Monday, July 18, 2016

Ramblings...


After days of being barely able to breathe after the loss of our beloved Olive, our rib cages are expanding again and we're starting to exhale...

We've been keeping super busy to keep the tears at bay. We've cut down two trees and did lots of other heavy duty garden stuff. A good thing we have a pick up truck: many trips to the green dump were made.
Half of the tree on the left had fallen down overnight,
by the end of the day, both trees were gone...

Master C. & Mr. G. sporting twins-y shirts
that we brought back with us from The Netherlands...
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We also rented a 'rug doctor' (a shampooing machine for all the carpets in the house) and Mr. G. cleaned all of the carpets, downstairs, upstairs and the stairs themselves. A lot of 'schlepping' with the furniture was involved, but again, trying to keep busy. 
After this we decided to move things around in the office/ sewing room. This was where Olive's crate used to be and where she spent a lot of time. Every time we walked in we would look at the empty space and our hearts contracted. I now have a clean  and fresh work space with all the great memories still preserved...

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We decided  to go on a little road trip of sorts to Mt. Vernon and La Conner, just for the day last Wednesday. On the way up we stopped by the veterinarian to pick up Olive's ashes, surprisingly heavy. Her remains also gave us a surprisingly  warm feeling, a sort of home coming if you will. She came with us on our road trip and now has a special spot back in our home, where she belongs with us always...

Looking towards the Cascades in the Skagit Valley...
La Conner, the smell of salt water always gets to me.
Inhale, exhale...
Beautiful weather with a nice breeze...

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I'll leave you with this happy picture... 
{smile}






Friday, July 8, 2016

O, O, Olive...


Olive, the morning before she passed away. So so tired...

Our sweetest Chocolate Labrador Olive passed away a couple of days ago: fifteen years and five months to the date. We are so incredible sad...

But we are also so incredible relieved that she went the way she went (in her sleep) after only one day of pain and misery. And relieved that we were all home: Miss M. and I back from The Netherlands and Mr. G. back from his week long fishing trip in Canada. Master C. was here as well and so were all able to say our goodbyes...


We cried for days and the tears still fall down our cheeks. And at the most unexpected moments, waves of sadness overcome us...

Olive's last visit to the Pacific Ocean, February 2015. She loved it there!


Olive, we love you so...


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Back Again And Ready To Embrace Summer!

We came upon this frame on one of our bike rides.
A local farmer got off from his poop-spreading tractor and offered to take our picture.

You can see the Muider Castle in the background...

Good morning everybody! A little less than a week ago, Miss M. and myself returned from our three week trip to The Netherlands. The jet-lag has finally subsided (although I'm still waking up at 5am) and after a few days of cloudy and wet weather, summer has returned and I am so ready!

Amersfoort, taken from a small tour-boat...

So many pictures were taken, I don't know where to start. I hope you follow me on Instagram because that is where you can find the best ones. They were all taken with my IPhone and most of them only have two filters on them: Snapseed Drama Bright 2 and HDR Scape People. This way they all sort of belong together as a series.

Racing home on our bikes to avoid the big storm!
(near Muiden)

We spent several days at my dad's house in Muiden, then 10 days at my sister's in Amersfoort, several days at my mom's in Zaltbommel and the last few days we were back in Muiden again. In between we also spend a weekend in Zeeland (Burgh-Haamstede) for a fabulous cousins reunion and spent some time with friends in Zwolle and Utrecht, my old hometown...

Oudegracht, Utrecht...

We visited the Zuiderzee Museum, an outdoor museum in Enkhuizen featuring several villages around the IJsselmeer and their fishing and living traditions. We also walked through the windmills in Kinderdijk, another place I had never visited before and we spent time on the Westerschouwen beach, a childhood favorite...

Great times and so many new memories were made!

Kinderdijk.
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Monday, May 23, 2016

A Road Trip Of Sorts...


This last Saturday Mr. G. and myself went on a little road trip to Anacortes, WA. Our school's Baseball team was playing there for State and we thought it would be fun to go up there and support them. It took almost two hours to get there so the name 'road trip' was in order I thought. We did have to leave just after eight in the morning, a tad bit early for my liking...

Anyway, in our rain gear and some knitted woolies, we watched the game and they won! This meant we then had a four hour wait for the next game which would qualify them for the State Finals.  We first spend a couple of hours walking around in town admiring all the old houses (built around 1900, very old for the Pacific Northwest!). I just love that old style with all the different paint colors etc. Fantasizing about that future house...

Do you see the Poppies from the picture above all the way at the end?

Brick buildings are pretty rare here in this area...





After a hot coffee (the weather wasn't really great to be honest) we drove across the island to Washington Park. What fabulous views of the San Juan Islands, so calm. We even had a visit of a seal and maybe even some porpoises! 

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Spot the ferry in the background...






Our team also won the second game with three runs scored in overtime (!) so they're off to Yakima next weekend for the  State Final Championship: Hurray! 
We didn't get home until 8pm so that was a pretty long day, but so nice to get out of the house for a bit, be part of our community and see some beautiful nature while we're at it!  {smile}

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Ramblings...


~ Recently we've been spotting this little visitor in our yard. So cute! (but stay away from our veggie plot please...)

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~ I've just finished some more sewing. This one is a combination of Tif's DottieAngel dress and the #E dress from the Stylish Dress Book. I added the sleeves and the neckline from the #E dress to Tif's dress. It worked out quite well I think. The main fabric I bought in Joann's last week, the rest were remnants from previous projects...



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~ I also finished another actual #E dress a couple of weeks ago. The fabric is quite sheer and super comfortable during those hot days we've been having...


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~ Miss M. arrived home from her road trip (L.A. to Seattle) a week ago and Master C. landed last night also from L.A. (his road trip started in Spokane, through Salt Lake City and Zion National Park). 

Miss M. in San Francisco...
Master C. in Zion National Park...

The whole family is back together again: Yay!


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Middle Fork Hike...

Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River....
(all pics in this post are taken with my phone and unedited)

Last Saturday Mr. G. and myself decided to go on a hike along the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River, up in the mountains. Now I am not much of a hiker ( I really dislike steep inclines), but this was a trail that was just right in that department. 

Here is a little description of the trail I found online: "But a left turn to head upstream leads them deep into the quiet forest. The silence is broken only by the murmuring river, the whispering of wind through the trees, or birdsong from the fish-eating birds that live in the area. 

The trail weaves in and out of the forest, passing under overhanging cliffs and offering views across the river of jagged Garfield Mountain. Continue under a craggy wall dubbed Stegosaurus Butte at 0.75 miles. Soon after the Butte the trail widens, thanks to an old railroad path. This is your only hint of the area's history of logging - the railway was used to pull logs out after timber harvests. Continue on, crossing many creek drainages that keep the trail wet much of the year. 

The trail stays close to the river, at points even threatening to slump into the water due to repeated flooding that erodes the banks of the river. At a little more than three miles, the trail has completely washed away and is awaiting repairs to reroute the trail onto more stable ground. At this point, the trail is impassable to stock, but hikers can follow a rough, temporary path to rejoin the official trail and head into the forest."




What a spectacular looking bridge!



Mount Garfield...

We walked 3.5 miles to a nice stop next to the river, and then back again, 7 miles in total (3 hours). It was quite warm that day, but since we were walking underneath the tree canopy with a nice breeze, it was perfect.  I must admit that the next day we were completely bushed. I had also run extra miles in the week before, and my legs were just plain tired. No matter, I was feeling strong and I actually did go on a hike! {smile}


The trail was fabulously well maintained, except for this bit...


Where did the path go?






This last picture was at our mid-way point. What a beautiful day!




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