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Out With The Old

The year of 2016 is a year of change at the Givens Estate! We have lived here in Snoqualmie and basically not much has changed since we got here! Same old, same old! We brought down a bunch of stuff from the San Juan cabin and furnished one of the bedrooms with some of that furniture. We also bought a new sectional for the family room and also incorporated some cabin tables into the final result! Boy did it change the look of the room, photos below:

The New

The New

We also finally got a nice patio furniture to make the backyard more enjoyable. Very nice to light up a fire without smoking out our upstairs or our neighbors homes.

And finally, after 14 years of very reliable service and just over 225,000 miles, it was time to let go of the old Mercedes ML320! While it was still in great shape, things were starting to go: ABS pump had just gone out, timing chain was rattling, the head was slightly warped, and it had developed a very slow rear engine seal leak. Just too many miles on it to start pumping money into it! We just happened to wander into our local Mercedes dealer and stumbled on this 2014 C300 with only 7,000 miles on it and was a screaming deal! We couldn’t resist and drove her home! Our old reliable found a new home via a donation to Habitat For Humanity Cars For Homes! It was sad to see her go, but it was time. Now we cross our fingers that the Toyota Avalon with 222K on it holds up for a while longer, because we just don’t want two car payments at this time!

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Bye Bye Old Friend

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Time For Change

So we will have another four more years of the Obumble Administration in the White House! I can tell you that I didn’t put him there with my vote! I can also say I didn’t vote for the other guy either. I voted my conscience and for change! Granted, I knew my guy wouldn’t win and some would say that I just wasted my vote! Well my friends, those are the people this video alludes to, the cowards, the uninformed, the lemmings that don’t think anything can change, those only interested in status quo, the ones who won’t watch the video, the ones who will do NOTHING! Many of those who will actually watch, will just laugh it off and go back to their couches. I am hoping many, many, many more though will watch and really think about what is happening here in our great country and DO SOMETHING!!! Watch it a few times! Get out your tea bags and envelopes and mail them to your government representatives. May add a note, saying if they don’t start really working for you, you will fire them! WATCH AND DO SOMETHING!!!

Ahhhhhh Fall

Yes it has arrived and I love it! Fall is definitely my favorite time of year. The days are slowly getting shorter and the nights have that new crispness and nip that is missing throughout the summer. Football has started and the days are getting a little grayer and wetter. We still have plenty of sunny days at this time of year, but the cloudy ones are starting to creep in. These are great days to run in! Soon the trees will be ablaze in reds, yellows, and oranges and the air will have a smell of dying leaves that give it an earthy aroma. It is awesome to live in a place that has actual seasons.

 

Speaking of places that do not, Debbie has been in Southern California the past week taking a class for business. The house is really quiet and lonely with her gone and no more cats creeping around. I miss them, but that doesn’t mean we will be back in the pet realm anytime soon. I have heard word that Alex and Mo have a new kitty but I have only seen a picture of the little fuzz ball. They named it Dwight, after the Office character. I need to go and watch the first episode by the way. So………bye for now!!!

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