As part of our getaway fun last weekend, each of my girlfriends and I had our tarot cards read. I was the last to go and probably the most surprised out of everyone that I agreed to do it. As I sat down, I have to admit that I was a little nervous. What if Roni (the reader) told me something sad? Or horrible? Or both?!?! As we talked, we started discussing strong women who have guided me. According to the cards, I have a high angel who is a total kick ass alpha female and that is why my intuition is always strong and consistently correct. I have to agree with the intuition part. My gut has never misdirected me.
In talking about strong women who guide me, a name came up that I haven’t heard in a couple of years. Marnie. Marnie was a woman I rented a room from in college in Arizona. She was in her mid-60s when we met and I lived with her for a few years. She was a sweet, gentle, kind woman who supported herself and her two boys on her own for most of her adult life. She was from hardy Vermont stock and was very proud of it. Ultimately she became a mother figure to me. We had long discussions and she gave me great advice over the years. When I graduated from college, got married, and moved to Washington, we talked less and less. She passed away in 2010. I’m happy to say she met my kids, though, and cried when she did. She was a strong, stoic, graceful woman and I’m so glad I knew her.
I was surprised to hear her name but even more surprised with what the reader said next. Roni told me that Marnie walks with me every day. My girlfriend wrote down the rest: “The main reason she walks with you is because you taught her the meaning of love and you opened her heart. She never told you how special your nature is and she is here to help you.”
Now, no matter what you believe or don’t believe about tarot cards and fortune telling, you have to admit that those are wonderful words to hear. As I listened, I felt comforted by the idea that people we love stay connected to us whether we talk or not. It also got me thinking and missing people that for one reason or another aren’t in my life anymore. Today the feeling of missing them is really strong and has stuck with me all day.
What would I want to say to someone if given the chance? What would I want them to know?
I miss you.
I think about you.
When I travel, feel joy, or experience new things, you are with me.
You are important to me.
They are simple words that mean so much. What would you say if given a chance?
I’m having a cozy day at home after a long girls weekend on Whidbey Island to celebrate a friend’s birthday. It was a beautiful trip with yummy food, wine, and friendship. We rented a great house in Coupeville through Air B & B. We took the ferry from Mukilteo and drove the whole island over a few days. It’s a great destination if you want to get away but don’t want to venture too far.
Greenbank Farm for shopping and lunch. Their pie is worth the trip!
Greenbank Farms lunch
Spa time in Coupeville
The view from our rental
Our rental came with a very unfriendly cat, as you can see.
Bubbles before dinner.
Coupeville views were pretty amazing
Coupeville farmer’s market
Coupeville farmer’s market
Near Fort Ebey State Park
Beer in Anacortes before heading home.
The Run Of The Mill 5k was my first race ever four years ago. I was so emotional after finishing that I couldn’t catch my breath. Local races are great because you see friends, local business owners, and families making fitness fun. I brought my kids down to volunteer at the finish line this year. So inspiring! It will always be my favorite race.
Sequim is one of my favorite day trips. It’s about 2 hours from my house but getting there includes a beautiful ferry ride. My parents are thinking of retiring there so each time they visit we make a point to go and explore the area. As I mentioned in my previous post, we are trying to visit state parks when we can this summer and the Olympic Peninsula has some amazing ones. Fort Worden is a former army installation that still has beautiful original buildings that serve as dormitories and museums for visitors. It also has a great marine museum with impressive touch tanks. During our visit, we happened upon the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes there and enjoyed hearing great music from musicians on porches jamming with one another. The best part of Fort Worden has to be the geocache we found. The concrete structures that served as armories back in the day are at the highest point in the park and have amazing views. There are many great hiding places there and the kids had a blast hunting.
There were so many pretty parts of the day. If you haven’t been to Port Townsend or Sequim, I highly recommend it.
Thanks for reading!
The touch tanks at the Marine Science Center at Fort Worden
Fort Worden lighthouse
Fort Worden was an uphill hike but so worth it
Such a cool geocache at Fort Worden! The kids had to figure out the combo to the lock from a clue.
Our find at Fort Townsend
Hwy 101 Diner in Sequim for lunch and a root beer float
Purple Haze Lavender Farm
I wish you could smell it
My son is the chicken whisperer
The views in Sequim
John Wayne Marina in Sequim
A little dip in Sequim Bay in the afternoon
The footbridge at Sequim Bay State Park
Hiking to Sequim Bay
Carnival at Port Gamble to end the day
My kid is up there
A perfect night for a ride
Kingston ferry ride at sunset
Happy Boy in Lake Sammamish
Summer is here.
The kids are at a great age. They love chilling at home reading or being creative but are always up for adventure. I like to set goals for the summer to add some structure to our days. This year, I want to visit as many state parks as possible. The parks have offered up a Centennial GeoTour to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Washington’s state parks in 2013. There are 100 geocaches hidden in 100 parks. Each cache has a stamp and pad to mark a passport. When you’ve reached 50 parks, you can send in your passport for a silver geocoin. If you reach 100 parks, you get a gold coin. Now, we have no intention of reaching 100 parks but it’s been fun exploring rivers, lakes, and trails I didn’t even know existed. It’s always exciting to find the geocaches too.
The kids also have chores this summer. It helps so much with the daily mess and my sanity. They complete the list each day to earn a LEGO set in late August.
As for me, it’s an interesting season. My right hamstring is making running painful so this is the first summer in years that I don’t have any races planned. With the hotter than usual temperatures, though, I think it’s probably for the best. I wilt like a flower in the heat. I’ve found some fun fitness challenges to keep me moving in other ways. We joined the YMCA and they have a 10.25-mile (369 laps) and 56.25-mile (2025 laps) swim challenge that started on June 22 and goes to September 4th. I’m on my way to reaching the 10-miler! Also, there is a great virtual racing company called Jost Running that has a summer walking challenge. You register, pay $30, track your 100 miles and receive a medal in August. Most often, part of the fee for the medal goes to charity. It’s a great idea for folks like me who love some good race bling.
Finally, I wanted to post my favorite summer treats. For the kids, I make strawberry banana popsicles in my Magic Bullet. I just blend the fruit, add some almond milk and a teaspoon of honey if the fruit seems tart. They are really yummy and take about 5 minutes to make.
Super Easy Summer Treat
LEGO Of My Popsicle!
For the adults, there is nothing better than a good margarita on a sunny summer evening. I don’t like them too sweet but the beer in this recipe cuts it for a really yummy flavor. Enjoy!