Concert Tonight, LOTS more!

ELIZABETH PARK CONCERTS

Thursdays 6 – 8 PM At The Gazebo (with food and dessert tents!)

[Tonight! Tracy is just amazing!!! I’m really looking forward to this.]

July 29 TRACY SPRING AND JEZEBEL’S MOTHER, Rootsy – bluesy – lively – lovely

August 5 D’VAS AND DUDES, Country folk, Rock, Blues, and Boogie Woogie

August 12 4TENS BAND, Fun Classic Rock Party Music

August 19 THE SWEET GOODBYES, Folk/Pop

August 26 CRAIGO’S PLANET GROOVE, Grateful Dead meets New Orleans Funk

September 2 BANDZANDT, The County’s Happiest Rock Band

ELECTION AUGUST 3RD

You can register to vote right up to Election Day at the county courthouse. Primaries are important elections, and your vote counts for more since few people vote. Less than 20% of eligible ballots have been returned at this point. Have an influence! Make a difference! If you haven’t received your ballot, contact the Whatcom County Auditor’s office at 360-778-5102. Here is a link to a wealth of information:

https://www.whatcomcounty.us/1732/Current-Election

INJURED LANDSCAPER UPDATES (2)

This is follow up from the wreck on Eldridge on July 9. There’s a GoFundMe to help the landscaper who was injured, and the organizer of that has been posting updates on Kim. I have not yet been able to get more information on the driver. The police are still investigating, and not sharing information yet. Love/Fl!p

  • July 22, 2021
    by Sherry Boyd-Yost, Organizer
    Good evening friends of Kim Eagle.
  • Kim is doing better.  She is getting clearer in her thoughts and much more lucid. She now knows she has lost her legs, has  broken pelvis and punctured intestine. And has been through several surgeries, and as you can imagine she is processing it but handling it as the tough woman that we all know her to be. I know she will have her ups and downs. It will be great to be able to show her how many have reached out to Love and help her in this huge change in her life. She wants to move around and has to be restrained so that she doesn’t fall out of bed. Her son Lee was very happy to be able to speak with his Mother and hold her hand, the last couple of days. She is reacting very well.
  • I am heading to Seattle early tomorrow. I will be able to sit with her and talk with her now that they have brought her out of the induced coma. Lee will be able to be home this weekend, having a chance to begin preparing Kim’s home for when she will be able to get home. Your donations will help to put in some larger doors, and ramps to make it easier for Kim to get in and out of the house and rearrange her bathroom so it will be better for her new functional needs. Clearance Leroy (Lee) Dickenson IV is Kim’s Son Lee. He and his wife Bobbie and Lee’s children are taking good care of all Kim’s animals and home so happy to say this is working out.
  • I am so grateful she is hanging in there for us to still love her and be loved by her and have her in our lives. I am looking forward to seeing her for myself. I will give report tomorrow after I spend some time with her, and tell her how many people love her and have donated money to help her afford to pay her bills, make the changes that will make it functional for her new challenges.
  • Thanks to you all for all you have done. Love Is all there is! ~ Sherry
  • July 26, 2021
    by Sherry Boyd-Yost, Organizer
    Hello friends and loved ones of Kim Louise Eagle.
  • The last three days have been an awakening. When I arrive at Harbor View Hospital last Friday I don’t know that many of us can imagine what it’s like to wake up to find that your legs are gone and you have no feet. And the realization is so heavy that your beyond yourself trying to figure out what has happened to you. Kim has been sedated for 13 days, then they started to wake her up slowly so that she could start to realize what’s happened to her, Kim is one of the strongest women I have ever met in my whole life. I’ve known Kim since we were 21 or 22 years old. We’ve been friends ever since, We have raise our kids together, and enjoyed every bit of it. Many tragedies have happened to Kim and her life, and to have this to wake up to and see that you have no legs and no feet. “What am I going to do? What will I do? How did this happen? What do I do?”She says.
  • Her short term memory is not good right now with all of the sedation meds, I’ll have to re-tell her what happened over, as she wishes to hear, she just shakes her head. We have just lock eyes for the longest time in our disbelief, without saying a word. I want her to know I am here for her this is my dear dear friend.
  • I know so many of you care about her and obviously we appreciate so much what you’ve helped to donate and gained enough money to help her get through this. This is so tough for this beautiful gazelle that I’ve known for many years, her heart and her life have been all about her children, nature and plants and animals and for her realization to now know she’s not able to do the work on her clients projects, To not be working in the gardens. Not long ago, she was wondering when she would retire, and she says now I’m retired no matter what I think is how do I get back from this what do I do? What do I do, she asked the nurse. The nurse says well right now Kim, you mourn the loss of your legs, you go through the healling, this will take a while, and then we are going to help you, and you won’t believe how many people will help you get to a new normal. This is really hard in the best thing to do right now is just to mourn and realize you need to do everything you can to get back to your own self, and be strong and healthy.
  • Kim’s realization now is that she is so weak and she’s been out of it for 15 days and now She is frustrated being so sedated she did not want any more pain medication, so she told them only Tylenol, so they gave her Tylenol, and then all the the pain was so hard on her, she had to have painkillers and she finally went to sleep after whirling around in her head about what this situation means to her. Before she fell asleep she seemed calmer, the advise the nurse told her seemed to help her clarify her direction and she calmed herself and fell asleep.
  • At this time she has blood clots in her lungs, the contusion on her forehead is looking better, the MRI shows no blood clots in her head. You have to gown up with PPE, due to an over abundance of ekoli due to her punctured intestines. Her stumps have a lot of sutures and scabbing. and that is so hard for her to see.
  • Thank you all for your love and support. I have told her about everyone’s generosity, and she is overwhelmed and appreciatve by all the love! I am heading to the hospital soon, I will continue to let her know how you all care for her and love her dearly!  All the finest wishes everyone, Sherry
  • https://gofund.me/0c3aa9a0
  • (I donated. Every little bit helps.) Love/Fl!p

FOUND WALLET

I found a wallet on my walk around the outside of Elizabeth Park on Monday. It’s a trifold black leather wallet with an insignia stamped on it. It looked like it had been rifled through and discarded, so possibly stolen.

There is one card left with a name on it, so it’ll be easy to identify. Please email bhamscot@gmail.com, or text or call 360-318-3815 to ID and claim. This and the superhero wallet I found last week will be surrendered to the police some time next week if I don’t hear anything to the contrary. ~ Leslie Glen, Elizabeth Street

DOTTY DALE MEMORIAL

July 31 at 2:00 at the Congregational Church on Cornwall. If you knew and loved her, you’re welcome. Unfortunately, not too many of her family will be here- some live in other countries and can’t travel, some have very young kids and are hesitant to jump a plane with Covid still such an issue.  

HOMELESS

Water, batteries, bug spray, sunscreen. Lots and lots of water. You can drop these here for pick-up. If anyone wants to cook, we can mentor you and give you pots, to-go containers and ingredients. We can always use fresh cooks!

BUBBLE WRAP

Want a couple of boxes of packing material?  We have a box of very high end, harder plastic, bubble wrap and a second box of regular bubble wrap and some styrofoam peanuts.  ~ Tina Martin saypie@msn.com

SHORT TERM RENTAL NEEDED

We’re a family of 4 & have lived in Columbia for 13 yrs. We will be doing a pretty big home renovation project this fall. We’re hoping to stay close-by while the work is being done so we’re looking for a 3-4 month rental this fall (Sept-Nov or Dec). 2-3 bedrooms would be great. Please contact me at wmczopp@gmail.com. Thank you! ~ Wendy Czopp

(I know these folks personally, and I would rent to them in a heartbeat if I was going to be away. Great folks! ~ Love/Fl!p)

NEED TEMPORARY RENTAL

Hello! Need a temporary house/apt sitter? Have a house, apartment or room to rent that allows for a medium sized dog? Could you use a dog sitter to boot? I’m newly arrived to WA, waiting to move into my long term home, looking for some housing for Sept and October. I’m searching for jobs teaching science in the area, love to explore the trails with my 3yr old rescue pup and hope to rent while possibly dog sit, water your yard, keep up, safeguard your home, or anything that can help us both.  Thanks ~Mara Dobrov  maradobrov123@gmail.com

HOUSESITTER NEEDED

For part/all of mid-August to mid-September to care for gentle and calm adult cat and beautiful yard/garden in the Birchwood area. Stipend available.  360-296-4348 ~ Peggy Allen

HOUSE SITTERS AVAILABLE

Hi neighbors.   Out oldest daughter and her husband, Jessika and Andrew , will be visiting us August 6 to the 16 (possibly a little longer). It would be great to have them in the neighborhood.  So, if anyone needs house sitting during any of those dates, please let me know. They do not have any pets, but could take care of your dogs but not cats due to a cat allergy. Or if you know anyone anywhere in the Bellingham area that needs house sitting, that would work also.  Thank you!    Jana Williams on Walnut.   360-920-5518.  Call or text.   

RECIPE FOR. CARAMELIZED ONIONS

Recipe, also a snapshot of how my mind works…

Someone asked again about how I make caramelized onions. Here is some more detail: I do 10# at a time. I cool them down afterwards and store in the freezer in gallon ziploc bags, which I use over and over for years. I spread the cooked onions 1/4″ to 1/2″ thick so I can just break off a chunk any time I want some, and it thaws really quickly. I’ve tried oven and instant pot recipes, but so far I just get out my two big 10″antique cast-iron skillets and spend an hour or so reducing the chopped or sliced onions to “deep mahogany brown goo.” I usually add garlic too. I start frying as soon as the first onion is cooked, and keep adding more as I cut. By the time I add the last onion, the rest have cooked down enough that all 10 – 12 pounds fit in my two skillets. By the time I’m done, the onions can all fit in one pan. I start with different fats depending: olive oil for vegans, or butter, or bacon. I use water or white wine to deglaze the pan, depending on what I want to do with the onions later. I listen for the pitch of the sizzle and if it sounds too hot, or the onions start sticking, then it’s time to add a few tablespoons of water or wine or whatever before it burns. The liquid softens and boils off the sticky bits. I also prepare some batches with sesame oil and fresh grated ginger, with a little fish sauce & soy sauce in water for deglazing. I’ve currently got a bag or two of each style in the freezer. Some for stir fry, some for soups, stews, casseroles, sauces, stuffing & gravy. I haven’t been bothering with the vegan version lately because I’m just feeding me and Zeke. The bacon version is amazing to spread in a grilled cheese sandwich before cooking.

RADIO FREE FL!P

MORE WOOD

Herdman, Hills & Mangsen

My son Jon just sent me a video of the 6 cords of firewood he split and stacked at home in north Ontario. So I thought of this song, which I heard Larry Hanks and Laura Smith sing back when they lived in the Columbia Neighborhood. A lot more of us a lot more of us heated with wood back then. Oh, that’s Jon Auer of the Posies. Some of you probably know that band. This isn’t them signing the song though.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-Pdg7GmLH0

Love/Fl!p

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