Friday, July 21, 2017

Renewal and Shared Tea

 Out of focus, but still I like it.

Recently three friends I worked with at Jantzen Swimwear
in the 1980's came for tea in the gardenhouse.
It was a special time of renewing friendship,
sipping tea, and nibbling on pineapple upside down cake,
berry compote, and madelines.
The tea we sipped was a lovely first flush Darjeeling
called Castleton Moonlight and a Rose Tulsi herbal.

The date had been set several months ago,
but when the time came the roof on my house was being
torn off and replaced.  All week I struggled,
should I cancel the tea time or suffer through the noise?
The gardenhouse is like a little cocoon, so I decided to continue on.
How happy I did.
Amazingly the guys on my roof worked on the front of the house,
so our tea time in the back of the yard had peace, friendship,
sipping, and nibbles.

Friendship over the years is so special.
Getting to share that friendship with 3 creative, strong women
was the very best.

 Linking with Bernideen at

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Canyon Road, Known for it's Art

I didn't grow up in a family that particularly appreciated art;
but I knew I loved art and creativity.
I pulled together a bit of art knowledge when the opportunity would arise.
By the time I attended design school at the age of 40
 I soaked in the love of art
through art history classes and hands on art classes.
My heart still soars just to be surrounded in the
beauty of a persons creativity.
Even in the structure of these buildings,
oh the colors and form just sing to my heart.
Strolling through the galleries along Canyon Road
in Santa Fe, New Mexico was a dream come true.
Aren't these collages amazing?

Art was everywhere I looked and I was delighted.
I could have danced here.

This sculpture touched my soul.
It was me as a child.
And this one too was me.
Now I dream of visiting here again, surrounded by creative souls
and tuck them deeply into my heart.

As mentioned yesterday, Georgia O'Keeffe was one of my favorites.
Do you have a favorite artist or a friend that just surrounds
her or himself in creative pursuits?

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Santa Fe Churches, Delight the Soul

Each of the three churches we entered was beautiful.
This first one is the oldest church in the Continental US,
built in the 1600's.
San Miguel Mission Church.

And then as we walked we found the Loretto Chapel,
built in the 1870's.
It is now used as a wedding chapel.
The main feature of this chapel is the mystery staircase.
I understand that the story goes that the nuns prayed
for someone to come and build a staircase.
A carpenter came one day and built this free standing staircase.
Upon completion, the carpenter disappeared without payment.

Then the final church, which is actually the only one
we originally planned to visit, is St. Francis Cathedral.
It was built in 1886 and from the main plaza of Santa Fe
you can see it just at the end of the road.

Do you search out churches when traveling?
I find that in the hurry, rush season of cramming
in as much sight seeing as possible,
a pause, a breath, a prayer
in a church centers me.
It refreshes and delights my soul.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

One Morning in May - Georgia O'Keefe

One morning in May I was so excited,
I was finally headed to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.
Arriving to early, I found time to browse nearby for awhile.
I would have bought you this hat, but I didn't know your size.
Maybe you would have preferred some boots.
We strolled through the neighborhood on a quiet morning in May.
Finally it was time.
Georgia O'Keeffe is one of my favorite women artists.
We took our time and walked with a museum docent throughout
the museum.  I am so glad we did, as I learned so much.
Most pictures we were allowed to photograph,
but really I just soaked it in and enjoyed.

So different than the flowers, simple and elegant.

A different image of the artist.
Do you like Georgia O'Keeffe's art?
Who is your favorite?
After leaving the museum there was a stroll through this garden.
How I loved this quiet, peaceful morning in Santa Fe.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Walk with Me - Audubon Portland

Well when you walk with a grandson you stop
to see the raven, you swing from a branch,
and you walk on rocks in the creek bed.
Oh and we saw a beautiful owl in the bird hospital.

He told me he wore these clothes as they would camouflage him.
He was hoping to find a salamander or two,
but all he found were water skippers.

But mostly you follow the trail.
There was the Jay Trail, the Woodpecker Trail,
the Creek Trail.
We followed each one and explored with
our binoculars and camera around our necks.
Walking with an almost 5 year old is a different
way to travel.

Keep on walking, dear friends!