Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Hot Weather

The sunflowers are happy with the hot temperatures. The white flowers are candy tufts, that I planted seeds. They will reseed themselves. The metal spinners are Frank the frog and Sunny.
The wisteria is 6 inches taller than it's support post.
The honeysuckle is growing like crazy.

Purple Dahlia

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Spring 2008

Nicole and Meggen

A memory popped into my head, this morning. Spring vacation, 2008, Gary, myself, Meggen and Nicole were driving Nicole back home. I looked in my rear view mirror. Nicole was watching a DVD and had her arm around Meggen. It looked like Meggen was watching the DVD with Nicole. It was a cute sight.
It is hot, here. I bet it is really hot in eastern Washington.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Saturday evening

We were sitting outside, this evening. We can see the Nicole garden, from where we are sitting. We heard some thunder and it came closer. Now it is raining, a lovely, fresh, gentle rain. The air smells so wonderful. I hope it will rain long enough to soak the plants, trees, and grass.

Completed socks

Socks finished, this morning.
Bright and colorful socks for me.

Samish Island Arts Festival

colorful hats
Craig with his carvings

Samish Island Arts Festival
Today, Susan and I covered a 2 hour shift at the welcome table.
We had free raffle tickets and a donation jar.
Many times, we repeated the tickets are free.
Happy Birthday to Gary, today.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Visit with my cousin

Holmes Harbor on Whidbey Island
This is the view from our leisurely lunch spot.

Deception Pass looking west

Deception Pass looking east.
My cousin lives on Whidbey Island, we had a great visit, today.
We blogged from her computer.


My cousin JL came to visit us
Stormy waiting for the boat to America
Quail's at quail cottage

Mt Baker


Fall colors

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Summer vacation

Summer fun 2006, Nicole and Morgan
I have the week off. yippee!
Hanging about home, doing some chores.
Taking time for relaxing, too.
How is your summer vacation?

Our yard, today

Is it deer or rabbit eating the hostas? We can share in our yard.
Honeysuckle blossom

Columbine blossom

Agalache Sangria Blooming

Monday, July 20, 2009

Grass Fire

This afternoon, we (local volunteer fire department) were called to a brush fire. It is about 3:00 pm and most of our crew are working their day job. We had a group of 8 working the fire. It was in beach grass, driftwood, roots burning in the sand. The wind was blowing out to the water. I was working one hose line. No one was injured, no buildings were harmed. We put the fire out. About 75% of our calls are medical calls.

Sunday, July 19, 2009


I did some weeding, yesterday.
Have a soaker hose set in the garden.
Took photos from a different angle, this morning.

There is a bike race.
When Meggen and I were out for a walk, we saw 3 riders on fancy bikes, matching bike outfits.
It doesn't look like a local ride.
Tour d'Skagit?

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Friday, July 17, 2009

Favorite Photo

2005, Nicole at Bayview State Park

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Space Shuttle

We just came in, after watching the space shuttle soar across the sky. Gary and his ham radio friends keep current with times of the space shuttle events. It was bright in a not quite dark sky, fast, about 4 minutes to cross the sky. It is an awesome sight. The NASA web sight has information, too.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Today in the Garden

The honeysuckle has won the race to the top.
Seeds were planted on the left, and there are now plants.

The mountain laurel is growing.
Yes, there is weeding to do.

I put up some wire net for support today.
Clematis will some purple blooms.
Built a tripod for the wisteria out of bamboo sticks.
Still looking for Lisa for her blog prize.

Friday, July 10, 2009

One more try for a photo

Nicole with a friendly chipmunk.


It is a nice sunny Friday. I woke up early, the birds were singing away.

Friday is the day for knitting at my friend and neighbor. so, we knit and talk, sometimes we are even quiet. Last Friday, I had the pleasure of meeting her granddaughter, Iris. Iris is 4, very sweet. She had a special treasure to tell and show me. It was a special moment.

I mentioned, that Meggen and I saw a deer early Tuesday morning. Susan and I talked about Nicole's love of animals.

I am going to Sock Summit in Portland, Oregon in August. I am getting excited. It is a big deal in the sock knitting world. I have a few classes to take. Probably some yarn to buy.

Somehow, blogger doesn't want to load photos, today. Have a great evening.

Thursday, July 9, 2009


This morning, I got up about 6:30 am, made coffee, then knit on my current sock project until 9:00. a great way to start the day. I teach sock knitting classes at local yarn shops. Today was the start of a new series of classes. I meet with 2 delightful ladies, and they are started on their sock projects. The day started cool, then warm and sunny after class. Got a few groceries. Chatted with my cousin on facebook, talked to another friend on the phone. Gary picked up a pizza for dinner. Now, back to sock knitting with the baseball game on TV. My kind of perfect day. How was your day?
Still waiting for contact with one prize winner.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

A Year Ago

Nicole, last summer.

A week ago

Gary and Meggen, sitting by Nicole memorial garden.
JoLynn and Meggen.
I find the garden, very peaceful.
Visit the garden everyday, tonight looks like a rainy visit.

Sunday, July 5, 2009


A photo of the sky, taken last night, about a mile from our home.

Knitting Update

Completed pair of socks on June 30.
Sock started on July 1
I think I write a pattern for this pair of socks.

July 5

This is about a mile from our house.

Gary in his Seattle Mariners, Dan Wilson shirt.

On the evening of the 4th, we took Meggen for a walk.
She doesn't like all the noise of the fireworks.
She even took a sedative, then she slept in the closet.
Meggen is much happier with a quiet day, today.


I wish I could give everyone a prize. I plan to have another random draw, sometime in the future. Welcome, new friends. My blog is mostly memories of my niece, Nicole, who we tragically lost in a car accident, last September. So, there are Nicole photos, stories, and my memorial garden, plus knitting and reading. This blog has certainly, helped my healing process.

prize # 1 Mattie

prize # 2 Marce

prize # 3 Jennifer

prize # 4 Lisa

prize # 5 Susan

Congrads, I used a random number generator, found by google.
Next I will make email contact and mail prizes.
Thanks for entering my random draw contest.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Parade on the 4th

Staging area, kids ready to throw candy

I rode in the cab of the fire engine, waved, threw candy.
The crew in the back got soaked from huge squirt guns.
I rolled the window up, fast and stayed dry.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Dog's Life

A neighbor dog came to visit Meggen.
They explored our yard, then rested in the shade.
The owner did come for their dog.
What a life, lounging in the shade.