Lovely sunset off the stern:
Accidental sidewalk art.
I booked a couple of tickets to tour the University of Texas Tower tonight. It has been, thankfully, a rainy weekend, so I didn’t get the pre-sunset view that I was hoping for, but I enjoyed the tour and the 360 degree views of the city.
A panoramic view from the observation deck, located below the clockface, looking south.
Monte introduced me to golf. He started me off with my first golf clubs. He chose a nice ladies’ club line with custom fitting from Golfsmith, the Snake Eyes Viper LS with graphite shafts, and suggested I only get a few to start and add the rest over time, as I improved. So, I started with an 8 iron, pitching wedge and putter, which was enough to get me out on the course to learn the game and how to swing. After a few years, I added a 6 iron, for a little more distance, and a sand wedge, for those darn sand traps. A few years later, I added a 5 wood. I can now say that I enjoy golf, and love the clubs I have. But, when I went back to Golfsmith a couple of years ago to add my next club, I was very disappointed to hear that they had discontinued their line of custom made club heads/shafts! Since then, I’ve just kept playing with my incomplete set.
Now that I’m retired, though, I’m ready to take my golf game a tad more seriously; i.e., golf more than once or twice a year, and fill out my set of clubs. I didn’t really want to dump a grand on a completely unknown new set, brand, fit, flex and performance. But with my Snake Eyes discontinued, I thought I was out of options. On a whim, I decided to check out eBay, and am so glad I did. I found lightly used clubs identical to mine from various sellers and was able to fill out my set! The sellers were very responsive via email to give me measurements so I could see if the length would be right. I’m still waiting for the 7W/4I hybrid to arrive, but the rest of them were delivered yesterday. I trotted out to the driving range today to try them out. After emptying a big bucket of balls, I was thrilled that I could hit them as solid as my existing clubs. I’m certainly not ready for the pro tour, but I am excited that I now have a set of clubs to play with that will help me take my game to the next level. Woot woot!
During our visit to Seattle, my niece made ice cream sandwiches for dessert. They were delicious, so I had to try making them when we returned home.
If you like lemon, and you like ice cream, you must try these.
Lemon Ice Cream Sandwiches (makes 4)
4 or 5 scoops of vanilla ice cream – we used Bluebell Homemade Vanilla, of course
1 Tbsp Dickinson’s lemon curd – or more, to taste
8 belgian butter cookies
Put all ice cream scoops together in a single bowl. Add lemon curd and stir well. I used a stiff spatula to blend. Do this relatively quickly, before ice cream gets too soft. Place 4 cookies on flat baking sheet. Spread a scoop of the blended ice cream onto each cookie. Lightly place another cookie on top of each. Place in freezer for several hours.
Every August 4th I celebrate Champagne Day, because I once read on the interwebz that it was on this date in 1693 that French monk Dom Pérignon created the very first batch of the stuff. Many thanks, Dom!
And, so, it is only fitting that we picked Champagne Day to see the new AbFab movie.
Cheers, Eddie & Pats!
Mount Rainier today. I wish I could have washed the window before we took off🙂
A bald eagle that I spotted flying over Union, Washington last week.
We stopped at the University of Washington rowing center. The rowing 8 shell that won the gold medal in the 1936 Olympics, the Husky Clipper, is on display there. A book was written about it, called The Boys in the Boat.
Then on to Pike Place Market for the obligatory walk-through.
We golfed at Alderbrook Golf & Yacht Club yesterday with Fran and Art. It was a great day! This shot from the 18th green looks west over Hood Canal towards the Olympic Mountains.
A misty, drizzly day led to a very enjoyable trek through the Olympic National Forest, walking along trails on Walker Mountain, a drive through Quilcene, a Fat Smitty’s burger in Discovery Bay, antiquing in Port Townsend, a little geocaching, climbing through 100 year old bunkers at Fort Worden State Park, and walking to the beach to see the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Point Wilson Lighthouse.
A few shots from the day…
Layers of Cascades foothills with Mount Baker off in the distance, center.Mount Rainier flyby as seen through a window waaaay over on the other side of the plane. And from my window a few minutes later. Looking up through a glass sidewalk in Pioneer Square from the Seattle Underground.