Innovative Designs

There is a building downtown that has known several incarnations in just the short time I have been visiting and living on this island (2007-2011).  For Amoeba, who has been here off and on since the late 1970s, the building has had four lives.  I have no memory of it as the Electric Company, but I do recall when it was Pazzo Vivo and Bella Luna and except for the name change, they were pretty much the same.    That’s no longer true!

I’ve written about this place before.  Now it is the Rumor Mill.  Now let me tell you a few things you don’t know ….

The first and most striking thing one notices about the Rumor Mill is that it is an indoor restaurant that becomes an outdoor restaurant with just the push of a button.  A good portion of the front wall is a gorgeous, glass, commercial garage door.  During daylight hours the restaurant is light and bright whether the doors are open or closed.

I love it when the doors are open!  One can enjoy the ambiance of sidewalk dining without the sidewalk or the street fumes. The garage door is a totally unexpected and charming innovation. It is also quite lovely.  One can get some pretty classy commercial garage doors these days.

If it ever stops raining I will photograph the Rumor Mill.  The One More Time Band will be playing there this Friday Night.  Since Amoeba is in the band, I am sure to be there, too.

My Own Eagle’s Nest

For most of my life I have dreamed of having my own little cabin in the woods.  It was a vague dream with no defined locale, but San Juan Island has changed that.  I would love to have a little cabin on one of the cliffs overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Park Homes has the perfect cabin. The Harper model is a gorgeous two person hideaway, plus it has a double loft so Amoeba can have his musical instruments on one side and there’s sleeping room for a guest or two on the other. I love this model not just for the space, but because it is full of light and windows — a must if I am going to perch it on a prime whale watching cliff overlooking Orca territory.

Now all I have to do is find the lot to put it on. Thanks to the Federal Manufactured Housing Program, I don’t have to worry about the quality of my manufactured home. Park Homes meet and exceed industry standards, plus, they can be customized.

Camping in Canada

Once again we are camping in Canada.

the view

Amoeba is a guest speaker at a science convention and tomorrow he will be speeching about amoebas.  We spent the day traveling across B.C.  in our car, a tour bus and a ferry.  Finally, twelve hours after I crawled out of bed this morning we are here at Secret Cove in Halfmoon Bay, B.C.

our tent

It is a bit larger than our little Eddie Bauer two man canvas tent. I’m sure glad I didn’t have to set it up!

the porch

Here’s a quick glimpse inside. Ella went straight for the pillows. She said as far as tents go, she guesses this one isn’t too bad. Amoeba went straight for the internet. I went straight for my camera. We all have our priorities!

the inside

Right now my priority is dinner. I’ll be back later to share a few more highlights.

Macro Monday & Geometry Monday

Macro Monday is hosted by Lisa of Lisa’s Chaos. If you love macro photography, this is the place for you!

I went hiking in Deception Pass this weekend.  Both my camera and I got a bit of exercise.  It was wonderful.  Among the many things I captured where these two Salmon Berry pics I thought would make wonderful macro shots — which they did.

Salmon Berry

Salmon Berry

Geometry Monday is hosted by Katney of Katney’s Kaboodle. If you’ve got a line or an angle on a great shot, Katney wants you to share it.

For Geometry Monday I take you back to my archives. I recently visited Orcas Island, part of the San Juan Islands in Puget Sound. I stayed at Camp Orkila and took this shot of the outside drinking fountains. I bring you a linear array.

My Mondays are so full of blog challenges that I don’t get to participate in all of them on a regular basis, but I promise if you leave a comment I will come by and visit your blog.

Odd Shot & Macro Monday

Macro Monday is hosted by Lisa of Lisa’s Chaos. If you love macro photography, this is the place for you!

The Bounty of the Sea!

Tube worm casings in an empty & cracked clam shell.


Odd Shot is hosted by Katney of Katney’s Kaboodle.  If you’ve ever captured an odd or even down right strange photograph, this is the place for you!

Skinny Extremes

Interpret This Sign Literally

Lisa in the shop.

The entire shop!

The remainder of the Coke cold case & mirrors, which add visual space to the "room".

The World’s [Literally] Skinniest Latte Shop is on San Juan Island in beautiful downtown Friday Harbor, Washington. The shop is built i what used to be the alley between two buildings.  It is an ingenious use of space.

Lisa came to visit from Nebraska so I drug her into this coffee shop and insisted she buy a drink.  I had a pretty good mocha.  Lisa ordered a Chlorophyll Cocktail.  If you like kale, I mean really like kale, you would have loved this drink.  Me, not so much.

The service was friendly.  The shop is adorable.  And the whole event excited me so much I walked out without paying and my guest had to pick up the bill!  I am quite the hostess, don’t yu know.  Pft.