Oct 042017

Once upon a time a young married couple moved into their dream home.  

They imagined they would live there forever, happily ever after.

Then reality set in, 18 years later — 18 years in one home is a really long time.

Like. A really, really long time (at least for this couple).  

Sure they had exciting road trip adventures with their Airstream travel trailer, but when not traveling — they longed for something more.  Something was missing from their day-to-day lives.  During those 18 years together, life became routine as it typically does.  
Wake > Work  > Home > Cook > Clean > Sleep > *repeat*

Life began to feel, stagnant?  Boring?  It was lacking . . . something . . . 

They found themselves thinking ahead and discussing what their retirement years together would look like.  Where would they end up?  Albeit, retirement was still a world away —  it was an exhilarating topic to discuss.  Hawaii (where she grew up)? Eastern Washington (where he spent many fun filled summers at the family cabin)?  Or how about the San Juan Islands of Washington State (where they both spent time creating sweet memories, together).  But of course.  There was no question.

Of course it had to be San Juan Island

Then one day this past summer, they, along with their young teenage son, were hiking along a forested path in the woods on their beloved island.  The couple was once again casually chatting about living on island *one day* when their son said, “But why wait mom and dad? I wouldn’t mind living here?” he continued . . . “I want to be surrounded by nature, I feel so bored at our home now.  I want to make new friends that share my outdoor enthusiasm . . . Please?”

The couple abruptly stopped in their tracks, and looked at each other and then at their son.  They were bewildered for sure . . . and in a moment  . . . EXCITED . . . (excited!)

And that my friends, is that.  They found a beautiful home perched above the Salish Sea where Humpback and Orca whales come to play while eagles soar high above.  They found a home on an island that is home to a plethora of organic farms that grow some of the biggest and vibrant, robust  fruits and vegetables.  They found a home on island that offers up miles upon miles of beaches to explore and forested trails to hike that reward with spectacular sweeping views.  But best of all, they found a home on an island that will offer up new adventures to be had for a long time to come.

Non-stop outdoor adventures and culinary discoveries every-single-day?  

Why not?

So this is why I have been MIA here on J5MM over this entire past summer.  It has been a whirlwind of getting our home ready to sell (18 years worth of stuff now PURGED.  I’ve never felt better about letting things go) to closing on the island home to signing up for a cute little studio on the mainland (I still work a bit during the week).  All in all, everything has fallen into place as we had hoped.

I look forward to sharing our island life adventures with you, Airstream style too — we have big plans for our silver girl.  I can hardly wait to share more of that with you.  

I hope you had a lovely summer.  Here’s to new adventures 💙 

~ Monica xx

Mar 162017

I would slow down my pace as I walked Oliver past this sweet Airstream  during our visit to Crystal Mountain a few weeks back.  Just a few sites down from us, this Airstream captured my heart and I was absolutely dying to see the inside.  Fortunately I didn’t have to stalk the Airstream too long before owner Jenn opened up the front door and I was able to introduce myself to her.  She gave me a tour and shared her future vision of the interior with me.  I tell ya, I left completely inspired — and, goodness, does she have great taste!  If you look at the photo below, the front portion of the Airstream where you see the silver insulation — that will be covered with beautiful copper sheets and instead of having one dinette table, Jenn and her hubby Shane plan on installing two tables that can raise/lower to suit different situations — a coffee table and a dinette table both at the same time.  Very clever!  The interior is very light and bright that is complemented with beautiful white enamel pieces and copper accents.

This is not your typical Airstream however, this beautiful trailer’s sole purpose is that of a ski lodge.  Outfitted with a bench to store ski boots and a row of hooks to hang up ski attire (all which dry quickly thanks to the most adorable wood burning stove), this Airstream is an RVing skier’s dream come true.

Jenn was so sweet to send me a list of links to all of her favorite items she has in her trailer — to share with you because she believes in supporting all the local small vendors and local makers, “I’m happy to share,” she wrote.

So without further ado, let’s begin the tour!   Continue reading »

Jan 272017

This wasn’t where I meant to be this weekend.  I meant to be at home dusting off my workbench in order to begin working on some new jewelry designs for my Etsy shop.  But rather, sweet friends of ours phoned us up and invited us to come and visit with them at their cozy cabin in the woods near Crystal Mountain.  Needless to say, a trip to the cabin propelled the idea of silversmithing to the curb-and I was very okay with that.  I was, as a matter of fact, in need of a snow fix and boy, did Miss Mother Nature deliver ♥ Continue reading »

Sep 132016

2016 Best Food Blog // Seattle A-List via J5MM.com

Thank you to the sweet person out there who nominated J5MM on Seattle’s A-List site for “Best Food Blog.”  I’m beyond flattered for the nomination (it’s my first nomination for anything, ever ♥ )  and it makes me glad that someone thinks I am worthy of this very special title.  Would be nice!

So if you will, please vote for me friends :)  It would mean a great deal to me, hubby, B and I am quite certain even Oliver :)

Please Vote Here: 2016 Best Food Blog

Sir Oliver Bennett // Canine Wanderlust ♥ Continue reading »