A few of my favorite…Summery Thingz


  • IMG_20140712_094529350_HDRMellow mornings when the sun slants through the blinds turning everything to gold…


  • Quiet afternoons spent out back reading in the sun, (or dappled shade). Hmm… I’m sure I heard a bear, but I can’t see him. Can you?P1150556
  • … or watering the jungle that my garden has become


  • Fresh cut flowers from my very own garden…especially the ones planted there from seed.  Miracles of a sort.




  • Homegrown cherries!  We got a handful this year from our young tree that dukes it out with the deer every spring.IMG_20140708_104656096 And another handful from the wild cherry tree that sprang up in the old compost pile…IMG_20140708_104838688_HDR


  • Making Currant Jelly from our own bush…

IMG_20140709_132510645 to go on hot homemade bread from home ground wheat. Next time we’ll try grinding our own homegrown wheat!

We just discovered we could thresh it ourselves!  (Thanks to Rachel’s perseverance!)IMG_20140709_123956369_HDRIMG_20140709_150431401


  • Getting to make one more childhood cake, for the 19 year old that loves teddy bears still…



  • Evening bike rides when the sun has simmered down and there’s no rush to be anywhere…or to beat any KOM’s (‘King of the Mountain’ on STRAVA).  Time to stop at the wharf and strike up acquaintances while the ferry comes in over the shimmering sea…




  • And did I say FLOWERS?! more fresh cut flowers?  brought inside to celebrate summer (and a birthday)?!!





  • Ahh and blueberries.  I love picking blueberries, especially with daughters.  It’s been extraordinarily and wonderfully SUNNY and HOT this month and the blueberries have loved it as much as I.  So in record time this morning we had our gallons of berries (from a local U Pick)…

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…and in just a little more time we had a pie!


We weren’t the only ones looking forward to a bite.  As we were happily downing pie a la mode, who should we spy through the screen door, emerging from the woods out back, but a hungry bear.  He must have sniffed it through the open door and come venturing to see if there was any for him!

P1150590 He seems to have taken up residence in our little wood this year, but I generally yell and flail before I think to catch a picture. This time, before we scared him away, I popped out the door for a picture!

P1150593 Fortunately, he was more afraid of me than I of him. I got my picture but he got no pie.

Ahh, the wonderful business of summer!



The best days…

The best days begin with quiet spaces in quiet places–being still to let the Creator’s voice be the first voice I hear in the morning…
It’s all the better if the sun is warm and the quiet space is outside tucked under the leafy canopy of a big leaf maple….
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And the best days are adorned with beauty
and the pauses necessary to really see it–

( I love Irises in general, and this variety in particular! It blooms out back largely hidden from view so I’ve taken to cutting blooms to bring the beauty near)
(my new Columbine!)P1140921
And a best day is made better when it is shared with someone you love…
“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Ps118:24
“On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate…”Ps.145:5

We got our girl back…

We fetched her from the airport in Bellingham.


But while we were anticipating her return we got in a beautiful 40 mile ride through the countryside in the Star-Spangled land …
(It was Memorial Day weekend)

We made sure she got in a little riding too… in the most beautiful city park we know—Stanley Park

[Here’s the view from the back of the tandem….]

In Vancouver, of course.

Then we made our picturesque way home… with our treasure ( :


It’s good to have her home and good to see all God has done in her time away…

“One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts…They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of your righteousness!” Ps.145:4,7