Day 5 of the 5 Day Photo Blog Challenge

Lazy Days of Summer… Summer

First, I am delighted to announce that the talented Artist, Author, Director, and Producer, Dianne Lynn Gardner accepted my challenge to the 5 Day 5 Photo Challenge.  In fact she was so excited about the challenge she has already started.  She has already posted Day 3.  You can see her blog here:   Then check out her incredible website:

As for me, while Dianne is working away, I’m enjoying the view from my balcony, across my neighbor’s yard down to Miller Bay.  Nature provides incredible shows with otters or seals swimming and chasing fish.  Bald eagles and Osprey often swoop from the trees to go fishing.  Bunnies charge across the lawn.  Heck, a raccoon even knocked on my sliding glass door looking for food.  Sorry buddy, the restaurant is closed.  Amazingly, I haven’t seen any deer, but a bear decided to cross the road in front of my husband while he was on his morning walk.  The good news is that the bear was more interested in avoiding cars than looking at my husband.

The people across the bay thoughtfully provide music for the 4th of July as they bring in a band.  We can sit on our deck, barbecue, drink our wine, and absorb the fun music, as we enjoy the beauty of our view.  Tough life, huh?


Now down at the end of my road is the small community of Indianola.  It is a fabulous place for kids to play on the beach, swim, or kayak.  The town originated in 1886 and could only be accessed via water.  The dock has been improved and upgraded over the years as originally it was built for the mosquito fleet. Once the Agate Pass Bridge was built between Bainbridge Island and the Kitsap peninsula, a road was built to Indianola so the ferries were no longer needed. Consequently, the state purchased the ferries and moved them to other locations.  As of the 2010 Census, Indianola consists of 3,500 people.  They have a General Store, a Post Office, and a Community Center.

The General Store is a fabulous place to go enjoy a cup of coffee to learn what your neighbors have been up to.  If you are curious, the local gossip (don’t tell anyone) is that the Powers-to-be are considering putting a Ferris wheel and roller coaster up at the end of the dock.  Watch out Coney Island! (Stay tuned!)  The kids visit the general store for ice cream cones, and sodas.  It is an idyllic location for simply enjoying nature as you stroll the beach, sit on the driftwood admiring the view, or plunging off the dock into the water.  Ahhhh, Summer time!






















Summer provides many fun and colorful options for playing.  What have you been up to this summer?


Are you appreciating life and the beauty that surrounds you?  Are you taking the time to be a kid and play, or did you forget how?  Take time to smile and find some joy in life… it will do WONDERS for you!

Have a Happy and Fun Summer!!


About Gwynn Rogers

After 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the fields of real estate, high tech, and corporate travel, Gwynn has moved on to the career of “Grandma.” When not teaching her granddaughters an extensive vocabulary of “alley-oop-boop, ups-a-daisy, cowabunga or bummer”, Gwynn can be found hunting for mentors for the Kitsap Youth Mentoring Consortium, or chasing her fantasies on her treadmill. Gwynn currently freelances for magazines.
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20 Responses to Day 5 of the 5 Day Photo Blog Challenge

  1. Awesome post, Gwynn! I love Indianola. Before we moved to Olalla I was looking for homes there. People love it so much though it’s hard to find anything for sale! Those kayaks are festive for sure! Sigh. Maybe we’ll come our your way next July 4th!! JK Thanks for the ping back!

  2. Seonaid says:

    What a lovely post and what a beautiful spot you have there among the soft green grass at the waters edge…looks so peaceful 🙂

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Hi Seonaid, It is a very serene lovely spot. We have some wonderful neighbors. You will laugh; one neighbor for the 4th of July shoots off his cannon! It definitely IS LOUD! The bay with the tide sometimes looks like a mud-flat and at other times people can waters ski out there. Thank you for peeking in at my blog.

  3. Look at that view! That’s it, I’m moving there. leaving my traffic and all behind for the serenity of such beautiful corner of the world. I bet you are so calm, leaving in that scenic of a place. Thank you for letting us see it. 🙂

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Oh, the traffic over here is FAR, FAR better than California. But Seattle is catching up to L.A. BUMMER!! This area is growing. Sadly, on this side of the water about the only jobs are government, law, and Navy… oh yes, retail and restaurants. However, it IS serene. Now our neighbor across the street has a cannon that he sets off on the 4th of July! 😉 But the beauty and serenity up here abounds!! Come visit… I’ll show you! 😉 I’ll even arrange for some wine, cheese, and crackers! 😉

  4. Susan says:

    Well I’m totally bowled over Gwynn at your view! you mean you have this everyday??? Green is my name. How lovely to be surrounded by nature. Also to be able to pop in further down for coffee sodas gossip and the like.thank you for this lovely post and sharing a slice of your life. When an I come visit?

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Yup, this is the view from my deck. It is the neighbor’s yard that you see. When the tide goes out the bay is a mud-flat for a while, but then when the tide comes in you can waterski or sail around the bay. Come visit!!! You definitely would be welcomed!

      The community of Indianola is crazy. You will find funny castles, homes like bird houses, mansions, and everything in between… my kind of place! Hey, since it is winter there…. COME ON OVER to the other side!!! Oh yes, bring The Kiffness with you! 😉

  5. Tina Peterson says:

    Ahhhh, summer. You’ve caught it, thanks!

  6. Great pics! The other day I was picking figs and had a raccoon friend who didn’t seem intimidated at all by hanging out with me under the tree. I guess he was looking for dropped fruit! I was about done anyway, so I politely exited and let him do his thing.

    I think summer fun for me is playing in the dirt, hence the garden. Even though I’m working, it energizes me and feels like fun. I do it early in the morning, and it sets my mood for the day.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      I would like to play in the dirt, but it hurts me to bed over due to my back issues, so walking the streets is my new vocation. 😉

      Yes, I’m betting the raccoon was looking to enjoy fruit from your labors… the figs. It was nice of you to leave him some!

      Today is SO COOL!! I LOVE IT!! Enjoy your sisters!

  7. Wow, who needs TV when you have all those critters to watch. I’ve handed food to raccoons before and though they have long claws they are always very careful to take the food without scratching.

    If you had given the raccoon at the door something you might have made a long-term friend. My parents had a seagull knock at their sliding glass door once and fed it and it came back every day for 20 years to get its daily catfood sandwich. They knew it was always the same one because it had a hole in its foot.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      I DO love the view and the critters when they come out to play. We have several dogs in the neighborhood. In fact I’m surrounded by them so the raccoon wouldn’t be to trusting of me, even though I don’t have a dog.

      How fun that your parents enjoyed the loyalty of seagull. That would be fun too. I wonder if I can convince an eagle or an osprey to knock on my door? 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by.

  8. What wonderful views you have, Gwynn. Lovely photos. And you are surrounded by wildlife. What an idyllic place to live — salt water, trees, quirks of nature of all kinds. Such pleasures and serenity.

    Very well written piece. Thank you. I’d like to see more of your Pacific Northwest neighborhood.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Samantha, I think the best way for you to see my neighborhood would be for you to come visit. Heck, if you come for the 4th of July, you can hear the cannon that our neighbor across the street sets off! 😉 Also, you and Tammy would LOVE to see the garden down at the end of our cul-de-sac. It is INCREDIBLE. It was even written up in the Better Homes and Garden section of the Seattle Times newspaper.

      The area can be funky, quirky, and drop-dead gorgeous. I wish I was a better photographer as some of the views are stunning. Thanks for your comments and ideas!

  9. pat garcia says:

    Yes, I am enjoying my summer tremendously. We’ve actually had 4 weeks of hot weather and it is now August 14. I am dancing around like your peacock in your day 4 of the challenge.
    You have a beautiful backyard and I love the lake that you look out on. That is indeed a wonderful view.
    To be quite honest, you look like you live in a fabulous village or small town, but dear heart, it gets very cold in your part of the country and you have too much snow, so if I ever came your way, it would have to be in mid-summer.
    Very nice post, my dear.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      The interesting part about your desire to move to Italy is that I have a former neighbor who is serving in the U.S. Navy over on a base in Italy. He forwarded a picture of the flood waters they are experiencing now due to their rain.

      You LOVE the heat and I LOVE cool weather. This summer has been so hot here, I’m ready to move to Alaska! We used to have lots of snow here years ago, but now our winters are pretty mild… but alas probably too cool for you. Come, some warm summer!

      We look out at a bay that is an ‘arm’ of the Puget Sound, so it is not a fresh water lake. I LOVE the beauty of nature and the serenity. I’m delighted that you enjoyed our view too.

      Hugs, Gwynn

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