Oct 15, 2014


july 2014, orange sunset

I've been trying to exercise more and have been successfully doing that, but on Monday my body said it needed a break. So I took an hour walk around the outskirts of the town.

orange concrete wall

The day was beautiful with a warm, autumn breeze blowing. I walked by my favorite local farm stand where I like to buy my vegetables. They were closed but had some mini pumpkins available.

mini pumpkins

I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

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Sep 24, 2014

wish come true

morning coffee
morning coffee and books

I remember two wishes I had as a six year old: longer hair and a sun dress. Both of those came true. The longer hair was just a matter of time. My mother made me a sun dress which I loved and can remember quite vividly.

Some current wishes I have: to own a house and have some cats and dogs. Like my first wish of longer hair, it is just a matter of time until these wishes come true.

spikes july 2014
deer with spikes in the woods near the house

One wish that came true recently was to have a place with a great view and plenty of light where I could do my art. The rental house I am in now has two stories with large windows on both floors that face the woods. My art space is upstairs and I spend the mornings reading and watching the trees and all the life that inhabits them.

daily sumi, gallery juana
sumi ink painting on a winter morning

Afternoons are for art when the light hits perfectly on my art tables. And no matter what the season is, the view is entrancing. So while I wait for that someday to come when I own a house and have some pets, I am grateful for what I can enjoy now.

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Sep 17, 2014

end of the season

forest and sun
changing seasons in the forest

The weather has been perfect for bicycle riding, and we got one more bike tour in last week. The ride to the state park was comfortable. With Autumn coming on, the humidity is almost nil and the mornings and nights are colder. We usually stay in the hiker/biker campground where cars are not allowed, but campfires weren't allowed there. Knowing the night would be cold without a campfire, we stayed in the regular campgrounds and enjoyed a bbq and campfire.

outdoor market surly ride
outdoor market ride

Saturdays we sometimes ride to the outdoor market in the next town. The outdoor markets will be ending soon. I'll miss buying those garden vegetables and fruits picked at their perfect ripeness. But I am sure, I'll find many things to like about riding in the Fall weather!

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Sep 12, 2014

old cars and dog walker

dog walker and old car

It's a dog-friendly town and you can find dog dishes filled with water and dog bones inside and outside of stores or along neighborhood streets.

old red car

On this particular day last Tuesday, there was a group of old cars that settled for the afternoon. Most of the town's buildings were built in the early 1900's, so the cars married well with the buildings. I enjoyed being taken back in history.

old cars

Most of the cars were from the years 1912 to 1915. There was even one that was steam-powered. Some of the drivers and their passengers were dressed in the time period as well. There were a total of 100 cars from that era in town!

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Sep 3, 2014

summer window reflections

seattle beer july 2014
window reflection in seattle

I love sitting outside. It doesn't matter if it's sunny or raining. It just feels good to breathe the fresh air. I took this photo outside a pub where my husband and I were enjoying a beer.

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Aug 23, 2014

Orcas Island bike tour

deception pass
crossing deception pass bridge by bus

march's point
bike path from bus stop into Anacortes town

orcas island bike touring
top of hill as we enter Moran State Park

orcas island hiking
hiking to Mt. Constitution in Moran State Park

laundry at moran state park
repurposing the bungee cords for laundry

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Aug 6, 2014

books and stairs

books and stairs
backside of Moonraker bookstore, whidbey island

A book should serve as the ax for the frozen sea within us.
Franz Kafka

One of my favorite staircases on Whidbey Island is the backside of Moonraker bookstore which has books lining their flower planters.

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Jul 23, 2014

happiness is ...


We got our first overnight bike tour in this week. At our first rest stop, we saw a mother doe and her two fawns. Happiness is a sweet fawn.

phone home
phone booth
The southern half of the island that we live on offers free local calls at convenient phone booth locations like this state park where we used the restrooms and saw the fawn. We don't have cell phones, so having this convenience makes me happy.

bicycle tour port townsend
forth worden state park, port townsend
I loved the park we stayed in (Fort Worden). This has been the quietest State park to sleep in. And the day we arrived, we went hiking for a few hours, so we slept well that day. Coming home meant riding for three hours in the rain. Even with the rain, it was a great trip and I already want to go again soon!

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