A journal of sorts.

I am an avid photographer with a love for digital processing. The Bearded One and I have become "Townies" once again and are in the process of transforming our suburban nest into a peaceful refuge.
This blog is where I like to stash things. An assortment of random thoughts, a recipe or two, a few of my favorite photos, and the processing thereof.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Moving so a little behind in Posting

Lyric and the Turkey. Ran out to Satsop. Lyric was kind enough to pose for some Photos... I will post a regular blog thing when I am able... Sitting at Borders to upload.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Sunday, April 18, 2010

The Middle of April

Out and About

Knitting group was this past Thursday and Ferol was kind enough to get me started on my very first pair of "toe up" socks. Hooray. I'm only about 4 inches into the first one but already I feel so accomplished.

 It's been a real hoot getting together with other knitters chatting, feasting and getting inspired by one another's projects. Thanks so much to Ferol for being the "hostess" with the "mostess"

Cottage Life

We are moving more stuff in each week. It is at the point where it makes it a little tough at the apartment because so many things that I "need" are at the cottage. We are still working out the bugs as far as where things will go. There is limited space so it really needs to be organized.

The Inn Keeper has installed a magnetic knife rack and a great broom holder. Both of which are greatly appreciated.
Another neat thing is the larger board we picked up at Lowes to go on top of our existing little side table of sorts. The original top is 16"x 36". We have barstools that fit with it but the overhang was only a couple of inches so we couldn't really get close enough to our plates. The new top is 20" x 48" which not only gives us more leg room but also extra width without interfering with the drawers. Right now it's just sitting on top of the original but it will be easy to clamp it or attach.

The Happy Housewife

The kitchen aide has come home at last. Luckily it fits under the butcher block cart. (just barely)

The hanging baskets are doing well as are the herbs although they seem a little slow in coming on. I plan on adding a few more along with some trailing plants.  Oops, the Bearded One has just arrived with some more stuff to put away...

 When a dog runs at you, whistle for him.

Henry David Thoreau
US Transcendentalist author (1817 - 1862)

Be well and take care of each other

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Annie and the Little Man

Just a little Portrait...He's looking at Dad.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Back out at the Cottage

A purple Trillium on the hillside at the Cottage

Looks like Spring
It is looking a little like spring out here at the cottage. I can see blue sky amidst the clouds and it is almost 60 degrees out. I was sitting down taking a break after sweeping the patio, when a little brown squirrel scampered between my feet. He didn't seem much bothered by me. A cute little thing. It's normally quite out here on the Bay but today across the water I hear a live band. Someone is having a big “to do” of some sort. Either that or they are just having band practice.

The “Bearded One” is busy hauling shelves and boxes to a storage unit we found just a few minutes up the road from here. We definitely needed someplace to store the motorcycle and the other things that we have no room for here at the Cottage. Stuff like totes full of Christmas decorations, lawnmower, power tools, and assorted whatnot.

Cottage News

The boat down at the beach
It's feeling more and more like home here at the Cottage. Things are beginning to find their place. The “Bearded One” and I have each claimed our own closets, drawers and places to sit. We try to stay out of one another's ways. It's probably good that we're both not retired. It's a little quiet because we have no TV and our radios aren't really made for picking up stations. When we actually move in I will have internet radio and of course i-tunes.

The Inn Keepers fresh baked bread cooling on the deck

The Happy Homemaker

The Inn Keepers been baking again. I spied this loaf cooling on the deck on my way down to the beach this morning. It's been baked in a covered stoneware baker. The crust always turns out amazing.
We have a new fan installed in the kitchen. It's amazing. Very small, very quiet, and very effective. I was able to cook bacon, pancakes, and eggs and not fill the cottage up with the smells. Of course when you walked outside it smelled like breakfast being cooked in a campground... Still enjoy using the “earwig” vacuum cleaner and I found that my favorite brush attatchment fits really well on the end. Well the “Bearded One” is on his way back so I need to get some lunch going...
My Reading List

These High Green Hills,
Jan Karon
The third in the Mitford Series. A fun, feel good read recommended by knitter extrodinaire Ferol.


Lisa OZ
Wife of Mehmet Oz...I'm enjoying it. Really down to earth, funny, and inspiring.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter...Happy Spring

Happy Easter

This greeting comes a little late... Not the thought but the posting. We are out at the cottage as I write this and I will post it as soon as I get back to civilization. We are having dinner with the “Inn Keeper”. It looks like we will be eating rabbit. How fitting. I don't think it's really “The Bunny” but a stand in. I love eating dinner at the Inn Keeper's. She always provides fresh bread, which she bakes Mediterranean style in a covered clay baking dish. At this moment she is traipsing through the forest collecting some wild greens to go into “the side dish”.

Cottage News

“Tulip in the bathroom window”

This trip we brought over several totes full of books, baskets, and odds and ends. We have less and less stuff at the apartment and more of ourselves here. Cooking in the little kitchen is becoming easier now that things have an assigned place to be. Friday night we had baked salmon with rosemary potatoes. Last night we dined on fresh clam chowder. Fresh meaning that “The Bearded One” gathered the little steamer clams that very morning as soon as the tide would let him. Yummmm. You can't go wrong with fresh clams, cream, butter, bacon, celery, garlic, and potatoes. I would of taken a picture but I was concentrating on scarfing it up...
The “Bearded One” put up a shelf in his closet and was quite pleased with the outcome. I say put up, but really he just went to Lowes and got a shelf board and then laid it on top of the clothes pole brackets. He gets the upstairs closet and I get the one downstairs. This place is very tiny but there is an amazing amount of storage. The living area has a small chest of drawers, an old drop front desk with drawers, and a side table that has two small drawers as well as a file drawer. Oh, and there is the coffee table which is an old wooden trunk of sorts. We will have all sorts of space for clothes and odd bits.

The Happy Homemaker

I have several projects that I'd like to tackle. I'd like to finish planting the herb boxes out front. We have some tarragon, thyme, sage, and oregano already from the old boxes and would like to add a couple of basil and then a few annuals like Baccopa and Calabrochia (pardon the spelling) to hang over the sides and add some color. We have some boxes downstairs that have bay laurel trees and rosemary. I think they are shaded enough to plant impatiens. They are on automatic drip irrigation so that will be nice.