Tag: Life

A Strange New Fall and a Skinny Fair

It seems that by the time summer finally arrives in the Pacific Northwest it’s already on its way out. And while I always welcome fall, this year will hardly be typical. Back to school? Learning will start online, something not dreamed of when this… Continue Reading “A Strange New Fall and a Skinny Fair”

And Yet There is Still Beauty

I, like you, have been greatly disturbed, distressed, and even depressed over what I have seen in our country this past week. Yes, I remember the sixties but this feels worse somehow. I am doing my best to stay focused on the things I… Continue Reading “And Yet There is Still Beauty”

Sir Tom Moore: Knight of the Realm

Originally posted on beetleypete:
Not long after the news media began to tell us about the impact of the Coronavirus pressures on the staff of the NHS, there was a feature about an elderly man who was hoping to raise £1,000 to donate to…

The Unintended Consequences of Staying at Home

Yesterday I went to the grocery store – early in the day and wearing a mask and rubber gloves  – and spent a whopping $400 – the most ever at a single time.  That should hold me over for a couple of weeks.  I… Continue Reading “The Unintended Consequences of Staying at Home”

Life During a Pandemic – A River Walk and Facetime with Mom

Yesterday we walked along the Cedar River Trail. There were a handful of others with the same idea and we all kept our distance, even the ducks. The willow trees were beautiful and weeping once more The cherry trees (or plum – I can’t… Continue Reading “Life During a Pandemic – A River Walk and Facetime with Mom”

Ordinary Days after Oahu

Some of you asked that I bring back the sunshine from Hawaii and I obliged – at least in the Pacific Northwest. When we left for Oahu last week, the skies over Seattle had been gray for weeks on end, the rain unceasing and… Continue Reading “Ordinary Days after Oahu”

Life and Maintenance in the December Garden

While the rest of the country has been hammered by winter, here in the Great Northwest I’m still working in the fall garden.  Nothing major of course,  just the ordinary maintenance that life requires. Our home is surrounded by evergreen trees – mostly Douglas-Firs… Continue Reading “Life and Maintenance in the December Garden”

From O the Joy! to Dismal Nitch

Dismal Nitch –  could any place name be more apropos? After a long and arduous journey across the North American continent,  Lewis and Clark were finally nearing their destination, the Pacific Ocean.  They had left St. Louis on May 14, 1804,  and on November… Continue Reading “From O the Joy! to Dismal Nitch”

Berry Picking with Mom

Good name for a poem –  if only I had the eloquence. Regardless, today I had the privilege of going berry picking with my mom. Privilege I say because she’s 89 years old and not everyone is so lucky. Actually it was her idea.… Continue Reading “Berry Picking with Mom”

Another Tale of Tiger and Benji

This morning I went outside to have my coffee by the stream and some quiet time alone. It wasn’t long before Tiger emerged from hiding and approached me where I sat. Although he’s not a lap cat,  I knew he wanted to jump up… Continue Reading “Another Tale of Tiger and Benji”

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