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So nice, they named it twice.

gymgeek and I spent the holiday weekend in Walla Walla, Washington. Walla Walla is famous for being the home of the Acme Explosive Co. of Roadrunner fame, the sweet onion capital of the world and the place my parents call home.

The weather was nice and warm. We spent the weekend doing yard work for my folks. The rose bed, that I redid about 3 weeks ago is absolutely glorious. This trip, we moved 9 hills of dahlias from one side of the house to the other, planted the flat of plants Mom and I had bought three weeks ago (poppies, german statice, petunias and snapdragons) and made a tomato and pepper patch on the other side of the house. The little tiller wouldn't start (and John has a blister proving it), so we turned over the beds the old-fashioned way--with a shovel and a spading fork. They looked really nice when we were finished, though.

It's got to be hard for my folks, not being able to do (physically) the things they want to. They both worry about the other's health, and continue to be nagged by my siblings that they should move to the coast.

It's hard for me, though, because while I can appreciate their tiredness, and their frail-ness, I'm not in that space. I think they wear themselves out worrying about things they either (1) can't control or (2) don't take the actions to control. And that makes me frustrated. I hear the same complaints, worries and regrets every time I'm over there. I offer my view on solutions, but they're dismissed as taking too much effort or "you just don't know what it's like". It's hard to continue to muster heartfelt sympathy for some things on the three-hundredth go-round.

And then I feel like I'm being a bad daughter when I think that way. Oh well. I get over it.

We left Walla Walla about 4 yesterday afternoon, and had rain most of the way across the state (it's about a 4.5 hour drive, under normal conditions). At Ellensburg, the state patrol had issued a warning about "heavier than normal traffic" across the Pass and into Seattle. It was a huge rolling slowdown from about Cle-Elum to Issaquah--60 miles of rolling slowdown. Yuck!

And now, we have several weekends in June with absolutely no plans. It's sounding really heavenly.


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May. 28th, 2002 10:10 am (UTC)
Here's a plan: join me and the Duke for coffee/bagel/whatever next Sunday in Seattle. We'll be there for our anniversary.

Let me know, either way.
May. 28th, 2002 10:15 am (UTC)
Sounds great!
On Sunday, we have tickets to the Secret Film Festival, which requires waiting in line for a couple hours (around 9:30 ish) for a movie we don't know what it will be, and take an oath not to tell what we saw, but that should be done by 1:30, if that's not too late.

(or if 9ish isn't too early...)

I was just thinking about your trip. Decided on what you're planning to do yet?
May. 28th, 2002 10:17 am (UTC)
Re: Sounds great!
no firm plans, really. just doin' the urban thing... probably a botanical garden or the Seattle Art museum, since we basically have Saturday and part of Sunday.
May. 28th, 2002 10:38 am (UTC)
Depending on the weather...
Here's something that sounds fun:

Butterflies and Blooms
Through Sept. 30. Seasonal exhibit featuring almost 1,000 butterflies in flight and a colorful explosion of flowering plants. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Sept. 30, Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $1 plus regular $3.75-$9 zoo admission (206-684-4800).

The Japanese Tea Garden in the Arboretum is supposed to be really pretty right now, too. :)

Have you been up to the Conservatory in Volunteer Park?
May. 28th, 2002 02:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Sounds great!
butterflies & blooms is FANTASTIC.
May. 28th, 2002 04:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Sounds great!
that's good to know!
May. 28th, 2002 02:49 pm (UTC)
Weekends in June must be spent preparing for one weekend in early July!

Oh, wait...that's me....
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