Late August is not when my garden looks its best. The ground is parched, the shrubs look tired. Stressed leaves are falling from the alders as if it is fall already. A lack of water… More
2020 will go down in history as most people’s least favorite year EVER. Or at least the most challenging. It is important to keep looking at the bright side of life and be thankful for what IS right in your life.
The weekend is almost here. My husband has been looking forward to it … it’s been a tough week at work and he looks forward to the weekends and being outside away from his office. On the other hand, as I work from home, the weekends are a different matter altogether. During the weekdays, the space is ALL MINE. I can choose to listen to any music I want to. Yesterday was Django Rheinhart. The day before it was Martin Stephenson and the Dainties. Last week I was into 60s tunes. The week before was classical chamber music. Tomorrow might be Bing Crosby or the West African Rhythm Band. No matter what I’m feeling that day, the point is that I have total control and can play it as loudly or quietly as I want. I can have the t.v. on. I can bump up the house’s thermostat a little. I can eat at my desk. I can eat outside. I can light a fragrant candle. I can do chores or sit and read without feeling guilty. On the weekends though, my husband and 18 year old son will be home all day all the time.
As much as I love them, my weekends are not necessarily something to look forward to with as much anticipation as my husband does. Weekends become a time of chores and who wants to look forward to that? My husband gets a perverse sense of happiness and satisfaction by stacking a cord of wood for the fireplace. He would have been a good pioneer. I, on the other hand, would not. I would have been terrible. I enjoy sitting and reading a book with a cat in my lap and a cup of coffee in my hand. He thinks weekends are a time to get all the things done he’s been wanting to do all week. I think weekends are a time to get all things done I’ve been wanting to do all week. His involve chores. Mine involve reading, painting, traveling, drawing, baking.
Our ideas of what a weekend should be are as different as our taste in pizza toppings. He’s an onion and mushroom type of guy. I’m more of a goat cheese and red grape type (don’t knock it till you’ve tried it!) But pizza compromises are pretty easy. We make our own and everyone gets their own section to personalize. Much like our weekends, we try to allow each other to make it what they need it to be and personalize it.
Enjoy your weekend everyone!
The sun came out and it felt like spring. I felt compelled to hop in my car and get outside and away from my behind my desk computer at home. I work from home, and as much as I love being here, I do feel the need to get outdoors, grab some needed vitamin D, and step away from that computer screen. I drove towards Yacolt, WA – not too far away from me but a world away from semi-organized chaos that is my desk. Driving on the rolling roads of NE Clark County with the sunroof open and some laid back jazz playing on KMHD radio, I felt the grayness of winter slipping away. I stopped at Lucia Falls park to wander around and take photographs. I figured I can always use my photographs for my work too – double bonus!
Lucia Falls is on the Lewis River. While not as stately as Multnomah Falls, it has its own natural beauty and a different feel as the water tumbles over ancient volcanic rocks. The geology is fascinating in the area with obvious signs of lava flows from Mt. St. Helens creating the rocky landscape like a Columbia River Gorge in miniature.
As it was early spring, the river had a powerful flow and the landscape had only the tall evergreens for color, making the landscape seem even more stark. What I love about Lucia Falls park is that it is so easy to get to – no 5 mile hikes required. There are picnic benches to sit and enjoy lunch, it does not have a lot of traffic so you can be there are feel like you have the place to yourself. Because it is sensitive salmon habitat, there is no fishing or swimming allowed.
I chose to scramble onto the rock formations to try and get different photographs. Unfortunately, my mid-morning drive had me arrive when the sun was in a difficult position for taking good photographs. Next time I’ll try late afternoon. And bring a friend to walk the paths – then hit the Pomeroy winery just down the road!
In my yard right now, it is still looking pretty dull. The hellebore and mini daffodil are the only flowers blooming, although the daphne is sooo close. We’re at about 500 ft elevation which makes quite a difference in the garden. Down below our hill, plum trees are already blooming. The weathermen say winter is over… no snow or cold events coming our way. It is kind of sad we won’t have a good snowfall this winter at all. We can get snow as late as March, but not this year. The Pacific Northwest will soon be filled with color! An that’s not a bad thing.
I love children’s picture books. I love the illustrations, I love reading them to my children. I love the silly stories. These are a few favorites that you may enjoy giving as gifts. Just click on the photo to find out more information on the book at Amazon. Make sure to click the link “look inside” if offered, on the left side of their page. I think all these books are ones that would be welcome in any child’s home library.
The gift of reading is a gift that lasts forever.
To encourage the love of travel:
For the love of laughter
Such beautiful illustrations:
To encourage life-long interests:
To encourage a love of history:
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Boston is one of those historic cities every American should visit. Growing up on the west coast, we just don’t have that extensive architectural history to draw upon. In Boston, they love their red brick, and many homes, buildings, and walkways are made from brick. It can be pretty cold in winter, but the tourist count is low so you can see so much more. They have a wonderful self-guided tour built right in – follow the red brick “Freedom Trail” built right into the sidewalks that will take you past all the major historical buildings including the USS Constitution, Bunker Hill, Paul Revere’s House, the Old North Church, site of the Boston Massacre, and several old burying grounds.
A few photos from a recent trip to Chicago, Illinois – even a short trip to Chicago is worth the trip for the architecture alone. The natural history museum is wonderful. I would highly recommend the night time cruise for beautiful views. Yes… travel even in winter!
I love love love children’s books and am continually blown away by the beautiful illustrations found inside. I love the elaborate worlds depicted, the humorous characters, the realistic settings that are like pieces of fine art. I also love the graphic design elements – the black and white illustrations, the simple graphic drawings.
This list is from a blog called “Flaunting Your Life” which has some great book lists including this one for baby books:
Every child needs a good library of books at home to explore and have read to them. Board Books are an excellent gift to give at a baby shower. Make sure to include at least one and create a life-long reader and explorer.