Saturday, October 14, 2017






It's been a great year at Toastmasters. I was President of Puyallup Valley Voices and we were Presidential Distinguished. I was Area 44 Director and my five clubs attained Select Area Distinguished. I charted a new club and our Division became Presidential Distinguished. I formed NW Comedy Club and received a Triple Crown award. But the biggest award is a culmination of all: I received the highest award in Toastmasters. DTm (Distinguished Toastmasters)

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Monday, October 10, 2016

DEER HARBOR MARINA

KAYAKING IN SAN JUAN ISLANDS

NEW KAYAK HAULER AT ROSARIO RESORT

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Saturday, May 28, 2016

BLARNEY STONE

Kissing the Blarney stone may give the kisser the gift of eloquent speaking. However, it isn't east. The kisser has to lay down and lean over backwards. Notice the people 130 feet below the tower?

BLARNEY CASTLE

Blarney Castle

Friday, April 29, 2016

STORYTELLING

Storytelling at the Puyallup RV show. They created a picnic area with fire ring. It was called S'mores Center. Kids could roast marshmallows and listen to tall tales. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

TOASTMASTERS SPEECH CONTEST WINNER

TOASTMASTERS CONTEST WINNER
Toastmasters speech contests are a great way to hone your public speaking. Two years ago I never would have gotten in front of a group to speak. Toastmasters has taught me a lot. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Hot off the press!
Over 13 short stories on backpacking trips  in the Pacific NW.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Presents! Lots and lots. Whee! It's going to be sooo much fun opening them. Did I say presents?

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

I'm helping Grams wrap presents. Oooo...is this ever fun. I promise to keep my lips sealed what's in them. Don't ask me now.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Today is Gram's birthday. Oh, how I love birthdays. Especially chocolate cake and ice cream. And did I say presents? Oh yes! Lots of presents.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Today is the shortest day of the year. Horray! Now it will get lighter. I jumped out of bed before the sun came up and rushed outside. I danced around until sunrise. Oh what fun!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

I went back to the North Pole to give a report to Santa. He hired a new elf. EEKS! I was scared half to death when I first saw him. He's a nice guy when you get to know him.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Wheee! Gramps has a fun house. I just found a merry-go-round. When I get dizzy, I fall to the ground. Don't worry. It doesn't hurt my fuzzy body. 

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Look what I found! Great Grandma's antique cedar chest full of my old friends. Lots of Teddy bears that came from Santa's workshop. Grams just couldn't let them go. They have sooo many memories. What fun to get reacquainted!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

I helped Gramps draw this year's Christmas card. It's called 'Four calling birds. They originally were Colly birds. They're Eurasian blackbirds about the size of a robin. Gramps has each Colly bird singing parts of a song; Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass. 

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

ELFIS AND THE FOOTBALL

We watched the Seahawks play football. They played the Baltimore Ravens and won! 35 to 6. We decided to play some football ourselves out in the yard. I caught my very first catch. OOF! A football is really heavy. It was also my last catch. Now I'm on the injured list with multiple fractures all over my body.

Monday, December 14, 2015

FIRESIDE STORYTELLING

I'm performing at Fireside Storytelling party tonight. Gramps is accompanying me with his guitar. This is so fun. Party, party, party.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

ELFIS AND THE CAMERA

Gramps is always taking pictures of me. After he went to bed, I thought I'd try my hand at the camera. Whoa! It was heavy. I fell over and it pinned me to the table. Good thing Gramps heard all the racket. I'd still be squished under the camera.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

SUPER-FRUITCAKE

More Goodies! Gramps makes yummy fruitcakes. They have all kinds of dried fruit and nuts in them. There's figs, dates, blueberries, cranberries and three kinds of raisins. Plus, maraschino cherries and candied pineapple. It like cherries the best. Fruitcake goes so fast; he has to make four or five each holiday season. 

Friday, December 11, 2015

BAKING COOKIES

Today Grams made cookies. She made snicker doodles, ginger snaps and chocolate crinkles. I was the taste tester. Have to make sure they're good enough for Santa. They are. Gramps helped me test them out too. He thinks they're great. 

Thursday, December 10, 2015

HAMMER DULCIMER

Christmas music is ringing from Larry Krackle's log house. He purchased a hammered dulcimer. Drummer Bear decided to try his hand with the hammers. Can you guess what song he played?

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

TERRIBLE STORM

Last night a huge windstorm blew in. Trees were swaying in the wind. Rain poured. All of a sudden, lightning flashed and thunder boomed. Chrismouse and I came straight out of bed. I grabbed a flashlight real quick. The power didn't come back on until 6PM. I sure like electricity.

Monday, December 7, 2015

ROXY THE RED-COMB REIGN CHICK

Today we visited the chicken house. I went for a ride on Roxy. She's really a sweet hen. She knows her name and likes to be picked up and petted. Grams sings her to sleep every night when she puts her to bed.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

SANTA'S HOUSE AT THE NORTH POLE

I went back to the North Pole to give a report to Santa. Lots of bad things happened this week. All the little kids were very good. Santa's sad that they have to suffer because of bad people running around. Hopefully all the good people will still have a merry Christmas regardless of the world's problems.


POINSETTIAS FOR GRANDMA

Poinsettias are so cheerful for the season. I decided to sit on a shelf above them all day. Too bad they don't have a fragrance. Oh well.
We went to the flower shop to purchase a couple poinsettias. We even got one for Great-grandmother.

O CHRISTMAS TREE, O CHRISTMAS TREE!

We went shopping for poinsettias at the Christmas store. Oh what fun! I played hide and seek. The store clerks didn't think it was funny. We bought our flowers and left really quick.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

RUDOLPH TAKES ELFIS FOR A SPIN

Elfis returned to the North Pole and visited Santa's reindeer. He hopped on Rudolph's back and they romped through the winter wonderland. Rudolph got some great practice for Christmas Eve. He didn't get off the ground, tho. He needs to lose some weight. (Like the rest of us.)

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

OVER THE HILLS TO GRANDMOTHERS HOUSE WE GO

We went down to see Great-grandma in Olympia. She's 91 years old. Wow! that's pretty old. She loved holding me. She's getting pretty frail and forgetful.