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May 22, 2013

Last week we had the opportunity to spend the weekend in Spokane. It's a city of about 210,000 people, making it the second largest city in Washington State. It's about a three hour drive for us, but it's only 90 miles from the Canadian border. It's name is taken from the Native American Indian tribe that used to live...


May 15, 2013

Liz (on the phone): Hi Mum, are you all packed and ready for your visit?

Mother: Yes darling; we're so excited to see you again.

Liz: Me too. But there's been a change of plans.

Mother: Oh, yes?

Liz: I've booked you into a hotel that is opposite my appartment.

Mother: Why? Don't you want us to stay with you?

Liz: It's...


May 7, 2013

I volunteered this year to build my mother an arbor in her back garden. She has a small patio at the back of her house with three borders(1) for planting. Because it gets so hot from late spring to the middle of autumn, she decided that she'd like a cover of some kind. Parasols are not big enough to cover the whole...


May 3, 2013

Peter: Hi Liz, I see your cast is off.

Liz: Yes, finally! Life is so much easier without one.

Peter: You had some bad luck breaking your arm.

Liz: Yes I had two lots of bad luck: breaking my arm and losing my job.

Peter: Wait a minute. You lost your job?

Liz: Yes, well not exactly. I quit.

Peter: Because of the lady...


May 2, 2013

It's 8:45 at Tom, Dick, and Harry's. The coffee's hot, the door's unlocked, and that corner table - the one by the jukebox(1), is gathering a familiar crowd. They're retired farmers, contractors, businessmen, a few old law enforcement guys(2), a former postmaster(3) and more. There are about 17 in all, with ages...