Monday, May 28, 2012

"The Good Life"

We made it!  

Hello friends!  Wow, what an adventure this has been!  

I am happy and grateful that our move to Washington went pretty well without too many bumps in the road.  

(For those of you that knew I was SO worried about getting my grand piano and three cats here safely...all is well!)

As we are settling into our 1933 Craftsman built house,  with boxes everywhere, there were still a few things that we did to try and make the house more of a home.

Fresh flowers, and hanging a few pictures to name a few. 

I didn't think you'd want to see the "messy stuff" that's still all over the place.  So,  I thought I'd try to take a few photos to give you a "feel" of our new surroundings. 

We even met a few of the neighbors and they had a little wine and cheese gathering on their deck. 

I've never lived in a house this old before, and I am loving a lot of the vintage charm that goes with it.

I just can't get over looking out the window and seeing green!

The door to my craft room...
It's full of boxes!  
Stay tuned. 

I bought my first blue hydrangea! 
It's in a large pot just outside one of the windows of my craft room.

We've had some sunshine and warmer days with cloudy, and cooler nights so far. 

The view from the deck is a great place to get away from the boxes inside.

 We don't have a lot of expensive things, but my piano is very special to me.
I am so grateful that it arrived without any damage! 

Finally, I thought I'd share a picture that hubby and I got right before we left Las Vegas.  

Growing up in Las Vegas, and being a big fan of Frank, Dean and the Rat Pak I knew this would be perfect for the music room. 

The quote at the bottom says: 
"I feel sorry for people who don't drink. 
They wake up in the morning and that's the best
they are going to feel all day."
-Frank Sinatra-

Again, thank you for all of your kind comments and wonderful wishes regarding our journey. 
We have a lot to be thankful for! 

When I can take a break from unpacking I will try to stop by for a visit.  I feel like I've missed so much with you guys! 

Hope you are well too, and enjoying 

"The Good Life!" 


Saturday, May 19, 2012

Leaving Las Vegas

Today,  I leave the city where I grew up.

I'm ready,  yet it's still a little bittersweet for me.

So, to help me document the end of this era,  I've chosen the song

Leaving Las Vegas
Sheryl Crow 

to share with you.

"I'm standing in the middle of the desert, 
waiting for my ship to come in."
(photo credit, Russell Smith)

Thank you for all your prayers, wishes, and support as we embark on our journey to the 
Pacific Northwest!

Love to you all, 


Friday, May 11, 2012

Crochet and Stones

Still messing about with 

Crochet and Stones.

I still haven't quite mastered the "crocheted stone look" yet.  
I'm still working on my crochet stitches.

I do get frustrated when I can't accomplish what I want right away.  

But for the most part, crochet is comforting and the stones remind me of the sea.

Yes, that's Lucy's paw.

I've been getting together with old friends,  having some laughs, sharing memories and saying good-bye.

The calendar is full.

The "packers" will be here Thursday.
The "loaders" and big moving truck will be here Friday.
The "crazy cat lady," 3 kitties, and dear husband leave on Saturday.

Wishing you a fun filled weekend, and a very Happy Mother's Day to all!


Saturday, May 5, 2012

Around our new "Hood"

Last week, we decided to see what was around our new neighborhood in Kirkland.

We barely got started when I noticed our street was covered in pink petals and I had to stop.

This actually isn't within walking distance of our house.
We took the ferry to Bainbridge Island and had lunch here. 
I had an oyster sandwich and a beer. 


I'm not used to seeing makes me happy to know this will be a part of my spring each year. 

In downtown Kirkland, I ran into this place...

Canvas Paint & Sip Studio
I can walk here from my house!  
That's probably a good thing since I'll be sipping wine while I paint! 
This however would be more fun with a group friends.
Do you have one of these in your neighborhood?  Have you tried it? 

This is 

also within walking distance from our home.

Here you can look across Lake Washington and see Seattle on the other side. 

In the summer when the weather is nice, Kirkland gets pretty crowded with people enjoying the sunshine. 
Being able to walk here on a nice day will save me from trying to find a place to park. 

I know...
I sound as if we're living in Washington right now, but not yet.  Almost.
I was just excited to discover these things so close to home. 

The truth is, we're back in Las Vegas.
It's warm and very windy today.  Oh, and our air conditioner went out last night...hum...what else?
Our house is piled up with moving boxes, and I'm completely stressed out. 
Goes along with moving right? 
So, see why I only want to share the "pretty" things? 
It's therapy for me too, because I love connecting with you guys! 

The date is May 19th...
just around the corner.

Wonder if I'll ever "feel" ready? 

Happy Weekend to you all.


Tuesday, May 1, 2012


We've been away again for a work related conference in Washington.

Sitting here for a while, even in the misty rain seemed to make my stress go away.

I just can't get over how green it is here!

Washington...the Evergreen State.

Sitting here, being quiet, only thinking about the patterns the rain was making in the pond.

Oh, and I made a couple of friends that kept me company while I was missing my cats. 





Neither Alder nor Brook were bothered by people in the, I mean "their" hotel lobby.   They both had  favorite "spots" where they like to chill out, and were even happier if you wanted to pet them and pay attention to them.

Hum, I'm thinking I could relax too if I lived at the Alderbrook Resort.

I'll be back to Las Vegas in a few days...
Only a few more weeks left now, before we pack up our things and move up here to the Pacific Northwest.

Hope all is well with you.