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Photo: Bee and thistle: Taken high in the Cascade Mountains where there is a bee buzzing on every thistle. by Debora Rorvig

Sunday, May 13, 2012

How I'm Spending Mom's Day

It all started at Diamond Jim's Restaurant for breakfast. Hubby and his mom had ginormous omelettes. I ordered a boatload of denver-style potatoes; loaded with peppers, mushrooms, ham, and cheese...and a short stack of pancakes. Though the stack of pancakes was indeed short--it was wide! Did I need those pancakes? No. Were they yummy? Yep!

Diamond Jims is in the heart of Bellingham's historic Fountain District and resides in the old Fountain Cafe building. It has that wonderful old-timey feeling just like the Fountain Cafe did. Love it!

After breakfast mom-in-law strolled across the street to church and we drove out to the lake for a long walk with Baron. What a perfect day!

Here's why I live in the Pacific Northwest!  Do you see the center picture...the one with the man watching our dogs? Look how far Lake Whatcom extends from where we stood. My grandpa Charlie used to run a tugboat up and down this lake, towing timber from remote logging camps. My dad worked in some of those logging camps. Grandma and Charlie had a nice cottage out by Lake Whatcom. When missionaries came to visit their church, The Firs (isn't that a pretty name for a church?), Grandma and Charlie would let the missionaries stay in their home. They'd take a tent and go up the lake and camp on the lakeshore...sometimes for several weeks! I think Charlie, a Nooksack Indian, probably enjoyed these these tenting trips more than Grandma. He loved nature. He kept the most beautiful rhododendron garden. As a child I loved to amble along the paths through his garden. There were flowers of every hue, and hidden beneath the branches were little statues of frogs and deer. You never knew what you'd encounter in Charlie's garden. It was enchanting.

Speaking of flowers...after our walk in the woods we stopped at the Garden Spot Nursery for a look. I wanted to buy some herbs for my almost-completed kitchen. What a riot of colors! Garden Spot is one of my favorite local nurseries. Sometimes I just go there to walk around and enjoy the color!  The peach-flavored Italian soda was from Cruisin Coffee, which is practically next door to the Garden Spot. I thought it matched the orangey color scheme of my collage rather nicely!

The rest of the afternoon has been spent curled up in an easy chair, sipping earl grey tea, munching on an 'everything' bagel with creamed cheese, and editing my photos. Now that's my idea of a perfect day!

And my kitchen...well it's still not quite done. Waiting on the flooring guy to clear his calendar. It's a process, I tell you!

Hope your Mother's Day was lovely!


ellen b. said...

sounds like a lovely day! Happy Mother's Day to you. We've been relaxing around here after a very busy day yesterday...

Linda O'Connell said...

I had a lovely relaxing day too. Blessings to you and yours.

joanne said...

It could not have been a more beautiful day today in our lovely neck of the woods...looks like you had a great day! I am eager to start planting seeds but my mantra has always been to wait until after Mothers Day...well you know what I'm doing tomorrow!

Melissa Ann Goodwin said...

I love places like that restaurant - we've become diner and cafe people instead of "fancy restaurant people" now - an evolution I like. It's so beautiful where you live - those pictures are wonderful. Have a lovely day!

Rebecca said...

It sounds very relaxing & just enough out-of-the-ordinary to be special.

By the way, thanks for "hearing my heart" and listening well re. my concern for our little Silas. Your words were very affirming and uplifting.


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