Are We Walking to Alaska

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Time Out

I think I'm going to take some time off from blogging.  I love all my friends here - and enjoy the interaction, but I need to recharge for a while - set new goals and get some things organized in my life.  

Last year was a tough one - though not as tough as some had - but with both of us having long hospital stays and then the recuperations and company and finally the holidays - I'm about done in and need a break. 

 So I'll be around to read blogs from time to time - and hope you don't forget me while I'm on my blog-break.
I'll leave you with a current photo of Mt Baker - I know you want to see it this month.  There is over 10 feet of snow now - and we are hoping for a lot more.

Happy blogging - see you soon I hope.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Memories of 2015

It has been quite the year - some things we are happy to see behind us - and many things we have sweet memories about.  Join me as we take a trip down memory lane in 2015.


Birds, ponies, funky snowman and a shiny moon

Eagles nesting, early blossoming trees, tea parties and mountains.

Eagles, more early flowers, daffodil fields, walnut trees blooming, finishing painting the kitchen cabinets, tea with friends for my birthday and a Pi Pie

Birds,flowers, kites and spring lambs

More flowers, Mt. Baker and some shaggy ponies

 A trip we will never forget - whale watching in the Salish Sea (from Vancouver Island, British Columbia to Seattle) - a gift from our son and daughter-in-law.
Just had to do two for June - birds, flowers,  horses, sewing outdoors on the deck and an orangish/red boat named Tomato Sloup

 Our son and his family visited for two weeks from West Virginia - we picnicked, had water wars, played in the creek, celebrated three birthdays and enjoyed our youngest grandson.
So July gets two memory collages - Sailboats, an Osprey, potato fields, Whatcom Falls Park and Washington State Ferries.

Birds wild and tame, flowers, someone's line of clean t-shirts on the clothesline, a day spent on Lummi Island, making jelly and a squirrel appearing to wear a ceramic bird feeder as a saddle.

Birds, pumpkins, horses, truck full of antiques and a darling stone cottage.

Mt. Baker, birds, a farm stand and barn windows with red geraniums.

Floods from unbelievable amounts of rain, ducks and swans and the world painted on a round propane tank.

Birds, heavy frost, and seasonal waterfalls

Memories of 2015

Collages made at, and

Sunday, January 3, 2016

The Barn Collective

Time for barns - on this third day of the new year.  No matter where we travel in our area we come across lovely barns - old and new.

Wouldn't you love to live in that big farm house?  Just wander from room to room - enjoying the space and beauty of a well built home.

I'm always fascinated by this hill - it just appears right straight up out of the valley floor - and the farm is nestled up against it.

The horses weren't even aware we were there
I don't think the barn gets much use anymore.
I know - not a barn - but one of my favorite homes in the Skagit Valley.  It used to be a bed and breakfast, but now is a private home.
A few of its charming outbuildings - the two on the right used to be guest rooms, often with views of migrating Trumpeter Swans and Snow Geese in the fields.