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The beach house at dawn, Port Orchard Washington

I grew up in the San Fernando Valley, outside of Los Angeles.  The Pacific ocean was within an hours drive. I don’t recall exactly how long it actually took to get there.  Malibu.  Topanga Canyon.  Zuma beach.  I doubt I ever went longer than 3 months without seeing the surf, being calmed by the sounds of the water.  The seabirds.  True peace for me.  We moved to the central coast inland and once again, the beach within an hours drive.  Now we are landlocked per se.  A very long drive to see the beach.  Like it never would happen.  Our vacations to Port Orchard Washington have been soul saving for me.  After a few days there, I finally feel like me again.  The ocean seems to reset my internal rhythm again.  All I know is that I feel better when I am near the water.

One of the manufactured homes we toured - LOVE those windows!

We had a great time looking at manufactured homes at Buy-Rite.  We spent time with Dale again (sales, now a wonderful friend of mine).  This house was very nice…loved this KITCHEN 🙂  If I am correct, my buddy Dale ordered this house built.  Nice job Dale, too bad we were not ready when it was on the lot!

Look at those CABINETS!

We had a good time looking around, and enjoying the area.  One day we will do that again.  Everyone enjoy your day, and remember to tell those that matter to you how much.  I heard this not long ago….

Those that don’t matter don’t mind – and those that mind don’t matter!!

How true.


Fireworks over the Puget Sound

Happy 4th everyone!  A few years ago, we were lucky enough to visit Port Orchard WA over the 4th of July holiday.  I had never tried to take any photographs of fireworks, and I tried my hand that night.

Fireworks from the barge in the Puget Sound

Now my son is grown, and our usual “date” to go into town to watch the fireworks is off the table.  Oh well.  Thinking dinner and a nice relaxing evening.

This afternoon I will water the lilac starts I planted and dust their trunks with chili powder.  The ground squirrels are OUT OF CONTROL and have decided to see if stripping the thin lilac trunks is to their liking.  Mistake on their part.  Hoping this will work at least for a while.  Poor trees.

Hope you are all out there having a nice time with family and friends.  I am just enjoying being home.