Both AG and iMom picked me up at the airport when I arrived, which was just plain fun. They had already discussed that I'd probably bring my entire wardrobe (which I did, almost), so they were both giggling while we wrangled my suitcase into the trunk. Yes, I'm that predictable.
Anyway, Tammy was keeping me at her house, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I felt so comfortable and at home in her abode. I also adore her entire family and I got to hear Star Wars Son and his band, practice and it was amazing. Then on Sunday, we were able to coax Dancing Daughter to have brunch with us, which was a major treat, as she's a lovely young lady. Besides, she was fun to be with! I love
I honestly fell in love with Seattle from the moment I saw it from above, inside the airplane. It was supposed to have been the great West Coast Blog Fest but because (I think) Tammy had undergone emergency gall bladder surgery the week before, which would leave her in a certain amount of pain, everyone else canceled. When I tried to cancel, Tammy and Diane both said "No, we can handle one fest guest!". So, there I was in Seattle with two of my favorite ~ ever ~ bloggers. I really had no idea of what they had in store for me, but I soon found out, delighting in all the lovely things Seattle has to offer. I can't imagine living in such a wonderful climate all year around. It seems I've always lived somewhere with nothing but extreme weather. You know. Like extreme hot or extreme cold.
Furthermore, I hit the Weather Jackpot while I was there... It never rained even once and I was able to see Mount Ranier the day I arrived. Did you know that it's a *floating mountain*? Okay, not really, but I swear it looks as if it's floating all alone in the air. Its beauty is simply overwhelming. Too bad I didn't get a picture. and I have no clue as to why. I'm an idiot in some ways.
Since I've been a West Texas Gal for the last 36 years and have always wanted to see the Pacific Northwest, I did a huge amount of gawking, oohing, and aahing. Seriously, I've never seen such enormous trees in all my life. Everything, everywhere, is clean, green, and breathtakingly gorgeous. Strike another item from the list.
Seattle is someplace I could live, for sure, although I'm fairly confident that I never will, due to family. I'm so glad that I was able to entertain Diane and Tammy with my accent and my awe although I didn't think I had an accent - unless I decide to pour it on, but evidently I do. ;-)
We ran by Tammy's house and dropped my suitcase off then headed for Diane and Tammy's favorite Pub for a light snack and it was all wonderful. Of course, we were talking so much that I forgot to take pictures (Duh!) Apparently, I was preoccupied with eating and drinking my Stella Artois beer, thank you! Afterward, we took a bit of a car tour of their surrounding area and again, I was gawking like I'd never seen a tree or a large body of water in my entire life. I suppose I really should get out and travel more.
Tammy later prepared a scrumptious salmon dinner for us, which we ate outside on the patio and it was totally delicious. After visiting a while longer, we all retired early since we had a big day planned on Friday. I'd been up since 4:00 AM so I was ready to drift off to dreamland. I. Slept. Like. A. Log.
On Friday, we got up and took off for the Pike Place Market which is THE BEST Farmer's (or Open) Market I've ever had the pleasure of seeing. Believe me, if they don't have what you want, then you probably don't need it.
I was able to score a fabulous and very colorful Pepper Ristra, some goodies for Mr. Snooty, some incredible dried pastas, a new (gorgeous) black top, and a new purse for me (which I totally did not need, but I was craving it). I also got to see mozzarella cheese being made at Quality Cheese, which was just really cool, and got to see the fish mongers yelling and throwing fish, which cracked me up. If you've never seen the fish mongers, it's really a hoot to watch.
I could have stayed forever at Pike Place Market but succumbed to Diane's and Tammy's urging me to leave. We had places to go and people to see!
Since this seems long enough for today, I'll call this Part One. I'll finish with Part Two in a few days.
To Be Continued.....