Archive for September, 2012

Helping out our daughter and son-in-law

September 26, 2012

Kara had asked her dad to come and help her and Nick with a kitchen remodel. Here was their kitchen when we arrived. Kara had already torn out the flooring,  getting ready for the tile floor.


They had to tear out their old kitchen cabinets , removing the appliances and then repair the wall and floor and install a tile floor and new cabinets.  It was fun to work along side Kara and Nick when he wasn’t working at his job. It was a lot of hard work but very worthwhile and fun to see their new kitchen.


I told Kara that I would stay in Bellevue but she asked me to come and help with food, cleanup and her garden. So that is what I did. We so appreciated that Kara and Nick paid for our flight to Denver and back just to help them. Thanks guys!


Since they have a blog of their own I only put a few of the pictures here. I know Nick or Kara will come up with a great presentation of their own. Then you can see the step by step.  Kara did a great ob of working right alongside of her dad. It was so fun to watch them plan and work together.

Kent did not put in the granite countertop so that came this week. I am sure Kara is glad to get a kitchen that is workable again.  It was worth all the hard work.  It looks beautiful!

Love to you,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Lots of Memories

September 26, 2012

Kent and I and his sister LeAnn and husband Ken had a interesting weekend. Ken and LeAnn drove to our place and then we all drove together to Bellingham where Kent’s parents live. We were going to help clear out the trailer that Kent and LeAnn’s maternal grandmother Lueta had lived in for about 20 years. Her mother had also lived there with her. Grandma Lutie as she was affectionally called passed away in 1985. She was 93 year old. the trailer has been used occasionally for guests but for many years it has just sat. A few years back a leak was discovered in a pipe and so the water was turned off BUTage and the weather have taken their toll. Kent a few weeks ago got on top to sweep off debris and found a huge hole in the roof. So in checking it they found most of what was inside all but ruined.

So this weekend was to be one of clearing this trailer out and trying to dismantle all of the building that we could. It was a pretty daunting task.

We knew it might be hard on Kent’s mom as these were her mother’s things. So LeAnn was so good to help mom Reimer go through papers and other things that might be special. Kent, I and Ken all emptied out the place and then the guys started to dismantle it. they took out the kitchen sink, appliances and toilet etc. They tore out the cabinets. There was a lot of mold and so we all wore masks and old clothes and gloves.

Here is the rest of the gang. I am taking the picture.

Some of the stuff to go through

We did get one load taken to the dump, two huge piles await burning when it is permitted and a lot of stuff was put into the barn for going through later. There was a heavy dew on the grass and so we didn’t leave anything on the lawn for another day.

No, it isn’t done but much was gotten done. We are so grateful for Ken and LeAnn’s help and strength and patience.

This was a good job to have a lot of it done and hopefully we can help some more.

Love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Friends from Arizona- Part 2

September 7, 2012

Saturday we all went to Whidbey Island in search of an aunt of Darlene’s.

Darlene had not gotten to see this aunt for almost 50 years. Her aunt was such a fun person to visit with. We all enjoyed the visit. Her son came by too and he told us of a place that we should go see. So after the visit we took off for Deception Pass and a little harbor right before it.

We stopped to check out the harbor and the men were looking at the boats. When Darlene and I got to talking to some people there sitting near the dock. They had some crabs they had just caught and were getting ready to cook them.

So…we stayed and watched and took some pictures and asked a lot of questions about how they caught them and cooked them etc…

As we walked away they called us back and offered us some. YES!!! So they were so generous and gave us 5 halves. WOW! They cleaned them for us and we had a bag to put them in.

We drove on the Deception Pass and got out and ate those hot fresh crabs.

YUM! We then did see Deception Pass. It was a bit cloudy and so it wasn’t as pretty as other times we had been there. But it was still very fun.

On Sunday we went to Snoqualmie Falls.

It is a pretty falls but there is some construction being done on it now. Afterwards we went into the town of Snoqualmie. That was fun as they were having a festival. They had lots of old cars.

Purple car and Purple on Darlene? Looking good!

They guys really liked that. And Darlene and I found some stuff to look at as well.

On Monday we went whale watching. It was to be a long 12 hour day and we had to be there early.


There was a small cafe on the boat and Darlene especially appreciated Ivar’s clam chowder. Ivar’s is known for their chowder and is a small chain restaurant here in the Northwest. So she was enjoying that.

The boat went first to Friday Harbor (that is a small town). A lot of people got off there but those of us who were going whale watching stayed on.

We then went out to where whales had been sighted. Wow, we were thrilled.
We got to see about 15 different whales all around the boats.

There were a lot of boats there watching them. But they were not frightened off and so stayed close by and kept swimming around us. Wayne got some really good pictures. Even the naturalist on board came by to see his pictures to identify the whales. Wow!

We also saw several sea planes while in the harbor. There are a lot of them in this part of the country.

After seeing the whales we had about two hours in Friday Harbor before coming back to the dock in Seattle. We also saw several sea planes.

That was another full and good day. Seattle skyline.

It was a good and full five days. We were so glad that we had some really nice cool and mostly sunny weather for them. Almost no rain. Yeah! It was fun having them here in Seattle and we look forward to seeing them again in Phoenix a few months from now.

Love, Jan from the Roaming Reimers

Friends from Arizona come for a visit Part 1

September 5, 2012

A few weeks ago some good friends came to Seattle for a visit. Wayne and Darlene are from our church in Phoenix as well as our small group. They had never been to Seattle and Phoenix was hot this time of year. So we encouraged them to come for a visit and it worked out.

We were so excited to have Wayne and Darlene come. Kent went to a lot work to think through things that they might like to see. So he had a full 5 days planned out. Their first day they went to see the Space Needle while Kent and I finished up some jobs. On Thursday evening they came and saw where we are living at SAMBICA and Wayne took pictures. And we had a wonderful delicious salmon dinner that Kent prepared on our own grill.



We found some fresh blackberries too. Darlene and I had fun picking them. Yum!







On Friday we went to the Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle.





Darlene was fascinated with all the seafood.

Lots of FRESH seafood for sale.

And some unusual meats!!! Yikes!

There were big bouquets of flowers. Most of them were the dahlias that are in bloom now. But this is an mixture of flowers.

There were also some street musicians playing there.

Interesting Drum!

It is a fun and interesting place. I love going to the market. We bought some peaches and the shop keeper washed them for us. So we ate them right then…We even got to see the fish go flying. When a person buys fish at this one market stand they throw it up to get packaged. It is fun to stand around and watch it happen.

Next we went to the Ballard Locks



We got to see the salmon swimming in the fish ladder.

We also go to see boats going through the locks. Wayne and Kent really liked that.





That was day one. I will continue this trip tomorrow.

Love Jan for the Roaming Reimers