Wednesday, January 18, 2017

From Baby Clara to Dreaming the Dream December 2016 in Seattle

From Baby Clara to Dreaming the Dream December 2016 in Seattle

Late November Clara was born into the Steakley/Dicker family. Our Grandparent skills once again called upon by a newborn. We had to brush up but it did not take as long to feel right at ease since Drew is just 3 years her senior. Clara seems calmer, more patient, and easy going compared to her brother, but that may just be that everyone around her is much more secure in newborn care. Her dad wondered aloud "How do you hit the red hair lottery twice?"

Drew mixed with happiness and concern of having to share his domain now And Clara cutting those eyes like, "I'm the Baby, You're Not"

This incredible being closes the circle on the nuclear third generation of our family. It takes a strong willed spirit to have this this position in this family!

More time at Pocket Beach with Drew. the little cove is always calm except for the waves that come from far out in Elliot Bay from passing tugs and ferries.

The Downtown Christmas tree is still showing the effects from last years tree climber who made it to the top and stripped the upper branches to toss down at police encouraging him to climb down.

After Thanksgiving and when the Holiday shopping starts to peak, the annual Christmas Demonstrations happen in Downtown Seattle, we were reminded of this after a walk down to Macy's to get a couple of items. A whole row of motorcycle police waiting to escort the demonstrators around town. A good time for us to be on our way home.

This city goes all out for Christmas, every window is decorated to the max.

When you see several news helicopters overhead you know the Demonstration is about to begin.

It's a Snoopy Christmas

We are experiencing a REAL Seattle winter this year. Lots of rain in the lowlands, record snow pack in the higher elevations and Glorious Sunny days in-between storm systems. 

Everyone emerges on the Sunny days to take in the sights and marvel at the incredible snow capped Olympics and Cascades. 

Yeah, it's chilly but its Sunny! The traditional winter of highs in the 40's and overnight lows in the 30's are 10 degrees cooler this winter with day time highs in the 30's and overnight lows in the 20's.

This is the traditional parade route for all the big parades n Seattle. That long line is 4th avenuse and we live on 1st so it is always a short walk to get in the mix.

The Seattle Sounders are the 2016 MLS Champions! We are big Sounders fans so we made sure to get in this parade.

Seattle Center is huge so you can squeeze thousands in for the Celebration.

A few people did not show up at work today.


Head Coach Brian Schmetzer getting mobbed by the Supporters

Ozzy presenting the 2016 MLS Cup

Dempsey had the Last Word!

The Space Needle glowed all Week for the Sounders.

A few days later we walked down to the Pro Shop at Century Link field to see, touch and get a picture with the 2016 MLS Cup.

Scarfs Up!

Meanwhile my old sailing buddy Mark who lives in Fort Collins, CO sends this.
I guess its cold in Colorado!

But Mark is managing to stay warm in the garage fixing up his new 1960 Austin Healey.

We walk by the public radio station on the way to get groceries. There is often free live music at KEXP so we just pop in. 

Our 5th attempt to buy a sailboat ended the same way as the other four, but know we know there is a reason why.

The snow outlines the peaks of the Olympics, I'm trying to find the name of the dome shaped mountain in the center of this picture. 

For the last two years I have been working on a this book. It is almost complete. We are convinced that our recent search for our Puget Sound Boat has led us on a journey dictated by the need to complete this book. Every time we went through the process of trying to buy our next boat we acquired new strategies to  help identify any possible issues with the vessel that could become more than we wanted to manage. Each time I revised the text to include what we learned. Evidently the 5th time is the charm since I feel confident that we have a complete approach to share with others. I hope to have it available on Amazon in early February!

As the last of the low moves East over the Bay we know we will be rewarded with a day or so of sun before the next one moves in. 

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Still Hunting November in Seattle 2016

Still Hunting November in Seattle 2016

The hunt for the "Most Perfect Vessel" continues through November. But there are other activities to offer distractions from boat hunting. Clara is due soon so helping the parents in the 9th month and her 3 year old brother stay busy, fill all the extra time. November brings plenty of traditional Seattle rain and a storm or two passing through as they start their march across the U.S. One of the many things that makes every day special here is living in the valley between the Olympic and Cascade Mountains along Puget Sound. The beauty is a constantly evolving weather, colors and more or less sunlight. Fall is ever present and winter is looming for some and highly anticipated by others who can't wait to spend as much time as possible in the higher elevations. 

Occasionally there is a story of one who test this out.

The mom building the nest.

Finally got to meet Duane on his Catalina 36 at Queen City Yacht Club. Since we are interested in a C36 Duane offered to show me around his vessel. My good sailing buddy has spent several summers sailing Puget Sound and beyond as crew with Duane. Great to have some more local knowledge! 

Baroque and Wine, one of my favorites at Benoroya Hall

Thought we had one, but Felicity failed the test.

Very proud of our oldest grandaughter recieving an award at her high school in Austin.

Whatever she does, the world will be a better place.

Pretty cool that she chose her Great Grandfather for a high school assignment. 

Tinkergarten at Woodland Park. This class is outside no mater what the weather is.

Today the class is in a leanto, the tea is hot. 

Moss Head

Fall colors breaking out.

It's a Peanuts Thanksgiving ni the pumpkin patch.

Teaching Sailing in the rain is the best.

Wow, we came back from dead last to the playoffs!

I like this model of Mainship

Promises to be a great season of snow

Our collection of research in the hunt for the Most Perfect Vessel.

Appears to be a converted work boat.

I walk down the street side of this pier often but I noticed these guys fishing from a out of sight spot. 

I walked down and hung out with them a couple of times. They are a group of Asians who show up here everyday after work around 5pm to fish for squid. You can see by the color of the concrete surface below them that they have been doing this for a number of years. 

Drew has a weekly music class in the EMP museum
Jimi Hendrix exhibit is my favorite.

This exhibit was built by a German scupture, it mechanically plays Jimi Hendrix's" If 6 was 9"

We cfhecked out a sailboat named "Algonquin"

If it ain't raining much then its a good time to get out for a walk. The days are also getting shorter so enjoy what daylight is left at the end of the day. The next 8 pics were taken along the same walk during sunset time. 


Then we took a few shots of the Super Moon

At the Earshot Jazz Volunteer appreciation dinner, drinks and concert.

Donner and Blitzen resting up for a busy season. I heard they ordered all their gifts through Amazon.


These old tugs are still working hard from here to Alaska.

The November Election was foggy.