Wednesday, July 20, 2011

We're off on *vacation*

Our little farmhouse is

We need a break from our

I am exhausted...
It's a good thing he is cute
because he likes to get up at
2:00 a.m.
every morning...

I haven't longed for a
like this in a really long time

We are going to check on our little

Look what Brother Bill & Linda
put up for me...
I love and can't wait to give them a hug

can't you just see some clematis growing up...

while weeding our place up last week
fell off the steps and broke her ankle
she's in a
Oh my gosh I can't wait to give her a

and I can't wait to see my
and do some of this

~sans Spanky~

I'm sure there will be lots of yard work

But I don't care...
Grandma is coming to
thank goodness

I've decided no computer for a whole week
it will be hard as I am addicted I fear
to all my blogger friends
and all the design ideas they come up with..

Maybe I will take some of those magazine and books
I have not gotten to in a long time
and sit right here all afternoon
enjoying our beautiful view of the

Do you think I can do it
no computer...
could you?

Be well my friends
see you in a week
or maybe
don't tell Grandma
the two part...

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Whidbey Island Weekend

I did some shopping this weekend

while visiting with a dear friend
 Whidbey Island
 we go all the way back to sophomore year gym class

for some reason living on an Island seems so
~far away~
over the years we just haven't made the time
to get together very often
~that will change~

I drove up to Port Townsend...
you all remember the movie
~an officer and a gentleman~
it was all filmed there
here is the paper mill where he grabbed her
and walked off with her and that
be still my beating heart...

a short ferry ride and I was at 
Fort Casey State Park
then drove up to Coupville
~whole thing about 2 hours~

It was the first day of salmon season and the boats were out
despite the rainy weather

we toured the Island a bit
and stopped at the famous
Penn cove
~oyster farm~

Have you ever heard of them?

Once I saw in Martha's Magazine
they were listed in the top 10
~in the world~
but I don't do oysters
so I wouldn't know
we just mostly hung out
at her fire pit
and I enjoyed every second

she lives on a 5 acre farm with
~3 horses~
it was so cool to wake up in the morning
and see horses right out the window

on the way home I stopped in at
~port townsend~

the cutest little Victorian town

where the sea captains

built these gorgeous homes

for their wives that stayed at home
~pinning for them~

and don't get me started on the shopping.....

I finally had the chance to go in a store I have
been lusting after

this store is full of antique furniture
and all sorts of pretties

If you want old you will find it there
Fabulous place
great website to order
those unusual period pieces

It was a fantastic weekend
and good for her too..
she ended up with a new table and chairs
from the same place I got my sisters!

 is always going to make you smile
when you sit down to breakfast
every morning

Thanks Shar
I had a fantastic weekend
~love you~

Monday, July 18, 2011

Free Furniture Finds

Look what came home with me
these beautiful

My Seattle City Slicker Bestie
has a cabin on
~Whidbey Island~ 
which I have had many
great weekends at

It was pouring down rain so I
didn't get any pictures...

They are putting it up for sale and getting rid of

I went up for the weekend
to visit a girlfriend
more of that on another

Took the Hubs pick-up
just in case we got the chance to hook up
they made it over

I....well the guys
filled it up

look at that blue locker
isn't it a perfect
~toy box~
for my grandson

You don't want to know what was
said as the Hubs was unloading...

Let's just say I better
~do something~
with this *&@! stuff
or I'm gonna be in trouble!!
I couldn't resist this interesting lamp base
and well the teapot...
how could I allow that go to the dump

She's got all her own original
She just needs a good plastic surgeon
for this make-over
poor thing is going to be my
guinea pig...

I have promised the Hubs
these girls won't be sitting in the garage
~too long~

What is it with men and garages...

Do they all think only their 
is allowed in??

Maybe a new course of life for me
if I get the hang of this...
would be to take over the 3rd bay of the
better keep that one to myself for now
I'll see how I do with the
~girls first~
wish me luck!
Joining my
sista Kim
for her party!!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Look what arrived...

Take a look at what I got in the mail on Friday..

Don't you think it is perfect on my coffee table?
 I had pre-ordered it
~last spring~

I have been reading
 Brooke's Blog
everyday for almost 2 years now..

Her and her Hubs are such a
dynamic force in the world of design
I am just plain captivated with them
and can't wait to indulge in this new piece of art
~they have created~

Also my neighbor dropped by with some of the roses out of her garden
aren't they spectacular too?
Friday was a good day..

I had a great weekend with one of my very best friends
up on Whidbey Island

I took the Hubs truck and came home
with the back
I am so excited to share that adventure
stayed tuned for tomorrow!
Now I have to go make peace
he's not too happy....
you see my side of the garage is

Thursday, July 14, 2011

NW Harbor Architecture & A Boat Party

I love living in
~Gig Harbor~

I get to say Gig Harbor
because that's our address

We are not actually in the
we are around the corner in
~Henderson Bay~
just over the
~Purdy spit bridge~

I love coming home and crossing that bridge...
seeing the tide way out..
or sometimes the waves are wildly whipping in the wind

or some days it is so calm it is like a lake...

We've only been here 4 years
and I have really grown to
it here

 last Saturday..
our good friends from Seattle
just hopped in their boat and came down for the

we got to go touring around the area with them
~Captain Doug~

Just a last minute
"are you going to be around today?"


Lucky Us
I love the homes on the water but don't
get the chance to take pictures of them often
I grabbed my camera and here is what you find
on the water in the NW

these are in the Harbor

The one on the right
I toured a few years ago
it was for sale for
4.5 million
they wanted to move to L.A.
where their children are in the movie industry
the son is a movie star and darned if I can't remember his name
it's still for sale..
and I'm guessing for half the price it was
I loved everything about it..
I wonder if the boat comes with it?

These are condos

I'm not crazy about modern
especially in the Harbor
are you?

Now this one I love

I would love this home in

This is at the end of the Harbor

Our good friends just bought the home with
the A-frame roof and tall chimney
we are so glad they made the move here
On the far right is the famous
Anthony's Seafood Restaurant
after having dinner there our friends
climb those stairs home
can you see the stairs?

The gray house on the left with the white trim & blue awning
is another set of friends
this is the area where they take the pictures of the Harbor for the one I used at the top
they have the million dollar view from their place

Leaving the Harbor
we troll past the famous
~tides tavern~

These homes are right at the mouth of the harbor
There is new construction going on

They have to park up above..
hmmm not sure I would like that

look at these cute little cabins...
all have to be walked down to

There were so many beautiful homes above the water
I could be out there all day!

Ok this one I would have to say is a

and our destination...
our good friends
and their
beautiful home

I am in love, no
with their home
inside and out done to

both the new one and the
"yellow house"
belong to them

The yellow one is for sale...
we are trying to get our
Seattle Besties
interested so they will be closer...

just look at their new view
can you see
Mt Rainer above Tacoma?

I think they're bonding...
We headed back to Gig Harbor
under the Tacoma Narrows bridge

that afternoon my Dad brought his boat over
and we all hooked up together

Did you notice the name of my Dad's boat
he loves me...

yeah they did jump in their boat and meet us in town for dinner..
They are going to tie up to our
Seattle Besties boat
notice they fly the Swedish and Finnish
we had a bit of wind but it was a nice warm day

I somehow missed a getting a picture of their marvelous boat
that we spent the day on

the whole family came

more bonding...
Dad BBQ'd hamburgers
we enjoyed the harbor

and the company

and it was
a fantastic evening

Thanks to our good friends
who just called to say
"are you going be around today?"

I hope she can someday leave her darling
cottage on Lake Washington and come
south to be closer
we have so much fun together!