Share Your World – 2014 Week 28

I’ve been haphazard about blogging of late, including Cee’s World-Sharing adventures.

1. Have you ever been a participant in a parade? What did you do? I don’t recall ever having been in a parade, but if I were to participate I would like to be the brightest flower in the bouquet carried by the princess.

2. If you were handed free opera tickets, would you go or sell them? Why? I don’t know. I have never been to an opera, but I have a good friend that loves them. I would probably go just to experience it.

3. Why did you start your blog? I originally started my blog when husband and went on a road trip to keep up with family and friends. It replaced emails to each and every person I wanted to keep up with. It has changed since then – I have changed since then – life has changed since then. Now the main reason to blog is to participate in this wonderful bloggy world, to express my thoughts, my feelings, my joys, my frustrations – my life.

4. What is your favorite tradition? (family tradition, church tradition, whatever) My times with my kids – our holiday get-togethers, our summer get-togethers.

Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? The arrival of my kids for our summer get-together. Spending time with them during this week and the next.
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Shall we Frolic by the Sea?

Dogs stacked in the back seat, we made our way from the too-hot east side of the Cascade Mountains to the west side of the mountains, where there is the marvelous Oregon coast. My Gep and Kat, the Artistic One and me, with our menagerie – 3 dogs. The Artistic One’s Zoey is a wee dog, and sat in the seat with her mother and me.
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We arrived at our temporary residence, where it is much, much cooler, not as sunny, but refreshing and with great sound effects – those waves crashing on the sandy shore sing the song of peace and harmony. The view is from our upper deck, which is about 50 feet from the sandy beach.
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After bringing in our needed supplies – some clothing, dog food, and lots of electronic devices, we claimed our bedrooms and climbed the few stairs to the gathering room upstairs – which has a windowed wall facing the ocean and a door to the deck. Gep brought his guitar and plucked some strings and the Artistic One showed him digital images

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Kat relaxed in a comfortable chair, iPad close at hand (methinks she may have been conversing with a friend from Chile)

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and, in a little while, she fixed a snacky buffet dinner – french bread, pepper and cheddar cheeses, salted salami, goat cheese on which Gep poured olive oil and Balsamic vinegar, tangerine slices, strawberries, wine and beer.

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After filling our tummies and licking our chops, we took the girls for a walk on the beach. The big girls hung together investigating while Zoey ran circles around them and did not stand still long enough to be captured by a too-slow photographer.
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We returned from our walk a bit chilled, but certainly refreshed, and felt a need to carry a glass of wine to the deck, wrapped in warm blankets. Well, at least two of us did.

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Which was followed by a rousing session of jigsaw puzzle for those two of us. Then to bed for a good night’s rest.

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This morning brought us a bit of sunshine, lazy time with morning coffee and then off for the day of touring. But we’ll talk about that another time. Maybe tomorrow. We’ll see. It depends, you know.

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Share Your World – 2014 Week 26

Made it! Barely – but before the next week challenge is issued, so I think that counts.

1. Is your refrigerator, organized or a mess inside? I’m glad Cee didn’t ask if my refrigerator is spotless inside. It’s organized quite well, although that does require constant redoing, but it’s not spotless.

2. If you could be famous for one thing, what would it be? Making people happy, I guess. I’m not at all sure I’d like to be famous, but I do like it when people around me are happy. And I do like it when those of you who read my blog like it.

3. What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? Take a ride in a hot air balloon. Take a road trip through western Europe. Go rafting on a river.

4. Where do you eat breakfast? In my morning room, when I eat breakfast at all. I eat when I’m hungry, and some days that doesn’t happen until lunch time.

Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? Last week one late afternoon Shasta let out a yelp and then limped in to me – I didn’t see what happened, but apparently she jumped off the bed and pulled a muscle. I am grateful that after a couple of anti-inflammatory pills (Bailey shares) and a day or two, she returned to her normal self. Without a trip to the vet. This coming week I look forward to my kids arriving for their summer visit.

A gallery of photos now – more from our trip a couple of weeks ago – a couple of pretty flowers, one fluffy one frilly; a couple of puppies, one swimming, one watching; a couple of interesting lichens on trees; and a happy frog on a window.

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Life Gets Busy

You know how when you’re still working, you dream of the time you’ll retire, when you’ll have so much time to do what you want? I remember when I thought that. In fairness, I do have a good deal of time to do what I want. Most of the time. Lately it seems life has been busier. Just don’t ask me what I’ve been doing. Not sure. Whatever it is, it sure sucks the days up.

There are things – like trips 30 miles down the road to our “big” town. Two so far this week, another tomorrow. Like lawns that need mowing, weeds that should be pulled – but wait, maybe it’ll bloom and then we can call it a flower. Dishes to be done, laundry to be washed, dried and then folded and put away. I’m good at parts of that – but somehow it’s rare for a load of laundry to be completed in one day. House to be cleaned. Or sort-of-cleaned. Pine needles to rake up – how can these trees lose so many needles and still have needles? Kind of like how Shasta can shed so much hair and not be bald, I guess. Pine cones to be picked up. Always. Frequently.

TV to be watched. That accounts for a good part of many evenings. I think I have not missed a house hunt or a Property Brothers renovation, or Food Network’s chopping. And then there’s the streaming – Netflix, Amazon, all those channels for streaming. Getting hooked on shows, silly shows.

Naps to be taken. That’s important. That allows me to stay up too late, so tomorrow I’ll need another nap. Gotta stick to the routine. Actually, I’m trying to break that routine, but it gets hard to resist anytime after lunch until about 7:00 p.m. So here I am. Sitting on my front deck enjoying a nice breeze and a glass of lemon/cucumber/mint infused water. Heading back to Costa Rica. I still have lots of pictures from that March cruise I haven’t shared and a few more recent photos to share, but I’ve opted to go back to Costa Rica today to show you some of the more exotic things that we saw when we were in the Veragua Rain Forest. First, a pretty red flower. Of some kind. A pretty kind.

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And something purple

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the sun shining on a fern

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interesting tree bark

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A view across the valley and more things that caught my attention

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So now maybe I’ll go mow some of that lawn. I have a couple of hours before the sprinklers come on. Yes, that sounds like a good idea! While I’m mowing, you sit back, put your feet up, have a glass of wine or beverage of your choice, and appreciate this life that offers enough if we are willing to see it.

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The River Runs Through It

Last Sunday, the Artistic One and I headed west – because some of our neighbors had gone before us, to camp out for a few days, and they invited us to join them for the afternoon Sunday. Far be it for us to decline an invitation that involved getting out and exploring, so off we went, westward ho. We have traveled this road before, but have only passed by the turn that took us to their site. What a site! A beautiful campground and the view from their spaces was this

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crossing the small road that lay between them and the river, looking upriver

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What a marvelous view! How wonderful to sit outside your door and watch the river running through it, and inside, you would hear the relaxing sound of the rushing water. I thought we’d gone to heaven!

After a bit of lunch and some visiting, some of us went for a ride up the road, to see the Westfir covered bridge, built by the Westfir Lumber Co. in 1944 and, at 180 feet, the longest covered bridge in Oregon

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down the side

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looking inside, this is the only covered bridge west of the Mississippi that has a separate pedestrian walkway, and is one of only two bridges in the state of Oregon using the Howe Truss construction.

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through the window, to the train trestle up the river a ways

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outside again, looking up – swallow nests! Do you see the wee swallow head peeking out of the upper left nest?

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No, too obscure, isn’t it? Well let’s try a cropped closeup – I apologize for the loss of quality

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Across the street is the building that was the Westfir Lumber Co. headquarters and office building, and is now a bed and breakfast. The original lumber company safe is still inside the building. The rose garden is amazing, isn’t it?

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There are more photos to be shared from this perfectly lovely afternoon, but those will follow at another time. I know you have more to do than read my blog, but I am very pleased that you do take the time to see what I have to show and tell. Thank you all!

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Share Your World – 2014 Week 25

Time to share, one more time! Check Cee’s blog out, there’s a lot there to see.

1. What is your favorite type of dog? (can be anything from a specific breed, a stuffed animal, drawing, cartoon or character in a movie or TV show) One with 4 legs and a furry body. For a long time, I’ve leaned towards labs, which is what I have now. As I grow older, however, I think if I were to get another dog, it might be a smaller breed. One that sheds less than labs do.

2. Name one thing not many people know about you. Is there anything everyone doesn’t know about me, especially since I’ve started this blogging thing? Did you know I used to paint with oils? Landscapes were my thing. I did one seascape that I thought turned out pretty nicely. I haven’t done that for many years, although I did buy some tubes of acrylic a couple of months ago, and an easel, thinking I might try that. Maybe in the winter, when the outside doesn’t call my name.

3. Have you ever gone scuba diving? If you haven’t, would you want to? I haven’t, but I’d like to, someday, in warm Caribbean waters perhaps.

4. What was the most important event in your life last week? (anything goes it can be a good nights sleep, finished a reading book,winning the lottery, or getting married) My life is really not very eventful – but last week? It would be having both of my kids on US soil again for the summer. And knowing that it would not be long before they would be here with me for awhile.

Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? Repeat #4 above. And for a day spent with friends near a river – more on that another time. For the coming week – this week that we are in now – I am looking forward to a rainy day spent inside doing the things I want to do. No chores, no obligations. A day of my choice.

And today’s photos, just because I can. First, another peony, this one called Sorbet

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my Chinese Fringe Tree blooms

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Light shining through the Cyclamen

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The squirrel is back

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and a Scrub Jay visits

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That’s all for now, folks! Have a day filled with enough.

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In Want of Whimsy

Karma over at Karma’s When I Feel Like It posted a photo hunt challenge for this month. There’s still time to join if you’d like, since she extended the deadline to the 30th of June. Good thing, because I obviously didn’t make the original deadline of the 22nd. But I’m ready now! I think.

Join me in the garden for a bit of a refreshment, won’t you? The doorway, table and chairs and bicycle were a set my Kat gave me a few years ago, the hobbit type guy is one I got at a craft fair more years ago and the bear caught my fancy at a shop in Sisters, OR an in-between number of years ago. It seemed right for them all to be together.

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Cat in the Hat. Dr. Seuss calling.

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These boots were made for walking. These were husband’s boots and I mounted one on the side of the tree thinking just maybe some birds would use it for a nest – Wrens, perhaps? – then liked the whimsy of the boot coming down the side of the tree trunk, so I added the second one.

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Peek-a-boo. The littlest of my resin frogs peeking out from inside the gourd – one of the gourds Kat brought me years ago that I thought I’d paint – but didn’t get to it before it opened a door. The frog’s sibling and parents surround the gourd, but did not wish to be included in this photograph.

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And finally, the Pieman and his dog. A clay figure Kat made many years ago when clay figures were what she was doing; the dog was adopted by the Pieman more recently.

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Thank you, Karma, for another fun challenge!

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