Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives -#PotLuck #Seattle – A shrimp story by Susanne Swanson

A Tale from my Youth! Thanks for sharing my story Sally! 🙂

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Welcome to the  Posts from Your Archives, where bloggers put their trust in me. In this series, I dive into a blogger’s archives and select four posts to share here to my audience.

If you would like to know how it works here is the original post:https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/04/28/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-newseries-pot-luck-and-do-you-trust-me/

This is the second post from the archives of  Susanne Swanson that I have chosen.. you will find plenty to browse if you head over.  Cats in particular are the muses in her household and they have some wonderful adventures. This week I have chosen a post about Susanne’s home of Seattle and a fishy tale from her childhood…

Seattle – A shrimp story by Susanne Swanson

Just off of Highway 101 where it runs along Hood Canal there was a small restaurant with a home in back and attached store in front. They were owned and operated by Floyd and…

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More Joys of Ergonomics

Some of you may remember my Blogging and Ergonomics story last year where my office setup just wasn’t working for me.

So after the new computer I finally got a new chair – several in fact – in succession. The first one was too big – the second one too small. Number three was interim – a cheap used one till I could find something better to replace it.

Enter #4 from Ikea. It’s not terrible but it’s not perfect either. Still I can’t bring myself to return it. So I picked up some foam pad and soft quilting from the craft store and threw a fuzzy cover over it and voila! I finally have a chair that’s nice and plush and comfy in all the right places.

Unfortunately Benji thinks so too.

So I may never get to use it.

– Susanne

Scenes from the Oregon Coast – Yachats, Devil’s Churn and Face Rock

I promised I’d be back with the second half of our trip down the Oregon Coast but I’m afraid it will have to be the middle third instead, as there’s too much more to tell! (Here’s the first part of the story in cased you missed it.)

Newport

We woke up in Newport ready for more adventure and crossed beautiful Yaquina Bay Bridge heading south on 101.

Yachats

A few miles down the road we took the loop drive at Yachats Ocean Road State Park where the wildflowers were in bloom and waves crashed onto the rocky beach, spraying upward like geysers.

There would be much more wave action ahead at Devil’s Churn.

Cape Perpetua and Devil’s Churn

Cape Perpetua is a large forested headland jutting out into the Pacific Ocean. Here ocean waves rush into ancient volcanic rock creating features like the narrow inlet of Devil’s Churn. We walked the paved trail to the beach below through dense vegetation where thick shrubs and vines formed a tunnel.

Can you feel the spray?  So did we. But it was time to move on to Bandon where we would spend our last night in Oregon before heading to the Redwoods the next day.

Bandon and Coquille Point

We arrived in Bandon in time for a little shopping before dinner;

then headed to Coquille Point – part of Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge – where seabirds nest and breed on the rocky islands and cliffs –

under the watchful eye of Face Rock.

It was another wet and cloudy day on the wild Oregon Coast. Stay tuned for the final installment and I promise to show you seals lounging on the beach under blue skies and sunshine.

~ Susanne

Flower of the Day – Orange Rose

My orange roses opened up a little more today and I thought you might enjoy seeing one of them.

Shared with Cee’s Flower of the Day.

~ Susanne

A Competition Between the Blue Heron and the Bald Eagle – at Coulon Park

Every visit to Coulon Park is wonderful but there is always something new!

Today’s weather was perfect for walking and the brilliant blue skies were reflected in the waters of Lake Washington.

Sailboats were lined up as usual and ready to go.

Turtles were basking in the sun – the little one’s feet stretched out to absorb as much of the warm rays as possible.

The birds and ducks were happily swimming, and soaring, and fishing. Like this Great Blue Heron who stood as still as a statue on the piling.

Patiently looking for lunch.

As were we.

We stopped by Ivar’s and shared our fish and chips in the open air, enjoying the sights around us.

And then an Eagle soared overhead.

We watched as he approached – dove headfirst into the lake –

and returned with the spoils.

And then a flyby for the Heron,  as if to show him how it’s done.

The Heron left shortly after.

So did we.

~ Susanne

Orange and Yellow Roses

I love roses and try my best to grow them in my garden. It’s not always easy.  The shrubs can become scrawny and the leaves spoiled by blackspot.  The buds may be few or may not open at all. Last year I took out the more troublesome ones and moved the others to my garden beds in back where they get more sunshine.

They seem to like the change – especially the orange and yellow ones which are my favorites.

So I persist.

~ Susanne

Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #Potluck – #Hawaii – the beginnings by Susanne Swanson

Thanks to Sally for carrying my first Hawaii story on her Smorgasbord site. Hope you enjoy it. 🙂

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to the  Posts from Your Archives, where bloggers put their trust in me. In this series, I dive into a blogger’s archives and select four posts to share here to my audience.

If you would like to know how it works here is the original post:https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/04/28/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-newseries-pot-luck-and-do-you-trust-me/

A welcome back to Susanne Swanson with the first of the posts that I have selected from her archives…cats are the muses in her household and they have some wonderful adventures. There are also some great travel posts and Susanne has a series on Hawaii…one of my favourite places and today I am sharing the first in that series.

Hawaii – the beginnings by Susanne Swanson

No, not the beginning of the islands themselves. (Though you can still witness them grow as molten lava flows into the ocean.) I’m talking about my own humble beginnings with these wonderful Pacific islands collectively…

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