Sunday, October 31, 2010

First Visit to Shelby and Kim's New Home

This was the first time for us to visit Shelby and Kim on Bainbridge Island.  The ferry we took from Seattle reminded me of our BC Ferries... almost the same as the big ones that go from Schwartz Bay to Tsawassen.

The Space Needle always looks spectacular with it's magical lights that pierce the night skyline.

We sure don't see this array of lights between our island and Schwartz Bay from our BC Ferries.

Our kids bought a very comfortable home in an established community... hence the landscaping is mature and absolutely gorgeous.

Shelby is looking forward to building an office in the attic above the garage.... which is where these stairs are coming from.

A great garden spot, which is behind this fence, has been cleaned out and is ready for winter.

Shelby thinks that one day he will turn this garden shed into a guest cottage.  They have a little fire pit with some chairs set up... ideal for making smores on summer evenings.

There are going to be a few pumpkins that missed Halloween this year!  They will have to hurry to get ripe if they even hope to be ready for Thanksgiving!

I know that these pumpkins have since been carved with happy faces, ready for the tribes of goblins and witches that are descending on the place tonight.  I think they made it to a Facebook page!

From this angle you can visualize where Shelby wants to have his office over the garage... with a huge dormer on the left side.

Shirley is checking her Facebook account on her laptop at the kitchen bar...

While Kim is busy working on her computer in the dining nook.

The family room is a cozy spot to relax on a drizzly day outside... what a great little wood heater!

Lucy wants to know where it is written that you must sit on the sofa to watch TV!  Why not stand on your head?  Do you see the fall colors on the trees thru the windows?

From every side of the house the outlook on the yard is lush with green and colorful foliage.  It is almost like living in park!

With only a few mintues walk or run to the waterfront, we all went for a quick little exercise on a pretty quiet, level  road by the ocean... a great place to live!  Congratulations on your new home, Shelby and Kim.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Happy Birthday, Sweetheart

Happy Birthday to You!!
This is the way the Cheesecake Factory gave good wishes to Shirley this evening... A single candle sure lit up that second blob of whipped cream!

Our waiter brought a large group of other servers to sing Happy Birthday to her... there were more than I could catch in this photo.  I believe it was the first time in her life that she was ever serenaded at a restaurant and it was fun to catch the smile on her face.

To me Shirley has the most perfect and beautiful smile of anyone in the world!  Smiling is one of her best qualities... and she does it so honestly wonderful.  I am truly blessed to have such a cheerful and loveable partner.  She has it all over Mona Lisa!  Pure happiness.

We started celebrating her birthday about two weeks ago when I got caught twice in the same day trying to secretly buy her birthday presents... so I just gave them to her early so she could enjoy them right away.  She always wants to know how far she has just walked... so a GPS watch/heart monitor was a hit.  And before I could pay for the set of pan pastels, she walked into the Opus Art Store and caught me at the cashier looking guilty. 

But today, which is actually her birthday, she didn't really get to call the shots to make it her day.  We had weeks ago made plans to drive to Seattle today so that I could catch a plane to Mexico early on the 25th... and she would get three days to be super-granny to Maizy and Lulu as well as get first views of our kids new digs on Bainbridge Island.  I will return on Wednesday afternoon and we will be back together again... and life will go on. 

Since my flight is pretty early, we thought best not to risk the unknown timing to get to the airport from our son's new home, so to take a room near the airport seemed like a better option... plus an old friend from our Loma Linda days was also coming to Seattle today.  Fred Knopper was in high school when I worked with his dad Martin in the LLU School of Health.  He used to come by the office after school and liked to visit with me after quitting time.  He liked art, photography and video stuff... so he thought my job was pretty cool.  Not long after we left LLU he pursued his dreams and today is leading out at It Is Written at Thousand Oaks California.  The photo above is Fred and his wife Judy.

Their son Chris and wife April also joined us at the Cheesecake Factory... they too have a new home not far from Shelby's... in Port Orchard and their parents are here to check it out just like we are!  I think it is fantastic that our kids are not worried about the housing slump... and are doing their part help to get the economy back on its feet again. As I was shooting their photo I had an accidental capture with my iPhone camera...

Usually I dump these kind of shots... the camera moves and goes off when you don't expect it.  But I really liked the colors and the shapes in this accidental shot... even  if it doesn't do justice to Chris and April!  I think I would like to try this in a large pastel or acrylic piece.  Pretty cool, eh?  ...or do you think I've gone over the edge?  Where is it written that all photos or art have to be in focus and have sharp, clear images?  Some of the best art requires that the viewer complete the work with their own imagination filling in the missing parts.  So loosen up and what do you see?  Try rotating it... if you have a laptop or iPad.

Which brings up another Apple product about to runaway... you gotta check out Mac Air!!!  I played with one today in the Apple Store at Bel Square.  Pretty awesome.