I take a vacation 'at home' thinking I'll have some restful days of not getting up early and racing out of the house each morning. I think I almost always work harder when I do this than go on a vacation adventure away from home. I was actually looking forward to getting to work today to do some mind work and not move around so much. Last week, besides learning how to live with a small child around, I canned and froze 27 lb of cherries, sweet red and Rainier, a flat of strawberries, a flat and a half of raspberries, a flat of blueberries, put away a pint of garlic cloves in olive oil, (the garlic is from the garden), and made some lavender oil for the first time. All of these grown by local farmers and gardeners. I picked the lavender myself in Port Angeles and Sequim. I also put some herbs and onions to dry so I can use them during the cold weather when the garden is sleeping.
We started the vacation adventures on Friday with a few hours sleep, left at three a.m. driving three hours north to pick up our granddaughter. We had an ETA of 6:00 a.m. so we could see her mom before she went to work. We made it at 6:30 a.m., then on to the Edmonds Ferry to Kingston, and another hour or so drive to Sequim where we met up with Uncle Bill. On the way to Sequim we stopped to take a short walk and stretch. Kaylee was ready with her camera "let's go on a nature walk grandpa." We were happy to oblige. We weren't very far on our walk when we realized we were in an old private cemetery. It was a very beautiful spot. Very original, no two graves were alike. This was a very special and beautiful spot. It was also at this place that it occurred to me that we had not been on a weekend trip together that didn't involve going to a penal institution since we were in Sequim in December. I was pointing out to Kaylee how a flower pod spreads it seeds with the help of the wind to plant more flowers in the forest when a sudden gush of love just rushed through me. I almost lost my breath when I figured out where I was and what I was doing. What a great way to start the weekend!
After a stop for a late breakfast and stroll through the farmer's market we were off to Port Angeles for a restful three days away from it all. Our friend's up there have a very nice private spot on a hill overlooking the Straight of Juan de Fuca with plenty of room for Kaylee to run. They've built a chicken coop and a pen for the rooster since we've been there last. Kaylee had a great time running around with the chickens and she learned a thing or two about roosters. He tends to chase children, she learned the word 'aggressive' rather quickly. They got along well as long as he was in his pen.
|Priscilla—"Queen" of Pristine Farms|
|Some of the younger girls|
|The older women have their own yard|
I had free rein of the kitchen and the garden. I so love just going up there and staying. The guys go to the bay and fetch some fresh crab, I brought all the vegetables I had along with supplies I like to have when I cook. I think the guys we visit, Ken, Allan, and Bill look forward to my strange and healthy way of preparing meals. I always try to create something new for them to try. After all, I get to go there and be comfortable in an atmosphere of love and beauty for nothing. I don't mind cooking for everyone at all, in fact, I love it. I've been cooking with and for Bill and Scott for over 28 years now. We all used to be roommates in California. Scott and Bill have been friends and brothers for over 45 years now. He is our family and I don't feel like 'company' up there. For those of us who share their love with food, at least I'm learning to do it in a healthy way.
|Gotta have my favorite items to cook with|
After the four hour drive home Monday, we were at the garden checking out the growth over the weekend. Wednesday we went to a concert at the Zoo, a band from Africa. That was something! The music was good and very lively, but I think we came very close to group child abuse. Just think, there were probably over 500 small children at the show and none of them got to go see animals. It was a common question being asked by many short people, including the one we brought, as we left the zoo: "Mommy, where were the animals, I wanted to see animals" Oops
Thursday night was music again at our local summer concert at the lake. I was happy to hear Kaylee ask to just stay home this weekend. We just about did that from Friday to Sunday except for our daily trips to the garden to weed and water. By the way, for those of you wondering what I feed her because we eat mostly vegan, I haven't changed anything because she is here. She hasn't complained about anything we have offered her except one dish I made a little too spicy. She has eaten the many raw or cooked fruit and veggies we eat daily and drank our nondairy milk and seems to like it as much as we do. I haven't turned on a television since she's been here either and she hasn't seemed to miss that either. I hope that doesn't change too soon.
Here she is with a stewed cherry shortcake smile.