Saturday, May 23, 2020

Checked out 59th Ave on my way to the river and it has some cute bungalows. Today was the first day I forgot about "that" and felt normal. Hopefully not just a false sense of security.

The river was super busy – several tugs (one towing a boom of logs so long it took about 15 minutes to pass me), sailboats, motorboats, even sea-doos (boo). Also herons and a bald eagle. The pink Nootka roses planted over a hundred years ago are in full bloom.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Name that bird

I never imagined being mad at a bird before (unless it's a seagull stealing a sandwich). But what the heck is this bird doing flying back and forth at 3:30 am? I guess it's getting a head start marking its territory, but come on, the other birds are still asleep. It kept me awake this time last year as well, which was the first time I'd ever heard it. Anyone know what it is so I know where to focus my rage?

Update: I think it's a Pacific Wren alarm call. Photo, and second recording on this page. Adorable. Loud...

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Craft corner

Not as simple as it looks if you have a large mutant head, or your ears are apparently in the wrong place. I ended up combining and adapting the nice fit and shape of the pattern from these guys (pdf link in their FB) with the Olsen mask which is shapeless and kind of ill-fitting at the face but works better at the ear part. Lining fabric and elastic from small local shop Spool of Thread who are still open for pickup and delivery. It's the first time I've been crafty in a while, and it's just as aggravating as I remember!