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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Seattle, Washington in July 2018

We flew into Seattle, Washington the day before the Alaskan Cruise.... I really did not know what to expect of was beyond my expectations. I believe I could go to Seattle and spend a week touring it. We arrived at 10:30 am their time so we had all day and evening to explore.

We had a lay over in Denver, Co...and then about 2 hours on to Seattle. We flew above the clouds most of the way to Seattle. The Pilot came over the speaker and told us we were nearing Seattle....and all of a sudden poking out of the billowing clouds that had been carpeting the sky was a snow topped mountain! This was Mount Rainier.
At 14,410 feet, Mount Rainier is the tallest mountain in Washington and the Cascade Range. The mountain is a massive cone shaped volcano built up by many layers of harden lava. 


This is Mount Rainier at ground level at the Ship Yards

We went straight to our Hotel room when we got off the plane.

We left the Hilton and caught the Lite Rail...a train that cost $6.00 for an all day pass and you can travel all over Seattle and get on and off as many times as you please.  

We headed for Downtown Seattle....not knowing what we were in for!

 Every where you looked....

 The landscaping was beautiful....

There were these HUGE bunches of flowers growing on every light pole.

Target is built into a skyscraper..

it has 3 floors and a side escalator for your shopping carts. Other stores built into the skyscrapers are Walgreen's, McDonald's, Starbucks, Norstrom's and many reminded me of the old days when you went to town to shop...not at malls.

Another thing that got my attention were the buses. They were like 2 buses put together with a huge dryer vent! Most people do not drive into the city to work or shop. Seattle has a wonderful transit system with the buses and the Lite Train.

 Like all Big Cities there is a problem with the homeless

 and drugs

and people just trying to get home after failed dreams.

Soon we walked into Pike Place Market...This is a completely a different world in the City of Seattle...

a completely enchanting world.  

 These pictures are only a drop in the bucket of what is in this Market Place

There are blocks and blocks of open air markets, restaurants and shops.

I would be shopping here if I lived in Seattle.

 The Fishmongers were fantastic!

 I know AJ could eat a dozen or more of these Oysters on the 1/2 Shell!

Fresh Idaho Trout in Washington???? These guys swam a long way......🏊

 We ate some Fish & Chips in the Pike Place Market. It was advertised as Rockfish. We asked what it tasted like and they said it was just another name for Cod Fish. It was delicious and their Clam Chowder was for sure something you would write home about!!!!!

Good-bye Seattle, Washington...I hope I get back to see you again 💙

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Skagway, Alaska in July

We had lovely weather in Skagway.... July of 2018. 
The first thing was the Dog Sledding... or should I really say Dog Carting/with wheels since there was no snow.
Most people think of the Sled dogs as fluffy Siberian Huskeys like portrayed in Hollywood movies
 ... but Alaskan Huskeys are a mix breed. They are called by their owners, the Mushers, as mongrels. They weigh an average of 55 pounds and are usually a mix of Hound, Setter, Border Collie, Greyhound, Whippet and some times Wolf. They are Lean Strong Running Machines. They run the Iditarod Race of 1,150 miles in an average of 11 to 15 days across the Alaskan Wilderness. on pictures to enlarge.....
Teams of 16 dogs go to summer camp to get ready for the race in the winter.  Also the the retired Sled Dogs of about the age of 12 are there at the camp to train the young sled dogs.

 This was our team...the owner has bred these dogs to all be white.
 The dog closest to you is only a pup, 11 months old, and is in training.
If you look at her feet she is also learning to get use to the booties she will wear in the
snow. Without the booties their feet get snow packed.
Half way down the mountain we stopped for a break. The temp was
about 58 degrees and this was very warm for the dogs. They run 
their best in sub zero weather. 
 In Skagway the temp is an average in the winter of 18 degrees and winds 
up to 90 miles per hour.
 This guy was hot!
 After a short break ....
 and a drink of water, down the mountain we went.
 We got up the mountain in a Unimog. 
What's a Unimog you say?
 That,s the huge vehicle that can apparently climb any hill no matter how steep! 
And get you down said hill safely.  
At the bottom of the mountain was a unique little
shopping area.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

I think we are going to have a Mini Pigeon

We have had out Baby Pigeon "Pidge" in the house hand feeding it for about 2 weeks. She is doing so good. She has grown and feather out some...
But when Grampy brought Pidge's nest mate in,  the one that is living in the coop with the parents tending to it, and set him down next to her ....I could hardly believe my eyes!
Our Pidge is so stunted in growth. Her Sibling is at least twice her size. 
We will continue to help her survive...she is a Little Fighter 🌻

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Hand Feeding our Baby Pigeon Squab

 About 10 days ago Grampy discovered we had a pair of Baby Birds.... Usually at this time of year he breaks eggs that he finds in the nests, but these two he missed...sneaky Little Mama Hen.
 He soon noticed that the Parents we not taking care of one of the Little Squabs... the healthy baby of the two was growing and the the othe was not. He knew the Baby would not survive the cold weather and not being fed, so in the house it came. 
He made it a nest in the Bathroom Basin, added an electric heater to keep the temp at about 85 degrees in the closed off bath room, I am sure glad we have more then one Bathroom, and started to hand feed and water it.
The first night we did not think the Little Squab would make it thru the night..I choose not to even look at it... but the the Baby did make it and Grampy continued to feed and water it by hand.  Now the second night and the Baby is still fighting for life and doing a lot better. It is now anxious, makes squeaky sounds and a bit squirmy when it knows it is going to be fed. It is still not out of danger and no guarantee it will make it...but the chances are much better then when we first brought the Baby in. 

This is Grampy feeding the Squab...that I have named
Pidge 🐤 little Pigeon pellets.

Here Pidge is getting a drink of water from an eyedropper... 

Tummy full and plenty of water to keep hydrated...Pidge is so content in Grampy's gentle hands 👐

My Sis, that has had Pet Tropical Birds for years, told me that Breeders that hand feed Baby Birds that have been taken from the nest right after hatching, put a small stuffed toy in with them. They will cuddle the toy and it comforts them.
This is what I did for Pidge and as you can see she Loves her New Nest Mate 💗

Friday, January 19, 2018

Can You Guess What is Going to Happen ?

When the Stanfill Adult Kids get together you never really know what could happen!

One minute you are just sitting there looking around.
Minding your own Business....

Then all of a sudden it happens....

Out of the blue ...with no notice...

and you are tickled to pieces ...
and then everything goes back to normal!
Jen Loves her Bros......   💋

Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Stanfill's at Ploblano Grill......


Because of the cold weather, Christmas came a bit late for the Stanfill's Get Together.  We all met at the Ploblano Grill  on May Ave. and Memorial Road in OKC....a half way point for all of us..

             The Adults sat at a long booth ... 

and the Kiddos  Cousins sat at a smaller booth right next to us. I know these Little Ones felt very grown up not having Parents or Grandparents breathing down their necks...and they acted just like Mini Adults. Moms and  Dads you should be proud   😊                                                                                

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Whole Foods Market

 Please Click on pictures for a better look!
Every so often, on a week-end, Jen & Madison demand I spend the day with them in Oklahoma City. This Sunday, April 27, 2014, we went to the Whole Foods Market, a completely Organic Grocery Store. Some might say "well Big Deal! a grocery store" but it just so happens I have never been there.
 When we first entered the store we were in the Produce Dept. It looked pretty normal until I started looking close. I soon discovered items I do not see in my regular Grocery Store.
 There was White Asparagus. [The main difference  between white and green asparagus is that the Green needs light to gain its color whereas the White needs to be kept out of light to keep it white. ]  I have never eaten the White....but I LOVE the Green.
Then I saw this oddity, Green & Orange colored Cauliflower. [Green cauliflower — a cross between cauliflower and broccoli — is slightly sweeter than white cauliflower when raw and tastes more like broccoli when steamed.  Orange cauliflower has slightly higher levels of beta-carotene. A 1-cup serving of boiled cauliflower, any color, contains a whopping 91.5 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin C.]
Well these stopped me in my tracks. I actually had to read the sign and then smell them to make sure they were what they said to be. Tomatoes......Heirloom Tomatoes. They were nothing  like I have ever seen on my Backyard Hybrid Tomato Vines! [ A hybrid tomato is created when plant breeders intentionally cross-pollinate two different varieties or species, aiming to produce an offspring (hybrid) containing the best traits of the two parents. Heirloom Tomatoes come from seed that has been handed down for generations in a particular region or area, hand-selected by gardeners for a special trait. Heirloom vegetables are open-pollinated, which means they’re non-hybrid and pollinated by insects or wind without human intervention. How experts define heirlooms can vary, but typically they are at least 50 years old, and often are pre-WWII varieties. ] 
Next we came to the cut Flowers....Very pretty.
Then we hit the Fresh Sea Food. Anyone for some Salmon Jerky. Only 20 Bucks a pound!
They even have Salmon Candy....okay?
Now this looked pretty good. Salmon Burgers. I can just see AJ (Grampy) grilling these up for Lunch.
Or maybe a very-very large slab of Salmon.
Crab Legs? YES.. a Fish with a head and eyes looking at Me? NO!
The Red Meat looked Great...but it looked like meat, so not many pictures. But I had to take a picture of these Beauties...Kabobs!
The Chicken also looked good and fresh....but when you see one naked chicken you have seen them all. But the Asian Marinated Chicken was putting me in the Drool Mode.
The Bulk Foods were endless. Every staple you could think of was there. Lots of Herbs & Spices, Trail Mixes, Candied Fruit, Rices, it just went on & on. They also had aisles of boxed, canned and frozen foods. After going up & down every aisle we finally came upon the Food Bar. 
This was what I had been waiting for! There was salads, hot foods and soups. I opted to get my lunch off of the Bar. The bar was charged by the pound. Jen & Madison went the other direction. I circled the 3 Food Bars about 3 times. I had no idea what some of the stuff....I mean food, was. I must be very honest, nothing looked good! But this was my day to try things I had only read about.
  As I said Madison & Jen went the other way of Healthy Food. Madison had a Roast Beef Sandwich and a piece of baked Egg Plant wrapped around some cheese and covered in a Marinara Sauce. Jen had Pizza and a piece of Carrot Cake. 
I had Grains!!!! and Veggies and a tiny cup of Corn Chowder. Can you find the Lemon Rice, the Polenta, Couscous, Quinoa, Lentils, Tofu, Bulgur Wheat and grilled Egg Plant? I did eat it all. Would I go this route again ? are you kidding me! Madison said to Me as we were leaving "Mimi are you craving some Greasy French Fries?". and she was right I was. From there we did a bit of shopping in the City and about 2 hours latter I was starving! I beg Jennifer to stop and let me get an Ice Cream Cone. She said no she was not contributing to my waist line getting larger, but she did invite AJ (AKA Grampy) over for dinner she was grilling Burgers......TURKEY BURGERS!!!!!!!
Oh by the way I did not purchase any thing from Whole Foods....way to expensive for my taste!
It is time to get those Humming Bird Feeders out ♥