They were very fun…
I’m officially hooked.
As I like to put it, I am a rather delicate flower.
I’m a pale skinned gal who actually seems to be allergic to the sun (no joke!). I tend to avoid intense sun and heat and revel in sweater weather. Yep, I’m a Midwestern transplant who full-heartedly embraces the thousands of layers that the Pacific Northwest weather necessitates. So this time of year? Hello, I love it. LOVE IT. It makes me super incredibly happy–I can’t even begin to describe the pleasure it gives me. But it is also a guilty pleasure right now because many friends and family members are dealing with the awful weather repercussions out east and my heart aches for them. We were back out in Philadelphia recently and beat Sandy and her aftermath by only about a week. We were really lucky on that one.
The weather in PT is definitely quieter. We are experiencing a perfect combination of both sun and rain before the grey hits. The beauty is pretty overwhelming. And so I’ve been taking the dog for morning walks, appreciating the fall colors and stocking up on my vitamin D while getting lost in my iPod.
Here are a few images of my mornings from my Instagram feed. (You can follow me at saltandpine, if you’d like. I’m over there much more often than here!) A great singer/songwriter who I have been listening to while walking is Sera Cahoone. She is perfect for walking, thinking, reflecting and zoning out. There’s a wonderful performance of her live on KEXP at the end of the post–definitely check it out and let me know what you think!
“Many people lose the small joys in the hope for the big happiness.”
–Pearl S. Buck
My fortieth birthday with a view…
and a fifteenth anniversary in the moonlight soon after.
Both the exciting…
…and the peaceful.
And some things that fall in the middle. (Throwing clay is my newly found therapy and love. I swear, it teaches me things…)
Life online slowed down for me this summer and into the fall, but I’ll come back here from time to time and continue to contribute occasionally over on Pink Moon Daily. It might be photos and quick thoughts for a while, but I think that it’s pretty perfect for me right now.
I made a playlist for a recent camping trip we took up near the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
The cover art is a photograph I took from our camping site. Can you believe it? I think it’s one of the best tent sites out there. So listen to the mix, grab a coffee and take a look at the photos in the blog entry I wrote last night (below). You can pretend you live here for the day!
The littlest one and I have been getting some special time together this week as the older two have cool art and marine stuff to keep them occupied. We are having a really good, mellow time of it. We aren’t rushing around–well, there’s always some of that, but it has been significantly reduced this week–and we are just hanging out, wandering around saying hi to people and exploring.
We’ve decided a morning coffee/hot chocolate is on the agenda each day and there is a spot in town that is perfect for it (and for spying on one of the kids at camp…because we’ve declared ourselves spies this week too, of course…). It is managed by the sweetest, most skilled barista family of three who jumped ship from another place in town. The youngest member of the family is only 11 months, but hey, the girl’s got some mad coffee skillz! It’s now officially our favorite place to chill after a pretty morning walk. It’s a great place to listen to the seagulls and analyze every kind of marine vessel you could imagine.
Just an average day around these parts. ;)
(Stay tuned for another playlist. 8tracks wouldn’t let me publish it yet. Grrr.)
Hey all–I’m back again!
Like so many of you, we’ve had a packed summer so far. Not necessarily with tons of obligations but lots of time to find the rhythm of summer and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere that lets us go off and have spontaneous adventures.
So, that’s my excuse for not being on here as often. I’d like to say I’m sorry, but…I’m really not. It’s been so nice to have some time off the computer. I’m on Instagram a lot, but other than documenting my day by a photo, not much salt + pine social media has been happening. Oops! (but again, not really. :))
Now that the sun has come out and it is above 70 degrees, the weather has finally confirmed that it is summertime and I have to admit that the computer seems even further away when that gorgeous scenery comes out. But I do sneak a peek at those blogs every so often…
I’ve had a bit of fun putting together the most random mix of music–a little old school stuff, a little pop, a little indie, a little r&b. (I’m going to make you click on it to find out the songs, though. I like the element of surprise.)
The tie that holds the songs together is that they are all fun. Hopefully you like the mix as much as we do! The songs are in definitely in popular rotation when the roller skates are laced up.
And yes, I’ve been roller skating this summer and totally having a blast. Don’t laugh!
To play, just click on the image or if it doesn’t work or you want to listen to all of my mixes, just click on the 8tracks icon on the left.
Hope you are having a wonderful summer!
I miss everybody! Sorry for the light posting lately. I’m trying to balance real life and online life and always remind myself that the real world should win. But I miss my online friends! I’ll balance this all out eventually, so please stick with me and still let me know your thoughts, feelings and how you are doing… :)
So many happenings in the last week! My head, heart and body are spinning. (After a bout of the stomach flu on Monday, I can definitely say that my stomach is still turning just a bit.)
A brand new babe has joined the extended family and is perfect, and it is irrefutable that my sister embodies an enormous amount of strength and humility. And not to be underestimated, once again I was reminded how amazing and beautiful it is to see a new life join this world.
So after incredibly humbling experiences of assisting a birth and riding out the storm of the flu, I’m recovering a bit and reflecting on what I wrote about tranquility versus perfection for Estelle’s new venture, Pink Moon Daily. Although I wrote it before my nephew was born and I got sick, it seems especially appropriate now. Nothing like a new baby and an illness to remind you that things like a perfect house don’t matter!
The sun came made an appearance this weekend and it was glorious.
Day after day of rain got to us all. So when the perfect weather coincided with a couple of free days, it was on EVERYONE’S mind and seemed to be the one and only thing talked about.
I used to work as a hospice social worker and my husband is still deeply involved in hospice work. It is something that means a tremendous amount to me.
I haven’t worked directly with clients and families for a few years but the beautiful article and video reminded me of how much I learned while working in hospice. The ability to be a part of a family’s most private moments of love and transition and the amazing wisdom shared with me were worth more than anything I could give to them.
Almost every family had a story of their lives together that they wanted to share–an opportunity to reminisce, laugh, cry, and forgive. I listened and was grateful to have that privilege.
Reminded of the love that the Thompsons have for each other and especially shared with Charles, it made me appreciate my family laughing and playing around me even more. Made all the better by that brilliant sun.