San Juan Islands topography

We have such a wide range of topography here in the San Juan Islands. From valley views, mountain ranges, rocky shorelines and miles of sandy beaches. While driving to the West Side yesterday I crossed green fields of grazing cattle with the snow capped Olympic Mountains in the background rising above the Straits of Juan de Fuca and Canada beyond. What struck me even more was when I came across a gushing waterfall. There is no place like the San Juan Islands on a beautiful spring day.

Our 3 & 1/2 year old boxer Lucy

Debra SullivanWe love you Miss Lucy. You have been a true gift and a treasure to everyone who ever had the chance to know you. Walking you thru town felt like being with a celebrity. Your life was too short but your love was strong. You have been a major presence in our lives. You are sorely missed. Never has a dog ever made us laugh so much. Never has our hearts been captured so unexpectedly. We missed the flop of your ears this morning and the snuggles in your yoga positions. You will be in our hearts forever. Until we meet again.


This is how I arrive to where I live






This is how I arrive to where I box



Definitely gets you in the mood. Just arriving here brings out the gangster in you. Serious fun! Kick your butt kind of stuff, all women, and crazy loud music, keeps your mind nimble and your moves quick.

Boxing is a combat sport in which two people engage in a contest of strength, speed, reflexes, endurance and will by throwing punches with gloved hands against each other, although we don’t spar with each other (yet) we do throw punches and bust some good moves and laugh a lot!

“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, stand a little taller and makes a good fighter.”

There are may diverse activities in the San Juan Islands, never underestimate this unique lifestyle, we have it all!




Village at the Harbor on San Juan Island

We took my 86 year old mother – in -law to Village at the Harbor on San Juan Island 2 weeks ago. Up until that point she had been living on her own a few blocks from our house. It became apparent that she could no longer live on her own. She was not very happy about leaving her home and her independence. Once we took her on a tour of the Village she became excited about the idea. The facility is light and bright with positive energy through out. They provide 3 meals per day in the dining room, they have music in the lobby. They offer excursions around the island, games, excersise, happy hour,  they even have a beauty parlor. She has the option of dining in her own apartment studio complete with a kitchen. They change her sheets and do laundry once per week. The grounds are lovely and the people that work there are very considerate and respect her privacy. They do check in on her to remind her when an event is taking place but they don’t bother her. She has improved her health and well being with the social aspect of living at the Village.We don’t worry about her living alone anymore. When we come to visit with our family dog the smile on her face and the gleam in her eyes are priceless.