I am looking forward to the next episode of your trip...love Jan xx

pharmolo said...

Not surprised you're getting bags of furr off Gabi, Linda, she looked well puffed out over the winter period. Keep on brushing, is all there is for it. Personally, I'd never bathe a cat, but you've gone with vet's directions, so that'll be fine. Enjoyed your flowery pics btw

gaboatman said...

The park you live in looks absolutely gorgeous.  I liked the pictures of all the flowering plants and trees.  Our cats are shedding right now, too, and we have been brushing Emmie every evening.  She is getting quite spoiled as she loves the brushing and now almost demands we do it for her, LOL.
Sam

fasttrack58 said...

Oh poor Gabbi all clean and fluffy, lol... My Raisin looks so skinny now since loosing all his winter fur....
Linda :)