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COVID Diaries: Day 431

I had a great weekend.  Friday was my day off, and I ended up being kind-of lazy.  I did walk to the store to pick up fruit to make fruit salad for book club on Friday night.  We were able to meet on the rooftop of a downtown building, with fabulous views!  I love the company of these smart, compassionate women, and our topics of conversation ranged from COVID, to jobs, to love.  The love part makes a lot of sense, as the book, my pick, was about healing from a broken heart. 


Saturday was chores day.  I did get quite a bit done that I intended.  I did a deep clean vacuuming, including the stairs, the corners with the wand, and the hardwood and linoleum.  I did a lot of laundry (sheets and blankets and jackets), and folded most of it.  I did dishes, and put things away and broke down some boxes to recycle.  I mowed the lawn and raked up the heavy clumps of grass that were left behind.  Even better though, I had a chance to spend a couple of hours sitting in the sunshine, reading.  Heaven! 

Today, Tiffany and I went to lunch at a place a bit south of us, that has excellent food.  My elk burger was so delicious that I ate the whole thing! 


Then we went to check out a state park we had never been to before.  Rasar State Park was well worth the trip!  We spent a couple hours walking the few miles of trails, talking, and were mostly alone the entire time.  The trails take you down to the river, which is a feeding ground for bald eagles in the late fall and winter.  I’m going to have to come back in the winter…  They have a small campground with camping cabins that look like they would be fun to stay in too! 

We came home happy; there just something about nature that is so good for the soul.  And our timing was wonderful, since it started raining about a half hour after we got back.

In COVID news, our Governor FINALLY announced a full reopening no later than the end of June.  Yay!  It’s about time!  Of course, there’s still a chance that he could move away from that, but hopefully it happens.  I guess that means you have 5 more weeks of COVID Diaries, before I’ll have to abandon it for a new series! 

COVID Words of Wisdom: It is not your job to make other people comfortable with who you are.  Be wary of those who don’t want you to change or grow.  Grow anyway — there is no alternative.  Keep Moving.  -Maggie Smith


Mimosa Me Crazy 5K

April 13 and 14, 2019, Everett, Snohomish and Seattle, Washington

Katy and I met our other friend Katie at her house after the Tulip Festival – the next morning we were going to do the Mimosa 5K down in north Seattle.  We wanted a bit of girl time the evening before, so we headed over to Snohomish to try out a haunted historic tavern called the Oxford Saloon.  The Oxford was originally built in the 1890s as a dry goods store and then became a saloon in 1910.  There are also rumors that the upstairs rooms were home to a brothel.  At least two people are known to have died in the Oxford, one was a police officer named Henry, who history says was a bouncer at the Oxford during his off time.  He was stabbed while trying to break up a fight.

The other was supposedly a prostitute named Amelia, who was found curled up in the closet of her room, dead.  It is not known if she committed suicide or was murdered.  Ghost hunters have investigated the Oxford; you can read about it here.  Henry, Amelia and Kathleen (or Katherine), the woman who ran the brothel, are all believed to haunt this historic saloon, whispering to patrons, touching people on the shoulder and moving through the saloon, especially in the basement and in the upstairs rooms. We didn’t see any ghosts, but our server told us that strange occurrences are common late at night after things shut down.  Maybe next time!


The next morning, we got up early and braved the cold for a non-competitive fun-run around Green Lake in Seattle.  I jogged a little bit but wasn’t that concerned with getting to the finish line fast.  It was fun to enjoy the mimosas and medal at the end though!  I’m a sucker for a race medal!  There was also some good live music and several great costumes.  We all had a good time and were able to stop off at one of my favorite restaurants in Everett, the New Mexicans, for brunch and a mimosa afterward!


I always love spending some time with my friends.