Laurel Geyer - Watercolor Artist - Ongoing Displays - Art Shows 2012, 2013 - Journal Entries!
Laurel is an artist, musician and organic gardener who has lived near the edge of the beautiful Ogdensburg Millpond for almost the past four decades. She lives there with her artist husband Kevin Casey and their cat, Boy, in the old Historic former home of Judge Ogden, for whom the village was named after. She has two daughters and two step-sons, who are all in their 30’s. She also has a new grandson and an 'adopted' daughter and grandson. As a former Art teacher at Manawa Middle School, Learning Disabilities teacher at Little Wolf High School, and adjunct Faculty (watercolors) at Fox Valley Technical College, she has taught art to many adults and children over the years. She still enjoys teaching her watercolor classes at places like the Green Fountain Inn, Waupaca, where the class breaks for lunch in the old Victorian setting. Contact Laurel if you want to be on her call list for classes.
Laurel is passionate about Nature and her paintings reflect that. There are moon rises, full moons, sunsets and sunrises, gardens, turtles, great blue herons, sand hill cranes, the aqua waters of the Chain O’ Lakes in summer or tropical waters from her travels. "Paintings are a way to bring the beauty and healing of nature right inside the home or office. I can capture the warmth and relaxation of a summer day on the lake or in the garden and have it with me all winter long."
Laurel has a passion for travel and has found the medium of watercolor allows her to best capture memories of her travels. She will also paint commissioned paintings from your travel photos or cottage setting. Also, aerial view paintings of any location you wish, can be commissioned. Peace Turtles with the child's name and favorite colors are another popular commission.
Laurel has a gallery in her home and takes her Tiny Turtle Traveling Gallery with her to do art shows, art parties, and even has a small version that fits in her kayak as she paints and paddles on the Chain, or travels around the country and beyond. One of Laurels paintings was selected for the cover of the book 'Our Cottages and Memories', put out by the Waupaca Chain O’ Lakes Association History Committee in 2009.
Laurel also performs at area nursing homes, volunteers at the WI Veteran's Home every summer, practices energy medicine (Reiki Master), and is trying to find ways to help gifted artists, musicians and healers with little income, to continue to share their gifts with the world through her Vincent Initiative, which is in it's infancy stage. The premise is to find people who would like to find a good cause to tithe to. They can then donate to the Vincent Fund using either personal check or paypal, through my website. 100% of any donations will go to the Vincent Fund which is used to help out the gifted artists, musicians and healers who are struggling with income while they try to continue sharing their important gifts with the world. I, myself will contribute a full 50% of my profits on sales made to clients who wish to help fund this Initiative by purchasing my Art. You get a painting, and your money is split half and half to me and my featured artist, healer, or musician. Just mention the Vincent Initiative when you place your order.
2014 SHOWS, CLASSES, DEMOS, ETC.
CLEARWATER HARBOR on the Chain O' Lakes, Waupaca WI Tuesday June , July , AUGUST , On the deck, overlooking the water and Sunset. 11am through sunset. (Dates not set yet)
GREEN FOUNTAIN INN ,Waupaca WI March , April , and May .10am-3:30pm Watercolor class and Lunch FUN! Dates to be announced soon!
ONGOING DISPLAYS and SALES
Tomorrow River Gallery Amherst WI
Waypoint Financial Waupaca WI
The Green Fountain Inn Waupaca WI
Laurel's Originals Gallery Ogdensburg WI
Cate and Company The Strip in King WI
The Revival 111 W Fulton St. Waupaca, WI
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First entry was FEB 19 2010 Scroll way down to find it.
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FEBRUARY 17, 2014: I am safely at home in this beautiful snow storm. As hoped for, a February thaw is coming this week! 35+ degrees will feel quite balmy. Next year, my gallery and our home will be in WA. So this is our last WI winter! Looking forward to a new chapter in my life. Kevin and I will begin our adventure across the country at the end of this coming summer. Packing up my gallery seems like a monumental task, but somehow I will get it done. I HOPE!
FEBRUARY 6 2014: I am leaving for a trip to Lake Michigan for a long weekend with some friends. I am taking a sketchbook and markers instead of my watercolors. Quite a change for me. I'm bringing my snow shoes to do some hiking, and I hope to see some nice sunrises too. It is still below zero every morning, so I am now hoping for a February thaw. I would write more, but I must get ready to go.
JANUARY 6 2014: This is the coldest it has been here for the past 20 years approx. It is -16 at 8 pm, with today's high having been -15. The wind chills are -55, so all schools are closed, etc. We are keeping warm with our trusty woodstove and soup for dinner. But my feet are cold! Chris will be coming home to stay on Jan. 25th. We are so happy about that! (He has been working in Afghanistan for a couple of years). It will be so good to have him relatively nearby again. My 2 nieces had babies this year, "Happy" Harper Catherine and Paige Juliet, joining their older sisters Evie and Olivia. I will get to see them at my sister's this summer at The Bay. Oliver is a joy for us, and we are still spending every other weekend there on 'Grandparent Duty'. I enjoy a hot tub and swim while there, and sometimes we take Oliver in his jeep stroller to the Appleton Farmers Market. Looking forward to a January thaw!!!!!!
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DEC 16 2013: Tonight I pick up Kevin from the airport in Appleton from his unexpected trip to Cancun, Mexico with his son Chris. It was a 2 week vacation, and I'm very happy for them to have gotten to spend time together after Chris has been in Afghanistan for so long. Here in WI, it's been a very cold winter so far. But that allows me to be indoors more where I have so much to do in preparation for our move to WA next Aug or early Sept. So much to get rid of! Letting go is hard, but it must be done. MERRY CHRISTMAS to all and Happy Holidays to those who don't do Christmas!
NOV 1 2013: Our 10 acre parcel of land on the other side of the millpond sold, and today is the closing. One step closer to our move to Port Townsend WA. The house goes next, but we are not moving until next September. I will be making another batch of apple cider this weekend. Harvest time is such a busy time of year. I made many bottles of grape juice too. My daughter Shannon called just to say "Mom, next year at this time we will be walking barefoot on the beach together!" We are into Earthing. (That is being barefoot so that the Earth's energy can enter through the soles of your feet. It has been proven to reduce inflammation in the body as well as help with or eliminate pain.)
AUG 28, 2013: I made a gallon of apple cider yesterday, for the first time in years! I'd been craving it, and the only way to get it fresh and organic is to press my own. This summer is fun and busy. Nathan is doing well, and Oliver is a ton of fun! Swimming at Casey Lake has been wonderful. Chain days are a blast. Summer in WI is fantastic! Today I'll play music and dance at the Iola Nursing Home.
JULY 9, 2013: Summer has arrived! We are spending a lot of quality time with Oliver, our grandson, while Nathan gets over this latest Crohn's episode which has him going in for surgery today. I will be doing my Harbor art show today, and keeping him in my thoughts and prayers. I spent last weekend with my sister and her family at their cottage (compound) on Green Bay. This coming Saturday, I will have a watercolor class on wildflowers for a bridal party of 10. 13 months till the move. The 10 acre parcel across the millpond has an MLS listing now. It can be found by going to realtor.com and it's number is 50078789. Or else type in the zip 54962 and it is listed at $74,500.
JUNE 8,2013: Spring IS here,and I've spent lot's of time kayaking on the Chain in May. I must have been too busy to write, or somehow I messed up the entries and they didn't post. My friend Ruth Moon bought some original watercolors this month, mostly Moonscapes. How fitting! The garden is in full swing, giving us asparagus and greens daily, and onions and garlic. My yard looks like a field of daisies and iris. 14 months till the move!
APRIL 19, 2013: It is snowing again and is 34 degrees this morning. We have lost a lot of our snow cover though! I am planting seeds in pots in the greenhouse because the garden still has snow in it. In 16 months, we will move to Port Townsend, and I will be painting sailboats regularly! Any day now, Spring will come. I have been seeing a lot of the Pileated woodpecker lately.
April 11, 2013: We went on a beautiful trip to Olympia and Port Townsend WA for a couple of weeks! We were surrounded with birdsong, greenery and fragrances from all of the many blooming flowers like apple blossom clematis and daphne. We spent our time watching sail boats, walking the beaches, gazing at the mountains, blue skies, and ships on their way to Seattle. We took in a Rafe Pearlman concert, a couple of Kundalini Yoga classes, and spent quality time with family and friends. Now that we are back, the wrath of winter is still upon us with ice storms and more snow and cold, but I am painting my new Peace Turtle commission in our nice, warm, cozy house with beautiful music playing!
MARCH 14, 2013: Here it is mid-March, and the snow is STILL deeper than our picnic table benches! I have been very busy with subbing, playing music gigs, painting my commissions, and spending time with Oliver on occasion. Oh, and shoveling some snow, even though Kevin does a lot with the snow blower. At least I am glad that this was a winter with snow, because cold temps without snow is very hard to deal with.
JAN 31, 2013: Baby Oliver rolled over today. Nathan called us all excited about it. We get to spend Superbowl Sunday with them. The snow is deeper than the benches on our picnic table. Another COLD night in store. I will sub at Little Wolf High School tomorrow. The Iris commission is challenging, yet I love to work on it. The hardest part is done, and next I get to paint the actual iris flower heads!
JAN. 2, 2013: Our grandson, Oliver James, was born on Dec 20th, 2012! Oliver means PEACE, so how fitting is that! He was born in the same year as my Peace Turtles! Christmas was a time of SNOW here, so I've been having fun, even in the cold. Snowshoeing in the yard, skiing with daughter Jessica near Iola, and hiking the snowmobile trail with Nathan today. I'm currently working on an Iris commission and a new Peace Turtle commission. Let's keep those commissions coming in!
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DEC 13 2012: I took a 2 week trip to WA to be with my daughters over Thanksgiving and I took a roadtrip with my cousin Joanne (Bonnar) and her friend Heidi, to Vancouver, BC. I got back in time to cut our Christmas tree from our land, decorate it, and send out a couple of packages for Christmas. While in WA, I was with Shannon and Jessica at our favorite coffeeshop on the water in Port Townsend, when I was commissioned to paint a mermaid for a guy from AK who is living on his boat in the PT harbor, so that he could send it as a Christmas gift to his nephew. That was cool! I sold and bartered quite a lot while on the trip, out of my Tiny Turtle Travelling Gallery. Any day now, our grandson will be born in Menasha. My stepson Nathan and Heather are his parents. We're exited to meet him!
OCT 29 2012: Happy Birthday Lisa. Dear friend, Mother of Jody, Grandmother of Katoa. I hope the Spirit World is treating you well.
OCT 21 2012: October is flying by. The fall colors have been spectacular, just as they were on daughter Shannon's birth day 35 years ago yesterday. I moved a large pot of cosmos right into the greenhouse and am hoping to make some improvements on my cosmos painting one of these sunny afternoons. I wrote up a little house description on my website in case someone would want to take over for us so we can move to WA next year or so. It can be found with Artist's Home In Summer, the last painting in the Travels category. We hope to sell this home and keep a camping site somewhere on our land. We also have a 5 acre solar building site for sale across the Millpond from here. I had shingles this month and found out that Lemon Balm, which I grow for my organic tea is recommended for shingles, as it is an anti viral herb! Along with daily Reiki treatments, I got through it without having to take painkillers. I DID need my tube of Sting Stop! And I did need to cancel a few committments. I am back to normal now. OK, I can hear you. I am now back to what is normal for me!
SEPT 24 2012: I was surprised with 2 unexpected Art shows/displays this month. The first was at Lake Holcombe, after a champaigne brunch in Turtle Town. It was a 'Gurly weekend'. The second was at an Expo Center. I am working on my new Iris commission, and my beautiful daughters are in for a week during the fall equinox! What fun! Everyday is an adventure. My garden has had it's frost already.I'm still covering up my Cosmos. Our move is not imminent, but our direction towards it is. We are expecting a Casey Grandson in January!
AUG 5 2012: The Hot, Fun, summer continues! Painting holidays up at Lake Holcombe cottage, rides on the Lady of the Lakes, a surprise visit with Uncle Roy and Aunt Bobbie, fresh blackberries and raspberries, with apples in abundance now. What's not to love?!
JULY 5 2012: It's a hot summer so far with lots of swimming and loving my volunteer job on the vet's pontoon boat every Thursday, but not today as it was cancelled due to an excessive heat warning. 100 so far today. Last night, my friend Mary and I drove to Waupaca to see the fireworks, and watched from the lake, immersed in the water up to our heads, each with our noodles for floating. It was so much fun!! Gotta love summer!
MAY 3 2012: The apple trees are in full bloom all week now. I picked our first salad of the season consisting of collard greens, comfrey, violet and strawberry leaves, french sorrel, and dandelions. The lettuce isn't ready yet, but I will pick a few asparagus too for on the side. We have had vases of daffodils and tulips gracing our table for over a month now. I LOVE Spring! I decided to enter the art contest for a poster depicting the Arts on the Square festival we have in August. There is a $100 prize, and my fingers are crossed! It's a rainy day today, so I think I will straighten up my gallery.
APRIL 11 2012: Such a beautiful and early Spring we are having! I'm busy gardening, weeding, setting up art classes and music shows, and getting my new "Peace Turtles" out to the galleries! Busy and happy.
March 19 2012: I'm just back from an amazing, inspiring, and spiritual trip to Costa Rica. We went to the Blue Spirit resort near Nosara where they held a week long gathering of Kundalini teachers, students, and fans of Snatam Kaur, one of my favorite singers. You can hear her music on youtube. The chant Ong Namo is a good place to start. I painted, swam in the Ocean, went shelling, ate wonderful, cleansing vegetarian food, made new friends, got up daily at 4am for Sadhana, danced, chanted, went to classes, swam in a salt pool among the palms, listened to and watched the Howler Monkeys, wrote, and sang, to name a few things. I met my daughter Jessica there, who gave me round trip first class tickets for my 60th birthday! My other daughter Shannon, graduated from the Santa Fe School of Massage while we were there. Today I am babysitting my 8 month old great neice Olivia, before returning home tonight to my husband and gardens.
FEB 27 2012: I spent 3 days in New Orleans during Mardi Gras season. Colorful, inspiring, and FUN! The Caribbean Cruise was the best ever. I even had a balcony to paint from. We had an indoor and outdoor space for yoga. I spent 3 days on the beach in Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. That was my 60th 'birthday gift' to myself. I am so loving my 60's! Feeling quite abundant and prosperous. We are in a winter storm watch for tomorrow night. How exciting!
FEB 3 2012: What an amazing trip I was on for the month of January! Paintings from Ocean Beach, San Diego, the Rio Grand, and the Jamez Mountains from Shannon's deck, 15 miles NW of Santa Fe. I started a series of "Peace Turtles" too. And I did a few little abstracts. I got a fantastic massage from Shannon at her massage school. She graduates from there in March. Now both of my daughters are massage therapists among other things. Shannon plays harp and does enegy medicine healings. She healed my bum knee some 5 years ago. Jessica also is a Yoga instructor and has Kundalini Yoga classes. Jody, whom I've 'adopted' is a Montessori teacher. Amazing young women! Now I am getting ready to go on my YOGA CRUISE!
JAN 9 2012: I am starting my January Painting Holiday! My cousins in Ocean Beach (near San Diego)are sharing their Beach house with me for the week! I am so blessed. I am so grateful.
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DEC 20 2011: I just sent out my MERRY CHRISTMAS email. So if you found this, you have found my life in a nutshell over the past year of 2011. Congratulations. I will write a new entry on the solstice or soon after.
DEC 1 2011: My daughter Jessica looked at and enjoyed my website and 'blog' late last night during a little bout of insomnia. She left me a message through my contact page and it made my day. I have made the transition out of my garden, reluctantly. I don't think I could live without a garden. It's become such a way of life. Oh, and don't take away my paints either. I am loving my 60's, I am happy to report. I saw the movie Breaking Dawn and I loved it. Went with Marion who is also in her 60's and we went on senior day and only paid $4 each! Then went to a Chineese buffet with discounted prices for seniors. Life is good.
NOV 11 2011: Today is 11/11/11! It is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius. We are in store for some changes and I believe this new age we are entering will be more enlightened. I feel a strange excitement and I'm feeling inspired to paint. I had a most enjoyable watercolor class with 3 wonderful ladies this past month. Hope to do another one come Feb. I turned 60 this week, and I am looking forward to my best decade yet. It just seems to get better and better!
OCT 2 2011: Summer was another great one this year! I feel so blessed and fortunate. We are not ready to move yet but are headed in that direction. I will pick another bowl of fall raspberries today, and grapes, then uncover my summer squash which I sheltered from 2 nights of frost. This week will be in the 70's again, so we will bring the boat to the Chain and then put it away for the winter. I brought my paints to the Chain last week and painted a couple of tropical ocean scenes. The water at Rainbow Lake looks so tropical!
AUG 22 2011: I spent Saturday at the Waupaca Arts on the Square. I love that festival, but I cannot sit at my art booth, so I go not as an artist. I saw inspiring Bellydancers, a fabulous Shakespear play, and heard wonderful Native American Flute music and Tom Pease. I ran into many friends and then spent the rest of the day reading my new book, Yoga Bitch, at the Chain, and of course swam a couple of times. A great day, a great festival!
AUG 7 2011: Happy Birthday Sallie! My dear, sweet friend of many years. This summer has been really busy with art and gardening and swimming to name just a few things. I have 2 new great nieces whom I will spend Labor Day with, along with my sister and nieces and nephew and families up on the Bay of Green Bay. The move to the Pacific Northwest won't occur till next fall (2012) at the earliest. The website will remain intact. I'll just change the phone number etc. I'm excited.
The rest of my 2011 entries can be found following the 2010 entries
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Feb.19 '10: I am back from my winter painting holiday at the Pacific Ocean, cruise with daughters, visit with cousin and friends in Phoenix, and visit with adopted family in Albuquerque. I still need to get some of my new paintings on the website and open up a brand new category for Other Artists so that Kevin and my daughters can also show their art. My mother was an awesome artist too, and I will be putting her work up too. Thanks to Steven Libbey and all the good folks at I-NET for this Wonderful Website!
Feb.25 '10: I am still learning to navigate around this new website. I have about 30 more paintings to put up once we learn how. The photos are taken and uploaded onto our computer. Next, we'll be packing up the guitar, mandolin and bodhran for a music practice at Tony's tonight. We 4 got ourselves a gig in Stevens Point for a St Patrick celebration. Tony plays guitar and son Adrian plays a mean fiddle!
March 10 '10: We are back from a beautiful trip to Lake Michigan! We are leaving for Medford soon, so this will be short. We are trying to load the new art, but will have to get help. We were hoping to do it ourselves, but only one loaded, Peaceful Pacific in the Travels category. 4 music jobs next week, St. Patricks Day week, so I am keeping very busy!
March 11 '10: Now it's 5 music jobs. Tomorrow night is a silent art auction at the Ale House in Waupaca. I was going just for fun, and did donate two prints for the visual art scholarship fundraiser, then found out that our group is playing the mostly Irish music for it. So now it will be even more fun. I will of course do a little bit of Irish dancing too, so come on down and bid on some art!
March 27 2010: I got in my first kayaking of the season! We spent a few days on the Chain, cat- sitting, and I had a kayak pulled up to the shore, ready and waiting. Limekiln Lake was the color of my favorite color as a child; Sea Green. The lakes are opening up and Spring is really here again in Wisconsin. Gardening season is upon us and I couldn't be happier.
April 6 2010: We have had some spectacular weather these past couple of weeks. Lots of time spent on the water and in the garden. Now with some much needed rain, I can finally get caught up on my website, get ready for upcoming art shows, and do some subbing in the Little Wolf High School Art room. Maybe a little house cleaning would be in order too.
April 24 2010: We are having an early spring and eating fresh asparagus. The Waupaca Art Show starts tomorrow. I entered 5 watercolors of the Chain O' Lakes. That is always a fun show to go to.
May 11 2010: There is nothing quite like Spring in Wisconsin. The other day I got to watch a Bald Eagle eating a fresh catch. He was near the road in a field, and he didn't mind that I was observing him. I was only 30 feet from him. That was very cool! Then I collected some black and white Pileated Woodpecker feathers on a bike ride yesterday. (Poor guy!) He was road kill. I'm putting the finishing touches on a painting for the juried Wittenberg Art Show coming up. It is a watercolor of a moonrise. I will also enter one of my great blue herons that I painted last summer.
June 4 2010: We're just back from Lake Holcombe, WI. I spent almost 2 weeks there! I absolutely love my "painting holidays". I did 4 new ones up there. With awesome sunrises every morning and Moonrises in the evening, it is an artist's dream vacation. I feel so fortunate. Now I'll hop on my bike for tonight's sunset. Kevin is down there at the Millpond waiting for me.
June 12 2010: After a warm, sunny Spring, we are into a cool rainy Summer so far. We are having fellow artist musicians from Amherst over this evening for dinner and music. What a blessed life we lead. I am so grateful for art, music , and so much more.
July 7 2010: We spent the 4th of July weekend up at my sister's on the Bay of Green Bay with neices and nephew and families. It was so much fun. We even found a cottage for sale up there that really called to us. Large decks and fruit trees and room to garden! The price was good too, until we got home and found out that we had been given the wrong price. ($30 thousand less!) If it's meant to be, it will all work out somehow. We are eating lots of berries and peas too. My screen porch is heavenly, and the swimming at Casey Lake is great too. We had a wonderful pasta dinner at Clearwater Harbor last night. Life is good!
July 13, 2010: I am just home from a beautiful day on the Chain! Reading on Helen's pontoon boat. Time for another Millpond sunset, so that's all for now.
July 31 2010: We're just back from Rosemary and Steve's wedding down by the Chain O' Lakes. It was a beautiful wedding! July has been great! Swimming at Casey Lake with Mary lots, and many days on the Chain. I like to get in all the swimming I can during the summer. Next week on Wed. Aug.4th, Kevin and I will be performing in Iola at the Nursing home and at Living Oaks. Come see us if you're in the area. 2pm and 3:45
August 11 2010: I had such a great time yesterday at the Clearwater Harbor as their Featured Artist! It was very hot out, but I was very busy and happy to be so busy! My show's focus was 'Watercolor Scenes from Clearwater Harbor'. Today I get to put it all away. It is my 'adopted' grandson's 6th Birthday today, so we'll call and sing later. He lives in Albuquerque. I wish summer could last forever.
Sept 14, 2010: What a great summer this has been! Spent a lot of time on the water and in the water! This weekend my stepson is getting married on Lake Superior. Congrats to Chris and Deanna!
Oct. 4, 2010: Their wedding was a super fun weekend! We toured the Apostle Islands while we ate and drank, after the vows. Kevin and I even played a bit of music for the ceremony. This past weekend and a few days, I spent on the Chain O'Lakes, house sitting, kayaking, painting, and even babysitting Aubri towards the end of my stay! The painting from Rosemary's deck was a long time in the making, but it is finished! I think it will be titled "My Obsession with the Chain". There is a story behind that title. I hope I can get it on the website soon without asking for help. We will see.
Nov 7, 2010: It has been a very busy fall. I am so looking forward to the next few days of beautiful weather. I'll be in the garden, weeding and harvesting brussel sprouts, chard, and collards. More garlic and onions too. Been too busy to sub at LWHS this fall. Busy is good if you like what you're doing.
Dec 23, 2010: Jody, Jeremy, and Katoa came over and made my Christmas one to remember! I went down to visit them over Thanksgiving in Albuquerque. I'm glad for having a White Christmas!
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Jan 29, 2011: I leave for WA in 2 days to visit my daughters! I had to pack so light so that I can catch the last ferry of the day, without waiting for baggage, that I didn't even pack my paints! Oh well, I AM bringing a mandolin, instead of a purse. So we will play music. And hopefull sell a few prints. We have a plan to retire/move to the sunbelt in WA. I'll be looking at a few properties while out there for the month of Feb. Then I'll come home and get ready for 2011's Art shows and fetivals, and get some of my new work up on the website.
March 4, 2011: I had a most excellent trip to the Pacific Northwest to be with my daughters. We also saw son Chris back from Afghanistan for a visit. Some great times at Chris and Deanna's this past week. Spring is coming, at least the snow is melting!
June 10, 2011: Time Flies! We are planning a move to the Pacific Northwest. Our home of 35 years and beautiful 10 acre parcel on the Millpond are for sale. Make us an offer! We are MOTIVATED sellers. You can enjoy a view of the 64 acre millpond from our deck or from the kitchen window. We love this place but it is time for us to retire and find new opportunities near where my daughters live.