Happy Birthday, Dear Lighthouse!

Come one, come all!

We have a major event coming up in August…the 104th birthday of our beloeved Lighthouse! On Sunday, August 19th, we will gather to celebrate our light shining out for 104 years. Though our lighthouse was built in 1893, we always celebrate the addition of the tower (1908) which gave our lighthouse the look she has today. Imagine the sun and storms she has witnessed through the years. Think of the families and the children who have played around her. This is an event not to be missed.

If you would like to help and/or attend, email us at: patoslightkeepers@hotmail.com for ideas and suggestions for transportation to Patos Island. If you cannot attend and would like to donate towards the costs of the party or otherwise support our work, our address is: PO Box 518, Lopez Island, WA 98261

See you there!

The lighthouse in 1948

The Kittens

Nora and our CP boy, Mac

My mentee Nora and I have been petting (socializing) cats and kittens for the Lopez Animal Protection Society for 6 months now. For the past 7 weeks we have had a family of a mom and her 7 (!) kittens. Four have been adopted so now we have mom and the 3 who are left; 2 boys and one girl. One of the boys has slight Cerebral Palsy which affects his back legs and makes him have a drunken swagger. Since his brother and sister are all leap and pounce, he is only more so and fits right in.

The Laps people are worried about Mac’s chances of getting adopted, so they asked Nora and me to take some photos of the kits today..

Here are the results:


Mac, Golden Paw and Mary and me

Golden Paw and MacMac, Golden Paw and Mary and meMac

Practice, practice, practice!

Ok, here is my first post. I finished 3 sessions of “WordPress” classes last night and I know that if I don’t do this right away, all will be lost. Lots to figure out; especially catagory vs menu, page vs what what that similar thing…oh, post!

Mostly, I just need to say that I am starting this blog to record all the exciting goings on with my non-profit, Keepers of the Patos Light, which was formed to preserve and protect both Patos Island and its lovely historic lighthouse. Patos Island is located five miles north or Orcas Island in Washington State’s beautiful San Juan Islands.

Through this blog, I hope to reach out to former Coast Guard men and families who lived on Patos Island before the lighthouse was decommissioned in the early “70s.

Now I will practice putting in a photograph. That’s all for today.

Over and out.

PS Photograph didn’t insert…back to the drawing board!


Tried again…I hope it works!