Thursday, December 14, 2017


Frosty the Snowman and Family

Holiday decorations are more than bright lights and Christmas trees 
as you can see by these colorful windows and store displays. 

Take a look at more!

Locally owned Sears store

Hot Poop, Walla Walla's Only Bing Bang Music and Stereo Shop.

Studio Opal Boutique

How much is that doggie in the window?

Forward Boutique

Bright's Candy Store
 The owner's son lettering the sign to go outside on the sidewalk.

Trove~Home and Vintage Goods

Wednesday, December 13, 2017


Let There Be White

When there is no snow on the ground or in the forecast, 
white holiday decorations add the missing brightness along Main Street. 
From ultra modern to the more traditional, each decorated window says 
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017


What's Inside?

True confession: I am a thrift store addict. 
I am always on the hunt for a bargain or a treasure that I can use 
in my flea-market yard and garden or in my home. 

So this metal box caught my attention for two reason: it's red, and it's a box. 
Red is my favorite color and I love containers that I can re-purpose 
to hold other things like plants or gee-jaws. 
But what's inside?

Roller skates! With pom-poms no less. 
And the red and white checked interior is a bonus. Oh, the stories they could tell. 
But what could I do with them? How could I convince myself 
that I could afford the $24.99 on a whim, especially at Christmas time?

I couldn't, and so I took pictures instead. 

Monday, December 11, 2017


Call them Christmas, holiday, or winter windows . . . it doesn't really matter as they all light up the downtown shops as we approach the darkest and longest day of the year. Personally, I decorate for Winter which allows me to leave my decorations up well up to February's Valentine's Day. 

While most stores typically remove their decorative Christmas trees, many will leave up their white lights to brighten the dark winter days.

Enjoy today's collection of windows with more to follow as we tick down the days to the Winter Solstice and Christmas.

McDonald Zaring Insurance Agency

Falkenbergs Jewelers

Falkenbergs Jewelers
Falkenbergs Jewelers

Marla June's Clothing Co.

Midnight Oil Soap Co.

Brasserie Four, French Restaurant

Sunday, December 10, 2017


This time of year there are many holiday fairs and markets throughout the area from Milton-Freewater, Oregon to Dayton, Washington which sell handmade craft, clothing, and food items. On Saturday, the Walla Walla Valley Farmers' Market hosted one such market. 

Admission is free, so come on in and take a look.

 It takes patience to glue each bead one-by-one.

 I bought two of these, and they really work!

 No, I don't know the legend, but apparently there is one.

 Very colorful and inexpensive. I'll take a dozen.

 An angel for your Christmas tree, perhaps?

  Can cozies for your soda or beer.

 Barbie clothes.

Among my favorites, whimsically hand-painted wood items.

Saturday, December 9, 2017


Sweetwater Home

Besides tasting rooms and restaurants, Walla Walla has its fair share of home decorating/gift shops. One of my favorites is Sweetwater Home and its sister store, Sweetwater Paper. Obviously, they must be doing the right thing to have two stores within the same downtown area.

Regardless of the season, their shop windows are always a feast for the eye. See for yourself in these captures from my latest visit to the Home store on Main Street. Look for photos of the Paper store in a future blog.


Tuesday, December 5, 2017


aka "Donor Relief Bill"

Under a crisp blue sky and the shadow of the American flag, +/-60 protesters gathered along Main Street in downtown Walla Walla to express their deep concern about the proposed tax cuts. The demonstration was loud at times with call and response chants, but overall it was peaceful and lasted about an hour.