Friday, June 30, 2017

No, Grandma, NO!

Melody just wasn't having any of what I was giving.

[Photo courtesy of daughter Julie Otto]

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Prepping for the 4th

My brother-in-law is moving back to the area after being in western Washington for 10 years. We'll celebrate his return and my mother-in-law's birthday on the 4th of July. Jeanne popped by to help set up a photo booth for the party.

Then we had to have a bit o' fun with the props.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

First Blush

My rose bush opened its first bloom today

and lifted its face into the sun.

While I was photographing, a visitor stopped by.

Monday, June 26, 2017

A Berry Good Time of Year

Mmmm! Summer! The yummiest fruits ripen at this time of year.

One of my favorites? The juicy sweet-tart strawberry.

I hear tell the strawberry is the only fruit to have its seeds on the outside.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Three Generations

Another photo from Father's Day

Dale, Julie, Melody
Grandpa, Daughter, Granddaughter

Hands say so much

Friday, June 23, 2017

First Father's Day

Melody and her parents stopped by on Father's Day. I caught a sweet moment between Jeff and his baby girl.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Wednesday, June 21, 2017


Most of the irises boomed and faded while I was out of town for the wedding. I was lucky enough to photograph this one during the Golden Hour.

I wouldn't be me if I missed a year looking down it's throat.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


Our hawthorn tree's tendrils are so beautiful every Spring. It's my favorite non-evergreen tree in our yard.

The flower clusters are gorgeous. Just watch out for the branches. Those thorns don't fool around!

This year the tree bloomed at the height of the pine pollen season which made for some interesting freckling.

Monday, June 19, 2017

A Simple Card

I put a card together for Dale for Father's Day. I like the way it sparkles.

I added coordinating washi tape to the envelope for some extra flair.


Inspired by Ashley Olsen Crafts

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Grandpa's Visitor

Look who came for a Father's Day visit!

The whole family is doing well.
More photos of the day to come.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Tiptoeing Back into Blogging

I took a week off from blogging out of utter exhaustion.

A week ago, my youngest daughter, Jodie, married the love of her life, Kenny. It was a lot of busy-ness in preparation. The bouquets. The corsages. The boutonnieres. Her gown. My accessories. A lot of travel. A lot of days away from home. Then the big event.

Our little Melody and her parents were able to make the long trip, too. That's quite a spate for someone only 2 weeks old.

In this last week I've been curled up in my sweats in the comfy armchair in the living room, watching TV and stitching, mostly. It's my best way to recharge. Plus, this is such a good look, don't you think?

So, I think I'm back, but slowly.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Air B&B

I had my very first experience with AirBnB this week. Jodie and Kenny's house filled up with out-of-town guests and members of the wedding party, so I stayed a couple nights at a bungalow in the historic part of Springfield, OR.

Every amenity was available, from soaps and towels to a fully stocked kitchen complete with food for breakfast. Books galore. Candles. Comfy beds. Plus the conveniences of WiFi and laundry facilities. It's absolutely charming and homey with little surprises in every room. For example, these roses were waiting for me, freshly picked from the yard!

I could live in a place like this.

I admit that I was very trepidatious when Jodie made the suggestion. But these accommodations far exceeded my expectations. I do believe I may try this again. It's been a home away from home, and a piece of peace away from wedding prep madness.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017


When I'm exhausted, I am trying — but I try.

When I'm achy, I am trying — but I try to be active.
When I'm distracted, I am trying — but I try to be productive.
When I'm cranky, I am trying — but I try to be grateful.

Try leads to trying leads to try leads to trying.

"Are you excited? You're marrying your best friend! You will be surrounded by people who love you both! It is so joyous!"

See my tired eyes? Please don't try me. I'm too busy trying to quit being so trying.

For Your Lapel

Monday, June 5, 2017

Bouquet Day

I spent today making the bouquets for the bridal party. A few last touches and they'll be done.

Tomorrow I take a crack at the bridal bouquet.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

The Greeter

I arrived at Jodie's home this evening as we count down the days to her wedding and complete last minute preparations.

When I walked into the guest room, this little penguin pal popped up to greet me.

Jodie has definitely leveled up on hospitality skills - cruise ship style!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

No Space Alien After All

It's you, my lovely columbine, hiding in the shadows.

And here are your baby brothers and sisters.

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Smile for the camera!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Finishing Touches

My part is complete.

All can be revealed after next weekend and trip to Oregon for a very special occasion.

Thursday, June 1, 2017