Saturday, July 19, 2014

Cruising

My friend Kristie is in town from Alaska right now since she is getting married in Chelan at the beginning of August. It's been wonderful catching up with her and spending time with her! We've become pretty close over the past couple of years and we miss her and her hubby to be! 

Last summer, while Kristie and Dan were still living in Bellingham, we kept talking about taking a "brews cruise" which is basically what it sounds like. A local brewery and a local whale watching company teamed up to create Wednesday night cruises in which beer and bratwursts (including vegetarian options) are served during a 90 minute cruise around the bay. The cruise is not intended to be a whale watching cruise as the boat stayed much too close to the shore for that. It is more of an "enjoy the scenery, drink some beer and socialize with your friends" kind of cruise. 


I actually took several pictures while cruising, but I'm feeling too lazy to load them off of my camera right now. Instead, you get a couple of cellphone pics. It was a perfect night…temperatures hovering in the 80's at 7:00 at night! Kristie brought her parents and brothers along too and we all had a blast!


I highly recommend this cruise! There is also a wine tasting version of the cruise on Thursday nights (possibly with a different boat company as there are a couple of companies that operate these during the summer).

Love our little Bellingham!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Just One

This week, I'm back to school. I'm lucky to be one of several teachers in my district who are attending a fabulous workshop about writing. Writing is a tough subject to teach! I'm pretty excited to be able to spend this week learning, even though it requires me to get out of bed early every day. 

I feel like this summer is going to fly by and will be over before I know it. After this week, we have a wedding to attend in Chelan, a weekend in Whistler and I have more training to do as well as a classroom to set up…all before school starts! Eek! 

We knew this would be a crazy summer, which is why we decided to treat ourselves to a little vacation. We left about 5 days after school was done for the year and returned just last Wednesday. I don't know if I'll write about every day of our trip here, but I had to share at least one picture. 


This photo doesn't even begin to explain the entirety of our trip. It's just one evening of two weeks, but it sure was a beautiful one!

Happy Tuesday!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Heat Wave

We're in the middle of a heat wave here in the Pacific Northwest. We're talking temperatures that are close to 90, which is not normal for us. The 7 day forecast has no signs of rain. These temperatures are well tolerated in parts of the country that have air conditioning, but most houses in our area were built without AC. Our house is also particularly warm since it was built in the late 1960's so it has poor insulation, including single paned windows. We get direct sunlight all day long so there is virtually no relief from the heat. We have become smarter over the years by putting light blocking curtains on the west facing windows which really helps and have a portable AC that we use just in our bedroom at night so that we can sleep. I have to say that Lexi is the smartest of all…she has started going downstairs during the day, where it must be at least 5-10 degrees cooler.

All of this heat means that our city has placed us on a voluntary watering schedule, which of course I like to follow. I've been trying to rise early to water the garden before it gets especially hot and I'm sending Craig out to buy a bale of straw so that I can use it for mulch which will help the soil retain water.

The garden is looking pretty good, but the most exciting development is that I was able to harvest the garlic that I planted last October!


I pulled it all today and it's now sitting on the table outside so that it can "cure" before I bring it in to store it and use it hopefully throughout the fall and winter! I'm so excited!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Journeying

This summer will be one that is filled with journeys. Some will be professional, some will be personal and some will be genuine travel adventures.


The blog may be neglected a bit as I focus on those journeys, but I'll try to pop in from time to time. For now, I'm enjoying the first days of summer vacation. Well earned indeed!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Summer…Almost!

In just 7 days my first official year as a teacher will be over! Where has the time gone?!? I can't believe our summer break is just around the corner. 

I'm going to miss my kiddos like crazy. They taught me so much about teaching and I adore every one of them. I'm pretty sure this teacher will shed a tear or two on the last day of school. 

One of the signs of summer, aside from the last day of school is a thriving garden! I was actually really late in getting a garden planted this year. Oh well…I think we'll do just fine! 

Before I show you the garden…look! Our new screen was finally installed this weekend!! 


After purchasing our screen, there were various installation and sizing issues so I've been waiting (im) patiently since last fall for this thing to be put in! Every time it would get warm out, I'd say to Craig, "Sure would be nice to have a screen door".  Isn't it cool that you can barely tell that a screen is even there? 

Moving on to the deck. Craig and I have been slowly but surely doing yard work and making our backyard suitable for summertime living. 

Our deck is the "herb" garden. You can see sage (flowering in the background), mint, cilantro, thyme, basil and some lettuce and radishes too! Lexi's pool "opened" for the season today too! : )


I really wanted to add two more raised beds to the yard this year, but this plans fell through (long story). So instead of building a couple of beds, Craig and I used logs to define the boundaries of a new bed.

I figured this lower bed would be perfect for veggies that like to spread out, like squashes! So far, I've got zucchini and butternut squash planted in the new bed. 

I decided not to plant beans or peas this year. We just weren't eating them that much and I don't know how to can yet. I think I'll be just fine without them. 

Instead, this bed has swiss chard (the big plant, as well as some newly planted seeds), some broccoli, carrots, kohlrabi and kale. 

Last fall, I planted garlic! I'm so excited at the progress I've seen with the garlic!



Pretty soon I'll be harvesting the scapes…which have to be one of my favorite spring treats! See that little curly part of the garlic plant? Thats a scape! Mmm! 


Finally, I had a couple of containers that weren't being used, so this weekend at the farmer's market I picked up a jalapeƱo pepper plant and a tomato plant! This will be my first time growing those! Can't wait to see if I have success. We've been having a dry, sunny June so far, so we might luck out with lots of peppers and tomatoes! : )


Alright…time for me to get ready for my marathon…aka teaching for 7 more days!