Friday, April 15, 2011

Memories and Love

Sending a heart full of love!

"God gave us memories so we could have
roses in winter and mothers forever."
~M.F.K. Fisher

I am off making memories,
traveling to Thailand and Taiwan.
I will be gone until sometime the middle of May.
Then there will be much to share.
Have a special Easter.
Happy Mother's Day! 
Sending each one of you hugs for today and always!

Comments will be turned off late Saturday.

If you have any questions about ordering books
or Marmalady's products, my son, Tim will be managing
my business while I am away.  He will check my emails,
but you can also email him at mountpanic @
I will occasionally check emails, but I may not be as dependable.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Home is where the Heart is

Home is where the Heart is.
This is a different form of a home.
Someone lived here once, but
now it only holds memories and ghosts.

This is my home for April at the Dollhouse Project.
Each month I am portraying a different art form and a home.
The top picture is the original photograph and
the lower picture is an altered photograph on Photoshop Element.
I am just beginning to learn this new art form, but
I see all kinds of fun possibilities.

Soon I will be leaving my home for adventure,
but at the end of the adventure I will look forward to home.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


This time of year I feel like the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland.
Painting a touch of pink here and a little red there.
There are about 30 camellias bushes lining our yard with shades of pinks, whites, and reds.
Each bush is just a little different than the one next to it, but they run
together in a long hedge along each side of my front yard.
I would love to pull out my paint brushes and join in the fun.
The artist that created these beautiful flowers definitely went for variety.
So I sit here and just enjoy the hand that created these beautiful camellias,
for at this time of year they glow in abundance.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Dancing in the Sunlight

Silly, maybe
Something I had to do, YES!
Friday was the first warm sunshiny day
where I could dance barefoot in the sun
I am a sun girl, so surviving winter is always
difficult for me.  So I celebrated by
dancing barefoot in my tutu in the sunshine.

I have a friend that said she would do it if I did;
so here's the challenge.
Will you be dancing barefoot in the sunshine
in your tutu?

Monday, April 11, 2011

Spirit Whispers

Listen to your inner voice.

This weekend I received my weekly email from Cheryl Richardson
and her story of a hat reminded me of listening to our inner voice.
Visit Cheryl here and read this special story, 
The Hat Adventure: Reawaken your passion for life.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Colors of Tea

I don't know about you, but this time of year I crave color.
On my tea tray each morning I love mixing and matching my
cup with my little teapot for the day.
The addition of a colorful tray or a flower just makes
it all the more special.
Now what tea do I put in my little pot?
The nice yellow softness in this cup is a lovely floral oolong,
but some mornings I wish for a lovely dark, robust black tea.
Each tea adds it's own array of color to a morning ritual.
Oh do I love the color~
Today it will be Yunnan Gold.
If you haven't tried it, it is one of my favorites
from the Floating Leaves shop in Seattle, Washington.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Mama Eagle and Joey

Have you seen them?
Three little eaglets and their mama eagle?
I found them.
Joey and I have been totally enjoying watching this
nature story, live and on my computer screen.
Joey has been so fascinated, each time I put it 
on he comes running to watch.
Visit this little family here, you will be enchanted.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A River Runs through It

Portland, Oregon is divided east and west by the Willamette River;
so you will see many bridges here.
Walking along the river on Sunday I took time to
notice spring's arrival with pink cherry blossoms
and high waters.
In this picture I can see three bridges over the river.
When I first moved to Portland I had the most difficult time
figuring out how to get across the river, so mostly
I stayed on my eastside.  Since that time I have
learned how to get around, after all it has been 35 years.
I love my city and love showing visitors around;
so if you come to town, just let me know.
I can cross the river now.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

He Loves Me?

I always thought he loved me,
but recently I have wondered.
Does he love me because I feed him?
I finally figured it out.
He loves me for my robe.
It is white and sort of fluffy.
Each time I have it on or
when it is on my bed, he finds it.
I will love him anyway, but
now I know the truth.
Joey, he's the cat that loves me for my robe.
Silly cat!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Spirit Whispers

To See
To truly see
We must listen
Open our hearts
To see the heart of another
See their beauty
See past the sorrows
See into the face of God.
We must stop and listen
with an open heart
and See.

What are you noticing today?
Are you truly seeing?

Friday, April 1, 2011

Far From the Maddening Crowds

Though I cannot flee
From the world of corruption,
I can prepare tea
With water from a mountain stream
And put my heart to rest.
~Ueda Akinara

Tea is drunk to forget the din of the world.
~T'ien Yiheng

A place to escape to when one cannot ease one's
cares in the mountains.
The hut beneath the pine within the city.
~Toyohara Sumiaki, quoted by Murai Yasuhiko

This picture was taken in January as I sat outside in Portland, Oregon,
sharing tea with friends.  I couldn't even sit out there today
with the wet and the cold.  It was one of those rare days of winter.
A true gift and time "to forget the din of the world."