Sunday, May 13, 2012

The End of an Era

I have lived in Katy, TX since the end of September 1999.  Beginning in October 1999 I started doing the bulk of my grocery shopping at a Kroger that was within 2 miles from my house.  I have seen employees come and go, and even built decent relationships with some of them.  I got comfortable enough with the pharmacy staff that I could ask questions and get straight answers.  Sometimes they'd even volunteer information that I might need to know.  That doesn't always happen with pharmacies these days, even though it should.

I am sad to say that as of May 3, 2012, my Kroger store has closed.  I drove by there the other day, and it was all boarded up.

I'm actually kind of heart broken over the whole thing; even though there are other Kroger stores I can shop at that are close to home.  There's even one about the same distance from my house in the other direction!  But I don't know the layout of that store, so it takes longer to do my shopping at that location.  Mind you, I don't shop weekly anymore, but I do still spend some time at the grocery store.

Is it wrong to be upset about this?  Yeah, probably...but I am, and I know I'll get over it.  It's hard to let go of almost 13 years of history, though.  One bright spot in this is that some of the employees from "my" store have transferred over to the other store by my house.  I am glad that the Kroger company didn't just jettison the employees from the closing store.

Sorry for the maudlin post.  I hope everyone had a good Mother's Day.

Bye for now!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Vacation - Part 2

Yesterday I posted that we haven't had a real vacation in a couple of years.  That's not completely accurate.  The hubster and I haven't had a real vacation together in a couple of years, however, last year I went to DC with him.  It was a vacation for me, but he had to work.  Although he was able to take one day off while we were there and sightsee with me.

On to the second half of our vacation!  We drove down to Fort Lewis to spend a few days relaxing (more or less) before coming home.  We didn't do a whole lot while we were there, but we did go to the Port Defiance Zoo.

Look at the size of this guy!

The hubster!  He was sick this day.

Giant Porcupine

Baby leopard - they had two of them.  So cute!

What are you looking at?

The one thing I remember seeing as a young child in DC was the peacocks.  But when I was there last year I never saw any.  Imagine my surprise when I saw this guy as we were leaving the zoo!

One final treat...the one sight that people in Washington really enjoy but don't always get to see...The Lady Herself

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Vacation - Part 1

We went on vacation in April to visit our oldest son and his family.  I have to say that this was the best vacation we've had in a while.  Heck, it's the first real vacation we've had in a couple of years.

Our son lives in Fort Lewis, WA.  Yes, he's serving our country in the Army.  Just like his father and both of his grandfathers did.  We are so proud of him!

Anyway, we spent the first half of the vacation in Seattle and the last half at Fort Lewis.  The kids joined us in Seattle.  It was good to be back in my old stomping grounds again.  I lived in Seattle when I was in elementary school.  I would have liked to go to the old neighborhood, but when you have limited time you only really hit the high points.  And there are a lot of high points in the downtown area!

Alaskan Way Viaduct (State Route 99)

Seattle Museum of Art (we didn't go into the museum, but I thought the statue was cool.  It moves.)

Pike Place Market

Sunset on Elliott Bay

One view from the Space Needle
I can't believe I didn't take any pictures of the Needle itself!

Glass Exhibit being put together at the Seattle Center (next to the Space Needle)
Exhibit was still being constructed while we were there so I had to take this picture through the fencing.

The highlight of our time in Seattle was the baseball game on Saturday, April 21st.  For those of you who are baseball fans, you know that the 21st perfect game was pitched that day.  And we were there!

 My son and his youngest


Just a couple more pictures from the Seattle leg of our vacation...
These are glass tiles in the sidewalks in the downtown/Pioneer Square area.   The hubster and I took the underground tour and found out that these tiles aren't there for decoration.  They are...

skylights!  The original city was built below the current street level.  When they started building up the city they kept the original businesses and such where they were and built what became the tunnels.  
These were all taken at the Seattle Aquarium, which we visited before we went to the ball game.

Baby salmon viewed from below.

My granddaughters

I even went for a run with my son while we were in Seattle.  He runs faster than I do, but he matched his pace to mine.  It was a good time!
 Interesting building
City Hall steps...we ran up these
City Hall is almost at the top of the hill; about a block from I-5.  When you turn around and look down the hill, this is what you see...
This is really steep!  It's kind of hard to tell from the picture, though.  But Josh and I ran up the hill (well, ran AND walked), and then ran back down it.

That's all for this pictoral blog.  Part Two to follow...