Houses popping up everywhere

I have recently joined a community email list for the area in which we live. The primary focus of the list is two new developments that are being built in our area. The argument against these is that the placement of 61 new septic tanks in such a small area will have irreprable effects on our water quality. The Herald covered this struggle here: I am not one to be against all development, but I do want to make sure Snohomish County is taking all factors into account.

In the meantime, my dear friend Jaskey is blogging the progress he’s making on building his house here: Their property is only 2 miles, as the crow flies, from our house, but we can’t drive there. In order to get there, we need to drive to the end of a road in a new development and then walk through some woods. Or we can take a 10 mile drive :-).

There is a new house going up SSE of ours. Previously that lot was land locked, but I guess the new buyers got a right of way on the lot in front of that lot. This makes me sad, especially since now I wake up to hammers and beeps. At least when the house is finally done it will be quiet, and in the summer, we’ll barely be able to see it. However, in the winter, I’ll have to wait until dark to walk out naked to our hot tub. Luckily, in the winter, we only have about 8 hours of daylight around here anyway.


The Herbfarm

The Sweetie’s mom came to visit week before last, and we used her visit as an excuse to go to the Herbfarm again. After all, she turned 70 on December 31st, so we thought it fitting to celebrate.

I first went to the Herbfarm with frodo_jim and cmyriam in 1998, before it was rebuilt. When the Sweetie and I moved to this area, and the Herbfarm moved to Woodinville, and we were only about 10 minutes from the place, I was a very happy girl indeed. Since then we’ve been back 5 or 6 times, and every time it is a delight.

If you live in the Puget Sound area, you should invest in a night at the Herbfarm at least once in your life. It is a 9 course dinner with a wine served with each course. As to the cost, you should think of it like a night out at the theater instead of simply a restaurant. I mean, it is a production, and there’s music, and it lasts for about 5 hours.

This time, because we were an odd number and because we made reservations late, we sat at the European table; this means we shared the table with people we did not know. This turned out fabulously, as my MIL is a wonderful raconteur, and the food was, as always, exquisite.

This time the theme was “Super Cattle in Seattle,” and so a couple of the courses were Wagyu beef . I’m a huge beef fan, but this, by far, was the best I’ve ever tasted. Luckily for me, none of the entries this time centered on mushrooms, so the evening was a winner all around.

It is probably a terrible thing that I feel so at home at the Herbfarm. I feel cozy and happy the moment I walk in the door. I love that you can eat like royalty for less than $200 a person, and no one makes you feel like an idiot when you use the wrong fork. I love that they have a different wine glass for every type of wine and that they’ll explain why. I love that the very first thing they serve you is sparkling wine with a sprig of your herb of choice. I love that they serve water out of antique glass bottles and pour into metal water vessels that proceed to sweat as the ice melts. I love that when you get up to go to the bathroom, you have a new napkin, with a new sprig of lavender waiting for you at your seat. I love that you can take food out to their “recycling pigs.” I love that there are like a dozen types of teas and coffees to choose from dessert. I love that they just charge your credit card and you don’t have to deal with a check before you walk out.

Yeah, I like the place. Wanna come visit us so we have an excuse to go again?


You know I don’t normally do these, but I bit when yesthattom did it, so I must comply (and yesthattom, it was very nice – I’ll be happy to do the same for you if you reply).

If you comment on this meme: 

1. I’ll respond with something random I like about you.
2. I’ll tell you what song/movie reminds me of you.
3. I’ll name something we should do together.
4. I’ll say something that only makes sense to you and me (or just me).
5. I’ll tell you my first/clearest memory of you.
6. I’ll leave you a quote that is somehow appropriate to you.
7. I’ll ask you something that I’ve always wondered about you.
8. If I do this for you, you must post this on your journal so you can do the same for other people.

On living in the eye of the hurricane

There is much death, sickness, and destruction going on around me now adays, but all in all my life is good. Most everyone I talk to has had a tragedy as of late, and I have sickness in my family. It makes me sad, and yet, I don’t feel completely forlorn.

What I do feel is that I must keep moving ahead. Work calls. The choral company calls. There is no upside in sitting around being sad.

The one thing that really brought be down of late is that the county wants to convert this area from being zoned rural to urban residential. I have no idea what the reprecusssions are there, and whether that means that people in our neighborhood could start subdividing or not.

There is a local organization which is doing its best to slow/block the building of TWO new developments that would dramatically effect the quality of our drinking water as well as potentially endanger some species of frogs. We have donated money to them, and we’ll see how that goes.

I know that no matter what we could still sell our house for more than we bought it for. So my concern is more existential than financial. I mean, people buy houses right on top of other ones all the time, so even if everyone in our neighborhood subdivided, there would still be people who wouldn’t mind it. Of course, we would have to move. As far as I’m concerned, if you have a house right on top of your neighbors, you might as well live in a condo or the city.

Anyway, I just find it odd that this is what has gotten to me the most. This is the thing I feel I should be able to do something about, but I’m not sure what.