Offline for Awhile

offline, hibernate, hide, grape hyacinths, frost

Offline for awhile may leave a somewhat indefinite timeframe in the minds of my readers. To be honest, I simply need a break from the online world. This break begins today and ends when I feel ready to open my hands and put them on the keyboard.  I hope that each of you had a…

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…

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…

Hope Remains

rebirth, new shoots, fiery rebirth

Yes, hope remains. Despite fires and smoke, extremely hazardous air quality, several days of evacuation orders: hope remains. All the above add stress to the already stressful pandemic. Yet, hope remains. One bit of good news, the Portland protests and riots took a break during the smoke and poor air quality. One less level of…