Last Saturday

Remember those awful essays we had to write during the first week of school after having almost three months off? The title was always “How I Spent My Summer Vacation”, and it was required that we all stand up and read ours to the class so the more well-to-do among us could brag about their trips to Italy (or whatever), and the ones unfortunate enough to break a leg (or whatever) could play for sympathy. Yuck!

That’s not what this blog post is about. It’s about keeping your eyes open and noticing what’s going on while you are on your way to or from somewhere. This is what I saw last Saturday:

  • Bright blue sky, interspersed among heavy grey clouds
  • The first rainbow of 2020
  • Snow geese, both in fields and flying overhead
  • The flooded fields of the Skagit Valley
  • Several redtail hawks in trees along the roads, neatly spaced about 1/2 mile apart (they tend to be rather territorial)
  • Great blue herons hunting for lunch in flooded ditches
  • The Skagit River, running high and fast
  • Horses standing in muddy paddocks
  • A fabulously colorful sunset behind Camano Island
  • A large bright white full moon in a deep blue sky

And where was I going to and from, you ask, that I got to see all these marvels? I drove up to LaConner for the opening of a new exhibit by the Whidbey Island Surface Design group (WISD). I was a member of WISD when I lived on the island, and couldn’t pass up a chance to see their new show. And it was great to see some friends and do a little catching up. No photographs permitted, so I don’t have any pictures to show you, but I was blown away, not only by the quality of the work, but also the amazing diversity of style, content, and techniques. For more information, visit the Pacific Northwest Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum website:

That’s all the news for now, my little chickadees! Stay warm and dry, but also take some time to get out there and see what there is to be seen. It can change your mind, your attitude, and your perspective.

Peace, Larkin