Both the Woodmont and the Des Moines Library are hosting Free Comic Book Day events on Saturday, May 3, from Noon – 3 p.m. 

“Children, Teens and Adults are welcome to stop by the library and pick up a Free Comic book while supplies last,” reads an announcement.

The Des Moines Library will also be showing the new Thor movie and the Woodmont Library will have crafts and a raffle.

  • Des Moines Library: 21620 11th Ave S, Des Moines; (206) 824-6066
  • Woodmont Library: 26809 Pacific Hwy S, Des Moines; (253) 839-0121

by Marine View Law & Escrow

DID YOU KNOW…

…hat you may be able to settle your debts for a fraction of what you owe?

At Marine View Law & Escrow, we provide comprehensive legal services to individuals and businesses throughout King County struggling with debt problems. We will work directly with you and will successfully represent you in negotiations with your creditor(s) in order to obtain the best possible settlement. Our lawyers can assist you at any stage, whether you have just started to fall behind, or if several months have gone by since you were able to make timely payments.

We have represented clients in settling all types of debts: credit cards, overdraft bank accounts, unsecured lines of credits, second mortgages, business loans, among many other types of credit accounts. Direct negotiation with your creditors to work out new arrangements is generally in your creditor’s best interests. So we work for you in obtaining new payment terms; this could be in the form of a lump sum settlement, or a repayment plan. We don’t work with just your creditor to obtain the settlement; we work with you as well in obtaining something that is feasible for our clients and in their best interests. We have considerable experience and have successfully negotiated many favorable settlements on behalf of our clients.

“Darcel was amazing throughout the entire process of negotiating my debt down with my bank. I was relieved and very satisfied with the results that she was able to achieve. She was very close in all communication (with) me and timely. Thank you so much!”

- Satisfied Customer of Marine View Law & Escrow

Give us a call today so that we can relieve you of your debts and stop the collections calls: (206) 878-8777.

[EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Waterland Blog nor its staff:]

Some council members want to tell us when we can trim our trees or take them down.  A new ordinance is being proposed that will require a clearing and grading permit if you want to trim trees for a view.  You cannot trim more than 25% of the tree.  We don’t know how much the permit will cost.  Arborists will need to be hired by the property owner.

As it was last I saw it, these restrictions will only be on steep slopes, other “critical areas” and right of way for now.  In a year or two it could be applied to all of us.

Are we bright enough to decide when we should trim or remove our own trees or do we need the city staff to tell us?

There will be a public hearing on this proposed ordinance on May 22nd.  The meeting starts at 7:00 pm.

– Jeanette Burrage
Des Moines City Council Member
Position #2

[Have an opinion or concern you'd like to share with our Readers? Please send us your Letter to the Editor via email. Include your full name, please remain civil and, pending our review, we'll most likely publish it.]

Advertiser Wesley Homes will be hosting Dr. George Scranton’s adaptation of “The Walk” at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 28, and all are invited.

“Dr. Scranton’s creative adaptation transports us into the viewing gallery of the House of Lords, where the forces of change are afoot,” reads an announcement.

This free program is presented by SouthWest King School Retirees Association.

Everyone is welcome! Bring your friends!

Dr. George Scranton is a Professor of Speech at Seattle Pacific University. He holds degrees in speech and religion, biblical literature, theatre history and criticism & theology and theatre. Of the dozen plays Dr. Scranton has written and/or adapted, three received national awards by the Christians in Theatre Arts Guild (CITA).

Wesley Homes, a not-for-profit organization, is affiliated with the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Wesley Homes is located at 816 S. 216th in Des Moines.

For more information, visit http://wesleyhomes.org.

A fundraiser sale for Relay for Life Highline will be held Saturday, May 3 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Resurrection Lutheran Church, located at 134 So. 206th Street in Des Moines.

Here are the details:

WHAT: Fundraiser sale for Relay for Life Highline

WHEN: Saturday, May 3 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

WHERE: Resurrection Lutheran Church, 134 So. 206th Street, Des Moines

INFO:

  • OVER 40 VENDORS AND CRAFTERS!
  • MUSIC!
  • DOOR PRIZE DRAWINGS!
  • FOOD AND CONCESSIONS!
  • ALL PROFITS DONATED TO HIGHLINE RELAY FOR LIFE!

For more info, contact Jamie at 206-658-3132.

by Dave Markwell

I am approaching “old fuddy-duddy” age. Next week, I will turn 45. This seems to have happened rather suddenly, though I have no big feelings about it, except that I’m glad I made it. (NOT a jinx!!) Through the years, I have changed and not changed. The obvious signs of my trek toward fuddy-duddy-dom include: ear hair, complaining about politics, a strong affinity for a recliner and a marked indifference towards the things I don’t care about. I can’t even fake it anymore or don’t care to.

Indicators that I haven’t yet arrived at grouchy old man status yet include: LOUD-Red Hot Chili Peppers and old-skool gangsta rap, a still-creative use of swear words and the ticklish joy I get from scaring my kids and pets. I believe I’ve got some time before these things fall off my radar.

Reading an article about how our “joy” changes as we age, I was moved by its truth. When we are young, we search for impactful and extraordinary experiences. We look for the “big” things. Monumental challenges inspire us. We are driven to explore, test, experiment all the world has to play with.

Looking back on my years, I see this as true. I tested and tried lots of stuff, some of it really stupid. I had lots of “experiments” blow up in my face. But, I also discovered what works for me. Sometimes, we find what we like by understanding what we don’t like. With so many options, it is necessary to narrow the field and the only way to do this is by trying different stuff. This is a necessary step in any successful life and cannot be avoided. We must discover what we value. The real or fabled “mid-life crisis” is a testament to this idea. So, I am glad I did it when I was younger, because I’ve already got a trophy wife and I can’t afford a corvette.

During this search, we are collecting data. This data points us in the direction we should travel, if we pay attention to it. We define our values: what’s important to us. As we get older, with our values clearer, we find our joys in the more ordinary life experiences: Time with friends and family, reading a good book(in a recliner), a good meal, mowing the fresh, spring grass and on and on…I no longer need to go fast or jump off of high places. I’m cool if I never climb a Tibetan peak or leap from a speeding boat again. These days, I like simple…mostly.

As the years pass and the hair on my head continues its migration to other parts of my body, I worry less and less about “stuff”. We can control few things. However, these few things are important things and we should take great care to nurture and protect them. We can control ourselves and our relationship with the world and the people we care about in it. These are really the only things that truly matter.

At some undetermined time, we all end up as dust. The legacy of the lives we led is carved by the days we live. Today is one of those days. Carve well. Pay attention to the details, the soft nuance of a word or a smile. Our legacy is built on how we make others feel. And when the sun rises be grateful for the day, only a finite number them are allotted. They are precious.

With a week left before I’m half-way to 90, I’m making a bucket list. Included will be acts of kindness and service, kite-boarding, beer and cribbage with my old buddies, lots of blue water and warm sand with my wife, giving my kids the best parts of me during our brief time as roommates, lots of good books and recliner time, naps and BBQ’s. Each day is a chance to reset and I’m resetting and letting go and keeping and remembering. I’ll begin anew, older and younger at the same time…and I’ll begin these things right after I scare the dog…

[EDITOR'S NOTE:"Feel Good Friday" is a regular column written by Des Moines resident Dave Markwell, who just published his first book called "A Feel Good Life" (buy it on Amazon here). Dave also extols to all neighbors: "Enjoy where we live. Put your feet on the pavement and truly feel how great it is to live here!" Also, you can "friend" Dave on Facebook here. Or work out with him at his exercise company Waterland CrossFit!]

WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Saturday, April 19 – is a beautiful and convenient new 4-bedroom home in Des Moines!

This 2.5 bath home is designed with an open concept floor plan that lets in tons of natural light.

The spectacular kitchen includes stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops and island – perfect for eating or food preparation.

The huge master suite has a full bathroom and large walk in closet.

A large 2-car garage and fully fenced back yard.

Shopping, Restaurants, Library and Fitness Facilities a short distance away.

Plus easy access to I-5!

Here are some pics (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

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WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Saturday, April 19, from 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 2071 S. 263 Street, Des Moines 98198

INFO:

  • List Price: $310,000
  • MLS Number: 619625
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2.5
  • Year Built: 2013
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,490
  • Lot Square Footage: 3,429

Site Features:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Double Pane/Storm Windows
  • Walk-in Closet
  • Garage-Attached

Marketing remarks:

Beautiful and Convenient New Construction!

4 bedroom 2.5 Bath home.

Designed with an open concept floor plan that lets in tons of natural light.

The spectacular kitchen features stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops and island for eating or food preparation.

The huge master suite has a full bathroom and large walk in closet.

A large 2 car garage and fully fenced back yard. Shopping, Restaurants, Library and Fitness Facilities a short distance away.

Plus easy access to I-5!

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Prudential Northwest’s Open Houses.

Be sure and stop by Advertiser Normandy Park Market’s Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday, April 19, starting at 10 a.m.

Normandy Park Market, located at Normandy Park Towne Center, is the newest full-size, full-service grocery in the greater Normandy Park, Des Moines and Burien area.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun for everyone,” said Paul Wilcox, owner and operator of Normandy Park Market. “Bring the whole family!”

“Our goal is to provide the community of Normandy Park and surrounding areas with a market that offers traditional elements of grocery shopping, additional efforts on new dynamic product selection, strong relationships with local fresh and organic suppliers and, most importantly, maintaining an affordable pricing structure to meet the needs of our everyday shopper,” Wilcox said.

Normandy Park Market
19900 1st Avenue South
Normandy Park, WA

Hours: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week

normandyparkmarket.com/events

Phone: 206-651-7794

Highline Premier FC Soccer Club tryouts start April 28 and continue through May 18.

“Highline Premier FC is the official Premier Development program of the Highline Soccer Association (West Seattle Soccer Club and Highline Soccer Club) and the next step for players looking for a year-round soccer experience,” reads an announcement.

Here’s more info:

Come check out our Open Session and your player can train with our teams (coached by professional coaches). During this time, Highline Premier FC leadership will be available if you have any questions.

Open Sessions scheduled for April 28th at Delridge Playfield, North:

  • U8-U12 (í06 -ë02) will run from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
  • U13-U18 (í01 -í96) will run from 7:30pm to 9:00pm

* Delridge Playfield is located at 4555 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA (West Seattle)

Tryout Dates:

  • U8-U10 (’06 -’04) April 29th – May 1st
  • U11 & U12 (’03 & ’02) May 2nd – May 4th
  • U13-U15 (’01-’99) May 9th – May 11th
  • High School Girls (’96, ’97, ’98) May 16th – May 18th

High School Boys, please contact tryouts@highlinepremier.com.

Highline Premier FC offers:

  • Competition in Regional Club League and US Club Puget Sound Premier League
  • Professional training by licensed coaches
  • Training three times a week
  • Developmental curriculum delivered by coach-educators
  • Player-centric development delivered with individual player roadmaps and flexibility in player movement
  • Club Academy with Coerver Coaching NW, worldís #1 soccer skills methods
  • Dedicated Goalkeeper training
  • College Summer Camp Opportunities for Older Ages

Times and Locations are posted at their website: http://www.highlinepremier.com/ (click on the “Tryout” tab on top of page).

Des Moines United Methodist Church will be holding their Inspirational Easter Service Celebration this Sunday, April 20 at 9:30 a.m., with Choir, Bells & Instruments (childcare provided), following with a 10:45 a.m. Children’s Easter Egg Hunt.

SUNRISE SERVICE:
6 a.m. at Overlook Park (5th Ave. S. & Cliff, Des Moines), and April 17 Maundy Thursday Service at 7 p.m.

Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors, www.desmoinesumc.org, 22225 9th Ave. S., Des Moines (9th & 223rd) 206-878-8301

2014Spring-Bookmark-BACK2x8Advertiser Just Between Friends is coming to the former Staples store location in Burien with a 4-day only sales event from April 24 – 27 sure to please thrifty families all around the South King County area.

Here is more information in their own words:

April 24 – 27 at 14907 4th Ave SW, Burien ***NEW Location***
(we’re adding one more shopping day!) located in the former Staples Store at Burien Town Plaza

Public Shopping Hours:

  • Thursday, April 24 – 9:00am to 2:00pm – EARLY BIRD SHOPPING – $5.00 Admission
  • Thursday, April 24 – 2:00pm to 7:00pm – FREE Admission
  • Friday, April 25 – 9:00am to 7:00pm – FREE Admission
  • Saturday, April 26 – 9:00am to 7:00pm – FREE Admission
  • Sunday, April 27 – 9:00am to 3:00pm – FREE Admission – DISCOUNT DAY*

Many items are half price on Sunday only!

For those unfamiliar with their unique service, here is some information from their national website:

Helping families and communities across the country save money and make money while providing for their families is what drives Just Between Friends. Even from its small beginnings as a living room sale back in 1997, local families brought items to sell, while other families were able to purchase items they needed. In the years since we began, the economy has brought challenges which have left some struggling to make ends meet. We are so blessed to hear story after story about how JBF has helped make that happen—giving families a way to provide quality items at bargain prices for their kids. And for those that sell their items, a sales event can make the difference in being able to cover their bills.

More info on the sales event here: http://www.seattle.jbfsale.com/homeView.jsp

by Marine View Law & Escrow

DID YOU KNOW…

…that Marine View Law & Escrow offers Title and Escrow Services along with free home warranties?

At the office of Marine View Law & Escrow, we have the skill and experience to insure successful residential and commercial real estate closings. Our attorneys are licensed real estate brokers in the state of Washington and have a comprehensive knowledge of the issues that arise in real estate transactions.

Once you have a signed a purchase agreement, we will open escrow and prepare to close the sale. We will carefully examine and address all potential title issues, liens or encumbrances, in order to convey clear title at closing. Because of our real estate experience, we know how to resolve complex title problems and minimize delays in order to close your real estate transaction on schedule. We will also review or prepare the closing statement, meticulously reviewing all items on the statement for accuracy.

We also offer convenient signings at your location and can make special arrangements to accommodate the needs of our clients. We take pride in making sure your real estate sale or refinance closes as scheduled and make every effort to insure a successful transaction. For all single family residential purchase transactions, we provide the buyer with a free one year home warranty.

In addition to traditional real estate closings, we have considerable experience handling closings involving short sales of real property. We bring a wealth of experience to every short sale transaction we close, as our attorneys negotiate short sales on a daily basis, and understand the issues involved.

“Working with you (Marine View Law & Escrow Employee) and Marine View Law was a pleasure as well. My questions were answered in a very timely and professional manner and the transaction closed on time. In what could have been a difficult closing, it went very smoothly and I attribute that to great communication between escrow and all parties concerned. Thank you so much. I hope I have the opportunity to work with you again as well.”

- Satisfied Real Estate Broker

Contact our office today if you or someone you know may be in need of title or escrow services. Call (206) 878-8777 or visit us at www.marineviewlaw.com.

Benefit Brunch flyer

The ‘Common Good’ Brunch will be held Saturday, April 26 at the Des Moines Activity Center, from 8:30 a.m. – Noon.

Cost is $10 for Adults, $7.50 for Seniors (62 and over) and $5 for children under 10 (first child with each group will be FREE).

There will also be a raffle for two gift baskets including Des Moines area gift cards for restaurants and services along with CDs from the bands playing in the Concerts in the Park 2014 summer series.

Proceeds will support free-admission Destination Des Moines activities for the whole family including:

  • Des Moines Waterland Festival
  • Fireworks over Des Moines
  • Art on Poverty Outdoor Sculptures
  • Free summertime Beach Park concerts
  • Preservation and restoration of the historic Des Moines Beach Park Event Center

WHEN:   April 26th, 2014 from 8:30am – Noon

WHERE: Des Moines Activity Center, 2045 S 216th, Des Moines, WA 98198

COST:      $10 Adults, $7.50 Seniors (62 and over), and $5 for children under 10 (first child with each group will be FREE)

MENU: Pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage links, fresh fruit, coffee, tea, and juice.

Co-Sponsored Destination Des Moines and Des Moines Arts Commission.

Story by Ralph Nichols
Photos by Scott Schaefer

Highline cities have weathered the recession and now their economic futures look bright, mayors of four area cities told members of the Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce on Friday, April 11.

Mayors Dave Kaplan, Des Moines, Lucy Krakowiak, Burien, Mia Gregerson, SeaTac, and Jim Haggerton, Tukwila, all said at the annual luncheon that city revenues are increasing as new economic development boosts their local economies.

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Des Moines Mayor Dave Kaplan

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“It’s been a very eventful year,” Kaplan declared. “Our best days are ahead.”

Delayed time and again by the recession, the Des Moines Creek Business Park immediately south of Sea-Tac Airport “is now ready for development,” Kaplan said. Ground will be broken for both the Phase I and “a lot of” the Phase II projects this year due to “strong tenant interest.”

He expressed appreciation to the Port of Seattle, which owns the business park property, for its cooperation with the city in the development plans.

As Des Moines readies for this construction, the city’s Gateway Project to improve highway access from Pacific Highway S. to the business park just off S. 216th St. is nearing completion and will be finished yet this year.

Kaplan said another major construction project, the five-star Artemis Hotel along Pacific Highway S., is on schedule with foundation work now done – and is expected to open in time for the U.S. Open golf tournament at the new Chambers Bay course near Tacoma in June 2015.

Highline Place Project, a transit-oriented development at Highline Community College adjacent to the planned Sound Transit light rail route, is in the planning stages.

For the first time, he continued, the City Council has selected a contractor to build “a five-acre prime waterfront development” at the Des Moines Marina. The five-story multi-use building will cater to senior living.

Marina expansion “ties in with renovated, historic Beach Park, Kaplan said, where the dining hall – a popular attraction – will be upgraded with an $850 million grant from the Washington State Historical Society.

Significantly, added Kaplan, local crime went down in 2013 and the police department in cooperation with other agencies is targeting human trafficking.

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Burien Mayor Lucy Krakowiak

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“Our budget improves as the economy improves,” including a marked increase in sales tax revenues, Krakowiak said.

Ninety percent of the condominiums in the long-vacant Town Square condo-retail complex downtown have now been sold – and two new residential complexes, one for senior housing, are planned for development on vacant parcels in Town Square, Krakowiak continued.

“We have a great town center that’s starting to come together,” she observed.

Grant-funded construction of a major water retention facility immediately north of Sea-Tac Airport’s third runway, the acquisition of adjacent properties, and planning for an off ramp from SR 518 to Des Moines Memorial Drive all are readying Burien’s Northeast Redevelopment Area (NERA) for economic development there.

And the $10 million Phase II Seahurst Park Rehabilitation Project, in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to restore the north beach to its natural state will be completed later this summer.

In addition, Krakowiak added, Burien has grown to the point where it can now bring its public works equipment and facilities in-house. Previously this was contracted with King County.

Of special significance, she also noted, Burien – with its strong arts community – is partnering with the Highline School District for an Arts in Education program.

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SeaTac Mayor Mia Gregerson

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The beginning of Sound Transit’s light rail line extension southward from the SeaTac/Airport station and the start of work on the Angle Lake light rail station at International Blvd. and S. 200th St. made this past year “eventful,” said Gregerson.

As did the passage last November of Proposition 1, which mandates a $15 minimum wage for certain employees in SeaTac and requires city government to regulate the initiative’s wage and benefit requirements.

“The increase in revenues and permit fees has been phenomenal,” Gregerson continued. “All this economic development revolves around new infrastructure,” which is largely financed by the Legislature’s 2013 transportation funding package.

“Permits are also the result of our booming economy as we come out of the recession … 2013 was very successful with revenues almost recovered to pre-recession levels.”

Gregerson said the Angle Lake light rail station, in addition to a large parking area, will feature a number of amenities including pedestrian- and bike-friendly facilities that link with the Des Moines Creek Trail, a variety of shops, and a public plaza.

Another significant transportation project that she noted, one that will “unlock five million square feet of land for economic development,” is a new 24th Ave./26th Ave. connector – being developed in cooperation with Sound Transit and the Port – to provide vehicle access from the south to Sea-Tac Airport.

Enhancing SeaTac’s designation as a Tourism Promotion Area – as a significant regional hub with the international airport, light rail, and Interstate 5 – is the addition of lodging facilities with a major expansion at Cedarbrook Lodge and plans to build the Hyatt Place, a new hotel.

She added that last year’s merger of the SeaTac and Kent fire departments was a “seamless transition” that continues to go well.

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Tukwila Mayor Jim Haggerton

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Major strides were taken in removing criminal activity from Tukwila International Blvd. – improving its character and setting the stage for economic development, something he is “especially proud” of, Haggerton said.

Last August some 400 law enforcement agents converged on an area along the boulevard zoned as an urban renewal area, where they made numerous arrests and seized illegal guns and drugs. The city subsequently legally seized the properties where the illegal activities were taking place.

Now, as part of a city priority “to fulfill our vision,” Tukwila is buying the seized properties, Haggerton said. They will then be demolished, “and we already have several good businesses that want to move” into those locations.

This area neighbors Tukwila Village at Tukwila International Blvd. and S. 144th St., a long-planned six-acre mixed use project for which ground is now expected to be broken this summer, he added. The development is a two-phase housing-condominium project that will be built concurrently.

Going up in the expanded Southcenter Mall area will be three new hotels, Haggerton said, including a 19-story story where Circuit City was located before the company went out of business.

And a nearby pedestrian bridge for both foot traffic and bicycles will be built over the Green River.

Haggerton is pleased with progress made by city staff in implementing the strategic plan of a 2012 task force that focused on ways to provide local services more efficiently and improve communications with the public.

Despite a growing city population, Tukwila has the same number of full-time employees today as 10 years ago, Haggerton noted. This has been accomplished by finding efficiencies to handle the added work load, including “cross-departmental teams to address many issues.”

With many long-term city employees approaching retirement, Tukwila has begun a “succession plan” to replace them – something he encouraged the other mayors to consider.

Haggerton also recounted his recent sobering experience when he visited the Oso mudslide area and told local officials there that communities well south of them are supporting them in any way possible.

by Dave Markwell

While sitting in my truck down at my Des Moines Marina, I was writing a different column in my notebook. As I pondered important words and profound thoughts, I watched some seagulls sitting on the old, abandoned “touch-n-go” dock rail. The birds were in constant motion cleaning and preening. It was a nice distraction from my important thoughts.

While observing the scratching, digging and primping gulls do their thing, I was content. I don’t like seagulls that much and often think of them as “flying rats”, as they are rodent-like in their propensity for annoying people and eating trash. Nonetheless, they were interesting.

Proving, once again, that inspiration can strike in some strange places, the birds delivered: As the gulls on the lower rail carried on with their very deliberate cleaning efforts, another bird on the higher crossbar over the deck released a big and bold dump directly onto the back of the bird below him. (It had to be male…) I chuckled, maybe because I am male…or juvenile…or both.

Either way…I wondered how the “victim” in the “assault” felt about this incident. During the few minutes I was watching these birds, I noticed that they were very intent about their cleaning. It seemed like their life’s work. Having an overhead colleague suddenly destroy all that hard work would be a little frustrating, I suspect. The lower bird may have glanced up with a cross look. I can’t be sure. Seagull expressions are hard to read.

Here is where the inspiration struck me: the seagulls are US. Our lives are an endless act of “cleaning”: Dirty dishes return to the kitchen. Unexpected car problems soil our bank accounts. Kids need braces and casts and new shoes. The grass grows…and we must mow it again.

Just when we think we have life squared away “stuff” happens. And we have to clean it up. This happens forever. Life is not a clean business. It requires constant maintenance. Though, no matter how diligent we are in our endeavors to keep things tidy, it’s still a mess. But, it’s a beautiful mess.

Life for all of its confusing, frustrating, head-shaking, fist-shaking, confounding moments of “why me?” is worth it. The tough times make the good stuff better. We need the bad things to appreciate the good. It’s an undeniable relationship.

Following the “episode”, the lower bird just started over. He started cleaning again. He didn’t squawk or scream about it. He didn’t bow his head and hide in his wing. He went back to work. It was quite dignified.

So, like the seagull, when life unloads on us, we should simply get back to work and keep moving. Life is never perfect and it never will be, but it’s still pretty great. We clean what we can and keep trying and smiling and cleaning some more. This is a solid recipe for a good and happy life…and not crapping on other people trying to clean their messes is important, too…

[EDITOR'S NOTE:"Feel Good Friday" is a regular column written by Des Moines resident Dave Markwell, who just published his first book called "A Feel Good Life" (buy it on Amazon here). Dave also extols to all neighbors: "Enjoy where we live. Put your feet on the pavement and truly feel how great it is to live here!" Also, you can "friend" Dave on Facebook here. Or work out with him at his exercise company Waterland CrossFit!]

WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Sunday, April 13 – is an absolutely lovely Northwest Contemporary home with soaring ceilings, gleaming hardwoods on main level and huge sun-filled windows – in Normandy Park with beach rights!

This 3-bedroom home features a beautifully-updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, an extremely spacious master suite, two other bedrooms, plus bonus room and office/craft area.

The updated main bath is truly amazing and the dining room is large enough for several guests. Outside features a fabulous wraparound deck and 2 car garage/2 car RV/carport.

Oh, and did we mention Lot A beach rights?

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Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House.

WHEN: Sunday, April 13 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE: 128 SW 208th Street, Normandy Park, WA 98166

INFO:

  • List Price: $499,950
  • MLS Number: 605580
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2.5
  • Year Built: 1978
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,920
  • Lot Square Footage: 15,681

Site Features:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Security System
  • Skylights
  • Pantry

Marketing remarks:

Absolutely lovely Northwest Contemporary home with soaring ceilings, gleaming hardwoods on main level and huge sun-filled windows!

This home features a beautiful updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, an extremely spacious master suite, two other bedrooms, plus bonus room and office/craft area.

The updated main bath is truly amazing and the dining room is large enough for several guests.

Outside features a fabulous wraparound deck and 2 car garage/2 car RV/carport.

Lot A beach rights!

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Prudential Northwest’s Open Houses.

Be sure and stop by Advertiser Normandy Park Market’s Open House this Thursday, April 10, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Normandy Park Market, located at Normandy Park Towne Center, is the newest full-size, full-service grocery in the greater Normandy Park, Des Moines and Burien area.

Come on in and meet a variety of vendors sampling their products. One product to be sure and enjoy is Lemon Love, a gluten-free salad dressing.

Tropical juices, including one called Ryan’s Juice, will be featured.

And members of the Normandy Park Market team will be demonstrating some tasty variations on the Pineapple theme.

Paul Wilcox is owner and operator of Normandy Park Market.

“Our goal is to provide the community of Normandy Park and surrounding areas with a market that offers traditional elements of grocery shopping, additional efforts on new dynamic product selection, strong relationships with local fresh and organic suppliers and, most importantly, maintaining an affordable pricing structure to meet the needs of of our everyday shopper,” Wilcox said.

Normandy Park Market
19900 1st Avenue South
Normandy Park, WA

Hours: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week

normandyparkmarket.com/events

Phone: 206-651-7794

Cox Financial will be celebrating its 15th Anniversary with a party on from 5 – 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16 at their offices at 112 SW 157th Street in Burien.

Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served, and prizes will be awarded.

To attend this FREE celebration, please RSVP to (206) 433-1700.