Weekend Roundup ~ Q

Time for Tom’s Weekend Roundup

1. Starts with “Q.”
2. A Favorite.
3. Quiet.

Queen Victoria

Favorite: Mommy and daughter with baby quilt stitched with love.


Parting shot:

Taken yesterday in Edmonds, Washington. One of these things is not like the others. A seagull atop a “sign quilt”.  After several sunshine filled days we are back to rain today. The clouds came in yesterday as you can see in the photo above. Have a good weekend everyone.

Thank you Tom for hosting The Weekend Roundup.

Trains and Automobiles…

No planes were required for my Wednesday tour group.

The Girls 007The train I was waiting for at the Edmonds Train Station arrived at 10:27 from the North. Some of you already guessed the group I’d be taking on a little tour on Wednesday.

The Girls 005

The Girls 035Six of the Canadian Mennonite Girls were able to travel by train to my neck of the woods for a girls day out. We missed Kathy who was not feeling well enough for the trip and our Manitoba girls Charlotte and Betty. I will share more about our day when I get a chance to catch my breath after the U.S.A. v. Germany game tomorrow!


Escaping the Chaos…

…viewing images of destinations we are headed to during our trip to England in September.

Pictures11Lacock Village, Old Trafford Stadium, The Cotswolds, Lacock Abbey, Wells Cathedral, Porthowan Cornwall, St. Michael’s Mount Cornwall, London.

Of course we will see more along the way to these great destinations.

All is good at this old house in the midst of the chaos. Dear had a minor injury during the work over the weekend so he’s taking the next couple days off to recuperate which means happily for me he’ll be here to supervise the work as the new floors go in on Tuesday. Josh and Laura rescued us and especially Dear bringing food and helping put the new patio door in. I washed all the window inside and out in the family room and washed the mini blinds. Now I really understand people having them professionally cleaned. What a job!

On Saturday I had another escape to a fun tea sponsored by a Girl Scout friend’s troop to raise money. She and her troop did a wonderful job of serving all of us and also making conversation as we sipped our tea. The 3 girls who were on the Tea Committee earned their Social Butterfly badges. How cute is that!

Sarah's Tea

Sarah's Tea1Here’s my DIL Laura with our little friend Sarah. Sarah was on the Tea Committee so she earned her badge. Sarah’s older sister Anna is in the top right photo. This last photo is of the views from the home where the tea was held. Such a beautiful day in the Puget Sound area of Washington.

Sarah's Tea2I zoomed in on the Ferry doing the Edmonds/Kingston voyage.

Hope you all had a nice weekend.

Blessed Cross of Jesus ~ Hymn

Blessed Cross of Jesus

Wand’rer, come, there’s room for thee,
At the cross of Jesus;
Come and taste salvation free
At the cross of Jesus.


Blessèd cross! precious cross!
There my hopes are twining;
There I see a Father’s love
Through a Savior shining.

Come and bring thy burden now
To the cross of Jesus;
Lay thy burning, throbbing brow
At the cross of Jesus.


O what comfort thou wilt find
At the cross of Jesus;
Love thy broken heart will bind
At the cross of Jesus.


See the crimson waters flow
At the cross of Jesus;
Come and tell thy every woe
At the cross of Jesus.


Words: Fanny Crosby, 1877.

Outdoor Wednesday ~ Edmonds, Washington

Susan at A Southern Daydreamer is our hostess for Outdoor Wednesday. I finally have some free time while I’m in Washington to join in on the outdoor fun. Visit Susan by clicking on the link above to see more Outdoor posts!


Edmonds – Kingston Ferry Dock


On Saturday I took a detour on my way to Goodwill and walked along the waterfront in Edmonds. The tide was low this day.



This was a new waterfront sight that I don’t see in Southern California…Canadian Geese!

On Wednesday Dear and I fly back to Southern California. Happy Wednesday to everyone!

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Outdoor Wednesday ~ Edmonds-Kenmore

Photobucket is holding all my photos I stored with them from 2007-2015 hostage unless I pay them a lot of money. I’m slowly cleaning up many posts from this time period and deleting their ugly grey and black boxes with a ransom request. Such a time consuming bother.

Outdoor Wednesday this week is from my trip to the Seattle Area last week. I returned home to California on Sunday afternoon. I experienced all kinds of weather while I was in Washington.


The sun was shining bright on Friday. I was in the Edmonds area and this is the view of the Puget Sound across to the Kitsap Peninsula. The snow capped mountains are in the Olympic Mountain range.

Edmonds is also home to Rick Steves and his travel business.


On Saturday morning I met my walking buddies in Kenmore on Lake Washington for a 6 mile round trip walk to Bothell and back on the Burke Gilman trail.


Even though it was cold and misty I still got some photos in. I was happy to see this Robin.


The trail at this point goes along the Slough which connects Lake Washington to Lake Sammamish.

Just before I left for California on Sunday we got another dusting of snow.

When I was putting this post together and I was looking at the ones from our walk this song kept going through my head.

“All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey, I’ve been for a walk on a winter’s day. I’d be safe and warm if I was in L.A., California dreaming on such a winter’s day.”  Yep the Mama’s and the Papa’s were a hit group while I was in high school.  Anybody else out there remember listening to them way back when? I also got to go to one of their concerts!

To see more Outdoor Posts visit Susan our lovely hostess by clicking here.

It’s An Edmonds Kind of Day…


What an absolutely glorious day in the Pacific Northwest. This shot is taken in Edmonds, Washington looking out over the Puget Sound to the Olympic Peninsula.


I was in Edmonds on Friday morning for my yearly exam. So why am I showing you this collage with our good friends and traveling companions Bob, Jan, Dave and Jody? Jan is not only my Northwest walking buddy along with Jody but she’s my doctor’s nurse. Whenever I go to the doctor’s office she greats me and weighs me (curses), takes my blood pressure and settles me in the exam room. Dave is my doctor and he’s married to my other Northwest walking buddy Jody. We’ve been friends since 1984. We met Dave and Jody at our church in Ventura, California while Dave was completing his residency at the County Hospital there. Dave delivered our daughter Katie 23 years ago in Ventura, Ca. He is still my doctor. We met Bob and Jan on a bicycling trip in the wine country in 1986. After we moved to Seattle in 1988 we attended church with Dave, Jody, Jan, and Bob. Bob was our pastor for 19 years. Oh and Dave and Bob are brothers. So when I went for my doctor appointment I got to see my friends. What a privilege it is to be brothers and sisters in the Lord. Saturday the 3 walking buddies will meet at 9:00 am for our 6 mile walk on the Burke Gilman Trail. When I lived in the Seattle area we would meet to do this walk most every Saturday rain or shine or even snow sometimes.


After I was done at the doctor’s office I decided to drive down into the “Edmonds Bowl” and see what I could see. And boy did I get an eyeful. There’s Mount Baker that is very close to the Canadian Border. Hi Lovella!


It’s always such a great treat to see the snow covered Olympics across the Sound.


This is the Edmonds side of the Edmonds/Kingston Ferry run. This ferry takes you across the Sound to the Kitsap Peninsula.


Hope you all have a wonderful Saturday! I’m headed back to Southern California on Sunday…

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Sky Watch ~ December Skies

Here are some favorite skies from California and Washington at the end of December! A very Happy New Year to Sky Watch Friday bloggers and anyone else who comes by today!


For more Sky Watch photos from around the world visit the Sky Watch Official Site.

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