Monday, 7 December 2015


It Was a Very Good Year

We are well into December and I just turned off the heat in our shop so I can use it as a giant cooler for Christmas goodies (by the way, if you do not celebrate Christmas, I think you should enjoy the goodies anyway!). I'll be doing a lot more cooking than jewelry making for the next couple of weeks but, before I retire to the kitchen, I am taking a look back at 2015.

Last Sunset of 2014

We began 2015 at one of my favorite places on earth, Cannon Beach, Oregon. If you love the ocean, miles of beach and/or glorious sunsets, put this spot on your bucket list. You will not regret it.

Next, a Wonderful Family Time on Maui

January was just underway when we headed, with most of the family, to Maui to celebrate the birthdays of two very special people, our son and his lady — and to attend their wedding.

Do You See What I See?

Oh my gosh, it's another glorious sunset. Their beautiful wedding on the beach was followed by a delectable wedding dinner at the incredible Humuhumunukunukuapua'a Restaurant (AKA, Humuhumu) at Wailea.

Then Came Summer

Summer 2015 was so not what we expect on the west coast. Our usual high temperatures are in the 70 - 75 °F range with an occasional hop up to 80. This year, it turned warm early in May and was just plain hot by the middle of the month. I pretty much abandoned my bench for the vegetable garden over the summer — why fire up a torch when the temperature is in the upper 80s? In truth, many days were so warm even a bit of gardening past noon was just not a great idea.

The sunny weather gave us a pretty decent harvest.

An End of Summer Return to Paradise

Our son and new daughter-in-law planned on a return to their get away home at Kihei in late September and persuaded us to join them (yeah, that took a lot of persuading!). For those of you shivering today, here is one of the beaches we visited. ;-)

One of the lovely things about Hawaii in September — it is not crowded. Temperatures were in the high 80s but, amazingly, the trade winds made it quite bearable — even for a lifetime Pacific Northwest dweller.

Back to Normal

I spent most of October and November adding new items to my shop on etsy <> and took advantage of what bright days we had in early December to take some seasonal photos for my "shop window".

I will be spending most of my time decorating, baking and celebrating until after December 25th, so I will take this opportunity to wish everyone the best of the season.