Today’s Visitation – An Anna’s Hummingbird Stops by for a Drink

Yesterday I replenished the feeders and this morning watched as an Anna’s Hummingbird came by for a drink.

It was a wonderful way to start the day.

For both of us.

~ Susanne

Cheered by Vibrant Colors

I’m looking outside my window this morning.  The sky is milky and somber and there’s rain in the forecast. Maybe till next April.

So for Cees’ Fun Foto Challenge, I went through my archives looking for color.  And found sunshine.  In a sunflower standing tall and proud in Sequim.

Guess what else I found in Sequim? Fields of lavender, vibrant in color and heavenly in fragrance.

I think I’ll have a seat. Stay awhile. And breathe it in.

Ahhhhhh!  I’m feeling better. So I’ll conclude my search with a trip to the tulip fields in Skagit County.

Cheered by Vibrant Colors, I’m ready to start my day.

~ Susanne

Sewing Fun with Benji

I should have known the boy would get in the way.

I’d bought some kitchen towels at a craft fair for hanging on the stove.  I liked the concept – they wouldn’t fall on the floor like my other ones do.  But the seller had used the cheapest towels possible and after I washed them they looked thin and pathetic.

I can do better I thought to myself so I bought the materials, retrieved the sewing machine from where it was collecting dust and set up my workplace in the dining room  There was only one problem. His name was Benji.

‘Surely that dangling cord is just for me,’ he thought and there was no way to dissuade him.

So when the reprimand didn’t work I distracted the boy with the measuring tape and it soon became his favorite toy.

We played and played but when I stopped he cried – so we played some more;  until I finally returned to my sewing and he came to watch.

Then his eyes got big and I knew it was only a matter of time

before he sprang.

So we played measuring tape again –

until he got tired and went for a nap

and I completed my towels which now hang tight from my stove.

There will be more towels.

And there will be more play with the measuring tape.

We’re both happy.

~ Susanne and Benji

Hooray! I Finally Got my 2020 Cat Care Calendar!

It finally arrived!   All the way from the UK!  My 2020 Cat Care Calendar!

Take a look and you’ll see Benji featured for the month of May.

In addition to three calendars I also received a few other goodies including a certificate – and in case you couldn’t tell by now,  I am thrilled to be one of the winners.

I owe it to the sweet Benji who visited me one day while I rested in the garden and looked straight into the camera.

~ Susanne and Benji

A Late Fall Walk at Seattle’s Seward Park

After a record dry November the rain has finally returned to the Pacific Northwest but mainly as drizzle and not enough to keep us housebound. And so with umbrellas in hand we headed for a walk at Seward Park, a jewel in the crown of the Seattle Park system on the shores of Lake Washington.

We started our walk at the Audubon Center where I was surprised to find roses still in bloom.

We took the path around the park next to native forest filled with giant evergreens,

and bursts of seasonal color.

On the other side was Lake Washington where trees still wore their fall clothes,


and the lake was calm save for the stirring of ducks and seabirds.

The clouds hung low over Mercer Island

finally settling over the floating bridge and Seattle skyline.

By the time we finished our walk the rain was falling gently but this cormorant was not daunted.

Neither were these hummingbirds feeding in front of the Audubon Center.

After working up an appetite and refreshed by our walk we headed to Geraldine’s Counter for the best breakfast in town.

It was a perfect Saturday rain and all.

~ Susanne

Looking Up with Benji

Look!  Up in the sky!

It’s a bird!

It’s a plane!

Only Benji knows for sure and he’s not talking!  🙂

Happy Weekend from Susanne and Benji.

Life and Maintenance in the December Garden

While the rest of the country has been hammered by winter, here in the Great Northwest I’m still working in the fall garden.  Nothing major of course,  just the ordinary maintenance that life requires.

Our home is surrounded by evergreen trees – mostly Douglas-Firs and Hemlocks – and while I love the privacy and bird habitat they provide, they drop their cones year around;  you’d think we’d be living in a forest.  But despite thousands of cones releasing thousands of seeds, few if any result in new trees.   Still they are messy.

The other day I found hundreds of them littering our deck and yard after a windstorm the night before.  Bob usually does the cleanup but I was  looking for an excuse to go outside – there’s something therapeutic about fresh air and physical labor, no matter how minimal.

So out I went and filled up the pail with cones a couple times over.

I wasn’t alone.  I turned on the stream and was joined by the cats who like the flow of water and also my company.

Benji found the catmint still blooming and stopped for a snack.

Tiger wandered about at his own quiet pace, dining occasionally on the grass.

After things were tidied up and my outlook significantly improved I went inside, looking forward to surprising Bob with my efforts.

It was a good day in the garden.

~ Susanne

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