February 9th, 2019

Good morning!!

Last night the snow turned kind of rainy and the roads and stadium parking lot were wet and snow-free. I was pretty disappointed. But, figured at least I could go swim this morning.

And, then...

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Twitter and Instagram are full of stores and restaurants round here reporting that they are closed. Uwajimaya (the grocery store up the hill) reported that while it's closing its two other stores, the one here will be open from 10-6 which is good to know. I'm guessing that 13 Coins is open since they are always open.

So that's where I'm headed. I'm planning on a snow day bloody mary and a delicious brunch. If it's not too cold, I may well add a walk up to the grocery or just around the 'hood.

Well, that didn't work out so well

13 Coins was open, the kitchen staff was hard at work. They have a 'wait to be seated' policy so I waited and waited and pretty soon there was a crowd of about a dozen behind me and we waited. One guy went and asked the kitchen staff about a seater and was told to wait. Finally a waiter came by and said we had to wait because he was the only server there.

I declared bankruptcy. If/when I ever got seated, getting food seemed like it wasn't going to happen. No biggie.

I figured I'd come home, get breakfast, and then walk up to the grocery. It was still snowing and not very cold - probably just below freezing - and, most importantly, not windy. So I walked around and took pictures and loved the crunch.

But, then, I hit a block where the snow was deep and, in fact, it started to get into my boots. So home. And happy to be here. I have coffee and there are eggs in the fridge and bread for toast. I'm happy.

Oh and it just stopped snowing. It's so clear and crisp. I can see one major avenue from my living room. Usually it has cars backed up and waiting for the traffic light to move. Today, we got nothin. I haven't seen a car go past in five minutes. Oh, wait there is one single van going very slowly.

And Uwajimaya just changed their minds. All Washington State stores closed today. Ok, then. I have power, and food, and entertainment. I don't need to go anywhere.

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I just looked up and saw this. What if the snow is joined by ice and breaks the limbs off the Tree That I Hate?! Oh that would be so nice. Yes, the snow view wouldn't be as nice but the rest of the year would be wonderful.

This is the little hipster bodega (yeah, I get that those words do not go together) in the next block. Wonder if they actually bailed.

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Corner near my house. I think this may be my favorite photo of the 'hood every.

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Now I think I'll pull out my omelette skills...

[Edit] just saw that a new restaurant down the street 'liked' my snow selfie so I sent them a DM asking if they were open for brunch today. they are opening at 11:30! i'll go support a new local business and get a fun meal. that works for me. maybe i'll have some toast to get me to 11:30.

Crunch crunch crunch

I love the sound of walking through good snow. There is nothing like it.

As I was waiting for 11:30 when the brunch place opened, I got a surprise text from ljtourist who had read about my morning adventures and asked if he could join me. He was supposed to be in the Bahamas but his flight got snowed.

The restaurant is a small little place that is lovely and comfortable and cute. Outside was a cafe table and two chairs with a big snowman in one and a little snowman in the other. They had carrot noses and olive eyes and were just adorable.

We walked in and the guy greeted us with "Hi Susan! Welcome!" How can you not love that. The whole experience was just perfect except... the food. I really don't love everything on their menu. I had wanted to try their brunch. I had asked in Instagram if they were open for brunch and he had said yes. They were open but there was nothing brunchy available to eat. Frank liked his fried chicken sandwich but it is too spicy for me. The bloody mary was too spicy, too. The meatballs in my meatball soup were suburb but the soup itself as working hard to get to meh.

But, hey, we supported local biz and the 'hood and our efforts were appreciated.

When I got home, I discovered that the pho place up the street was also open. It would have been a much better choice and, in fact, I think I'll go up there in a bit and get some dinner to bring home.

A couple of years ago, we started having jigsaw puzzles in the lobby of our building. They are fun to share and particularly nice when you are stuck down there waiting. I saw there was a new one but didn't pay much attention to it until today. I went down to be there when Frank got here and discovered that this current puzzle is one that someone had made of the front of this building! What fun!

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The sun is out now and it's so lovely with the snow. They are saying 1-3 more inches tomorrow night. And then, on Tuesday, we are on track to get a repeat of yesterday/last night. Real snowpocolypse!! I may never get to the pool again. I've decided not to worry about it.

Good intentions

So, off to the pho place with my insulated lunch bag to pick up something for dinner. It's a lot colder now than it was and I forgot my hat or scarf so brrrrr. And then, got there, and they were closed. Yep.

I came home and checked their instagram that said they were open to see they had edited it to say they were open til 4.

Oh well. Supporting the neighborhood and local businesses is not as easy as some might think. But I tried.

I also finished off another tiny piece from my latest kit. I actually don't have that much left to do. Maybe a day's worth or two. The other is too big and this is too small. I have a Goldilocks of tiny situation going on.

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For an idea of what goes into making some of these, here are the instructions for that glass bottle and the little pot and the book. Some things you cut out of paper, and some you bend wire, and some you wrap stuff. It's really kind of interesting how they chose to have you build various items.

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But, I have, at least, finally figured out the very best glue to use. Aleene's 33147 Quick Dry Tacky Always Ready. The standing on its head thing is very excellent. It cleans up with water. It's way better/easier on my fingers. It dries really fast and holds with just a dab. Aleene's makes a bunch of different kinds so I originally got the variety pack. All are good but this is best and the applicator pushes over the finish line.

Terri Gordon gave me some tiny tweezers and small scissors that are just perfect. I have some larger tweezers and a smallish roach clip that I use as well. Plus scads of toothpicks and a couple of sizes of binder clips. That's really my base toolkit.

My secondary kit has wire clippers, needle nose pliers, scotch tape and an emery board.

I just realized this would be better in a list.

  • Aleene's 33147 Quick Dry Tacky Always Ready
  • tiny tweezers
  • larger tweezers
  • tiny scissors
  • small roach clip
  • toothpicks
  • binder clips (small and medium sized)
  • wire clippers*
  • needle nose pliers*scotch tape*
  • emery board*



*not critical but handy

Ok, time for some dinner. I think maybe tonight is a good night for Breakfast For Dinner. I'm on it.