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    It’s the Little Things – Thirty Eight Years of Marriage

    Today my husband and I are celebrating our 38th wedding anniversary. It was a dark rainy day when we married in November 1982. But it was still a glorious and happy day.


    We were young and our wedding was nothing special, certainly nothing like the huge and expensive weddings that take place today. I was naive and thought it was great. And that is how our life has gone. We have lived simply, worked hard and made a lot from a little. It’s the little things – 38 years of marriage.

    Here’s our story;



    I am fifteen when I realize Arne exists, even though in hindsight I know we have met several times before. He is nearly seventeen. We meet on a ski trip. My life is changed. Even at a young age, there was something there.

    What is happening in 1975? Gerald Ford is President. The Vietnam War comes to an end. Captain and Tennille are singing Love Will Keep Us Together while we are standing in long lines to see the movie Jaws. Pet rocks, mood rings and Rubik’s Cubes are in our Christmas stockings.

    Arne and I date for nearly a year. He is my first date ever. But then we stop dating. I am crushed. Him not so much. Life goes on and we manage a nice friendship for many years; it’s the little things.



    Arne is away at college in Boston but the summer of ’79 we rekindle our relationship. My memories of that summer are of me dating different guys in my hometown, but then all of those guys seem to fall off my radar and there is Arne. It’s a summer of water skiing, drive in movies, concerts, taking the ferry to Seattle for dinner. It’s also the summer I am preparing to leave to go to Washington State University, after spending one year at the local community college. I am working three jobs. I have no idea how I’m going to pay for school. Until miraculously I receive a giant financial aid package.

    What is happening in 1979? Margaret Thatcher becomes the first woman Prime Minister in Britain. Hostages are taken at the US Embassy in Iran. The Hood Canal bridge sinks. ESPN is launched. We are loving Candies heels and wearing overalls and tube tops. If you are lucky a walkman is in your Christmas stocking.

    Arne returns to Boston for school and I head to WSU feeling like my life is beginning. We part knowing life is about to change. In the year ahead we both see other people, have some serious but short relationships but keep in touch.

    1981 & 1982


    Arne has graduated from MIT and taken a job with Boeing to be close to those he loves…me! I’m still in school but we live together in the summer of ’81 in Seattle, but I return to WSU to finish my senior year. We are engaged in June of ’82 and married in November.

    What is happening in 1981 and 82?. We are introduced to Aids. Anwar Sadat is assasinated. The Space Shuttle Columbia has its first flight. Post-it Notes are invented. Michael Jackson’s Thriller is released. Epcot opens. Hollywood is on a roll in ’82 with blockbuster films including E.T., Gandhi, Chariots of Fire and On Golden Pond. If you are lucky you might find a digital watch in your stocking this year. Pac Man is all the rage.

    Arne and I live in a tiny little rental house in West Seattle and begin our married life.



    Our first ten years of marriage has flown by. We built a house in Issaquah and added two beautiful sons to our family. Arne has now been at Boeing for twelve years. I have received my second degree, from the University of Washington, and began my career climb. I worked on a political campaign, then KIRO-TV, then the Issaquah Press and then become the Director of Salmon Days. But then we make a major decision to move to Virginia for Arne’s job and I become a stay at home mom with a five year old and a one year old.

    What is happening in 1992? The first George Bush is President and Bill Clinton becomes a candidate for the office. Mall of America opens. Los Angeles is riotin after the Rodney King verdict. The first McDonald’s opens in Beijing. Barney is on our television and A Few Good Men and Unforgiven are on the big screen. Kids are finding Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in their stockings.

    We will spend 18 months in Virginia absorbing the incredible history there and take our first cruise to celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary.



    Ten years later life is flying by. Our children are now 16 and 12. We have built a beautiful home in Gig Harbor, lived there 8 years and then sold it to move to a run down old house on the water. This house will be our little project for seven years. Arne is still at Boeing, celebrating 22 years. After being a stay at home mom for four years I return to television and work at KSTW TV and then take the position as Tourism Marketing Director for Gig Harbor. This will be my final job of my career.

    What is happening in 2002? Americans are in shock from the 9-11 attacks. Terrorism is a constant word in our vocabulary. We are introduced to the No Child Left Behind Act. The winter Olympics are held in Salt Lake City Utah. Lord of the Rings is on the big screen and Eminem is everywhere. If you are lucky, there will be a flip phone in your Christmas stocking.

    This period in our life is stressful. We are both working full-time, managing typical teenagers and their endless needs and activities, and remodeling an old house inch by inch.



    We have now completed all the upgrades to our waterfront house and gotten our first son through college. Our second son is in his final year of Architecture school. Arne has now been at Boeing for 32 years. We spend a lot of time talking about retirement and how we would like that next phase of our life to look. We have done a lot of travel in the past decade, and know that we want travel to be a big part of our future. I am in my final year of work and will retire at a young 53 the following year.

    What is happening in 2012? Americans have weathered the recession and things are looking up. We are all introduced to Facebook when it goes public and life will never be the same. We learn about Gangnam Style. America’s first black President Barack Obama is running for his second term. The Sandy Hook shooting kills 26. Taylor Swift is everywhere and The Hunger Games has us obsessed. The iphone 5, E-Readers and gift cards are what we want to find in our Christmas Stockings.

    We celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary in this year and take stock of our blessings, and the little things. We are aware acutely of how short life is having said goodbye to many people too young and begin focus on what’s next.



    Pandemic. It has taken over our lives. It has changed everything that we believed we had control of. But we are safe and healthy. When the pandemic hits we have now been traveling the world for four years, nearly full time, returning to the USA each summer. We have sold the waterfront home and purchased a small villa. Our kids are employed and healthy and we are free to move about the world. Until we are not. So we return to the USA to wait it out and see what will happen next. We are still in the USA seven months later when we celebrate our 38th wedding anniversary on November 27th.

    What is happening in 2020? Donald Trump is President and he lacks the ability to deal with the Pandemic. On November 3rd America chooses Joe Biden to lead them. Wildfires plague many parts of the world including Australia and the USA due to the growing climate change crisis. Jeffrey Epstein, George Floyd and Kobe Bryant each in their own way create a shock factor in the news. IPad, Airpods, Bluetooth and anything to do with technology is on the Christmas list. Joke gifts in reference to quarantine are also popular such as toilet paper, flour, face masks and funny pandemic T-shirts.


    My husband and I celebrate our 38th Anniversary with a hopeful heart. Our married life has been a collection of little things that have combined to create a wonderful life together. We look to 2021 and our 39th year of marriage and hope to be healthy, travel, and see our sons successful. It’s not a lot to ask. Just the little things – 38 years of marriage.

    Thanks for joining me on this little walk down memory lane. It’s the little things – 38 years of marriage.

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    How To Incorporate Summer Pieces Into Your Fall Wardrobe

    Location: In the USA

    I have had so many people ask me if I’m going to do a travel wardrobe blog post this fall. You might remember I have done this in the past two years when I was heading back out on the Grand Adventure. Both these posts from the past were really well received (see Travel Wardrobe 2018 here and Travel Wardrobe 2019 here). Well the Grand Adventure, unfortunately, remains in pause mode, but since you all seem interested I thought I would offer a different take on fashion for the Fab Fifties set. Let’s look at how to incorporate summer pieces into your fall wardrobe.

    Summer to Fall on a Budget

    I’ve dropped thirty pounds over the past four months and I therefore needed to purchase several new clothing items over the summer. Now that the weather has turned, I’m looking through my closet and still can’t find anything to wear. What’s a girl to do?

    Taking Inventory

    My grey hair has made yellow one of my favorite colors in my closet

    So I spent one afternoon going through my closet, figuring out what I had that fit and styling my new summer finds with many of my old (some REALLY old) pieces I have held on to over the years. I used five different pairs of pants as the base to build an entire wardrobe that can take me right on into the winter and back to spring…and it may well be we are still here in the USA come spring.


    I try as often as possible to have bright colors near my face.

    My style may not be your style but I think the premise is the same no matter what your favorite fashion aesthetic is – build a new wardrobe from favorites you already own. I’ve always leaned a bit to the classics, rarely buying anything too trendy or the look of the moment. I do most of my shopping at classically tailored American stores that fit a women of a certain age including Talbots, J Jill, and sometimes Nordstrom or Macy’s. I bought some jeans recently that I love at White House Black Market. I might go check that place out again soon. But the point is, with a few classics in your closet you can mix and match throughout the seasons, including learning how to incorporate summer pieces into your fall wardrobe.


    Since becoming a grey goddess about seven years ago, I learned that my fashion and make up color choices needed to adjust to my new hair color. If you are one of the thousands of women who has let her hair go natural during lockdown I salute you. And now is the time to consider if your make up needs a change and are you wearing the right colors – particularly colors near your face. I wear bright colors a lot, but I also like black and navy with my hair color. I stay away from pale pastels, most tans and browns and only occasionally wear gray. Bright and cheerful works for me and my complexion and hair.

    So let me share with you how I took five pairs of pants and created more than twenty new outfits. Here we go.

    Black Jeans

    Summer to Fall Fashion
    Black Jeans Four Ways

    I bought these jeans at White House Black Market and they are comfortable and fit great. I will be able to wear these in endless ways, but here I show you four different looks. Left to right –

    1. Summer print blouse from Talbots tucked in with black belt.

    2. Leopard print sweater also from Talbots but this sweater is at least 10 years old.

    3. Black t-shirt from Target and covered with oversize polka dot blouse from Talbots that is about 15 years old.

    4. Finally, this ruched top from J Jill I bought right before I started losing weight, and now I am swimming in it. But I like the print so cinched it up with a little side knot and I think it looks cute.

    Navy Blue Linen Slacks

    Summer to Fall Fashion
    Navy Pants

    I bought these lined linen slacks with a button detail at the ankle at J Jill early in the summer. I like the side zip fit and the length is nice for most of my shoes. Like denim jeans, navy blue slacks are a great wardrobe basic and I’m sure I will wear these a lot. Here I styled them five ways (clockwise);

    1. Simple and comfy with this long sleeve striped t-shirt I got from Nordstrom this past spring.

    2. Dressed up a bit with the darling short sleeve mint green sweater from Talbots

    3. Looking all business like in this soft grey cotton blazer and navy/grey plaid scarf

    4. I love this summer button down from Talbots in navy checked fabric, looks great with the navy pant and

    5. Paired with one of my classic blouses I’ve had for years. This white button down is from Jones New York and the pink sweater is about five years old from Talbots.

    Gray Blue Slacks

    Summer to Fall Fashion
    Grey Pants

    I like these pants because depending on what you pair with them sometimes they look gray and sometimes they look blue. They are a wide leg short length. I’ve paired them with different shoes here but I kinda like them with the white Converse. Cute. Left to right –

    1. Dressed up with black T-shirt from Target and a black linen blazer I have owned probably twenty years.

    2. The denim jacket is a staple and I love it here paired with an ancient wine colored turtle neck and my black boots.

    3. Chunky cable knit black sweater (circa 1999) with quilted vest and my new red hat my friend Lisa made me.

    4. And finally, my favorite soft denim button down goes with everything, including these great pants.

    Pink Pants

    Summer to Fall FAshion
    Pink Pants

    There is no reason not to bring some bright colors (beyond fall orange) into your fall wardrobe and these Talbot pink pants are so cute and comfy I plan to wear them all year long. Here are four ideas to take these pants into fall;

    1. Paired with a gray and pink plaid button-down from Talbots that is about 8 years old and layered with a black cardigan from Casalon at Nordstrom.

    2. The Talbots mint green cardigan makes an appearance again with this pretty scarf.

    3. My Jones New York classic white button down is here with this sage green denim jacket I got on clearance at Talbots this summer.

    4. And finally I love this fun look with the layered Talbots navy blue checkered button down topped with this lightweight black and white stripped cotton sweater from Talbots.

    Black Leggings

    Summer to Fall Fashion
    Black Leggings

    Yep every girl needs some black leggings no matter what the season. And since I accidentally spilled bleach on my last pair, I bought these online from American Eagle this spring. I didn’t have much cause to wear them over the summer, but I sure will now that fall is here.

    1. This oversized sweater with drop shoulder neckline is from Nordstrom but it is at least ten years old. It is perfect with leggings and booties.

    2. Here I paired two summer sweaters – a polka dot sweater tank from Talbots and a soft and sheer cardigan from JJill with pearls for a easy but fun look for a special occasion.

    3. My classic white button down with a few accessories is all you need.

    4. I love this look because this color looks so great with my hair. This sweater is a bargain purchase at Costco and the scarf I have had forever.

    Key Take Aways

    I love fashion and dressing in a way that I look and feel good without being flashy or trashy, dumpy or frumpy. And I really love when I can do that on a budget. Building a seasonal wardrobe that includes tried and try and a little new is easy and fun when you start with the basics you already own. Once you have the tools to incorporate summer pieces into your fall wardrobe, it will work for all seasons. My biggest advice for Fabulous Fifties Fashion is to wear bright colors that complement your skin tone and hair, while staying away from large patterns. Loose fitting is better than skintight but not to the point of baggy like a tent. Always remember to consider your footwear (a critical component of looking put together) and your undergarments (invest in the foundation so your clothes hang like they should).

    Be Comfortable. Be Beautiful. Be Fabulous.

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    Fun and Delicious Ways to Cook Fish

    Cooking at Home with Fresh and Sustainable Fish

    It’s been a summer of a lot of fish for us and I am now feeling much more confident in the kitchen as I have learned fun and delicious ways to cook fish. My membership to the monthly Wild Caught Alaska Seafood delivery service has certainly helped with that. Having this beautiful fish ready in my freezer is convenient, healthy, sustainable and most of all delicious.

    Today is the third and final blog featuring fun and delicious ways to cook fish, recipes I have either created on my own or taught myself from recipes I have found over the summer. I offer you a little bit of everything here today, from Thai inspired Cod to Ceviche from Peru and Walnut encrusted Halibut. Get cooking my friends! I’d love to hear from you if you try any of these delicious recipes.

    Salmon Salad on Croissant

    How to cook fish
    Delicious salmon salad

    Whenever I cook a whole or half a salmon fillet, this recipe is one of our favorites to use for the leftovers. Although honestly we rarely have any leftovers. But we enjoy this salmon salad on croissants for lunch, hiking or even for dinner on a warm summer night.

    6-10 oz cooked salmon, flake and bones removed

    1/4 cup of capers

    1/4 cup diced celery

    1/4 cup chopped green onions

    1 T dry dill

    1/2 to 3/4 cup mayonnaise mixed with some of the juice from the jar of capers

    Salt and pepper to taste.

    Mix together and let refrigerate for a few hours before enjoying as a sandwhich.

    Thai Cod in Coconut Broth

    One of our favorite recipes for cod or white fish. Check out our YouTube video here on how to make this delicious meal. BTW we post a YouTube video EVERY TUESDAY for Tasty Tuesday. We sure would love for you to follow us on YouTube.

    Crunchy Rockfish Tacos

    How to cook fish
    Rockfish in the skillet for crunch fish tacos

    I wasn’t familiar with rockfish when I first received it from Alaska, but I have found it to be a pretty versatile, somewhat nondescript fish that is perfect for breading and frying. It makes good fish and chips and crispy fish tacos. Here’s how I did that.

    10- oz rockfish, thawed and dried with a paper towel

    Mix 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup panko, 1 T cumin, 1/2 t red chili powder or flakes and salt and pepper. Dredge the fillets in the dry mixture.

    Cook in air fryer about 6 min first side, turn over for 3 more minutes. Or fry in cast iron skillet in vegetable oil, set on paper towel to drain a minute before serving.

    Salmon in Lemon Basil Sauce

    How to cook fish
    Salmon with lemon basil sauce

    Easy but elegant.

    2 6 oz salmon fillets drizzled with olive oil and the salt and pepper. Let sit for a few minutes.

    In food processor or blender mix together;

    1/2 cup fresh basil, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 garlic clove, 1 T fresh lemon juice, salt and pepper. Pulse until mixed. Pour in small saucepan and bring up to medium heat.

    Meanwhile cook salmon about four minutes per side in skillet. Place on plate and pour warm basil lemon sauce over.


    One of my favorite foods from around the world is ceviche; it is so very easy to make, and healthy too. Here is how we did this on our YouTube channel for Tasty Tuesday.

    Walnut Crusted Halibut

    How to cook fish
    Halibut with walnut crust and shallot lemon sauce

    I found this recipe on Pinterest and I changed it up a bit and made it for two people. Oh my did it turn out lovely. This is something you could easily serve to guests.

    2 6 oz halibut fillets; salt and pepper them and let them air dry for a few minutes

    Combine 1/2 cup bread crumbs, 1/2 cup finely ground walnuts, 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese. Add 1 T melted butter, 1 T stone ground mustard, 1 T dry dill, 1 t lemon zest.

    Place the halibut on greased baking sheet and cover with walnut mixture, pressing into the fish to get it secured. Drizzle with a little bit of olive oil and then back in preheated 425 oven for 10-15 minutes.

    Meanwhile in small sauce pan heat 1 t olive oil, 1 T chopped shallots, 1/4 cup white wine, 1 T lemon juice, 1 T butter and 1 t dry dill (or fresh).

    Pour sauce over fish for serving or serve on the side.

    What does F.I.S.H stand for?

    Well, ” fish is so healthy” of course! Especially when you are buying, cooking and serving wild caught sustainable fish. I have learned a lot about how to prepare fish these past few months and I now am confident in my kitchen when it comes to delicious and healthy fish meals.

    I hope you too will try some of our favorites here, and learn fun and delicious ways to cook fish. Be sure to check out our Salmon Recipe Blog and our White Fish Recipe Blog from earlier this summer. Enjoy!!

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    My Summer of Miscontent

    The Unexpected Summer of 2020

    Miscontent – adjective: annoying, obsolete, disgruntled, dissatisfied

    How to describe the unexpected, slightly annoying, and hopefully soon-to-be obsolete summer of 2020? I don’t think any of us will forget it soon. No sir, summer 2020 is branded on each of us forever; a somewhat sad, somewhat frightening, but often annoying period in history.

    I approached this time of my life as optimistically as I could muster, setting my sights on goals and activities to keep me from going crazy. I can’t remember another summer in my life with so few parties, not a single concert, and zero festivals. No family reunion, no weddings, no fair or rodeo. No summer blockbuster movies, organized runs or even Seafair hydroplanes. Ho hum.

    The family all masked up but nowhere to go.

    But most of all it’s been years since I haven’t had a vacation or trip looming on the horizon. The world according to Covid. So sad….

    I knew full well as we flew half way across the world back to the United States on April 30th (abruptly ending our world tour) that nothing was going to be the same this summer. Our two months locked down on the island of Cyprus had us fully prepared with a good understanding of the dangers and contagion of the virus. We weren’t however prepared for the way the USA handled the virus with lack of cohesion, lack of preparation, lack of equipment, lack of communication. That part blew my mind. And thanks to all of that, we as Americans can’t travel now…perhaps for a very long time. Annoying.

    mount rainier
    Hiking with the family

    Growth Mindset

    The term ‘growth mindset’ is a bit of mantra for me, and I, sometimes to my husband’s dismay, tackle each problem head on with belief I can make something good out of the situation. And do it today. Generally I am a positive person with a somewhat Pollyanna view and so I set out to make the most of the situation. I lead a quantified life, meaning quarantine and lockdown seemed like another opportunity to tackle and reach some goals. This isn’t for everyone, but it works for me and damn I get a lot done!

    So after four months stuck back in the USA it’s time to review my summer of miscontent, and consider what lies ahead.

    mount rainier
    Hiking with my hubby


    Learning New Garden Skills

    The Garden Project

    I didn’t do much work on my garden last summer because we were up to our eyeballs in remodeling our new villa. This year I set out to learn all I could about deer resistant gardening as well as gardening with woodland plants. Read Deer Resistant Gardening post here.

    I have learned so much this summer, mostly by trial and error and I can say a few things with confidence about deer resistant gardening. First, the deer will try anything at least once…even if it’s supposedly “deer resistant”. Second, the female deer eat like pigs in the spring when they are carrying their fawns. And finally, there really are some plants the deer don’t like…thankfully. My successes this summer include lavender and all herbs, canna, cone flowers, daises, peonies, most grasses, cotoneaster and most woody shrubs, day lilies, and mums. I won’t be planting much beyond this list in the years ahead.

    BTW my Master Gardener friend Kim (who helped me a lot) reminded me that no matter if the tag on the plant says “deer resistant” the deer can’t read.

    Getting My Glow Back

    the glow
    Glowing at sixty

    Something I wasn’t prepared for when we started our life of nearly full time travel more than four years ago is how hard travel is on your skin and hair. Yes, I said skin and hair. Sun and sand, chlorine and salt, dry airplanes, dehydration, humidity…you name it. I felt my skin looked ancient when I arrived back in the USA. So, since we were going to be staying close to home, it seemed like a good time to launch a much needed and long neglected anti-aging skin care routine. Within a week of arrival I was into it and here is the post I wrote about Skin Care at Sixty

    It’s now been 18 weeks since I took control of the future of my skin and I can’t tell you how much better I look and I feel. It is worth the effort and the money and I will never go back to neglecting my own self-care again. Whether you use the products I used or another brand or approach, just taking the time to put yourself first and take care of you is an important goal in life.

    While I’m At It – Let’s Get Skinny

    Down 27 pounds

    The two months on lockdown in Cyprus was a time I taught myself all about Cypriot cuisine. It was fun to have the time to do that. We also had an amazing Airbnb host who brought us baked goods nearly everyday. Oh boy those were good.

    But on touchdown in the USA I was at least fifteen pounds heavier than when I had left, and my weight then wasn’t ideal either. One of the best things about travel is the wonderful food around the world – and I want to try it all. But, back in the USA it was time to take some serious measures and drop some serious pounds. And so I joined Noom and got to work within a week of arriving back home. Here is the post I wrote about Noom Weightloss.

    I also set out to make better choices of what I ate and Noom helped me with that. We joined a seafood club and began receiving delicious wild caught Alaska Seafood and I taught myself all kinds of delicious seafood recipes. Cooking fish has always been a bit daunting for me, but not anymore. See some of the recipes here for Alaska Wild Caught Fish.

    It’s now been four and half months and I have lost 27 pounds and I am currently maintaining my new weight. My god I feel so great! Noom is a great program. It might not be for everyone but it was just right for me and my growth mindset life and I am going to do everything I can to keep the weight off.

    Let’s Get Physical

    Half Marathon Running
    Training for a half marathon

    Noom was my motivation, but running really helped me kickstart a quick weight loss from the beginning. I set out to train for a half marathon, knowing full well the virus was causing all organized runs to be canceled. But I decided I could do my own half marathons and gave myself twelve weeks to be ready using Hal Higdon’s training program. See the post I wrote about Half Marathon Training

    The twelve weeks have come and gone and I have run my half marathon and plan to run my second one this coming weekend. And as long as this old sixty year old body will let me, I’ll just keep right on running. I love it and it helps me stay slim.

    Learning Something New

    Celebrating a Par shot

    We can’t travel but I live on a golf course…there it is right in my own front yard. So no time like the present to learn something new. I have golfed in the past but it had been at least 15 years since I picked up some clubs. So my summer of miscontent became my summer of learn to golf. I took 8 lessons and learned a great deal during that time. I got a new driver, new shoes and a whole new atititude and confidence to this game and I look forward to golfing through out the fall and even the winter as I work to feel natural with a club in my hand. Another great way to get my exercise in.

    Staycations and Road Trips

    Road Trip
    On the road in Utah

    Once I felt safe to be out and about on a limited basis, we planned some close-to-home two and three day getaways (see our Island Sanity Staycation #1 here and our Tree House #2 here). I also got outside to hike and cycle as often as possible, keeping social distancing top of mind. I was really grateful for those close to home activities with my husband, my grown sons and some of our close friends.

    In August we decided to venture a little farther from home and did a 13 day road trip through Idaho to Colorado and back through Oregon. It was a lot of driving and in hind sight we should have added a few more days, but the weather was excellent, the scenery sublime and the ability to play my “get out of jail free card” really helped my sanity. I felt safe the entire time and we were careful and social distanced everywhere we went.

    And Just Like That, Fall is Here

    Fall in Washington
    Fall is just around the corner

    The virus is here for a long while, and learning to deal with it has been the unexpected outcome of my summer of miscontent. So now I look forward. I’ve done a little soul searching through all of this. Learning to accept the fact I can’t travel and I am not in control of when I might be able to again. Learning to find peace with that and find other things to occupy my over active brain. Learning to socialize primarily with my closest family and keep most everyone at arms length. No hugs. That sucks.

    The weather will turn soon and I will turn to my arts and crafts and focus on healthy eating and working out. We might do another road trip…or even fly to the sunny parts of the USA if we decide it’s safe to do so. But learning to be kinder, quieter, more thoughtful has been good medicine for me. I’ve given up the news and refuse to engage in politics or hate. It’s not my way.

    I know well there are so many people who have it so much worse than I do. I have a home, a family and I am safe and so far healthy. There is nothing more that I need.

    Signs of fall

    I know a handful of people who have had the virus, all but one of them surviving. It’s real and it’s going to be around for a while…I am settling in for the long haul. Likely no travel for a while, but learning to live within the boundaries the virus has imposed. And do so with a positive attitude…as much as possible. Sometimes that means stepping away from the news, shutting down the social media, turning away from the screen.

    My goal – a fall and winter of contentment. Putting away the miscontent and finding acceptance and satisfaction in the solitude this virus has thrust on us, and the major change in lifestyle that is now my routine. My autumn of contentment. My winter of gratitude. My Fab Fifties Life.

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    Re-Wirement – Finding Your Midlife Passion

    Fabulous MidLife Women

    As women in our middle years we sometimes lose direction. Things that were familiar like kids at home, careers and busy family lives may have slowed or even disappeared. Maybe your marital status has changed too. We too often hear that midlife and then retirement is a time of loneliness, invisibility and stress for many women. A time when some women seem without a purpose. So today I am encouraging you to rethink it all. It’s time to join me in Re-wirement – Finding Your Midlife Passion.


    I’ve been really focused on mindfulness for several months, and finding this focus has centered me in many areas of my life. I’m half-way through a 12-week online course from Yale University called The Science of Well-Being. In this class, and also in the Noom program I have been focused on, we talk a great deal about mindfulness and how it pertains to our overall well-being. I’ve also found myself during the pandemic reading lots of mindfulness books including one I just finished called The Four Agreements, and one I am currently reading and loving called Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.

    Gilbert encourages a creative path towards an amplified life – a life driven by curiosity, courage, and peace. Not a life of fear. Because fear disables our ability to move forward. Realizing you are brave in midlife is how you can finally take that step towards your passion! Exactly what we are talking about here today.

    None of this is about hocus-pocus or Dharma or religion or voodoo or cosmic forces…but it is about transcendence and our ability to move forward towards what your vision of ultimate happiness is and those things that are standing in your way to get there.

    Midlife Passion
    This is me at 60 and Loving it.

    The Science of Well-Being course introduced me to the term “re-wirement”. It’s not a term just for people in middle-age. Or just for women. It’s a way to look at our lives and find the causes of our unhappiness, stress and anxiety and then work to re-wire.


    Re-wirement – Finding Your MidLife Passion began for me about a year before I retired. I was lucky to retire at 53, but considering I had been working since I was 14 – I was ready to re-wire. I put my courage hat on and went looking for a life where I could focus on inner peace and outer well-being. I found it with the help of my darling husband. I found it by re-wiring our lives, letting go of both people and things that bogged me down or were not in sync with my vision, and focusing on our dreams. In the years since I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve been asked how I re-invented myself. My answer is always the same – I did not. All I did was peel away the protective layers I had built around me, and found underneath my authentic self. By the way, she’s awesome at 60.

    Everyone can re-wire. It costs nothing, other than focus and commitment. Today I introduce you to four women who have done it. Four amazing women of different ages, different backgrounds, different strengths and different aspirations. Four fabulous women who stepped out of their comfort zone, grabbed hold of their dreams and didn’t let go. In doing so each found their midlife passion.

    Ann Hedreen, 63

    What was your previous career? 
    After college, I worked in publishing for a year and a half, but realized I longed to write my own words, not edit other people’s. I finally landed a cub reporter job in Chicago, for the City News Bureau, a local wire service, and then for UPI. When I returned to Seattle at 25, I started in local TV news as a news writer, and went on to be a producer. After five years (followed by a wonderful sabbatical year of shoestring travel around the world with my new husband, Rustin) I got a job doing PR for the Seattle Art Museum (SAM). When I wasn’t writing press releases, SAM asked Rus (who is a cinematographer and editor) and me to produce several videos, which we worked on when he wasn’t busy doing freelance gigs for network news. The good news was that video production was now more affordable for nonprofits, because we could edit at home. Technology made it possible for us to make a big leap and we focused on making short films for non-profit clients.

    We also made longer documentaries of our own choosing. It was one of those documentaries—Quick Brown Fox: an Alzheimer’s Story—inspired by my mom’s young-onset Alzheimer’s disease—that finally led me to take my own personal writing seriously. At 53, I earned an MFA in creative writing. My thesis project became my first published book: Her Beautiful Brain, a memoir about what it was like to become a mom just as my own beautiful, brainy mom was losing her mind to Alzheimer’s disease.

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    Ann Hedreen

    What is your current career?
    Rus and I continue to make films for nonprofits and I also write and teach memoir writing. I have finished a second memoir, for which I’m now trying to find a publisher, and I’m starting research on a third book. I also enjoy writing shorter articles, blog posts, and essays. 

    How old were you when you changed careers?
    I left TV News at 31, and White Noise Productions became our full-time gig when I was about 43. I began my MFA program at 51: that was another big turning point. 

    Was there a moment, an inspiration, an epiphany when you knew you wanted to pursue something different?
    When I was 50, my daughter went off to college and shortly thereafter, I suddenly had to have surgery (a benign tumor), which meant I found myself on this island of extreme quiet for the first time in many, many years. I started writing: about my childhood, about my mom, about my Finnish great-grandmother. And the more I wrote, that fall, the more deeply I knew that I wanted it to become an important part of my life. I’d written copiously as a child, but when I was a broadcast journalist in my twenties, I just sort of stopped doing personal creative writing, although I always kept a journal. I also wrote an (unpublished) novel in my 30s, when my children were young. But at fifty, it suddenly felt essential to rediscover, and to honor, my inner writer-self. Like she’d been waiting patiently for me all along, and she’d just that minute run out of patience. 

    As a woman in midlife how do you feel about your life goals today?
    Writing will always be important to me. I wish the part about getting published was easier! But teaching has also become very meaningful. I love seeing the light bulbs go off. I’ll continue to do both. The filmmaking work may begin to taper, though we enjoy it and are grateful to have it. 

    What do you feel is your greatest achievement or what are you most proud of in your life?
    I really think the hardest thing I ever did was go from public high school in Seattle, WA to Wellesley College in Massachusetts at 17. I had never traveled. I was so homesick. But I had a full grant/loan/work package-deal scholarship, and the fact that Wellesley believed in me enough to fund my education was—huge. 

    What advice would you give to your twenty year old self?
    Don’t put those notebooks away! Write! 

    Where do you see yourself in ten years?
    I want to continue doing what I’m doing now: writing, teaching, occasionally film-making with Rus, and also hiking, backpacking, traveling (oh I do miss travel during this pandemic!). Who knows? Maybe I’ll have grandkids by then. Which I look forward to! 

    Any additional advice to the greying goddesses of the world who might feel trapped in a career, marriage or situation that would help them rewire? If you don’t keep a journal, there’s no time like the present to start. Don’t feel like you have to write every day. Be messy, be casual, but the point is to pay attention to your own life. To take it seriously. And to ask yourself, and the world, a lot of questions. If you are feeling trapped, writing can be so helpful in working out how to get un-trapped. I think of writing as “thinking on the page.” 

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    Christine Chen, 52

    What was your previous career? Broadcast Journalist
    What is your current career? Health and Wellness Educator and Communications Pro

    How old were you when you changed careers? 38 or 39

    Was there a moment, an inspiration, an epiphany when you knew you wanted to pursue something different?

    • 9/11
    • Around 2005, when I had been practicing yoga regularly for about five years and was without pain and able to manage my stress decently for the first time I could remember. It was about that time I realized what I had been inflicting upon my own body, through lifestyle choices. I needed to make a change to realize the life I wanted to live, which was more personal time, time for my family, and freedom to actual live the way I wanted to.
    • My healing journey was a revelation that people could be so much more in charge of their own health and wellness, and therefore their own lives than they probably think. That’s why I wrote Happy-Go-Yoga.
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    Christine Chen

    As a woman in midlife how do you feel about your life goals today? I don’t really have goals, per se. I have things I aspire to do and explore. There is a difference between mentally gripping an outcome and mindfully laying a foundation for your own life vision. I just try to live well, be well, support the people in my life and let the rest take care of itself. Something always guides me to where I need to be. 

    What do you feel is your greatest achievement or what are you most proud of in your life?

    Becoming more self-aware and aligned with my purpose. Everything else that the general population would consider an achievement is just a manifestation of that. 

    What advice would you give to your twenty year old self?

    • Invest in knowing who you are and how to best use your energy.
    • Don’t waste time on superficial drama and disregard those who try to pull you in. 
    • Be yourself. 
    • Don’t be an asshole. 

    Where do you see yourself in ten years?

    Healthy. Enjoying life. Everything else is a manifestation of that. 

    Any additional advice to the greying goddesses of the world who might feel trapped in a career, marriage or situation that would help them rewire?

    A well-lived life is probably what we’re reflecting upon now. Has it been one? Is it too late to have one? Ayurveda, yoga’s 5000-year old sister science, encapsulates a variety of systems. Philosophically, it includes four distinct stages in life (but all are at play and influential to whatever stage you’re in). When these are in balance, it’s said we live well.

    At approximately age 50, we enter the KAMA stage in life, which follows a long period of establishing the use of our energy in alignment with our purpose and arranging material stability (life essentials) so that we can spend energy being productive. In this stage, the question we can ask ourselves is how are we allowing pleasure and pleasurable living? Are we doing the things we’ve always wanted to do? Can we make space to explore the creative side of ourselves that has been less prioritized in our earlier years of responsibility? To make space for this, we must practice letting some things go to make space for our own pleasure. At this stage, we can embrace this as not selfish, but self-care. Some conventional philosophies may refer to this as a “bucket list,” which isn’t entirely accurate. This stage of life is less about checking off boxes (places and experiences) and more about the general way of living. How do you allow yourself to give to yourself with love? 

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    Spring Courtright, 44

    What was your previous career? Program Director and outdoor guide for a kayak company
    What is your current career? Spring Courtright Home Organizer 
    How old were you when you changed careers? 37

    Was there a moment, an inspiration, an epiphany when you knew you wanted to pursue something different? I came home after a long day of work and was laying, exhausted, with my boyfriend (now husband) in a hammock. When he asked how things were and I started crying out of sheer exhaustion, he said, “I know you love your work, but this doesn’t seem sustainable,” and I knew he was right. (And I knew he was a keeper!)

    Midlife Passion
    Spring Courtright

    As a woman in midlife how do you feel about your life goals today? Amazing! I’m so excited for the rest of my life!

    What do you feel is your greatest achievement or what are you most proud of in your life? I think one of my greatest achievements is finding happiness on the other side of depression that gripped me hard as a youth. One of the things I’m most proud of is the Outdoor Adventure Camp I created with an environmental education grant and a dream, and it’s still happily running 15 years later. Countless youth have fallen in love with outdoor adventures as a way to connect with the natural world, get exercise, relieve stress and safely do things like kayak, stand-up paddleboard, mt bike, rock climb. And they learned about the natural world around them through stealth education.

    What advice would you give to your twenty year old self? Don’t worry, you’re going to be ok. And say no to that cute, charming guy you’ll meet at your high school reunion. Please.

    Where do you see yourself in ten years? Raising chickens and goats and a giant edible garden with my hubby and friends living nearby so we can travel and still have a happy garden

    Any additional advice to the greying goddesses of the world who might feel trapped in a career, marriage or situation that would help them rewire? If you’re thinking of going-doing-leaving-trying…do it now. Don’t wait. Fear may seem like a wall, but if you take a deep breath, walk up to it and give it a push, it often turns into a thin piece of fabric that you can push aside and find beauty you never imagined on the other side. Be brave.

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    Trish Hosea-Huff, 46

    What was your previous career? Wine Industry 

    What is your current career? We just bought a restaurant and followed a lifelong dream. (See Morso Bistro here)

    How old were you when you changed careers? 46

     Was there a moment, an inspiration, an epiphany when you knew you wanted to pursue something different?

    I have always known I wanted a restaurant I guess, but never acted on it.  It has always bounced around in my head. There is always that question floating around… “What would you do if you couldn’t fail?’ Owning a restaurant was always my answer.

    As a woman in midlife how do you feel about your life goals today?

    Well…. Covid happened! I can honestly say that this has been one of the most challenging times of my life. The amount of thought and time I have put into processing how a restaurant survives Covid has made me stronger and more tenacious than ever. I feel good about my goals, the struggle has made me realize that I’m a pretty strong person.

    Trisha Hosea Huff

    What do you feel is your greatest achievement or what are you most proud of in your life?

    My marriage. My husband and I have a beautiful love story  and an incredible friendship. He is my biggest fan, and believes that I am capable of almost anything, (I’m happy to let him think that!) I’m proud of the honesty, support, communication and absolute love we have built our marriage on.  Every day I wake up and choose him.

    What advice would you give to your twenty year old self?

    Travel more, simplify your life, cherish your friends because you never know when they will be gone, always love yourself first and tell your parents how much you love and cherish them. 

    Where do you see yourself in ten years?

    Sitting at our lake place, drinking a gin and tonic with my husband and reminiscing about the “Covid days”.  

    Any additional advice to the greying goddesses of the world who might feel trapped in a career, marriage or situation that would help them rewire?

    Be quiet, get still…. You already know the answers in your heart. Then act, but buckle up it’s not easy but worth every minute of living your life full and true.

    Find Trish here.

    How Will Your Journey Look?

    We each have a different journey, through out our life and in our midlife years. Don’t fear the aging process. Instead strive for a healthy, courageous vision and look to re-wirement – finding your midlife passion. Focus on your aspirations, your intentions and your happiness through mindfulness and intent. Deep in the vault of our hearts, there usually is a passion waiting to be unlocked. I’d love to hear from you if you need encouragement.

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    My Self-Care Journey with Noom Diet Plan; Getting Healthy Inside and Out

    Noom Diet Plan

    Location: Washington State USA

    Goals Girl

    I am a goals driven woman. I have always been this way. It has both positive and negative effects. When I was a career woman, sometimes my drive was perceived in a negative way by those who don’t work in this same manner. I don’t have those people to worry about anymore, and setting specific goals has been paramount in getting me through lockdown and quarantine. I set a self-care goal and gave it my nearly undivided attention. My self-care journey with Noom diet plan, getting healthy inside and out, has been a success. Here is how I did it.

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    As we flew in an empty 787 across the planet during the height of the pandemic, I spent my airplane time trying to imagine what it was going to be like back in the USA. We had been gone for seven months, and stuck in Cyprus for two months. Nothing was the same, and my once highly controlled and organized life had fallen into chaos. If the pandemic has taught me anything it’s that I really am not in control. It’s been a silver-lining lesson.

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    Our last day in Cyprus at about 177 pounds late April

    The only thing I knew for sure was I was going to have a lot of free time on my hands. And so my overly active goal-setting brain began to percolate ideas.

    Diving Right In

    Jet lag had me awake at 3:30am on my first night back in the USA. Wide awake I began to explore online skin care, specifically the TimeWise products I had been reading about. See that blog here. But soon I moved on to researching Hal Higdon’s Marathon Training Program (see that blog here), healthy immunity boosting foods (see that blog here), and Noom Weight loss program.

    Without too much effort, I had laid out a plan for my personal self-care goals that for the next three months would focus on bringing me back to a healthy, active, confident and inspired Fab Fifties Life.

    Becoming a Noomer – My Self-Care Journey with Noom Diet Plan

    The Noom Weight Loss program is one I had been hearing about, and I knew several people who had been successful on the program. I debated about spending the money (about $260), telling myself I had the knowledge to lose weight, from all those other weight loss programs I had done over the years. But what I knew down deep in my heart, I needed some motivation and something to keep me accountable. So I signed up and began my self-care journey with Noom diet plan.

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    First week on Noom in May

    Best decision ever.

    What is Noom? Well, before I explain it from my perspective, please go back and read the very first sentence in this blog. What does it say?

    I am a goals driven woman.

    I ask you to read it again, BECAUSE my ability to focus on my goals is why I have been successful on Noom. Because Noom is not going to do it for you. Noom is a tool to ASSIST you in personalized healthy eating plan that should help you lose weight. BUT IT’S HARD WORK. Yes, I said it. Losing weight is hard work. And although Noom is designed to be entertaining, educational, and inspiring, you will only be successful if you set goals and and DO THE WORK – EVERY DAY.

    My Goals

    I started out my self-care journey with Noom diet plan using the Noom app to determine my weight-loss goals and how fast I thought I could accomplish it. I was very realistic in my goal setting, choosing both specific and achievable goals that included a target weight and work out plans. Knowing how much harder it is to lose weight at sixty than it was twenty years ago, I considered all the factors in my day to day life in search of realistic goals I could set for myself.

    The next thing I did was create an action plan. For me this was just in my head but some people might want to write it down. It took me about two weeks to feel I was following my action plan effectively with daily workouts, nutrition study and focusing on well-being and mindfulness through both Noom and other online programs, lessons and videos.

    Weight loss on Noom
    My personal weight loss chart

    I dropped 12 pounds before I began to share online that I was on Noom. I needed that time to find my rhythm and feel confident. Sharing your goals helps keep you accountable and also helps you find like-minded goal setters who can be part of your support system.

    Today, my sharing continues and I am thrilled to have inspired several friends to join Noom and give it a try.


    Let me compare Noom to Weight Watchers. Now to be fair, I have not done online Weight Watchers but I did successfully lose weight on Weight Watchers many moons ago. I know a lot of people have used Weight Watchers in the past, so I’ll use it here as comparative. Noom is designed very close to how Weight Watchers is laid out. On Noom you are tracking your intake of food every day. On the app the foods will be designated a caloric number (instead of points) and will be put into one of three categories; green, yellow and red. I liked this part very much and here is why;

    Watching what I ate each day and learning the caloric count was such an eye opener to me. I was fascinated to learn if I need a little snack I can eat a whole dill pickle for 4 calories, or a granola bar for 180 calories. That’s a no brainer. I also liked seeing the green, yellow, red foods at the end of the day. It helped me to recognize that some red foods (cheese, meat, hummus,nuts, oils) I have been eating more of, so I should cut back on and add more green foods (vegetables, fruit, fish, yogurt). Noom also has a library of recipes on the app, easy and at your fingertips.

    Like Weight Watchers, Noom has a community you can get involved in, or if you don’t want to you can blow that part off. There is an online coach who checks in with you and you can ask your coach specific questions. The coach puts out daily challenges and there are daily “stories” to read that cover a wide variety of psychological, physical and science-based information about our bodies, our brains and weight loss. I thought it was well presented.

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    Noom Weight Loss weighing in everyday

    One major difference between Noom and Weight Watchers is that on Noom they want you to step on the scale EVERY DAY! What? At first I thought that was ridiculous. Back in my Weight Watcher days you weighed in once a week (it was always kinda scary). But on Noom I weigh each morning and log the results on the app along with my food intake and also exercise. And I really learned to LIKE weighing everyday, and watching my body slim down oz by oz. I found it exciting and motivating.

    Now for exercise. You aren’t required to exercise, but if you do you can add that to your daily log and then your daily calorie goal will automatically be adjusted. This I think is one of the reasons I was able to lose more than twenty pounds in two months…I was working out a lot. But like I said, you can work out a little or not at all, but your weight loss will be slower and calorie intake more restricted.

    Day In The Life

    Let me share my day in the life on Noom. Wake up usually around 6am. I always go pee before I step on the scale. Then I make coffee and take it back to bed, where I open the app, record my weight and read the challenges and stories and teachings for the day. As you progress through Noom the daily lessons become more interesting and are filled with science and psychology.

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    Noom diet plan breakfast

    Next I go for my run and then come back for breakfast. Almost every morning I have a bowl filled with fruits, spinach, carrots, nuts, rice or grains and yogurt. I also have a hard boiled egg. It totals about 350 calories.

    Then I go about my day. I rarely eat lunch but I’ll have a piece of fruit, or maybe a slice of lunch meat as a snack. Sometimes I might have a pickle, or some carrots. Occasionally if I am really hungry I’ll have some soup. I record this all on the app. I drink water throughout the day and I almost always have a cup of herbal tea in the afternoon. It fills me up and warms me up. Sometimes I have another cup in the evening. Zero calories.

    Since we don’t eat lunch, we usually have dinner early around 4-5pm. Dinner is often fish, veg, grains. Sometimes chicken or pork. We eat several different kinds of veg at dinner. I will occasionally have a gin and tonic or a beer but not too often. I record all this on the app. We have eaten out a few times, but with the lockdown I was on Noom for many weeks before eating out was even an option. But when we have eaten out I record it and adjust my exercise or my calorie intake.

    Noom diet plan
    Fish Tacos

    After dinner I don’t eat again until about 9am the next morning.


    I have stopped eating most dairy and have limited my bread. The most surprising thing of all is I have stopped having heartburn. So, I’ve been able to get off the omeprazole heartburn medicine I have been taking every day for YEARS! Because of my heartburn I also used to drink a Coke often when I had indigestion or heartburn. I haven’t had a Coke in three months. Boom.


    So let’s recap. My Lockdown Self-Care Journey has focused on skin care, running, healthy eating and weight loss. I am going to need to stay focused on each of these goals, or lose traction and end up back where I started.

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    Noom Wheel of Life

    One of Noom’s goal setting tools

    I acknowledge that the fact I am retired, I have a lot more free time than many people. But, if you are serious about getting healthy and making yourself your number one priority, then you might choose one or all of these goals I am working on and begin your own Self Care Journey. Your goals will look different than mine. You know what you want. But Noom will only work if you make it a priority. It’s not magic.

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    Me this week at 154 pounds.

    I’ve had a few people say to me they don’t have time because of their job. Yes your job takes a lot of time. But what are the other excuses you are using? Boards and committees? Watching television? Projects around the house? There is ALWAYS something…in your goal setting you need to prioritize what it important and maybe weight loss just isn’t important to you. And that’s okay. Just don’t sign up for Noom or any other program and say it didn’t work for you, when the reality is you didn’t make it a priority. Wait until you are ready.

    I’m here to help. Ask me questions in the comments or message me privately. Join me on this healthy journey while we wait to find out how our life in post-Covid is going to look. Let’s do all we can to take care of our physical, emotional and mental health as we live through this stressful time.

    Courage my friends. Be well.

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    Sanity Staycation

    Location: Whidbey Island Washington USA

    Not everyone is up for a staycation right now. But for me, getting away even for a day, or two, or three, is a great boost to mental health during pandemic paralysis. Since it looks like it might be awhile until we can fly off to the Alps, or the Cote d’Azure or the Azores…a little sanity staycation is a perfect pandemic prescription.

    Whidbey Island Staycation
    Our Cottage at Quintessa

    We’ve decided to do several sanity staycations in the weeks and months ahead, visiting places within a few hours or a few days from home. Places reachable by car with low impact as far as crowds or contact with humans. Our first sanity staycation was to the beautiful Whidbey Island less than two hours from my home in Washington State where we have been on travel pause for two months.

    Whidbey Island

    Whidbey Island Staycation
    The Quintessa

    First, traveling mid-week is a great way to avoid crowds. On Whidbey we felt like we were the only visitors, and that was okay with us. We rented a cottage on the grounds of the Quintessa, a wedding and events location. But on a Tuesday, we were the only guests and it felt really special to have it all to ourselves.

    Whidbey Island Staycation
    Langley Washington

    Whidbey is easy to get around by car. We’ve been here before so didn’t need to see everything, but if you haven’t visited before the cute shops especially in Langley and Coupeville are my favorites. If you are game there are also wine tasting rooms, distilleries and taprooms. Greenbank Farms will serve you wine and cheese and send you off with a delicious berry pie to take home – giving you a chance to savor your sanity staycation for a day or two more. Or pick up some world famous Penn Cove Oysters while here…the tiny sweet delicious mollusks are the best.

    Whidbey Island Staycation
    Joe’s Wood Fired Pizza

    If you are an experienced cyclists it’s a great place to ride, but we left our bikes at home this time and opted for some easy hiking. We chose to do a really fun day hike in the Fort Ebey State Park, perfect for any fitness level and offering some really beautiful views. Exactly what my mental health was craving.

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    Fort Ebey State Parl

    Although we didn’t have a reservation (highly recommended) we were able to slide in for an early dinner at the highly rated Prima Bistro in Langley. Both indoor and outdoor dining and a really great menu makes the Prima Bistro a top choice. If you want to social distance try to get a reservation off peak, although the restaurant was following all State of Washington distancing rules. On our second night we got take-out at the highly rated Joe’s Wood Fired Pizza. Excellent New York style pizza, in the Bayview area halfway between Langley and Freeland. We also made a quick stop for a treat at Coupeville’s Red Hen Bakery – killer cinnamon rolls, take out only.

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    The historic building in Langley,home to Prima Bistro

    Plan Ahead

    A sanity staycation takes a bit of planning…don’t assume everything is open and running regular hours. For instance Joe’s is only open for take-out currently (July 2020).

    Also very important is that you check the current schedule for the Washington State Ferries (unless you plan to arrive from the North over the Deception Pass Bridge). Currently due to reduced staffing Washington State Ferries are running at half capacity (July 2020). The Mukilteo to Clinton Ferry (closest from Seattle and King and Snohomish County and all points east) is usually a 2-3 boat wait unless you can travel during non-peak. Another option is the Port Townsend to Coupeville Ferry. If you are coming from points west and south ( Pierce, Kitsap, Thurston, Mason or Jefferson Counties) this is definitely the way to go. The great thing about this boat is you can make a reservation and be secured a spot on whatever sailing you want.

    Ebey Landing

    But that’s all part of the “fun” (she says tongue in cheek) during the time of Covid. Learning to live with new rules and guidelines will serve us all in the long run…and taking a mental health sanity staycation is a highly recommended way to feel better and wash away the blues – but only if you are comfortable being out. We plan to choose safe, quiet and unpopulated places to visit on upcoming sanity staycations.

    Not a soul around. Enjoying a cinnamon roll outside Red Hen Bakery

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