Hands in the Dirt: MLT Gardening Tips for May 2021

  We’re in for a rollercoaster of May weather this week, with rain, heat and maybe even lightning! I plan to nip outside between storms to tend my young plants. Mother’s Day is the “all clear” to plant most things in our area. The 50°F low mark is the signal to transplant tomatoes and direct…

Healthy Eating: Almond date balls a nutritious, delicious snack

I’ve grown slightly weary of cooking full deal meals.  My tendency these days is to prepare a big pot of soup or stew, a  casserole or a piece of protein and some sides that I can call dinner for at least two or three nights. Everyone is on their own for breakfast or lunch. Lately…

Restaurant News: Yua Ramen full of surprises, plus Mother’s Day dining ideas

A reader’s tip on his favorite ramen was well received! Yua Ramen is full of surprises. Located front and center in the Ranch Market complex (22511 Hwy 99 Suite 105, in Edmonds), Yua Ramen took us by surprise, a pleasant one assuredly. The dining room atmosphere is comfortable. Soft jazz music sets a mellow tone. Wait…

The Writer’s Desk: Pay attention to your sentences

Recently I participated in a workshop on Writing Great Sentences conducted by Geraldine Woods, author of 25 Great Sentences and How They Got That Way. I’d been trying to sign up for the workshop for two years and always ended up on a waiting list, but this time I made it in. Why would I,…

Recommended Reads: Immerse yourself in this paranormal thriller

The Eidola Project, by Robert Herold Eidola is an ancient Greek word for ghosts. In this exciting, sometimes ominous novel, The Eidola Project team forms in the late 1800s to investigate ghosts, and that definition was just their starting point. They expanded their scope to include the presence of all things supernatural. Treat yourself to…

Under the Weather: Showers and cooler temperatures to return

Those who have been yearning for spring finally got their wish this past week. It’s been absolutely gorgeous, hasn’t it? We’ve seen high temperatures in the 70s for multiple days—something that is not super common in the month of April. In fact, using data from Paine Field, I found out that 2021 is currently tied…

Playtime: Going back to school, parkour class, author event, try hockey for free

Do you remember your high school orientation? I remember parts of mine so vividly, in part because of the seriously dated outfit I wore, including a goofy hat, and that the school felt big and different. Secondary students in the Edmonds School District, 7th through 12th grades, who chose a hybrid schedule will return to…

Just Around the Corner: Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

After being cancelled last year, the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is well underway, running through April 30. The two main sites where you can visit and take photos are: Roozengaarde:  www.tulips.com Tulip Town:  tuliptown.com Visit the websites to purchase tickets before arriving. — Photos by David Carlos Mountlake Terrace resident David Carlos often submits photos and videos profiling…

Under the Weather: Sunny and above-average temperatures expected this weekend

There’s no mistaking that spring has arrived now—it’s been absolutely gorgeous these past few days! But the best is yet to come. As I discussed in last week’s article, an upper ridge of high pressure is responsible for our nice weather. The way this ridge is positioned with adjacent troughs is known as an omega…

Under the Weather: Cooler weekend ahead before warming up next week

It kind of seems like our seasons just can’t make up their mind right now, doesn’t it? We have a couple days of sun, then the rain returns again. Temperatures get close to 60 one day before tumbling again into low 50s or upper 40s the next. Thankfully, it’s looking like we will see our…

Just around the corner: Tolt Congregational Church, Carnation

A brief history… Probably one of the most recognizable landmarks in the city of Carnation, the chapel wasn’t the original building for the church. The first church was destroyed in a fire in 1936. To help raise funds for a new chapel, Nan Fullerton Stuart, the wife of wealthy Carnation Farms owner Elbridge Stuart, started…

Military Wire: Privilege in America — How to get it and keep it

Privilege is a good thing. Everybody wants it and many work hard to achieve it. And then there are some who want it handed to them. But that’s not how privilege works. You must work for it. In boot camp, my company commander was clear: to serve in his military was a privilege. He reminded…

Healthy Eating: A berry delicious crisp

Spring is here and I am enjoying all the blossoms of the neighborhood daffodils, forsythia, daphne odora, sarcocca and more! I even spotted a pair of pileated woodpeckers routing around in our garden earlier this week. We’re waiting for a pair of chickadees to make a nest in our bird house again this year. My…

Hands in the Dirt: MLT gardening tips for April 2021

It truly feels like spring outside. My forsythia is blooming (time to prune the roses!), and so are most of the cherries and plums. My apologies to those with allergies, but I love it! Does anyone else feel like they’re growing a production farm of shotweed? I pull and pull, but it just keeps popping…

Playtime: Birdwatching is catching on — and it’s fun for all ages

Shortly after quarantine started, it felt like we were seeing more and more birds in the yard. Our initial intermittent efforts to identify the birds we’d seen over the years — Steller’s Jays, different kinds of woodpeckers, an unidentified hawk, robins and a ton of “little brown birds” — took a more intentional turn once…