Monday, December 15, 2014

Beautiful Pacific Northwest

I made it back from the beautiful Pacific Northwest..
the weather this day was just a bit brisk and light rain showers off and on throughout the day.
here are some mossy trees we saw along a highway that were amazing to see.
My Sister calls them "Moss People" which is so cute, some do look like people, scary people lol 

this is the roaring Snoqualmie Falls which was inspiring and exciting to see!
My niece works hard at the Salish Lodge & Spa (just to the left of this photo) as a Massage Therapist and gave us a tour.

believe it or not, but the Lodge has it's own honeybees 

here are a few photos of my Sister's home she purchased a couple of years ago, it is so beautiful and i think my mouth fell open 
when i saw the romeo and juliet balconies.

this is just one of her sitting rooms, and her late husbands instruments he played in a jazz band (on the side of his
landscape business).  he sadly passed away four years ago in a medical mishap and of course it devastated my sister.
he was very well recognized in the music scene in Seattle. 

her house sits up on a steep hill overlooking Lake Washington, 
the whole entire side of her house has huge windows for viewing 
there are boats that are lit up with Christmas lights and while i was out walking 
her dog, i could hear the most beautiful Christmas Choir singing Christmas carols off of the boats, 
it was so very angelic :) 

an amazing fog bank early one morning over Lake Washington, 
i loved watching this as it changed every minute.
it started out real low over the water and just kept getting larger and larger...
this is the view from my sister's home ~ unbelievable ~ 
I am standing on her back patio off the kitchen.
Can you imagine washing dishes from the kitchen sink and looking at this???
this is also the view from her dining room and living room and several of her upstairs bedrooms as well.
Her house was like staying in a fancy Spa :)  

If i lived here i would have to do a daily photo blog of the views of the Lake :) 

This is on a Ferry to Bainbridge Island on Puget Sound, looking towards Seattle
the Ferris Wheel is really pretty lit up at night too, in pretty neon colors.
We shopped a little at Bainbridge Island & ate a wonderful lunch, I will never forget it :) 

Pike Place Market was awesome! Fresh produce galore and lots of shops. 
It was a lot of fun. We ate a great seafood dinner here.

a lavender shop in the market

mountain fog (as long as it stays up there, i'm fine and i think it's beautiful :) 

Seattle can only be described in photos.

Now I am so grateful to have gone all that way and back and to be back home safely. 
it may not have the Lake views, but it's home and i do have a view out back of a mossy pond :) 

.................Stay tuned for a wonderful give-away very soon!!!!

Have any of you been to the Pacific NW?
It's a great place to visit and would be an excellent vacation spot too!
Please leave me a comment and say hello!
huggggggs, Sandy

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Off to Seattle :)

Hello there! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving :)
On the day this photo was taken, I had so much fun trying on boots, 
and the best part was that they were on sale :)
Normally I would never buy a pair of boots with a heel like this, 
but I couldn't believe how comfortable they were and
how much I fell in love with them :) I've worn them a couple of times
and they actually don't hurt my feet, I am very surprised, 
plus they have a beautiful silver buckle on the sides.
And see the boots in the front? Those might have been added too.  They have a much flatter heel. 
I was in the store so long, I should have had lunch brought in, and a nap too. 

I lucked out and found the cute little sweater dress at Ross for $14.99, 
I couldn't believe it. It's a real soft and comfy fabric. 

Other than my shopping expedition for boots, 
I've been busy preparing my home for Christmas
and doing some renovations that take up so much of my time,
but I have accomplished a lot :)
We finished another room of taking off the dreaded popcorn ceiling. 
So far that is six rooms we've taken off including the foyer.
I don't want to be so distant from my blog but I can't wait 
to have my home all done. Of course, it is like laundry,
it is never really all done. 

Oh and my older Sister surprised me a couple of weeks ago 
and bought me airline tickets to Seattle to visit with her and my niece :)  just like that! 
I was very surprised, and I can't tell my Sister no, especially with a gift like that, 
I am really looking forward to going but 
I'm not looking forward to flying clear across the US, but I will be praying!
I will be gone from Dec. 4th to Dec. 12th. 

I also wanted to tell you about a wonderful give-away I am going to be having
when I get back...
So you don't want to miss that :)

I also just opened up a new Facebook for my blog,
If you would like to follow me and "Like"my page & "Get Notifications" 
I would be thrilled :)

love and huggs :)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Fall Finds

I have to show you my new apron I found along with some beautiful
organic Granny Smith apples, just perfect for making apple desserts. 

I have always had a soft spot for aprons.  And I have quite a few in my collection. 
they bring back sweet memories of my grandmothers and my mom wearing them. 
At the time you saw them wearing them, you really didn't think much of it, 
you just knew it was part of their attire and left it at that. 
But as the years roll on, you can still picture them in your mind, 
cooking something from scratch and thinking how beautiful they looked. 
how earthy and loving too.
I've even seen my grandmothers gather eggs in their aprons and also wood for the wood stove 
they used to cook on in those days gone by.

I miss my grandmothers so much and I'd give anything to have their old, well worn aprons now,
they would be as precious as gold to me. 

granny smith apples, some of the best cooking apples.

Also, I just have to show you this old fashioned broom that looks like something my grandmothers would have owned too. 
I guess I am feeling nostalgic today in regards for days gone by with my grandmothers.
This is a great one for sweeping our problems away, right? 

I found the broom in and around the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge, TN area.
We were able to go on a vacation to the Smokies back around Labor Day for 10 days and just loved it. 
This is a picture of our rental cabin too, way up in the Heavens. 
I just love the broom .....
"The tobacco stick handles are made from the authentic hardwood sticks that were used to hang tobacco in the barns to dry. 
These handles are squarish and have a unique texture from the primitive methods used to cut the sticks to size..  
No two handles are alike"..... and no two brooms were alike, this is the one I picked out. 

I also found some plush pumpkins on sale and the sweet farmhouse burlap canvas print that i fell in love with. 
there's something so simple about it, that i just couldn't leave it behind. 

I hope you enjoyed my Fall Finds.  I know everyone is thinking about Christmas
and it seems like Fall gets the short end of the {broom} stick, {oh i couldn't resist, since showing you my broom) . 
people are pushing Fall aside and decorating for Christmas
earlier and earlier. I know I am guilty of the same thing some years. But I still think Thanksgiving is a Fall holiday
even though I think the table looks good both ways, either set for Fall or Christmas.

Which do you prefer for your Thanksgiving table setting? 
Fall or Christmassy decor???

I thought I might do my first link up to Kim's Friday Finds
And since this is the first one I have ever done, 
I am going all out to catch up. (probably posting more that i should) 
but it's sounds like fun and a lot like Show and Tell.
I also realize Friday Finds is more than material things,
and I appreciate that. but just for today this will have to do :)
thank you for looking :)
and I hope you have a blessed & wonderful week-end! 

Kim Klassen dot com

Also linking to: Flaunt it Friday, Show & Tell Friday 

The spring, summer, is quite a hectic time for people in their lives,
 but then it comes to autumn, and to winter, and you can't but help think back to the year that was,
and then hopefully looking forward to the year that is approaching.

*Please note* There are some wordpress blogs that i am not able to leave a comment on
unless i sign into my wordpress account. I do not have a wordpress account, so sadly
it won't let me leave a comment. 

please leave a comment and say hello! 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Hydrangea's in the Fall

While I was away from blogging healing my life and my soul, I still took many photos, as it's in my blood, and it's rare if I leave the house without my camera. When I do forget to take it along, that's usually the time I see something that would be perfect for photographing.  You just never know what you might find,  Maybe a unicorn running through the fields? Possibly Dorothea Benton Frank {the author} at the library and the Church down the road?  Well, I really knew she would be at the Church giving a speech, and later signing autographs at the Library, but still.

And even though it's Fall, that doesn't stop me from loving hydrangeas, and still finding them in the stores, which is a real treat. And believe it or not, a few days ago, I found two small hydrangea blooms on one of my plants and couldn't believe it.  The hydrangeas in the above photo were taken this last Summer during a book signing with Dorothea Benton Frank at the quaintest, little historical Library you ever saw.....where we were packed in like sardines and then i looked up and there they were, the beautiful hydrangeas sitting high up on a shelf and I couldn't resist taking their photo. Someone had to have had a ladder to get them up there.  But it was so worth it to go and see Dorothea up close and personal and get her latest book "The Hurricane Sisters" autographed by her.  I still haven't read the book, but I will.

I purchased three books, one for me, and one for each Sister
and I had them all signed.  How could I go and not get a book for my Sister's with this title?
Plus it was real close to both of their birthdays.  They loved their gifts too :) 

Ms Frank was also a sweetheart and gave me one of her umbrellas too. 
I know it's just a simple thing, but it meant a lot to me. 

I am linking to: 

Kim Klassen dot com

It's so good to be back doing Texture Tuesday again with all the lovely people! And if you're not with Texture Tuesday, well it's so nice to be simply blogging again :) So I hope you will leave a comment and say hello.

For the hydrangea's, I used Kim's MagicMap Texture @63% Linear Dodge and I am really loving the effect I get with this Texture. It also looked great on other blends too.  Thank you Kim for all that you do!  Thank you for looking :)  Are you reading anything right now??  I'm always on the look out for good books :)


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Beautiful Pears

It's Pear Season :) 
Simple and beautiful organic pears.
it seems so rare to find them...

Pears are symbols of affection and immortality,
and bring a natural warmth indoors....

Have you ever noticed that fall fruits and vegetables are about the same color as the fall leaves?? 
think about it and then take a look around. i think they resemble each other a lot.

If I gather up enough energy, after doing some outdoor chores today,
 i would love to make a simple Pear Crisp or 
even a Pear Bread with my pears before I eat them all,
otherwise, i am just going to have to enjoy them the way they are
the way i usually have them....

and just know that anything the apple can do, 
the pear can do better! well maybe not better, 
but equal as well :)  why not mix the two? 

i love pears...

A Simple Pear Crisp

4 Pears, peeled and sliced thinly (Bartlett works great)
1/6 cup water
Juice from 2/3 of a lemon
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cardamon
1/4 cup butter, melted

Place sliced pears in pan ( a 9 x 9 inch square pan works well ) with water and lemon juice.  
In a bowl, stir together flour, oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon for topping.  
Pour in melted butter, mixing well.  
Spread topping evenly over pears and bake at 350 for 45-55 minutes. 
Serve with vanilla ice cream or homemade whipped cream :) 

Kim Klassen dot com

I am linking my first photo to Kim's Texture Tuesday
I used Return @ 57% on darken
Magic0916 @ 46% color dodge
also Magic Map @ 100% screen

my original


thank you for looking :) 
please leave a comment and say hello :) 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Wearing Red Shoes

we went to Sullivan's Island beach yesterday and it was a picture perfect day
and beautifully warm. i may have been slightly over dressed.
it's days like these, when it's cooler in the mornings and evenings,
you never know what to wear.
so the best thing we can do is dress in layers,
so light jackets can come off in the warm afternoons.

I found some cute red tennis shoes *really cheap reasonable* 
i love wearing red shoes :)  how can you not be happy? 

I hope you all had a beautiful weeek-end and tell me what you did!
And I hope you all have a wonderful and beautiful week!
I need to finish up the guest bedroom that we are redoing.
I hope to be showing it to you soon!


Winter is an etching
spring a watercolor
 summer an oil painting and
 autumn a mosaic of them all. 
~ Stanley Horowitz 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Fall has come................

I would say Fall has come a little at a time now.  
Cool at night and in the morning, but beautiful and warm in the afternoons. 
It was 45 degrees this morning as I left at 7:30 am to go to an appointment. morning as I was out walking, I surprisingly came across some geese and I'm sure they 
were just as much startled as I was to see them,
they seemed to be frozen and didn't move at all.
i was beginning to
wonder if they were real or not...

I hope you all have a beautiful week-end :)
I am hoping to return to Kim's Texture Tuesdays and maybe even the Friday Finds real soon!