Tuesday, May 15, 2018

May Musings


There's something very special about the month of May. 

May is when we plant gardens, celebrate Mom's, 
and open our windows wide to let in 
the sweetly scented breeze and birdsong.  




Mother's day can be so bittersweet.

Sometimes there is an empty chair.......

But if we remember to appreciate and celebrate the 
 memories we cherish in our hearts (and learn from the rest),
we can lift our spirits on this special day. 


My daughter, Jennie and fiance' Steve, hosted a lovely 
dinner for me (and The Mr.) 


We ate outdoors on this beautiful table built by Steve.  

We had such a lovely time. 


We had grilled steak, pasta salad, kale slaw, 
and lemon tart for dessert. 

It was all so delicious. 

The striped candy is white chocolate. 

xoxo



We had a combination Birthday Party/ Mother's Day,
the day before, with the rest of the family,
and friends of the Birthday Boy, my little grandson. 

We had beautiful weather for both. 
Sometimes the stars align.......

It was so much fun to see all the little ones
enjoying the day. 

There were quite a few little ones.....
not to mention all of the adults. 

The circle keeps growing :)
xoxo


I caught this moment of my two little grandson's. 

xx


We stopped at the 'Farm and Frills' junk market 
on the way over. 


It's held at the county fairgrounds twice a year. 

They always have a nice display of vintage 'glampers' 
to admire, too. 


This was my favorite. 



I love peeking inside. 





So many sweet details. 

The entrance

There were 3 large buildings full of the most 
amazing vendors. 

We couldn't take our time because we had the party 
to attend, but I spent nearly all of my self-imposed 
allotment right away on one fabulous item. 

I'll show you soon. 

I found some cute things for my kitchen, too. 


I've been sewing pillows and redecorating my kitchen. 
I am having fun and will show you the results soon. 


On the way we saw
 this amazing view of Mt. Rainier. 

No matter how many times I see it, it always 
takes my breath away. 

"The mountains are calling and I must go"
- John Muir-

xoxo

I hope you all had a beautiful Mother's Day. 

xoxo

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

A Country Drive


Hello, Dear Friends. 
I hope that spring's silver sunshine is 
shining down and giving you pretty blooms 
to brighten your day. 

Here in Washington state, near the foothills of 
the Cascade mountains, flowers are blooming, 
birds are singing, and the trees are leafing out.

And every few days, we actually see the sun! 
We do live near Seattle, after all, and everyone
knows that Seattle is known for its prodigious rainfall. 

We get on average, about 40 inches of rain per year. 
Most of that falls between December and June. 


The glacial creek that runs below our little mountain 
is running high, and late at night, when the sounds carry 
far, we can hear it rushing and gurgling on its way to 
Puget Sound. 

Sometimes it sounds like lonely voices lost in time....



All the rain fills up the wetlands and helps the 
skunk cabbage (lysichiton americanus) bloom. 

This plant is a delicacy of the American black bear
as they forage for food after a long hibernation. 



Ramblin' Man has just washed and filled the gas tank 
of my trusty 2005 Ford Ranger, so we can take a drive. 


The countryside is so green and lush and punctuated 
by the prettiest flowering trees this time of year. 

This little apple tree grew all on its own from 
apples we used to feed my children's ponies, 
when they stayed in the little pasture that 
belonged to our neighbor on long summer days.  

The ponies are gone, (they lived with us the rest of their lives)
 the pasture is now unused and overgrown, 
and the dear, elderly neighbor has long since departed this world, 
but this little tree stands in remembrance of those
sweet, childhood days.  


After driving down from our little mountain, 
the road levels out here, surrounded by pasture, 
before snaking down and around sharp curves 
and landing on a broad plateau that hosts 
the tiny, historic logging town we call our own. 








It is full of the most charming little cottages. 


A fairly new library.....


Vintage shops.....


Beautiful churches.....


And tree-lined lanes. 




There's a narrow roadside park that runs the length 
of the town where people love to walk and picnic. 


This time of year it is especially pretty 
with cherry trees all in bloom. 


This lovely park can be seen by all who travel 
the busy two-lane highway that runs 
all the way to Mt. Rainier. 

In summer the highway is full of campers, 
outdoors-enthusiasts and tourists, 
and in winter; skiers, snow-shoe'rs and snow boarders
on their way to the local ski resort 45 miles away.



Between 1 and 2 million visitors from all over the world
visit 14,411 ft. Mt. Rainier every year.  

I try to avoid this highway when I can :)





So, I drive the back-roads, which might take longer, 
but are so much prettier. 

Right now the dogwood trees are blooming in 
the most gorgeous shades of cream and rose. 




And colorful rhododendron and azalea bloom in every shade. 





This time of year is so lovely and so full of promise......
Beauty is everywhere. 





But all roads lead to home! 

Thank you for coming along with me, Dear Friends! 

xoxo

"Two roads diverged in a wood and I - I took 
the one less traveled by, 
and that has made all the difference"

- Robert Frost -


xoxo

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