memories of the front entrance welcome flowers during winter storm watch

Apparently, the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for the Cascade and Olympic mountains until 6am on Wednesday.  Snow will reportedly remain heavy at times through Tuesday night with 2-4 feet of snow accumulation in the Cascades and 1-2 feet in the Olympics.  Every pass over the Cascades will get snow according to the NWS forecast, so very careful out there.

I’m feeling brrrrrr just thinking about the storm rolling in.  But these photos of my front entrance welcome flowers from past summers gave me some warm memories. These succulents survived the 2015 winter but may not make it this year.

But one can always hope, amirite?

Front Entrance. Hanging Planter. 2015


 superbells® pomegranate punch petunias mixed with sweet caroline light green potato vine. 2016
superbells® pomegranate punch petunias mixed with sweet caroline light green potato vine. front entrance. 2016


sad cat looking out a sad window #greenlake


Mrs. C.’s daughter checked on me from 2004 and 2010 but no one actually lived here. There were no laughters, no music, and no noises in the kitchen. I was a lonely shelter, sheltering nothing and no one but stale air and memories.  When my current residents came to live here in 2010, I was in a rather sad state. See, even Strabo, the cat that came with the family looked sad at my wretched state.

entrance and front window, march 2010

By 2012, the old windows have been replaced with triple-paned windows for energy efficiency, and light fixtures have been repaired. Oh, and I got a new door. But most of all, I got a new coat of paint! Done by no other than the marvelous people of Queen Anne Painting. Yellow as mellow yellow .. tadaaaa!!

Front Window Mar 2012
entrance and front window, March 2012


an old house’s journey: from ugly duckling to a charming swan #greenlake #seattle

Let’s just get age out of the way, shall we?  I’m old.  I’m even older than Seattle’s Smith Tower which was the tallest building in Seattle and Washington state from 1914 to 1962.  I was built, apparently, on the same year that Woodrow Wilson succeeded William Howard Taft as the 28th President of the United States. And if truth be told, I was already here when  Seattle’s Pike Place Fish Market — known for its tradition of fishmongers throwing fish that customers have purchased before they are wrapped — was established in 1930. And hey, I’m still here.

There’s obviously a long, lost history of the people who used to lived here.  My most recent memory was of Mrs. C. settling in in the early 1990’s to be closed to family.  She lived here from 1992 until she passed away in 2004.

Mrs. C’s son and family, my current residents (let’s call them J&R) were working overseas and did not come to live here until 2010. Since then, it’s been quite an adventure getting all fixed up.  If an old house can be an ugly duckling, this is my pictorial journey to becoming a swan.

Front Door, 2015