Monday, September 16, 2013

Wishing for Washington state!

Waxing nostalgic today for the state of Washington.  Chris and I were lucky enough to enjoy a 15th anniversary trip there in 2011 for the Sequim Lavender Festival as well as other side trips.  Yes, I dragged my husband to lavender farms.  Yes, he liked it.  Real men like lavender, in case you didn't know!  :)

The temperature today where we live in the Great Plains didn't get much higher than 60 degrees Fahrenheit, and we were even cooler than Sequim, WA.  I know this because Sequim is saved as a favorite place on my Weather Channel app.  The sky was overcast and we had a little bit of rain, which suited me just fine.  It felt so much like Washington state that I started thinking back on our time there and felt like sharing some photos.  

I miss all this:

A Kansas girl can't get enough of the ocean

Pike Place Market, Seattle

First Starbuck's, Seattle

Seattle's Puget Sound

Lovely lavender!

Snow in July!

It's love at first sight.

View from our B&B window--Port Townsend

We weren't the only ones celebrating 15 years!

Point Wilson Lighthouse, Fort Worden State Park

Old Consulate Inn, Port Townsend

Cape Flattery

Hoh Rainforest

Me and my sweetie at Hurricane Ridge

Washington, je t'aime et tu me manques!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Last vestiges of summer, Labor Day, et al.

Summer vacation was over for me a few weeks ago when I had to report back to work. But the summer season is officially coming to close with Labor Day weekend nearly over.

Thanks to our forebears in the workforce who fought for a living wage, a decent work week, and no child labor, most of us in "civilized" countries enjoy vacation time, sick leave, and many other job perks despite the current stagnant income.  I won't delve too deeply into this topic; I just wanted to make sure I gave a shout out to those brave men, women, and children in the past.  As a proud member of a union, I mourn the lack of union presence in the American workplace today.

But onto less serious stuff, here are some photos of our final taste of summer:

I even got in a little quilting this weekend!  This is Savonnerie layer cakes by Moda Fabrics. I will most likely make a two-sided tablecloth out of this.  

So tomorrow it will be business as usual:  no swimming pool, no sewing machine, no late night Danish movies on Netflix. Alas, I will roll up my sleeves and act like Rosie the Riveter: