Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Clothes for Dolly.



Grace got this doll this past Christmas.
I thought she was going to love her, be together forever.
But she sat, naked, every since that Christmas afternoon.

Why naked you ask?
Well my mom had casually mentioned that she could maybe, possibly make Dolly (of course, that's what the doll's name would be...) some additional clothes. Someday.

Grace NEVER forgot that. Dolly has been waiting (in the bottom of the toy box) for a long time.
Occasionally, I would ask Grace why she didn't want to play with Dolly.

Me: Grace, why don't you want to play with your doll?
Grace: Because Nana is making her a nightgown. She needs her nightgown.
Really, how could I argue?

Nana finally delivered the promised goods.
At last Dolly is dressed and is being played with. Everyday.


There is even a matching nightgown for Grace.
It's pink. With ruffles. And bows.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Just When I Thought it Couldn't Get Any Better.




These are heirloom peonies.

Whaaaa??!!

I love how bendy and curvy they are; growing in and out of each other.

These were taken from the zoo.
I can always depend on the zoo for having show stopping flowers all around.
So beautiful.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Alaskan Grace.



While in Seldovia and walking around the docks, I saw a boat named Alaskan Grace.
I had Grace sit down on the dock with the boat in the background.

Here's me trying to be arty.

Get it? Get it?
I've still got to work on focusing...

She's still so beautiful, my baby girl.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Corners of my House.

As I've said before, summer is busy.

Not busy in as we have so many activities going on, it's just that lots HAS to happen in just a few short months. It's a lot of pressure.
"Better use your time wisely because the snow (and the end of all things) will be here before you know it...

Last summer, while I was sealing the decks in late August, I felt like the Grasshopper who danced the summer away while the little ants worked and worked and were now drinking margaritas while I was up to my elbows in Cabot Redwood stain...
When I said this to Frank, he didn't know what I was talking about... ha ha.

This summer the weather has been dismal, so I'm not frittering as much...
I'm using my good days to accomplish something.
Like yesterday, I took a nap in the sun and spray painted one of my porch rocking chairs.
Minimal frittering.

Follow me, as I show you a peaks into my summer.

I love these Robin Red Breasts.
They are all over the yard.
Getting fat on Sherman, the Worman.

The first ever blooming White Lilacs.
They took my breath away.

Mimi and her babies.

my idea of bliss.

Have a great weekend, friends.
Get out and do something summery!

Men are From...



There were only two things Frank wanted a picture of during our Seldovia trip and the upper left picture was one of them... Typical.

I took shot on the right just for good measure.

Interesting how one is straight and level and attached with screws, while the other is posted haphazardly. On a stick. Starting to fall over. Maybe I should get my own boat.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Brown Boots.



One night while making my picking up rounds, I thought this pile of boots was so cool looking.

When we went to Homedale, ID for Christmas in 2008, all of our luggage, outside of the car seats, were held hostage in Seattle. For ease and comfort, I had the kids in their Crocs. Fine for the airplane, but unacceptable daily shoes for December in Idaho. After waiting a day or two (I don't totally remember how long it was), Alaska Airlines granted us some spending $$$ to get by. As it turned out, it was FRANK who went shopping for replacements; yes, you read that right, Frank went shopping. He found these boots, made by Ariat. They are riding boots. They are a big splurge for us. (Luckily, my mom can get them at a bit of a discount from their feed store. As I'm writing this, I'm wondering who I am, feed store...? Whaaa?) But they are so worth it. I believe in kid clothes to be on the cheap. I mean, they grow so fast and Frankie just gets so dirty... But their feet should be taken care of. As much as I hate spending big money on shoes, I do it. These boots are so great. Grace looks soooo cute no matter what she wears; dresses, leggings, jeans, capris, all cute. And Frankie just looks like a cowboy. Perfect.

The other boots are Frank's boots that he wears to work.
I love how they all look heaped together.

Sorry for the spotty posts;
I plan to get back in the bloging game.
I miss it.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Selodovia, Alaska.



A couple of weekends ago, we went halibut fishing out of Seldovia, AK.
Seldovia is a little town about an hour (by boat) outside of Homer, AK. There's only about three hundred people who call it home. You can only get there via plane and boat.
There's something so romantic about that...

We were there for three nights/four days.
There wasn't any phone service.
I liked it.

There's not a whole lot to do...
Walk around, pet dogs, hit the coffee/ice cream shop, take pictures of pretty flowers...

We found this great little section of the town where the houses were alongside a river and built up on stilts. It was so pretty and different from anything you'd find in the city. I love the way people decorate with old marine wares. I love it even more if moss is growing on it...





Don't you just love these colors?!


Those little blue flowers are forget-me-nots, AK's state flower.
I love how they look like they are growing with the pink ones.


I couldn't get enough of these ranunculus growing through this old fence. Love it.

Alright, so let's move onto the fish part of the trip.
We are allowed two halibut per person per trip.

The first day, the water was lovely and it wasn't raining.
We caught our limit in about an hour. Nothing huge, but we were happy.


Uncle Mark, the Mighty Fisherman.


Our haul the first day.

Frankie got sick the first day, but after he was done, he said he felt better. Grace was out on deck the whole time, bonking fish as Frank and Mark pulled them into the boat. She was a girl on a mission with that bonker. Man, I didn't know she had it in her...


All filleted and ready to be vacuumed packed.

The weather was not nearly as good the second day. The water was really choppy and it was rainy and cold. Frankie and I got sick twice and Grace got sick once. After about an hour of feeling awful and while I was leaning over the boat for the second time, holding on to Frankie, who was also leaning over the boat while Grace was leaning over the OTHER side of the boat and Frank and Mark were both busy pulling fish up, I started to cry a little bit. I pulled it together enough to pathetically ask (beg, really), if we could please go back. Please, please, please take us back. Even though we were two fish shy of our limit, the guys took pity on us and called it a day. I was so grateful to get back to the docks. I was forced to stay out on the back of the boat until we got back to the harbor. By then I was freezing. Grace had gotten sick all in her hair, so she and I took a quick warm shower. After I re-fleeced and wooled myself, I started to feel warm again.
Nothing like summer in Alaska....


Here's the boys at the cleaning station.


The crew.

me, with flowers from my two best kids.
We now have enough halibut to last us until next year.
Delicious.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Please Meet, Smith.

We got a dog.
His name is Smith.
He is cute.

A rescue puppy, husky/something-else mix.
(we are thinking Bernese or Swiss Mountain Dog)

Georgia, our cat, died. On Mother's Day.
She was night by a car and had unsustainable injuries.
Frank and I were so sad. We still miss her.

She was such a good cat that Frank said she was irreplaceable.

We started thinking about a dog and Smith just seemed to fit good.
He was born on Mother's Day.
Weird, huh?!

It's day Four and we are all adjusting pretty good.
Granted, we have upped the Circus level, but it's not horrible.

The dog is actually really smart and is already learning and PRACTICING the little bits that I'm teaching him. Examples: sit for leash to be put on, sit by the door until I say, "Outside". Play biting the short people who live here is bad... you know, the basics.

He is signed up for puppy school, which starts next week.

Fortunately, he's not a crazy puppy.
Only a little crazy for small periods of time.
Mostly he's a laid back guy who is happy to be in the same room with you.

I think he's going to be a great addition to the family.

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