Monday, September 25, 2017
Fall is here--and rain is on its way. I am grateful for the rain, because it has halted the terrible wildfires in Oregon's Great Columbia Gorge.
I am, however, not looking forward to the darkening days of winter. I am already longing for the Spring.
Have a lovely day--the good thing is Spring always does come.
Friday, September 15, 2017
Grandma Gladys flew away to heaven two nights ago. She has been huge part of my life for almost 35 years. One of the first dates my Beloved and I had was to visit Grandma and her family. She has been a delightful part of my life ever since. Grandma's hands have been busy in our lives...and what a blessing she has been.
She was my mentor. She taught me how to play like a child, how to be a good Mom--her creativity was always an inspiration. I loved her stories and we often laughed together.
How grateful I am for the time I recently spent with her while her daughter was away. We ate at McDonalds (her favorite place), giggled together and I tended to her, throughout the day, and as she slept in her big easy chair.
She is in a better place now--out of pain, able to see and jump and walk--I can't even begin to imagine the freedom and joy she has now. She is with her Beloved Vic and is seeing the face of Jesus.
I know she's having a ball telling my Beloved husband all about what's been going on down here whilst he's been gone there.
Have a lovely day, dear Friends--and take time to cherish the ones you love. Life is fragile and every day is a gift.
Friday, September 8, 2017
Yesterday, this is what the sky looked like at mid-morning. The mid-Willamette valley where I live has been shrouded with soft, thick wreaths of smoke from wildfires in Southern Oregon, Central Oregon and the Columbia River Gorge. One could hardly see the hills just a few miles from here.
It seems our entire state is fighting wildfires. I am praying for rain where the wildfires are burning. It did rain here this morning--and the air is a bit more clear. I am grateful.
God bless you dear ones. You are in my prayers. You know who you are.
Thursday, August 31, 2017
I had the privilege of attending the Shulke Farm Conference a couple of weekends ago. What a blessing it was to see old friends and to hear all about what the folks they'd invited are doing throughout the world.
It was mid-day, when I stopped in the middle of the bridge and took this picture. When I finally went through my photos, I was astonished to find this beautiful rainbow dancer sliding across the rippling waters of the stream.
What a lovely sight.
Have a great weekend everybody!
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
The first thing I noticed were the birds...As the eclipse began the birds in the trees began softly calling to one another. There were Chickadees, goldfinches and a few I didn't recognize. Then suddenly there were flocks of them winging across the skies as the moon covered more of the sun. The air became noticeably cooler and the light was strangely dim.
There was a squirrel who decided he was quite interested in all the humans watching the sky. He sat on the fence yelling at us, then decided better of it and disappeared.
Shadow the Dog stood behind the humans who were staring at the sun and looked over at me as though to say--could you make them stop that? Toez the Polydactyl Cat hid in the closet and Bootz the Humongous Cat found his way into the back of the shed.
The colors of the flowers became luminous and vibrant in a way I've never seen before.
The shadows of the leaves were crescent shaped with the points downward. Just before the eclipse was complete, the ground wiggled, just like they said it would--VERY strange! Little waves of light covered the ground.
Then the moon covered the sun completely. The air was cool and soft...a strange twilight that seemed magical. There was a luminous ring around the sun--it was so beautiful...not something I could completely catch with my camera. We could actually see faint stars--or maybe they were planets.
The most lovely part was when the sun suddenly peeked over the edge of the moon, creating a stunning diamond ring. It was only for an instant--but WOW! SO lovely. Our friends who are here visiting had set up a camera and actually caught a GREAT pic of that exact moment. I'm SO glad.
As the moon uncovered the sun little by little, more waves of light scuddled across the cement. Then we noticed the crescent shadows made by the leaves were now pointed in the opposite direction--like little smiles covering the ground.
I was amazed at how quickly the light and heat of the sun returned--even though the sun was still at least a third covered! Of course, Mumsie and I stayed and watched as the sun was revealed completely. It was the experience of a lifetime.
Friday, August 11, 2017
In ten days we will see the Great American Eclipse. I am one of those lucky enough to live along the area where a total eclipse will be seen. It won't happen again in my lifetime, they say!
Our town and surrounding cities are expecting a possible influx of up to 500,000 people from all over the world, starting the weekend before the event! I can't even imagine that many people crowding into our simple country setting. There will be fireworks, live music and other events along our waterfront. I must say...I'm looking forward to all the fuss.
Have a great weekend!
Saturday, August 5, 2017
I have six thornless blackberry plants. They were crafted by a master gardener and are the best I've ever seen. This is what they look like just before the petals fall and the fruit is about to make an appearance.
With our record heat these berries are fat and juicy--about to fall off the vine. They are the best blackberries I've ever eaten!
I noticed it has been almost a year exactly since I posted something here. I broke my camera and the newer one is disappointing, so I have not taken as many pictures. Also, this year has been one of transition. I am no longer numb over the loss of my Beloved. My mind is feeling the full grief of losing half my heart. I have had to put my energy into what matters most. But now I am back.
The haze of grief seems to be lifting a little. Soon I will, camera in hand, go out to take pictures again. Happy Summer, dear Friends.
Friday, August 19, 2016
These wonderful clouds heralded some bad weather in our area a few days ago. They are so lovely--they could be angels, gently wafting across the brilliant blue summer skies.
Have a lovely day--keep looking up!
Friday, August 5, 2016
I think the lesson to be learned here, is--there's always a way.
Have a lovely weekend all you wonderful people!
Friday, July 8, 2016
On our way to Idaho, I took these photos of a processing facility of some kind. It sits out in the middle of nowhere. I think it almost looks like something out of a science fiction movie. Star Trek perhaps? This place would make a great movie set!
Have a great weekend!
Saturday, July 2, 2016
I was having a sad morning. With the onset of the holiday, the waves of grief have been especially high. My Beloved enjoyed the Fourth of July to the hilt. I can still see him boisterously tending the BBQ, heartily greeting his friends and above all, his funny stories and the sound of his laughter.
This morning in the midst of one of those crushing waves of sadness, I found a heart in the bottom of my teacup. If you look closely, you can see--it is broken, but somehow mended.
A little hug from the Creator, Who loves me and who sees Alan every day in heaven.
Have a lovely weekend, sweet Friends.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
If I were a flower, I think I would be a daisy. This has changed from when I was younger and thought I would be a rose. Daisies are so friendly and they make me smile...
I want to be a blessing to the world--a splash of smile and friendliness to everyone I meet.
Blessings to you, dear ones. You know I am praying for you.
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Isn't this an unusual picture? I took it sometime last Summer. I'm intrigued by the leaves of the pansy--they don't look like regular pansy leaves. I don't remember staging this, so here you are.
It is summer now. Today it will be 100 degrees. I loved this pansy because of its bright smile. Here the flower grows, thriving in the midst of fallen leaves and dried rose petals.
Hope amidst beautiful memories.
Have a lovely weekend, dear Friends. You are in my prayers always.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
This delightful little mushroom is a little smaller than a pencil eraser. I was so pleased to have captured this fragile beauty with my camera.
Have a lovely day, dear friends. The sun is shining and God is good.
Thursday, April 7, 2016
I was delighted to find these wonderful old fashioned flowers near my home. They are so sweet. The bees love them, too. I have many good memories associated with these flowers. They grew around Grammie's pond and were one of her favorites.
I can almost hear the voices of my siblings and me echoing back through time...
Have a lovely day.
Friday, April 1, 2016
Though the day is beautiful and there is hardly a cloud in the skies. I find my heart is sad. Perhaps it is in response to the lull after all our Easter Activity. I had the joy of working with a group of young people whom my husband and I had mentored in drama over the years.
This Easter, Dramatic Difference Ministries, and Scarlet Chord Theater put Alan's drama, When I am Free onstage for the first time. We performed it three times over the weekend and it was a great success. I loved hearing the comments of those who saw the play. I know Alan would have been so pleased.
My darling had talked about that drama--describing it, working on it, for over 20 years. But unfortunately, he left this life too soon to see his dream come true.
There is much to be done for other upcoming projects, but today I am sad at heart. I miss Alan. I wish he could have seen that drama--I would have loved to hear his comments and watch his face. I even wonder if somehow he knows about the on-going impact he made in so many lives.
In the meantime, I'm looking for those sparkles God puts into the day. I know they are there.
God bless you, sweet Friends. You are always close to my heart and in my prayers.
Friday, March 25, 2016
I am constantly in awe at the detail I find in nature. The small white flowers in this photograph are so tiny several would fit on the end of a pencil. And yet, look at them--the closer one looks, the more their beauty can be seen.
Some of you have not been able to visit over the past few weeks. I have noticed your absence and have been praying for you. May God bless you this Easter weekend. He will bring you hope in unexpected places, dear ones.
Here is God's promise for you today. "I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth." ~Isaiah 42:16