She melts my heart each time

I see her.

She is bright, funny, smart, inquisitive

as well as kind.

We are so blessed to have this little

girl in our lives.



The drive to Vancouver..

Rain and more rain,

then fog and more fog.

thru the grasslands, into the city,

over the Port Mann Bridge.

Then the best part,

seeing Julie in her new class room

as well as going for a walk with Claire.

It is good to be here with




We are heading out for a cruise...

We are celebrating 3 big events within a month of each other.

My 65th birthday, our 25th anniversary and Jim's 70th birthday.

We fly out of Seattle to Fort Lauderdale and go on

an 8 day eastern Carribean cruise.

We have a balcony suite on one of

higher decks.

As Jim has never spent anytime in Florida,

we will add a few extra days on after

we disembark.

We will tour the Keys and visit our friends,

Trish and Tim

whom we met in Panama 3 years ago.

But first we get to see Claire in Vancouver tomorrow.

I'm so excited to see her again so soon.


All photos are from Carnival website.


Weekend pleasures...

We love the produce at

Paytner's Market.

Picked from their own farm, they are just up the road for us.

These are simply the best days of summer.



It's Friday....

Here are a few photos of my week!

The weather is just perfect, sunny, warm and just a hint of Fall

with the Virgina Creeper turning a

stunning red.

Purple plums, fresh mint as well the last of the petunias.

Hard to believe it becomes Fall next week.

Out for a little retail therapy.
(None came home with me)
Up to Carmelis Farm for some goat cheese.
It was another wonderful week!