Lance’s November Letter……….

Friends,                                                                                           October 11, 2017

The sky is dark with heavy clouds on the deck and occasional thunder in the distance – rain soon is certain. We’re cozy with a little gas fireplace going and happy to be working and living in Birch Bay.

Pumpkins are all over, but Autumn is taking lots of time to unfold. It’s amazing to me that the locals here plant trees all over town, in the middle of a mostly evergreen forest, and they are deciduous - the falling golden leaves now are spectacular.  The leaves on our maples in the backyard are just starting to turn scarlet, and we look forward to the change of seasons.  Hundreds of Canadian geese have been in the neighborhood flying from the abandoned golf course across the street to the beach.  Can’t miss their E flat honk and the “V” formations.

The Kodak moment was seeing a bald eagle fly across our path with something in his talons.  He came back over us, and we could see a large fish, maybe 9 inches, clutched tightly.  There were four or five seagulls following him, but still keeping their distance, until he landed way up at the top of a huge 90-foot spruce – likely a nest there.  Not a minute later a second bald eagle flew out over the bay, clearly in our line of sight.  It was fabulous.

We’ve been out on the two-lane county roads enjoying the countryside and the interesting combination of farms, dairies and country estates that pop up on just about every road we’ve been down.  Some roads climb up high on a ridge, and you can see to Canada.  When you come down into the valleys, you look up, and there is snow covered Mt Baker in full view, an active volcano we are told. But he looks harmless, like a gentle guardian of the heavens.  On the back roads, you can spot the old farms by the chimneys/fireplaces.  They are always centered in the middle of the old houses – early central heating.   They usually have a huge firewood pile nearby.  The biggest I saw was a stash of cut wood 8 feet long and 10 feet high covered with a roof – a ladder there was used to get wood off the top of the pile – it looked dangerous, but there was enough wood stacked for ten Winters.

Local signs along the road include: "chikin" and duck eggs, rhubarb, artisanal cheese, sweet corn (six for a dollar) and fresh hay.  The forest is soothing to Leslie and me.  Driving into a wall of ferns and massive pine, spruce and fir trees also fills our lungs with the sweet clean air and every now and then I see why the lumber industry was so big here long ago. Huge stumps are left in some areas: 6 or 7 feet across.  Most of these huge trees have been harvested, and now I understand what they mean about old growth forests.

Train crossings are also part of the scenery, and we get caught at a RR crossing often.  And it’s not a short wait. Long freight trains pulled by four locomotives rumble back and forth day and night from Canada to the refinery nearby.  I do love to hear their whistles late at night – it’s an old lullaby.

I am ahead of my usual schedule and have the 2018 Datebook together.  If you want to order a new reading for your personal astrology for 2018, I urge you to order it now while I have time.  There is always a big rush for readings in December, and I can’t always fulfill every order on time.  If you have never had a timing reading from me consider this offer.  Send me your date, time (check your birth certificate) and city of birth in a note in the post.  I will create your birth chart, analyze the transits or timing events in your chart for 2018: when to hold ‘em and when to fold’em.  I’ll record a one-hour cd with this info. And include the 2018 Long-Range Datebook with your reading.  The fee is $150.  Send a check along with your info to PO Box 214, Blaine, WA 98231 or use pay pal or your credit card – You do this by calling Leslie with your number at 360-392-8338.  She’s a dear Cancer and a delight to know.

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Lance’s August letter……………………..

Friends,                                                                                            August 18, 2017

Leslie came through the door wide-eyed.  Back from her stroll around the neighborhood where she meets all of the neighbors, she told me about an amazing scene.  To set the stage we live in a small gated community surrounding a golf course that has been abandoned.  The grass has grown up in a wild way, and there is a big pond in the middle of the property where the Canadian Geese hang out.  Huge trees border the far side of the old course and that’s the area where Leslie met two elderly sisters who lived in a house that backs up to the old course.

In one woman’s hand was a plate with two raw chicken legs.  Leslie asked about them and the woman said:  Watch.  She heaved the chicken leg out into a clear spot of grass between houses.  In a flash, a bald eagle swooped down and grabbed the meat just as it hit the ground and flew off.  This happened within ten feet of Leslie who said she could hear the wind in the eagle’s wings and see the powerful talons close up.  Turns out this is a tradition that the two sisters inherited from previous owners.  The eagles have a nest way up in the top of the big trees and are given food every day so that they will hang out and raise their chicks literally in the woman’s backyard.  I’m hoping to catch a feeding one of these days.  I’ve seen one bald eagle in the trees over Dakota Creek which is nearby, but never as close as this.  Amazing.

Sign of the week at a local feed store:  Beginner bee hive kits on sale. No thanks.

The big event this week is the Northwest Washington County Fair.  Fun, fun… the fairgrounds sit in the middle of Lynden, a little town founded by the Dutch, that’s about ten miles down the road.  Dutch? Yup…two 42 foot windmills in town, one a coffee shop and the other is an inn.  The Dutch bakery is big trouble if you like sweets.  The Dutch cleaners are next door.    Big baskets of colorful flowers are on every light pole.  Flower beds bursting with color greet you on all the street corners in Lynden.  The Fairgrounds take you back to times long ago with shady tree-lined paths and small buildings open at both ends.  Horses, cows, bunnies, chickens and “the collections” building were all points of interest to us.  Smiling faces and positive energy under sunny skies and a high of 73 degrees made the day a real joy.

The Eclipse brings a powerful two week period in your life to plant seeds and to turn over a new leaf.  Got kids?  Talk to them and propose they write down what they want to do and make happen in the future…that little seed can do a lot in the days ahead.  As times change.

Peace and Love,  Lance

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  1. Christine

    A woman moved across the street from me and she decided to buy multiple bee hives and make lots of honey. Now my bird bath is filled with bees swarming to drink the water in it and the birds I loved are gone. I can’t go in my yard anymore because bees are constantly swarming and swooping everywhere in large, large, scary numbers. You are right about the hives Lance, people buy them and don’t know what they are doing. I don’t know what to do. I pay taxes to live here too, maybe its a big can of wasp killer, I hate to say it.


    1. Katherine Relf-Canas


      I am not sure where you live, but if you do some research you are likely to find a bee keeper who can rid you of the bee problem you have. Killing bees–pollinators–is already taking place on such a great scale with dire consequences that killing them is the last thing you want to do. Bees are necessary; bee keeping is not for beginners without experts at the ready to help them. Maybe your problem (way back in August) has been solved already, but bees are so necessary–and we need them in order to maintain our food supplies and to pollinate good vegetation. I’m sure you know this, but I just want to put in a plug for bees since talk of killing them is an outdated method in our fragile ecosystem with so many people taking great pains to draw attention to their endangerment and to the consequences of not having bees around. Nature needs bees. You are part of that cycle, too, and so are your kids, if you have kids, etc., etc., etc.


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The June letter from Lance…………………

Friends….                                                                                                June 10, 2017

We’ve been here one year today.  It’s been an amazing experience moving about as far away from the Texas Gulf as possible and still remain in the USA.  I was worried about the weather and whether I would like it.  I’m part lizard and love the heat.  But I had to admit the combination of heat and humidity in Texas was really hard to live with.  Add a million mosquitoes to the heat and Summer was really no fun in Texas – we lived in air conditioning all the time, and kept the windows closed.  Here it’s all different.  We’ve had the hardest Winter on record, and it was fun.  A few really cold days, some snow, and a new coat – not a big deal and not painful.  The climate here is amazing.  The Ocean modulates the temperatures – our high is around 70, and the low is 50.  No wind at all, which is one reason this temp range is extremely comfortable.   We’ll hit the 80’s this Summer, but the nights cool off and the evening breeze is welcome.  So, the windows are open most of the time, and the house smells fresh – it’s great sleeping weather.  The Sun is up at 5 am, and we get 16 hours of sunshine during Summer days.  That’s one reason everything grows like crazy here.  It is cloudy a lot, but the rain here is gentle and doesn’t interfere with shopping and getting around.  We have four different cities close by including the big city, Bellingham, pop. 190K, just 15 miles away, where we can get everything we need.  There’s not much in Blaine, but Lynden and Ferndale have stores and restaurants and lots of color.  Both cities have huge baskets of flowers hanging from the light poles on all the main streets.  Leslie has been doing her share of planting flowers around here.  Two pots of yellow Margarite daisies, blue lobelia, orange marigolds, and miniature white daisies sit on each side of the garage.  The front bed has nasturtiums lemon thyme, delphiniums, snapdragons, chives, and radishes flourishing.  In the back yard, Leslie created a new flower bed against the fence and planted ivy which is growing up and covering the fence.  Petunias and impatiens also planted there are in full color with bright faces.  So, you can see that Washington agrees with Leslie and she is in heaven tending her garden and flowers.  And driving the backroads with me.  We are in two lane heaven and always drive into Ferndale using just quiet country roads that cut across the ridge tops and dip into valleys with miles of green fields and cattle grazing.

The strawberry crop is coming in now; it’s late as we had a cool Spring.  The raspberry vines now look like huge bushes with twice as many leaves as last month.  Hundreds of white bales of hay dot some fields.  Farmers wrap a bale of hay in white plastic sheets so it will not get moldy and can bet stored outside in the rain.  In the distance, these white bales look like huge marshmallows covering the hillside.  And at least one, and usually two or three dairies will also be snuggled in between the raspberry fields and the long arms of the dense forest that never gives up the right of way.  It’s an unusual mix of land use, topography, and natural scenic beauty – we always leave the map at home, but Leslie is a superb navigator and rarely makes a wrong turn as we explore the back roads.  Lots of new roads left, and that makes me happy.  I actually like the weather here.  When the Sun is out, it is glorious.  The rain is gentle, and it’s never cold.  The people are friendly and generally happy to be here; the two safest cities in Washington are Ferndale and Lynden – our area.  We are really lucky to be in this part of the state, thanks to Pete, Leslie’s Son, for leading us here.  Seattle is not too far away but of no interest as we get Seattle tv stations and see the traffic and hear about the gang activity.  We like living in the sticks and driving the back roads into town.




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  1. Georgia

    Just a heads up … ivy on the fence is beautiful, but in some parts of western washington it is considered an invasive plant … mostly because the climate suits it perfectly and it migrates very easily into the forests with the right amount of sunshine … crowding out the native plants …

    Glad you are both are enjoying your new place in the universe.

    Thanks for all your insights, too.

  2. Janet Dutra

    Lance your letters are so colorful I can almost feel the sun and smell the light rain! So happy you and Leslie are enjoying that part of our beautiful country. Hope you are extremely well and keep your letters coming.

    Love/Light & Blessings,


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Lance’s May Letter……………..

Friends,                                                                                            May 12, 2017

Paradise is regained!  The explosion of green everything and so many flowers you couldn’t count are all a colorful splash of joy in our neck of the Great Northwest.  Even the dandelions were magnificent…pure yellow sunshine faces almost covered the hillsides and pastures:  millions and billions of gold flowers made a rainy day much more fun.  Flowers are everywhere.  Go to any grocery store, and you walk around fifty trays of flowering plants, tomato starters – all waiting for a home.

And you can be sure Leslie got her share and is now Farmer LuLu.  The tomatoes (four varieties) are planted in the big tubs with basil and placed on the side yard where we get the most sun.  Nearby she planted runner beans, carrots, and Italian broad beans.  Plus chives, thyme, oregano, dill, and parsley.  Her idea of a garden is what she calls The English  Garden Cottage look: colorful and messy. To that end, she planted daisies, white and blue lobelia, marigolds, impatiens and more that I can name.

Folks here plant flowers right and left, and it’s a joy just driving down the streets in Blaine as so many yards have fabulous tulip displays and gardens/yards.  However, a juvenile black bear was also spotted in this little town last week.  We live about ten miles away from the spot so we are not worried and the authorities said just leave him alone and he’ll drift back up into the forest.

Driving the back roads now is paradise.  Every tree and shrub in the forest now have new leaves, and the dense wall of foliage is in every shade of green there is.  Just three weeks ago the raspberry vines were naked sticks.  Now they have an eight-inch collar of new green leaves covering every stalk.  The Kodak moment on our last drive was spotting a pair of Canadian geese with five fluffy chicks following them – both mom and dad were herding the group and feeding.  Leslie’s favorite spot was a small pasture where we could pull off the road and see a flock of sheep and the new lambs munching the new grass.  Covered in soft light brown down, you just wanted to get in there and kiss them on the nose.  A black lamb was there, too, and it made me realize what the black sheep of the family really means.  Duh.

The drive takes you into the heart of the forest and up on ridges where you have a fabulous view of the valleys below – some lucky folks have their house perched on the top and have a view that is breathtaking.  We also see driveways leading into the forest, but you can’t see where they go and it makes for a very private setting for the houses there.  Once we get off the ridge tops the two-lane farm road cuts across a huge swatch of farmland with acres and acres of raspberry vines and then further down the road is a dairy-farm with weathered red barns and big farm houses surrounded by green, green fields of alfalfa hay that’s almost knee high now.

Along the way, we see little huts or lean-tos by the road in front of some houses – shelter for their kids waiting for the school bus in the rain.  And it’s easy to spot the old timers as their houses have two chimneys and moss on the roofs.  There’s usually a huge woodpile near the house, too.  Lots of pastures hold horses here along with cattle, goats, sheep and llamas who have a dumb look on their faces.We also pass blueberry farms, some with hives of bees sitting on the edge of the field to make sure every plant gets pollinated.  In the background we see the snow covered mountains and it amazes me that the diversity of topography in this area is so great.  The ridge lines are steep, and the views are stunning, but when you get down to the valleys, the land is flat, and the soil is fertile.  The forest is always nearby, and we both love every part of the drive and the land here.  Then add that everyone plants flowers and hangs flower baskets from their front porch roofs and we are in heaven.

However, puff goes the dandelions, and now there are millions, billions, trillions of seeds blowing in the wind – next year’s crop of gold is guaranteed.

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Lance’s April Letter…………

Dear Friends,                                                                                      April 15, 2017

Rain is the middle name of Washington.  We are breaking records in rainfall this month; the old timers say they have never seen it so wet.  And snow?  Mount Baker is stunning with a white mantle in the distance as we turn a corner on the backroads and suddenly get to see the whole monty.  The view is always stunning. They have measured 718 inches of snow on Kulshan (the Lummi Indian name for the mountain) this season, the most snow on any mountain in the U.S.

Sunshine has been scarce but it is really appreciated when we get a “sun break” as they call it.  What astounds me is that Spring is here whether we feel it or not.  There are new leaves on the raspberry vines, and buds on the maples in our back yard.  Trees all over town are crowned with pink flowers; most of the apple trees are covered in white petals.

Even better, the daffodils are everywhere and we had a lovely trip to La Connor to see the daffodil festival a week ago.  La Connor is in Skagit county which is a super fertile valley between the mountains and the ocean.  This is where they have huge daffodil farms and even bigger tulip farms. The drive is short and within an hour we were in this fabulous little town of 9,000.  The whole city is on the national registry for preservation.  It was busy, hardly a place to park.  You would think you were in Carmel California as the sophistication and style in the little downtown shops is high, with lots of good choices on places to eat and drink.

La Conner is on the Swinomish channel sitting on the mainland with Fidalgo island on the far bank.  So, it’s protected, was settled in the 1870’s, and that’s probably why all the old buildings are still there.  In the fields surrounding the town are the daffodil farms.  Blazing yellow faces are a sunshine of their own as we stood next to a football sized field packed with daffodils in full bloom – one of the most beautiful sights I have ever experienced.  Check the label if you buy tulips as the odds are good they came from Washington and the farms in the Skagit Valley.  One farm alone planted 250,000 bulbs this year.

We will make the easy drive next week to see the tulip farms and get a fabulous blast of color, have a lovely lunch in La Conner and not be too concerned if it rains.  You can see a picture of the tulips at www.LoveLa and get more info there along with pics of the town.  I was totally surprised at how cool this town was – the Museum of Northwest Art is there along with a quilt museum in the oldest Victorian house in town.

We are getting to be vets here in Birch Bay…and so enjoy the back roads, the green forest, the blue bay and the snow-covered mountains, rain does not diminish the fun and beauty.  The flowers in front yards all over town tell us it’s Spring and we are delighted to be here.

Leslie has planted new flowers in our front bed and brought home three huge tubs now sitting in the side yard in which she will plant tomatoes.  Diggity.  We really love our little house and are cozy.  Leslie’s favorite benefit: a heating vent under the cabinet that is under the sink, so while you are doing dishes, warm air flows over your feet – a small but very welcome design feature.

You don’t have to go far to find a cup of coffee in this area.  We have our share of Starbucks, many are in grocery stores here.  Then we have a local chain called Woods Coffee.  They are as numerous at Starbucks but much more fun as they have stone fireplaces with a fire going that makes a seat inside welcome and warm.  Plus, their grilled cheese sandwiches are unbeatable.  And then we also have the independents…at least as many tiny little coffee shacks are scattered all over – “cool beans” is one of them.  So, you are never far from a good cup of coffee and can buy from locals and enjoy a fireplace seat if you wish.  Life is good in Washington and Spring is just beginning to bring color and life to the farmlands and orchards. As times change.



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  1. nancy

    Always a pleasure to read your letters !!

    Is there a reason why you no longer post them in the “Lance’s Letters” category ? It’s a real treasure hunt to find them sometimes : }

    Thanks again for reminding me how much I miss the Pacific Northwest.

  2. Wendy

    Agreed. Always a pleasure Lance. I appreciate all the visuals you put into them. Such a soft flow.
    Keep enjoying,


  3. Kathleen

    What a pleasure to come across this letter–I’ll save it to read a few more times when I need a lift. So glad you are feeling well–you and Leslie continue to take good care of each other. We love you.


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The March Letter from Lance

Dear Friends,                                                                                      March 14, 2017

This has been a hard Winter here in Washington and we’ve had lots of rain after some snow storms last month.  The best day found us in the post office parking lot watching huge snowflakes the size of dimes hit our windshield and melt.  It was so beautiful to be in a major snow storm and yet not suffer as the snow melted on contact with the temperature staying above freezing.  It doesn’t get really cold here but we do have lots of rain.  And while you would think an umbrella store would do well, that’s not how the folks deal with rain here.  First of all, the rain is light.  Leslie says it’s just “pissing on us”, a term she picked up in England, and that’s a fact.  So, most folks here just wear hoodies and even a sweatshirt hoodie will keep you dry.  So, I got a light jacket with a hoodie and actually enjoy being out in the rain as it doesn’t really create any problems and you don’t get wet.  But there’s lots of snow in the mountains.  Last year the ski areas never opened as there was no snow.  This year the pack is 10+ feet deep on Mt Baker and it’s a beautiful sight when the clouds part and you see snow-covered peaks in the distance.  Daytime highs are now in the low 50’s; and it’s very comfortable to be out as there is seldom any wind, which is amazing to me.

The Crocus are just beginning to pop out of the ground and everyone is getting antsy waiting for Spring.  Leslie has already bought seeds she intends to plant and has tulips blooming in a pot on a table in the living room.  I’m ok with the weather.  We can get to the store and shop without getting wet.  Driving the back roads is still fabulous seeing the forest melt and give way to high meadows where farmhouses and huge barns line the two-lane blacktop.  I stay busy and enjoy my work so much, I don’t care if it rains.  And I need more work.  I’ve almost got May Skywatch completed and my desk is clear.  So, I have time to take on new clients and would like to offer you my services.  There are two kinds of readings that I do: natal and timing.  The natal reading lets you know where your planets are and your gifts, talents, blocks and needs in life.  The timing reading tells you what cycles you are in now and what’s ahead for the year.  I need your birth date, city and time of birth to do a reading.  From that info, I create your birth chart, study it, and record your reading on an hour-long cd.  Once you hear the reading I’m available to answer all your questions/comments.  The fee is $150 for all first-time clients. Payment can be check, PayPal, or credit card (here, you call Leslie and give her your info – safe and secure.  Home is 360-392-8338).  The best way to order your reading is to write me a note and put it in the post, include any questions or areas of high importance for me to address – I’ll answer them if I can.  Include your birth data, a check or payment, and tell me what kind of reading you want.  In about two weeks you’ll get a package back with your chart and the cd.  My approach is to find the positive energy in your signs and planets and to lift you up with information that helps you avoid bad timing and weak moments.  Or when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em.  That’s the real strength of a timing reading.  It can’t tell you what to do, but it is a valuable guide that alerts you to the days you’ll be drawing aces, have your best stuff, and can win.   Email me if you have questions:

Complications in the Skywatch this month are above average – read ahead and keep this issue handy to remind you ‘this, too, shall pass”.



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  1. Sandy

    I want to put in a strong plug for Lance to anyone who has not had the benefit of a personal chart reading done by him, either a natal or timing chart ( like a solar return BD present for yourself ). Lance puts so much care in to it – and I can attest to always getting more helpful info than I expect. He has a really intuitive way of commenting on the impact of specific planets and what their positions will mean for you personally. Lance does not ‘predict’ what will happen, but he explains what trends typically involve. I have been delighted when special things transpired that seemed magical – and equally grateful to be prepared when difficult things occurred.
    It can be very helpful before a time of surgery to hone in on best influences around any kind of life changes.
    Give yourself a present!!!


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