End of Summer in Bellingham

Vacation is winding down, school is starting, and we’re squeezing out the last juices of summer. I ran into three of my former students on the boardwalk – Callie, Ellie, and Jamie – what a gift! Clara and Noah took one last jump off the boardwalk and into the bay. The flowers were giving us one last bloom. And it was the last soccer game of the season in Bellingham’s Northwest Fields.

And if you’ve lost your chihuahua, you might call Jacob at 360-820-9150 – a little chihuahua walked up to his door today without a human accompanying it. He’s hoping to find its owner.


Wildfire Smoke

Smoke from the forest fires in Washington State (as seen from Bow, Skagit County) –

A Most Weird and Wonderful Morning

I have had a most weird and wonderful morning. I rode my bike over to Tweet’s in Edison for breakfast – and magic happened!

I brought my vanilla breve out onto the back deck to wait for my breakfast muffin, and was greeted by one of my former eighth graders, Reed, who was sitting with his sister and friends at one of the little tables out there. It was so fun to see Reed again – it’s always a kick to see my students all grown-up and making amazing lives for themselves. Magic!

I sat down at the table next to Reed and his friends and sipped my breve and watched life happen. Soon a young woman came out onto the deck, looking for a place to sit. There were no more tables out there, so I asked her if she’d like to share my table. She sat down and we chatted for a bit – I learned Marlo lived in Bellingham, was majoring in English at Western Washington University (what a coinky-dink! – my youngest son is also majoring in English at WWU!), and worked at the Woods Coffee shop in Boulevard Park – one of my favorite stops when I’m in Bellingham. Marlo’s friend, Hannah, joined us then and we chatted a bit more – she, too, is a student at WWU, majoring in graphics design. As we talked and laughed together another former student of mine walked by, and smiled and gave me a hug – it turns out he works at Tweets now! Magic!

When Reed and his friends left I moved over to their table so Marlo and Hannah could have their own table. And then another woman came out on the deck looking for a table for her and her partner, Joe. I told her that, if she liked, they could join me at my new table, and they did. Liesyl and Joe were very cool – they’d traveled to Edison from Seattle on skooters! We talked about their skooter adventures, where they came from, and where they were going. Liesyl mentioned that she’d once lived in Bow (the little community I live in now) – her father had been a minister at the United Methodist church in Bow. And here comes even MORE magic… 🙂

Thirty-one years ago – before we’d ever suspected we’d someday be living in Bow – my husband and I were married in Gig Harbor (a town two hours away) by a minister who’d once been a Methodist minister in Bow. “Is your dad’s name ‘Russ’?” I asked her. Her mouth fell open and she nodded yes. “Is his last name ‘Meyer’?” I asked, and she said yes! “Your dad was the minister who married my husband and me 31 years ago in Gig Harbor!” I told her. And I told her about the wedding – how her dad’s sense of humor had fit right in with our event – and how he’d seen us laughing and yukking it up with our friends at the reception and told us that some couples he worries about – but that he knew we’d be alright.

wedding photo

Liesyl told me her dad had passed on suddenly fifteen years ago – and I was sad to hear this. We shared stories with each other, then, about her dad and celebrated him as we ate breakfast together.

As I was leaving I stopped to ask the man who had taken my order if I could take his picture for my blog. He graciously agreed. I asked him his name – he said “Charles” – and we realized that we were actually already Facebook friends. I’d been enjoying his posts and comments for many months! I love that! 🙂


The Liebster Award


A week or so ago Scott of the “H-Files” (http://hjsportsed.com/about/) nominated my Bellinghambayblog site for the Liebster Award, after being nominated himself by Meg Sorick (https://drmegsorick.wordpress.com/about/). I’d like to thank Scott for nominating me.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated you.
    Include the Liebster Award sticker in the post, too.
  2. Nominate 5 -10 other bloggers who you feel are worthy of this award. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting on one of their posts. You can also nominate the person who nominated you.
  3. Ensure all of these bloggers have less than 200 followers.
  4. Answer the eleven questions asked to you by the person who nominated you, and make eleven questions of your own for your nominees or you may use the same questions.
  5. Lastly, COPY these rules in your post.

Here are my answers to Scott’s questions:

  • What is your dream vacation? I would like to tromp around on the trails of Tyrolia, hiking from one little Alpine hut to the next – eating cheese and communing with Nature and my fellow adventurers.
  • What is the biggest crisis facing the world? Climate change.
  • Which historical figure would you most like to have a beer with? (or a coffee, if you don’t drink beer!) I think it’d be amazing to sit down for a chat with Albert Einstein.
  • If you could trade places with anyone, who would it be? Oh man. This is a hard one. I really like my life. I guess it might be interesting to, temporarily, trade places with someone who’s dealing with homelessness – I imagine I might learn a lot from that experience. Or it might be kind of fun to be an astronaut – Neil Armstrong taking his first steps on the moon would be a trip, wouldn’t it? It’d be a hoot to be a Broadway musical star, too. I could go a lot of different directions with this question. 🙂
  • If you had a superpower, which one would it be? I’d love to be able to zap myself anywhere I wanted to be.
  • Why do you blog? It’s a creative outlet for me, and a way for me to share and connect with other people.
  • What makes you want to get out of bed in the morning? The sound of the birds singing.
  • What did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a writer or a teacher or a singer. (I’ve been able to do all of those things. 🙂 )
  • Which of your posts so far, is your favorite? I really like one I put together at Christmas time about “joy” – I gathered all my favorite pictures of people in Bellingham celebrating life and put them in that one post.
  • What kind of music do you listen to? My tastes are pretty eclectic, actually. Rock, folk, jazz, blues, and even Broadway tunes. I love the music of Joe Bonamassa!
  • Where do you see yourself in 10 years? I hope I’m still hiking and writing and singing and taking photos. I love where I live right now, but I can see myself living in another part of the world, too.

Okay, here’s the really fun part – here are the blogs I would like to nominate. I’ve tried to find blogs that maybe aren’t well known, yet, but I’m not sure how well I’ve done with that part – I’m thinking each of these blogs SHOULD have thousands of followers, though:

Greg Lamm @ http://greglamm.com/

Amy Duncan @ https://finallygettingdowntobrasstacks.wordpress.com/

Yzabelle@ http://www.atravellersnotebook.com/about/

Momma Bear @https://wordpress.com/read/post/id/65968803/555

Classy Canuck@ https://prophecysixgogam.wordpress.com/

And here are my 11 questions:

  1. How did you get into blogging?
  2. What is your all-time favorite dream? (Or what is your all-time worst nightmare?)
  3. What is the weirdest thing you believe, without proof?
  4. What would a perfect day look like for you?
  5. Who has been the greatest influence on you as an artist/writer/photographer?
  6. If you could travel through time, where and when would you go?
  7. What qualities do you think make a good leader?
  8. What are your five favorite books of all time?
  9. What are your five favorite movies?
  10. When you look at the stars at night, what do you think about? What do you feel? What questions do you ask?
  11. Who do you blog for?

How cool is this?

Bellingham Bay boardwalk

Bellingham Bay boardwalk

How cool is this? A piano attached to the sidewalk for any passerby who wants to plunk away on it! Which… ahem… I did. For, like, 30 seconds. Just to say I did. And I, of course, was AWESOME! For 30 seconds. Yeah. My three years of piano lessons in grade school really paid off.

For anyone interested, I also sing. At weddings and stuff. That is how I met my husband, actually… but that is a whole ‘nother story. (Here I am wedding singering with Chuck Crowley at a wedding in 1988: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egSf_9yyy-U .)

I met Michael, a student at Central Washington University, and his mother, Margaret, from Kenya, who were visiting Western Washington with Michael’s younger sister – who will be a freshman at WWU next year.

I was following behind a group of women who were smiling and laughing and talking and listening and enjoying each other, and I just had to ask them about their fellowship. They graciously shared that theirs was a birthday group and that, on this day, they were celebrating one of their member’s birthdays by going for a walk on the boardwalk together.

And when I stopped for lunch at one of my favorite restaurants, Dos Padres, for one of my favorite meals, a Dos Padres Taco Salad with guacamole on the side, I ran into one of my former eighth graders – Tammy – how cool is that?!