Sameness

twins, identical twins, same, alike, twin girls

Sameness is an awkward word, isn't it? But in these pandemic days, it's the best suited to circumstances in our home. A few mornings ago I lay awake listening to the morning sounds. Inside there was nothing happening. The cats weren't even hassling us for morning treats. Outside I could hear rain falling and occasional…

Acceptance

acceptance, accept, welcome, assist, help

Monday afternoon I called a dear friend. Just a simple check-in to see how she and her husband are doing during these strange times. We haven't seen each other since March, and we've had one other phone call since then. After our first phone call, she began shopping at the same grocery store I do.…

Rainy Autumn Days

autumn, fall, leaves, rain, colors, light

Rainy autumn days arrived in the Pacific Northwest with bluster. With them, they brought winds that tossed colorful leaves everywhere. Our maple tree left our driveway looking like a leaf mosaic. Bob took the photo above on one of his daily trips to our mailbox last week. With the change in our weather, the last…

Outside My Window

Japanese maple, tree, weeping Japanese maple, warmth, love,

Our mini-forest is one of the best features of our home place. Over the years, it has provided a sense of being outside the city with extra privacy. While we were still working, our location provided ease of access to the church, shopping, and medical care. One of the drawbacks of living in a mini-forest…

Finding Peace in Times of Negativity

peaceful, porch, rocker, nature, stillness

Many in Portland, including myself, feel we're living in a dystopian world created by issues beyond our control. We are attempting to survive the COVID-19 pandemic. We've watched the peaceful protests for Black Lives Matter escalate into all-out conflicts with federal troops who were not invited to our city. Then "grab and snatch" tactics by…