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This online venture is for friendship and community more than anything else, and it fascinates me that the PNW seems so lightly represented here! What, we have more options and freedoms seek out interesting folks in person?

My Lutheran upbringing gave way long ago a world of information and the myriad of cultures that join us all in community. I have enjoyed Unitarian fellowships for helping me see what a broad scope of wisdom is available from so many sources.

My 2 kids are each married, healthy, happy, and raising families of their own. Experiencing life with grandies has brought a wealth of love and joy I could not have imagined.

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I recently had an interesting on-line experience. About a month or so ago a young man, about 32, ...
tinkercreek comments on May 19, 2019:
Bravo, well played!
1980 Has it been that long? Mt. St. Helens
tinkercreek comments on May 19, 2019:
Oh, yes, it was quite the event! Ash everywhere, fouling the air and car engines, everyone bracing for more activity. Wiped out a huge forested area and a couple small towns.
A recent visitor or two
tinkercreek comments on May 19, 2019:
Oh, what sweet sightings!
Not new but always good for a laugh
tinkercreek comments on May 19, 2019:
Indeed!
I went out to see a band at a bar last night. This is how my evening went. My evening... Very...
tinkercreek comments on May 19, 2019:
I would have loved to be within earshot of that exchange!
My son made this pecan pie for his climbing team get together tonight. He is quite the ...
tinkercreek comments on May 19, 2019:
Beautiful, and surely delicious! He is not just a baker, but a patient food artist.
The afternoon was wonderful, good food, some shopping, a walk in the rain and then a nice long nap. ...
tinkercreek comments on May 19, 2019:
What a great time for you, and more to come~ enjoy!
Had a quick trip to the Chicago Botanic Garden today and had a chance to see this bad boy/girl. It ...
tinkercreek comments on May 18, 2019:
I bought a house years ago with a smaller relative of that, one purple bloom yearly right below my kitchen window that stank terribly and attracted flies. Rather beautiful, and fascinating, and now wish I'd dug it up to take and transplant with me . . . somewhere further from the house!
Abortion is not the issue. The issue is whether a simple medical decision by a rational person about...
tinkercreek comments on May 18, 2019:
And while we are here, this:
Okay..Since so many members was really helpful (shoutout to FlippantLlama) I decided to try out some...
tinkercreek comments on May 18, 2019:
Oooh, but I would bet a very tasty mess!
Wow, I’m grinning from ear to ear. It is so amazing to be here. The ride through San Jose Costa ...
tinkercreek comments on May 18, 2019:
What a treat for you to share your adventure with us - looking forward to more!
Is it just me or are some posts (here and in other groups) just plain difficult to understand? That ...
tinkercreek comments on May 18, 2019:
Agreed! I have encountered many posts that could have been constructed far better.
I attended two sessions of yoga today, but my left leg is going crazy! I suspect there is a pinched ...
tinkercreek comments on May 18, 2019:
@WaywardAtheist you may want to learn a bit about your psoas muscle, which connects your lower spine to the far interior aspect of your femur, exactly where you describe. There is specific, gentle work you can do to help that, and hopefully your yoga instructor could guide you.
Abortion is not the issue. The issue is whether a simple medical decision by a rational person about...
tinkercreek comments on May 18, 2019:
Thank you, wise Seeker, and this:
Beef stew with mushrooms, broccoli, Italian peeled tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, garlic, ...
tinkercreek comments on May 18, 2019:
Looks so good!
This seems it's my black & White time of the year. I have one Tulip that is so dark it actually ...
tinkercreek comments on May 18, 2019:
Ooh, that dark tulip is awesome!
Some beautiies to start your weekend. 1 & 2 - Double Delight (2 is the same flower as 1 from a few ...
tinkercreek comments on May 18, 2019:
They ARE all beauties, but that Double Delight is really stunning!
The World's Ugliest Iris's. Lolz. I do love them however because they came from my grandfathers ...
tinkercreek comments on May 17, 2019:
Very cool color, so unusual. Hi, Kessie!
Worked in my tiny greenhouse yesterday setting up my Alaska Grow Buckets on May 16th 2019 - that is ...
tinkercreek comments on May 17, 2019:
Wow, that's ambition on gardening!
A duck was about to cross the road. “Wait ! Stop!”, said the chicken. “Don’t do it man, ...
tinkercreek comments on May 17, 2019:
Well, heck with all the rest of you's - that cracked me up!
Update on my dream guy. It is going great! I met his 12 year old daughter. She is so cute. She and ...
tinkercreek comments on May 17, 2019:
Such happy news, and I think "deserving" is the key!
2 weeks count down to move. I will be able to have all the potted plants I want at my new place. I'm...
tinkercreek comments on May 17, 2019:
That is gorgeous, and would be a dream to see every day!
Something not right... Frankie taking me to the hospital... I'm so frightened...
tinkercreek comments on May 17, 2019:
Glad you're going in for help, the right thing to do. Sending hugs and thoughts of healing.
As I’ve traveled today, the shocks have been more geographical/climatic rather than cultural. ...
tinkercreek comments on May 17, 2019:
You sound so happy! Glad you're having such a nice trip to get your daughter, who is indeed a lucky girl.
I’m one and a half months into my 15-month trip across the US, and I’ve met some amazing men. ...
tinkercreek comments on May 16, 2019:
Very well stated, thank you! We've likely all experienced some deception along that line, and it's disappointing even without thought of a romantic involvement. More than anything else, it saddens me for that spouse who may or may not know they are left out of reference, and what a pity that is.
Today has been a travel day, 1100 miles in 16.5 hours. Took a four hour nap, now just feeling ...
tinkercreek comments on May 16, 2019:
Whew, lotsa miles and vistas! Hope you enjoy it all with safe travels.
Just saw where a millionaire in Utah is advertising for a wife . It starts with an on line ...
tinkercreek comments on May 15, 2019:
I think I'm fine without.
Viva la Conway he expired today was one of the funniest. [youtu.be]
tinkercreek comments on May 14, 2019:
I had the great pleasure of seeing him in a live show with Harvey just a year before Korman passed. After a childhood of watching them on the Carol Burnette Show, I could not have laughed harder or been more amazed at their brilliant wits and physical comedy. The good ones are gone, but not forgotten.
Some roses to brighten your day
tinkercreek comments on May 14, 2019:
Thanks for the lovely preview, can't wait for mine!!
Watched "Serenity" last night, starring Matthew McConaughey. It's worth a view, but I have to say I ...
tinkercreek comments on May 12, 2019:
I saw this last night, and thought it well worth seeing, thank you! I understand what you mean about the twist in plot, but I enjoy unpredictable suspense films so this qualified. Yes, I typically enjoy McConaughey, and he was great in this role, along with what struck me as good filming.
Okay, so naturally I wasn't expecting an original plot, since I knew it was not the first re-make of...
tinkercreek comments on May 12, 2019:
I wasn't excited about seeing this due to all the initial attention it got, but finally saw it after a friend reported in. I loved it! The story was so much more relevant and situationally believable, and the chemistry between actors was palpable. I was humming the songs for days after seeing the film, not typical for me.
To be filed under Small Joys: I discovered today that my ex-husband’s cell phone number has been ...
tinkercreek comments on May 12, 2019:
Hahaha, I gloried in that same transition a few years ago (12 yrs now divorced). Then about a year ago, while cleaning up my phone's contact list, I saw an unfamiliar number and somehow decided I could give a quick ring just to see who it was . . . OOOPS! Yah, it was him, but fortunately, enough time had passed that we shared a laugh about the call and had a friendly chat, catching up on news and healing a rift. Life's a hoot!
Feeling hungry at midday I decided to be creative. Yesterday I bought at the right price some squid ...
tinkercreek comments on May 12, 2019:
Squid is one of my favorites, and this sounds great! Best I ever had was in a little harbor-side fish/burger joint in Myrtle Beach, SC, fresh caught and beer-battered, so tender!
This guy was abandoned, with his litter mates in a nearby field. My neighbor found them and I ...
tinkercreek comments on May 12, 2019:
Husky/Retriever, and what beautiful markings!
I had a stall today, at the plant fair at Doddington Hall, it was a lovely day, sold lots of plants....
tinkercreek comments on May 12, 2019:
What a lovely place, what dreams are made of for me!
The Maidenhair and Harts Tongue ferns are at their lush best beside the water spout now. Spring is ...
tinkercreek comments on May 10, 2019:
That is incredibly gorgeous!!
Everything is now so green and lush looking.....It's such a contrast to how it looks in the fall and...
tinkercreek comments on May 9, 2019:
So lovely!
I had some disturbing news this week. Some of you may recall the gentleman I referred to as Mr. ...
tinkercreek comments on May 9, 2019:
There is sadness to either aspect of the situation, Mary, and your keen insight on the differences will give you more clarity and resolve as you process a unique grief. The flood of emotion in recognition of his illness may add some confusion to the relief that you have distance from it. Any grief takes time, so please be patient with and kind to yourself, and know that you're in a good place.
Is it possible to be an atheist and a Buddhist ? Buddhist philosophy rarely reference to the ...
tinkercreek comments on May 8, 2019:
I find the greatest attraction to Buddhism, Taoism, for the absence of diety and focus on mindfulness, establishing life patterns of compassion and authenticity, and consistently re-examining life choices. There is great freedom and contentment in having the learnings and intellectual power to know how best to live my own life.
Supper last was very simple: a little smoked salmon, some edamame, sliced cucumber, avocado, cold ...
tinkercreek comments on May 7, 2019:
That looks wonderful!
Dinner this evening after a long day in the gardens. Munster cheese, sliced grilled chicken breast ...
tinkercreek comments on May 7, 2019:
New Zealand wines are amazing, and much lower in sulphites and pesticides than American wines.
Watched "Serenity" last night, starring Matthew McConaughey. It's worth a view, but I have to say I ...
tinkercreek comments on May 7, 2019:
Sounds great, and McConaughey usually does a fine job - it's on my list now, thank you!
Finally!!! A guy who's figured out women!!! Here come the millions of dollars of book sales for him ...
tinkercreek comments on May 5, 2019:
Superficial jerk.
I work in retail...….not a religious entity. One of our managers has begun saying, after our ...
tinkercreek comments on May 5, 2019:
It seems the use of "blessed", "blessings", etc., has come into vogue as a warm greeting, and not necessarily that of a religious nature. It is viewed as particularly non-specific to any line of thought and, thus, hoped to be easily received without offense. Always best to assume good intent unless, as others have offered, you would not be inconvenienced by losing your job for snapping back with a verbally aggressive retort specific to certain beliefs. Oh, yes, that would be accepted by H.R..
Good morning all... It's Friday! Wakey wakey! What are you people doing tonight and for the ...
tinkercreek comments on May 4, 2019:
Baby shower for my son's girl due in July! She will join a 3 yr old brother, amazingly mirroring my daughter's family, each of hers a year older.
At the risk of boring everyone with more of my flowers - here are a few more shots taken after this ...
tinkercreek comments on May 4, 2019:
Lovely, all of them - can't wait to share mine soon, with a week of warm sunshine ahead!
2 is my favorite, what is yours?
tinkercreek comments on May 4, 2019:
#2, plus white noise/brown noise/rain, depending on my mood. It is just SO disappointing to be awakened early from neighborhood noises.
Really neat and inspiring person! [youtu.be]
tinkercreek comments on May 4, 2019:
Love this, what a great guy!
So very cute
tinkercreek comments on May 2, 2019:
Awww, love it!
I think I may have met someone worth all of this crap I've put up with over the last few years. We ...
tinkercreek comments on May 2, 2019:
What a beautiful feeling and great start!! Now you need history, live connections: friends, relatives, coworkers, fact-checking on every piece of available info. TRUST ME on this, it is critical to see through those lovely clouds before you drift away. Sign up for Spokeo or whatever background check you can afford, whether or not you get to meet all those folks. Hoping hoping hoping this all works out, my dear!!!
What to say when hijacked by two born agains in public
tinkercreek comments on May 2, 2019:
Wow, so many great suggestions, and I understand you were a bit "trapped" as you met with a friend for lunch. If you did not learn an outstanding reason for bringing the bornagain along, I would certainly request she doesn't repeat that stunt.
Is it too obvious?
tinkercreek comments on Apr 30, 2019:
Steampunk has it right, with a specialized belt!
Frustrated?
tinkercreek comments on Apr 30, 2019:
OMG, copying to send to a colleague!
Well, that's redundant.
tinkercreek comments on Apr 30, 2019:
SO hard to understand some folks.
Sometimes I think my dog needs how to act like a dog class.
tinkercreek comments on Apr 30, 2019:
So cute! My dog loves pillows, too.
Stress reliever.
tinkercreek comments on Apr 30, 2019:
Too much of any good thing . . .
The light blue passion vine starts to bloom and really spread before the purple ones are breaking ...
tinkercreek comments on Apr 29, 2019:
Passion Flower vines are great, but can be a little picky in my zone 8. I got them going once where I had good sun!
Planted last year in a tiny area I have behind my place. Bleeding heart, Foam flower, And Phlox
tinkercreek comments on Apr 28, 2019:
I love the Foam Flower, haven't seen it before, and they are all lovely!
Trump on abortion: After birth, baby is “wrapped in a blanket” and mother, doctor “decide ...
tinkercreek comments on Apr 28, 2019:
I still can see FB posts of a pre-Trump friend, and occasionally annoy myself with looking. The info these people support indicate they are pablum-fed and nearly unconscious, amazing they are out and "living" among us.
i just need to vent, i have been attempting to meet people on a dating site, POF, i have a profile, ...
tinkercreek comments on Apr 28, 2019:
I've had similar experience on the dating websites. Along with the scammers and realities of being a woman over 60, I think those with ongoing religious ideals simply do not realize there are other realities acquired through experience and education. This field of realization can be a bit lonely, eh?
Said goodbye to my dad for the last time today. He’s in home hospice with maybe a month left. I ...
tinkercreek comments on Apr 28, 2019:
What a beautiful photo of you two, says it all. I always appreciate knowing a woman values having a loving dad, for we are not all so fortunate. Both of your lives have been enriched with such blessings!
Wanted to share a little more of the spring color as it unfolds up here in the TN mountains.... The...
tinkercreek comments on Apr 28, 2019:
So beautiful, and you are lucky to be living in it.
Good Morning Everyone! I'm so excited. Dan and I have been moving and yesterday we found something ...
tinkercreek comments on Apr 28, 2019:
That is GORGEOUS! I'm sure you'll enjoy living with it in your new home!
One day, somebody will be 100% honest with you🤗
tinkercreek comments on Apr 28, 2019:
Inspiring thoughts, which I dearly need - thank you!
Not really gardening focused. But close. We grew some bottle gourds last year for fun. The vines ...
tinkercreek comments on Apr 28, 2019:
You'll have such fun watching those bird families!
Muscle relaxers useless; anti-inflammatories cause nausea. If the doctor doesn’t order an MRI or ...
tinkercreek comments on Apr 28, 2019:
I'm gutted to hear that you are still suffering so! Sounds like the comments below all point to a great remedy for you, hope you can start on it soon.
A kitchen is only as good as the use you make of it. My kitchen is so small that 2 people have ...
tinkercreek comments on Apr 28, 2019:
Lovely design and function, larger than my kitchen, and I am envious!
My tub of crinums are blooming! they're in the Amaryllis family (to which Naked Lady bulbs belong) ...
tinkercreek comments on Apr 27, 2019:
Those are darling!
A follow up to my earlier negative opinion about the stupidness of kissing. I may be doing it all ...
tinkercreek comments on Apr 27, 2019:
Haha, reminds me of someone I dated who had similar values. Great person and we got along really well, but he would barely kiss at all, which was confusing and far less than endearing. Then the stories began to slip out about his ex-wife, the dental hygienist, and all the bacterias found in a human mouth . . . he also loved my dog, but would rush to wash his hands every time he touched her. Buh-bye, germaphobe! (and yes, I maintain excellent dental hygiene)
Do any women (or men I suppose) here have experience with telling someone online y'all have ...
tinkercreek comments on Apr 27, 2019:
oh, yes
The scent of freshly shorn grass... Kinda oniony since the chives went batshit and decided to come ...
tinkercreek comments on Apr 27, 2019:
Mowing will be my tomorrow, for I dare not miss a week until about June, it grows so fast! We have wild garlic in all the planting beds, which fortunately keep to open soil. I've been on a mission to pull them up, bulbs barely 1/2", while the soil is evenly moist to reduce the regrowth next year. There is at least a week without rain coming up (!), so I'll be busy with them also. Oh, and a trip to a local nursery to grab another Pacific Ninebark to shade the rock garden out front, and hopefully a Rhythmic Blue hydrangea to hang out with the ferns in back.
I'm still trying to figure out what the massive trees planted around my home are . They have very ...
tinkercreek comments on Apr 27, 2019:
Lovely home!
Some pretties to start your weekend
tinkercreek comments on Apr 27, 2019:
Beautiful, can't wait for my Iceberg roses to pop out!
I just wrote a long post on a recent online dating interaction then closed the browser window ...
tinkercreek comments on Apr 26, 2019:
It can be fun for a while, kind of like writing your own murder mystery without knowing how it will end. After time I just became disheartened and annoyed with them all.
Friendships,relationships and cars. All need an oil change :)
tinkercreek comments on Apr 26, 2019:
I see lives like this as a possibility for my children, and am so proud and humbled by their choices.
This always blows my mind.....each year the trilliums bloom out white and then about 10 days later -...
tinkercreek comments on Apr 26, 2019:
Ooooh, you have the magical mutation species!!
Connie (@germangirl90439) deserved a special breakfast today. So I made her an herbed ham and cheese...
tinkercreek comments on Apr 25, 2019:
Beautiful omelette and fruit, both!
Here's the bread I made this afternoon: a GF cheese bread. It contains parm and cheddar. It will do,...
tinkercreek comments on Apr 25, 2019:
I have a great Irish Cheese Bread recipe, have used several GF flours with various beers, butter, nice sharp aged cheese - could that work for you?
Re-hydrating after mowing the lawn. This is a nice summer change from Riesling and something new to...
tinkercreek comments on Apr 25, 2019:
Sounds nice and refreshing1
My contribution to tomorrow's dinner with @MrLizard's family. German cheesecake, before and after ...
tinkercreek comments on Apr 25, 2019:
It worked, I can smell it, and it is marvelous!!!
Green soup day!!! [fedandfit.com] Once it cools, I freeze in single portions. To serve, I add...
tinkercreek comments on Apr 24, 2019:
Thank you, I can't wait to make this!
A married couple in their 60s....
tinkercreek comments on Apr 24, 2019:
LOVE it!!
I dont know if I have done a good thing or a bad thing? A lady contacted me online (POF). She was ...
tinkercreek comments on Apr 24, 2019:
No harm, no foul. You said she was nice to chat with, you both enjoyed a nice day, and it's clear you made no promises past the meet. I believe there is always something to be gained from meeting and chatting with someone new who seems pleasant and has some common interests. I applaude you for kindly calling her attention to perhaps being too trusting and vulnerable, which could be of great value, along with choosing nice profile pics. There is always that little chance someone could make a better appearance in person, and you allowed for that - good on you!
Would any of you be interested in a working dog board? No fade on the current, holmes. Just ...
tinkercreek comments on Apr 24, 2019:
yeah, naw.
I used to have a lawn but as I spent so much time away it kinda changed to moss, which I removed but...
tinkercreek comments on Apr 24, 2019:
I treasure the moss in my yard while it lasts, until summer heats up. It returns more beautifully each year to kick-start my spring.
5 rules of happiness... agree or disagree?
tinkercreek comments on Apr 24, 2019:
I like it, a rather inclusive, tidy list.
My beautiful sweet dog Ricky died last night. I am in Europe and could not hold him as he left this ...
tinkercreek comments on Apr 24, 2019:
Hard as it is to live longer than our dear pets, everything happens as it should. This must be so gutting and I'm sorry you have to experience it, but your dear Rickie only knew of your years of loving care for him, and he adored you.
Duck a l'orange with pomme frite or as I like to call it, duck with orange gravy and fries. :) An ...
tinkercreek comments on Apr 24, 2019:
Excellent, and a beautiful plate!
In case anyone is interested in my vanilla pollination experiment - after about 18 days I think, I ...
tinkercreek comments on Apr 24, 2019:
Cool, how fun to see!
Dug my potatoes today -- Pontiac red variety. Got well over 40 pounds. I don't eat many potatoes ...
tinkercreek comments on Apr 24, 2019:
Sweet deals all around, love it!
Some garden wild life . White and pink oleander , some kind of wild daisies , a small flowering bush...
tinkercreek comments on Apr 24, 2019:
Oooh, and I see figs coming on behind the oleander, yummy!
I'm at the eye doctor's. I knew that I had "floaters", but never have they been this bad......
tinkercreek comments on Apr 24, 2019:
Far more interesting than my floaters!
I had to do a side by side. This is Roxie at about 3-4 months and then her today. Some things never ...
tinkercreek comments on Apr 21, 2019:
Great pics, what a doll!
My latest creation. A GF Olive and Rosemary Rustic Loaf! This contains kalamata olives and chopped ...
tinkercreek comments on Apr 21, 2019:
Kalamatas and Rosemary, say no more - that must taste and smell fantastic!
Stepped outside to retrieve the mail. It occured to me that the walk to our house looks ...
tinkercreek comments on Apr 20, 2019:
Such a sweet and inviting entry path!
Daniel Sloss [youtube.com]
tinkercreek comments on Apr 20, 2019:
Aww, love this guy!!
Taking the chance that it is Good Friday...you can't miss this!! [m.facebook.com]
tinkercreek comments on Apr 20, 2019:
I once saw an event like this in real life! Bucerias, lovely Mexican village north of PV, has an annual festival of the Blessed Virgin and blessing of the fishing fleet. Families pour in from the hills and surrounding towns, little girls marching in fluffy white dresses, food, music, and fiesta, you get the picture. Off the local harbor, fisherman are out in the bay, then come in one at a time, beaching themselves successfully as a sign of bountiful fishing season. Last boat to come in has a living man strapped to a cross like in the video, anticipating his safe arrival as blessing on all the others. The time I was there, the skipper had a bit of a lead foot and ran aground FAST - yep, Jesus took a face plant on the bow of the boat!! The crowd was crazed, screaming and crying (he was not badly injured, but a bloodied face) and we could not stop laughing hysterically and just ran back to our villa!
Hey, y’all! I’m feeling much better today, but I can definitely tell when the muscle relaxer ...
tinkercreek comments on Apr 20, 2019:
Sounds like an expected result of your brain being shaken up a bit, and experiencing a traumatic event. Being brave and getting through this is only so good as you are free of symptoms. Do you have access to ongoing care, and someone you can tell about these issues? They are as real and in need of professional attention as your physical pains, and I hope you are gentle with yourself as you work through these stages. Take good care, my dear.
Bob was walking his dog in the new park, when he met a woman walking her dog, they started ...
tinkercreek comments on Apr 19, 2019:
Sorry, more pathetic than funny.
Should I suspect a scammer? (A different dating site) I copied and pasted: "Your very ...
tinkercreek comments on Apr 19, 2019:
HAHAHA, I have no idea how their 'handlers' let them put out posts like this, such a lame attempt at conversational English!

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