Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread - Proverbs 30:8

Sunday, June 17, 2018

The Grotto

While my mom was visiting this past week, we went to the Grotto - a place I've been meaning to go for the past 8 years! It was beautiful and so peaceful to walk through the gardens.

The lower part of the Grotto has a bookstore, a chapel and a visitors center. That's also where the cave is with a big outdoor seating area. The if you want to go to the upper gardens, you buy a ticket and ride up this elevator.

You step off the elevator and can hardly believe you are in the middle of city. There are tall trees and beautiful paths.

Almost immediately upon entering the garden, a grounds keeper called us over to see this beautiful butterfly that was just resting on the ground.

The sun was shining brightly and I decided to practice my photography in bright sun. I love how these next two photos turned out.

The meditation chapel in the upper gardens....gorgeous view of the city and Mt. St. Helens.

Back on the lower level you can walk a path of the Stations of the Cross. It was beautiful, set in the mossy, forested environment.

I'm linking up with Good, Random, Fun and Seasons

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Gig Season

Summer is a busy time for our family band (Bridgid's Cross). We play a lot of farmer's markets, festivals and other events. This past weekend was our first farmer's market. We love this particular market because they seem genuinely happy to have us here and all the vendors donate something for the musicians. We received a lot of greens, flowers, berries, pottery, slime, soap, baked goods, honey and more!

This is one of two bouquets we received....

And in case you want to hear us, we had to make this video as an application for a local talent show.  This is our version of Irish Party in Third Class from the movie The Titanic

I'm linking up with Little Things Thursday

Tuesday, June 12, 2018


Portland is the City of Roses and there is a beautiful rose garden in the heart of the city. It's a beautiful place to visit....usually it's very crowded, but the roses are breathtaking and there are so many different varieties.

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

My Garden

Last week I shared some pics and videos of the frogs that live in my garden. Today I thought I'd share some of the beautiful flowers that are also blooming. 

First up are the gorgeous Sweet Williams (dianthus barbatus). These come up every year and continue to spread as they seed themselves. I love watching them unfold. They are fabulous flowers for cutting and adding to arrangements. They last quite a while after cutting them and they add such a beautiful pop of color.

I have several different colors and you can see that the frogs like them too! 

Next up are the daisies....I love trying to capture reflections of the daisies in the water droplets after a good rain or even just after watering. Here are a couple shots I've gotten this past week.

The frogs also love the daisies!

And's fruit season! I don't grow a lot of food in my garden, but I do have a small bed of strawberries and a pretty good crop of raspberries. The strawberries rarely make it inside the house...I tend to pick them and eat them right away!

I'm linking up with Good, Random, Fun and Seasons

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Savoring Summer

It's only the first full week of our summer break from school, 
and already I feel summer slipping away.

I want to do this summer well - to create memories and use our time wisely. 
As each year comes and goes I am reminded that my time with my girls is limited.

Last summer my youngest and I made it a goal to visit each of the 19 libraries in our county.
It was fun and we got to see so many different parts of our city.
So far I haven't come up with a comparable idea for this summer. 

There is Waffle Cone Wednesday that we'll try to hit weekly.
And we are "visiting" different countries by reading books set in certain countries and then celebrating with an ethnic meal (preferable in a nearby restaurant). 

Maybe that's enough...with some spontaneous outings and events sprinkled in.

I'm linking up with Little Things Thursday