Are We Walking to Alaska

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

Friday, August 29, 2014

Luncheon with Friends

About a week or so ago I had friends come for a luncheon - one was a classmate from elementary school in Sitka, AK another was a friend down from Ketchikan, AK and her lovely granddaughter, who will be a senior in high school this year.  It was a very warm summer day - perfect for a summery luncheon.
Starting to set the table.  I'm using MacBeth Evans dishes, in assorted summer colors. The tablecloth is had crocheted (over a solid mint green cloth), from the 50s - I found it on  ebay a few years ago.
The flatware is Inspiration by Rogers Bros., from 1933.  I found an almost complete set at a thrift store for 9.00. I love how dainty it is - not clunky like so much of the modern flatware. 
I used the flower pot napkin rings that I painted last summer.  A different color napkin ring for each place setting.  The napkins are yellow check and green check. 
You can see one of my newly painted dining room chairs in this photo. 
Are those the cutest little salt and pepper?  Avon - from a yard sale a week before - perfect for this summer table.
The glasses are different colors - a set from the 1950s 
 Here they are in a different table setting earlier in the year 
 Complete with the wonderful  caddy - this may be one of my favorite sets of glasses
 Time for food - olives, open face sandwiches and fruit salad

 Wonderful summer fruits.  I was able to find a watermelon with seeds - they taste so much better than the bland seedless ones.  They are crisp, bright red and sweet and so much juicer.  The blackberries I picked at Birch Bay State Park
 Luncheon is served
 The two-tiered aluminum server has cranberry/pecan shortbread, peanut butter cookies and banana bread - I spent a fun day earlier in the week baking for the luncheon
The flowers were a thoughtful hostess gift - thank you Lynn.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Zoom In - Zoom Out

Last night was a perfect night - warm sunshine - breezy and just the kind of night for dinner on the deck overlooking the harbor at Nicki's Bella Marina.
This was the view from our outdoor table.  A whale watching boat was getting ready to cast off 
It is the working harbor - boats lined up ready for their next trip. 
And right next to the working harbor - the yacht harbor
The seagulls flew about - hoping for a bite to eat from those eating dinner on the deck 
They danced 
And sang - but no one fed them 
The whale watching tour is full - and they start out of the harbor 
It looked like a tight squeeze, but the captain handled it perfectly 
There they go - dinner and whale watching 
Zoom in on the people and the decorations on the boat

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Mosaic Monday - Summer

We are having one of the most glorious summers we've had since moving to Washington 13 years ago - it is warm and sunny almost every day
A summer of boats and water 
 Shady yards and swings in the trees
 Chickens in the barnyard
 A summer of farms and ponds
A visit to West Virginia - and pretty birds
 And roses
 And Great Blue Herons
 Fields of flowers
 And fields of hay
 Dandelions and wishes
A summer of horses 
 Wild Sweet Peas alongside the roads
 And poppies
It is a summer of memories - and more summer to come

Weekly Top Shot - Ice Bucket Challenge

As we were driving home the other night - we saw a lot of employees of Kentucky Fried Chicken standing out on the sidewalk - large buckets of chicken (?) in their hands.  We stopped for a minute to see what they were doing.  Well - it certainly wasn't chicken in those buckets.
 It was the Ice Bucket Challenge - fill a bucket with ice water - pour it on yourself and then challenge others to do the same.  One young lady gave a speech about their challenge - to another of their companies - and that the local KFC was donating 100.00 per bucket to ALS research.  Donations have gone from 3.5 M to 70.2M simply because of the Ice Bucket Challenge.  It is astonishing how fast this has happened - and the funds go to research.

This took place in a shopping center and cars were stopped everywhere to watch and cheer on the Ice Bucket Brigade.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Mosaic Monday

A lovely summer Monday
It's blueberry season in Washington - they grow 'em big here  (that is a quarter the blueberry is sitting on) 
And flower season - ahhh summer in Washington.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Weekly Top Shot

Just drivin' along and saw this darling donkey - I can never resist a donkey, can you?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014