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

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

A Musical Summer

We've had a pretty musical summer. This was our 4th summer playing together as a family, and it's so satisfying to see how far we've come. 

This summer we released our 2nd CD and had a CD release concert in June.

We also played at the local farmer's market twice and are scheduled to play again in September. We also played at some local wineries and at the Lavender Festival.

I'm really close to reaching my goal of practicing 365 days consecutively....less than a month to go!
Earlier this month I hosted several other local musicians and we played through the Mendelssohn Octet. This was new music to me and such a fun experience.

I haven't been teaching much this month, but I did get to teach an online masterclass this past week and it was so much fun! We are wrapping up our musical summer with a trip to western NY (Buffalo) to play in an Irish Festival! When I get back I will return to weekly rehearsals with the community orchestra and a regular teaching schedule.

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

A Hike With My Girls

One of my personal goals this summer was to get out and do some hiking. I've done 15 hikes so far, and many of them have been with my girls. Recently we hiked to Falls Creek Falls in Washington. It was a beautiful, forested trail with a gorgeous waterfall - perfect lunch view!

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019


When we first moved here 10 years ago I don't think I had ever even heard of a dahlia. I was admiring some lovely flowers at the farmer's market and the vendor told me about the dahlia farm nearby. I was intrigued, and we were eager to explore the area so we headed down there the next day.

So many flowers. Different colors. Different styles. different sizes.  ALL DAHLIAS.

I've been back to the dahlia farm several times over the years now, and I'm always in awe. Most recently I didn't have my camera with me, but I did have my phone.

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Sunday, August 11, 2019


The sunflowers are blooming - both in my yard and around town. We drove past a winery last week that had quite a few and stopped to take some photos.

Here's one from my garden...

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Summer Days

We live in a hub for kite boarding and windsurfing. Most days the wind is strong here, making the conditions perfect for people who enjoy these two sports. Over the years we've seen the waterfront become more and more developed - catering to the various water sports. Now that we live here, we can experience the excitement and busyness of the waterfront.

There is a sandbar that stretches out into the Columbia River and it's the perfect spot for a beach day - cooling off and watching all the kite boarders and windsurfers.'s a rainbow from my garden. 

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Sunday, August 4, 2019


I love photographing ferns when I'm hiking through the forest...they come in so many types. Here are some I found in Olympic National Park a couple weeks ago.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

The Coastal Beaches

The forests and trails of Olympic National Park are stunning and so are the coastal beaches. There are several and we went to three different ones. We took an evening stroll down Rialto Beach, visited Second Beach at low tide and hiked to Third Beach. 

Each is beautiful in its own way and has something different to offer. Each has beautiful sea stacks to look at and wildlife to spot (if you are looking!).

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