we went to my mom's island, whidbey island, for the 4th...it's not really her's, as in she bought it, that's just what we call it, 'mom's island'! they knew the first time they visited about 20 years ago, that they would retire here, they love it so much! what's not to love? here is the view from the dining room and back decks, the saratoga passage and snow-capped mt. baker in the distance. to the right you can watch the clinton-mukilteo ferries coming and going all day. you can click the photos to see better.
here's my mommy! i like her sweatshirt...it says, "whidbey island lifestyle, it's all good"
my mom has an awesome garden, she is in it gardening every moment she gets. this is the herb section. i 'stole' cuttings of her mint... every time i go there and see the glorious mint that she has, i wanna make mojitos! ('stolen' cuttings grow better!) she has peppermint, chocolate mint, spearmint, orange bergamot mint, and pineapple mint. i have some apple mint that i am rooting for her to put in her mint section.
did i get '100 percent relaxed'? you betcha! we had hot dogs and made a fire in the firepit later, and made s'mores. yes, i DID used to be a girl scout...my mommy was one of the leaders too! she even saved us when we got lost once! but then she also GOT us lost once, too...i guess now i will have to tell that story soon, huh!
then, me and hubby took the ferry back home to watch the fireworks from our little neck of the woods. on this ferry ride you can see mt. baker and mt. rainier. actually you can see them both from my mom's house...you can see mt. rainier from the front porch! anyway, from down the street a couple blocks from our house, you can see the fireworks really great...we live up on a hill and you can see kirkland and bellevue fireworks at the same time, and all the little ones in the hills surrounding, too. if you look to the right a bit, you can see seattle in the distance. you can even see a little of the space needle, but only the top part, so it looks like a space ship landing!