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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 26 :: oh, joy, oh, birthday

26 Jan
{fun adventures}

Ah, birthdays. How I love thee. So much so I took the day off ….just to play!

Today was an adventure, a joy ride of sorts. After pampering myself at the salon I decided to go for a surprise adventure. Down a road, any road. And then Chuckanut Drive was right in front of me. So I took it.

With sweeping views of the bay.


And places to pull off the road to take photos and paths to walk.

Then I found myself in a little, tiny town called Edison. Oh, Edison, you are so quaint.

With yummy foods to eat!

The only problem was, after ordering my meal I was informed the cafe only took cash — or checks. Cash or checks? I usually have none of these things in my purse. Bank cards, yes. But cash? I had to check.

I scrounged through my wallet and pulled out six dollars. I was ten dollars short of a meal. And I was on my surprise adventure so I didn’t even think to bring my checkbook. It sat in my desk all the way back home.

“You can just mail us a check.” The beautiful young lady said to me with a smile.

“Mail?” I repeated. “Like …send you a check in the mail?”

“Yes!” She smiled and wrote the cafe’s address on the back of my receipt. “You’re good for it.”

Wow. What a birthday gift I thought to myself.
And then I thought… where am I?

This level of trust never happens in our modern world. Did Chuckanut Drive whisk me down a time machine portal and plant me back in the 1950’s? To a little town that still accepted cash and CHECKS. To a store clerk that just shrugged it off with an I.O.U. handshake for a future check to be sent via SNAIL MAIL?

As I ate my avocado toast (which tasted simply divine) I counted my lucky stars and the minutes on the clock before the cafe closed. I was the last customer they would serve on this day.

Then I popped across the street to another artful adventure. A yarn studio.

Actually, I’m not really sure what to call it — but it was artful and beautiful and all made of yarns and silks. With my newfound joy of crocheting, I asked the artist all about her yarns and was mesmerized by the process.

We compared notes on yarn and I told her about the “finger” crochet blanket I am attempting. We laughed about the insatiable, irresistible pull a skein of yarn can have on one’s heart. And the need to finish just …One. More. Row.

Then she hugged me goodbye. She hugged me. Physically hugged me. And I hugged her back. What a surprising little store and friend to make over the beauty of art.

She told me to stop at the bread store before leaving town. So I did. Afterall, she hugged me. I trusted her advice. And she said that this store had the best bread in the entire state of Washington.

The bread store was also a quaint throwback to a simpler time. Packed with cookies and pastries and loaves of bread with an open bakery to watch all the action behind it all. I picked up a gluten-free treat and headed to the counter to check out.

As I stood in line I saw a sign that said, “Cash or Check Only.”
Seriously? With all my cash gone and an I.O.U. already in my wallet, I put my cookie back on the shelf. Saving it for another day.

As I left the little town of Edison, I stumbled upon a Blueberry patch.

And a crop of birds!

But the best part of the day, and my adventure was coming home. To a dinner out with Justin and a surprise dessert tray delivered by our waiter.

It included a little white box and two cards.
The first card was from Pup and Brady (of course!)
And the second was from Justin.

The white box contained a jewelry box and these gorgeous, one-of-a-kind earrings. Which is the best complement to a flourless chocolate torte that a girl could ask for!

All in all, the day was more than a joy ride. It was a surprise joy ride.
And aren’t those the best kind?

Just like life is, really.
We may never know what’s around the next turn, but with a few hugs and maybe an I.O.U. here and there, we can make it through with flying colors.

And, of course, tons of joy.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{joy ride}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 208 :: kind surprises

20 Aug

Whale of a time.

Today was all about surprises. And in the category of kindness…. Justin wins.

He woke up this morning and told me to get ready to go… where… he wouldn’t tell me. Until we reached the ferry terminal and started boarding a boat:

It turned into a day on the water with a tour of the San Juan Islands, a stop at Friday Harbor, a salmon and BBQ chicken lunch on a boat….and then…

WHALES!!!
and …a whale watch!

So Kind.

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{whales}
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 JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 191 :: coolness is kind

2 Aug

Lightness.

It’s a hot summer. And getting hotter by the day. While it is NOT as hot here in Washington as it was when we lived in Oregon (109 today! in Grants Pass) it still feels like one hot summer.

Which brings me to this — is there anything KINDER than a cool breeze on a hot day?

Here’s to kindness. In all of its many forms.

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{cool}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS DAY 48 :: a day in the capital 

18 Feb

History. 

 

History. Herstory. So many stories.

Today was spent among the Smithsonian Museums. Which always impress. And blow my mind in so many ways. My intentional act of kindness today was taking a photo of a family at one of the museums so they would have the memory to keep.

And that has me thinking about the kindness of preservation of so many American stories, of our heritage, our accomplishments, our collective past. So vast. So diverse. So worth saving and remembering.


More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{remembering?}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 251 :: living beauty

14 Sep

Day 251: So full.
I’m such a sucker for beauty. It makes me feel calm and alive, relaxed and energized. All at the same time.

And this is just one of the views I love from a place we now call home:

Calm. Alive.
Relaxed. Energized.

Maybe that’s the recipe that yoga is trying to teach me too?

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{beauty-full?}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 211:: on top of the world

6 Aug

Day 210: Up in the clouds.

Oh. What. A. Day.

Sometimes it’s hard to remember what is in my backyard. I see the peak of Mt. Baker every day, usually, when there is sun, peaking out from behind the top of a tree.. And yet… I had NO idea that Mt. Baker is actually THIS…

Until today.

Stacy took us on a seven-mile hike and up, up, up we climbed…

Through snow…

And yoga poses….without falling over or down the cliff I might add…

And flowers…

And with canine helpers too, this little girl was herding us all up the hill, and there was something quite reassuring about that. Like she knew the way.

And now, at night, as I am safely tucked in, sitting at my kitchen table, much closer to the sea than to the “ski” up above. But I am remembering what it felt like to be up in the clouds. In the fresh air, the cool wind and untouched beauty.

It’s breathtaking, really.

So far this year with this promise, I have done yoga on the beach, on a train, on a plane, and, now, on top of a mountain.

And no matter how high up we go, or low we land, (or wobbly our legs feel) I am learning to stay grounded.  Feet on the ground, head in the clouds, rolling with the waves. Like the Mountain, the Tree, and the Sea.

And maybe that is what yoga is trying to teach me?
To be with Nature.
Instead of pushing against her.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{hike}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 31 :: magical woods

31 Jan

Day 31. One-Hundred Acre Woods.

It sounds like Winnie-The-Pooh and Robin Hood too. The One-Hundred Acre Woods. I’ve heard about it from a few people now. As in, “You live right next to the one-hundred acre woods!”

So, today, we set out to find them.


Not all 100 of them, of course that will take years I think (maybe… right?), but find a few of them we did! Pup sniffed his way through every piece of acre we covered. Brady helped too. Pointing us in the right direction.

 

It felt a bit magical in a Sherwood Forest sort of way. We didn’t meet any merry men but did meet several other dogs and their owners, and runners, and bikers. And I met a very sweet woman (named, you guessed it, Robin!) who stopped to talk with Brady.

“Vizsla?” She said.
“Yes!” I answered.

And in some odd way I felt like somehow I knew her, or had met her before. She gave me some local tips and then buried her face next to Brady’s and patted him on the head. Almost like she had met him before too.

Then off into the woods she walked. And I thought…Nice to meet you Robin. Thanks for sharing your woods.

Tonight, as I reflect on our day (and my sore muscles from our hike) I wonder what else there is to explore in our new world (besides yoga = which I already did for the day!).

It’s not Nottingham.. it’s Bellingham.
And I think she still has some magic to show us.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{exploring?}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 303 :: blissful views

3 Nov

Today’s bliss…. a little agua.

We found water today. And it’s just around the corner… literally.
Right. Around. The corner. Not even five minutes from our front door. 

…and, oh bliss, that makes this feel like home. Barnacles and all.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{what’s in view?}
#lovemoredomore

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 301:: big leaf bliss

1 Nov

Today’s bliss…. big leaves!

It’s been raining for days, and the crazy thing is…. it hasn’t bothered me at all. I’m still in Washington awe. I have the eyes of a child. Everything is brand new.

Including these ENORMOUS leaves… they are HUGE!


(Just to put it in perspective I wear a size ten shoe and that is ONE leaf.)

And if you look closely the smaller yellow leaf is the shape of a heart.
Oh, bliss!

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie
{seen anything new?}
#lovemoredomore

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 277 :: blissfully landed!

9 Oct

 

Today’s Bliss…..arriving.
Hello Washington. Goodnight World. See you tomorrow.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore, 
Jamie
{arrived?}
#lovemoredomore
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