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Debbie Has Left The Building


So after 33 years at the Port of Tacoma, Debbie has finally closed the door to her office one last time! She started as a computer programmer back in 1986 and finished up as Director of Systems and Business Process. She was also the Public Records Officer for the Port and Northwest Seaport Alliance. During her tenure at the port she oversaw and implemented many projects, processes, and upgrades to the port’s systems. Her career there had her managing most of the port’s internal systems, to then managing the IT department team. She guided the big Y2K brewhaha which went without a hitch and implemented a big systems change that kept her away from home for days once! She climbed the ladder all on her own and we are very proud of her! Now she gets to enjoy the next chapter in life which leads to who knows where. One thing is for certain though, she will not just sit in a rocking chair on the front porch watching the world go by!







Some Fun Memories Over The Years
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Vacation 2013 Part II

Part two of our main vacation was not as fun, full of hard work, but very rewarding! After our big camping trip to Oregon and California, we cleaned up the trailer and then shot up to the Island cabin on San Juan Island to get the rest of the flooring done! We had to clear out all of the rooms of furniture before the installers showed up, that was the extent of our work. They installed and then we put the place back together! It turned out fantastic!! We couldn’t have picked a better color and type for the cabin. It also smells much better in there now that the old dank musty carpet is now out. Now we will turn to the bathroom flooring and the “Man Cave” out by the garage! Slowly we are turning our ugly duckling into a swan!

San Juan Cabin Work In Progress

We have been working and a working on our little get away in the woods. Below are some before and after pictures of our handiwork so far!

Living Room Before

Living Room Before

Living Room Later

Living Room Latest

Kitchen Before

Kitchen After

Bathroom Before

Bath After

Bath Before

Bath After

Laundry Room Before

Laundry Room After

Laundry Room Before

Laundry Room After

Guest Bedroom Before

Guest Bedroom After

Master Bedroom Before

Master Bedroom Later

Master Bedroom Latest

Main Bath Before

Main Bath After

Loft Before

Loft After

Said Goodbye to Patience

Our little cute rescue cat Patience has a new home! After trying for two and a half years of trying to battle her peeing in inappropriate places, we had to give her up. We tried everything possible. She began by peeing on our bed when we first got her. She even pee’d on Debbie while she was in the bed. We then kept her out of the bedroom when we weren’t home. I then discovered she was peeing in my office against the wall and onto the carpet. The carpet was saved, barely, and I had to close the office door to keep her out of there. Then she would squirt on things left on the floor…..shoes, suitcases, etc. We had tried everything possible, different litters, catboxes, she had her own space to do her business, even an animal communicator. After the communication session, we thought we had it licked. Debbie was saying she kept smelling cat pee. We thought it was just the litter box and tried to keep it as clean as possible. Then the other day, she came home and started looking around in the living room and discovered about five feet of base board and carpet along it saturated. Also soaked in pee was a leather chair, which luckily was cheap. Thank God she spared our $1400 leather sofa! This was the last straw. There was no way to keep her out of the room and now, no way to keep her.

We contacted Best Friends Animal Sanctuary which was where we got her. They have a policy that they will take the animal back for any reason we could no longer care for the animal. I had also put up a message on one of our local message boards to see if anyone would take her, not really expecting to get a positive result. Boy were we surprised when a very kind-hearted woman near us offered to take her in understanding all her issues. We met, introduced her to Patience, cleared the adoption with Best Friends, and she went to her new home last night.

Meeting her new cat friend and checking out the new digs!

Playing and adjusting!

Settling in!

We are so happy to have her nearby so we can visit her and hopefully she will have more social time and may stop with her bad behaviors. Meanwhile, Cordell is doing just great! Now we have some home repairing to do. Wish us luck!!

Winter Has Arrived

Finally we are looking at a wintry wonderland for the first time this season. It would have been nice if this had happened at Christmas and up until just now, we have had a very uneventful winter this year! La Nina didn’t sock us into multiple snow storms like last year and I am kind of glad because I am driving articulated buses now and they are horrible in ice and snow. This wintry weather is supposed to last the next four days and I am not looking forward to going to work tomorrow!

Our Holidays were nice. We hosted Thanksgiving at our house and our friends Larry & Lynette hosted Christmas. So it was a family affair on both occasions. For New Year’s we headed up to our long time friends the Hillstroms in their brand new home on San Juan Island. They have a beautiful waterfront home overlooking the sound. We have always loved the San Juan’s and Friday Harbor and have thought about maybe retiring there among the other places that we consider. Well we have taken the first step into making that possibility a reality. We were walking about and found a wonderful smaller home we are calling “the cabin” for sale. We contacted a realtor we know there and had him come open it up and show us. We decided it was a deal we couldn’t pass up and made an offer a few days later after we returned home. After some offer counter offer volley, we came to an agreement with the seller and are now moving through the financing process. Until we have the keys in our hot hands, I hold off on providing the details until later but we are very excited!! I am also working on possibly what will start out as a side career that I am hoping flourishes into something I can do full-time! Again, I’ll hold off on the details until I get a better idea on how it is going to work out but I think 2012 is going to be a great year…..(knocking on wood)!

I Rescued A Human Today

Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels.   I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her.  I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn’t be afraid.

As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage.   I didn’t want her to know that I hadn’t been walked today.   Sometimes the shelter keepers get too busy and I didn’t want her to think poorly of them.

As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn’t feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone’s life.

She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me.  I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her.   Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship.

A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.

Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms.    I would promise to keep her safe.  I would promise to always be by her side.   I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes.   I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor.   So many more are out there who haven’t walked the corridors.   So many more to be saved.  At least I could save one.

I rescued a human today.

By Cordell

Hello……???

Rrriiiiinnnnggg,
rrriiiinnnngg,

‘Hello?’

‘Hi honey. This is daddy. Is mommy near the
phone?’

‘No, daddy. She’s upstairs in the bedroom
with Uncle Gabe.’

After a brief pause, daddy says,
‘But honey, you haven’t
got an Uncle Gabe.’

‘Oh yes I do, and he’s upstairs in the room
with mommy, right now..’

Brief Pause……….

‘Uh, okay then, this is what I want you to
do. Put the phone down on the table, run upstairs and knock on the bedroom door
and shout to mommy that daddy’s car just pulled into the driveway.’

‘Okay, daddy, just a minute.’

A few minutes later the little girl comes back to the phone.

‘I did it, daddy.’

‘And what happened, honey?’

‘Well, mommy got all scared, jumped out of
bed with no clothes on and ran around screaming. Then she tripped over the rug,
hit her head on the dresser and now she isn’t moving at all!’

‘Oh my God!!! What about your Uncle Gabe?’

‘He jumped out of the bed with no clothes on, too. He was all scared and he jumped
out of the back window and into the swimming pool. But I guess he didn’t know
that you took out the water last week to clean it.’

 

‘He hit the bottom of the pool and I think he’s dead.’

Long Pause………..

Longer Pause……….

Even Longer Pause………….

Then daddy says, ‘Swimming pool?’

‘Is this 486-5731?’

No, I think you have the wrong
number…….!

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