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And the winner is……

Trophy for GRTM

Me!  I only get to keep the trophy for 2-3 minutes, hence the photo (rotating trophy).  They loved my humorous speech with all my props.  This was great practice for the upcoming Division C humorous speech contest next Wednesday.  Green River Toastmasters is a very experienced group and if I tickled them enough to win the trophy today, that makes for a good Friday.

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And retirement is…..

Heading out to Tacoma to catch the ferry to Vashon Island on a Wednesday morning dressed in jeans, Chuck Taylors and a cozy sweatshirt.  The goal was to get to the ferry dock at Point Defiance for the 9:15 sailing.  Didn’t quite leave in time but no worries, caught the 10:05 sailing.  I was first in line, therefore first to drive on the ferry.  I had a front row seat for the gray trip across the water.  Once we hit land, it was a quick 20 minutes up island to the quilt shop, Island Quilter.  Yesterday was the last full day of the Laurel Burch tribute show.  Once I got permission  I got lots of great pics of her quilts.  I will always be attracted to quilts made with blacks and bright colors.  Her whimsical creatures crawl all over each of those quilt creations crafted with her fabrics.1002131129 1002131130 1002131130a I was also on a mission to find hummingbird fabric and that I did with Paul’s help.

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I was able to take advantage of the generous gift card for my retirement and have added to my stash.  Lunch with Elaine at The Hardware Store (local restaurant) and a trip to the local coffee roaster and I was back in line for the ferry.  I hope to go back often this Fall as there is a new exhibit about to be hung.  I better get busy because that fabric stash needs to be made into wonderful useful items.

And in the kitchen

Butternut squash soup, yum.  New recipe from Michael Chiarello with a few tweaks.  Along with the butternut squash, all cut up thanks to Costco produce, JB cut up 2 sweet potatoes we had, a couple of Yukon golds as well as onions.  Those went in the oven to roast with a nice concoction of balsamic vinegar, molasses and some spices.  Butter instead of our usual olive oil.  Once cooled they were joined in the pot by chicken broth.  In the meantime I cooked up some chorizo sausage and added it to the mix.  It got whirled around with the boat motor, added some salt and can’t wait to try it.

Post dinner note – it was great!