These fleeces were on their way to the landfill to be disposed of. A tragedy if you ask me. Now safe in my care, I'll be spinning and knitting this fluffy goodness into something special.



I can't take credit for the beautiful peonies that grow in my garden, they were planted by our home's previous owners. They are big, lush, healthy, and smell amazing. Their growing season is entirely too short, I think.

Happy Summer Solstice, my friends!


Farmer's Market

I love Farmer's Market Season!!
I don't have much ready to eat from my poor, wet, cold garden; our weather closer to the coast has been so rainy this season. I've had to resort to my local Farmers Markets, where farmers bring in their produce grown more inland, where it's been warmer. These pictures are from the Snohomish Market.

On our menu for the next few days:
Peanut butter sandwiches with raw honey
Lots of raw sugar snap peas, his favorite
Homemade pasta with pesto and fresh tomatoes
And LOTS of strawberries!


From Our Pockets

Burl and I fill our pockets with sand, shells, and rocks when we come home from the beach. We have a big bowl where we collect shells, and play with them at home.
This collection is from our beach visit a few days ago.

When I was little, I absolutely loved seals and once found a piece of drift wood shaped just like a harbor seal. I kept it for many years, but over time it became lost. I still look for pieces of drift wood to replace it. Hopefully someday.


June 8th

The other evening, I was lucky enough to have a few hours to myself. This doesn't happen often, so I really, really treasure that time. In my hours alone, I went on a jog, stopped by the beach to catch the sunset, and went to the library, all while listening to evening jazz.

Did you know that June 8th is World Ocean Day? To celebrate the day, Burl and I picked up some garbage along one of our favorite beaches. Some of the trash we found in just a short 5 minute walk included soda cans, beer bottles, chip wrappers, styrofoam, a plastic bag, and a feminine hygiene product. Yes, very, very gross. I'm trying to make it a habit to carry a bag to put found garbage in while Burl and I are out and about.


Some Plans

(My sister, Crystal, and a rescued chicken. Aren't they both so beautiful?!)

I don't have much planned for this week, but I do have several things I'd like to accomplish:

* A lunch date with my recently-converted vegetarian sister at one of my favorite restaurants.
* It's time to make more bread. Does anyone have a good wheat sandwich bread recipe??
* A trip to the library, for myself. I have a few books I'm looking for. Like this. And this.
* I'd really, really like to visit my local spinning guild's monthly meeting Tuesday night.
* We'll be visiting one of our favorite neighborhood farmer's markets.
* And, since it'll be raining this week (again! my poor garden..), I'm certain a trip or two or three to the children's museum will be happening.

Have I mentioned how much I love reading each and every one of your comments? I really do. Wouldn't it be so nice if we could all sit together and chat? Oh how I'd love that!

What are some of your plans for the week?


Around My Neighborhood

Some photos from a late evening stroll last night.

A few things I love about my little neighborhood:

We live at the end of two dead-end streets
We have easy access to the freeway
We have a good grocery store within a mile (but it doesn't have a safe path to walk there)
There's a native growth preserve in front of our home

What are some things you love about your neighborhood?