Exit 34 in North Bend, Washington. Just 30 minutes east of Seattle on I-90. 10 minutes away from Snoqualmie Falls & Snoqualmie Casino.

She has pockets. I love her.

One of the very best things about innkeeping is that you get to meet fun, beautiful and sometimes quirky people from all over the world.  About a year ago, we met a fun, young couple who we really hoped would come back again. I am quite sure we have had the best guests a bed and breakfast could ever, ever hope for.

This week they came back. It’s their anniversary. We were so happy to see them again and Jessica came with a gift. Even more reasons to celebrate. That makes me happy. You will want to celebrate too when you see what she gave me.

I don’t think I have ever owned such an adorable stuffed thing in my whole life. She is gorgeous. She has pockets. She is flowery. She is organized. I love her.

If you would like to meet Jessica, you’re in luck. She has a lovely blog named Rag-a-muffin. Oh, and an etsy store too. Visit her and tell her that Deanna from The Old Hen -the innkeeper with the pocket chicken – is a fan.

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The Royal Wedding: My Snarky Hat Parade

Christmas ribbon candy or Whoville? How can two things that make me so happy make me cringe when placed on Princess Beatrice’s head?

She obviously took the shoes matching your hat rule much too literally.

Gustaf’s Premium Licorice Allsort, anyone? Anyone? It might have a hair in it.

“Why, yes. Yes, I do have a date for badminton after the wedding today. How did you know?!”

“I don’t have a great seat so I had to make sure I get good reception so I won’t miss a thing.”

“Look! It’s reversible! I wore this at Princess Diana’s memorial service and no one will ever know I’m getting two uses out of it. Yay me!”

“Yes, I’m sure! Trust me. We’ll just place a headband down the other side to match your hair to help keep it on and no one will even notice it’s there.”

Pringles new spokesperson.

“Mawwiage. Mawwiage is what brings us here today. That & does anybody have a salon you can recommend for eyebrow grooming?”

I was in charge of something. I simply can’t remember what it was. Oh, yes. The quill pen. Now where’d I put it?

Media is using the term “unidentified guests” so Obama won’t feel bad for not being invited. But it’s The Girls Next Door.

Yay for craft time! Just hot glue a bow & a blossom to your beanie and your hat is pretty enough even for a royal wedding!

I Know! I’ll wear my velvet vest from the 70s, my heavy-duty sweater from the 80s, & my hat from, well, I’ll toss something together that matches.

Props for the propping.

“She always copies me! Only, you know, bigger, shinier and more colorful.”

And my snarky hat parade finale: The best hat of all is balanced out by the worst dress of all. sigh

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