Hello, my friends, I hope you are enjoying
these long summer days!
Summer means fresh fruits, vegetables,
and, of course, flowers!
On Saturday, I drove down to the valley
from my foothills home, to meet my
daughter, Jennie, for a day at the
So, come along with me for a beautiful
country drive on the way to the market!
It was a cloudless, summer morning -
already in the 80's - when I drove down
through the farmlands on my way.
I was momentarily interrupted by a herd of cows.......
meandering across the road.....
To get to their pasture :)
If you look closely through the gap in
the trees, you can see the Olympic Mountains,
in the distance.
The modern farmhouse has windows to take
advantage of the views.
This is what they see.......
Beautiful Mt. Rainier.
This pretty farmhouse, was recently remodeled.
This color seems to be very popular!
Here, a vintage barn has been updated with a similar hue.
And just down the way, this newly built home on
a private air-strip repeats the trend.
Can you see the airplane hanger peeking out from
behind the house?
Someone has a show horse, judging by the jumps
and barrels in the front pasture.
These people seem to have a charmed life!
But, you know as well as I, that money
doesn't buy happiness and we should
never make assumptions.
We see the Olympic Range off in the distance
across Puget Sound, as I descend to the valley.
Can you see the tree aura's?
As we enter the historic town where my
daughter lives, I spy this sweet little cottage.
I asked Jennie about it when we drove by later,
and she had looked it up on-line to find the
price tag at $250,000!
We live in the hottest real-estate market
in the whole country.
Houses sometimes sell the same day they are listed.
My sweet daughter, Jennie greets me on her front porch.
Her own little cottage just got a new front door
and windows :)
She ordered shutters to match the front door,
but they haven't come yet, so I will
be sure to take photos when they are installed.
You can see more of her 1910 cottage Here
Weenie Baby relaxes in her air-conditioned
living room. It is shaping up to be the
hottest day of the year, so far - in the mid-90's.
I brought along my collapsible wagon, so
she can hitch a ride if she gets too tired
at the market. Dogs are always welcome there!
Some of you have asked me how she is doing
since she lost her life-long companion, Peanut.
She has a new friend, Buddy, a gorgeous
black shepherd, and they are inseparable
when they are together, which is most of the time.
Buddy is my daughter's boyfriend's dog.
So, Weenie Baby has had a 'Happy Ending'
to her sad loss.
On the way to the Farmer's Market we pass this
adorable farm stand.
And this wonderful little garden!
I want one!
The market was so busy - so full of people and dogs
and vendors and children that I couldn't get any photos
except this one, when the crowds all of a sudden
parted just for a moment.
There were so many wonderful booths of flowers,
crafts, and produce that we couldn't visit
Clearly, we need to go again!
We bought some flowers, and cherries,
and fresh snap peas, and I even found
a few amazing succulents.
This ancient ivy has been growing here
since the pioneer days, when it was
planted in 1864, against a little log cabin
all those years ago.
The 'tree trunk' you see,
(complete with little girl hanging from it :)
is not a tree at all,
but rather the ivy base itself!
You can read more about this Here
I think it is wonderful that it has been
preserved and nurtured all this time.
It was getting unbearably hot, so we
headed back to load our goodies
into Jennie's SUV.
We brought Weenie Baby back to her
air-conditioned home and then went out to lunch.
A cool drink was in order.....
Some yummy appetizers.
I forgot to take photos of the meal......
we were so busy chatting and catching
up on our lives!
Jennie works in the real-estate title industry
and just passed her test for an LPO license.
(You can read about this Here
We are very proud of her.
Me being proud :)
Can you tell we were at The Olive Garden?
(Olive oil bottles behind me)
You can see that I have lightened my hair.
It was either that or go natural......silver......
or gold -
I chose gold :)
It is easier to hide the grow-out.
I was a dark brunette all my life,
except for a brief stint as a blonde
many years ago.
This was me and Ramblin' Man.....
all those years ago.
We were just married and I wanted a new look,
so I cut my waist length dark brown hair and dyed it blonde.
Time flies.....I had no idea then,
that someday I would be writing this as a mother of 4,
and grandmother of 2.
So many blessings.......
All too soon our day was over and it was time
to head for home.
Mt. Rainier leads the way - shimmering under a cloudless sky......
Arriving at the gate.
Can you see Kai peeking through the fence?
The welcoming committee!
The beautiful bouquet I brought home.....
Lilies, peonies and Queen Anne's lace.
And a new hanging basket full of
nasturtium, petunia, red verbena
and creeping Jenny.
The hummingbirds love this!
I also got these wonderful succulents,
which I will plant in my Dad's toolbox and
my Mom's watering can.
I hope you enjoyed coming along on our visit
to the Farmer's Market, dear friends!
Tomorrow, my Ramblin' Man goes in for
some hopefully, minor day surgery.
I'll let you know how it goes.