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Saturday, June 8, 2013

We Are in Our New Home

Dear Friends, we moved. Yes, we did.
We would like to thank you for reading our blog
all these wonderful years.
Our computer is not working properly, so we
may not have the opportunity to share our lives
with you until it does. And until we adjust
to life in the Emerald City.
Everything has changed dramatically and
we know, ultimately, for the best.
We love our new place and we already
love the hospital down the hill!
We watch the ferries ply Puget Sound
and leave trails upon the water.
We watch - and hear! - the Medical Helicopter
buzz our roof as it prepares to
land at the hospital down the hill.
We hear cars, planes, trains, concerts
from Century Link Field where we will
also hear Seattle Seahawks games come
fall and winter. Paul McCartney will
be here soon at Safeco Field, within
walking distance...of a Beatle!!!

We watch Mt. Rainier turn pink in her
Alpenglow tunic while trying to remember
how it felt standing on Mt. Baker turning
pink with her...then we try not to remember.
We try to Be Here Now and appreciate
what is all around us.
We enjoy the exquisite diversity of Life in
the International District (formerly known
as Chinatown) where we are surrounded by
sumptuous food, sights, smells, art, music,
gardens, parks...we sit atop a steep hill,
perched quietly amidst the noisy hustle and
bustle of a major port city...we watch the
Costco cargo ship guided in by little tug-boats,
schooners sailing at dusk, and we hear
many sounds, nearly all man-made & Very Loud.

We observe sea, sky, islands, and mountains,
now from the heart of a big city, not the
Silence of the Wildlife Refuge where
PandaPig's Peace Sanctuary began...
We are still adjusting.
It will take time.
We were inspired to write originally
because living where we did in Bellingham
adjacent to Whatcom Falls Park, nestled
overlooking an Audubon Wildlife Refuge,
we were so effortlessly inspired:
communing with wildlife and nature in
a landscape everchanging throughout
turning seasons...we don't quite know
who we are here...without YumYum.
We are Four and Mom.
Life has changed irrevocably and
we may become quieter to compensate
due to so much unaccustomed noise surrounding us.
We may become Very Still.
We may "flow like water," as Bruce Lee
used to advise his students here, just
down the hill from us. We may run into his first
student, Jesse Glover, with whom mom
had the privilege to train in Bruce's Gung Fu
 many years ago back in Pioneer Square:
We miss birds.

We play together at night, let out of our cages
(yes, we have to live in cages here, large ones,
but we don't like it and are creating a LARGE
RUNABOUT SPACE through which to frolic all
at night while our cages are cleaned;
food and water replenished as we explore
our new digs, popcorn, chase one another,
get petted & loved...)
This, our Seattle Bedtime Ritual, Together.

We have moved.
Life is loud.
We may need to become Silent.
On the Inside.
We don't know yet.
Thank you for reading our blog.
We don't know yet whether or not
we will continue writing...we are struggling to
settle in, Life is not as simple as it was,
but It Is Good. We know it will become
We will keep in touch!
We love you all, dear Readers, dear Friends:
We so love you each and every one!
Yours Truly Forever,
& Mom ~

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  1. You DID get moved... now, make some noise of your own!

    Enjoy the new place!

    1. We ARE enjoying the new place, Ms. A, just still homesick for small town life. Our neighbors are wonderful, but elderly, so we will have to "make some noise of our own" before QUIET HOURS! LOL! WE LOVE QUIET HOURS! And, thank you.

  2. We of the Queendom of Pooten (no longer on 70th St. for we have moved as well) are ever so glad that you are in the big city. We will try our hardest to help you adjust, to perhaps take you places of peace and beauty within this wonderful place...Swanson's Nursery? Woodland Park? Green Lake?. You name it, we will take you there. Many sunny days are ahead and we'll try our best to enjoy them with you! First we'll try to help tackle the stacks of boxes and make order of the chaos. Perhaps our first adventure will be to a place to buy shelving. A trip to IKEA anybody? - granted it won't be a place of peace and beauty but it will bring some peace and beauty to your home.

    So here's to new adventures in the big city. We'll certainly have a grand ol' time!

    Queen Ann (aka DommyDomsMom), Princess Camille, and Sir Dominic

    1. You know we couldn't have done it without you! Look forward to many sunny days together, you special lady!

  3. Great to see you on here. Silence may be golden, but noise means life. You'll get the hang of it. Lurves to you and the boyz

  4. Thanks for your encouragement, MariFUN! Noise does indeed mean life, we just haven't gotten the hang of it yet, but we're gonna, fo sho we iz gonna! Here comes that big ole helicopter now! The boys is pretty darn happy, their Runabout growing larger and larger. Hey, you, how is YOUR RECOVERY COMING ALONG? HOPE SPLENDIDLY! WE LURVES YA LIKE CRAZY, ALWAYS HAVE, ALWAYS WILL!

  5. Thanks for the encouragement, Marifun, hey YOU: how is YOUR RECOVERY COMING ALONG? ARE you splendiferous? Rooting for that back surgery to have you feeling better and active in record time! Please keep us posted, will ya? Lurves YOU!

  6. Hey there Skatr! I have been thinking of you. How are you doing? Have you been site-seeing yet?

  7. Heya GMarch! What's shakin' girl? We think of you every Friday Night hoping to visit Molly Movie Night but our 'puter done caught a virus! DommyDom's mom has been kind enough to loan me hers for now...but we sure miss our GMarch, yes we DOES :) Sightseeing? Well, we iz STILL UNPACKING! Ack, yeah. But the view from our little perch is breathtaking so we see lots just sittin' in the chair. Piggies is still waiting for me to build them a BIG RUNABOUT and they seem to be speaking in Mandarin suddenly ?!? I KNOW! So How's our favorite YOU??? Great of you to drop by, please give all our ModdyMODS a big "MU-AH!" KISS & HUG till we can log back in to MMN, and it sure would be great some time to sight see YOU here!!! Any chance? Lurves you to bits and pieces, yup, true!