Cats and Crows from the Office

Benji and I are in the office. He’s paying attention to the crows out front.

They’re getting materials for nesting..

twigs and soft materials like this.

I watch the pair wishing them good luck.

I notice Benji has disappeared and then I hear some commotion from the closet.

I stifle a laugh.

“Benji what are you doing in there?”

“Almost got it Sue.”

“There!  Perfect!  Thanks for the new bag.  It’s going to work great.”

“Sure Benji.  I’ll just find another place to store my camera.”

🙂 🙂

~ Susanne and Benji

A Conversation with Benji in Quarantine

“When’s it gonna end, Sue?”

“What’s that Benji?”

“This confinement. It’s getting on my nerves.”

“It’s only been a week Benji.  Besides. You’re not in quarantine.”

“But you are Sue. And it feels longer in cat years.”

“I suppose it does Benji. But it will be over soon.  And we’ll have learned something in the meantime.  And hopefully appreciate more all the freedoms we really have.”

“Okay Sue. Whatever you say.”

~ Susanne and Benji

Let’s Go Visit the Daffodils!

At least virtually!  It was a year ago that we went to see the daffodils in bloom in Skagit Valley, the first time ever, though I’ve lived in Washington my whole life!

We made the journey 60 miles north of Seattle to Roozengaarde, which according to their website,  “was established in 1985 by the Roozen family and Washington Bulb Company Inc. The Roozen family business of growing Tulips, Daffodils and Irises is the largest in the world, covering Skagit Valley with more than 1000 acres of field blooms and 16 acres of greenhouses.”

During the last part of March the yellow beauties are on display while tulips are the stars of April.

It was wonderful traipsing through the fields – on the designated pathways of course –

and visiting the charming town of La Conner afterwards for lunch and shopping.

The virtual tour will have to do this year. The display gardens at Roozengaarde are closed as are all other nonessential businesses due to the nasty coronavirus.

We do our part to flatten the curve.

Stay safe.

~ Susanne

Ohi’a Lehua Hawaiian Flower

On our recent trip to Oahu I kept seeing this beautiful flower – endemic to Hawaii – and recognized as the Big Island’s official island flower.

Even the name is lovely – Ohi’a Lehua – for Cee’s Flower of the Day.

~ Susanne

Gleanings from Oahu’s Turtle Bay Resort

I’ve already posted the highlights from last month’s trip to Oahu – it seems like a lifetime ago!

But as we are all in need of armchair travel during these pandemic days I thought I’d share a few more pictures from Paradise, with more from Turtle Bay Resort.

Every morning the sun would pour through our window and I would enjoy this view of Kuilima Cove from our balcony.

We walked the undeveloped grounds and found many places to sit and reflect.

We even came across an historic pillbox from WW2  which made my husband happy.

And every night we gathered to watch the sun go down

and were mesmerized by this unique water feature which would occasionally blow up as a water spout.

Remembering the beauty of Oahu while sheltering in place.

~ Susanne

Social Distancing on the Green River

During these times of social distancing I’m thankful to have access to so many beautiful places nearby; and as long as we are allowed to visit our state and national parks we will continue to do so.

So yesterday we drove south to Kanaskat Palmer State Park to walk through the forest along the beautiful Green River.

Imagine my surprise when the first pictures I took looked like this!

Apparently I had inadvertently selected an artsy function while fiddling with my camera settings.

Here’s the river in its natural state.

And here it is in motion.


There were only a few folks on the river and with them we exercised social distancing.

But I am not social distancing with this man – we are in it together.

~ Susanne

Photoshoot in the Garden with Tiger and Benji

“Hey boys, can you stop what you’re doing for a minute? I’d like to get some pictures for your portfolios.”

“Can’t you see we’re busy Sue??”

“It will only take a minute Tiger. Just one good headshot.  That’s all I need.”

“Okay, okay, how’s this?”

“Great Tiger!”


“Just a minute Sue.  I almost got this varmint!”

“Sure Benji.”

“Okay, Sue.  How’s this?”

“Perfect Benji! You’re the best!”

~ Susanne, Tiger & Benji

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