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Friday, September 23, 2011

A Ferry Trip

My husband and I live across Puget Sound from Seattle. I love this because we can live in a fairly rural area with lots of trees and fields yet after a 30min. ferry ride we can be in one of the largest metro areas in the country. Today we took a trip over to Edmonds(about 30 mi. north of Seattle). I decided to show you what a typical ferry ride is like. These are huge boats able to carry 2500 passengers and about 200 cars. It is the largest system in the U.S. and third largest in the world! These boats carry about 11 million passengers a year!

The ferry arrives at Kingston where we will board.

Guess he can't read signs!

We are on the passenger deck-two decks above the cars.

The view as we leave Kingston.

After 25 minutes, we arrive in Edmonds , a lovely little town on the Seattle side of Puget Sound.

The SBA(super blog assistant) always gets a treat when he agrees to go shopping with me.

Shopping done, we line up to get on the ferry and return home.

On the water near Edmonds is a dive park.


The ferry has all the conveniences!

Even a cafeteria(sorry for the blurry photo)

Places to eat your food!

Entertainment for the kids!

We have never seen a whale from the ferry, but our son-in-law saw a pod of orcas!

Quite a stirring of the water as we leave Edmonds.

The boat is driven from up there.

The ferry version of a sun-porch!

Lots of room for those 2500 people(obviously not on the boat today)

Guess he's had a hard day!

This is Seattle from the Kingston/Edmonds ferry.

Here's a view of Seattle from the Seattle/ Bainbridge Ferry( The SBA took this trip earlier last week).

We meet the ferry going the other way!

Getting near Kingston , notice the beautiful Olympics in the background!

Looks like we had an escort today!

The welcoming committee!

Hope you enjoyed seeing a trip on the ferry, and thanks for looking at my blog!!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

My Favorite Grocery Store

We have a truly amazing store in our town. They have all kinds of fresh sea food and fish. The produce is to die for. In addition their coffee shop makes great sugar-free mochas!!! Some people call it the cheapest restaurant in town as they have a great food bar, salad bar, olive bar, panini bar, and pizza cafe. I was there just the other day as they were arranging their fall display. Oh, and did I say it's the best place to buy flowers in town! I thought the display was worthy of a blog post!

Buckets of beautiful mums!

Love this sign!

I thought the dry sunflower looked like a smiley face. ( Guess it's all those years of elementary teaching!)



I bought several of these for a wooden bowl.









Doesn't this look like a great place to shop? Join me tomorrow to see another Primitive Needle project all framed. Thanks for dropping by.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Update on Halloween Revelry

A few days ago, I showed you my project by Lisa Roswell called "Halloween Revelry" in the annual Halloween Issue of Just Cross Stitch 2009. I just ordered another of her designs called"Witches Nine." It's based on an old rhyme. I have looked at it for some time and finally decided to order it. I'm afraid Lisa's designs will become harder and harder to find as she is no longer with us. I'm gradually getting all of them that I want. I love the one called "Witches Hollow." I have that pattern. Maybe I'll start that one soon- we'll just have to see! This one has really been fun to stitch!


Here's the whole witch , not just her hat!


I love the detail!!Look at the earrings and gold ring on her hand!


And the gold buttons on her boots. She's one classy witch!
Join me tomorrow for a market trip full of fall's bounty! And, thanks for taking a look!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Fall flowers and another oldie but goodie!

Today was a perfect day in the Pacific NW. It was just about 75 and sunny all day. I couldn't help but get into the garden for a few photos of my fall blooming flowers. Fall is my favorite season. I trim several kinds of flowers during the summer just to get them to bloom in the fall. I'm also adding another favorite cross stitch. It is a Prairie Schooler that I did 3 or 4 years ago. It is called "Harvest Time." Of course, I did the witch! I probably used the recommened fabric and floss-can't remember for sure. The big treat of the day was a phone call from my Grandson. He usually does not talk much on the phone but today we talked to him for about 1/2 hour. He is now 6! What a doll!


Beautiful white Japanese Anemone.





This one took the longest time to get big. Like the saying goes for perennials- first they sleep, then they creep, and then they leap!



I love this combo-red rubecia and golden rod.

Asters and coreopsis.

The asters are one plant that I cut in half in July.

Beautiful black-eyed Susan!

There she is.



Loads of pumpkins!

Thanks for taking a look . I'll have more Halloween stuff tomorrow!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Another Halloween Cross stitch favorite

Well, it really feels like fall this week-end,windy and cool. We even got rain last night. Yes, we really do go through dry periods here in the NW. It feels great to me! I got most of my indoor Halloween decorating done. Since we'll be gone for a few weeks the beginning of Oct. I was happy to get it done. Actually that's just an excuse, I love the Halloween decorating. I 'll show a few things as I go ,but today, it's another cross stitch I did a few years ago. It's called "Wicked Witch" by Hinzeit. I got this while I was visiting my favorite shop in Louisville(mentioned in last post). They had the cute frame to go with it. I used the suggested linen and threads.




The charms came with the pattern.


The Wicked witch herself!



This little door hanger isn't that important except that it was on this piece that I learned how to work on linen. I've been working on linen ever since.

Thanks for joining me . Come back soon to see more Halloween!