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Airing on the New York Times

August 22, 2017

I don’t do anything unless I am willing to air in in the New York Times.

Well they came in to my work today and took all of my computers and harddrives.

Interestingly, I have narrowed down how this happened from my dreams.

Apparently, all I have been through is not enough.


#WSOP Come on William Kassouf!

July 11, 2017

I’m really hoping that the camera on his table picks up some action and I get to watch him play in the World Series of Poker.

William Kassouf

October 23, 2016

9 High Like a Boss!

I’m addicted to watching the World Series of Poker – because this guy William Kassouf is insane to watch play. He talks and gets everyone crazy so they can’t think, and puts them on tilt. I heard the announcer say he could put the Dahlia Lama on tilt. So every time I see “Like a boss” I’m posting random clips of this guy. He’s killing me.

I even made these meme’s because I couldn’t find any on the internet yet.


If You Show I’ll Show. I’ll Keep It Friendly!

Newman Loves Warmth

April 2, 2016

My brother Chad just pulled in with my dad, and the first thing Mr. Newman did was jump on his car. It must have been warm.

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Everyone is Improving in Life!

October 21, 2014

Where we live is in a type of bananna belt! We are constantly being hit with windstorms! We have to hurry up our mulching process of getting cardboard down on the garden area we rototilled, because it is hard to keep up with the wind lately.

I mention that because of the background in this video… see, I didn’t have a lot of hope that Murphy would ever be a good fetching dog. Since the move, that has all changed.

We are still a pretty regular weekly slumber party home.

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Puzzles and art work (*homework & baking too)

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Kale chips & dried fruit!

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The girls actually made these characturers last night after dinner and before bath! That’s in about 40 minutes!

2014-10-20 19.28.39Messages in lunches 🙂

2014-10-14 23.31.41McKenna teaches me piano lessons during the week.

2014-10-14 23.32.04Outside of McKenna’s piano lessons. Notice how she gets dressed up! 2014-10-13 17.18.012014-10-13 17.18.18The living room is now the yoga/exercise bike room!

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This weekend – my family comes up to stay.

Halloween weekend – a big kid Halloween party.

November 5, is Kelly’s birthday and she turns 8. She asked for a kitty. I called and asked Nick if Newman can arrive then.

The Best House In The Whole World for Slumber Parties

August 2, 2014

Learning the Excaliber Dehydrator Economy-started the process of making fruit for the rush of children soon to come….

New Dehydrator

Meet McKenzie – this is a very good friend of McKenna


This is McKenzie’s twin sister Kelsie – we are working on some play issues


The girls all held hands and said a prayer of thanks before dinner….not sure whose idea it was but almost everyone participated.


The girls’ dad was putting in a fan during the whole event too…


After an exciting night of karaoke the girls come in regularly to see when breakfast is ready…


Meet the neighbor Nona and her granddaughter Charlotte!


Ended up that Kelly (McKenzie & Kelsie’s dad bought her van today)


 The new fan for hot summer days…and circulating heat on cold ones.



There is only one apple on the apple tree – Tenzing calls it “The Garden of Eden. “He then asks, “Should we take a bite? Or not take a bite and save the world. Or should we have the girls’ take a bite?”


Garden of Eden

Ha Ha! Kelly said, “Poppi said No fireworks!” Tenzing said, “Fireworks and rocket launches are two different things. Rockets are a hobby. They don’t explode at the top!”


The part came in to fix the lawn mower….and after some mechanical work, he’s riding already!

Jake mows

happy mowing

Most people with haying equipment don’t want to risk using it in an unknown field of dips, rocks and things unseen.

It could break it. So the guys are starting by hand.  We were looking for a trade for hay for clearing, but so far…that’s what we have learned.

The field


Kelly gets the bunk beds which helps with all the friends over. The basket on her head is because she has to go pick fruit for tonight’s pie.


McKenna’s room


Jake is still mowing while we blog…and pick berries….Tenzing is still weedwacking….


Now I must stop blogging to turn this into carrot juice and pies…



Adjusting Days

August 2, 2014

The girls have been here since Wednesday and will stay till Sunday afternoon. I talked to them about life situations changing and they would be spending more time at our house and McKenna yelled, “Yay!”

Tenzing fixed the Mexican Mobile – all it needs is a radiator and will be a fully functioning operating car. He is ordering the part and will have it by the time the String Band Jamboree is over.

Mexico mobile

Nick and Lacey stopped by and said congratulations on the house!

Nick and Lacey

For now Tenzing’s office is outside in the shade. It’s been hot up here.

Tens office


Jake’s father Russ is now invited over each Tuesday for dinner, and is very happy to see his son regularly.



We have an owl that we hear “whoing … who? who?” sometimes at night.




McKenna seems to be fancy now, and is really happy to get a haircut!

McKenna haircut


Kelly finds this fascinating and now wants one too!








Hello Poppi!




Kelly is becoming such a big girl now!



Hello Poppi!




Hello again from me Poppi!


New Life – New Blog Direction

July 27, 2014

I used to blog to release frustrations with my life…politics….the world in general.

OMGNowadays, I walk in miracles. I attribute it to taking chances, following my heart, letting go of attachments, and donating whatever I can when I feel called to do so, even if it eats up my time, resources, or sleep.

This is a time a friend dropped off a car, and it was super cool….

car1So we dropped everything we were doing and took a road trip!

roadtripThere is some significant people in our life I have met because I changed course and fell on the path they too were walking. One person in particular has become family and provided more than I could ever repay…although I will spend the rest of my life trying.

roadtripsSince our life has completely transformed, I want to share the moments of daily life here as a way to thank you for making this happen. You know who you are. To anyone else who is reading this blog….I’m just going to focus on the good in life. I’ve made a commitment too, that anytime I can…I will do more. That starts now.


“SlowGro” – Meet Russ – this is Jake’s dad. He is very happy that Jake is living with us now because it means that he will see his son more often. Since we have a few cars to fix, Russ came directly from his night shift to help us out for a few hours. It saved us a days worth of work!

Russ movesMeet Ava – she is our old neighbor but we are not going to lose touch. We already invited her over for a sleepover this weekend while we were moving!

AvaMeet Elspeth – she spends most summer weekends with us, and loves it, except when we try to make her eat more vegetables. She calls herself a “Pickyaterian” and we are all working on that.

ElspethKelly & Elspeth swinging in a hammock…having FUN! Jake bought it for $1.00. It’s kind of coming a part but worth every cent!

hammockMurphy really seems to be happier than the human beings.

Murphy2Jake adopted a Maine Coon cat! He came with a very matted furry back.

FredMcKenna wasn’t too afraid of the 20lb cat….and cleaned him up.

MurphyandFredMurphy thinks he is helping….








Murphyandfredoutside2Fred’s first time outside with Murphy.


Sunday morning breakfast – the girls made it all by themselves! They were pretending today was McKenna’s birthday, and threw a party!

A Great Bellingham Pre-School

October 18, 2013
 Bellingham PreSchool
The Bellingham Preschool of the Arts will be hosting an Open House on Saturday, October 19th from 10 am to noon at our school, located at 1059 N. State St., right next to the Farmers’ Market. Lead teacher Tina Ocheltree and her wonderful staff invite you to come and experience this fantastic preschool, considered one of the best in the Bellingham area. For more info, please go to


February 1, 2013




A very interesting solution to your future. I’ll write more soon!