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

Sunday, February 17, 2019

My Town at Night

This year I'm participating in a weekly photo challenge called 52 Frames. Every week we are given a theme, and we have that week to shoot and submit our photo for the theme. This week's theme was "city at night" and I almost didn't submit a photo. We got a ton of snow this week and I wasn't about to travel into town for a photo...our town sits on a hill and the downtown area is at the bottom of that hill. 

Anyway...the roads are pretty clear now and I decided to take a little time to head downtown and take some photos. I love our downtown - the buildings are beautiful and unique, the trees have lights on them and it's fairly quiet at night. 

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

Thursday, February 14, 2019


Happy Valentine's Day!

One of my weekly workouts is doing this set of 400+ stairs in our town...
I love the heart someone drew in the moss. 

a little heart shaped leaf with frost...

Just down the road from me is another road called Valentine Rd...

And when you put two violin scrolls together, you get a heart!

I'm linking up with Little Things Thursday

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

It Won't Stop Snowing

I have lived in snowy places...
I lived in Vermont for 4 1/2 years and then in Minnesota and then in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I've seen a lot of snow! When we moved to Oregon, I was happy to leave the snow shovels behind because you can't shovel rain. Sure...we've had a dusting every now and then the past 9 years but nothing crazy. What's crazy is the ice storms we get.

Then last fall we moved to Hood River...just an hour east of Portland in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge where winter snowstorms are more common. But this storm isn't's crazy! We have a couple feet of snow and it just keeps snowing. 

It has given me the opportunity to practice getting some macro shots of snowflakes....

This first one is my favorite....the temperatures were just cold enough for it to be perfectly formed. 

Sunday, February 10, 2019

More Snow!

The PNW got slammed with a snow storm this weekend! We got about 9 inches and are expecting another storm to roll through tonight and tomorrow. Today is calm and sunny with some blue skies so I went for a walk with my camera. 

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

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

A Winter Walk

We got a little snow this week. It was so beautiful when we woke up and we decided to go for an early morning walk.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Mountain Views

I love the days when the skies are clear enough to see the mountains that surround us...
Here's a beautiful view of Mt. Adams with lentincular clouds and the sunset adding a bit of drama. 

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

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Music Goals

Once upon a time I played my violin (and taught) all day, every day.

And then I had two daughters of my own. 
And we moved 3 times. (from VT to MN to MI to OR)
And I started homeschooling my daughters. 

I still played a little and taught a little, but basically I was a violinist only because I owned a violin.

2018 was the year that I really started playing the violin again. I challenged myself to practice 100 days in a row and I completed the challenge in December. I loved it so much that I have continued practicing daily and am currently on day 140. 

Last week I issued myself a new challenge that I'm calling the "1-2-3" challenge. Every week I will practice at least 1 hour 1 day (easy), 2 hours another day (harder) and 3 hours yet another day (takes some planning!). It's only been one week, but I have found myself much more excited about practicing - especially on the longer days. And, I'm planning my practice sessions more - both in terms of when I practice and what I practice.

It feels so good to have this renewed passion for playing my violin. I feel like a violinist again!