|September 30, 2012|
|It was a beautiful day in Seattle today and so we HAD to take the boat out.
We enjoyed the company of our neighbors Jim & Simone as we spent the day boating on Lake Union & Lake Washington.
|Gary & Yvonne love cruising Lake Union.
See Boating Log: Entry Nineteen at the bottom of this page for trip details.
|Jim & Simone on Lake Washington.|
|I love a bowl of freshly picked raspberries from the garden on a Sunday morning.|
|Mmm, mmm, mmm...|
|But I love them with whipped cream even better.|
|September 29, 2012|
|I pressure washed the fence this afternoon.|
|6 months ago, I thought I was going to be at Tough Mudder Seattle with Tyler and friends today. But alas, it was not to be due to my recent knee surgery. Instead, I got a little wet and finished building my pool table light (pictures coming soon).|
|Lake Stevens vs. Snohomish Pre-Game Volleyball Highlights|
|"And the Viking Libero...Junior...Number 3...Alexis Alverson!"|
|Click here for the Everett Herald's article "Lake Stevens outlasts Snohomish in four sets"|
|September 27, 2012|
|The Lady Vikings defeat the Snohomish Panthers in 4 sets and we're the only web site in the world that has highlights...Woo!!!|
|Let's Goooooooo Lake!!! You Know!!!|
|In other news, another mole bites the dust.|
|Don't you just love the Muppets and their music?|
|September 26, 2012|
| Last night, Lake Stevens rolled over Mount Vernon in their league opener winning in 3 straight sets.
That puts the Lady Vikings at 6-1 on the year thus far. Tomorrow night's game against Snohomish (Yvonne's alum) should be exciting and will test Lake Stevens as the team has a few of their starters nursing injuries (Molli & Kendall).
|Click here for the Everett Herald's article.|
|September 23, 2012|
|So I got it in my head this weekend that I needed to make a custom light to hang above my pool table. After drinking a few beers last night, I drew up the plans and this morning I went to Home Depot to pick up the necessary supplies.
I thought it would be fun to document this little project with some stop motion video, so I setup my laptop in the garage and captured an image every 5 seconds.
Here is the result.
|The pool table light is still a work in progress, but most of the 'hard work' is done. This video shows approximately 6 hours worth of work rolled up into 2 minutes & 25 seconds.
I'll post the finished product when it is complete. Stay tuned...
|Bo on the pool table.|
|September 19, 2012|
|The Lake Stevens Lady Vikings secured another win last night on their home court pushing their record to 4-1.
Prior to their match, I talked briefly with the Everett Herald Photographer and predicted that he would probably be taking more pictures of the Laky Vikings than of Stanwood's Lady Spartans. It turns out, I was right.
Click here for The Everett Herald's article: "Lake Stevens sinks Spartans in early season North tussle"
Click here for the Seattle Times box score.
|September 13, 2012|
|Bo is an Ice Pack Licker.|
|He occasionally drinks out of the toilet too (no pictures please).|
|September 11, 2012|
|Bill, Melissa & Blake Have A New Home|
|Hardwood floors + swimming pool = Blake saying "Mamasita, Mamasita, Woo!!!"|
|I'm jealous of their driveway...and the view is pretty good too.|
|September 10, 2012|
|EZBreaking News: Another Mole Bites The Dust!|
|Here's a brief description of Gary's first hand account of this mole's demise.
"I had just finished watching Season 2/Episode 3 of 'The Walking Dead' and icing my knee when I figured I'd go stretch out my knee and pick a few raspberries in the back yard. When I saw that the mole trap had been sprung, I didn't think much of it because the two traps that I have been setting for the last 2 weeks have been tripped every day, but without any luck in catching the varmint...Until today.
I celebrated by picking and then eating a big bowl of freshly picked raspberries.
|Okay, here's another video from our Coeur d' Alene vacation. This one stars Ron Payseno and a day's worth of wakesurfing (footage from July 31, 2012).|
|If EZthompson crashes, I'll chalk it up to Ron watching this video over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again.|
|...and for crying out loud, why wouldn't he? Turn it up, Merle's playing 'Big City'|
|Alexis loves her some Daisy.|
|And Daisy loves her some Alexis...just not so much in this picture.|
|Want to know why Bo enjoys hanging out with me so much?|
|He likes using my ice packs as pillows.|
|September 9, 2012|
| The Lady Vikings racked up quite a few wins yesterday en route to a 5th place finish.
Click here for The Herald's article.
|Mmm, is there anything better on a Sunday morning than homemade raspberry jam on wheat toast?|
|September 8, 2012|
|Bo is a great convalescent cat.|
|Look into my eyes...you are getting sleepy...very sleepy.|
|Here is a look at my 'new' knee 3 days after surgery.|
|I've been able to limp around the house since day one without crutches, albeit like an old man.|
|Earlier this week, Mom & Dad spent a few days in and around Lassen Volcanic National Park.|
|I don't know about you, but looking at that blue water makes me want to launch the boat and start surfing.|
|September 6, 2012|
| Tonight, the Lady Vikings lost a close volleyball match to the #8 ranked Newport Knights.
Click here for The Herald's article.
|Bo is a convalescent cat.|
|Bo, Bocephus, Bo Daddy, Big Poppa, Big Studola, Daisy's Bruda...the list of names goes on and on.|
|September 5, 2012|
|Today is the first day of the school year and Alexis is officially a junior.|
|Yvonne & I are very proud of the young woman she is becoming. It is going to be a very challenging year for Alexis as she is taking 4 AP Classes in addition to being the starting libero for the varsity volleyball team. Woo!!!|
|Here I am recovering post surgery.|
|I won't be hard to find for the next week+ or so.|
|September 4, 2012|
|Today is the day Gary had knee surgery.|
|I checked in at 7:15am and was home by noon. Let the healing begin.|
|BTW...Today was the first day of the Lake Stevens High School volleyball season.|
|Lake Stevens won 3-1. Click here for The Herald's highlights.|
|September 3, 2012|
|The first summer of TTHQ with Mom & Dad as (semi-)full time residents comes to and end tomorrow.|
Mom and I are heading south tomorrow after a terrific 5 weeks here at TTHQ. We’ve had phenomenal sunny weather. Wood stacked, chairs weighted down, driveway completed, fire pit cleaned out and landscaping finished and ready for fall/winter.
Notice how the Escalonia is growing tall and thick, blocking the retaining wall and view under the deck. Makes for better aesthetics.
Motor home all serviced, and ready to go.
On our way home, we’ll be stopping for a few nights at Greg & Carli’s and also at Bill & Melissa’s. RV parking pads at both places, which makes it super nice.
Mom and I have had a wonderful summer.
|And introducing the official pastor of TTHQ...|
Here’s a pic taken Sept. 2nd with me and mom with Carl Wohlwend, our pastor at Gleneden Beach Christian Church.
Pic taken after 10:30 AM service. Pastor Wohlwend in his eighth year at GBCC.
His sermons are easy to follow and it’s like swinging on the front porch with him when he preaches.
|Ron, Bryce & I did a little wakesurfing yesterday at Lake Stevens.|
|That's Bryce in the foreground with Ron Surfing. Woo!|
|And here is Bryce, wakesurfing after he had knee surgery 6 months ago (meniscus tear).|
|Scott's putting the finishing touches on painting the house. Fortunately, there was room on the street to park all of our rigs, giving Scott ample room to maneuver his paint sprayer and ladders.|
|That would be our Mini, F-150, Ar-210 & Passat.|
|Scott is an excellent painter.|
|Not only is he a good painter, he's a great guy. You da man Scott!|
|While Scott was finishing up painting this afternoon, Jackson & I played ladder golf.|
|Jack won 2 games to my 1. I'll get you next time Jack.|
|September 2, 2012|
|Scott painted the front, back and north side of the house yesterday. Today he's going to paint the south side and get started on the trim and gutters.|
|So, what do you think of the new color?|
|A freshly painted backside.|
|September 1, 2012|
|We had a pleasant surprise today when Bryce stopped by to say "hi". He's currently stationed at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana and drove home for Labor Day weekend.|
|Naturally, we ended up in the garage for a few rounds of pool. He won the best of 7 series, 4-3.|
|I took the truck in to get smog checked today.|
|It passed with flying colors.|
|We hired Scott to paint the house.|
|We got the boat, windows and fixtures covered, now it's time for Scott to get to work.|
|Archive Page Links|
Alexis Academic Achievements / 2009 Lake Shasta 'Drive-By Tubing' / 2007 Lake Chelan Wipeout Lowlights / 2010 Coeur d' Alene Picture Slideshow / 2008 Lake Stevens Wakesurfing Highlights / Front Yard Fence / Volleyball Play of the Day
Amazon Gift Card Shopping / 'New' Garage Pool Table Setup / Darlene's New Ceiling Fan / Mom & Dad in Yellowstone / Gary's EZvideo on How To Wakesurf / Boat Winter Cover Removal / Mom & Dad in Montana / Mom & Dad Beebe Bridge Campground / Mom & Dad's 24.5' SunSeeker RV in Marysville
Lake Stevens Boating with Mike & Kerri Fischer / New Boating Tube / New Trailer Connector / Daisy Card Player / Jetty Island Volleyball / Alexis Driving Manual Mini / Darlene Boat Proclamation / Daisy is a Sink Drinker / Anniversary Roses / Blake Talks / Hershey Park Roller Coaster / Jetty Island Panorama / Alexis' Old & New Mini Cooper / Team Thompson in Hershey, PA / Darlene's Tricycle Pictures & Videos / Mason's Birthday / Pool Table is Ready / Team Thompson at Yankees Game / Morton's Dinner
Boat Cover Repair / Gary's Knee MRI / Cousin Sharon Visits TTHQ / Coeur d' Alene Vacation Videos / CCP's / Art's Wall / TTHQ RV Parking / Alexis Varsity Volleyball / Alki Volleyball / TTHQ Master Bedroom Makeover / Seaside Volleyball / TTHQ Senior Handrail / Gary Wakesurfs Under A Bridge / Coeur d' Alene Dock Jumpers / Coeur Bird Whisperers / Hunter The Tree Climber / TTHQ North Bedroom Makeover / Alexis & Cristal Morrison / Fishing with Dick Payseno / Blake Predicts a Brother / TTHQ South Bedroom Removal / Ron Payseno Rope Removal / Blake's First In 'N Out Burger
Bryce "Big Sexy" Pool Shark / F-150 Smog Check / Pre-House Paint / Fresh House Paint / TTHQ Summer End / TTHQ Pastor / Ron, Bryce & Gary Wakesurf / 4 Rigs / Scott Painting / Jackson Ladder Golf / Gary Pre & Post Knee Surgery / Alexis First Day of School / Convalescent Bo / Mom & Dad at Lassen Volcanic National Park / Gary's Knee 3 Days Post Surgery / Viking Volleyball Herald Links / Raspberry Jam Toast / Another Mole Bites The Dust Video / Ron Payseno Wakesurf Video / Alexis & Daisy / Bo Ice Pack Headrest / Bill, Melissa & Blake's New Home / Bo The Ice Pack Licker / Lake Stevens Volleyball Update / Bo The Pool Table Walker / Pool Table Light Build Stop-Motion Video / Lake Stevens Volleyball Update / And Another Mole Bites The Dust / Lake Stevens vs. Snohomish Volleyball Highlights / Lake Stevens Pre-Game Entrance Video / Gary Pressure Washing the Fence / Bowl of Raspberries / Gary & Yvonne on Lake Union & Jim & Simone on Lake Washington
|2012 Boating Log.|
|June 11, 2011 - Marysville, WA: Gary|
|I picked up the boat at Shane & Teresa's place after work today.|
|Boating Log: Entry One|
|June 15, 2012 - Lake Stevens, WA: Gary, Yvonne, Scott, Jodi & Jackson|
|Evening Wakeboarding & Swimming|
|Air Temp: 70° / Water Temp: 68°|
|Notes: Gary took the day off from work today to summerize the boat. Scott wakeboarded (naturally he landed his one and only back flip) & Gary waksurfed with no knee pain.
While we were out on the South side of the lake, we picked up a 6' x 2" x 8" board with nails sticking out of it. It appeared to be from someone's dock.
The late afternoon/evening boating was cut short as Jodi had to go to the Emergency Room with what appears to be a kidney stone. Jackson may be staying the night with us, depending upon how things turn out with Jodi. Get well soon Jodi!
|Boating Log: Entry Two|
|July 7, 2012 - Lake Stevens, WA: Gary, Yvonne, Alexis & Lindsey (aka 'Mas o Menos')|
|Air Temp: 78° / Water Temp: 70°|
|Notes: Lots of boat lounging followed by wakesurfing. If anyone asks if Lindsey is a wake surfer, I can honestly say, "Mas o Menos"
BTW - Today is the day we picked up Lex's 'new' 2004 6-Speed Mini Cooper, aka 'Bradley Cooper'
|Boating Log: Entry Three|
|July 26, 2012 - Lake Stevens, WA: Gary, Yvonne, Jan & Darlene|
|Afternoon Cruising & Wakesurfing|
|Air Temp: 77° / Water Temp: 77°|
|Notes: Lots of boat lounging followed by wakesurfing. We saw Mike & Kerry in their AR230 and they ended up taking video of Gary & Yvonne wakesurfing from their boat. Cool!|
|Boating Log: Entry Four|
|July 26, 2012 - Lake Stevens, WA: Gary, Yvonne, Scott, Jodi, Colton & Jackson|
|Evening Tubing & Wakesurfing|
|Air Temp: 75° / Water Temp: 77°|
|Notes: Before jumping onto the superman tube, Colton bragged to everyone and (especially Gary) about his tubing skills and that he has yet to be bounced off a tube. Gary took that as a challenge and decided to give Colton a real tube experience. 25 seconds into his first ride of the day, Colton was no longer on the tube. For those of you keeping score at home, that's Gary 1, Colton 0.|
|Boating Log:Entry Five|
|July 28, 2012 - Coeur d' alene, ID: Gary & Ron|
|Afternoon Boat Launch, Test Drive & Evening Mechanical Fixing|
|Air Temp: 81° / Water Temp: 78°|
|Notes: We launched the boat and drove to '16 to 1 Bay' (next bay over) and back. While on the phone with Yvonne trying to identify the rental house from the lake, the front line (3/8" double-braided nylon) got sucked up the jet intake and wrapped itself around the port impeller. We spent 45 minutes of troubleshooting in the water and eventually trailered the boat. From the boat launch, with help from a nameless Mr. Handyman and his tools, we were able to free the line from the impeller shaft.|
|Boating Log:Entry Six|
|July 29, 2012 - Coeur d' alene, ID: Gary, Yvonne, Alexis, Ron, Heidi & Paige|
|Our First 'Official' Day On The Water|
|Air Temp: 88° / Water Temp: 73°|
|Notes: The boat problems of yesterday are in the rear view mirror. Yvonne was the first one to wakesurf, followed by Alexis, then Paige, Ron & Gary. Paige got up, but then fell shortly thereafter. Ron was a surfing machine and had a good run on just his second attempt.
We had lunch on the water in Rockford Cove, followed by tubing by Paige and Alexis on one and two tubes. Alexis and Paige switched tubes on one run.
After tubing, we stopped at the Rockford Cove Marina for ice cream.
|Boating Log: Entry Seven|
|July 30, 2012 - Coeur d' alene, ID: Gary, Ron & Paige|
|Late Morning Wakesurfing|
|Air Temp: 80° / Water Temp: 78°|
|Notes: Each of us had two wakesurf sessions. Paige is officially a wakesurfer now. Ron keeps getting better every time out. Ron is a natural jet boat driver.|
|Boating Log: Entry Eight|
|July 30, 2012 - Coeur d' alene, ID: Gary, Yvonne, Alexis, Ron, Heidi, Paige, Allie & Jordan.|
|Afternoon Wakesurfing, Wakeboarding & Tubing.|
|Air Temp: 88° / Water Temp: 78°|
|Notes: Allie & Jordan left Monroe this morning at 7am and arrived shortly after 2pm (delayed due to road construction in Rockford, ID).
Yvonne, Alexis, Allie, Paige, Ron & Gary wakesurfed (Gary's knee is N.G.).
Allie, Jordan, Paige & Alexis tubed in various combinations on the 2 tubes.
|Boating Log: Entry Nine|
|July 30, 2012 - Coeur d' alene, ID: Gary, Yvonne, Alexis, Ron, Heidi & Paige|
|Morning & Afternoon Wakesurfing & Wakeboarding.|
|Air Temp: 88° / Water Temp: 79°|
|Notes: Gassed up at the Rockford Bay Marina in the morning (39 gallons).
Yvonne, Alexis, Paige, Ron & Gary wakesurfed in and around Powderhorn Bay (Gary's knee was okay today). Paige demonstrated that she is an ambidextrous wakeboarder.
Yvonne, Ron & Alexis wakeboarded.
Another beautiful day on the lake.
|Boating Log: Entry Ten|
|August 1, 2012 - Coeur d' alene, ID: Gary, Yvonne, Alexis, Ron, Heidi & Paige|
|Boat ride to Coeur d' alene, Fishing and Spokane River Cruising & Wakeboarding|
|Air Temp: 90° / Water Temp: 77°|
|Notes: Boated to Coeur d' alene where the girls were dropped off for some downtown shopping. While they were in town, Gary & Ron went fishing along the shoreline of the Coeur d' alene Resort Golf Course.
Cruised the Spokane River and admired the homes, landscapes and docks.
Gary & Ron wakesurfed on the Spokane River and under the I-95 bridge...Woo!!!
Yet another beautiful day on the lake.
|Boating Log: Entry Eleven|
|August 2, 2012 - Coeur d' alene, ID: Gary, Yvonne, Alexis, Ron, Heidi & Paige|
|Afternoon Wakeboarding & Wakesurfing|
|Air Temp: 76° / Water Temp: 78°|
|Notes: Woke up to clouds this morning with overcast sky. Paige is now a wakeboarder. She got up on her 2nd attempt. Ron, Alexis, Paige & Gary wakeboarded.
Gassed up at the Rockford Bay Marina (42 gallons) after everyone was done wakesurfing and ate ice cream sandwiches.
Moored at 4pm due to threatening skies of rain.
|Boating Log: Entry Twelve|
|August 2, 2012 - Coeur d' alene, ID: Gary & Ron|
|Evening Wakesurfing Session|
|Air Temp: 74° / Water Temp: 76°|
|Notes: The threatening skies of rain from earlier disappeared. We wakesurfed in 2 different glassy-water locations to avoid all the fishing boats. It was the best wakesurfing conditions of the vacation.|
|Boating Log: Entry Thirteen|
|August 3, 2012 - Coeur d' alene, ID: Gary, Ron & Heidi|
|Morning Wakesurfing Session|
|Air Temp: 74° / Water Temp: 78°|
|Notes: Ron & Gary wakesurfed while Heidi flagged and captured all the red-hot action on video.|
|Boating Log: Entry Fourteen|
|August 3, 2012 - Coeur d' alene, ID: Gary, Yvonne, Alexis, Ron, Heidi & Paige|
|Early Afternoon Coeur d' alene River Cruising & Wakesurfing Session|
|Air Temp: 82° / Water Temp: 75° (River Temp)|
|Notes: Ron & Gary wakesurfed in the Coeur d' alene River next to the boat launch near Thompson's Lake. Gary got to surf under another bridge...Woo!!!
Paige wasn't feeling well so she and Heidi went back to the house.
|Boating Log: Entry Fifteen|
|August 3, 2012 - Coeur d' alene, ID: Gary, Yvonne, Alexis & Ron|
|Afternoon Cruising, Swimming & Fishing|
|Air Temp: 86° / Water Temp: 78°|
|Notes: We got 2 bags of ice and ice cream sandwiches at the Harrison Marina. We ate lunch in a cove off the shore of the Coeur d' alene Indian Reservation.
Cruised to the south end of the lake and ended up fishing in the St. Joe River. We didn't catch anything, but enjoyed the scenery nonetheless.
Moored at 4:30pm.
|Boating Log: Entry Sixteen|
|August 4, 2012 - Coeur d' alene, ID: Gary & Ron|
|Pre-Checkout, Early Morning Wakesurfing|
|Air Temp: 70° / Water Temp: 76°|
|Notes: Ron & I each had 2 sessions to bring our Coeur d' alene vacation to and end.|
|Boating Log: Entry Seventeen|
|August 26, 2012 - Lake Stevens, WA: Gary, Yvonne, Scott, Jodi & Jackson.|
|Afternoon Swimming & Scott Wakeboarding|
|Air Temp: 78° / Water Temp: 76°|
|Notes: Jackson is officially unafraid of the water now. He couldn't stop jumping off the bow and stern of the boat. Next year, he should be ready to wakeboard. Scott bravely wakeboarded in rough water. Afterwards, we had a late dinner at the Locke's and ate pasta (Sabina's famous recipe).|
|Boating Log: Entry Eighteen|
|September 2, 2012 - Lake Stevens, WA: Gary, Ron & Bryce.|
|Air Temp: 70° / Water Temp: 75°|
|Notes: Gary had one wakesurf session. He had to ride 'goofy' as his right knee is very NG. Surgery is in 2 days. Ron & Bryce each had 2 good surf sessions. Between rides, we drove to wakeboard cove and showed Bryce the house with the big 'R'.|
|Boating Log: Entry Nineteen|
|September 30, 2012 - Lake Union & Lake Washington, WA: Gary, Yvonne, Jim & Simone.|
|A day on the water|
|Air Temp: 67° / Water Temp: 69°|
|Notes: We launched at the 14th St. boat launch in Seattle (plenty of trailer parking today). We cruised Lake Union and explored lots a marinas with big yachts. Gary swam a lap around the boat just outside of Sam & Mary Lou's houseboat (not sure if they still live there). Opened the boat up on Lake Washington and moored briefly at Marina Park in Kirkland for a bathroom break (next to Anthony's Homeport). EZmental Note: Mooring at the marina is free for 3 hours. We wrapped up our lake Washington excursion by cruising by all the construction going on next to the 520 bridge.|
|Misc Travel Distances|
|Marysville Driveway - to - TTHQ = 325 miles|
|Marysville Driveway - to - Lake Coeur d' Alene, ID (Cave Bay/Worley, ID) = 344 miles|
|Marysville Driveway - to - Crescent Bar, WA = 188 miles|
|Glendale, AZ - to - Euphrada, WA - to - Marysville Driveway = ???|
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