Monday, September 1, 2014

Seattle

We flew to Seattle on the Thursday before our cruise. We got to stay with a friend of Rickie's those two nights. This friend, Brian, has a place right on the water. He went out of his way to show us a great time.  He cooked breakfast that first morning. Then he took us IN HIS BACKYARD where we got to dig for clams and get our own oysters in preparation for dinner.  I kept thinking, "People pay big money to do what we are just hanging out doing." 

Up in the morning we toured downtown including Pike's Market and a Car Museum. But I must say the Ballard Locks were the most fascinating of all!  We then had a fabulous meal that evening. Brian cooked everything we had gathered, harvested -- whatever the correct word is. We had not only our clams, oysters (cooked two ways) but lobster and steak as well; all were served in the backyard looking out over the water.

Brian later brought out all the stuff and cooked smores by the fire. What a host!












Thursday, August 7, 2014

Cruisin'

We leave for Seattle today to do a little sightseeing. Then Saturday we board a ship bound for Alaska! We will be traveling with Marilyn, Rickie, 
Brenda and Dominic. 
Packed and ready!





Monday, August 4, 2014

Summer Six-Inch Rain

We are so thrilled. It's been cool and wet here in North Texas! We finally got enough rain to fill our ponds.  THANK YOU LORD!





Our feathered friends are loving this cooler weather. With more water in the pond, we can actually see them from the patio as they swim around each day. Goofy things still waddle up to the house all the time.  Love watching them!



Saturday, August 2, 2014


Charlotte's Web?

Don't think that I really like spiders. But this morning as we stepped onto the back patio this is what we saw amongst some of the trees. The morning cool dew with the sunrise coming through showed off this magnificent work of one of God's creatures just perfectly. Isn't it beautiful?!


Friday, August 1, 2014



This has been a great month for many reasons. Today reason #4

My Birthday Meal(s) With Family - First just an impromptu - "who's around at 11:30" kind of lunch at Tin Star. It took us 15 minutes to devour our food, and then we visited for another two and half hours. SO FUN!


Marilyn made this later in the week to celebrate. And...although I forgot a pic, we had grilled burgers at Keelie and Justin's house. 


Keelie made these!


Thoughtful family!

And now.......It's August!