Weather has been a lifelong passion for me; while my husband and 4 kids all in college and beyond, one now married, have patiently gone along with me!
By: PugetSoundPost, 5:49 AM GMT on May 11, 2013
May 25, 8:15 AM
I have not been around here for a long time, but should put in a little update.
It has been a crazy couple of weeks - so much to do to plan a double memorial, plus just put ourselves into the shoes of two people who were so suddenly taken out of very busy, active lives. Mr.PSP is carrying a heavy load to pull everything together, and we all are working at a big variety of tasks.
The memorial has not happened yet. It is now coming in one week, on June 1. That was the soonest we could get the church, and also jumps over this holiday (what holiday) weekend. But it is the soonest we can be ready anyway. It will likely be a big affair. My in-laws are well known and well loved over a very big area - geographically as well as large spans of people and groups. Their lives have touched very many, many lives over the decades and in death are a great testament to many more. We are working hard to honor them and all of the great ministry they have accomplished.
So, lots going on and lots of work to do. It is all kind of a blur and everything else around here has been dropped.
I have noticed the weather is nothing special. Lots of clouds, about an inch of rain spread over a few days earlier this week. Before all of our dust clears it will be fall, I am sure. But, first thing is to get to the memorial and that will be a big accomplishment. Wish you all well in your endeavors.
I have been away from WU this week, and it is time to sit down here and explain another turn and twist in our lives. Unfortunately it doesn't involve our deck project, which suddenly has disappeared from view.
This past Monday evening, after a so-unusual 90 degree day here, my husband's parents and brother stopped by our house to give me a Mother's Day hanging basket, as they would be out of town most of the rest of the week. We visited with them in our driveway for nearly a half hour, and then they left to get some dinner after a long busy day for them. Less than 10 minutes later, their car was broadsided by a city bus, who ran a red light and rammed through an intersection, instantly killing my father-in-law, and nearly five hours later my mother-in-law also died from her injuries. My brother-in-law, who was driving and on the left side of the car, survived with recoverable injuries and is doing okay. Mr. PSP and I, along with our daughter and son-in-law were with my mother-in-law when she died, in the middle of the night, and before she slipped away we were able to speak to her and say "good-bye".
What a week it has been. We are now onto all of the necessary arrangements and there is a lot to do. No one could see this coming, of course, and no one can see how the matter of only a couple of seconds can change everything forever before it does. Life and time are precious, especially considering our time with our loved ones, and in our own lives. It has been tough and just a stunning time for us. My in-laws are known and loved by many around the world, and this is a hard loss for us, but also for so many others who's lives have been touched by them. We will miss them dearly, as they have been so important in my family's lives just "forever". So hard to imagine this could happen, but it did, and with God's strengthening, we are moving along step by step.
Sunrise: 5:37 AM --- Sunset: 8:33 PM
Updated: 3:23 PM GMT on May 25, 2013
By: PugetSoundPost, 1:53 PM GMT on May 03, 2013
Perhaps my title for this new blog is wishcasting for the month, but we are off to a good start in the new month of May. Sunshine and well above temperatures are greeting us for this first week of the month, and only getting better over the coming weekend. Nary a cloud to be seen this early morning, and the sun is just now above the Cascades as it is rising. A beautiful day appears to be ahead, should climb into the 70's today, increase even more tomorrow, and top out supposedly in the lower 80's by Sunday and possibly Monday!! Not a drop of rain is on any forecast icon for the next week!! But, one caveat is that the marine layer will appear next week, and sometimes that can be tricky to burn out on any given day. Nonetheless, the next few days look glorious and we are well pleased about it!!
With this new weather, we are also set to launch a pretty big home project that has been in our minds, then in actual planning, for a number of years now. It almost took off last spring, but we had too much going on, primarily our daughter's wedding (actually among a lot of other things too) to tackle this, but here it is now. We are going to tear down one large section of our deck (it is a wrap-around, so this year we are only doing one half, more or less, along one side of the house, which is the main section) and rebuild it with a new design that Mr. PSP has worked out. It will be bigger than the old section and, of course, sooo much better! We are going to use composite decking, but still a lot of lumber used in the understructure, etc, but this will be a new way to go for us. The old deck is probably close to 40 years old and really disintegratng. Most of us have "fallen through" some of the old boards at some point (had a board break through under our foot - no damage or injuries to anyone, but it does make one nervous) and we have pretty much quit having any large groups out on it. So, this must be done if we want to enjoy the outdoors at all and I do love to sit/eat out there and enjoy the view of Mt. Rainier and everything else. This project will take a long time. We are doing the work ourselves and Mr. PSP will be very thorough and take every extra mile that he can find, so in the end it will be a wonderfully built deck that serves for a long time.
Yesterday I took the afternoon to clear stuff off of that part of the deck - flower pots, some furniture, a BBQ. It was hard to figure out what to do with the stuff, but I did manage to get it all squared away onto another portion of the deck, which we can still use to sit on and there is a good pathway through to the work area too. The next step begins tomorrow with the tearing down of all of the old stuff on the part that is going to be rebuilt. It will be a big mess and probably hard too, but it does feel good to finally be ready to start this project!
April in Review
Average High: 61
Average Low: 41
Highest Temp: 75 (25th)
Coldest Temp: 34 (16th)
Coldest High Temp: 48 (7th)
Wettest Day: April 7 (.95" rain)
Days of Measurable Precip: 18
Total Rain for April: 5.26"
Note: The rainfall for April was way above normal for the month, and for us it was about equal to February and March combined! Plus it was just about twice what we got last April. A very wet month!
Sunrise: 5:47 AM --- Sunset: 8:24 PM (PDT)
(gaining 2 min, 56 sec tomorrow)