Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Gifts for My Girls - Part 3

Last May, Jodie and I met up in Hood River, Oregon to celebrate Mother's Day together. One of our activities was to go out to an alpaca farm. We fed the animals and looked around Foothills Yarn & Fiber. Among the many spinning wheels and weaving looms, I found these adorable finger puppets that the owner knit.

For Jeanne, a bear.

For Julie, a penguin of course.

For Jodie, an alpaca. A little reminder of our wonderful weekend together.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Gifts for My Girls - Part 2

Throughout the year, I made little gifts for my daughters - just for fun! I gave the gifts to them at Christmas.

In March/April, I made perler bead gifts inspired by items I found on Pinterest.

Jeanne received a black cat:

Julie received a cute blue penguin:

Jodie received a colorful hot air balloon:


Cat inspired by Doces Pontos:

Penguin inspired by SkellieBeads:

Hot air balloon inspired by Perler:

Monday, December 29, 2014

Gifts for My Girls - Part 1

Throughout the year, I made little gifts for my daughters - just for fun! I gave the gifts to them at Christmas.

In January/February, I made felt gifts inspired by items I found on Pinterest.

Jeanne received a kitty ornament:

I made Julie a penguin sleep mask:

And for Jodie I made a felt hot air balloon ornament:


Kitty inspired by Agah

Penguin inspired by DeviantArt

Balloon inspired by Paper Is Love

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Orange On Orange

Another observation during my gratitude meditation walk. I so love the colors this time of year.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Morning Gratitude

This week I'm taking a two-day silent retreat focusing on Gratitude. On my first meditation walk, I listened to my inner voice and ended up changing direction. I walked a different route than I intended to walk when I went out the door. I was rewarded with this:

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Gutter Blossoms

Most folks call you weeds.

But to me, you're two more pretty purple flowers

Saturday, September 13, 2014

A Yellow Flower in White

Sometimes the simple form of the flower reveals itself most beautifully when all the color is drained.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Delicate Purple

I walked through the park yesterday to see what Autumn left in the way of flowers.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Hosta's Last Dance

As Fall starts seeping into north Idaho, the plants in our front yard are beginning to show their wear.

These feisty hostas are going for one more round of blooms. The buds are shooting up from the leaves.

Then opening a little more day by day

Until they are in full bloom, adding a bit of color in their shady home at the base of the pines.

A last bit of summer splendor.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Glass Art Garden

Last May when Jodie and I were exploring Hood River, Oregon, we followed some signs to a glass art studio. Outside, the owners created a garden filled with flowers - both natural and of glass. There were fairies

and angels,

giant glass flowers

and little glass hearts tucked away in the corners.

We were privileged to watch the artist as she formed some vases in this fire.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

All Natural

While Jodie and I were out geocaching, we found this at the end of the road.

Along with the organic gardening going on in the neighborhood, were these pretty daisy-like clumps of flowers on the desert floor.

The insect population was glad to be away from the harsh chemicals, too.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Lupine Love

The lupines in our yard are volunteers

I like them so much, I can't think of them as weeds. They're far too pretty.

Besides, they remind me of one of my very favorite children's books, Miss Rumphius.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

A Dawn in the Life

Dale and I woke up early, early one morning last week. We were shaking off the odiferous remnants of a middle-of-the-night skunking. It was hard to breathe, much less return to sleep. So we decided to go out to breakfast.

Across the highway, the clouds hung down so low to the ground, that the mountaintops to the north rose above them.

To the west, the moon was beginning to set.

While in the east, the oranges of a smoky dawn were giving way to blue overhead.

Our coffee and hot chocolate arrived with a jolly greeting - both by our favorite server and by the message on the cup. Dale spiked my hot chocolate with his coffee so I could get a caffeine buzz.

We rubbed the rest of the sleep out of our eyes as the meal arrived. French toast, sausage, egg whites and the most perfectly cooked hash browns I've ever seen for Dale.

A short stack and bacon bacon bacon bacon for me.

And the sun rose.
And we winked at each other across the table.
And we shared a little lovin'.