TOUR — Ravenna Craftsman Bungalows: Welcome Home

From Seattle Architectural Foundation newsletter:

We’ve just learned that we will have interiors for the May 19 Ravenna bungalows tour. This tour will be given twice this year, the second time on Sunday, September 30 as part of Historic Seattle’s Bungalow Fair.

May 19
TOUR — Ravenna Craftsman Bungalows: Welcome Home
Date: Saturday, May 19
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where: The tour will meet in the neighborhood. Logistics will be sent with email reminder.
Cost: $10 in advance, $12 day of tour (if space available)

Featuring informal plans, handsome woodwork, plus stone or river rock foundations and chimneys, these practical and structurally honest homes thoroughly convey early 20th-century Seattle. Interiors included.

Register online at or call 206.667.9184 with your V/MC. Walk-ups welcome if space is available.


“Green Building” “Sustainability” What does it mean?

From the Seattle Architectural Foundation calendar:

“Green Building” “Sustainability” What does it mean? We hear and see these terms every day. The King Street Center one-hour tour on May 11 is an opportunity for you to learn more about green building and sustainability.

May 11
TOUR – Green Building Tour: King Street Center
Co-sponsored by King County Green Building Program and Urban Green
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Where: King Street Center
Cost: $10 in advance, no walk-ups accepted
King Street Center is the first building in the Pacific Northwest and one of only a handful nationwide to receive a Gold level rating from the U.S. Green Building Council for features in existing buildings that help conserve natural resources and protect the environment. Gold is the second highest rating possible through the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings (LEED®-EB) program.

For more information click here. Tour logistics will be sent with the registration reminder.
Register online at or call 206.667.9184 with your V/MC.

Green Building tours give you the opportunity to walk and talk with the architects, engineers, project managers, clients and developers involved in bringing some of our region’s first “green buildings” to life. Find out about green building certifications such as LEED and BuiltGreen and how these buildings are creating a more sustainable future for our cities, our region and our planet. Seattle Architecture Foundation, King County Green Buildings Program and Urban Green have teamed up to provide six Green Building tours this year.

‘Urban’ farmers riding the trend for fresh, local

Some of our favorite farmers are quoted in this great story in today’s Seattle P-I. Steve comes with me to the farmers market JUST to talk to Wade Bennett of Rockridge Orchards. We took a MINI Cooper group there when going on a drive around Mt. Rainier in 2003 and have visited a few times since. Jeff Miller is also a great guy to talk to, and his farm is in my “hometown” of Monroe.

The New Legend of Smallfoot

Here in the Northwest the legend of Bigfoot runs rampant. The nearly 100-year old story is actually repeated on many continents with different names.

Now there’s a new kind of footprint, and I think we should call it “The Story of Smallfoot”, since it’s not a legend of lore, but reality. This new footprint should be smaller than a human’s, instead of the size of Sasquatch’s foot. Your “carbon footprint”, according to Wikipedia: “is a measure of the amount of carbon dioxide or CO2 emitted through the combustion of fossil fuels; in the case of an individual or household, as part of their daily lives;

A carbon footprint is often expressed as tons of carbon dioxide or tons of carbon emitted, usually on a yearly basis. There are many versions of calculators available for carbon footprinting.
This is directly related to the amount of natural resources consumed, increasingly used or referred to as a measure of environmental impact. Carbon dioxide is recognized as a greenhouse gas, of which increasing levels in the atmosphere are linked to global warming and climate change.”

There wasa great personal story in the Seattle Times today that I enjoyed and appreciated. I recycle and try to reuse things, too, but I admit not to the extent of this family. Read Simple Steps Reduce Carbon Footprints

Can you think of 3 ways to reduce your carbon footprint, today?

I can…

  1. Try to buy more bulk foods, so I can use reusable containers and use less packaging, that ends up in the recycle bin, but it would be better to not have used it at all
  2. Plant a garden to grow salad and other vegetables. It is hard for me to commit to this, this year, since I will be moving at the end of August – but I can dig up my plants and take them with me to start my deck container garden at the new place.
  3. Public transportation is real difficult for me. But I have started parking in a central location and walking to a bunch of different shops at once, for exercise and also to save the gas/hassle of parking in different spots. Last Thursday I had a massage appointment and I also need to go to a pet store, so I parked at the pet store, walked 10-12 blocks to my appt., then walked back and did my shopping (I had Sophia with me so we got some good exercise!). It only took about 15 minutes each way and I got my walk in for the day. I am going to try to do that sort of thing more often.