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Martha explains it all

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

No, not my sister. The Other Martha.

I hate to say it, but I have a list like this. In Excel, no less. But it’s the only way to keep myself on track.

Note that I have much different things on mine. (You can’t trust a gal with a dog sitting on  her pillow.) Mine has things like “meditate” “Spanish lessons” as well as the ever popular WASH THE DISHES.

What’s on your “daily” list?

TGIF #33

Friday, August 13th, 2010
Elephant Log- Tofino Beach

Elephant Log- Tofino Beach

Well, another Friday’s upon us. Hope you all have some fun plans for the weekend. Summer is just slipping right on by, isn’t it? This weekend, I’m planning a visit to the Jefferson County Fair. It’s a great way to catch up on friends & see all the wonderful things that go on in our little part of the world.

And I found the perfect thing to wear @ the Olycap Thrift shop. Not one, but TWO cowboy shirts with pearl snap buttons. I think I’ll wear the one with the gold threads… I know I”m supposed to be decluttering, but pearl snap buttons…

Here’s some silly stuff to get your weekend started:

I heart my library!

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010
Port Townsend Library

Port Townsend Library

I guess I should confess first of all, that I’m probably a librarian at heart. And certainly a power-patron. I have 3 current library cards- Pt Townsend, Shenandoah County & San Miguel de Allende. Some of the best times of my last year have been volunteering @ libraries. In fact, I noticed that right after I moved to Pt Townsend, the circulation statistics were way up- it made the front page! (Slow news wk, I guess…)

The library is an old Carnegie building, so it has a lot of charm, if not a lot of room. But they cooperate with the Jefferson County library, based in Pt Hadlock, so the collection is much larger than is apparent.

I know that most libraries have the cool on-line catalog, so that you can look up a book/CD/DVD & reserve it. I love walking in, showing my card & picking up a stack of books they’ve held for me. Almost as much as browsing the shelves & finding something it never would have occurred to me to order.

PT’s library has some extra goodies, though, thanks to the tireless volunteers and Friends. Many people come to PT for a short stay, so the library has rounders of paperbacks with pink stickers. They are donated books, and don’t even need to be checked out, just returned eventually. There’s also a rack of $1 cheap reads, and a bin of recent (donated) magazines to read, collage, whatever.

There are also no fines @ the PT library (for books- DVD’s are another matter), but there’s a conscience bank, so that you can fine yourself.

My latest library discovery is that with just a library card, I can sign up for Mango language lessons, so I’m working on my Spanish. Thanks, library!

What’s your favorite library service/hack?

While I was gone…

Thursday, August 5th, 2010
My little garden

My little garden

Aren’t plants magical? I was off vagabonding, and my faithful little plants just kept right on growing… When I left for Toronto, they were just little guys, and I came back to a thriving garden. There are 2 tomatoes (Stupice and sweet millions, 3 basil plants & a zucchini.) Big thanks to my landlords, who kept them all watered for me. What a wonderful welcome home!

Apologies to all (including my dad- who emailed to make sure I was still alive!) for the blog-lapse. I’m back in PT now, after a 3 week trip to Toronto & New England with my Señor. For privacy’s sake, I’ll just refer to him as Señor on the blog. I’ve been struggling a bit with how to keep blogging w/out turning it into a TMI (too much info) sort of thing, so I think that’s a good compromise. (And no, he’s Canadian, not Mexican, although we met in Mexico.)

I’d never been to Toronto, or spent more than a few days in New England, so it was a terrific trip into unknown (for me) territory. In between laundry loads, I’ll try to upload some pix.

Mostly, we were exploring Toronto, Señor’s hometown, which is a fabulous city. From the air, all that’s visible is green, a few skyscrapers and Lake Ontario. There are so many distinct neighborhoods… we hit as many as we could, but there are still more.

One of the highlights was getting to see my sister & her family who live in NH. I’d never been to their home before (we’ve met up in other places) and I was just totally awed by their surroundings. We took a tram up to the top of Cannon Mountain and hiked around a bit- we could see nearly forever. And that’s practically in their backyard. I can see why they love it so much!

I could go on & on about all we saw (and probably will, in later posts.) But I think what I’ll remember most are the people that I met and the food!  Señor (and his whole extended family) are serious foodies. So I was eating some of the best food in the Northeast. (and eating, and eating. I’m not going near a scale for a while!) My favorite? Probably the poutine, in all its various incarnations. I even had Italian poutine (french fries, slathered in marinara sauce. Mmmm..) I never did try the sweet potato poutine, although I’m sure I will in the future. In fact, I think poutine deserves its own post…

At any rate, that’s it for now. It’s good to be back, and I should be around until the end of Oct, except for a few short trips. Hasta luego!