September

Let’s start with some music to set the mood and acknowledge this month that has quickly come and gone.

This month started with us in San Francisco celebrating the wedding our pseudo-cousin Dale and his beautiful bride Kate.  They had a lovely ceremony at Inspiration Point.

The scene of the ceremony at Inspiration Point in the Presidio of San Francisco.
The scene of the ceremony at Inspiration Point in the Presidio of San Francisco.
The darling flower girl walking down the aisle to her mom and grandma.
The darling flower girl walking down the aisle to her mom and grandma.
Kate walking down the aisle.
Kate walking down the aisle.
Dale seeing Kate walk down the aisle.
Dale seeing Kate walk down the aisle.

It was a lovely day, and technically in August, but we woke up in San Francisco on September 1st so I’ll go with it. 😉

And, believe it or not, but September 1st marked 20 years since my mother passed away.  Like anything that happened long ago, some days it seems like forever, and others it seems like it just happened.  She is still missed and loved.  I’m constantly grateful that if I had to choose the nearly half of my life she was in, I’m sure glad it was the formative years from birth to almost 22.  She was the best.

A photo of my mother and me at the Evergreen State Fair where a portrait of me eating a lemon (with a smile on my face) taken by Bob Benson won second place.
A photo of my mother and I at the Evergreen State Fair where a portrait of me eating a lemon (with a smile on my face) taken by Bob Benson won second place.

The rest of the month we spent chasing our new cat, Johan, and getting him to know that our home is his home…for realz! 😉

Johan in his cardboard box.
Johan in his cardboard box.

We also participated in a few charity walks for the ALS Association and the Huntington’s Disease Society of America.  Since the ice bucket challenge, Oliver, my husband who works for the ALSA, has been super busy and thankfully, they’ve raised a ton of money.  I’m so very glad that ALS is getting the attention it deserves.  As Becky Moore, the Evergreen Chapter’s Executive Director, keeps saying, it’s like coming into the light after so many years in the darkness.  Yay for nice people who dumped ice on their heads…like me!

I took photos of the Bellingham ALS Walk again this year and you can see my favorites here and view all of the team photos here on the ALS Association’s Flickr page.

This last weekend, we happily enjoyed at home and got stuff done.  Winter is coming and we’re getting ready by replacing outlets, pruning back the blackberries, and going to the Home Show.  By the way, our solar panels, which were officially hooked up in August by Forecast Solar through the Snohomish County PUD Solar Express Program have generated over 1200 kilowatts of electrical power.  Yay for the sun!

And, it shouldn’t be any surprise that I’ve been taking lots of photos of the sunsets.  I do my best to post a daily shot on my Instagram page, but you can always visit EverettSunsets.com to see everything I’ve shared.

September Sunset with Sailboat
September Sunset with Sailboat

I hope you had a marvelous September (Zepptember) and are happily getting ready for a rockin’ October (Rocktober).

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