Thursday, June 23, 2016

My Trip to Seattle, Part 2

Well, I am certainly not meeting my goal of creating more blog posts! I can't believe there's only one more week left in June. Where has the time gone? I came down with a cold on Monday and worked from home Tuesday. Aren't summer colds awful? This one is relatively mild, as colds go. I hope it will be gone soon.

I wanted to share a few more photos from my trip to Seattle.

The first is a version of salad Nicoise prepared by my friend on my last night there. It featured boiled new potatoes, Kalamata olives, sauteed snap peas, hard boiled eggs, fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, artichoke hearts, tuna and fresh greens. Delicious!

Very sweet (and very old) kitty curled up on soft sheepskin

Vibrant flowers at the Ballard Farmers Market

Isamu Noguchi's "Black Sun" sculpture in Volunteer Park

Tree in Volunteer Park

Colette (her sister looks just like her, but without the extra toes)

Lettuce and herb garden with dahlias on my friend's deck

 Mid-century style buffet in my friend's dining room (coveted)

Stunning view from a lovely Seattle neighborhood

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Garden Blooms

Look what I returned home to from my trip to Seattle! The hydrangea in full bloom, the gardenia with its fragrant white blossoms, and dahlias popping up all over (the yellow ones look the best so far). Sadly, we had a terrible thunderstorm with hail several weeks ago, which ripped to shreds the new hosta plants, broke off many of the blooms on the hydrangea (see some of its torn leaves?) and killed the one fern we planted, which is in the upper right corner of the photo below. The hydrangea wasn't too badly hurt, thank goodness, and many of our other plants (including all the dahlias) were spared.

Every time I see the hydrangea plant as I walk through the side gate, every time I smell the heady scent of the gardenias, every time I cut a dahlia for a simple indoor bouquet, I feel a sense of pure joy and gratitude. I'm grateful to my husband who planted them and to our Lord who created them.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

My Trip to Seattle

Hello there, friends. Sorry for the infrequent posts. I've been very, very busy at work and in my personal time have had less interest in being in front of the computer (I get enough of that Monday through Friday!).

I spent a lovely, long Memorial Day weekend in the Seattle area visiting my best friend and her husband and son. I flew out on Friday and returned home Wednesday. In the span of four days, I experienced both Seattle weather extremes: chilly and drizzly Saturday and Sunday. Warm, dry and sunny Monday and Tuesday. 

Below is Mt. Rainier and Lake Washington -- a view that is just a short walk from my friend's house. Such a beautiful part of the country it is! In the other direction, views of distant snow-capped mountains from my friend's house never disappoint.

 Here are some highlights from my four-day stay:
  • We visited the Seattle Unit of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, which is actually a museum located in the historic Cadillac Hotel
  • We sampled goodies, from hard cider to microgreens, at the Ballard Farmers Market
  • We explored Pioneer Square, Seattle's "original neighborhood" dating back to 1852. There we popped into The London Plane, a beautiful cafe/bakery/specialty foods store and floral workshop with the most gorgeous flowers and delicious rose water meringues! At Davidson Galleries I fell in love with the work of artist Wendy Orville (I will, at some point, be purchasing one of her beautiful monotypes)
  • We strolled through one of my favorites places ever: the 40-acre off-leash dog park at Marymoor Park in Redmond. There's a reason they call it "Doggie Disneyland." I've never seen so many happy dogs in one place! During my visit, I was struck by how many people have dogs, and how many businesses are dog-friendly, too. It was great because I was missing Henry and Ella!
  • I also made a return visit to Glassybaby in the Madrona neighborhood of Seattle. If you've followed my blog for a while, you may know that Glassybaby votive holders are one of my favorite things. On a previous trip to Seattle I purchased three Glassybaby, and on this trip I purchased three more: gingerbread, homegrown and warm gravy (shown in that order, below).

Glassybaby in Madrona is a very "cool" place (forgive the play on words; glassblowing is actually a very HOT business). Click here to watch a video about Glassybaby and here for a wonderful video on how a Glassybaby is born.

Stay tuned for part two of my trip to Seattle! Oh, and if you subscribe to my posts, you've probably noticed a lapse in email notifications. I realized a month or so ago that no emails were being sent about new blog posts. There was some trouble with Feedburner, but I think I fixed it this morning. I'm not even sure how I did it. A nice blog follower of mine reached out to say she received the email (thanks, Karen!). Hopefully things will be working smoothly from now on. If not, send me an email at mylittlebungalow2[at]gmail[dot]com. Thanks for tuning in!

Monday, May 23, 2016

A Favorite Book

I recently finished reading a wonderful book called The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman. It is one of my favorite books ever. Beautifully written. I just bought another of Hoffman's books, The Red Garden, which I'll read on my flight to Seattle later this weekI hope I enjoy it as much as I did The Museum. Have you read any of Alice Hoffman's work?

I'd love to hear what you're currently reading, what your favorite books are and those you've added to your summer reading list.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

This Year's Front Porch Planter

This year's planter contains follows a red, white and blue theme to go with the new flag we've hung on our front porch. The plants I chose this year are:
  • Asparagus fern
  • Coleus, Kong Jr. Rose
  • Compact red impatiens 
  • White impatiens
  • Summer Wave Large Blue Wishbone flower - this plant is new to me; it trails, so think it will look pretty in this planter.

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