We did have a good deal of fun last month, though, and I'll highlight that here, with gratitude. We were blessed with a beautiful vacation, a party to celebrate an important family milestone, visits from friends from out of town, time spent savoring the beauty of nature (particularly at the beach) and the beginning of some fun projects.
Gregg and I went on a date last weekend, starting with a walk, and discovered a mural which we didn't know existed on Bainbridge Island. It is a timeline of events in the history of the island. Here is an excerpt from it:
|This image shows the traditional (native) names of areas of the island.|
You might recall that I've posted in the past about the glass trading beads we have found in the area since I was a little girl. My favorite part of the mural told about them:
|I am grateful to have a small collection of these remaining - I lost most of the ones I found while growing up.|
|It says, "The angels are always near to those who are grieving, to whisper to them that their loved ones are safe in the hand of God."|
|If you found an iguana, how would you describe it? How many lost iguanas do you think there are in Western Washington?|
|Loved this one - seen in Tofino, B.C.|
Moving into September, we took a gorgeous beach walk and saw another humorous sign:
|I think it originally said, you may "encounter" nude sunbathers|
|You can see the size of those leaves in perspective with the bridge and pathway next to them - enormous!|
And finally, inspired by Meg of the "whatever" blog, I started work on a thrift-shop table which has been sitting in our garage for years. Meg is a devoted thrift-shopper and spray-painter, among her MANY other talents, and she inspired me to make this battered old thing into the "beach style" table I have dreamed about.
Step 1: remember to take a "before" photo (I forgot)
Step 2: spray 'till your heart's content
|One can of aqua paint, an old table and old shower curtain...|
|Doesn't this table have beautiful lines? I love its form.|
Step 3: lay out beach glass in the way you want it to look on the table.
Step 4: put the glass in place permanently with mortar
Step 5: to come: grout!
Bye-bye, August...welcome, September & "Indian summer!"