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Thu May 21, 2015 at 10:12 AM PDT

Updated: Unarmed men shot by police

by Elizaveta

Olympia, WA

Yes, the young men are black.  

The two young men (brothers) allegedly shoplifted some beer from a major grocery store. According to the boys' mother, "They don't carry guns, they carry skateboards." She is sure this is a case of mistaken identity. One young man is in critical condition, the other is stable. Thankfully, neither is dead. Their mother says she has discussed Ferguson with her sons and taught them to be respectful to the police.

From the news story:

Two men suspected of attempting to steal beer from the west Olympia Safeway were shot by an Olympia police officer early Thursday morning.

Employees at the Safeway at 3215 Harrison Avenue W. reported about 1 a.m. that two black men had attempted to steal beer and when confronted by employees, threw the items at them and fled, according to a news release.

An officer found two men matching the description a short distance away and a few minutes later notified dispatch that he had been involved in a shooting.

Preliminary reports were that both men had been shot in the chest. One suspect is in stable condition at Tacoma General Hospital. One is in critical condition at Providence St. Peter Hospital, according to Olympia Police Chief Ronnie Roberts.

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An investigation is under way.
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What is a weed? According to my friend, Merriam Webster, it is "a (1) :  a plant that is not valued where it is growing and is usually of vigorous growth; especially one that tends to overgrow or choke out more desirable plants."

The above photo is a small section of what was, up until this past spring, the vegetable garden. I've retired this well-used piece of ground, and it is now covered in weeds and old veggies gone to seed. The patch looks a little like a wildflower meadow and is busy with bees and other insects and a hummingbird or two.

Don't get tangled in the twisting, orange vine as you follow me down the garden path for more.

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May 3, 2015
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

We were met by a guard bird:

There are a couple of nice trails created just for humans at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, but many areas are reserved for the critters we're supposed to be sharing this planet with. It's possible to observe and take a few photos without straying from the paths.

More photos lightboxed (but with few comments offered) for your listening pleasure below the little orange nest.

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Quick post as I need to leave to take my son to school (my heart is racing even though he's not at this school):

In Thurston County in Washington State--no one was hurt:

Nobody was hurt during a shooting that was reported at North Thurston High School Monday morning, according to district spokeswoman Courtney Schrieve....Schrieve said she heard reports that the gunman was taken down by AP Government teacher Brady Olson.

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My son figures more and more kids are grabbing for guns when they're pissed off instead going for just a plain old-fashioned fight.

More on that teacher here.

What a world. At least no one was hurt and the hero of the day was unarmed.

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Sun Apr 12, 2015 at 04:00 PM PDT

DK Quilt Guild: Heartfelt

by Elizaveta

Heartfelt: more than a heart made of felt
The word “heartfelt” has two definitions, says my friend Merriam Webster: 'deeply felt' and 'very sincere.' Handmade gifts, according to me, make use of both definitions with the giver using the latter, the receiver, the former. Follow me below the orange ribbon to see some gifts that touched my heart and were deeply felt.
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Wed Apr 08, 2015 at 08:32 AM PDT

The Daily Bucket: An orchard view

by Elizaveta

I spent the last few sort-of-sunny days outside dividing my time between mulching the orchard and preparing the new veggie garden. Yesterday, it rained, so I put together this Bucket instead of getting busy with some indoor tasks that needed my attention.

Just step over that knotted piece of baling twine for more:

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...where'd ya get that peeper?:

Click on the pic for a closer look

On the bathroom wall, according to my son. I was weeding in the herb garden yesterday afternoon when he came out of the house to show me what he found when he was getting ready to take a shower. He set it free after a quick photo-shoot and went back in to wash off some of that animal magnetism.

The nights have been full of the songs of the peepers (also known as Pacific chorus or tree frogs) in the wetland for several weeks now, and I hear them off and on around the house. It's almost impossible to actually find one--they show themselves when they want to--and where they want to, evidently.

On another note, I disturbed a woolly bear caterpillar while I was weeding, and it immediately curled up to protect itself. I set it under the sage bush, out of the way, to recover--when I looked back to check on it and maybe get a photo, it was gone. It's not unheard of to see them this time of year, but they're more common in the autumn.

Your turn: What's peepin' and creepin' in your neck of the woods?

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"Procrastination is the practice of carrying out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones, or doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, and thus putting off impending tasks to a later time, sometimes to the "last minute" before the deadline." More on my thoughts on that mouthful below that  meandering orange thing.
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When I left home, I took a job working in the woods building hiking trails. Then I went to college, but after two quarters, I fled to the woods again to work on forest fire crew. I gave college a few more quarters, and then dropped out and headed for Colorado where I washed dishes in a resort restaurant in the afternoon and evening, hung out in the restaurant bar with my friends until closing, and then got up in the morning to ski until it was time to go back to work (oh, to be 20 again). I once overheard my mother say to my aunt, who had asked her what she thought of all my adventures, “Oh, you know, she’s just determined to not get a job like all the other girls.”

My mother thought that when I grew up, I should live in an apartment in the city, work in an office, and drive a little red sports car. She even had a wardrobe (that included skirts and heels) and hairstyle in mind for me. When I expressed an interest in writing, she suggested I marry a writer or an editor. None of that sounded all too healthy to me.
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Join me below the representation of a twisted expectation for more:
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Mon Dec 15, 2014 at 10:55 AM PST

The Daily Bucket: Showing off

by Elizaveta

Yesterday, I cleaned my kitchen window, which was in sore need of cleaning, and I was rewarded for my industry. This morning I finally captured one of the hummingbirds that has been hanging out at the feeder under the eaves (there are two that I know of). I have a dozen+ shots of a blurry blob, and one with clear detail right down to the little bird's tiny feet, so I have to show it off:

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The seed feeders are getting regular visits from Rufous-sided Towhees that land heavily and cause the feeders to swing wildly, little song sparrows, and Oregon Juncos. Nothing unusual there, but I've never had hummers here this late in the year.

I've also never had my hens produce eggs this close to the winter holidays, but they are, and we're making good use of the eggs while we wonder about the off timing.

Your Turn: An open bucket this morning. Please help fill it with contributions to my usual tendency to procrastinate and to give me periodic distractions from some tedious paperwork. What's going on in your neck of the woods?

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Sun Dec 07, 2014 at 04:00 PM PST

WAYWO: Now is the winter of my hygge

by Elizaveta

This winter I’m working on getting rid of items that I’ve stuffed into closets and haven’t looked at in years. I've started going through all the of wool, yarn, fabric, knitting needles, and patterns to figure out which tools and materials I need to finish a smaller list of projects. I’ll sell or donate whatever I can’t use. I don’t like accumulating stuff, so I can be pretty ruthless when it comes to getting rid of it. Usually.

Join me below the over-spun strand of orange wool to read about the dissolve of my resolve.

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The streets trails of Paradise are paved with gold covered in snow. Grab your scarf and mittens and follow me for a walk through Mt. Rainier's early winter wonderland.

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