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Flanagans Apple Irish Pub – Yelm, WA


After spending the day soaking in the sunshine with the family and putting the kids to bed, my husband told me to grab a jacket because we were going out for a spontaneous date night. (Of course, the kids were left with a babysitter!) I kept asking where we were going and he wouldn’t say. All he would say was that we were not leaving the Yelm area. So we got in the vehicle and headed out. Once we arrived in Yelm and were heading down Yelm Avenue, I honestly not sure where we were going. Then he pulled into the parking lot of Flanagans Apple Irish Pub, a place we had never been before.

Walking up the building, I noticed that it was quite small but quaint. The land in front of the pub is covered in a luscious garden. It made me feel like we were walking up the sidewalk to a home, not a pub. Once inside, that is when the “magic” really happened. There was something about the atmosphere, the people, and the smell (yes, the smell) that quite literally transported me out of Yelm and somewhere else. My husband and I took a seat at a table and were immediately greeted and offered a menu. My husband ordered a Smithwicks and I ordered a mixed beer called a Snake Bite. There was an open mic night in progress and the people playing were employees of the pub. As my husband and I sipped on our beverages, I couldn’t help but feel just how home like this pub was. Not that I make it a regular habit of making bars or pubs my home but it just really felt warm, inviting, and well … like home. Flanagans Apple is family owned and operated and maybe that is where the welcoming atmosphere comes from. Then there is the smell. The best way that I can explain it is that the smell contributes lovingly to the atmosphere. Like the pub was some place familiar, somewhere where you had always gone to, like the place had been around for quite some time. Sitting back, sipping on our beer, and listening to the great live music was such a great way to unwind – not just from the day but from life itself. Everyone in the pub knew each other (except the obvious newbies: my husband and I!) and everyone was so friendly. If I turned around in my seat,I could plainly see Yelm Avenue out the window. But with my back towards the window, I could have sworn I was someplace other than Yelm, WA.

Enjoying my Snake Bite at Flanagans Apple Irish Pub in Yelm

It almost doesn’t matter what we ate or drank (the Snake Bite was amazing) because the place itself is fantastic. The food and drink make it even better but I truly think the people are the frosting on the cake. I feel ashamed for having lived in the area for nearly three years and am only just now discovering this hidden gem in Yelm. This is a place that we will definitely be going to again and I already can’t wait to get back there.

You can check out Flanagans Apple Irish Pub by visiting them at:

718 West Yelm Avenue
Yelm, WA 98597


Adele – “21”


I had heard a lot of positive feedback about the artist, Adele, from several friends on social networks. Personally, I had never heard of her and I don’t easily jump on the “it person” bandwagon. While shopping on, a link popped up about her new album, “21” and I clicked on it. I heard a preview of the track “Someone Like You” … and I was hooked. I downloaded the entire album and have been listening to it ever since.


If Adele doesn’t capture your attention with her powerful, sultry voice she will certainly gain your attention with the powerful and heartfelt lyrics found in her songs. “Someone Like You” tells a story of an ended relationship and how hard it is to move on. You can hear the pain and perhaps the suffering of seeing a former love with someone else and how much it stings the heart. “Set Fire to the Rain” again showcases Adele’s powerful yet delicate voice. Her extraordinary voice is reminiscent to something perhaps retro but at the same time all her own.┬áThe album I downloaded features three songs recorded live. Even in a live performance, her songs and voice is a force to be reckoned with. Her ballads tend to tug on the strings of your heart because somewhere in there, you know you can relate to what she is singing so tenderly about.


I am eager to listen to her previous album, “19“. If it is anything as spectacular as “21, I know it will be a treat to listen to. I would encourage everyone to check out Adele’s new album and fall in love with her musical style, her voice and her songs.