Summer 2018

Summer 2018

Tap, tap, tap, is this thing on?  It has been a WHILE.  I blame the puppy.


Fisher does too.


Summer 2018 kicked off with a trip to Panama City Beach, Florida and it was absolutely lovely.


Time on the beach with good friends sipping “Pink Lady Drinks”, reading books, flopping all over rental house couches, miniature golfing, floating in warm, clear water and feeling soft sand on my toes.  There is nothing that restores me more than the ocean and I can’t wait to get back there.


This was the summer Stephen and I started running.  We hauled ourselves up to a local track and joined people of all different shapes, ages, races and fitness levels.  We ran for 15 seconds on May 29th and now we run for 30 minutes.  Stephen runs a 5k in that time.  I decidedly don’t run a 5k in that time, but after every run I still can’t believe I can run for 30 minutes.


This was the summer we painted the kitchen cabinets for a budget kitchen update.  More on that to come!  The cabinets are far from perfect but I am so happy with them.

This was my second summer of 4th of July visitors.  My sister, niece and nephew came down and I was having so much fun I didn’t take any pictures.  It was so fun showing them our town’s parade, introducing them to everyone down here and showing them around.  IMG_8558

I got to celebrate my friend’s birthday in one of my favorite places on earth, Cannon Beach, Oregon.


I spent a lot of time here when I lived in Oregon and it was tough to leave.


The beach is wide open for miles, allows dogs and is a beautiful drive from Portland.  We stayed in Manzanita, which is a quieter town about 20 minutes south.  Walks on the beach, an early morning run, amazing food, company and the best gin & tonics ever (thanks Bobby!) are hard to beat.  Stephen and I are trying to figure out how to get back ASAP.

And speaking of getting back!  The band is back after a hiatus for the birth of Kelley & Eva’s (drummer and singer) twin girls.  It was so great to hear them pick up right where they left off.  The Grammy nominated keyboard player John Ginty is playing on their next single coming out soon.


As the sun sets on summer, I hope this finds you well, restored and looking forward to what can only be described as the best season of all possible seasons.  Bring on the pumpkin patches, the apple crisps, the brown leather boots and the annual watching of You’ve Got Mail.  “I would send you a bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.”