Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Scrappy Trip Around the World

Quilters have been making "Trip Around The World" quilts forever.
I'm not a big fan.
But a Scrappy Trip Around The World?
And with a chapel baby expected in June?
Sign me up :D

Alexa didn't know the baby's gender,
but she assured me that blue is her favorite color.
Mine too!

And scraps... I have a'plenty, with a soft turquoise for the backing.

I used three different darker blues for the longest diagonals in each block,
to tie it all together.

And a few rogue squares that only appear once - a little eye-spy for me!

The photos don't seem to capture the warmth
of the blues and turquoises adequately.

It's just a little quilt... for a little baby.

Maybe for the car or the stroller :D

Alexa seems pleased.

And I added an Old Navy sleeper,
to remind this Canadian-American
of her American side ;D 

Monday, September 3, 2018

Labor Day... Well, That Escalated Quickly

It's Labor Day.
That means it's September, and

When I haven't been blogging here for so long
it feels awkward to start back up.
Do I try to fill in all the gaps?
Just jumping in, for now...

I hope you're relaxing and enjoying your Labor Day weekend in proper style,
as ours appears to be All About The Projects..
a weekend of LABOR.

Boys are doing laundry (see above)...
and cleaned their bathroom (no photos, but WHEW!)

In anticipation of the changing seasons and an end to line drying,
Kerry cleaned out the dryer vent...

That ain't the half of it!
(Boy is that new leaf blower versatile!)

None of us felt like doing much in the hot, smoky weeks of August - ugh.
(Thanks B.C. wildfires...)

The beautiful sunsets were no compensation for nasty air.

Isn't that view depressing?

That's more like it.

So with fresh air and renewed energy,
back to the projects...

Gunnar (and sometimes other boys)
have been digging out the crawl-space under the house.
It's dusty.
Probably because the dirt down there hasn't seen rain since 1902.

Then on the outside...

We've had brick piled in the driveway for a couple of years,
and I've been wanting a little retaining wall to separate the so-called flower beds from the lawn.

And why do I refer to them as my "so-called flower beds"?

This is why.

Ravenous parasites.

 They're surveying the buffet, unfazed by the bricks and the work going on.

And it IS going on!

Kerry's teaching himself a new skill,
and saving us a boatload of money.

Meanwhile, I found some cute fabric at Ragfinery recently.
Probably paid all of fifty cents for the green polka dotted upholstery fabric and decided to put it to immediate use.

When I pulled out the red ticking, for the backing,

... suddenly they looked kind of Christmassy,
so they've gone into the closet for awhile.

Niko apparently didn't get the memo about working hard...


I'm just glad for cooler weather!

I lounged in my (still-feels-new) recliner this morning,
sipping tea, and enjoying this dramatic sky...

... which has since cleared and given us a lovely autumn-feeling afternoon,
perfect for screen doors and porches. 

 And I cleaned our bedroom and moved the furniture again.
I like my head right under the open windows through the summer...

But everything fits so much better this way.

 I even hung a new string of colored lights, and put them on a timer,
so I have this cozy scene waiting at bedtime,
complete with a cat who thinks he owns the place.

And with that, we're launched into September.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Orcas Island

Kerry recently did some architectural work for a friend that owns a vacation home on Orcas Island - part of his compensation was use of the (already existing) large home.  So we invited my parents and planned a weekend getaway!

For those of you that aren't local, between Washington State, B.C., and Vancouver Island you'll find a cluster of smaller islands - an archipelago - of literally hundreds of "named islands and rocks", many of them with permanent residents.  Those belonging to the USA are the San Juan Islands.  The Canadians call theirs the Gulf Islands.

Four of Washington's largest (San Juan, Orcas, Shaw, and Lopez) are served by huge car-ferries.
They look like this:

They're double-ended, so they don't have to turn the boats around.
You just drive in one end, and out the other.

Mom and I were able to go out on Thursday - a day ahead of the guys.

There's nothing "luxury" about riding the ferry, but I love it,
and we had a perfect day.

I think this is part of Orcas Island - where we were headed.

For such big boats, they don't draw very much (means they're wide and flattish - not a deep keel).
If often surprises me how close to shore they go!

The Shaw Island landing is directly across the channel from Orcas' landing.
Another ferry was docked at Orcas as we pulled into Shaw.

Not a lot of traffic on and off here - it's a smaller island with fewer tourist draws.

Notice the whitewater in front of the ferry.
Boats don't have brakes.
(You knew that, right?)

The captain was just starting to slow the boat down.

Here he was REALLY pushing back.
It was probably the most perfect landing of any ferry ride I've had - he timed it just right.
We came into the dock with just a little bump.

Meanwhile, the other ferry pulled out of Orcas, making room for us.

This being Kerry's reward, he and I got the master bedroom.
I brought my own bedding, and even my own quilt, to be cozy.
No curtains on those windows, because WHY WOULD YOU???

The living room... 

... and dining room were equally spectacular.

We walked down to the beach and looked back up at the house...

... not a lot of beach at high tide!

Here's next morning's low tide, for comparison.

Loved the evening view :D

What a sunset!

Girls' night out... we nuked Pad Thai and played Scrabble ;D

Cloudy next morning...

Madrona branches on the beach.

Right in front of the house.

 Lots of reading.
And Scrabble.

Kerry, my dad, and the boybarians were delayed about an hour.
The ferries kind of run on island time...
But they sure had a gorgeous ride out as well!

Tate's photo
And we had (a very late!) dinner waiting for them :D

Next morning...

No TV, no wi-fi, but Tate brought his computer because he likes writing.

We did a whole lot of nothing.

And games.

Do you know Balderdash?
We used to call it Fictionary.
Somebody finds an obscure word, that the rest of the group doesn't know, and you all have to write a definition for it, and try to guess which is correct.

Some people take it very seriously

Other people (my dad and Wyatt) play for the laughs.

We can see the highest point on Orcas Island from my parents' house, so of course we HAD to go up Mt. Constitution.

There was too much haze to see their house from the tower, but we know where it is ;D

The boybarians just LOVE having their photo taken...

Tate is more cooperative.

All the land you see is islands.

 LOTS of tourism out here...

And madrona trees everywhere.  Most are redder, but I like this yellow one.

Since the ferries don't exactly run as precisely as Japanese trains, I love that Orcas Island has this little park right at the ferry landing.

You can just park your car in line, hang out at the park, and see the ferry coming in.

Cars (and bikes and foot traffic) gets off, cars get on, and away you go.

Tate decided this was where passengers were assembled, so he was looking for the spare parts...

Another gorgeous day for a ferry ride!