Thoughts From The Beach

What I have learned about life, living at the beach.

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Hello Again….

Has it really been four years since I last wrote? That is so hard to believe but I guess like everyone life has a way of getting in the way.  The last 4 years have been filled with love, laughter and of course some sadness and struggles. Life in all its forms.

As I sit here on Christmas Eve looking back over the past 4 years I feel more content and happier than I have ever been. I have learned to roll with the punches better, not perfectly but better. I have also continued to enjoy the little things around me.

I guess the biggest change in the past 4 years has been my marriage to the love of my life. Probably THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE! I’m sure that is so cliché but you know what it is true.

I learned that planning a wedding can be frustrating no matter how big or small. Even though we had a very small ceremony at our home I still went into my perfectionist mode and needed all things perfect. Though there really is never complete perfection. A lesson I am continually learning. I must admit it was as near perfection as I could have imagined. Sunny weather, in March, in the Pacific Northwest! Really?!? Who plans an outdoor wedding for March in the Seattle area? Me that’s who. The most important thing about our wedding day is we were with those we love and it was a celebration! In my mind that is what a perfect wedding is.

I have included some of my favorite photos from our wedding. The ones that make me smile every day. Let me know your thoughts on weddings, favorite parts of your wedding or the struggles and successes in your planning. I would love to hear them.

Until next time, which I am really hoping won’t be 4 years from now, enjoy this amazing thing called life!



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Joys of living by the water!



One of the many joys of living at the beach is the never ending supply of seafood, and right now one of my favorites is in season, Copper River Salmon! Yes we need to get it from Alaska but it is still so fresh when it gets to Washington state! 

Also, since my schedule has changed so dramatically from working in a very busy hospital clinic and inpatient program to working in a setting with shorter hours and no management responsibilities, I have more time to experiment with dinner. Peter received a “Slow Fire” BBQ book for Christmas and has been experimenting with a variety of rubs. They certainly enhance what he has been cooking so I decided to try my hand at creating a rub for the salmon. 

We had been having a lot of savory meals over the last couple of weeks. I think BBQ season lends itself to that, so I was wanting something with a little sweetness and saltiness. Below is what I came up with. It makes a fair amount so you will have plenty for the next time you have salmon.

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup sugar in the raw

2 teaspoons each of: course ground black pepper, kosher salt and minced garlic.

Mix well.

First I brush olive oil on the skin side of the fish and place it on a sheet of foil, then I brush some more olive oil on the salmon. Once this is done I sprinkle the “rub” on the fish, garnish with a couple of sprigs of rosemary and fold the sides of the foil up to create a shallow dish. I don’t completely close the foil for 2 reasons. One I don’t want to steam the fish and two, I like the smokiness from the wood chips in the BBQ.

The fish is then placed on the BBQ for about 30 minutes. Thats all, simple, tasty and clean up is a breeze!


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I have a love hate relationship with places like Home Depot and my local Ace Hardware store. Usually when I need to go there it is because something is broken or I need something to finish a job and not usually for fun things. Well that was all different last week.

Last weekend, Peter and I had some time to spare while waiting for Costco to open so we dropped into our local Home Depot store. Mind you I am kind of a hardware store geek but that doesn’t change my love hate relationship with the store. As we were walking through the garden section there they were. Piled high in a rainbow of colors and ON SALE! As I mentioned in an earlier blog my tiny yard has been home to multiple tractors, bulldozers and the like since last summer. The result of one of those jobs was a new terraced area, needed to control the erosion of our bank, that looks over the water. So far this area has been keeping my mind occupied on how to fill up this large space without compromising the view, but not just looking at dirt. These chairs, that were just waiting for me at Home Depot, have started my creative gardening juices going and now I am excited to tackle what I once thought as too overwhelming of a project to even start.

Yesterday after several hours out in the yard, and with my back turned away from the dirt behind me, I was able to try out my new score! They will be perfect in the coming months and I look forward to being able to sit out there without mittens, hats and a sweatshirt!

Come on SPRING!