University of Washington Gargoyles

The University of Washington in Seattle was established in 1861. The gargoyles I zoomed in on are located on buildings in the Liberal Arts Quadrangle, commonly known as the Quad. The Quad is also where multitudes come to see the cherry blossoms in Spring. Our DIL Laura and I were in the Quad last Monday and I took some new photos of some of the gargoyles. If you want to see the Cherry Blossoms click here.

Gargoyles are figures often carved into the architecture of old churches, usually in the form of a grotesque animal or human. Many times gargoyles in Gothic churches were attached to the gutter system of the roof, with the mouth of the gargoyle acting as a spout for rainwater, helping keep the masonry from being destroyed.

I have a another post about the gargoyles on the buildings in the Quad here.

I’m linking up with Angie for Mosaic Monday.

We are enjoying any sunshine that peeks through the clouds these fickle Spring days. We worked on our front planters until we both needed a few good doses of Ibuprofen. They are mostly cleared and now staked out for new borders and shape before we replant anything in them. We have many projects to complete at our Country Bungalow. We’ll have to pace ourselves and spread things out in the next 5 years!

Cherry Blossoms

Laura and I had such a great day out and about catching some of the spectacular sights in the Seattle area. Our stop at the University of Washington was a highlight of the day. In later posts I’ll share some other views on the campus and many of the gargoyles the old brick buildings have.

This is a magnolia that I always like to get a photo of when we visit the quad this time of year.

The crowds we experienced on Monday were nothing comparted to the crowds that gathered on the weekend. A sea of humanity!

I’m slowly adjusting back to being at home and I’m slowly getting around to blogs and catching up with emails. Hope April has started off well for all of you.

A Picture…

…is worth a thousand words!

This photo was taken on Saturday on our kids driveway. We were so thrilled to have clear skies again instead of smoke filled ones.

We are back on the western side of the Cascade Mountains again making an early morning drive today. We have one more load before we lock up the shop and hand over the keys to the new owners who have been gracious enough to let us take the month of August plus a few days into September to empty it. In the last load are some of Dear’s Willys project. A cab, axles, engine, etc. Just in case you were wondering why it’s taking so long to empty the shop. The bed and other parts went in another load. Doors, hood, fenders yada yada yada. He has a Willys and lots of tools and I have lots of dishes. Hopefully, after we move to the country he’ll finally have time to put the Willys back together and get it running. Here’s a small peek into that shop that is getting emptied. This is one quarter of the shop.

And in October I hope to be using those dishes again! Happy September everyone!

Update: Here is a photo I took yesterday at 6:20 PM of the empty shop with our good helpers. You can just see the loaded trailer with the blue Willys cab and our truck outside the door. The locks are changed back for the current owners. We made it to our current abode and tucked the trailer into the garage till our final trip over to Colville to stay. We sat down on the comfy couch by 8:00 PM and were in awe of all that had transpired in this one day. Thank you Lord for watching over us and giving us the strength we need and extra helpers to accomplish what had to be done.

In Just 27 Days…

…Dear and I have to be out of our home and hand over the keys to a new owner. We received an offer on Monday July 2nd while we were in Eastern Washington. We had some back and forth and received the news on the highway on July 3rd as we drove home that our counter offer was accepted and signed and we were in contract on our home. We praise the Lord that we are finally on to the next stage of our move.

Now we have 27 days to pack up everything minus the 5 days we will be in California for my Pop’s funeral.

Our minds are racing and we are scheduling more containers to be dropped at our home to fill. On the 4th of July, Katie and Andrew came over to help us empty out the attic and start sorting through all that stuff that has been out of sight and out of our minds for years. My car again is full of stuff we were able to say “Let it go” to.

Today our real estate agent is arriving to de-stage our home. Katie will be back to continue our attic box discoveries.

Thank you so much for all of you who have prayed for the sale of our home. Now we need those prayers again for a home to purchase in Northeastern Washington. We will be returning on Friday to Dan, Jamie and Addy’s.

On Saturday we have an appointment to view several homes that are on the market. Hopefully we’ll find one to make an offer on. Remember those 27 days we have minus the 5 days in California? Now we will have to minus out Friday-Sunday as we travel back to Colville to search for our new home. So we have 19 days to pack er up and get outa here. Yikes!

Blogging will be effected for sure. You might not be hearing much from me for a while. I’ll try to pop in here and there. Once we are settled in our new home I’ll be blogging from a very different environment. We are hoping our new home is in an area with good connectivity. But until then…

My heart can sing when I pause to remember
A heartache here is but a stepping stone
Along a path that’s winding always upward
This troubled world is not my final home

But until then my heart will go on singing
Until then with joy I’ll carry on
Until the day my eyes behold my Saviour
Until the day God calls me home