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TGIF #33

Friday, August 13th, 2010
Elephant Log- Tofino Beach

Elephant Log- Tofino Beach

Well, another Friday’s upon us. Hope you all have some fun plans for the weekend. Summer is just slipping right on by, isn’t it? This weekend, I’m planning a visit to the Jefferson County Fair. It’s a great way to catch up on friends & see all the wonderful things that go on in our little part of the world.

And I found the perfect thing to wear @ the Olycap Thrift shop. Not one, but TWO cowboy shirts with pearl snap buttons. I think I’ll wear the one with the gold threads… I know I”m supposed to be decluttering, but pearl snap buttons…

Here’s some silly stuff to get your weekend started:

I heart my library!

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010
Port Townsend Library

Port Townsend Library

I guess I should confess first of all, that I’m probably a librarian at heart. And certainly a power-patron. I have 3 current library cards- Pt Townsend, Shenandoah County & San Miguel de Allende. Some of the best times of my last year have been volunteering @ libraries. In fact, I noticed that right after I moved to Pt Townsend, the circulation statistics were way up- it made the front page! (Slow news wk, I guess…)

The library is an old Carnegie building, so it has a lot of charm, if not a lot of room. But they cooperate with the Jefferson County library, based in Pt Hadlock, so the collection is much larger than is apparent.

I know that most libraries have the cool on-line catalog, so that you can look up a book/CD/DVD & reserve it. I love walking in, showing my card & picking up a stack of books they’ve held for me. Almost as much as browsing the shelves & finding something it never would have occurred to me to order.

PT’s library has some extra goodies, though, thanks to the tireless volunteers and Friends. Many people come to PT for a short stay, so the library has rounders of paperbacks with pink stickers. They are donated books, and don’t even need to be checked out, just returned eventually. There’s also a rack of $1 cheap reads, and a bin of recent (donated) magazines to read, collage, whatever.

There are also no fines @ the PT library (for books- DVD’s are another matter), but there’s a conscience bank, so that you can fine yourself.

My latest library discovery is that with just a library card, I can sign up for Mango language lessons, so I’m working on my Spanish. Thanks, library!

What’s your favorite library service/hack?

While I was gone…

Thursday, August 5th, 2010
My little garden

My little garden

Aren’t plants magical? I was off vagabonding, and my faithful little plants just kept right on growing… When I left for Toronto, they were just little guys, and I came back to a thriving garden. There are 2 tomatoes (Stupice and sweet millions, 3 basil plants & a zucchini.) Big thanks to my landlords, who kept them all watered for me. What a wonderful welcome home!

Apologies to all (including my dad- who emailed to make sure I was still alive!) for the blog-lapse. I’m back in PT now, after a 3 week trip to Toronto & New England with my Señor. For privacy’s sake, I’ll just refer to him as Señor on the blog. I’ve been struggling a bit with how to keep blogging w/out turning it into a TMI (too much info) sort of thing, so I think that’s a good compromise. (And no, he’s Canadian, not Mexican, although we met in Mexico.)

I’d never been to Toronto, or spent more than a few days in New England, so it was a terrific trip into unknown (for me) territory. In between laundry loads, I’ll try to upload some pix.

Mostly, we were exploring Toronto, Señor’s hometown, which is a fabulous city. From the air, all that’s visible is green, a few skyscrapers and Lake Ontario. There are so many distinct neighborhoods… we hit as many as we could, but there are still more.

One of the highlights was getting to see my sister & her family who live in NH. I’d never been to their home before (we’ve met up in other places) and I was just totally awed by their surroundings. We took a tram up to the top of Cannon Mountain and hiked around a bit- we could see nearly forever. And that’s practically in their backyard. I can see why they love it so much!

I could go on & on about all we saw (and probably will, in later posts.) But I think what I’ll remember most are the people that I met and the food!  Señor (and his whole extended family) are serious foodies. So I was eating some of the best food in the Northeast. (and eating, and eating. I’m not going near a scale for a while!) My favorite? Probably the poutine, in all its various incarnations. I even had Italian poutine (french fries, slathered in marinara sauce. Mmmm..) I never did try the sweet potato poutine, although I’m sure I will in the future. In fact, I think poutine deserves its own post…

At any rate, that’s it for now. It’s good to be back, and I should be around until the end of Oct, except for a few short trips. Hasta luego!

Day Trip to Sequim

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

Milk is political? You're kidding, right?

Saturday, I headed over to Sequim (pronounce Skwim) with a friend, who’d never been. There’s a lot to do over there, but we hit what were (for us) the high points. Sequim’s claim to fame is that it’s in the rain shadow of the Olympics, so although it’s in the PNW, they get so little rain that they have to irrigate (and proclaim it with an annual Irrigation Festival.) They also grow a LOT of lavender (and have a Lavender Festival, as well.)

On the way into town, we stopped off for a lavender mocha (well, I guess that’s not my drink of choice, but it was worth a try) & then stopped at Sunshine Herb & Lavender Farm, which is always terrific. The fields are just coming into bloom now, and the nursery is full of different lavenders and other herbs. Their gift store is amazing, and they make everything themselves.

Then on to the Co-op, which is always fun, even though I’m not really a farm girl. But they do have cute Farm Girl brand jeans & Bogs. And lots of good lawn furniture. Then down the street is Over the Fence, which is always fun. Lots of home-type things, and candles. By this time, I had tried about every tester known to mankind, and my hands were soft and… let’s say “fragrant.”

We had lunch at the Oak Table Cafe, just off the main drag to prepare for a hike on Dungeness Spit. Good homestyle cooking, and a lot of it.

Then off to the Spit, but we made two stops on the way. One was to the Dungeness Valley Creamery, which provides the Puget Sound area with raw milk. I hadn’t had raw milk before coming to PT, and was amazed at the difference. Raw milk is illegal in some states, and even in WA, where it’s legal, they come under all sorts of attacks. (Read their testimonials page to see what I mean.) This operation was spotless, and filled with people going about their work with smiles on their faces. The cows out in the field looked contented & well-cared for, which is quite a change from “normal” dairy operations that I’ve passed, holding my nose & despairing for the animals that have to live that way.

Another quick stop at Nash’s Organic Farm stand. It was amazing all the vegetables and fruit they can provide this early in the season. I’ve seen a lot of hoop houses, so that’s probably the secret. The store is very well-organized, and displays the work of local artisans, as well.

Finally, on to Dungeness Spit. The tide was coming in, which pushed us up onto the rocky parts. We may have walked a mile, but it was a rough mile. The weather was gorgeous, though, and mountains, ocean and big driftwood is a wonderful combination. Renewed my intention to camp overnight there sometime.

More pix here. And recipe for Lavender Lemonade