Tuesday Afternoon Fun

You know lately, all I want to do is wander around in the mountains with my dog.  Is that so wrong?   Here are a few shots from our Tuesday afternoon at the “lake”….

Someone pulled the plug….


It’s okay, there’s still MUD!


There’s not much of summer left.  How are you spending your final days of the season?  Heading back to school?  Sending off the kids?  Sneaking in some last vacation days?  I hope it’s all great!

Summer Flies By…

We managed to pack a lot of stuff into the last month.  A college graduation, cleaning out and selling our mountain condo, a trip to Pacific City, celebrating our anniversary and lots of little outings around home.

A few photos….

Graduation day was sunny but windy.  SO exciting for our son completing this part of his life!

Mae was right at home at the ocean in Pacific City

Mae even met another Mcnab at the beach!

When things slow down (Ha, dream on) I will post more often , hopefully.  Until then, I hope your summer has been terrific!! 

Days At The Lake

Our lake days are fading fast as the water recedes further and further.  It is used for irrigation east of the mountains and this year with low snow pack, it hasn’t filled up as the water is drained out, so, we are about a month ahead with very low water.  However, that doesn’t mean that we aren’t still enjoying cooling off and paddling around on these very hot days!  And Mae, our 5 month old pup, is especially enjoying it!

I hope that summer is treating you well!  Keep cool and enjoy!


Monday morning when I took the dog out it was 42 degrees. I actually put on my puffy down jacket. The leaves are changing in the hills. We had had a few days of rain, mist and clouds. It’s that comfy grey blanket that many of us in the NW like to pull up over ourselves!  It’s a “relief”, so “relaxing” and we “love it”. Yes, those are the things I heard, this is what we say about the rain…. And just like that, snap! summer is over.   I’m gonna say, here’s your hat, what’s your hurry?…. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out!…It wasn’t my favorite summer, that’s for sure.

A few final images of the season, and then?  On to Fall!  I am looking forward to pleasant temps for running, some trips to the coast, flannels and hoodies, just enough sunny days and pumpkin ales!


You need rain for rainbows!


1956 23-window VW Micro Bus at the Lucky Car Collector auction

Scout, one more stick. I’m so glad he had this season of fetching sticks in the lake!


No more waiting, they’re here!



Holiday Week Already?

Well, as I get my bags ready to do some travelling (locally) I realize that it’s already the fourth of July holiday week!!  My goodness…. I hope my American followers have a terrific holiday no matter what your plans may be.  And that everyone has some good stuff coming up in the month of July~  Cheers!  







Magic Summer Glitter

I’ve been thinking a lot about what summer means and what makes summer feel like SUMMER.  So here’s my list of things, sort of the magic ingredients, the magic glitter if you will, that makes it all come together and feel like the season of our dreams and memories .  What makes your summer SUMMER?  Here’s my current list….

  1. Eating ice cream outside.  Even more magic glitter if you wait in line for it and it drips down your arm as you eat it.
  2. Berry picking.  You know, a big hot field , cobwebs in your face, a bucket, eating while you pick.  Overhearing dumb conversations and moms yelling at their kids.  Taking the berries home for waffles, jam, muffins, pies, shortcake, tarts, pancakes, syrup, eating.
  3. River wading.  Cold water, rocks, the sound of water moving along, sunlight dappling the pebbles, a wet dog or two.
  4. Cooking hot dogs on sticks. a campfire. smoke in your face.  Bun, what bun?
  5. Road trips.  anywhere. Cooler full of drinks, bags of food.  Traffic.  windows down.
  6. Reading list. Books all over.  sand and food crumbs between the pages. Reading one more hour ’til you finish even though it’s after midnight.
  7. Summer fruits.  Peaches, plums, cherries, melons.  Waffles , jam, muffins, pies, shortcake, tarts, pancakes, syrup, eating.
  8. Flowers.  Sunflowers in particular, all over in big vases.  The little bugs that come in with them. Petals on the counter tops.
  9. Fireworks.  not just on July 4th.  But that box of left over ones from every year you’ve ever bought them.  On a Tuesday, or a Sunday.  Just because you have fireworks and a lighter.
  10. My birthday. August.  presents, cake, beer, candles, fireworks, flowers, eating ice cream outside.  watching JAWS.
    My favorite flowers
    a previous road trip to Portland OR
    Fireworks and a mountain view

Linger A Little

We needed to run into Seattle on Tuesday and it was an overcast, blurry day.  Perfect for some Ivar’s fish and chips and chowder.  It was a good break in our day, a chance to linger over a local favorite and slow things down a bit.

That was Tuesday and here it is, already Friday.  I’ve been asked a few times today if I have plans for the weekend?  Well, no, no I don’t.  I seem to be caught in a limbo between wanting to plan every day to make sure I get “things” done and absolutely wanting a completely free calendar, every day open, no plans, just time to linger.
Tomorrow is the first day of summer and I am excited that it’s finally here!  But summer feels completely different to me at 50 something , than it did at 20 something, or even 30 or 40 something.  It’s lost that spark, that spontaneity that makes it so fabulous.  It also has become incredibly short!!  In decades past it used to stretch out before me like a dream, warm days, road trips, the kids playing in the yard and swimming in the river.  Now it feels like summer lasts about a week or two, 3 days maybe.  How do you slow it down?  How do you make it last?  I’m going to try to wave a magic wand over it and weave some sort of dreamlike glitter into July and August.  If I find the magic mix to slow down the season and linger a little I will let you know!  Do you have anything planned for the weekend summer?