December 19, 2012

December 18, 2012

All truth passes through three stages.
First, it is ridiculed.
Second, it is violently opposed.
Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.

Arthur Schopenhauer

December 9, 2012

December 5, 2012

"Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn,
a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter.
If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things,
this is the best season of your life."
Wu Men, translated by Stephen Mitchell

popovers and mont blanc amaryllis

old but new popover pan ~ loving it 

dec 5th bud is all the way out

dec 1st bud starts appearing

November 30, 2012

birding finley

pop on some waterproofs and embrace the day!

October 18, 2012

this moment

 lentil stew simmering on the stove ~ warm light flooding the kitchen 

October 15, 2012

around here ~

treats for David ~ left over rice was transformed into onigiri, local apples and cinnamon raisin bread w/nut butter and banana

beautiful crumbly soil all made possible by composting all of our veggie scraps, peels, shredded paper and straw.  this full wheelbarrow was started around the end of May and finished adding around the end of September ~ added this to our garden bed last week

October 7, 2012

Metolius River

we hiked along the Metolius River to the fish hatchery and back ~ 5 miles  

unlike any October we have experienced since moving to Oregon 15 years ago ~ warm, sunny and dry. 
we are getting out almost every day before the rains arrive

~ indigo blue waters ~

October 4, 2012

a little time away

this beautiful Arbutus tree is near the trail along Lithia Park in Ashland 

Depoe Bay on a warm foggy day 

October 3, 2012

 being mindful of the woolly worms on the trail this morning

 foraged pears and apples ~ will stew the pears with vanilla bean and star anise 
~apple galettes for David

starting to paint again 

September 19, 2012

found and repaired

discovered this small wooden jar (glass insert) at one of the local thrift stores.  I had a small wooden spoon that fit the spoon slot ~ now holds our daily chia seed for our morning oat groats 

replacing the binding on a pair of 20 year old potholders ~ discovered some striped linen in my small stash of fabric ... hope they'll hold up another 20 years

September 15, 2012

roasting the last ones on the vine

local wildflower honey ~ a lovely spoonful on our oat groats for breakfast

September 7, 2012

September 6, 2012

September 5, 2012

quiet afternoon

"You need not leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. You need not even listen, simply wait. You need not even wait, just learn to become quiet and still, and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you unmasked. It has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet" 
~~ Franz Kafka

August 30, 2012

gifts on the trail

morning walk at Bald Hill and discovered these wild plums along the trail ~ we picked a hat full ~ 

August 28, 2012

x Amarcrinum ~ Naked Ladies

Blooming in the west garden and gracing our shrine room

August 23, 2012

August 22, 2012

"Do small things with great love"
Mother Teresa

August 16, 2012


 pickled beet juice now becomes delicious juice for pickled hard boiled eggs ~

on my thrifting/antiquing rounds ~ a small gift for a dear sister

 from the garden ~ summer's gift

August 10, 2012

happy friday

warm breeze from the east and a wooden flute echoing along the river walk ~ happy friday

warm summer days

August 3, 2012

Page Springs Campground ~ Bonaparte Gulls

along the Blitzen River  ~  summer trip to Malheur Wildlife Refuge

summer stroll

feeling restless we found our way to a forgotten trail taken many years ago 

the junco's warned others we were in their mist and followed us in and among the cool underbrush

a warm summer afternoon filled the forest with many sweet and musty scents ~  spaciousness of the forest, many shades of green and the bluest of skies relaxed our restless minds.  we walked in silence, stopping every now to appreciate where we were and breath ~