Archive for April, 2009

Sucia Island adventure

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Our school district, like many others, is on spring break this week. My husband and our youngest son are taking advantage of this time off by going on their first overnight sailing adventure. Rick just sent me some photos via cell phone. I’m so excited that they arrived safely that I want to share these right away.

The guys launched from Birch Bay, WA and sailed 12 miles (a three-hour trip) over the Strait of Georgia to Sucia Island, a horseshoe-shaped island in the San Juan Islands, and site of a state park. Perhaps the entire island is a park? I’ll have to ask. Also, I’ll have to ask the guys what part of the island they are on.

As you can see from the photos, they’re enjoying a beautiful day.


This is in Birch Bay, waiting for the tide to come in just a bit more. There wasn’t an actual boat launch area.


They made it!



Seth running in front of the little Pelican sailboat.


Simple Woman’s Daybook

Monday, April 6th, 2009


Hosted by Peggy

For Today…April 6, 2009

Outside my Window…it’s dark, since I’m posting so late, but today was just beautiful! It was a warm, blue-sky, no-sweater-required day. As I ran some errands this afternoon, I enjoyed seeing people of all ages – even some elderly folks pushing walkers – out soaking up the sunlight and warmth.

I am thinking…of Rebecca and Lydia as they will be touring Seattle Pacific University and Pacific Lutheran University tomorrow. Really, it’s one of Reb’s good friends who is considering those universities. Rebecca is leaning more towards our local (excellent) community college for two years, and then Eastern Washington University. She and I are planning to tour that campus very soon.

From the learning rooms…I’ve completed my training to administer the assessments of student learning which will begin next Monday at our middle school. We have to be ever so careful that we are cheerful without being academically helpful, so that we don’t inadvertently skew the students’ test results.

I am thankful for…feeling stronger each day after this latest flu. I’m starting to feel a bit hungry again. Lack of food is probably what caused the dizziness today. Maybe the ditziness, too.

From the kitchen…It’s been “catch-as-catch-can” around here. At least I baked homemade bread before becoming sick. I want to cook up some good, fresh veggies tomorrow. Those of us who were ill subsisted on chicken broth, cup-of-noodles and toast, when we were able to eat, so something fresh sounds perfect.

I am wearing…something I’ve worn before. Next warm-ish day I promise to list something different.

I am reading…I just finished reading The Toll-Gate by Georgette Heyer. Did you know that during her lifetime (1902-1974) she wrote 57 novels, yet never made a public appearance? I really enjoyed this mystery-adventure-romance. Mrs. Heyer’s writing is reminiscent of Jane Austen’s, at a more recreational reading level.

I am hoping…Rick and Seth have a safe, enjoyable time sailing tomorrow. They’re taking advantage of spring break, the lovely weather, and wind which is predicted to be from the direction they desire.

I am creating…this blog post.

I am hearing…The hum of my husband’s computer behind me, and the click of his mouse.

Around the house…Rick has been fighting an ongoing war against the wild blackberry vines that tend to encroach out here in the country if you don’t actively oppose them. The yard is looking good to me. Rick also ripped out some snowberry bushes that had gotten scraggly. As we strolled around the yard the other day, we believe we noticed at least one wild trillium coming up this year again, plus a patch of Oregon Grape is spreading (a good thing).

One of my favorite things…is companionable silence when you’re too tired for much else.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week…Tomorrow Debra has a dental appointment. That’s another thing spring break is really good for. I must call the mechanic about scheduling repairs for our car tomorrow. Neatening up the house and paperwork are calling to me, too.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you…


The deep pink azaleas are a gift from my dear mom and dad-in-law. The other lovely plants are from Rick, and will be tucked here and there in the garden beds when he gets home from sailing.

Hostess Peggy says this about The Simple Woman’s Daybook:

Are you content to linger on the simple things of life…then join me in taking a little look into the day plans and thoughts of those of us who are focusing on simplicity…the beauty of the everyday moments around us. That is my vision for this idea!

Sunny Day

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

This morning I awoke to see a hard frost, ice crystals sparkling on the lawn. Later on today, though, it’s supposed to get as warm as 55-60 degrees. The sun is shining. The thick cloud cover and drizzling rain which we have typically been experiencing are absent today.

With this cheery prospect before me, I would ordinarily be energized to action, chomping at the bit to get everything under the sun done. At this point though, I’m just well enough to be up for a bit before crawling back under my cozy covers, perhaps to read a bit before dozing off.

Daughter Rebecca told me she will take care of baking a batch of whole wheat bread for the family. She and I can talk about a meal to be prepared later as well. I know she and Lydia will keep the laundry going. My husband has partially recovered from this flu, so I know he will be working, probably outside, on some interesting project or another.

I’m disappointed. I really thought I would get off scott-free this time, since I stayed well for the longest time. Even in the midst of the disappointment, though, I’m thankful. I have a warm, clean, cozy home in which to recuperate. I have my choice of healing hot drinks and warming broths to soothe and strengthen my ailing body. I have interesting books to inform and divert me. As I mentioned above, I have my dear family to carry on with the work of the home.

I hope that you, dear reader, are well, and that you, too, can find much for which to be thankful in the midst of life’s vicissitudes.

Blogging This and That

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

This poor blog! I have not been posting very often, and I’m trying to figure out why. I think there is not just one cause, but a number of them, that have contributed to this sorry state of affairs.

  1. Like almost everyone out there, real life has been keeping me busier than usual.
  2. I have been conscientious about doing work in the here-and-now before doing this lovely creative work of writing a blog post.
  3. We have had so much sickness this winter/spring season. This means extra cleaning and laundry, or just not being able to do as much if I am the sickie.
  4. I think I got burned out doing the blog everyday thing with Blog 365 and just wanted to know that I really am not obligated to blog every day.
  5. For recreation, I have been spending more time on Facebook, keeping track of what friends are up to, and playing word games, and spending less time blogging. (If you are on Facebook, and especially if you enjoy playing Scrabble-type games, please add me as a friend!)
  6. Ever since the camera that I was comfortable using drowned in a lake (sigh!), my supply of pictures has decreased dramatically. We have only an old, persnickety, unreliable camera. My husband does know how to make it behave, so I must ask him to snap some photos for me. Without photos, I can’t participate in Wordful Wednesday or Photostory Friday, two of my favorites.

Well, there are lots of things I want to blog about, so, since I started this post with a list, I’ll continue in that manner. At least I can check back to this post to remind myself what to write about later!

  1. I need a picture of the designer laptop bag that I received today from If you want to know what it looks like, go to their website and look for MS1412 Messenger Bag. Mine is the one with stripes. Founders and designers of the bags, Emily and Helena McHugh, provided this lovely item as a ‘Giveaway’ on my friend Grace’s blog, Sandier Pastures: Desert Living, Dubai Style. I still cannot believe that I won this lovely laptop bag. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Grace!
  2. Some pictures of the seeds sprouting on our living room window ledge need to be taken and posted. I told my friend Susiej, who sent me the seeds so that I could plant a Victory Garden of sorts, that I would do that. My husband is the one with the green thumb, so he is doing this project. If you are interested, you can also join the effort to grow a garden for your family’s use, and give the remainder to your local food bank. Susie is sponsoring this project.
  3. My blogging friend Linda of Remote Treechanger, nominated me for an award that I would like to accept. Linda lives in a remote area of Australia, and has interesting tales to tell of living simply in an area where you cannot just run to the store for everything. She reads and recommends interesting blogs from all over the world, so do check her out if you would like to peek at everyday life in other countries.
  4. I want to do some creative writing again. A poem is percolating somewhere, I just know it. I think it needs a digital photo for inspiration (hint, hint!).

Since I’m too tired to stay awake much longer, I bid you adieu! Thanks for stopping by for a virtual visit!