Monday, July 13, 2015


I put these two geraniums in the same pot because I really liked the way the light leaves of one looked next to the dark leaves of the other. Lo and behold, a little bee must have been helping with some cross-pollination because here is what the flowers are looking like...

Monday, May 18, 2015

Mom and Dad.

My parents were married on this day, May 18th, in 1957.
I'm thinking a lot about them today. Missing them both. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


One of my favorites blooming in the garden as of yesterday...

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Lotta Jansdotter.

Love finding Lotta Jansdotter's prints on random objects. 
Just found this tin recipe box at one of my local shops
I'm not going to use it for recipes's going on my desk! 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Mother Nature.

Yikes, it's been a month since I've been here. I hate to admit that I've become more of a Facebook poster. It is so much easier AND so easy for people to just LIKE your photos/status rather than having to leave a comment. But, I also do not want to give up the blog. It has its own attraction and somehow I feel I can be more anonymous here, although I know that's not true.
I've been trying to spend more time in the garden. It's a lot of work, but can be so satisfying. It can also take a toll on my aging body. I'm trying to do a little each day rather than kill myself doing too much in one day, but sometimes around here, you have to take advantage of the nice weather when you've got it.
Anyway, here are a few pics from the garden this week. The calla lilies and hydrangeas are in full bloom, my tomatoes are planted, the poppies and peonies are ready to bloom. Enjoy.
Happy Monday!

There is still a lot of work to do...some areas in serious need of weeding.

And woodpeckers to contend with...

Thursday, April 9, 2015

New stamps.

L*O*V*E the new forever stamps...

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


Last week I rode the bus up to Bellingham to visit my daughter at school. She's a junior at Western Washington University and is planning to study abroad next year. She wanted some help navigating the financial aid part of it. We had a morning appointment which meant I was on the bus very early, above is sunrise along I-5. The morning was gorgeous and we perused the sculpture on campus (one of the largest outdoor sculpture gardens in the Western U. S.), but by noon it was pouring. It made it easy to accomplish a lot of indoor chores...getting her passport renewed, doing laundry at the fanciest laundromat I've ever seen, meeting with her landlord, etc. 

On Saturday I woke before anyone in the house so I quietly cleaned the kitchen, read my book, and watched a movie until my daughter woke up and we headed out on a beautiful blue sky walk down to Bellingham Bay for some morning tea and coffee.

Then we walked down to Fairhaven and discovered a wonderful antique mall where I found some collage material, a delightful H. A. Rey (of Curious George fame) vintage book, and a fabulous melamine tray covered with daisies...not to mention a few other goodies! 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Opening Day!

Yesterday was the Mariners Season Opener at home against the visiting Angels. All the fanfare for opening day was spectacular! It was a 1:10 game, but we took an early ferry over to get there in time for some batting practice and we stayed until the very last out. The day was bittersweet for me. I've been a baseball fan since childhood...I grew up down the street from Anaheim Stadium and my dad handed down his love of the sport, taking me and my sisters to so many games, always listening to away games on the radio, and teaching me the intricacies of the game. This will be my first baseball season without my dad and yesterday would have been his 84th birthday. 

Thursday, April 2, 2015


Yesterday I went up to the Tulip Festival in Skagit Valley. What a beautiful day it was! 
Here are a bunch of photos for you. I'll let them do the talking.