Saltwater Sounds Weekly: Remembering My Mother

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greenhouse with marigolds and orange dahlias

This and That…

I have to tell you, it scares me how fast this month has flown by. Am I alone?

Fall is definitely in the air here in the Seattle area. We will hopefully get to 70°F today. We still haven’t gotten any significant rain but the mornings and evenings are so chilly and down in the low 50s.

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Remembering My Mom

Sadly, my mom passed away very unexpectedly and I just haven’t been around much lately.

This was a woman who wanted to be friends with anyone she met. She was a social butterfly who loved being with friends and family whenever possible.

Mom showed kindness to strangers and always tried to start a conversation with the person next to her in line. I have to tell you, as a kid, it really embarrassed me but as I got older I thought it was just very sweet.

mom and surfboards

My mom loved to take trips to Southern California where she was born and lived until she was in her 30s. Here she was posing with these colorful surfboards while I took her picture.

Disneyland was her very favorite place to go in the world. I can’t believe how many times we went there and we always had the time of our life.

mom and me

I thought this would be a fun picture to share with you.

My mom and I went into business together as Realtors years back. Here’s one of the professional pics we had taken for our marketing. Do you see how I’m crossing my arms for the ultimate “professional” pose?

mom and me

Here’s my young mama and her baby girl (me) who spent the day at the beach.

mom and me

Fifty(ish) years later we were still playing in the sand at the beach. Here we are in Canyon Beach, another favorite of my mom’s.

The only silver lining here is that my mom and daughter, Katie, are reunited again, which makes me smile. They were quite the team and loved each other so much.

greenhouse and cottage garden  with waterview

A Walk Through the Garden

Sadly, I have not been in my garden in a couple of weeks between being on the boat and coming home to deal with my mom’s estate.

cut flower garden and greenhouse

I’m going to go to the nursery next week to buy fall annuals to plant in my flower containers. I also need to label my dahlias so that when spring comes, I know where to plant them. I need to do some perennial rearranging.


fall candle bundle

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What’s Happening at Shiplap and Shells…

fresh cut flwoers in vase

Warm and Cozy Fall Home Decorating Ideas That Will Save You Time and Money

Are you looking for some autumn-season decorating options that are not only simple but also budget-friendly? I’m sharing some home fall decorating ideas that are sure to save you time and money while transitioning your home to warm and cozy vibes.

My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web…

fall drink in copper mug

Are you looking for recipes that are perfect for the fall season? One of my favorite food bloggers, Tieghan at Half-Baked Harvest is sharing 45 …YES, 45 of her most popular fall recipes!

stenciled cabinet

Do you need an easy project for a piece of furniture in your home? My friend KariAnne at Thistlewood Farms will show you how to stencil furniture in ten minutes.

pumpkin breads

Pumpkin Banana or pumpkin apple bread? Now you don’t need to choose which pumpkin bread to make for the fall season. Leslie at My 100-Year-Old Home shares both recipes and they look amazing!

corn stalk topiaries

Do you need an excellent fall DIY idea? My good friend Rachel of The Ponds Farmhouse makes the cutest topiaries using corn stalks. I can’t wait to make one of my own.

More Inspiration

This gorgeous home.

These mini pumpkin bundt cakes are the cutest.

This hard-working mudroom will give you some great ideas.

Bright striped color inspiration.

Corn chowder made easy for fall.

Color trends for 2023.

This Ikea hack.

Here’s an idea of what to do with your harvested basil.

One blogger with two beautiful kitchens.

An Oldie But a Goodie

fall tablescape

Create a Simple Yet Fabulous Fall Tablescape By Bringing the Outdoors Inside

I’d love to hear from you! Leave 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 week ahead,


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  1. I am so very sorry to read about your mom’s passing. My deepest condolences go out to you and your family.

    I lost my mom when I was just 20 years old. I am now 72 years old, so she has been gone for 52 years of my life. I cannot tell you how much I miss her. My only regret is that I didn’t spend as much adult time with her because she got sick and passed away.

    My heart goes out to you. I cry for the pain you are feeling. Please know there are so many of us who understand your sorrow and send you gentle and loving hugs.

  2. My sweet friend, I am so sorry to hear this sad news. I cannot even imagine what you have been through.
    My heart truly aches for you.
    The garden will be a good place to be for you, you can focus on fall and the cool season coming.

  3. Kim,

    My mom is also one who talks to people next to her in line (and across the counter, and next to her at galleries and shows – anywhere she can make a connection). You are so right in coming to see it for the kindness it is/was.

    I started following your blog shortly before moving to Lakebay, and last year, when my Mom (a former Master Gardener) came to visit, she asked me if we could drive by your garden. When she saw it, she gasped and held her breath, because she thought it so beautiful! I thank you for that.

    I glad you have such good memories of your Mom. Now you can talk to her when you are out working in your garden. She will hear you, loud and clear.

  4. Oh friend, I am so sorry you lost your Mom so soon. I adore your real estate picture…you two were an entire vibe!! Thank you for sharing a little bit about here with us. Sending you lots of East Coast love!

  5. I am so very sorry at your loss. Losing your Mom is a significant thing in a life. Lost mine when I was 42, miss her every day. Prayers and love go out to you and the family as you go through all that it brings.

  6. Kim, I love seeing pictures of you and you mother. I didn’t know you did real estate together. A lovely tribute to her and I am sorry you are going through this. Your garden is a healing place and hopefully you will find peace and splice there. Thank you for sharing my mudroom. Sending big hugs to you.

  7. Knowing you find comfort
    in the knowledge
    that your beloved mother lives on-
    and will love you forever.

    I, like so many others, have been in your shoes… lifting you in thought and prayer……

  8. I’m so sorry for the loss of your mother. She sounds like she was a wonderful lady. I hope you find comfort and peace in all the beautiful memories you have of her.

  9. I am very sorry to hear that you lost your mother. I feel honored to read your memories of her. Thank you for sharing them.

  10. Dear Kim
    I’m sad for you losing your Mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you. As you said, your daughter and Mom are reunited and the is a consolation I’m sure. Great memories which you seem to have c as n get you through this tough time.
    My heart goes out to you ❤️
    Lori Kwasniewski

  11. Kim, I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. Thanks for sharing your pictures and beautiful memories. I’ll keep you in my prayers this week. xo

  12. Hi Kim I’m so sorry to hear that you had lost your mom!!! I will hold you in my heart and send many prayers and lots of hugs to you!!! ??

  13. The loss of a mom is so hard. My heart goes out to you. May the fall season be a comfort to you.

  14. So sorry to hear about losing your mother. seems as if she was a beautiful person inside and out and maybe looking out into your beautiful yard everyday will feel as if she is there with you.

  15. I have recently moved to Bainbridge Island from Sonoma, CA. I absolutely love the Pacific Northwest. I am in the process of building a “She Shed”. It will be my hobby Shed and I am always looking for decorating ideas.
    I am so sorry about the lost of your Mother. My Mother passed away a few years ago and I think of her everyday. How fortunately I was to have had such a beautiful Mother who left me so many wonderful traits. She lived to be 99 years old and loved in Sonoma close to me for 19 years. When I get sad I go to gratitude. Our Mothers would have been friends I am sure.
    I love your blog and all of your ideas.

  16. Kim I’m so sorry about your mom. I love seeing all of you pictures and had no idea you both worked together. Thank you for sharing my post. Big hug from Jersey!!! ❤️❤️

  17. So very sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. God bless you through this time of remembering and missing and adjusting. I always look forward to your blog. Thank you for all the work you do to inspire us.

  18. I am so sorry to hear about your mom. It is so hard to lose a loved one. I lost my mom last November. Some of your descriptions of your mom reminded me of mine, such as talking to people in line. It used to embarrass me too, but I learned to see it as a gift and now I try to do the same when I can. I think it’s a way of making others feel more comfortable. Anyway, I’m very sorry, and my thoughts and prayers are with you.

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