October has been a busy month for me.

Job hunting(Hurrah! I’m no longer unemployed!) and drinking copious amounts of tea haven’t left much time for blogging. The search for the right college to pursue fashion design has led me to some pretty incredible places, and parts of the state I hadn’t explored yet. Seattle has it’s charms, but the recent visit to WSU in the Palouse countryside left me speechless. The sheer sparseness of the landscape is primitive, clean, and wholly different from anything I have ever seen before. The Palouse hills are known for being huge barley and wheat-growing regions. The hills were harvested by the time we drove through, so the colors were gold, pumpkin, camel,  maize, and rich nut browns. So inspiring. I can’t wait to visit in the spring when the hills are a vivid green! While I still haven’t found the right college for me yet, at least I got to explore some glorious country.


-Fresh,locally caught, smoked salmon chowder dinner by lantern light

-Croissants, chocolate amandines and coffee at Le Panier, Seattle

-Walking through the most gorgeous dahlias at Skagit Valley Gardens( a detour that turned out to be surprisingly beautiful!)

-Spotting Mary Jane’s Farm and rolling hills in Moscow, Idaho

-Seeing my first moose!

-Driving past the mighty Columbia River

-Hiking up to Multnomah Falls, OR( stunning and am definitely bringing the rest of the family to see)

-My first visit to the Hipster Capital of the World, Portland, Oregon (a lovely, tree-filled city)

-Eating the most AMAZING truffle oil, garlic and rosemary crusted French fries at The Local Cow, Gresham, OR




Tis Autumn

Lake Shannon is a reservoir that meets the Baker River, near Concrete,WA

Lake Shannon is a reservoir that meets the Baker River, near Concrete,WA

A couple of weeks ago we West Washingtonians were blessed with amazing weather.

This, I am repeatedly told, is a rarity. We had an amazing summer, with sunshine and warm weather, and I don’t think it adequately prepared me for what the fall and winter is going to be like. October is already giving me a good helping of grey, rain, fog, and chill! I have come to really, really, love the sunshine. John Denver would be proud. Whenever the sun does come out, I get this overwhelming urge to GET OUT AND RUN!!! So I packed up my bag with Cheetos( I really shouldn’t be eating those but…) and bottled water and headed off with the family to Lake Shannon.

The weather was crisp and had only the slightest bit of a chill…just enough to need a wool sweater. Such a change from Louisiana autumns!

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We weren't the only ones out enjoying the lake

We weren’t the only ones out enjoying the lake

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My brother, Sean, doing one of his favorite things-rock skipping

My brother, Sean, doing one of his favorite things-rock skipping

It's the simple things...

It’s the simple things…

Yours truly

Yours truly

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These large maple leaves were everywhere

Don’t judge the sweater…

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I couldn't get enough of these leaves!

I couldn’t get enough of these leaves!

My ol' man

My ol’ man

The bridge at Concrete

The bridge at Concrete

On the road home we found these beautiful little streams running down the side of the rocks.

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Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. 
        – George Eliot