The View from a Drawbridge

The random musings of a bridgetender with entirely too much time on her hands.

This year, I’ll have had the distinct pleasure of experiencing Pacific Northwest springs for 4 years in a row. After the dreariness of winter, it’s such a delightful gift. To celebrate it, I’ve gone to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival for 3 out of the 4 springs. Each experience was unique. The first year I …

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Last week I went to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival with a dear friend. This is becoming an annual tradition for me. Seeing all that vivid color just fills me with an indescribable level of happiness. That nature can produce such beauty, such elegance, such perfection makes me feel as though all is right with …

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As far as I’m concerned, when you can combine a day trip with the ancient Japanese custom of Hanami, or flower viewing, you’ve got the ingredients for one delightful experience. So this past Monday I did just that. I wasn’t disappointed. About an hour north of Seattle lies the Skagit Valley, which is kind of …

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The first 10 years of my life I lived in Connecticut. After that we moved to Florida, with its foreign, subtropical climate and 3 inch long cockroaches. I always felt as if I were in a third world country. This would never feel like “home” to me. Now I’m in Seattle, and the climate is …

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Spring!!!

The View from a Drawbridge

Today is the first day of spring, and I couldn’t be more excited. You have to understand, I haven’t seen spring in 40 years. In Florida we had two seasons: Summer and January. So this is a huge deal for me. Even the thought of breaking out a different set of clothes has me grinning …

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