• unexpected visitor, animals, squirrel, vine maple, trees, food, cohabitation,
    Gratitude,  Nature,  Reflections

    Unexpected Visitor

      Yesterday was a bit different from other days since my recovery began. I had an unexpected visitor arrive. Despite plenty of books to read, knitting to knit, and writing to ponder, the days are often somewhat boring. And it doesn’t help that I’ve had a minor setback that limits my activity level.    Back to my unexpected visitor. Looking out the large window into our backyard, I noticed the leaves on our vine maple fluttering. If there was a breeze blowing, none of the other trees were joining in.    And then I spied him. A small squirrel bouncing from limb to limb. Stopping here and there to find…

  • Methow Valley, Winthrop WA, wildflowers
    Memories,  Reflections,  Time,  Travel

    Forever Memories

        Forever memories are those that stay with you for…well, forever. In conversation with others, forever memories trigger a certain response from you. You want to share the excitement, the reactions you felt, the way the memory has lasted. Almost as if whatever happened was yesterday.   A decade or so ago we took a vacation that has become a forever memory. And if you’ve read William Least Heat-Moon’s Blue Highways, you know what blue highways are. If not, the answer is simple. Older Rand McNally road atlases and maps identified the various types of roadways with color. Major highways appeared in red. Out-of-the-way highways running through small, almost…

  • Reflections

    Patience

    Outside our family room window, two large hydrangeas are heavy with buds. Knowing what they will look like in bloom makes the waiting hard. My patience with this process is better than my patience in other areas of nature and life.   Hydrangea buds open slowly, like this recovery I’m going through. The buds and petals of the hydrangea tease, as do my good days versus not so good days. Patience wears thin at times.   Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting. ~~ Joyce Meyer   Joyce Meyer reminds us that it isn’t only about waiting. Our behavior while waiting…

  • Tulips, pink
    Health and Self-Care,  Reflections

    Hope

    Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness. ~~ Desmond Tutu       Hope is a rather small word. Only four letters and one syllable. Yet people have survived unimaginable accidents, imprisonments, and illnesses. When asked how they held on, most answered continuous hope. That symbolizes a good deal of power in a four-letter word, only one syllable.   How is it such a small word can do so much?   From a base of hope, we see courage, confidence, and happiness arise. These qualities become a coping strategy at a time of difficulty or grief or illness. I’ve had many surgeries…

  • Clothes line
    A Day in the Life,  Childhood,  Memories,  Reflections,  Seasons

    Hot Summer Nights | A Day in the Life (Episode #9)

    We’re having a heat wave! Oregon is HOT in our neck of the woods. Usually, summer days aren’t filled with temperatures nearing 100 or humidity starting the day at 70% or more. We’re accustomed to average summer temps in the low to mid 80’s, low humidity, and nights cooling down into the 60s or even high 50s.  Mornings now you can hear the sounds of neighbors doing what you’re doing–opening windows and doors to let the cool morning air in. At our place, in Meyers Woods, this will keep the house cool throughout the day with the help of shade from our old growth firs and cedars. Many older homes…

  • Lifestyle,  Reflections,  Self-care

    Seeking Balance, Harmony and Inspiration in Life

    Ever Tire of Feeling Too Busy? As a full-time legal secretary, wife, and mom, I felt busy. I longed for the days of retirement. People said when they retired there was never enough time for all they wanted to do. How could it be?   Now I know. With retirement in our lives for a combined 17 years, it seems each day reaches the brim of overflowing. Yet there are always things still left undone.   Add in my chronic pain and minor injuries (both of us) and it seems even more overwhelming. Facing surgery and recovery, I realize the time has come to make changes in my handling of…