Fly The Neighborly Skies

kenmoreair1People are surprised when I say my wake-up pleasure is hearing the low growl of the nearby Kenmore Charter floatplane fleet lift off the step into the wind. Immediately, pictures of the fascinating places to which they are destined brings a “get going” to my morning. I find myself sending up a prayer for the safety of each one.

victoria1In my Seattle-based suspense, The Covered Bet, Diana and Hawk own a charter flight service. Why? Doesn’t everyone depend on the big commercial jets whining at the huge airports? No one I know looks forward with glee to the long trip to the airport—getting there two or three hours ahead of time so they can stand in a long line at the ticket counter; hike to the next long line; go through security’s x-ray; hike some more; find a seat in a crowded waiting section; and be herded into the plane. We won’t go into the seating, luggage holds or food.

Why would you spend long hours in ferry lines or waiting at the Canadian border when you could fly to the San Juan Islands, Victoria or Seattle in under an hour? Kenmore Air has scheduled floatplane flights to over 45 destinations in an easy, hassle-free alternative to the way I just described.kenair2Not hard to tell, when possible, this family-run Seattle seaplane airline with a warm approach to hospitality is our favorite way to go. (Besides the fact we’ve spent many lovely, warm afternoons polishing our own airplane there.) The owners and staff are dedicated to creating memorable experiences for travelers. No glacier ice or snowy mountains as in their history! Their fleet of Beavers, Otters and the new Caravan (which we’ve used many times) are noted for sturdiness and safety and give each person a view!

luxuryairIf money is not an issue, the private Jet charters could be a choice. Plush luxury for a hurry.

This is not a paid ad for Kenmore Air. Just wanted to show why Diana and Hawk Gunn operate an air charter business — and why I thank God when the setting sun outlines the returning fleet — one by one returning from adventures. My evening is complete.

Safe journeys,

Photos courtesy Kenmore Air

Heart-shaped Memories

valentine1Do you have valentines from your mother’s or grandmother’s era? You know,–flouncy, puffy, honey-combed ? It wouldn’t have surprised me if Diana Gunn’s grandma, in The Covered Bet, had put one or two between the pages of the special book.

Nowadays the intricate, special touches would make each card too expensive to buy for a school class! Lately, I received a box of those old lovelies from someone trying to downsize (as I’m supposed to be doing!) They made me curious how expensive these old beauties are today, so I went to the expert — E-Bay!

valentine2Bottom line in my findings: They are worth having.

The priciest, fold-out, die-cuts sell for $8.00 to $25.00 and up. Not having faded honey-combs add value.


The gorgeous, strand-up die-cut on the left would be snapped up at $25.00.

The on one the right has a faded top so would be a bit less, but is still a pretty table-top ornament.

I love valentines. They’re pretty, intriguing, can be funny. Reminds me of God’s valentines to us – the words in the Bible. They all come down to the phrase — “I love you! Will you be my valentine?”

valentine5Do you display your old valentines? Comment on one you inherited or bought in an antique shop. Your name will be added to the drawing for these two vintage die-cut, fold out valentines.