Saltwater Sounds Weekly: A Lovely Life

Welcome to Saltwater Soundsa collection of ideas, tips, and inspiration. This is where I share all that’s been happening in the world of Shiplap and Shells, what’s to come and the inspiration I have found from other bloggers around the web.

tulips growing in raised beds

This and That…

Happy Sunday and Happy May Day! Welcome to the blog.

I don’t know what it is about Sundays lately but we have another beautiful one today. It could get up to 61°F today and let me tell you that is warm for us these days.

I’m so excited to plant the rest of my geraniums and seedlings today.

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Jax the dog on the greenhouse steps

A Tough Teeth Week in the Shiplap and Shells Home

It’s been a heck of a week.

The above picture was Jax last Sunday. You all know he’s my garden helper and protector, right? It was a good day…a really good day.

On Monday I took Jax to his vet appointment to get 5 or 6 rotten teeth pulled.

dogs Jax and Ollie

I brought Ollie along for the road trip because he has never been by himself, without Jax, at home. Unfortunately, after the 45-minute commute, Ollie threw up about 4 times in the car and left quite a mess. I was more upset about him than the mess.

He’s never been car sick so I’m not sure what that was all about.

So back to Jax. The poor baby ended up needing 16 teeth extracted that day. He’s only 6 years old!

puppy Jax
Jax as a puppy after we rescued him.

We rescued Jax so we don’t exactly know what breed he is and if it is common for so many teeth to be taken out so early in life. We know his mom is a terrier mix but not sure about the dad.

The thing is that my hubby cleans the boy’s teeth regularly which is how we even knew Jax needed to see the vet.

drugged up Jax after surgery

As you can see he was drugged big time when he got home. His surgery was at 2:00 PM and when I went to pick him up at 5:30 PM they were just suturing him up. He was so confused. It was really sad. I just held him all night which Ollie didn’t appreciate because he’s usually the little spoiled one.

Jax will be on a soft food diet for the next 10 days and we’ll bring him back to the vet to see how everything is healing.

broken teeth after a fall

Someone Watching Over Me

Speaking of teeth and soft food diets, I had my own issues this week and you know what? Jax was there for me just like I was for him.

This was a head-scratching experience for me. I think you’ll agree.

As I was walking into the laundry room I tripped over something on the floor. I fell straight down on my mouth and nose.

You can see here that I broke 3 of my teeth and I had a bloody nose but THAT WAS IT! I could have broken bones, a jaw, my nose, gotten black eyes…you get the picture. But I didn’t. I truly believe that someone was watching over me.

teeth are getting fixed

I have the best dentist! We called Dr. Jang in Gig Harbor on the emergency line that night and he texted right away and said to come in the next morning. After looking things over he had me come back later that afternoon to fix 2 of the 3 teeth.

We still don’t know if one of my front teeth will need a root canal. No chewing, hot or cold food, and tender loving care is the prescription for the next 3 weeks to see if we can save the tooth. I get the other chipped tooth fixed on the 10th.

pink clematis blossoms and greenhouse
This clematis will not be blooming this year.

Plants are Not Blooming Like Usual This Spring Because of the Extreme Weather

We have been abnormally cold and wet here in the Seattle area this last couple of months and so many plants in the garden have been affected. I have clematis blooms that froze and fruit trees that barely bloomed this year.

I will say it is so strange to see pictures from this time last year where we had quite a few blooms already and barely anything now.

white tree blossoms
This tree started blooming but stopped after about a week and never fully bloomed.

geraniums and seedlings hardening off on deck

Adding Annual Flowers to Containers for Much Needed Color in the Garden

I’m planting annuals in containers around the garden right now so we can have some added color in the garden that we didn’t seem to get this season.

The geraniums that were overwintered in the greenhouse all winter are acclimated and ready to be planted. I got some planted in window boxes and containers on Thursday in between dentist appointments and have a few more to plant in containers today.

sweet peas seedlings

Seedlings Will Be Planted in the Cut Flower Garden

You can see that most of the seedlings are ready to be transplanted this week in the cut flower garden. I can’t wait!!!!

I just have some marigolds, bachelors buttons, and sunflowers that still need to be hardened off for another week before we transplant them.

I’m going to take my extra seedlings and plant them in our community garden next week as well.

greenhouse and gardens end of Arpil

A Walk in the Garden

Things are filling out in the garden right now. We do have a few blooms already and some that are just starting to show.

I replaced the pansies for petunias in the planter on Thursday but forgot to take a picture. I’ll share it with you next week.

The greenhouse will be empty next week!

spring container garden

Here’s the container garden with herbs, spring bulbs, and a few annuals mixed in.

daffodil in container
yellow cheerfulness daffodil

We have some really pretty and unique daffodils coming up right now. This one is a Yellow Cheerfulness Daffodil.

Sir Winston Churchill daffodil

This Sir Winston Churchill Daffodil is one of my very favorites.

Sir Winston Churchill daffodil
tulip renown unique

Here is the Tulip Renown Unique variety that looks a lot like a peony to me.

tulip renown unique

Here are the same tulips a few days later.

red campion

The Red Campion plants are one of the few perennials that are flowering right now.

Lady's mantle

Here’s a Lady’s Mantle that is just starting to get her blooms. As you can see, this is a plant that desperately needs to be divided and I haven’t gotten there yet.

Centaurea Montana

I need your help! From everything I’ve read, I’ve come to the conclusion that this is a Centaurea Montana. Can anyone confirm or correct me?

Centaurea Montana

Whatever it is, it’s one of the first bloomers of the season and its deep purple is so gorgeous! I will cut it down after the flowers and foliage is spent and it will make another performance before dying off for the season.

Lavender Vanilla candle

Lavender Vanilla – Another Favorite Candle Fragrance

Lavender Vanilla is a soothing bouquet of fresh florals and lavender blossoms, highlighted with warm vanilla bean.

  • Clean Burning
  • 100% Vegan
  • Hand-Picked Fragrances
  • Sustainable Materials
  • Moderate Strength

You can get the 8 oz. for $22 OR 16 oz. for $30. This fragrance also comes in wax melts for $9.

sample pack of candles

Here’s another fun option. The Friend Favorites Sample Pack for $26 includes 4-2 oz. candles: Sweet Lemon, Country Pear, Momma’s Kitchen, and of course Lavender Vanilla.


What’s Happening at Shiplap and Shells…

Here are last week’s blog posts and all that’s been happening at Shiplap and Shells.

daisies in a vintage galvanized bucket

Savor the Simple Joys Around You and Your Home

Are you intentional when it comes to finding joy in your home? I’ve created a home that I love just by allowing myself to be “perfectly imperfect” and enjoying what is around me in the present moment.

The book A Lovely Life by Melissa Michaels

I’m also sharing my friend Melissa Michael’s new book “A Lovely Life” which shows us how to love our home by savoring the simple joys around us.

giveaway bundles

I was lucky enough to be part of a book launch tour this last week where some blogger friends and I are offering a different giveaway bundle on each of our blog posts. I have all the links in my blog post. CLICK HERE for the link to Melissa’s new book.

My blog post is where you can enter to win a Lovely Gardening Bundle!

May gardening to dos

May Gardening Tips and To-Dos for the Pacific Northwest Region

The weather is getting warmer and the plants are getting bigger and better this month. Here are some May gardening tips and to-dos for your Pacific Northwest garden.

Coming Your Way:

12 Tips for Creating a Low Maintenance Garden – May 3rd

5 Beautiful Blooming Spring Flowering in My Garden – May 7th

7 Things You Want to Know About Foxgloves – Your Questions Answered – May 10th

11 Simple Tricks for Beautiful Flower Garden Containers – May 14th

What would you like to see on my blog? Please leave me a comment and let me know.

My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web…

French Country Cottage kitchen

The talented Courtney of French Country Cottage has 7 quick, easy & temporary ways to update your kitchen and they are all so beautiful.

parmesan rosemary shortbread crackers

Here’s a pretty and delicious recipe from Michele of Vintage Home Designs. Check out her parmesan rosemary shortbread crackers. I can’t wait to make these.

tea party tablescape

My good friend Stacy of Bricks ‘n Blooms shares her gorgeous afternoon tea party for a Mother’s Day brunch.

spring table centerpiece in greenhouse

Are you looking for some easy spring basket centerpiece ideas? Rachel of The Ponds Farmhouse has plenty of inspiration for you.


I absolutely LOVED this quote that CoCo of The Crowned Goat shared in her latest “From the Porch” post.

More Inspiration

This extraordinary Westlake home.

Best way to clean a concrete patio.

Hosting an elegant Kentucky Derby party.

A French Country Mother’s Day Brunch.

This Tuscany villa.

An English tea room treat.

This island oasis.

These vegan wings.

The healing properties of roses.

This no-bake lemon berry cheesecake cup recipe.

greenhouse in the spring

An Oldie But a Goodie

Mother’s Day Inspiration in the Cottage Garden

Take a little tour to see what was blooming in my cottage garden last year. I also share some ideas on how to make Mother’s Day even more special with flowers and plants.

I’d love to hear from you! Leave me a comment and let me know what you’d like to see on the blog! Thank you for being here.

Until next time,

Wishing you a wonderful weekend and a happy new week,


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  1. Wow the garden is really coming alive! Thank you for shariing my post and I;m glad you were able to get your teeth fixed! I know there’s more to do, but sorry it happend!

  2. Sending you so much love and hugs right to you and Jax right now, Kim! I can’t believe you both had to go through that. I’m glad you’re taking care of each other. It looks so painful! Thanks so much for sharing my quote of the week, I really appreciate it. Off to dive into all your fabulous links. Big hugs, CoCo

  3. Oh no, Kim, you’ve had such a rough time of it lately, poor you! All the better that you have such a wonderful garden where you can all recuperate! We’re redesigning our garden this year and moved a lot of plants around so fingers crossed they all survive. We had the same problem as you with our flowering plum tree. We had a late frost just as it was starting to flower so the blooms didn’t open properly. I’m not sure the pollinators had a chance to get to them before they dropped off the tree! I guess we’ll have to wait and see if we get any fruit this year. Thanks so much for sharing my tips for cleaning a concrete patio, I appreciate that so much! (I can’t stop looking at my patio now haha!).

  4. Wow! You got lucky that you didn’t break something serious, like your jaw! I love following along with your blog posts and especially your Salt Water Sounds weekly wrap up. I’ve decided to call myself a “SHIPLAPPER”.????????❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  5. Bless your heart, what a rough week for you and your fur baby☹️. I’m glad you weren’t hurt worse, and hope your teeth heal and that they can figure out the cause for your dog’s premature tooth loss. Weather seems to be crazy everywhere, and I know it has to be frustrating when it affects your garden and things don’t bloom as they should. You have such a beautiful place! Oklahoma is always a windy state, but apparently we’ve had the windiest April in Oklahoma in 50 years. Sure hoping May is more calm, as we’ve already had tornado activity. Hang in there and feel better soon, and thanks for sharing!

  6. Such a wonderful blog post Kim, I just loved reading about all of the flowers you are planting. I have never seen this bright purple Centaurea Montana.I will have to look that one up. Thank you for shairng your lovely garden with us. And I am glad that all of the teeth issues are behind you all.
    XO Wendy

  7. Oooooh, your teeth!!! You poor thing…and I’m so glad you didn’t break anything else!! Your gardens look so lovely already…and seeing your Lady’s Mantle reminds me that I haven’t seen mine coming up, I lost so many plants over the winter from voles I think.

    1. Of course. It’s a mixture of clematis and honeysuckle which is great because it is evergreen. Thank goodness my husband just pruned it for me today. It was getting a little wild.

  8. Oh goodness, Kim. You did have a tough teeth week. I hope both you and your fur baby are on the mend soon. Thanks so much for sharing my lemon cheesecake cup recipe. Hope this week is less eventful for you than the last. Hugs!❤️

  9. Your garden is lovely with all the spring blooms….I tripped on an uneven sidewalk a few years ago and also landed on my face as I had my arms were full of books….broke half off one front tooth and immediately got to my dentist who patched it so beautifully. Your new patched teeth and color look great. No worries, my tooth (teeth) survived without turning grey and dying. My sunglasses cut into my nose but black eye healed and scrapes on my chin, lips and nose as well. Poor little doggie, so glad he got all fixed up and I am sure he appreciates all you do for him.

    1. Oh, Joan! It’s so easy to do, especially if you have your hands full. I’m so glad you weren’t hurt worse. Thank you so much for reaching out. It’s really hard to see all of Jax’s top front teeth missing but he will get through it. Thank you for the sweet words about my garden.

  10. Kim,
    It was a week for you and poor Jax’s. I’m praying you get all your issues taken care of! Your gardens are just amazing! Thanks so much for sharing my greenhouse centerpiece! You are the best.

  11. Oh my gosh! What a week you’ve had! I hope that Jax and you are feeling better now. It’s so hard when you see your pets unwell. We had a cat who had inexplicably rotten teeth too and then she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder – not wishing to scare you but might be worth discussing with the vet.
    I hope that the next week is much better.

    1. Thank you so much, Carol. I will have a conversation with the vet. Thank you for the tip. It just doesn’t seem right, especially since a lot of the teeth that were pulled were in the front of his mouth. and he’s so young. Have a good week my friend.

  12. So sorry for all the bad going on with you this week!, and appreciate your continued push to keep on keeping on! Truly gives me inspiration to continue through all the ups and downs of life.
    Your garden looks great in spite of the late frost. I always enjoy your blog. ThanK you.

    1. Thank you so much for the kind words, Barbara. You have put a huge smile on my face. Thank you for being here and have a great week.

  13. Oh, Kim, I am so sorry about both Jax and you! What a week!! I am glad you are at least having pretty weather today!

    1. Thank you, Chloe. It has been a tough one for sure but it’s only looking up from here. Here’s to a great week, my friend.

  14. Crazy week for you. I’m so glad that you didn’t get hurt any worse. I love your Saltwater posts-so many great information.
    Weather i. The PNW has been so crazy. It’s May already and I have had very few blooms so far.
    Blessings to you.

    1. Thank you so much, Renae. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you being here. Today was actually the perfect day for gardening and I got all my seedlings transloplanted. So happy!

  15. Good Morning Kim! Oh my goodness friend I’m so sorry for your tough week! I’m so glad your vet and dentist could take care of you all. I hope you had some rest time! Your garden is looking as lovely as ever! Can’t wait to catch up this week. Thank you so much for the feature friend.

    1. I’m just so thankful that it wasn’t worse Chas. And it really could have been. Looking forward to catching up with you as well this week.

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