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

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Ornaments and Squirrels

Over the past several years, my girls and I have had a special little garden in our front yard where the yard meets the sidewalk. We've painted rocks (and invited passers-by to take one), set out small bouquets of flowers from our backyard garden, set up fairy garden tea parties and more. We've never done anything special for Christmas until this year....

We made birdseed ornaments and hung them (along with other ornaments) on the tree. I'm hoping our neighbors enjoy the bit of festivity as they walk, run and bike the neighborhood.

I know the squirrels are enjoying it...I caught this guy waiting for me to leave so he could snatch a treat.

In other news...I have a Hamilton-loving friend and decided to make her an ornament. It was a fun little project and she and her family loved it.

And speaking of Hamilton, this Christmas album is beautiful....

I'm linking up with Little Things Thursday 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016


I haven't taken many photos lately, but saw this the other day when I was out running. I made a mental note to go back with my camera and managed to do just that today. 

I'm linking up with  Wednesday Around the World and Image-in-ing 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Goodbye November

I'm never ready to jump into Christmas after Thanksgiving. I'm glad Thanksgiving was on the early side of things this year and I've had a bit more time to transition from one holiday to another. Our family tradition has been to wait until the first Saturday of December to put up our tree and decorate the house. Today I pulled the bins out so I could get our advent things (which for some reason start on Dec 1 and not on the first Sunday of advent. 

We've had some amazing skies this week, despite the rain (it's been SO rainy here). 

And I am loving my cabbages....I'm so glad I remembered to plant these again this year. They last all winter with our mild weather and are so pretty. Purple is my favorite color, so it's fun to see all the shades these produce.

Two weeks ago my youngest daughter was sick, and it lasted right up until Thanksgiving. Now my oldest daughter doesn't feel well. As always there seems to be a bunch of yucky stuff going around.

Every year I think hard about how I can make the holiday season more meaningful. The best way I've found is to SLOW DOWN and not fill the calendar during the month of December. This year I want to make more time for face to face interactions - meet friends for coffee, invite friends to join us for poetry tea time and have people over for dinner.

That's the end of my ramblings....

I'm linking up with Little Things Thursday 

Sunday, November 27, 2016


For our Thanksgiving holiday, we headed to central Oregon with friends. We had a lot of good fellowship, food and fun in one of our favorite places. 

coffee in the woods ~ a hike to a waterfall ~ games ~ wine 
coversations ~ walks ~ food ~ time to read

I'm linking up with Good, Random, Fun , Seasons and Life Through the Lens

Sunday, November 20, 2016

My Week of Macro

Earlier this year I was invited to join the team of moderators over at its_my_week on instagram. It's a wonderful honor to be part of that community, and this past week it was my second time hosting. As the moderator and host for a week, I get to choose a theme and then throughout the week I look at the photos tagged to the weekly theme and choose which photos I want to feature. It's fun (and exhausting!). I love looking at the all the photos that are submitted. 

The theme I chose was my week of macro. And here are the photos I took and submitted to the tag during the week.

If you are on instagram, please consider following @its_my_week. Each week a new theme is posted and it's a great community to be part of.

I'm linking up with Good, Random, Fun , Seasons and Life Through the Lens

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Revisiting Childhood Reads

If I was going to describe myself to you, I would probably mention that I like to read. I might even call myself an avid reader, but I haven't always been a reader. Honestly, I don't remember reading much as a child. I know I read some because I have some of my old books, but I also remember some titles that made a pretty big impression on me.

Recently I re-read what I would have told you was a favorite book from my childhood.

I picked up Dicey's Song by Cynthia Voigt, as well as the rest of the books in the Tillerman series, for my oldest daughter to read. She read Homecoming, the first book, and then moved on to Dicey's Song, the second book. She started the third book and then stopped.

I didn't remember much about the actual story, just had this feeling that Dicey's Song was a favorite of mine, so I decided I would re-read them. Homecoming was wonderful, and Dicey's Song was amazing..I cried and cried and realized why this book made an impression on me.

Then I went to my daughter's room to find the third book, A Solitary Blue. It's really good, too, but it leaves the story of Dicey and delves into the story of Jeff, a side character in Dicey's Song. I'm pretty sure I did exactly what my daughter did when I was her age and tried reading it for the first time. I had completely gotten caught up in Dicey's story and wanted it to continue, but then abandoned the book when I realized it wasn't about Dicey.

I've had so much fun re-discovering this author and series of books as an adult and look forward to finally reading the entire series. Both Dicey's Song and A Solitary Blue are Newberry award winners and it's no mystery why. The stories are hard, but beautiful and Ms. Voigt is a wonderful storyteller.

I'm linking up with Little Things Thursday 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

November Blooms

As I walked around our neighborhood I saw many flowers still blooming. Some of these are late bloomers, and some are actually experience season confusion and blooming ahead of schedule. Either way, it was beautiful to take in these blooms while everything around them seems to by dying off for the winter.

I'm linking up with  Wednesday Around the World and Image-in-ing