Saturday, June 26, 2010

Too Much Time On Your Hands

I now know how to tell when you have too much time on your hands. It is when a perfectly good hobby such as knitting gets out of control and you cover a bike! ;)

Yep that is a whole bike, tires and all, in a knit sweater. I applaud the talent. I was left wondering as I stood outside the shop in Victoria, Canada though if maybe a new hobby shouldn't be suggested. If everyone in your life has a sweater and you have resorted to covering your bicycle perhaps you should take up painting or invest in cooking classes.

A close up of the seat. It really was well done.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The West End

My friend Leslie is visiting and wanted to go experience Forks as she has read the Twilight Saga of books as have I. Forks used to be this sleepy little town that I'd drive through on my way to the Hoh Rain Forest or to grab lunch at one my very favorite diners. Ever had a fresh banana milkshake? Well there used to be a place in Forks that made them from scratch and they were worth the 45 minute drive. Now of course Forks is famous for Bella Swan and Edward Cullen.

So we drove west.

Here we are coming into Forks. If you have seen the movie you know that it starts with them crossing a large bridge over a river. Well you do cross a bridge to come into Forks. It is however a much smaller bridge over a river.

If you have seen the movie you know that they recreated this sign exactly for the movie.

The real high school - currently undergoing some work

Bella Swan's truck

Finally we have Newton's Outfitters' - In real life it is Forks Outfitters.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

On Fire

Well not literally! The sky was filled with such color yesterday evening that it seemed as though it was on fire.

The sunset from Ediz Hook

The sunset reflecting off the snow on Hurricane Ridge behind Port Angeles.

We are creeping up on our longest day of the year as well. I was taking these photos between 9:20 p.m. and 9:40 p.m. Love these long days of summer. It makes up for the horribly short ones of winter where it feels like the sun shines for about 15 minutes and then it sets.

Friday, June 18, 2010

A Dinosaur

My current, and I guess last, Mercury.

Well you can tell from the photo I'm not really talking about a dinosaur. However Ford Motor Company has announced that they are going to stop producing the Mercury label. This makes my car a bit like a Dinosaur, the last of its kind. I've been a licensed driver now for 17 years and minus one year where I drove a Jeep Wrangler, I've always driven a Mercury. I can't hardly imagine not driving one. I tend to get in a car and fall in love with it, not wanting to part with it. I like knowing how it handles, where are the buttons are and even why it might have a nick or two in the paint. Now I'm really not going to want to part with my Mercury this time around. She is still lovely and I'm going to be even more attached to her now.

Me with my original Mercury, a 1990 Mercury Topaz XR5, as a teenager. I drove 90,000 miles in that Mercury.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010


To me this is just almost perfection all in one photo. You see I have a thing for mountains and those just happen to be some of my very favorite mountains, the Olympic Mountains. I also have a thing for ferry boats. Snow capped Olympic Mountains and a ferry arriving the Coleman Dock in Seattle, yes that is a small bit of perfection. At least in my world.
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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The use of a Cheerleader

Is there a proper way to use a cheerleader in a music video? When I think of a cheerleader in a music video MICKEY from the 1980s jumps to mind. Now I've seen this one from Ryan Star and I have to say the cheerleaders though unexpected do add energy to the video. So I suppose this would be the proper use of a cheerleader in a music video?? Yes? I liked it. Ryan Star is really showing some promise as well. I like his song Breathe too.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Across the Water

Today is a beautiful day in my corner. You can see all the way across the 18 miles of the Straits of Juan de Fuca to Victoria and my mind remembers the beauty that awaits over there. Last June I visited and got to see Buchart Gardens in full glory. The roses in full bloom and as this photo of the Sunken Garden shows around every bend there was beauty to be had. I hope to ride the ferry over in about two weeks and take in this beauty again. I'm a sucker for roses in full bloom!
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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Hard to be the deer

Life is hard! Apparently life is really hard when you're a deer. I snapped this photo through the living room window as I didn't want to disrupt the difficult life of the deer in the backyard, hence the deck railings. The two laying down are the set of twins from last year who last their mom just after being weaned. The larger one is the male from the set of twins the year before that. They are half siblings as they all shared the same mother deer. My husband jokes he sees more deer from our house on the bluff then he has ever seen deer hunting with his family growing up.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Fishy Fun!

Yesterday I had the most fun I've had in awhile with my friend, Leslie. We've been friends since meeting in high school algebra many, many moons ago. To have met long ago in a far away place down south and now to have found ourselves yet again living in the same place within driving distance of each other is a joy. Instead of wondering around Seattle and taking in the adult sights we headed for the aquarium yesterday and enjoyed the fishy sights. We laughed as friends should and I have more photos to scrap so that means it was a GREAT day!

These two it was hard to get a photo of...they loved swimming laps and loved swimming them fast. They were cute though so we forgave them!

These were some of the last fish we saw and they seem more colorful in the photo than in real life honestly. I looked at Leslie and said "What color is that?" She looked at them quickly and then me without missing a beat and said, "Blendy" I laughed so hard I almost fell over. So these are the blendy colored fish and I can hardly wait to scrap a page with that title.

He just seemed like he had something he wanted to say but couldn't find the right words.

Leslie getting a close up of the Octopus. We could have stayed and watched him for a long time. He was pretty darned cool.

How can you not love that face?! So cool!