Friday’s Fave Five ~ Pacific Northwest…

Time to look back over the last week and remember things we are thankful for. Please visit Susanne at Living to Tell the Story to join in with this great exercise.

Wow it’s hard to believe I’ve been in the Seattle area for almost a week already. So many favorites to share from this past week.

1. Spending time with 3 out of 4 of our children. Our daughter Katie picked me up from the airport and we stopped for lunch at the Corner Cafe in Bothell where my sister Lana G! met us for lunch. Then on Sunday I met up with our son Josh and our DIL Laura at church. What an amazing service…I needed my hankie the whole time. Later in the day Josh and Laura came by for a couple hours. I got to speak on the phone with our son Dan and hear he’s doing well at Academy. He graduates on November 30th. Good times…


2. Getting some things done around the house that really needed to be done. Katie and I got the lawn mower started and I was able to mow most of the lawn before the big storm rolled in. Got soaked the last 15 minutes of mowing :0). I’m tackling one room a day inside to get a much needed deep clean done around here before Thanksgiving company arrive. I’m pleased that the guest room is ready and on Thursday I got the living room done which included dusting all these books and bookshelves!!

and the Guest Room. The couch has a very comfortable full size pull out mattress.


3. Walking in the sunshine along the Sammamish River trail with my friend Beth. Beth and Dave became our good friends through the friendship of our son Dan and their son Jamie that started in 2nd grade. That was over 20 years ago!!


4. Finding the recipe for this soup on a bloggy friend’s site and making it for dinner on Thursday night. This is a tasty soup and so easy to make!! Just scroll on down to the post after this one for the recipe and instructions.


5. Looking forward to seeing more of my Northwest friends. Hopefully walking with my buddies Jody and Jan on Saturday. Then looking forward to Dear joining me here on Tuesday along with our Thanksgiving company my brother Tim and his wife Letty. The room is ready Tim and Letty!!

And a bonus looking forward to…

My son Josh invited me to tag along with him to the MLS Championship Cup Game at Qwest Field on Sunday night! L.A. Galaxy is playing Real Salt Lake for the title. We’ll be sporting our Seattle Sounder Colors and making these teams feel welcomed in the Great Northwest! Since my other home is in Southern California and I was born in East Los Angeles I’ll be cheering L.A. Galaxy on to the victory!!

Photobucket is holding all my photos that I stored on their site from 2007-2015 hostage replacing them with ugly grey and black boxes and asking for a large ransom to retrieve them. It is a slow process to go through all my posts deleting the ugly boxes.

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

23 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five ~ Pacific Northwest…

  1. What a great collection of books. I’ve been cleaning like crazy around here as well. Getting into gear for a full house…LOTS of grocery shopping yesterday and LOTS of cleaning…fun times. Party on…. I love your guest room wall color. I have this stirring in me to have a red wall….most of my friends who tried to find the right red gave up…not sure what I want exactly…but oh how fun it would be to have some red.

  2. Oh my gosh! DUSTING would be my reason to NOT have all those books! But what a GREAT collection! I remember when I was young always WANTING a library like that in my home… but the NON-packrat in me would never let me KEEP them long enough to gather such a collection! When they started taking over my world, instead of building shelves… I donated! LOL! Oh welllllll… that’s why we HAVE public libraries… right? For people who don’t like to DUST!

    Your guest room looks mighty inviting! My son’s bedroom is red – red hot chili pepper! I love it! It’s a great color! I love bold, dramatic color in a room!

    Your family shots are great! You’re a handsome bunch! Now… I’m off to go see what all is IN that yummy looking soup! Have a great weekend!

  3. I loved the glimpses into your home!

    Do you dust just the tops of your books, or do you take each one off the shelf? I need to do mine and usually just over over the tops.

    Time with family is such a treasure.

  4. Ellen – I have a plan – you dust my bookshelf and I’ll dust yours – then I’ll get to peruse all your titles and you can look at mine. It would make the dusting job so much more interesting. Maybe it would take a little longer – maybe a lot longer. Maybe we wouldn’t get anything else done – but the reading would be fun, wouldn’t it 🙂

    You’ve had a lovely full week – and so much more to come.

    Enjoy your family and friends!!

  5. My mouth is watering for that soup! Yummy. I love soup.

    Gorgeous picture of the river. A friendship that stands the test of time is a true blessing.

    It’s wonderful that you were already able to spend some time with your kids. I’ll bet your looking forward to November 30th when your son can join you too.

    I’m in love with your very own little library! Funny but books is the one thing I don’t mind dusting. LOL.

  6. You know how to pack a lot of living into one week.

    As for the dusting…I like Kathi’s plan of trading homes to dust. That would definitely make the job more interesting.

    The soup looks yummy!

  7. wow that is a lot of dusting but it must feel good now that you got it all done.

    Your pictures and words tell me that you had a wonderful week. How lovely that you were able to spend time with your children.

  8. What a lovely week, Ellen…these photos really show it! Your guest room is beautiful…and so is that soup…mmm… Always a treat to see your family photos too. :o) Happy Weekend to you & yours ((HUGS))

  9. Cleaning the bookshelves could count as an aerobic workout as well as a spot exercise. You’ve had a lovely week with your family!

    Have a happy weekend!

  10. what beautiful pictures of your family. Sounds like you have had a blessed week. The soup sounds divine and I’m definitely taking notes. Loved the library (we have a very small house so donate most of our books to others once we’ve read them….they are like puppies, they have to go to good homes!) Hope you are able to connect with your friends.

    Nice to meet you.

    Grace and peace be yours in abundance…1Peter 1:2

  11. ACK…I couldn’t imagine having to dust all those books 🙂 The soup looks wonderful!!! Your pictures are fantastic. Have a great Friday and week ahead. 🙂

  12. thanks for the peek into your home….it is lovely. Getting things in order and cleaned feels good, doesn’t it?

    The soup looks very good.

    As always, your photos are terrific!

  13. Ellen, you have a lovely home and family! You have more books than me! Alas, I have ran out of shelf room so I cannot collect anymore.

    That soup looks delicious! I’m going right now to find your recipe.

  14. I love the red walls in your guest room! We always try to have a comfortable ready at all time for guests, because we love having them! I enjoy seeing pictures of your family as well. And that soup looks delicious!

  15. Love your library… and, your guest room looks like it’s one of those pictures in a storybook. Just beautiful abode you’ve got! I can’t wait to see pictures of your turkey dinner… Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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