Edy Kizaki

January in Seattle 2013

January 1, 2013 in Seattle This Month

SeattleSept2-2Three bright sunny days in a row and we are off to a New Year!  This January so far it seems people are out the door and down the street before you can say “Space Needle.”  I keep hearing what a great year it’s going to be.  Let’s make it so!  Here are some of January’s exciting events, let me know if I missed anything!

Polar Bear Plunge, Birch Bay WA
January 1

Tutankamen, Pacific Science Center
ends January 6

Skagit Eagle Festival, Concrete, Rockport, Marblemount, along the Skagit River
weekends, Jan 5 – 27
Hoptoberfest, State Fair Park in Yakama
Jan 11

Outhouse Races, Conconully
Jan 12

Winterhop Brewfest, Ellensburg
Jan 19

Bavarian Ice Festival, Leavenworth
Jan 19 – 20

Windless Kite Festival, (indoors) Long Beach
Jan 18 – 19

Model Railroad Show, Pacific Science Center, Seattle
Jan 19 -21


Edy Kizaki

May in Seattle, 2012

May 1, 2012 in Seattle Lifestyle, Seattle This Month

Space Needle against bright blue cloudy sky with a May Pole flying ribbons across it.May first was traditionally the first day of summer in European countries, and many celebrations took place.  Here in Seattle toady it certainly feels like summer is just around the corner.  The flowers are blooming, vegetable gardening has started, day after day of bright blue sky tempted us outdoors and away from cold weather pursuits last week. Scattered in the gardens, around the mailbox posts and under trees, are daffodils, hyacinth, and blue bells.  Huge clusters of alyssum pour down rocks in landscaping, and the revered rhodies are going to be in their glory in a week or two. Read the rest of this entry →

Edy Kizaki

Visit Edison in September for Northwest Autumn scenes

September 21, 2010 in Quick Trips from Seattle, Seattle This Month

waterways with leaping salmon

My daughter Mia is starting her freshman year of college and we’ve had a week of flurry as we got her ready to go.  Yesterday Dave, my son Daniel and I drove her up to Bellingham and helped her set up her dorm room a little, met her roommates and suite mates (4 girls share a bathroom, much better than when I was in a dorm and 16 people shared one big bathroom at the end of the hall, and one phone), and took her to lunch (Pho) and shopping before driving back down.  On the way home we got off at the Bow-Edison exit and drove west toward the water.  It was toward dusk and we wanted to go see the little town of Edison, pop. 175.  There is something like an artist’s colony there and I read about it in Sunset this month, never having been there.
For a small town it has several restaurants, pubs and antique shops as well as a really nice bread shop, The Breadfarm.  We went in and

The Breadfarm in the tiny town of Edison

 tried out a bite of their whole wheat sample, then chose a

At the Breadfarm, loaves were still warm

baguette and a loaf of their sour cherry-lemon bread.  Going out to the car, we tore off bites of the baguette and munched it, so good!  Next we drove west again toward Puget Sound and stopped at an amazing scene, out of the Sound rose an island with a trail of cloud or fog right through the middle of it, but blue and sunset sky all around.  In the foreground was a big house and a boat dock, and a river running up from the sound and around under the bridge shone in the evening light.

We had to stop, and walked out by the river where a few people were fly fishing, a silent scene with a hypnotic rhythm to it.  The amazing thing was that salmon over two feet long kept

Exploring Edison in Skagit County, North of Seattle

 leaping out of the water, Dave told Daniel and me that they are on their way up river to spawn.  How huge they were, and how high they leapt!  There was a rosy gold tinge to them in the silence and the golden sunset light and with birds calling and wheeling around.  We stood in a timeless moment, reluctant to move or walk on, letting the setting sun fall all around us.  

Finally going on,  we drove a bit farther and saw a hawk flying low over the fields, then stopped again to see a buck and two does reaching up for apples off a tree in an orchard.  At that farm a big rather thin white goat and a short round fat black goat stood at the head of the driveway staring at the deer and at us.  Daniel climbed up and down the bank doing his best to see them and possibly scare them, but luckily they paid him no attention. 

After staring back at the deer and goats for quite a while, we got back in the car and drove back toward I-5 but stopped

Rhododendron Cafe

and Dave treated us to a delicious meal in the “Rhododendron  Cafe,”  which had a sign out telling passersby that it was Medeterinian month.  Dave had paella, and I had pan fried oysters with home grown green beans and baby red potatoes that were light years better than the supermarket veggies.  Daniel had the cheese pizza and we followed it up with a brownie sundae and homemade ice cream.  There was an intriguing party going on at the “Bow Inn” but unfortunately no minors allowed, but great live music, dancing, and a lively artistic crowd. 

Definitely a place to take note of!  Let’s drive up when you get a chance and enjoy the serene and timeless quality of Bow and Edison, so near the city yet in another world.  By going in the day, we’ll get to gallery hop too.

boats docked on the riverbank in Edison