The 1st Full Day of Spring

It’s the first full day of spring 2016. It’s a mix in the Pacific Northwest…rain, grey skies, and yet the the trees and flowers are budding and blooming.

Did you see that Easter next year will be on April 16th?   But, it is not the latest date on record.

A Spring Verse from

One swallow does not make a spring.

Bluebirds are a sign of spring; warm weather and gentle south breezes they bring.

In spring, no one thinks of the snow that fell last year.

Don’t say that spring has come until you can put your foot on nine daisies.

Spring-time sweet!
The whole Earth smiles, thy coming to greet.



The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule  your priorities. ~ Stephen Covey

Happy New Year 2016!

What are your priorities for this new year?  If something isn’t working, change it. Ask yourself, would it be better if I did it differently?

The real voyage of discovery…

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. ~ Marcel Proust

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.  ~ Albert Einstein

When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. ~ John Muir

Woodinville Whiskey Co.

Woodinville Whiskey Co., a craft distillery, is located in Woodinville, WA.  The decor is rustic and what I would call Pacific Northwest barrel style.  You will see the largest Pot Still on the West Coast working its magic.  The whiskey is good and it’s always a treat when you can also taste the barrel-aged honey and maple syrup (makes a great gift!).  Tasting on this day was from ‘The Microbarreled Collection’ – it’s aged to maturity in a 8-gallon handmade American oak barrel, with nearly 3 times the amount of wood in contact with whiskey compared to a standard barrel.

  • Mash Bill No. 9 Bourbon Whiskey
  • 100% Rye Whiskey
  • Peabody Jones Vodka

If you think yourself a connoisseur of bourbon, there is always something new to learn.  For example:

Bourbon Whiskey is American and must be made in the USA. The barrel must be new, charred oak.  It must be at least 51% corn. Rye, wheat and malted barley are typically other grains used.  It must be distilled no higher than 160 proof ensuring grain character. It must enter into a barrel no higher than 125 proof/62.5% ABV. It must go into the bottle no less than 80 proof/40% ABV. Also, no artificial coloring, flavoring, or additives are allowed. (Note: info here received from Woodinville Whiskey Co.)  Different traits make Single Malt Scotch Whiskey, Irish Whiskey and Canadian Whiskey what they are as well.

The tasting room is open daily from 11 am – 5 pm. The event space entices with hanging lights and a garage door that opens to a grassy space with a fire pit. Tours of the facility are on Saturdays and Sundays at 1 pm and 3 pm.  Note: my party of three ate next door at The Hollywood Tavern ~ try the Ancho Chile Tots or Fried Pickles.

“the light music of whisky falling into glasses made an agreeable interlude” ~ James Joyce



Happy New Year 2015!   Wishing you all the best.

Choice. Dignity. Love. Open. Acceptance. Strength. Opportunity. Progress. Compassion. Freedom.

Attitude… by Charles Swindoll

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.  Attitude to me, is more important than facts.  It is more important that the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do.  It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill.  It will make or break a company, a church, a home.  The remarkable thing is we have a choice every regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.  We cannot change our past, we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.  We cannot change the inevitable.  The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.  I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.  And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.

– taken from Lupus Foundation of America newsletter


Snoqualmie Falls and Salish Lodge, WA – taken December 27, 2014 – a favorite of all places

Winter Solstice

Autumn fades and Winter has arrived. Today is December 21, 2014 and it is winter solstice, the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

Interesting facts about this day are:


Twisp River in the Methow Valley

“A full moon hangs high in the chilly sky,

All say it’s the same everywhere, round and bright.

But how can one be sure thousands of li away

Wind and perhaps rain may not be marring the night?”

-Li Qiao, The Mid-Autumn Moon


November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.

With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket,
And frost by the gate.

The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest,
Until next spring.
~ Clyde Watson


Dreamin’ of Vacation

It’s always hard to come back from a vacation and not wish you were on another one.   I have talent in vacationing. Start planning another vacation or see about making a vacation out of every day here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.  Or, put some of that thinking into reading others quotes about this subject, like these…

“No man needs a vacation so much as the man who has just had one.” ~ Elbert Hubbard

Every person needs to take one day away.  A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future.  Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence.  Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for.  Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.” ~ Maya Angelou

“I’m a big believer in winging it. I’m a big believer that you’re never going to find perfect city travel experience or the perfect meal without a constant willingness to experience a bad one. Letting the happy accident happen is what a lot of vacation itineraries miss, I think, and I’m always trying to push people to allow those things to happen rather than stick to some rigid itinerary.”  ~ Anthony Bourdain

“Her purchases just about busted her vacation budget, but what else is a vacation for, if not for overindulgence and mindless extravagance?” ~ Candace Schuler

“Neglecting vacation is neglecting success because every success needs an accumulated positive energy!” ~ Mehmet Murat ildan

No vacation goes unpunished. ~Karl Hakkarainen

Laughter is an instant vacation. ~Milton Berle

Vacation used to be a luxury, but in today’s world it has become a necessity. ~Author Unknown


Images of a recent two week vacation to Italy – Rome and Tuscany:

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