Thanks to Natalie for hosting Three Things Thursday, “three things big or small, that have made you happy this week.”
Last weekend the Festival of Sail, commonly known as the Tall Ships, brought quite a few seagoing sailing vessels to Tacoma, WA. Although we missed the parade of ships on Thursday afternoon, when the ships arrived with sails unfurled in all their glory, we did get a chance to tour some of the ships at anchor on Friday.
One of the most important elements on these ships is their ropes. Here are some illustrations.
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Because ships played such a large role in the development of the city of Tacoma, our revitalized waterfront area features an educational museum that explains the naval importance of ropes:
A ship’s rigging contains a conglomeration of ropes that come together at the bottom of the mast:
There are more ropes along the sides of the ships:
The rounded thing that the ropes are wound around is called a belaying pin, from the verb belay:
to secure (as a rope) by turns around a clean, pin, or bitt
I have been away for two months now, mostly because of a good thing: travel. While I was gone, Three Things Thursday, which I’ve always enjoyed a lot, changed homes.
I’m happy to get reacquainted with Three Things Thursday, “three things big or small, that have made you happy this week,” at its new home.
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After three Fitbits and two Jawbones, I am now the proud owner of an Apple Watch:
If I had realized how easily those other devices would fail or break, I would have saved money by simply springing for the watch in the first place. Now I just have to get back in the habit of doing something serious about my exercise (or lack thereof).
It’s baby season here, where we entertain many of the deer who inhabit the neighboring park. Here’s this year’s fawn, still young enough to sport her fawn spots, with mother:
Thanks to my husband for getting this great photo.
On a recent Lunch Bunch outing to a nearby Mexican restaurant, I had fried ice cream for the first time:
It was delicious, but then, I’m a fool for ice cream.
Thanks for checking in. I hope everyone has a good week. Until next Thursday… .
three things that make me smile: an exercise in gratitude – feel free to steal this idea with wild abandon and fill your blog with the happy
My husband and I are preparing for a trip that will take us walking over slippery, uneven cobblestones throughout Europe. I need new hiking boots, so off we went to the REI store to look for some. And while we were there, we found a couple of other travel goodies as well.
These are my new hiking boots:
Since I have weak ankles, I wanted boots with a high top to provide extra support. The fact that they are also a pretty color is an added bonus.
Travel ponchos, which my husband is displaying in the feature photo at the top of this post. They fold into a small carrying pouch:
Here’s the pouch, with a regular small post card next to it to give you an idea of the size. These won’t take up much space in the suitcase but may come in handy.
This is my new sun/rain hat:
It has a wide brim in front to shade the eyes and an even wider brim in back to prevent sunburn on the neck. The hat will pack easily because the head covering will lie flat in the suitcase.
Our area is called the South Sound because, on a map, we are toward the bottom of Puget Sound. The news app from KIRO7, the Seattle CBS affiliate TV channel, offers sections dedicated to both South Sound news and North Sound news, but I’ve never heard the phrase North Sound used in any other context. It seems that the folks around here differentiate between the South Sound and Seattle, which includes that city and points north.
Two: Signs of Spring
It’s been raining so steadily that I haven’t been able to get out to take photos, but in the last few days I’ve noticed daffodils in bloom, forsythia bushes covered in yellow flowers, and the early-flowering ornamental trees and bushes beginning to display flashes of pink or white. The rhododendron bushes, the Washington state flower, that line the roads in our retirement community have big fat buds all over, but none have broken open yet.
But pretty soon they’ll be in bloom, along with the ornamental pear trees that also line our streets. I promise some photos when the weather lets me get out and walk around.
Three: What I’ve Been Watching: Beck
Our daughter got us a subscription to streaming service Hulu for Christmas. Lately my husband and I have taken to watching foreign TV series. We’re currently about 2/3 of the way through season 2 of the three seasons of Beck, a Swedish police drama. Shows like this offer glimpses into not only the legal systems but also the culture and local customs of other countries.
I hope everyone has a great week. See you next Thursday!