2004

  • Loren's pix Loren took some pictures in Boulder, on Orcas, and in Vancouver, BC this summer and forwarded them on to the island. These pictures supplement those in the August 2004 doings album. Loren took many pictures in the VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver. While not as fancy as Butchart's near Victoria, it has it's own quiet charm - and is highly recommended. And he took many in the U of BC Anthropology Museum in Vancouver as well - a wonderful place.
  • Christmas 2004 James came back from school to Seattle and we hit the road for Shelton, then Boulder, Denver, and Colorado Springs, and then back to Shelton for New Years, then Seattle for a day and James headed back to Princeton. We celebrated Elin's 88th birthday in the Springs, decorated Jenny's tree and the Davis' tree. Yvonne got food poisoning somehow, James had his wisdom teeth pulled, got infected, then later had stomach flu. Ugh! Colorado was both cold and snowy and mild and sunny. James and Rita got together. We stayed with the Davises, Elin, Jenny, and the Parson's.
  • Thanksgiving 2004 Yvonne, John, and 'Mantha drove down to HB via Portland, Salinas, and San Luis Obispo visiting missions and Eric, stayed in Gordon's house, enjoyed Thanksgiving at Eric and Kristin's with Kristin's family and then spent Friday with Ron and Toni. Then back north to the beautiful Oregon coast via Roseberg and Astoria
  • A Picture of Eric "Worming" From Kristin: As we all know, Eric loves to make a spectacle out of himself at weddings. Attached is a great picture of him in action at my cousin¹s wedding. Thought ya¹ll might get a kick out of this. Hope everyone is doing well.
  • Bellingham with Noah, Natasha, and Morgan Noah had Friday off so they boarded the train in Olympia. We took the ferry to Anacortes, did some shopping, had dinner and met them at the train station in Fairhaven/Bellingham. Noah and Natasha were at leisure Saturday. Gramma and Grandpa spent the day with the youngun'. N&N enjoyed being back in Bellingham where they graduated from college in 1994. They visited Tony's twice - scene of their first date in 1991. The old folks walked with Morgan, in the stroller, all over downtown Belligham - to the Childrens' Museum, out for lunch, the waterfront, shopping (Morgan got a Tonka Payloader), and then dinner. It was great to be with Morgan and we all had time to catch up. Cool, cloudy, Northwest fall weather - just what we like.
  • Morgan drops marbles into a contraption he and grandpa put together
  • Early November 2004 Getting ready for the ladies Yvonne took a few pictures of Samantha, our neurotic mutt. Yvonne held a yard sale with two neighbors on a sunny Saturday. Her vegetable garden is ready for the winter with new topsoil. And Yvonne hosted the yacht club Mate's Luncheon. The ladies like to look at each other's houses. We cleaned and cleaned the day before - including doing the windows!
  • Julie Andrew's Pictures Phoebe Andrews and Alan Stiles - newly engaged Here's the first batch of Julie's pictures (John's sister). John scanned them from photos Julie had taken over the last year or so. Phoebe and Cooper appear (her daughter and son) and others from the larger clan - and Phoebe and Alan Stiles are engaged - with a wedding planned for September 2005. Exciting!
  • Jenny's Trip to attend Eva and Eric's Wedding in Prague Eva from the Czech Republic and Eric from Holland got married and St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague and Jenny participated, toured Prague, and had a wonderful time.
  • Yvonne's East Coast Trip In October, Yvonne traveled to the East Coast to see James at Princeton for parents' weekend and then drove to the D.C. area to visit her friend Ann and then on to North Carolina to visit Marobeth and family. Yvonne drove almost 1000 miles and was especially interested to see the the rolling hills of the Piedmont.
  • Orcas Island Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Yvonne and John are active in the island's UU Fellowship. John often plans the program, acts as moderator, and sometimes presents a homily. Chris, a UU member took some pictures at the October Improvisational Faith, Jazz Theology Service.
  • Hike to Turtleback Mountain Knob September 25, a beautiful fall day, we hiked to the top of the head of Turtle Back Mountain. Great views to the south and west. Way above the fog on President's channel to the north. Found some very pretty log cabins on the way down.
  • Morgan's Play Set (9/20/04) Noah has been busy constructing a play set for Morgan, age 4. Phase 1 is now complete and Morgan has a slide and sandbox in the back yard near Natasha's big vegetable garden. Phase 2 will include a swing and a 3-ton derrick for Morgan to use to lift his John Deer tractor to the top of the platform. We'll have more pictures later as Noah adds to the structure.
  • Autumnal Equinox 2004 Yvonne and John picked up Dean and Barb, Alan and Tessa at Sea-Tac on Thursday and drove/ferried back to Orcas. Dave flew into Eastsound Friday when we had Richard for dinner as well. Ann couldn't come and we missed her mightily and talked with her by phone. A hike on Mt Constitution, a cruise to Roche Harbor, chanting up the sun Sunday.
  • Orcas Homestead Sometimes, someone in the family wants to describe to someone else where we live in Deer Harbor and what it looks like. This album shows the grounds and buildings we enjoy and work on as is intended to assist the description process.
  • Ganges Cruise Yvonne, John, and intrepid boat-dog, Samantha cruised up to Ganges on Salt Spring on a Friday to enjoy the Saturday Farmers' Market. Lots of very nice rain on Friday night but a sunny Saturday. Ganges is a great town on a great BC island.
  • James matriculates at Princeton James and his roommate pose in Forbes College. John accompanied James through his Princeton matriculation - a great pleasure. James reports great classes and fellow students and even food. And he's been to NYC. Pretty exciting stuff. Class of 2008.
  • Lots of Doings August 2004 Jenny came up for a visit. Then the Parsons and we went to Whistler, Vancouver, then Seattle. Back home, Jenny and her sister Corrina came up for a couple days. Then Faisal, his mother, sister, and aunt came to Seattle and we went down for a visit and dinner. Then on to Harstene for a visit and to make improvements to the new rental house. Back home, then Yvonne with her friend Julie to Idaho and Joh back to Shelton working with Noah on the rental house.
  • Cruise to Desolation Sound July 16 - 26, 2004 Yvonne, Samantha, and John took Gumption to Desolation Sound in British Columbia, Canada. A beautiful place about 100 north of Orcas Island.
  • Road Trip: Ellensburg, Spokane, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Sedona, Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Las Vegas, Huntington Beach .
  • June 11-27, 2004 James, Yvonne, Sammantha, and John breezed across the West, visiting and viewing. James then stayed with Eric and Kristen to enjoy Southern California and seek gainful summer employment before beginning college at Princeton. See the album here.
  • James Middlesex graduation (YouTube https://youtu.be/BmEwcKw4pqA )
  • James' Graduation from Middlesex School May 28-31, 2004 Noah, Natasha, and Morgan, Jenny, John, and Yvonne met in Seattle and picked up Rita at O'Hare on the way to Manchester, NH. Eric and Kristin flew into Boston. We stayed in Tewksbury, about 20 miles from Concord. Beside the graduation festivities, we walked the Freedom Trial in Boston and toured historic sites in Concord. It's was great seeing Michael Ansa again, James' friends and their families, and a wonderful dinner with the Van Nordens.
  • Peregrinos April 8 - 10, 2004 Barb and Dean, Ann and Dave, Tessa and Alan, Yvonne and John Our twelfth Good Friday Chimayo pilgrimage
  • Road trip to Huntington Beach Mid March 2004 James, Yvonne, Samantha, and John drove down to Orange County to visit with Eric and Kristin - and Katie and Marcel of course. Warm - and crowded with people.
  • Early March 2004 Yvonne working in the yard, Gumption being repaired, James with his friends from school, Alex and Beth. Flowers and warmer weather.
  • February 2004 Yvonne in the garden; Ron and Toni; Jesse, Kim, and Raphael visit. Toni brought homemade fudge.
  • Morgan's third birthday January 31, 2004 Attending: Noah, Natasha, and Morgan, Justin, Mandy, and Maddie, Gene and LaRonge, Jan and her friends Alan and Terri, Jenny and Faisal, Yvonne and John. A wonderful afternoon.
  • Building Yvonne's Greenhouse January 17, 2004 Yvonne and John spent most of a January weekend putting together a Sunglow 8x10 greenhouse kit. Take a look at the greenhouse photo album for the whole story.
  • Winter comes to Orcas January 7, 2004 When we got back to Deer Harbor from Colorado and Harstine Island January 5th we were greeted by snow and temperatures in the 20s. We got the van up the hill OK but then couldn't move until Thursday when the snow melted. Trying to take the truck down the driveway nearly resulted in sliding over Yvonne's raised bed garden.
  • Barkman Family photo scans January 16, 2004 On December 26 and December 27 John spent time with Elin going through one of her photo albums (Green) that contained mostly pictures of the Barkman and Nilsson families before 1940 - including many from Sweden. Elin has two more albums of this type that need to be scanned and we don't know the people, place, and time for some of the photos. Perhaps having them available here on the Web would allow others to comment.