Sunday, August 23, 2009

Back home

from a delightful vacation (the first I've had in a really long time). Cut a bit short due to last minute book edits lasting up until the morning of my birthday then being kicked off our property... more on that later.

I came home to some wonderful surprises: a box of handblown glasses for our new beach house from my Aunt...

And Marcia's new book - elegant, classy, sophisticated...

And to find out Deborah is painting my cherry blossoms... on silk!

And that our house is already framed...
(check out Timberland Homes - ours will look similar to this)

So many wonderful things!

But back to being kicked off our property...

Yep - turns out a tent isn't an 'approved dwelling unit' (go figure!). Never mind that we already have a Reasonable Use Permit, a Driveway Permit and have filed for a Building Permit (any question as to our intent on this property?) Now once our house is built, we can put up a tent or trailer (because we won't be 'dwelling' in it). And, once our Building Permit is approved (in a couple of weeks), then we can pay the county a few hundred dollars for a Temporary Dwelling Permit to put up a tent... (not sure I can tell you all this without a Permit). So goes the red tape of Island County. And so endeth our vacation.

Don't worry, we are actually already giggling about it.


  1. Silly County! Don't they have better things to do with their time than bother residents?

    Your lot looks lovely, and I'm sure the house will be too. I'm a bit jealous as I live in an overstuffed apt LOL


  2. Love those gorgeous glasses Beverley! & always enjoy your photography - beautiful holiday photos.
    Thanks for your kind comment on my bags.

  3. How wonderful to be building a beautiful vacation home in a beautiful spot. And to have managed to fit in a vacation!

  4. Lovely glassware! Your property woes will make a really funny story eventually..... ;)

    Glad you're enjoying the migration of your photo from print to silk!

  5. Oh my friend can't hardly wait to see you new house (will it be done by the time I'm at your place again, please do say yes to this one).

    You've done an outstanding job with the glas pictures Beverly. You always see things with your artistic eye. Love to the boys.

    And the next time try to put the Volkswagen there, think that might work? ;-)

  6. I love, love, love your photos. How you focus on the depth and array of colors in objects and nature.........I'm trying to use the learning I get from your posts and pictures to view nature and life differenly, more in depth. I'm trying to see the colors in life more intensely. THanks for helping me develop this. I appreciate it.

  7. I love the glass!
    I wanted to thank you so much for your kindness and words of wisdom about kindergarten! I really appreciate you sharing your experience with me!

  8. Ooh, I have been a deliquent visitor! Look how much I have missed! Happy Birthday! And shame on me for missing it. And congrats on the house. What a crazy, funny permit story.

  9. Sometimes one just has to laugh - quickly before they start requiring a permit for that too! Everything's looking great though and glad they only kicked you off after you'd already managed a bit of a stay and the framing was underway...

    Your aunt really has an eye for a beautiful glass doesn't she? Or does she make them herself? Either way... they're gorgeous! And what a special gift for your new beach house, which even as a frame, is looking lovely already!