Hi, I'm Dawn Klinge, welcome!  I write here because doing so helps me to take notice of the sweet things in life.




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This is a building in downtown Kirkland that I thought was pretty.  I wish that it was more common for downtown condos to be sized for families.

When I take my dog to the park she gets a lot of attention.  She just stands and wags her tail as random children hug her, try to feed her pinecones, and pet her.  I'm not sure why they try to feed her pinecones, but she always politely declines.

 My son went to trampoline camp this week.  This was just the place for my little Tigger.  He had the time of his life.  He still had a lot of bounces left in him at the end of the day, so he bought a pogo stick with his own money and continued the bouncing at home.


I thought this was an elegant way to serve sweet potato fries.  My husband and I have a weekly date night.  This is a habit that we started in January and it has been wonderful.  We have found that going out early in the evening pays off big.  Happy hour prices allow us to enjoy some great appetizers at a fraction of the usual prices.  For you locals, last night's date was at Trellis, where happy hours are daily from 4-6, drinks are $3 off, and food is 50% off.  I loved sitting out on the patio and the food was delicious.

When life is busy, sometimes you have to get creative about how to fit your priorities in.  My husband is good at this.  He can't always leave the house for long bike rides, because then there wouldn't be anyone at home with our son- so he works out on his trainer.  I appreciate that he makes sure that I also have time on my own on the weekends. 

I've been trying to sort out my own priorities and how to fit them into my life.  I have some new responsibilities this fall, as well as an intention to devote more effort to non-blog related writing.  So I'm just letting you know that I'll still be around, but I'll be limiting myself to weekly updates in this space for awhile. 




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Reader Comments (8)

Be careful with the pogo stick, Dawn. Chaz was in high school out in the garage with me one night while I was working with my little lathe. She was doing our pogo stick, unaware that the cement in the garage was smooth finished. She landed just off enough, the foot of the thing slipped and she came down flat on her face. I had to find halves of her two front teeth and take her to our dentist at ten o'clock at night. Helmets are good, but a mouth guard would have saved me several hundred dollars and two crowns -

August 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterK

I love hearing from you - what you are up to because you always are up to fun things!! I so get you though on spending less time on the blog. Weekly updates sound great!!

August 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdenise

Dawn, you are spot-on about the writing priorities. It's just about impossible to blog more than weekly while homeschooling and still make headway on other writing. Weekly or even bi-weekly blog posts can work well, and some of them might grow from the other writing you're doing -- two birds, one stone, all that. BTW, I like that building in Kirkland too! - sibella

August 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersibella giorello

When I came back to blogging I made a resolution that I would write when the mood hit and the timing was right. Funnily enough, that worked out to just about once a week.
Now that our daughter is older she is often gone for a day or two at a time, giving my husband and I more alone times -- times we would have called "dates" just a few years ago. It's fun!
Genevieve looks so patient and sweet.
The picture of Trent on his pogo stick reminds me of the girl up the street. Some days we hear her pogo stick going for hours at a time!

August 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTara

Tara- I like your approach to blogging. Your relaxed attitude shows through in your writing. I can tell that it's something that you're doing out of love, not obligation.

Sibella- Thank you for your encouragement. Do you know that not just your words, but your example, has encouraged me over the past couple of months since I met you? I was making all sorts of excuses as to why I wasn't working on my writing. You could use the same excuses that I do, to put off writing, but instead you write wonderful stories that I can't put down. I'm on the Alaska story right now (and loving it).

Denise- thank you. : )
Kristen- Yikes! I am going to look for a mouthguard today. I've already had to tell him not to pogo down the hill and not to pogo in flip flops. ; )

August 28, 2012 | Registered CommenterDawn

Dawn, so glad God's used me as an example for you. I had to make this same choice with journalism. The challenge was giving up the quicker gratficiations that come with daily postings, etc, compared to the marathon of novel writing. I still adore blogging, but the spiritual-emotional rewards of that longer writing have actually helped me blog better -- just not as often.
Holler if you need more encouragement. The journey is full of twists and turns. :-)

August 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersibella

So much fun. I like how you show that your days are full of love.

One of my sisters lives in an urban condo just a few miles north of downtown and the association is not that friendly with kids, fortunately her son is sixteen now, but he lapses, for example she was just fined for him being too loud with his friend.

In contrast, we found a urban cottage just north of downtown and we are fixing it. No association, the first time in years for us, and we are enjoying the freedom. We picked it up for very little. It's in a pocket in which people are fixing them. Ahead of time we scoped out the historic neighborhoods visiting at different times of the day and then narrowed it on price range. Since we homeschool, schools were not an issue, besides when one is in the city one is close to good private schools, charters, and bus lines, but still close enough to bike too.

September 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMariposa

Sue- Yes, I need to remember that condos are not always the friendliest places for kids...even if there was room. There are some cute urban cottages around our area too, that I'm keeping an eye on. I love reading about and seeing how you're fixing yours up. You're doing a beautiful job with it.

September 2, 2012 | Registered CommenterDawn

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