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Outdoor Shower


I can’t even tell you how much I LOVE my outdoor shower. Nothing wakes you up better than showering outside. It’s soooo refreshing. I just close up the sides of my outdoor canopy for privacy. I love watching the steam rising out of the top.


dual shower heads 
Plumbing fixture behind washer

We made it by running some plumbing off of the back of our hot water supply line to the washing machine. Very inexpensive parts from your local hardware store and no permanent cutting in to your existing plumbing.

The shower itself  is situated  outside the laundry room area.  We added a couple of faucets under the dual shower heads and ran garden hoses to carry the water.

Nothing beats a refreshing outdoor shower and then sitting on the porch swing soaking in the morning sun with a cup of coffee.


A Weekend at Seabrook

The entire Grace clan (those of us in Washington) got together for a family weekend at Seabrook ~ all 18 of us, including two little toddling ones.  The rental “cottages” in Seabrook at Pacific Beach are right out of a story book, and the furnishings are what Pottery Barn catalogs are made of.  We stayed at the Four Sisters house, which included a third floor game room, enclosed porch (where some of the kids slept) and a carriage house with its own bedroom and bathroom.  There are bikes to borrow so you can ride around and see all of the houses and the ocean beach is a short walk away. There is something charming and unique at every house – rocking chairs on the front porch, wreaths on the front door, paper lanterns and strings of lights, flower boxes, and flags – not to mention the design and character of the homes themselves.

Four Sisters
Enclosed porch

Loaner Bikes
Love the color of the geraniums with the mint green house
So charming

Paper lanterns
Cute teapots
I’m going to make one of these!

P.S. This is not a paid advertisement.  We just really love this place!  We’ve stayed here before and will most definitely stay again.  Check it out for yourself:  Its very affordable if you split the cost with several families and most homes are large enough that you can do just that.