Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Subdivide the land

In Ballard, the neighbors were all upset about a home being added to a "backyard" when the land use signs went up for a subdivision, making one space into two. It turns out, each lot has it's own tax parcel number and that is good enough for the City of Seattle. Each may be sold separately, or changed without further zoning changes or lot line adjustments. 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


I've been thinking about my parents lately. They have both passed over, so I am now the "older generation" in my family. Here they were with my oldest. Picture taken some 21 years ago. She looks pretty happy to be in the arms of a loving grandma. 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Living simply in 400 square feet

This link takes you to a sweet blog post. Could I live in a 20x20 apartment? I'm not so sure. Can I let go of the tent I haven't used in many years? Yes.

Friday, February 7, 2014

The waterfront in Seattle is filled with pleasure and pain.

For example, the Ballard fishing fleet is still active. There are still seiners, trollers and longliners...the kinds of boats that have a small crew and demand hard physical labor. Pictured here are some seine skiffs, all parked on land waiting for the season. (herring and salmon)

Friday, January 31, 2014

A view from the water side of Ray's Boathouse in Ballard. What a sweet location.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Tiny Houses

This story in the New York Times about a Portland couple is sweet, except for the part where they will not use a general contractor or a Realtor in the future...of, course I have an opinion about Realtors.

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Urban Farms

My neighbor in Ballard has an urban farm. Goats, chickens and rabbits are her animals of choice. It's a meeting place for neighbors and the local kids (human children) have a good time stopping by, because the alley is open for them to wander in to see the creatures.  She says she is teaching her children the circle of life.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Beautiful Ballard

 I love living in Ballard. One recent day, It was foggy and misty in Loyal Heights, so I took a little trip to the docks at Fisherman's Terminal in Ballard to see what was up, and it was sunny.