August Notecards

For Vee’s August Notecard Party

I’m sharing some shots in the Seattle area from summers past…

August 2011 ~ Josh and Laura at a Sounders Soccer game with Seattle in the background.

2010 Kayaking in Anacortes, Washington with Dear, Josh, Laura, Andrew and Katie.

July 2009 on Lake Washington with Seattle across the lake. Laura and Katie with my niece Debbee between them.

Summer 2008 ~ Canoeing on Lake Washington with Katie. You can rent canoes and rowboats at the University of Washington Waterfront to mess around the lake. “Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing-absolutely nothing- half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats” ~ Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

The State of Washington is filled with Lakes and Sounds and other water ways to enjoy. It’s no wonder people invest in boats in this area. We live within 2 miles of Lake Washington and one of my favorite walks is along the Sammamish River/Burke Gilman Trails a short drive away. When I’m on the water, I prefer to be able to see the shore. I’m not fond of being out in the middle of the ocean surrounded by water with no land in sight.

Hope you are still enjoying some lazy summer days. I’m hoping to get some lazy days in before summer is over! To see what we’ve been doing this summer that has been anything but lazy, you can scroll down to the post before this one to see our floor project with before and after shots (or just click here).

FFF ~ Enjoying the World…

This was a week filled with so many fun experiences that made me thankful. Please visit Susanne at Living to Tell the Story to join in the fun of Friday’s Fave Five.

What a week filled with so many wonderful experiences.

1. We met at the Brown Lantern Pub in Anacortes, Washington to eat and watch the U.S.A. vs. England World Cup Soccer game last Saturday. We were happy to come away with a draw. We met here because our afternoon Kayak tour started at 2:00 out of Bowman Bay near Anacortes. I called around to all the Pubs/Restaurants in the area to see who would be televising the game and who knew what I was talking about immediately instead of having to explain that World Cup Soccer was happening! It was fun to experience the game with our family and the crowd of soccer fans in the Pub. Oh…and the food was really good, too.

2. Our Kayak trip was the next favorite. A brand new experience for me and it was great. My fears of rolling the kayak were soothed when I got the feel of the boat in the water.

3. Katie’s graduation on Sunday was a milestone to be thankful for. I cannot tell a lie, though, the ceremony was boring and long and we were glad when it was over. The best part was seeing Katie walk across the stage and going out to celebrate afterwards.

4. Dear put up a hummingbird feeder and I’ve really enjoyed seeing these little birds out my computer window.

5. Enjoying the World through soccer is my last favorite. I’ve watched most of the World Cup games. The games that start at 7am and 11:30 am have been easier to catch but I have managed to see a little of the 4:30 am games, too. Dear gets up really early and he was walking out to the shop at 4:30 a.m. on Saturday and he saw lights on at our Korean neighbors house then he heard loud cheers and realized they were watching the South Korea game and that a goal was scored. We really caught the World Cup Soccer Bug in 1994 when the U.S.A. hosted and we were able to attend some games and meet the U.S.A. players.

Messing About in Boats…

” O God, Thy Sea is so great and my boat is so small.”

“Only the guy who isn’t rowing has time to rock the boat”  Jean Paul Sartre

“We are all in the same boat in the stormy sea, and we owe each other a terrible loyalty.” ~ G.K. Chesterton

“There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats” ~ Rat from The Wind in the Willows

“A person should go out on the water on a fine day to a small distance from a beautiful coast, if he would see Nature really smile.  Never does she look so delightful, as when the sun is brightly reflected by the water, while the waves are gently rippling, and the prospect receives life and animation from the glancing transit of an occasional row-boat, and the quieter motion of a few small vessels.  But the land must be well in sight; not only for its own sake, but because the immensity and awfulness of a mere sea-view would ill accord with the other parts of the glittering and joyous scene. ” ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

“He that will learn to pray, let him go to sea.”  ~George Herbert

“Praise him, O heaven and earth, the seas and all that move in them.” ~ Psalms

“So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that scurries and swarms in the water, and every sort of bird—each producing offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good.” Genesis


The sea hath no king but God alone.  ~Dante Gabriel Rossetti, The White Ship

We really had a lovely 3 hours out on the water on this beautiful day. For most of us this was our first kayaking experience and now that we know what to expect we hope to go out again with a little experience under our vests. Hope you enjoyed the quotes I found for this post. This trip was out of Bowman Bay in the State of Washington close to Deception Pass. Thanks for stopping by today.

I’m linking up with Susan at The Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday!

Good Saturday to You…

Seattle is serious about soccer and they hope to have a good bid for the World Cup to come here in the future. They decided to make their appeal in a visual way at the last Seattle Sounders Game before the World Cup break! Hope it works!!

We are away from the computer today. We traveled early to Anacortes to the friendliest World Cup Soccer viewing location we could find to watch the USA vs. England game before our Kayaking trip. We had limited time for travel to make our kayak start time so this was our best option since we did not want to miss a minute of this game. Our kayaking tour starts at 2:00 for 3 hours and we hope it’s not a Gilligan’s Island experience.

Hope you are all enjoying your Saturday. We have been promised wonderful weather today with temps in the 70’s. We have our sunblock, our hats, our waterproof shoes. Here’s hoping we don’t tip over because I’m taking my good camera, too!!