Pumpkin Cottage

Pumpkin Cottage
sit and visit a spell

Monday, February 24, 2014

Seattle: Loot that Got Way

To relax we thrift.  Thrifting requires letting go. 
No expectations, nothing specific just a developed eye
and the satisfication of the thrill of the hunt. 

This poster didn't come home with us
but the photo reminded me to look up the
Skagit Tulip Festival.

Some other treasures that got away...a little mariachi band.

A bit of handiwork.  

A tortoise and the hare.

Uncle Joe, Mr. Lee and I have well trained eyes.
Years and years of scan, scan, to pin point treasures
among chaos.

It may be the color, shape or something specific
catching and keeping our attention long enough
to separate us from our hard earned cash.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Seattle Compare and Contrast

In Southern California the car is king.
Don't even think about stepping off the curb
without looking.  In Seattle pedestrians are king.
They are everywhere, they wear
primarily dark colors and step off the curb without a care,
right into the path of traffic.  Yikes.

South Lake Union Trolley (S.L.U.T.)

In Seattle the population is primarily represented by
Caucasian and Asian,
in Southern California diversity is king.
Nearly every language and culture represented.
This makes for variety of food and art. In either case,
there is wonderful food to be found.

Parking in Seattle is insane it simply doesn't
exist.  Public transit, however, is every where.
The disabled population seems non-existent and
with the exception of a few disabled parking
spaces.  I found the population in Seattle, unprepared
to cope with a little woman barreling toward
them with a cane.   

In the Barnes and Noble a man nearly knocked over a display
to avoid getting too close to me.  It may be catching. 

The ladies at The Sock Monster were amazingly kind and
helpful. Giving us pointers on visiting Seattle. 

In Southern California everything moves quickly.
When traffic is flowing at top speeds of  90 mph
with norm speeds running at 75 mph. In Seattle,
every lane seems to move at a steady pace of 65 mph.

In Seattle, 15 minutes takes you a long way
out of the neighborhood, while in So Cal 15 minutes
barely moves you out of your parking spot. 

Pike's Place kept Mr. Lee entertained each day while
I attended training.

The famous Seattle Gum Wall.

Potty mosaic.

Entertaining notes. 

Top Pot

Tastiest doughnuts, EVER.

Treats for a tasty midnight snack.

Fresh cheese.

Lovely shops.

Eye candy.

Bella Umbrella
Good eats of all varieties.
Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream Shop.

Delightful staff, delicious coffee, incredible pie, and they
offer baking class. Swoon, if only we lived near.
Pie stands.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Gorgeous Seattle

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, 
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
                                                              Philippians 4:7 

Everyone said you have to visit the Space Needle
and Chilhuly gardens. 

All the way to the top of the Seattle's iconic
Space Needle. 

Moon lit night. 

And the views from the top.

It has rained every day and we are in bliss.
So romantic from our perspective.
Although, one local shared how she hates green.  
She said everything in Seattle is green,
including her car where moss grows
in the crevices, and then there are huge slugs.  
I don't know, it  seems really wonderful.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Exploring Seattle Get Along Style

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy.
They are the charming gardeners
who make our souls blossom. 
                                                                    Marcel Proust


Yummy, huge portions, great service, and reasonable prices.

Eggs Benedict with a Mexican twist.

The lightest, flakiest biscuits, ever.

Midnight snack, anytime.

Open 24 hours, very tasty, and next door
to a fabulous bookstore.  Here I call our kids.


Saying goodnight from the
the bookstore: Elliott Bay Book Company.
Our favorite Seattle bookseller so far.

Dog friendly shops all along the way.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Seattle LOVE

Flying in.

Yummy burger and fries.

Public Transit systems to envy.

Dinner at Serious Pie.  Incredibly yummy.

Beet salad. 

Fennel sausage pizza.  The dough was amazing. 

Cafe Americanos and Tirimasu.