Are We Walking to Alaska

Are We Walking to Alaska
Are We Walking to Alaska - A True Story

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Barn Collective

Yes, I know this is not a barn - but it is a very cool old house
With a little barn nearby - both are still in use.  Behind the little barn is the dike on the Skagit River - just think how much flooding there would be with all this rain if the dike wasn't there.

I like barns and sheds - even when the land is no longer used for farming.

There is also a nice white barn in the background

Wouldn't you just love to go inside?

Saturday, February 6, 2016

A Frosty Morning

A few weeks ago - while I was on my blogging hiatus we went for a Sunday ride on a cold and frosty morning.  The sun was coming up and soon the frost would be completely gone - I was so happy to capture some of the frost - it happens quite infrequently here.

The sun gently touching the frosted  trees 

It was a perfect sunny day - with Mt. Baker in full view - something we had not seen for a while.

And high above - the moon on a frosty, sunlit morning.

Mosaic Monday

Bald Eagle

This is the best time of the year to see Bald Eagles in our area.  It is nesting  season and so  they  stay close to  their  nests.   This  eagle was  watching a field full  of Snow  Geese  -  I think it was looking for lunch. 

It was a windy day and the eagle was often caught off balance in the wind

Trying to stay on the treetop

Thursday, February 4, 2016

January Scavenger Hunt

This month it is 12 photos of our own choosing.  I found it a bit harder to pick the photos this way than to have a list - I like looking for ways to get photos  to match a list - but this was fun too - once I got going.
 A dove in a leafless tree
 Pretties in my "new" china cabinet

 A horse in the polo field in Skagit County
 More pretties in the china cabinet
 Tractor mailbox

 Maple leaf under a thin layer of ice on a frosty patio table
 If you scroll up and down on the windmill photo it appears to be moving
 Crab pot markers and floats on Lummi Island

Let's Bake Some Cookies

Time for cookie baking - Don likes a cookie now and then in his lunch box.

Good ingredients make good cookies.  Let's bake some oatmeal raisin cookies

My old standby Betty Crocker cookie book.  This is my second one - wore the first one out and was able to find another on ebay.
Who can go wrong with the best cookie from 1900 to 1910?

Let's start mixing
Add molasses - it really gives the cookies their special flavor
Some historical notes.  Another note of interest - my grandfather was a young teenager at the time and he was there watching when the Wright Brothers took their first flight.  Funny thing is - he only flew in an airplane twice in his whole life .

This was my kids' favorite page in the whole book.  They would pull up a stool and sit and look at this page while I baked.  
Cookies are done.  Would you like a cup of tea with your cookies?

What is your favorite cookie?