Thursday, December 18

Christmas Lights

Ok, one more post before I leave on vacation. These are our new LED lights we got this year for the outside. We had a few more strands starting out, but some died so I took those back. I love the way the colors reflect off the snow in the close-up shots. I would have taken more but it was really windy & cold (20 F) so I was not outside very long :)



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Wednesday, December 17


So much for our “mild” winter, we are finally getting our snow & ice this year. I was hoping it would wait until after our drive down to California for Christmas, oh well. As long as we can get through the mountain passes I am ok with it :) Which reminds me that I won’t be blogging for a couple weeks. See you all after the New Year! Have a Merry Christmas too!





Tuesday, December 9

I Can Has Cheezburger?

I love animals and enjoy looking at pictures of animals. This site listed above (in my title) is pretty funny. Once in awhile it is inappropriate, but most captions are cute and some are quite funny. If you cannot read the grammar, that is point. I guess it’s supposed to be more cute with misspelled phrases, I don’t know.  Hope you find these pictures enjoyable…my favorite is the top one.





Sunday, December 7

Fun Guy

I took these a couple months ago but forgot to post them. I loved this little mushroom. He was sitting all by himself so I decided to take his picture. At one angle he was luminescent with the light shining through his gills. He really was a fun guy, at least to photograph…and yes,  I know I am weird :D

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Tuesday, December 2

Tree Trimming

Last Saturday Todd and I picked out our Christmas tree. It was so wet and cold that we picked our trees rather quickly. We actually cut two, one for us and the other for our neighbor (whose kids I watch each week). I think the variety we got this year was a Nordmann Fir, they were growing next to the Noble Firs, so  I am not really sure. On the way home the car smelled really good because we had to put ours inside and the other on top. We have a  very spacious vehicle :)


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Saturday, November 29


Hopefully you all had a nice Thanksgiving! We had a wonderful time with our dear friends and their family. There were around 18 people (I think). I knew about half of them, so it was not too intimidating :) We actually had a lot of fun. A tradition of theirs is to watch a movie after dinner, and this year it was “The Bucket List.” Pretty good movie, thought provoking and humorous.

This is the best picture I took of the evening, sad, huh :)


Tuesday, November 25

Blogging Block

Hi Everyone! I have been really stuck lately in what to post. I have not been taking very many outside pictures cause it’s cold :) I guess I could do indoor photos, but it’s been too dark…I need natural light for indoor shots :) I have also been somewhat busy hanging out with my neighbor and watching her cute kids several times a week. I am so thankful for friends! Oh, with Thanksgiving coming soon, what are you all doing? We have been invited to join a couple from our church and their family. I am looking forward to it and eating stuffing and mashed potatoes! Happy Thanksgiving!


The picture is from a winery I visited with a friend near Seattle last weekend.

Thursday, November 20

Late Bloomers

I thought dandelion season was over, but I guess I was wrong. I found one in our yard that is pretty good size. The silvery pincushion flower also looks like it is trying to bud. Its growing season was over a couple months ago for the rest of the plant…strange. We have had a lot more sun and I think it’s been warmer than usual? I also heard this winter is supposed to be mild, lets hope so :)



Friday, November 14

Wood Stove

This is what keeps our entire house nice and warm! We just started using it this fall and hope it will save us $100-120 a month on heating costs (compared to natural gas). We also heat up water for tea on the stove, saving tons more :) Todd spent last weekend building a lean-to for the wood. He built it from scraps we had around the yard, pretty cool for a free project.



Tuesday, November 11

All Play & No Work

As you can see, Todd is the one with the rake, I obviously have the camera. What does that say about me when it came to raking leaves this past weekend? Hmm…I let Todd do all the work :) I did rake a few leaves out from under the hazelnut tree to collect a few more fallen hazelnuts. That counts, right?









Friday, November 7

Liquid Sunshine

We have had a lot of rain in the last couple of days. I think the weather is finally making up for all the sunshine we enjoyed this October. With all the rain we now have a couple ponds forming in the backyard (and a few lakes down the street). If only it were warmer, you all could bring your suits & go for a swim. Yay Everson! The flood capital of Whatcom County :D

Since it’s still fall, here are a couple pictures taken before the rain…



Sunday, November 2


Here are what my plants & flowers look like after an intense day of rain that we had today. Heh, they pretty much look like this when it rains normal :) The bottom two pictures show the last of the red on the burning bush, just orange berries remain.

Hopefully you all remembered to change your clocks, we forgot and got to church a little early…luckily we only live two minutes away :)

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Friday, October 31

Burning Bush

I thought I would share a few more pictures of the burning bush before all its leaves are completely gone. It really is quite stunning, the only bright red thing in the yard!