Monday, September 13, 2021

Word for the Week

 My mobile phone has a place to write notes.

Going back and reviewing the notes I read "Intentions of the Heart, Live them, Embrace!"

What are "intentions of the heart"?


noun: intention; plural noun: intentions
a thing intended; an aim or plan.
"she was full of good intentions"
So I wondered today, what are my intentions of the heart?
My heart still dreams of more time with dear ones,
more adventures and travel, more moonlight and stars,
more songs to be sung, more "ah-ha" moments.

This morning I finished reading Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl. A quote that struck me is this, "When you attain my age you will understand one of life's great secrets: Luxury is best appreciated in small portions. When it becomes routine it loses its allure." This was said to Ruth by someone older than herself while she was on a shoestring visit to Paris.
Now you say "what does that have to do with the word intention?"
For me I always dreamt I would be surrounded by beauty and travel to beautiful places. It was my intention to do so and there have been times when I indeed did just that. But I have learned that if it had become "routine" it wouldn't have brought the same wonder and joy. It was in those small portions that my intention became reality and I noticed.
I still try to live with intention, but with each age the intention adjusts and the dreams become different. Sometimes that make me sad, but sometimes it brings great JOY. 

I wasn't sure what pictures to share for the word "intention", but one of my intentions was to travel to France. I am sharing pictures from one of those trips. Each picture in my mind was a point of capturing my breathe, making me smile, and definitely and "ah-ha" moment.
Have a totally spectacular week, dear friends!

Friday, September 10, 2021

Last Day to Celebrate Summer

 I could see that summer was soon to come to an end and there were still two things I wanted to do with my grandson. Have tea at my local tearoom, Lovejoy's, and take a walk at Whitaker Ponds to see if we could find wild life. I also need to be surrounded by trees as often as possible and felt like my family could use a bit of "forest bathing" too.
So the last day before school started we were off to tea and a small hike.
We ate on the patio because D isn't yet vaccinated. I hope school age kids can be vaccinated soon.
D wasn't sure he wanted to do tea time, but from the smile you can see he thoroughly enjoyed it.
He has vanilla rooibos in his cup and loved it.
My "live-in gardener" and myself ordered the more traditional tea sandwiches and scones.
I also had a sausage roll. My tea was a favorite there at Lovejoy's, a puerh with flavorings.
D wasn't sure he wanted the kid's tea either because it was called "Wee Tea".
He thought that was quite hilarious. We all had a laugh over the name.
The sandwich was nutella with fresh sliced strawberries. D said it was delicious.
This is the full afternoon tea for two, though I ordered al-carte to get just what I wanted.

Then for our sweet we each chose one yummy chocolate from a local chocolate company, Mission Chocolates.
Then off to Whitaker Pond for a lovely walk together. We did see plenty of ducks and a couple herons. There were signs of beaver, but none spotted. Sometimes we see turtles too, but not on this day.
I was thrilled to check off both things I wanted to do with D, even if it was the last day before school started. The next day he was off to meet his teacher, then this past Tuesday was the first day of school. He was so excited to be going to classes at the school and in-person. His mom, that you see in the first picture, said he didn't want to leave at the end of the day. He loves it so much and for that I am thankful.

Monday, September 6, 2021

Word for the Week


Definition of Labor:  work hard; make great effort."they labored from dawn to dusk"
My grandpa was prominent in my life.
He was like a father to me, so having lived with him as a young child I remember him trudging home each evening quite dusty and tired from the apple orchard. He would find a beer in the frig, sit for awhile in his rocker, then head to his desk to do paperwork and smoke his pipe. He labored quite peacefully surrounded by his apple trees and bee hives.
As a single mom, my mother labored with joy at being mother to myself and my younger sister. She also found small jobs struggling to put food on our table and a roof over our head. Her dream was to be a mom and wife, but reality was that she must also work in an office each day.
This morning as I was thinking about what word to share I realized it was Labor Day here in the US.
 Beside thinking of laboring on a job I thought as women that have had babies we worked hard to bring forth that child. It was a great effort with much reward, but at sometimes unsung heroes.
 Beside bringing forth a baby, maybe we labored at a piece of art or a beautiful home cooked meal.
My grandpa out in the orchard and packing house always had time to say hello to a grandchild.

When I asked my "live-in gardener" what he thinks of when considering the word labor he said "labor unions". His father was a dedicated labor union man and he constantly honored and talked of the hard working men around him.
Of course we are honoring all those that work hard in the work place; but there are so many ways of laboring. What can you think of?
No pretty, colorful pictures today. I am thinking of those that have come before us and labored to make our country what it is today. Yes. it has it's problems, but we shall grow on the shoulders of those that have labored.
Happy Labor Day!
Have a terrific week! 

Friday, September 3, 2021

A Walk in a Park


On a cloudy summer day recently a friend and I walked here. Normally I visit Bishops Close in the spring to see all the crocus and daffodil growing, but this year it wasn't until late summer that I realized I hadn't gone on an adventure right here. A friend was invited to come along and walk with me and my camera.

I adore seeing my favorite places in different seasons; so I wasn't at all disappointed.

 I was searching for flowers and flowers is what I found.

 Even in a hanging basket there was the vibrancy of flowers.

During the pandemic I have become addicted to watching chateau renovation shows on YouTube; so as I walked there I was imagining myself walking on chateau grounds in France. You see, I needed an adventure of travel and this was the best I could do for now.

Bishops Close is actually an Episcopal center and offices. They have graciously opened their grounds for people to walk and enjoy the serenity.

The grounds are up on a bluff overlooking the Willamette River. As you can see it was a cloudy day with even a few sprinkles, but it was a perfect day to walk in the serenity of the gardens and grounds, visit with a dear friend, and sip a small cup of tea while sitting on a bench.

Take the time today or this weekend to find some imaginary travel, some serenity, and a walk with a friend.

Happy weekend, dear friends!

Monday, August 30, 2021

Word for the Week

 Thinking about school starting next week here in Oregon I was thinking of the word LEARN, but then as I watched out my window early this morning the word came to me - SHARE. What do you see out your window and what word would it remind you of?

When I lift the shade in my bedroom each morning I look for bunnies nibbling on plants in the garden.  I didn't see any today, but sometimes they are there nibbling away. I share my garden with them most happily.

This rascal was outside my kitchen window this morning.

He was having the time of his life feasting on the seeds of the sunflowers.

I was most happy to share with him, but of course he wasn't sharing.

He wanted them all for himself.

And we wondered why he hadn't been to our bird feeder recently.

I write this blog for myself, sort of selfishly; but I love sharing with you.

I love when you leave comments, a note that you enjoyed my words or pictures.

As a verb:  "have a portion of (something) with another or others."
"he shared the pie with her"
I would think sharing is also with thoughts, words, hugs, a smile.
There are many ways we share each day.
Maybe we just share a quiet moment together.
Or I would share a cup of tea with you if you visited my garden.
I think in our sharing we can make the world a better place.
Have a great week, dear friends.
Share a smile or a friendly hello with someone each day.


Saturday, August 28, 2021

Sunflowers Make Me Smile

 "I want to be like a sunflower; 

so that even on the darkest days

I will stand tall and find the sunlight."

 author unknown

In our garden standing tall is the sunflowers.

I included the car for perspective. They are the tallest sunflowers we have ever had in the garden.

Eventhough there are sunflowers in my garden, I still had to drive to the country to find more. Topaz Farm on Sauvie Island (about a 30 minute drive from my home) I found the sunflower maze.

They had a u-pick area, but only my camera picked the flowers.

Sunflowers just make me smile. They are such a happy flower.
Now the ones in my garden are enticing the squirrels to come to the banquet.

Sunflowers by Donal Mahoney

No one has to teach a field
of sunflowers how to worship.
Before dawn in high summer

their necks are bent
in silent prayer like monks.
But as the sun comes up

sunflowers rise as well.
At noon they adore the sun
the way monks in pews

adore the Host at elevation.
Listen and you may hear
sunflowers sing Alleluia!

Happy Weekend, dear friends!

Monday, August 23, 2021

Word for the Week

I read just this morning the description of a bowl that fell to the ground and cracked. The owner chose not to repair it because in showing the crack the bowl had a story to tell and they felt it became more beautiful. They went on to describe a woman that in all her brokenness, she became more beautiful. Have you ever seen an older person that's face just shines and you just know there is a story of beauty and brokenness to tell?

 With the advent of social media I have noticed over the years the use of the word beautiful.  I have thought it was overused and wondered if there wasn't other words that would work sometimes for variety or that would better describe a breath taking sunset or a flower shining in the morning sun. I actually made a list of alternate words to describe something beautiful. On my list is pretty, stunning, wonderful, lovely, gorgeous, amazing and awesome.  What sights touch you to say these descriptive words?

What takes your breathe away with it's beauty?

For me it is a sunset or sunrise full of color, the waves flowing into the shore and tickling my toes, the color of the tea flowing into my cup, flowers of any kind (even wildflowers and weeds), a babies toes and fingers, a redwood tree standing tall and reaching for the sky, a meal prepared with talented hands and laid before me, a smile on a strangers face or that of someone close to me too, a freshly cleaned house and so much more. I love walking through my antique mall just to search out beautiful and snap it with my camera. I don't need to buy anything, but just savor that beauty in the moment.

One of the blogs I have followed for a very long time is written by Corey, French Le Vie, and she often shows treasures that are broken or torn. She has talked of the beauty in the brokenness. I think she actually prefers it in her home because they have stories to tell.

Today and each day let's look for the beauty in the small things and in the brokenness.  You may have guessed by now that the word this week is indeed BEAUTY.

And for sure "Notice what you Notice".

Friday, August 20, 2021

Off to the Seaside

 Just last week here in Oregon we were hovering around 100 degrees. On Thursday I believe it hit 106 degrees and my daughter said let's go to the beach. Off we drove with my live-in gardener, daughter, grandson, grandson's good friend, and me. We packed our lunch and drove the 1 1/2 hours to our favorite spot at the seaside.

A lot of people had the same idea, but finally we found parking at Oswald West (Gnome Beach) and with about 1/4 mile hike we were at the water.
I love this hike because it takes us through gorgeous old growth trees. My children call it Gnome Beach because many of the trees have holes where the gnomes must live.
And here were are! The beach was a bit misty when we arrived, but as the afternoon moved along the sun came out. How wonderful the cool air felt.
Oh! I forgot there was a white dog in the car too. The dogs loved running along the waters edge as much as the people loved scampering in the water, getting our toes wet, and avoiding getting a full dunk in the waves.

But some came prepared to ride the waves and it was fun to watch them come and go.
This is one of my favorites beaches. It actually is a cove wrapped in trees and cliffs.

My live-in gardener started stacking rocks and after awhile we were surrounded in stacks.
As we climbed the hill to return home to our hot houses there was one last look back to remember a special day by the sea.
And we walked again through the trees.
It was a special day away, a much needed day by the sea.

When you are having a hot summer day, how do you cool yourself?
Do you go to the water, up in the hills, jump in a pool, or sit by a fan?

This week our days are back to normal temperatures and I am delighted in each day once again.

Happy weekend, dear friends!