Vashon Living

Summer Snapshots: On the Porch, Around the Island

Summer Snapshots: On the Porch, Around the Island

Early mornings reveal a waning moon, a sleepy sunrise, and the perfect porch to start a day on. Mount Rainier sneaks a peek (and a peak) at Quartermaster Harbor in Burton on Vashon Island. My day starts early and my day ends late, and somehow […]

Portraits of Elders – People Who Inspire

Portraits of Elders – People Who Inspire

Phoebe Last Friday, I attended an art opening ¬†at the Blue Heron Gallery on Vashon Island: Portraits of Elders – People Who Inspire. While I’m a big fan of one of the featured artists, Pam Ingalls, I’m equally devoted to three of the women she […]

The Kindness of Strangers 101

The Kindness of Strangers 101

Mt Rainier and Point Robinson Lighthouse on a clear day. Have I mentioned I live on an island? Make no mistake, the little marker in the middle of Puget Sound where I live is very special to me, and I feel the journey to make […]

Ava’s Happily Au Naturel Easter Eggs

Ava’s Happily Au Naturel Easter Eggs

Nature has no rival when it comes to color and freshness. This week I discovered a little thank you gift on my back stoop rail: one dozen farm-fresh eggs. A gift I don’t take lightly (just colored lightly), farm-fresh eggs stand cockscombs above their grocery […]

Cooking Up Community and Apple Pie

Cooking Up Community and Apple Pie

Partners in pie: Nancy sets the pace and the menu. I stand in awe, and slice, dice, bake, and serve where needed. Yesterday when my pal, and community dinner iron chef Nancy called to discuss our plans for that night’s preparations, she began with dessert […]

Shining a Little Light on the New Year

Shining a Little Light on the New Year

Hope for the New YearOne paper bag + a couple cups of sand + one lit candle = magic My brain seems to have been on hiatus (and may still be). Every time I sat down to write a post in December, five minutes into […]

Orcas Offshore: Another Reason to Love Vashon Island

Orcas Offshore: Another Reason to Love Vashon Island

You don’t have to be a regular on my blog to quickly ascertain that I’m a fan of Vashon, regularly gushing over my good fortune to have drifted ashore to an island I now call home, an island where my neighbors are eagles, orcas and […]

Thanksgiving: A Day to Dine on Gratitude and Apple Pie

Thanksgiving: A Day to Dine on Gratitude and Apple Pie

Thanksgiving Home A quick note to wish you and yours a day of abundance and gratitude, of pumpkin¬† pie and ladles of gravy, of warm hearts and well wishes, of quiet moments and spirited bouts, of giving and sharing and counting each blessing. Happy Thanksgiving […]

Pumpkin Pie Judge: Best Job Ever!

Pumpkin Pie Judge: Best Job Ever!

Over the years (just like everyone else) I’ve had some jobs that didn’t speak to my talents, verve or interest, but alas such detours allowed me to know what I didn’t want to do. Sure I survived wearing a plastic name-tag and double-knit polyester McDonald’s […]

A Banner Day for Phoebe

A Banner Day for Phoebe

At my dear neighbor-turned-friend Phoebe’s birthday party, I toasted her citing my good fortune to select a home within walking distance of hers. Had the realtor known of her, I have no doubt the asking price would have doubled. Before the evening’s celebration, I was […]