Thursday, July 31, 2014

 
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

1.  Safe travel for Tony
2.  A perfect summer picnic with my girlfriends
3.  Tiny yellow warblers at the birdbath

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

 
1.  Mandolin Wind, Rod Stewart
2.  Enjoyed the annual Xeriscape Garden Tour
3.  It seems we have a buyer for Dad's house
 
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

 
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Sunday, July 13, 2014

1.  A peaceful productive at-home day
2.  Scattered clouds making for both a pretty sunrise and a colorful sunset
3.  Bare feet

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

1.  Moonlight as bright as daylight
2.  A delicious chocolate chip walnut muffin
3.  A car is in the garage for the first time since we started emptying Mother's apartment in April


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Thursday, July 10, 2014

1.  Ripe sweet cantaloupe
2.  Bright zinnias and marigolds
3.  Robins chirping in the garden at twilight

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Saturday, July 5, 2014


Lots of excitement this weekend:

1.  Beautiful inspiring fireworks
2.  Rain, thunder and lightening, mudslides and flash flooding ...
3.  AND -- a hefty earthquake!


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Monday, June 30, 2014

1.  A very successful garage sale over the weekend, and we have 'lightened the load'
2.  Iced coffee
3.  Hollyhocks starting to open


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Thursday, June 26, 2014

1.  Good strong dark coffee
2.  Lavender hand lotion
3.  Finches nesting in the gazebo

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

1.  Orange-vanilla creamsicles
2.  It's butterfly season!
3.  Curtains fluttering in the breeze 

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

 
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Friday, June 13, 2014



 
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Thursday, June 12, 2014

 
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014


1.  Hummingbirds and ladybugs
2.  Red-checked tablecloths
3.  A safe trip down the hill

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

1.  The blossoming elderberry bush outside my window smells sweet and lovely
2.  Tacos and margaritas with Gloria last evening
3.   Farmers Market day!

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Saturday, June 7, 2014

If, by a liberal, they mean someone who looks ahead, and not behind ... 
Someone who welcomes new ideas, without rigid reactions ...
Someone who cares about the welfare of the people -- their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, their civil liberties ...
Someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us ... 
If that is what they mean by a liberal, I am proud to be a liberal
 
--John Fitzgerald Kennedy--
 
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Thursday, June 5, 2014


1.  Attended my first board meeting in months -- sooooo good to be back with the gang!
2.  A raven flapping past with his feathers gleaming in the sunlight
3.  Raspberries

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

1.  Crisp freshly-ironed pillowcases
2.  A stack of "new" thrift shop books
3.  Breezy bright blue weather

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

 
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Friday, May 30, 2014


 
These were taken through the sunroom window, so a little blurry.  Two young bunnies: they probably live near my car or right along the garage foundation, cause they've been outside all day every day this week.
 
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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

1.  A family of rabbits frolicking and nibbling in the garden at sunrise
2.  Lemon cookies
3.  Now that the windows are open for the summer, I'm enjoying hearing the chimes from the clock tower

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Monday, May 26, 2014

 
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Friday, May 23, 2014

 
The robins used the nest on the right, and when they flew away on May 12, finches moved into the nest on left.  This is the fourth year that we've had nests in use on the front porch.
 
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Saturday, May 17, 2014



1.  Lupine in bloom
2.  Rosemary sourdough bread
3.  Keepsakes from Mother's house
 
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Thursday, May 15, 2014

1.  Polka-dot socks 
2.  Laughing Cow cheese
3.  Brilliant moonlight

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

1.  Strawberries from the Farmers Market
2.  A new pair of Crocs for summer
3.  Finished everything on today's To-Do list

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Friday, May 9, 2014

1.  Blue skies and green pine trees
2.  Apricot brandy
3.  Tablecloths have been put out on picnic tables, so it's official: the outdoor season has begun

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

1.  Poppyseed bread
2.  Lavender soap
3.  Chickadees nesting in the birdhouse

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014


 
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Sunday, May 4, 2014

 
 
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Monday, April 28, 2014

 
 
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Monday, April 21, 2014

Exceedingly grateful today, while things are so difficult with Mother, to have had comforting conversations with Grace and Chris F.
 
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Saturday, April 19, 2014

1.  A much-needed soaking rain
2.  Homemade cookies from Marilyn
3.  A good support system for Mother in this new crisis

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Monday, April 7, 2014

 
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

 
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Saturday, March 29, 2014

 
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

 
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Sunday, March 23, 2014

1.  Enjoyed popcorn and a movie last night:
         Braveheart (Mel Gibson!)
2.  Grape hyacinths
3.  Buddy the neighborly dog

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

 
Commence Spring Cleaning!
 
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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

 
We can never change the past,
we can only change the hold it has on us.
 
~ Merle Shaine ~
 
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Saturday, March 15, 2014

1.  Oatmeal pancakes
2.  Pussywillows and daffodils
3.  Anise-scented soap

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

1.  All the birds outside are constantly busy -- they must have spring fever!  I think we're going to have another nest or two up under the front porch roof again this year.  Looks like several nests are happening in the big spruce tree too.
2.  Living in a small town is very comforting -- such a nice support network
3.  Comfortable shoes staying with me through these busy days

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Monday, March 10, 2014

 
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Saturday, March 8, 2014

 
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Friday, March 7, 2014

1.  A huge flock of ravens circling the road
2.  Visiting nurse home services
3.  Raspberries from the freezer

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Monday, March 3, 2014

 
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Saturday, March 1, 2014


 
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Thursday, February 27, 2014

1.  Much-needed rain
2.  No appointments today, things can just flow
3.  Our Keurig coffeemaker

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

1.  An available bed at the SNF
2.  Cherry pie
3.  Time to collect my thoughts

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

 
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Saturday, February 1, 2014

1.  New calendar pages
2.  A steaming mug of green tea
3.  Canine companionship

 
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Friday, January 31, 2014


 
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Thursday, January 30, 2014

1.  A good night's sleep
2.  Striped socks
3.  Chicken cacciatore simmering on the stove

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

1.  Thankful for a close call - I spilled my coffee on the table but not here on the keyboard
2.  A peaceful quiet gray day 
3.  A new "rose petals" candle

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

1.  My worktable is tidy
2.  Banana bread
3.  Chipmunks chasing around the yard

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

1.  Bright moonlight
2.  Pineapple upside-down cake
3.  A new rotary blade -- why do I let it go so long before I change it??!!

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The shortest day has passed, and whatever nastiness of weather we may look forward to in January and February, at least we notice that the days are getting longer.  Minute by minute they lengthen out.  It takes some weeks before we become aware of the change.  It is imperceptible even as the growth of a child, as you watch it day by day, until the moment comes when with a start of delighted surprise we realize that we can stay out of doors in a twilight lasting for another quarter of a precious hour.
 
~  Vita Sackville-West ~

 
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Saturday, January 11, 2014

1.  Poppyseed poundcake
2.  Doves in the yard
3.  Vanilla candles

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Friday, January 3, 2014

1.  Almond scented soap
2.  Feather pillows
3.  Cassiopeia shining through the skylight

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

 
Be humble for you are made of Earth.
Be noble for you are made of stars.
 
Serbian Proverb
 
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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

 
Be present in all things and thankful for all things.
  
~ Maya Angelou ~
 
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Thursday, December 26, 2013

1.  Family and friends
2.  Peppermint schnapps
3.  Sparkling lights and flickering candles
4.  Sourdough waffles
5.  Dulcimer music
6.  An orange sky at sunset

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

 
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Saturday, December 21, 2013


Before going to bed
After a fall of snow
I look out on the field
Shining there in the moonlight
So calm, untouched and white
Snow silence fills my head
After I leave the window.

Hours later near dawn
When I look down again
The whole landscape has changed
The perfect surface gone
Criss-crossed and written on
where the wild creatures ranged
while the moon rose and shone.

 Why did my dog not bark?
Why did I hear no sound
There on the snow-locked ground
In the tumultuous dark?

How much can come, how much can go
When the December moon is bright,
What worlds of play we'll never know
Sleeping away the cold white night
After a fall of snow.
 
 
May Sarton, December Moon
 
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Friday, December 20, 2013

1.  A blanket of new snow
2.  Honeycrisp apples
3.  The house is very clean, ready for holiday guests

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

1.  The bright beautiful final full moon of the year
2.  Did some last-minute holiday shopping at the thrift shop and found a few fun treasures
3.  A ripe sweet pear
4.  A colorful sunset

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Friday, December 13, 2013

1.  A delightful holiday brunch with my friendship group
2.  Lavender soap
3.  I think I might be done shopping!



 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

1.  We thoroughly enjoyed seeing Last Vegas at the movies - really funny!
2.  Staying on schedule with holiday preparations
3.  Bright stars in the clear cold sky

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

 
1.  The automatic timer on my coffeemaker -- I am happily wakened every morning by the aroma of coffee brewing downstairs
2.  A big flock of pelicans circling the lake
3.  Attended our first holiday party of the season last evening and enjoyed a tasty dinner and good company
 
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Sunday, December 1, 2013

1.  A veil of frost blanketing the garden this morning
2.  New calendar pages -- I can't believe how fast this year has gone!
3.  Flannel sheets

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Saturday, November 30, 2013

1.  We made good progress with putting up decorations today -- it's fun to see the house transform from autumn to Christmas!
2.  Eileen and Cath are up for the weekend
3.  Pizza for supper

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

 
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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

1.  Pale November sunlight
2.  Looking forward to lots of special holiday activities -- next month's calendar is filling up fast!
3.  The brilliant red color of cranberry sauce cooling in the pot
4.  Sweet emails from Jessica
5.  Pumpkin Crème Liqueur  :)

 
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

 
Our beautiful mountains, ready for the ski season ...
Bear Mountain is opening tomorrow, and Snow Summit maybe Thursday
 
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Monday, November 25, 2013

1.  I got all my Thanksgiving grocery shopping done today, before the stores get crazy
2.  A huge flock of crows circling above the field behind the post office 
3.  A juicy tangerine

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

 
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