Showing posts from 2020

Christmas at Creekside 2020

  In preparing for this post, I wanted to begin with an image that tells the story of this unusual Christmas.  I decided to use an empty dining room table, because this year, there won't be any guests or family from outside the household.  But don't think of it as an image of sadness.  See it as an image of resilience and resolve.  Although few, if any, will ever see it, the table was given a fresh centerpiece, and the red candles were brought out from storage.  It might have been a dreary, colorless holiday, but that's not who we are.  We want all the color and brightness of the season possible, in spite of what has come our way. This past year, much of our lives has been moved outdoors or online.  So too, the people of Creekside have gotten together virtually, and moved their celebrations outside.  Our homes' exteriors have been decorated with lights and colors for all to enjoy.  And what a wonderful display it is.  If you haven't already, bundle up and take a str

Governor Inslee Announces Statewide COVID-19 Exposure Notification Tool

  Announced today, this smartphone tool is an important step in combating the pandemic.  I have already activated it on my iPhone, and wanted to share this information with the Creekside community ASAP.  WA Notify uses privacy-preserving technology and works without collecting or revealing any location or personal data.  Also, activating the tool on your smartphone is completely voluntary.  If you activate the tool, don't forget to activate Bluetooth as well, if not already switched on. Reprinted from This video explains how it works: Gov. Jay Inslee, along with the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), today announced the launch of WA Notify, a simple, anonymous exposure notification tool to help stop the spread of COVID-19. By adding WA Notify to their smartphones, Washington residents will be alerted if they spent time near another WA Notify user who later tests posit

Creekside Village Autumn 2020

    "Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go." -Unknown    "How beautiful the leaves grow old.  How full of light and color are their last days." -John Burroughs     "I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house" -Nathaniel Hawthorn, The American Notebooks     "Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers, we more than gain in fruits." -Samuel Butler     "Every leaf speaks bliss to me / Fluttering from the autumn tree." -Emily Brontë, "Fall, Leaves, Fall"     "Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall." -F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby    "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." -L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables Country Living The Oprah Magazine