Phone Return; Piano; Ingredients; Needs; Music: Zoo Concert

CONTENTS 3/7/2021
Much More On Chase Scam
Good News: Phone Return
Piano For Sale
Radio Free Fl!p: Zoo Concert


So much more, I posted it tonight as a separate Blog/Email. This bank fraud is specific to Whatcom County. It’s worth going to the special post and reading it. Best guess to date is that information may have been revealed thru the WA State Employment Security Department (ESD) breach. There was also a Premera breach. The special posting includes information on how to add fraud alerts and more.


I got a message early this afternoon from a Kulshan street neighbor who found quite a nice iPhone when she was out walking. She brought it to me, and I had started to look up how to find the ICE (In Case of Emergency) file. You can find out how to add one to your phone. It helps in a medical emergency, or with a lost phone. Look it up! Anyway, the phone rang! I grabbed it, saw a familiar name flash across the screen, hit that button that lets you send a text saying you’re busy, and texted my address. Then I pulled up my database, found that familiar name, sent and email and called the number – and found the owner. She came and got her phone. She was SO happy, and so was the woman who found her phone, and so was I!

If you aren’t sure if I have your contact information, it might be worth sending or updating it with me. I will never exploit or abuse your contact information. Ever. And mine is at the end of every email I send. You might want to add my phone number to your phone so if I ever need to call you, you’ll know it’s me. 360-671-4511/


Yamaha U3 52” Professional Upright – $6,695

Having studied piano since I was eight years old and had students of my own, I understand the difference a professional piano can make in one’s learning trajectory and career as a pianist. The Yamaha U3 is a professional upright with excellent playing performance, action and tone. It would have been a dream for me when I was a student.

This piano stands out among U3’s I’ve tried. It has a clear and expansive sound across the keyboard. The aesthetic and mechanical condition is fantastic. We purchased it from Classic Pianos in Bellevue and it is serviced by guild certified Todd Loomis.

If you are interested in learning more, reach out to Ben Greené at or 360-402-8162



  • Someone dropped off a whole bunch of flours and grains – cornmeal, garbanzo flour, potato starch, semolina, and a variety of wheat flours.
  • I’ve got tons of rice, lentils, dried beans, noodles & spaghetti
  • Onions, carrots, usually have celery
  • — plus all of the above as dried veggie flakes with bell peppers too
  • Bacon. And I’ve got a friend with a big frozen ham.
  • Big cans of tuna, cream of chicken soup, cream of mushroom soup, crushed tomatoes.
  • I’ve got chicken soup base.
  • Tons of grated mozzarella and both sharp and mild grated cheddar
  • Butter – drenching everything in butter is a really good idea.
  • I also have some raisins and a LOT of chocolate chips!
  • At the moment I’ve got powdered eggs. I think we have a source for bread. Lydia has a recipe for a sort of French Toast loaf with bacon that she says goes out like hotcakes. We could ask her for that recipe.
  • And of course take-out containers, and my lending library of big pots and baking pans.


Water: Liters & gallons & 5 gallon jugs of water. Whatever you can manage. For all the rain here, and all the bogs, safe drinking water is very difficult to come by. Donations can come to our back porch for pick-up by outreach workers. They say they couldn’t have too much water. They’ll take all you can give.

Tears: I fell Friday morning and wrenched my back, so I’m avoiding lifting as much as I can for the moment, which makes our back porch perfect for delivery. There’s a dolly just inside the back gate for easier transport (water is heavy!). I’m really relieved that I didn’t break any bones. This was not what I had in mind! I finally melted down this evening and had a good cry. “I want my MOMMY!” – and Zeke and Vortex came right over and sat at my feet looking warmly at me till I had cried it out. I’m feeling so much better now. My back doesn’t even hurt quite as much. And Zeke made me dinner. Amazing how much a good hard cry can help a situation. I’d been really grumpy all weekend and now I’m not. I’ve known for years that any day on which I haven’t both laughed and cried, I’ve been kind of a zombie. But to make it work, I have to not blame anyone, including myself. At all. That’s why Zeke has learned it’s safe to come close when I’m melting down.

Belts: Sounds like folks could use a lot of belts. Everybody is using rope to hold their pants up. Which reminds me: Rope. And 10×20 or larger tarps.



To help relieve boredom, loneliness and sadness among the animals. Concert by Thelonious Herrmann. Enthusiastic audience-ing by various groups of animals.

Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511  2518 Cherry Street

If you’re willing to share your phone  with me, personally, I would love that, and would not share it further without your express permission. Nor would I ever exploit it. You might put mine in your phone so if I were to phone you, you’d know it was me. I’d also suggest adding to your contacts because that helps keep my emails from going to your junk mail.

If you want to ask me to post something, just email me. If it’s urgent, phone. If it’s a real emergency, call 911.

Why Shovel? Lunar New Year


I was wondering if everyone who is able to could please shovel your sidewalks and walkways.

Here’s why: letter carriers need to be able to use the sidewalks.  Pedestrians use the sidewalks.  Cars use the streets but they can’t if the streets are full of pedestrians who can’t use the sidewalks.  EMS, if called, needs access to walkways and sidewalks.  Once the temperature drops and it’s icy, it will be more difficult to clear the sidewalks and more dangerous for pedestrians, et al.

If you don’t have a snow shovel, ask a neighbor who does.  If you are unable to shovel your walk, ask a neighbor who can and offer them some compensation, if possible.  If you are young and strong, you could get out there and offer to help your neighbors. Thank you!! ~ Susan Kroll


Since you’re acknowledging “Chinese New Year” I thought I should respond.

Since it’s the biggest holiday of the year in Korea and Vietnam as well as China, and has been for many centuries (and until 1872 was also the biggest holiday of the year in Japan) I’ve long preferred to call it (in English) the “Lunar New Year.” It has been the biggest holiday of my own personal year for a couple of decades, and the large-scale social interaction I miss most is that at traditional parties among the Asian and Asian-oriented folks in our region on both sides of the border.


Ongoing Sweep Coverage


A source I consider reliable:

Bellingham Herald is also covering


The National Guard appears to be present. I cannot understand why they were not called months ago to establish a safe refugee camp to support our neighbors with meals, tents or other housing, sanitation.


The authorities are still telling campers they can all go to Base Camp or the Drop In Center on Holly. I have seen no indication that records are being kept on how many have been or will be turned away. Hoping video of what actually happens will be made available. What will become of those turned away?

Alert: Insulated Coolers Needed Immediately

Action first. I’ll explain later. Volunteers are in immediate need of  large insulated coolers. Clean ones. As big as possible. We will be shifting the delivery location for our Soup Brigade and need coolers for cooks to put their hot meals into. If you have a cooler you could donate, please bring it to our house: 2518 Cherry Street.

If you could go shop for me and buy a couple, I can hand you donated money.  The coolers have got to be BIG. And immediate. 360-671-4511

I will be teaching my grandson music from 3:00 – 4:00 this afternoon, and that time is sacred. Before and after, I am yours!

Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511



Protesters who the regular volunteers have never seen before showed up this morning and have been shouting, spray painting city hall, shoving the regulars who have tried to video. Escalating. No one seems to know who they are. We are deeply concerned that their behavior will be blamed on the campers they claim to be trying to defend.  Please read any news reports with this information in mind.

I’ll send more when I know more.


Porch Music; Kittens! Six Foot Rule? Lots More; Fl!p’s Concert Tonight

CONTENTS 8/27/2020
Music On The Porch
Car Break-In
Found Keys
Lost Remote Control Car
Traveling To Vancouver, Bc?
Hair Shout-Out
Six Foot Social Distancing Rule?
Fl!p’s Concert Tonight


Just confirmed that we’ll have music on the back porch at 1601 Broadway on Saturday the 29th, across the street from the playground at Elizabeth Park. 2:00 to 4:00. Double-reed extravaganza, oboes and bassoons!  Ken Bronstein hosting, with Jennifer Weeks, Pat Nelson, and their students.


Looks like our cars were broken into last night. Every once in a while we have someone coming around the neighborhood opening cars and seeing what they can find. Unfortunately, I left my car unlocked last night and they took my kindle that was in the glove box. So warning the neighborhood to keep your cars locked even if they are in the driveway.
Best,  Alysia Paxton, 2400 block of Victor Street


There are two sweet black kittens in need of homes near my house. I would love to find them homes. If anyone is interested please call or text Celine Parton @ 253-389-5240. 


I found some keys in the middle of the intersection of Keesling and Jefferson. They are three car keys and one tiny little key that looks like it fits a file cabinet. Please email me to identify and claim. Thanks, Katey Roemmele


My 9 year old nephew accidentally left his birthday gift outside their parked car when they left the Squalicum Park playground Monday night August 24. They went back later, but it was gone. If anyone saw it and picked it up, could they please let us know?  He’s super sad and would really appreciate having it back. We can send you a photo.
Susanne Hancock


Is anyone commuting or traveling between Vancouver and Bellingham?  My friend who lives near PNE has my folding kayak in a 40 lb large rolling duffel bag, and I’m hoping to get it back sometime.  I didn’t think we’d be closed out for so long.  Happy to pay for the service.
Reisa Latorra
Jefferson St.


I’d like to recommend a hair stylist if anyone needs a haircut. Grace can come to your house and cut your hair or cut your hair in her Lynden studio. Her contact info:
Grace Thompson

Thanks! ~ Liz Chiz, Victor Street


It may need to be a little more nuanced than that. One size doesn’t necessarily fit all situations.


Thursday August 27, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Go to for the link.

I’m still not certain just how this is going to happen! It turns out the concert I recorded on Monday won’t be ready in time. I’m planning to live-stream and I’m busy learning how! Somehow, by  7:00 PM, when you go to our webpage there will be a link to click, and you will be magically transported to my concert! Right now the link won’t do much of anything, but by 7 PM it will work. I’d love to have you join me while I sing, live. If you’d be willing to comment when you come in, and say where you’re from, I’ll be able to look later, after the concert when I’m not busy performing. I’d love to know…

Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511  2518 Cherry Street

If you want to ask me to post something, just email me. If it’s urgent, phone. If it’s a real emergency, call 911.

Tomorrow: Last Park Concert; Marla; Scam Calls; Fl!p’s Choice: Jump Rope!

CONTENTS 8/19/2020
Last Concert Tomorrow
Marla Bronstein Shout-Out
Scam Calls
Puzzle Shout-Out
Soap Shout-Out
Games For Parents Who Are Too Tired To Play
Radio Free Fl!p: How The Jump Rope Got Its Rhythm


Craig O’s Planet Groove
Thursday Aug.18 at 6 pm


KMRE-FM 102-3


Marla has been running our Elizabeth Park concerts all summer. Let’s give her a real vote of appreciation!!! And I just learned this morning that, on top of that, she’s also been creating what looks like an amazing online event. I’m going to send a second post, just about that!


Here are ways to recognize if it’s a scam, and how to protect yourself. You should know that the phone number the call appears to originate from can be spoofed to appear to be, for instance, the Seattle Police Department, or IRS. This is not how those departments operate! Read here:


Rosalie Carlson has been making colorful wooden puzzles for young children for over 15 years. They make great, long-lasting gifts for kids from two to six years old. I have bought several in the past, and have two put aside for the next toddlers in our family. Please contact her by phone to find out how to see the current puzzles to choose from. Here’s her cell number: 360-303-3902. Thank you. ~ Zip Jelineo


Still Water Gifts: My friend Sandie makes the most delicious soap on the planet.  She only uses the very best quality oils.  There are no artificial fragrances ever, so her lovely, creamy soaps are safe, and never over-scented.  Subtlety and superlative attention to detail are Sandie’s hallmarks.  Covid-19 has reduced her usual volume of orders considerably (boutique hotels/resorts) and she deserves to be known and adored more widely!  Her soap is the only soap I use, and I really appreciate how moisturizing these bars are when I wash my hands dozens of times a day.  I love the fragrance-free soaps as well as those with subtle herbal fragrance.  Great for my sensitive aging skin.  Order from her email at, or call 360-318-6268.  ~Margie Katz


These are magnificent ways to increase closeness and connection with your children without expending a lot of energy.


Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511  2518 Cherry Street

If you want to ask me to post something, just email me. If it’s urgent, phone. If it’s a real emergency, call 911.

What You Can Do; Chalk Report; Lots of free stuff; Trailer Sought; More. Song: Very Front Row

CONTENTS 7/26/2020
What You Can Do
Chalk Report
Sourdough Starter
Large Dog Crate
Tons Of Apples!
Young Weeders?
Puppy Found A Home
Seeking Fiberglass Trailer
Temporary House Sitter
Radio Free Fl!p: Very Front Row


From Dr Frank James
“Experts’ understanding of how the Covid-19 works is growing. It seems that there are four factors that most likely play a role: how close you get to an infected person; how long you are near that person; whether that person expels viral droplets on or near you; and how much you touch your face afterwards.

You can help reduce your risk and do your part to protect others by following some basic steps:

Keep your distance from others. Stay at least six feet away from people outside your household as much as possible.

Wash your hands often. Anytime you come in contact with a surface outside your home, scrub with soap for at least 20 seconds, rinse and then dry your hands with a clean towel.

Avoid touching your face. The virus primarily spreads when contaminated hands touch our nose or mouth or eyes. Try to keep your hands away from your face unless you have just recently washed them.

Wear a mask outside your home. A mask protects others from any potential infection from you. The more people who wear masks, the more we all stay safer.” Today’s NYTS


This is SO funny! Or a miracle or something. I was pretty careful to mostly not ask for money for chalk. The Eldridge Society offered to chip in $300 (hooray!), and the Columbia Neighborhood Association board chipped in $20 towards postcards to hand out, to help with publicity at a point where I was worried. Other than that, people just handed me money here and there, without being asked. I kept stashing it in an envelope, along with receipts for chalk and this and that. I just asked for help from my friend Terri Weiner (retired bookkeeper for Village Books) to sort it all out and see if I needed to ask for help, and the answer is NO! We’re about $33 over breaking even on the whole $620. I’ll take that money to the school or the food bank once we know where it most needs to go. You all are AMAZING!

Total donations $654.50
Total expenses $620.83
Balance $33.67

Of course, the rest of the story is the many, many hours of time donated towards computer programing, video creation, website artwork, sign making and distribution, postcard distribution, and all the wonderful neighbors creating Chalk, music, and so much more! Thank you!!!

The rest of the Chalk Report is that we started a trend! I have had requests to share information with other communities who plan to run their own ChalkFests later this summer: Cordata Neighborhood; Blaine/Birch Bay/Point Roberts; Selwood neighborhood in Portland OR; and Liberty Lake, east of Spokane.

Jonny Kemp is still working on the map and the Chalk website. I think I just finally finished my part of that so he can do the last of it. I believe all the photos are on now, but I’m not certain. I’ll let you know.


I have extra sourdough starter ready to go and bubbling if anyone wants it. Text or call 970-372-8344 ~ Laura Ridenour


(42Lx30Hx28W). Folds up flat with built in handle. Used for about 30 seconds (for a rescue pup that never really needed it!). Has a pull out tray in the bottom and doggie proof door. In the alley between Victor and Williams a few houses south of Illinois.


We can’t use all the apples from our tree! They have a good flavor but are pretty mealy- they’d be great for cider, apple sauce or apple butter but we don’t have the time, patience, or tools. Let me know if you’d like some and I’ll put them out for you (I don’t want to leave them out in the sun in the meantime). Reach me at


Did I read something about boys wanting to do odd jobs? We just returned from vacation and I have a couple of hours (2 max) of weeding if they – or someone else – wanted. I’m on F St, and we could do the whole thing contact-less 🙂 It would be a paying gig.  ~ Michael Little, 917.573.9461


Flip we have found Turk the Puppy a forever family! ~ Alaina Sawaya 


Do you have a 13’ fiberglass trailer sitting around that you would like to either rent out or sell? I’ve been dreaming of a Scamp or Boler trailer for years. My father passed away a year and a half ago and in lieu of a memorial (it financially wasn’t an option earlier and now is not an option due to the pandemic), we’d like to take a trip and spread his ashes. We’re a very responsible family of three who loves the outdoors but camping on the ground doesn’t really work for us. I’m flexible on price, just depends on the condition and age of the trailer.
Rachel Ballard, Walnut Street


Hello, I am a young female in a transition phase of my life. I would love to house/pet sit for a short period to find my footing. You can message me on 360 223 5537. Thank You. I don’t want to include my name.


Betsy Rose is a preacher’s kid. I have other friends who grew up that way.  Zeke’s father was the only son in his family who didn’t become one. Betsy does a wonderful job of describing the special challenges for both parents and children in those families.

Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511

If you want to ask me to post something, just email me. If it’s urgent, phone. If it’s a real emergency, call 911.

Contact Tracing Scams; Face Shields?; Vote; Fiddle Gathering; Rentals?; Song: The Water Is Wide

CONTENTS 7/25/2020
Contact Tracing Scams
Face Shields?
Fiddle Gathering
Seeking Housing
Temporary Housing WantedRadio Free Fl!p: The Water Is Wide


According to the health department website, legitimate contact tracers will not ask:
▪ For any financial information.
▪ For any personal information beyond name, address, phone number and date of birth.
▪ About your immigration status.
▪ For your Social Security number.
▪ For any fees or payment associated with contract tracing.
The Federal Trade Commission re-emphasized those points and added that it is important not to download anything sent from a contact tracer in an email or text. Real contact tracers will only send text messages saying that they will be calling you and will never ask you to click on any links or download anything.


A warning study from Switzerland that showed that everyone that wore a face shield but no mask got COVID-19 in one outbreak. Everyone that wore a mask stayed safe. Wear a mask, if you want to protect your eyes, then the face shield might help, but never wear it alone.

[At least not till we know more. From Dr Brown of Seattle, one of my most trusted sources.]


I like the meme that an election is not like a marriage, till death do us part. It’s more like a transportation system. Grab the available bus that takes you nearest to where you’re trying to go.


WHAT: ZOOM HOOM! (Zoom Hanging Out OMonday) Somewhere between a session, a workshop, a social hour, and a fiddle talk show?! Flexible content…

WHEN: Monday, July 27th 7pm-9pm 

WHO: You! Me (Cayley Schmid)! Your cat! Anyone who would like to be there! All instruments are welcome, folks who are just curious are welcome, folks that can only come for a minute or two are welcome, pretty much just a great group of friendly folks who like fiddle tunes who want to hang out with other friendly folks who like tunes.

Reasons to ZOOM HOOM:
– Seeing everyone’s faces and remembering we live in a lovely music community
– Having fun!
– Playing tunes/’jamming’, keeping our repertoires up
– Staying motivated to learn new music

I lead a few sets, someone else leads a few sets, we talk about violin strings for a while, someone’s pet knocks over their wine, etc. You don’t have to perform, you don’t have to know everyone already, you don’t even have to play an instrument. No one is put on the spot, but everyone is welcome to be there. If you would like to join in, YAY! We’d love to have you.Tip jar contributions are appreciated but not expected. Don’t worry if we don’t know each other yet, please email me and let me know you would like to be on the email list:


I lived on Elizabeth street about five years ago and loved it, and since then have cleaned many of your houses or watched your dogs. The old house I am living in now has had sudden mold growth and so I am looking for a new place to move; I would love to return to the Colombia-Eldridge neighborhood. I’m looking for a place to live for about two years while I prepare to buy my own home. I am a single, 33 year-old woman, self-employed as a professional editor. I have excellent renting history. I need pretty intense focus during the day while I work, so I’m looking for a quiet spot to live with plenty of natural daylight. When I’m not editing, I spend my time finishing my own book, going for hikes or runs, and cooking. I can afford up to $950+/- per month on rent and would love to be your neighbor. Thanks!  ~ Anni Kamola  360-389-6418


I have very close friends who are looking for be closer to family in Bellingham this Fall and would love to find a place to rent or house sit for at least a month starting at the end of August. They use to live here and are considering moving back for schooling for their two daughters from Juneau, Alaska. They can give excellent referrals. 3-4 bedrooms would be ideal. Please let us know if you or anyone you know is looking to rent out their home. Contact Kirsten Shelton- Thank you!
Trina Stiles
Victor Street


Karla Bonoff  sings and James Taylor on guitar, and finally joining in on vocal harmony. But I miss that last verse. There’s the verse that says Love grows old and waxes cold, and fades away like morning dew. But it doesn’t stop there. The last verse says, When sea sand turneth far inland, and mussels grow on every tree / When cockle shells turn to silver bells, then will I lose my love for thee. I will decide to love you anyway. Last night it was me and Zeke singing. Not as lovely, but it pleased us just fine. I love getting to make live music.

Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511

If you want to ask me to post something, just email me. If it’s urgent, phone. If it’s a real emergency, call 911.

Missing Cat; Found Cat; Free Freezer; Keys; Tune: Anitra’s Dance

CONTENTS 7/20/2020
Missing Black Cat
Friendly Kitty?
Free Freezer
Found Keys Follow-Up
Radio Free Fl!p: Anitra’s Dance


Large black cat from 2300 block of Lynn Street.  No collar, comes to the name Jojo. Solid black, no chip; he was a stray that adopted us a few years ago.  He is VERY large. Please contact Marcie 360 739 8900, if you see him. Thank you. ~ Marcie Pittman


We live in the 2200 block of Victor Street & a very sweet kitty has been spending a lot of time here. He (she?) is a gray tabby with unusually fluffy fur and a bushy tail. He has no collar but is not thin or malnourished. We find him most days sitting in our garden beds and yowling for attention when we come outside. He will also come inside if we leave our back door open. Does this little sweetie have a home? We don’t want to encourage him to stay away from his place, but he seems as if he might be homeless, & if so, we’d like to take him in. I’m at, or call 360-441-9900. Suzanne Paola


My parents have a 21 cubic foot Westinghouse (?) Energy Saver freezer.  They replaced it because it was icing up, but I believe it only needs a new door gasket. When I tried to get a new one for them, all of the retailers in town did’t have uprights. We were lucky to get one, but it’s only 17 cubic ft.  It was in a garage, but other then the gasket, it’s in perfect shape.  It’s quite heavy, so you will need at least two people to move it. Let’s just say, well made & no plastic.  When someone dibs it, this email account will be deleted.
Dave Lind


After several (strange-ish) email exchanges with someone who wanted a description of the keys, but wouldn’t identify themself, the keys found at Little Squalicum Beach parking lot on Sunday have been turned over to the Bellingham Police Dept. ~ Piper Mertle


MoNo Guitar Duo plays Grieg • 4 Hands Guitar
ht/t Nancy Kennell. My family had a narrated version of the Pier Gynt Suite when I was a kid, and I used to love dancing to this section. These days I wrestle with the balance of the joy with which musicians have always fallen in love with and adopted each other’s music, and the power imbalances that can turn that enthusiasm into cultural appropriation. It’s an ongoing question. Watching this couple at play with each other, this arrangement looks like a co-operative game of I Dare You! wrapped up with Tag, You’re It!

Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511

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