Sunday, April 27, 2014

Weekend Update

Good morning!  We're cruisin' right along on our weekend here.  I look forward to the time when every day will be Friday or Saturday but for now, there's a lot to do on the weekends.  Take this weekend, for instance.

Friday I got a haircut, cleaned the bathrooms & dusted the house.  We went out for dinner with our friends Sharon & Mike.  This is the weekend of the Tulip Festival street fair so we hightailed it up to Mount Vernon first thing Saturday morning to do our grocery shopping.  We're really very fortunate to have a fantastic food co-op in Mount Vernon.  They have nice fresh produce--local whenever possible, a stellar deli (say that fast 3 times!) & the friendliest staff you could ever hope to meet.
It's time for vegie starts & bedding plants.

The produce department 

Our friend Sharon gave us rhubarb from her garden & we had purchased fresh strawberries at the co-op so I made strawberry-rhubarb crisp.  We typically don't have dessert but we made an exception yesterday!  We love pie but crisps are a great alternative now that we're gluten-free.  Here's a link to the recipe--it's fast & easy, very delicious & exceptional with a scoop of Naked Coconut flavor Coconut Bliss ice cream.

We're on our way this afternoon for lunch at our favorite restaurant, The Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive.  We're celebrating our granddaughter Emma's 16th birthday along with her mom Elisabeth & our youngest son Ty & his wife Nicole (yes, the painting helpers). It's amazing to think that Em, who was born 12 weeks early & weighed 2 pounds 12 ounces, is now 16!  It's funny--Em is still a little peanut.  She referred to herself for quite some time as "a premature".  She is sweet, funny, smart & delightful--just can't wait to sing Happy Birthday to her in the middle of the restaurant.  When we celebrated Em's 15th at the Oyster Bar last year, we sang Happy Birthday to her quietly (it's that kind of restaurant) & when we finished, everyone there clapped.  I wonder how it will be this year?  I'll post photos tomorrow.

Safe travels out there--the weather is quite dicey in some areas.  Jim told me this morning that there are even tornado warnings in the South.  Thank you so much for stopping by--

Happy day from the folks at the end of the road.


  1. I never seem to find co-ops, but I'm sure looking forward to farmer's markets this summer.

  2. What fun to see a picture of somewhere that I have actually been. I think they may have been in the nascent stage when I was there in 2005. Your pictures serve to remind me what we so loved about that area. We were in the La Conner and Mount Vernon areas for several months, so visited that co-op on many occasions.

    Pacific Northwest = delicious food!

    Virtual hugs,


    1. You're right, Judie! It's really quite easy & affordable to find delicious food here. And the co-op just keeps improving all the time--the Board of Directors are brilliant.