Sunday, March 29, 2009

Off the radar...for a moment

Yikes I have been busy...I know I have gone completely off the radar here in blogland. I know you my good blogging friends understand. Life sometimes just has a way of overtaking your normal schedule.

Well I am sure you all know what I have been up too. Busy moving my daughter Jenna Dear to Seattle for college. I will catch you all up sometime by mid week. But for tonight here are a few of the things that have been going on.

Before we left town with Jenna's stuff, we had a visit from my son. We all met for lunch minus Jenna who had left on Thursday morning for a conference going on at her soon to be home church. At lunch as we were leaving Josh was determined to impress his little niece. He purchased one of those stick on tattoo's from a machine in the pizza shop and took P.T. into the restroom to apply it. Here they both are admiring his gift. He showed her his tattoo to convince her it was cool ;)

On our way to Seattle we made it over Snoqualmie Pass just in the nick of time on Saturday at about noon. By early Saturday night they had closed the pass due to avalanche warnings, and by Sunday morning they had accumulated 12 fresh new inches of snow. Not what you expect in late March. Here are some pictures of the pass as we went through.

I was pretty glad the snow wasn't sticking while we were on the road.

We spent the rest of the day on Saturday moving Jenna in. Sunday morning we attended church with her. Pastor Judah Smith ended a great message with one of my favorite scriptures out of The Message:

Mat 11:28-29 "Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me--watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.

I have blogged on these verses a few times myself. It was reassuring for my mama's heart to hear this man on the same page.

One of Jenna's new roommates came up to us and gave us a lunch suggestion at a restaurant called Cactus. It had won awards for the best casual restaurant in Seattle. The food, the atmosphere and the pricing were great. As we headed to the restaurant in downtown Kirkland right on the waterfront the sun was out and nothing can be finer than a sunny day in the Seattle area with water and sunshine. It was all very charming. I had just a minute after lunch to slip into a shop while Dan was paying the bill. As I walked into the Paisley Cupboard this scent hit me and I knew I had to find out what it was. So of course I inquired and then I immediately bought this wonderful candle. If you knew me well you would know I am not an easy sell especially with a somewhat hefty price tag. I had to have this candle. The gal told me they burned it for an hour once a day. I finally figured out why this scent had arrested my attention when I learned the name of the candle...Bob's Flower Shop. Ahh ha said my soul. The whole shop smelled like The Seattle Flower & Garden Show, which I unfortunately did not get to attend this year. This is what heaven would smell like to me :) I do hope it performs well in my home. Supposedly this little candle has fifty hours of burn time. We will see, but even if I get 25 hours I would be thrilled. This should keep me very content till the real things start blooming in my garden.

Needless to say we are heading back downtown to Kirkland tomorrow morning (I saw this really cute baby shop) for some serious shopping. I'll be back...


Vee said...

I really like how The Message translates that verse. I am going to follow your link when I have time to ponder. No time now with dinner on the stove.

You are a busy gal, my friend, no need for apologies in Blogdom!

Sara said...

The candle has the perfect name too, Garden Girl that you are!

Interesting to see the Snowqualmie pass in snow...I believe that's the same pass we drove over in the heat of August (and I do mean HEAT) going to Leadville a couple years ago, where we proceeded to melt into pools of perspiration...

Beautifully scented candles are much more pleasant!

Nana Trish is Living the Dream said...

I would love to smell that candle. It sounds so neat. I will be coming up to Seattle in June. How far are you from there? I'll be there 5 or 6 days so maybe I'll get to see you. P.T. is getting so big. My baby girl is 9 years old now. It goes so fast. Too fast. I love the scriptures. They have so much to say to us.

a woman who is said...

Nana: I do wish there was scentaroma on the internet:) You could Google Trapp candles and see if any shops near you sell it. Then just take one whiff, and you will be a hooked too.

I live 3 & 1/2 hours from Seattle. But who knows I might be heading over there to see Jenna, and shop :) We will have to see if the timing coordinates? I will have to share some of favorite Seattle haunts with you.

Sara: We do have heat here in August, but no Leadville that I know of? Were you perhaps thinking of Leavenworth? A sweet little artsy Bavarian Village in the mountains.

Knitting Mania said...

Sounds like she's all settled in, knew you were busy this past weekend. Loved the pic of Uncle Joshy and PT and her tatoo, so funny!

The candle looks lovely...enjoy!


Sara said...

Oops - you are right. I meant Leavenworth! Charming little village, but not so great in the heat. I bet it is quite lovely right now though.

Barbara said...

Jenna doesn't know she is born with all those preparations done for her.

such empty roads - must be a real pleasure to drive them.

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