Week 2 of Project 365

Here we are in week two, and this has been an exciting week! We have NEW WINDOWS!! This makes me so very happy, no more breeze coming through our back door, no more windows moving in the wind, no more water getting in between the panes and no more heat escaping!

6th Jan – I’ve been trying to utilize our space room/study room/craft room space better. Trying it with my desk facing the wall instead of overlooking the balcony so I can also use the top of the bookcase.

7th Jan – I have a poster to track my running for this year, I’m giving it a tick everytime I run…even if it’s a walky run 😀 I’m trying to get back into running, even though the weather is awfully wet!

8th Jan – Crochet! I have a separate site and Instagram for my crafts to keep them together but this is the only photo I took today. I receive a monthly crochet box from Little Box of Crochet. I am a little behind making them, so this is the Blue Sky Hug Scarf.

9th Jan – I’m almost there with making my desk space cosy and personal.

10th Jan – One of our windows on the back wall, and we opted to have it open a little bit on the ground, partly so we don’t have to have the back door open to give air flow but also so we can try and build a catio on the deck from here for Max and Marie. Here is Marie already giving it a good sniff!

11th Jan  – The window people had been in so the house hadn’t had time to heat up so I hid in the bedroom! Max decided to be a silent non-scary hunter and I did not know he was above me until his tail swooshed my face!

12th Jan – I saw a friend for lunch near to my main work place, it’s a wonderful chocolate and coffee shop which overlooks part of Mercer Slough. In warmer months there are kayakers on the water along with the wildlife!

Happy week to everyone, this is a blog hop linky. Check everyone else out too!



Week 1 of 365

So this is the first week, days 1-5. I am choosing to write mine Saturday to Friday as I know I will not have time to do any typing up on a weekend.

1st Jan – Early morning New Years Day hike to Poo Poo Point, WA

2nd Jan – Max finally fitted himself in this tiny box

3rd Jan – Family time watching a movie

4th Jan – Work day

5th Jan – Night on the town to the movies with my best friend here in the States, Downtown Seattle is a really beautiful. Pike Market on one side and a view of the Space Needle on the other. I highly recommend seeing Ladybird if its on somewhere near to you!

This is a blog hop, but I missed the deadline :/ Next week!!

Project 365 Week 13 & 14

Let’s take a backwards trip by two weeks! It took a while for me to find some missing photos from my real camera, and the weeks seem so far away. Less rambling from me and onwards to the photographs for these two weeks.

Week 13

Day 85 – I love a flowering tea.

Day 86 – Neighbourhood cats decided to come sit on our deck and tease our two indoor cats.

Day 87 – Marie Cat sunbathing on the bed

Day 88 – Again, Marie cat having a stretch out!

Day 89 – Flowers on the bushes at my work place

Day 90 – Mount Si wandering on a Friday with two lovely ladies. We had some interesting conversations surrounding gun ownership, and carrying on the trail. This came from the recent shooting in London, and me being asked why the British public don’t fight for our police to open carry.

Day 91 – I hadn’t taken a photo all day, so here is my lava lamp and treble clef.

Week 14

Day 92 – It was the WAAAlk in Kirkland. Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy walk in Kirkland, we often go for a wander at the weekend so we went and looked at the stalls, I saw one of my parents at her stall as she opened a school for children with autism. I love that she did this, but also sad that in our area it is necessary for a parent to do this because the school districts are underfunded and cannot provide adequate support. We ate Sushi afterwards and it was really good 🙂

Day 93 – Max Cat! He’s grown in so much confidence and now really likes the tunnel

Day 94 – Daffodiles in our garden, a splash of colour 🙂

Day 95 – Bad news from home so no photo. My granddad died today. I now have the funeral date, and will be going back to the UK on the 24th April.

Day 96 – Crochet and Marie cat.

Day 97 – Snuggles with Max cat in bed.

Day 98 – Tacos for dinner at a little restaurant in Redmond, after we saw Ghost in a Shell at the iPIC.

Happy wanderings to all those doing Project 365 🙂

Project 365 Week 11 & 12

After last weeks high of managing to write up just one week, we are back to a two week write up!  It is beginning to look like spring, it has also chucked it down with rain almost every day, there are a lot of cats and two hiking trips!  Happy Mother’s Day to those in the UK 🙂

Week 11

Day 71 – The morning after my works auction, we were headed down the elevator to check out, and look at that ceiling!

Day 72 – A lazy Monday for me, and the cats too. I couldn’t help by snap a sleeping Max in his basket.

Day 73 – Daffodils!! They are coming! I really need to dig out the dead autumn plants and get the ground ready for my summer plants. If the rain and cold ever stops that is!

Day 74 – My crocus’ all came up, I’m really happy these bloomed as I thought the ground had been too hard and cold for them. I also have a whole hanging basket of purple and white blooms 🙂

Day 75 – One thing I’ve wanted since moving to Seattle is Chinese Take-Away in a box like this, like in Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS (ok they are Portland but it’s near to us in Seattle!) and other American shows. We have failed to find somewhere that does their take out in these boxes but a colleague of mine came in with this take out box with Chinese in!! I was very excited, we are hoping to go to Downtown Seattle just to get take out in a box 😀

Day 76 – It is St. Patricks Day and we cannot find any Guinness! Luckily after this photo we found some 🙂 Bottled and a bit fizzy…oh well, they tried!

Day 77 – We went for a wander to pick up some craft supplies from Joanns and Micheals and on the stage in the food court was a lady playing a portable organ! It sounded very realistic and yet it was so little!

Week 12

Day 78 – Hiking with friends. See here for the full post. This is a place called Olallie Lake. We’ve tried getting here before, but not made it. This time being snow covered we tried an alternate route and came up Pratt Lake/Granite Mountain Trail and then off to Olallie. I was so happy to reach this beautiful snow covered view.

Day 79 – Hiking again! This time to Gold Creek Pond. See here for full post on this day. I love that it is March and we can drive an hour from home into the mountain and find this amount of snow. It is like Narnia ❤

Day 80 – Hubster and I went for a local wander along Kirkland waterfront. This is the view over Lake Washington to Seattle.

Day 81 – Sleepy cat! Marie snuggled in bed.

Day 82 – I went out with a friend for dinner after work and came home to Max cat poking his head out of the side hole of their tunnel. Funny monster 🙂

Day 83 – World Market is a store we go to a lot, they have a lot of foreign foods like Bisto Gravy Granules and Birds Custard Powder! 😀 Found some flowering tea in here.

Day 84 – I didn’t take any other photos today which was silly. We had a nice morning, we saw Beauty and the Beast, followed by brunch at Homegrown – a lovely sandwich and salad place! Then a trip to Half Price Books which has many books, some second hand and some new. I love to check out the music section and found a book of Beatles Songs and Bach Two Part Inventions! Both came to $18!!

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Project 365 Week 10

I am linking up on time and only with one week *high five*

This week has been a little more interesting I think, I managed to go out hiking, had some cat love and snuggles, and a delivery of yummy goodness from Mama S! We also had a date night in the form of my works auction.

Week 10

Day 64 – Hiking with friends to Wallace Falls, over towards Gold Bar on Route 2. I love hikes which have waterfalls through them, I also love hikes with clear vast views! This one goes through many trees. The hike started dry, then rain, then to snow at the top. Beautiful. You can read more here.

Day 65 – Another hike, or more like a walk. This is my local State Park – Bridle Trails. It is on the border of Redmond and Kirkland, and took me 40 minutes to walk from home up to our meeting point. The hike was then 1 hour around.

Day 66 – Heard some commotion coming from the living room! Silly cats, Marie attacking the rug and Max watching her with this *what are you doing?* Expression on his face.

Day 67 – I was doing some work at my desk when Marie decided to come over for snuggles. She shoved her head right into my elbow and wiggled until she was squished up and then bared her tummy for some rubs — always a dangerous game as she can change in the blink of an eye and her alter-ego comes out! The She-Beast from the depths of the lagoon….

Day 68 – Mama S sent us some CREME EGGS! 2o of them came all the way from the UK…taste soo good. Nothing like some chocolate which actually melts in your mouth *drool*

Day 69 – More cats 🙂 sat watching me. You can kinda see how big our cats are against their tunnel. That is Max’s tail sticking out the end, and his face is peeking through the middle hole!

Day 70 – Auction time for my work, selfie for this project too. I tried to get the colours in my hair to pop! I have hidden blue and purple strips which only really show when I curl my hair and put it half up.

That is my week in photos, I’m looking forward to seeing yours too!


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Visit from Mama S February 2017

Mama S came to visit last month for just under 3 weeks. We are both working now, so we weren’t able to take her out and about as much as last year, but we passed the Orca card – like a Oyster card in London – which meant she could use the buses.

A little reminder of our trip for me, and her if she’s still reading this 🙂

Max and Marie went in for a bath and groom up the road at The Whole Cat and Kaboodle. This is a wonderful establishment. Nancy and her team are incredibly knowledgeable and friendly, but they also have adoptions and boarding capabilities. You can play with the cats! They have lots of grain free foods, litter and other goodies. Our heat reflective catnip cat mats come from there and all proceeds go to feral cats.

Max looked gorgeous in his little bowtie which stayed on for a very long time! He posed repeatedly on the countertop! We played with some of the cats and kittens in the boarding room too.

We had a real mixture of weather whilst Mama S was here, from full blown snow through to sunny through to torrential downpour! Waking up to snow and having a couple of days to enjoy it was really nice.

One place Mama S asked to visit was Salish Lodge and Snoqualmie Falls again. I love these places so that was a definite stop off for us, and we even treated ourselves to a yummy lunch where I had a pizza and cherry pie for dessert…oh and I wasn’t driving so a cheeky cocktail joined the table!

These appear to be all the photos I have from Mama S’ trip! We did have a trip up to the Outlet stores for Valentine’s so I was treated to a new watch, and pair of trousers and a top for work.

It’ll be another year before Mama S comes for another visit.


Project 365 Weeks 8 & 9

At some point I’ll actually manage to do a weekly instead of fortnightly write up!

The last two weeks have been “boring” in the world of me. So more cat’s, plants and random life. The weather is hopefully going to improve so hiking will begin again! I would like to say I’ll be back to running, but who am I kidding!

Week 8

Day 50 – Marie and her catnip cat. I love seeing our cats play with these because they are so funny! If only I could capture them on video.

Day 51 – Both cats were watching through the window as I came home.

Day 52 – I woke up suddenly in the morning because something felt wrong. I opened my eyes and saw Max staring at me….very freaky! Is this what having children is like?!

Day 53 – Snuggles with Marie cat 🙂

Day 54 – No more cats! This time it is my new plant stand for out the front of our home. Lots of people in the complex have lovely flowers and plant displays outside their town homes so I’ve decided to be a sheep and do the same 🙂

Day 55 – I babysit after music practice with a pianist and clarinettist, and today we decided to get the paints out and have a crafty afternoon…this is a medium I am not good with using.

Day 56 – Hubster had a night on the town with a friend all the way across the lake into Seattle city! I was feeling under the weather so didn’t join him and instead after dropping him at the Park and Ride decided to stop at the store and pig out.

Week 9

Day 57 – Romantic wander along Kirkland Marina, view over to the city. We were too early for sunset, but nice weather means more wanders.

Day 58 – Woke up this morning to snow! I work within Bellevue School district and we did not have a late start so I needed to drive out early to get to work on time. Thankfully drivers were taking it slow and I didn’t see any accidents on the way. (Gritting the roads doesn’t really happen around here and people are very good at tailgating EVERY SINGLE DAY!)

Day 59 – No snow today, so whilst I was babysitting I took lil’un out to the park. One I haven’t been to before and it had a castle in it! I We loved it!

Day 60 – Our boy Max has for some reason decided he likes to bother Hubster when he is working at his computer, not by asking for attention like a normal cat but by climbing over him and eating his hair. Each to their own I guess.

Day 61 – The weather was clear today, and I needed some fresh air out for my lunch so I walked around to a wonderful – but expensive – lunch chocolate coffee place. They are on the edge of slough and it was lovely to see geese, ducks and the water.

Day 62 – Our seedlings are growing really well. We’ve got a mixture of radishes and flowers. The random frost and snow means we can’t put them out on the deck because it is still too cold.

Day 63 – Rare work related photo but how could I not share these! Guittens. I love them, they go over the head of a guitar and stop little fingers from playing with the tuning pegs. Perfect for both my jobs as I work with under 5’s.


My two weeks in photos. I love my little life in America, and although sometimes I don’t leave the house or if I do I forget to take any photos, I think I will enjoy the memories at the end of the year.

Happy project 365 everyone. 😀

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Project 365 Weeks 6 & 7

It is another 2 week write up for me this week. Hubster’s mum came to visit and arrived on the 2nd February and is here for just less than 3 weeks so I’ve not had much time to sit and write up anything. I think for now this Project 365 is mainly a photo diary of my year, the boring and the fun!

Week 6

Day 36 – Happy Birthday night to me, and it is snowing! I don’t think I can ever remember it snowing on my birthday in the UK so this is exciting. Hopefully it continues to settle overnight.

Day 37 – It settled! Local school districts are closed today, but it doesn’t affect me as I don’t work on Monday’s. I went for a wander around our complex with MIL and found the swans on the larger of the lakes.

Day 38 – Another snow day so no work for me today, school districts still closed, and yet the postman (USPS) still made their rounds. A sneak peak at our wedding Thank You’s! Yup…we are 8 months behind.

Day 39 – Double cat watching me on the deck whilst I try to safe some of our potted bulbs after the random snow 🙂

Day 40 – Max Cat … work day so didn’t capture any other photo!

Day 41 – Marie Cat decided she had had enough!

Day 42 – Saturday came so we took a drive out to one of my favourite places, we take all our visitors here! Snoqualmie Falls — Twin Peaks fans, this is the falls in the show!

Week 7

Day 43 – Now it is past Valentine’s Day it is ok to post this. As usual I made Hubster’s card.

Day 44 – In the attempt to stop Marie cat putting on weight whilst we also try to help Max cat put on weight we decided to make it harder for Marie to eat. She dug for food for all of 30 seconds before remembering she is a bully and pushed Max off his bowl. *sigh*

Day 45 – Tried another feeding attempt by putting them out of view of each other in the hopes Marie wouldn’t eat Max’s food. Didn’t work!

Day 46 – I joined Ispy which is a monthly make-up/beauty thingy. This is this months treats! Needed a new mascara and never worn this colour lip-stick so happy days 🙂

Day 47 – Decided to buy a new craft bag as it was in the sale! Very good sale price in Joanns, but then realised it was too small for my crafts…it works perfectly for my make-up though! So now I have it all in one place 🙂

Day 48 – Tried another crochet project, in thread. Made a bookmark for my MIL and really impressed at my first attempt at such small and fiddly crochet stitches.

Day 49 – Saving my plants from the deck worked! I have blooms 🙂

Project 365 Weeks 4 & 5

This is a two week post up for me today. It is hard to write or blog when the world around you is sad, and when you are also sick. Last week I spent the vast majority of it in bed, sleeping, unwell. Facebook and the news was a full mixture of negativity and positivity. Lots of posts around the Women’s March which had just happened around the world, appeared to divide my Facebook friends and then a week later the protests at US Airports divided the country I live in – again, and for sure not the last time. Bluntly, I am sad. When I am sad and also sick I do not want to do anything, so couldn’t be bothered to write my weekly post. I had my first days off sick from work, but when I returned the following week lots of the children and parents I work with told me they missed me. This really helped my low mood.

My mother in law arrived for a 3 week visit on the 2nd of February and that has also cheered me somewhat. I can’t lounge around being miserable even though I am still quite wiped from this cold, cough, sickness thing I caught. My throat and voice is still not back to normal which is tough when I spend my working job singing!

Here are my photos from the last 2 weeks, with a brief sentence.

Week 4

Day 22 – Bulk colouring with my Spectrum Noir pens so I can make cards more quickly!

Day 23 – Sick day so Epsom Salts are my go to love.

Day 24 – Both Marie and Max managed to get a cat-nip bag each, and take them into separate rooms. I found Marie on the bed hugging hers and Max in his Shark Bed licking his. Wierdos.

Day 25 – Stupidly went to work and left early as still sick. Got into bed, sneezing so the cats went as close as they felt safe!

Day 26 – Vision Board is still not completed, this is the current favourite snooze spot for Marie.

Day 27 – Sick on the couch and I couldn’t find Max, when I called his name he stuck his paw out of the shark!

Day 28 – Hubster brought me some calligraphy pens for Christmas so I finally brought a book and paper for me to practice and learn.

Week 5

Day 29 – New Yarn! We went for a drive, and on the way back we ended up driving past Ben Franklin’s! I have a shawl I wanted to make myself for my works auction in March. Its a challenge, and needed some thin yarn. I treated myself to these two balls. Fingers crossed I can make it in time!

Day 30 – Colouring still, and I have completed my Spectrum Noir set! I love a completed set, whether its a set of books, stamps – I have all the princess set from one of the shops I buy from! – or pens! Completed sets are nice.

Day 31 – A local lady made some Elderberry Syrup and was selling it. It is meant to be good for your immune system and as I take medication as a last resort, I though I would support a local person and buy from her and try something new. It is organic elderberries, local organic honey, cinnamon and ginger. Tastes quite nice!

Day 32 – My mother in law is visiting, and as we only have 2 bedrooms I’ve moved my desk from the “Den” into our bedroom along with any crafting things I might need. So I’ve moved Hubster’s lego display around so I can use some of the shelves too!

Day 33 – Me and Hubster go climbing and have just started a Lead Climbing Course. This is the little rope we have to use this week to clip in as we go up the top rope routes to practice! Exciting and scary. I was exhausted at the end of class. 2 more weeks to go!

Day 34 – Sometimes our cats smell from the litter, and we struggle to get their knots out too. When I really can’t brush them through I take them up for a bath and groom! This is handsome Max with his bow-tie once we got home. They smell of coconut now and are knot free 😀

Day 35 – I fit into my favourite shorts! High waisted ones too! We’ve changed our diet a bit since Christmas. I don’t understand what we’ve changed but something to do with how long it takes from sugars to be absorbed into the body. I still get to eat everything I love though! Cheese, chocolate, crisps etc etc we just have added more things in too.

I’m having a wander around the other blogs here

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The Antics of Max and Marie…2

It is midnight again, in the Gordon’s household. I am sick as a skunk and Hubster has the beginnings of it too, plus dropped a ladder on his foot so he’s in pain.

I got into bed, Hubster cleaned his teeth and I heard him shoo Marie out the bathroom. Max starts having his weirdo energetic 5 minutes where he bounds around the house like a loony up and down the stairs and leaping like he’s a rabbit on and off the bed. 

I’m laughing because he did this weird butt down and pull forward across the bed using his front paws before leaping off the bed and running into the spare room. Odd right?!

We continue to get ourselves ready for bed, lemon and honey tea for me to shift this awful cold cough storm, and Hubster thinks he sees something wrong with Max’s pantaloons. Poop…yes…stuck in his damn furry butt! 

He needs help sorting the cat out, I hold and he tries to wipe it free with the cat butt wipes. Anyone use them? Yup they suck, they are awful. Instead we try cutting it out, as much as possible, because he clearly was halfway through the job!

MARIE YOU SHE-BEAST FROM THE DEPTHS OF THE SEA!!! She’s made her smug self comfortable on the bed.

We are now at 12:10am sat in bed, listening to Max cry and winge in the bathroom, whilst we hope he uses the litter tray alone. To finish his job, so we can then continue to clean his butt.

Now it is 12:20am and Max is as clean as we can get. It’s goodnight time now. Long haired fluffy cats are the best and we love them both, but sometimes they drive me crazy!