July 24th, 2008



Okay, it's been a while. I've been here, reading, but suddenly it's been over a month since I posted.

Last weekend, snorklet and I took a ferry boat ride to Vashon Island to go to the Vashon Island Lavender Festival. It almost ashames me to admit that I've lived in Seattle for almost 24 years now (August 1984), and I've never taken the 18 minute ferry ride to Vashon. Well, I take that back. I've taken the ferry, and stopped at Vashon on the way to Southworth, but I've never gotten off. 18 minutes away from Seattle is a totally different world. It's like being in a small town far away from the city. I loved it. And the lavender farms were wonderful. We only made it to two of the three (Three Sister Lavender, and Fox Farm) because we were having so much fun that we weren't moving quickly. Next year, we'll go earlier...and probably eat more lavender honey ice cream. Yum. On the way home, we stopped at Dig Nursery. I always stop at Dig during the flower show, but have never been out to the nursery (because, you know, it's on Vashon...) and I'm in love. I want to go back. I want it all. unmisha, there's a trip in our future!!

Weekend before last, gymgeek's younger brother was in town to ride the Seattle to Portland Bike Race. I have to admit being a very lucky girl in the in-law department. Both of my brothers-in-law rock, and I couldn't ask for better parents-in-law. Since Matt's a chef, our fairly standing deal when he visits is that I'll buy groceries, and he cooks. It was yummy. We're going to go visit him late this summer on Martha's Vineyard, which should be lots of fun. We're working on the logistics now--but it looks like it's going to take planes, buses, ferries and an automobile to get there. :)

Other than that, it's been lots of work in the garden--which is looking fabulous, if say so myself, now that it's finally warmed up; doing the Georgetown Neighborhood Garden & Art walk, (another one of those things I've wanted to do for years, but never got around to doing); stuff going on at the job--the reorganization planning is starting in earnest, which puts more things to do on my plate; and lots of just hanging out.

John powered through (quite literally, with a hammer drill) putting up the last section of fence across the back--we have one more side to replace (but at least there's fence there, now) and two gate/arbors to build, and we'll actually have a fenced in back yard. Woo! We're looking longingly at pulling out the boxwoods up front, and replacing them with blueberries, and starting to plot out the new front yard plan, complete with a retaining wall, and more level gardening space.

We probably should replace the lightbulb in the bedroom, but it's nice and cozy with just bedside lamps.

This weekend, pedicures, John's company picnic and a possible trip to the Highland Games. The weekend after that, camping in Montana. The summer flies by!

There. Caught up.