Monday, February 13, 2017

Our backyard Includes, Leadbetter Point State Park

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We took the opportunity to visit Leadbetter State Park a couple of weeks ago. On our visit, we took the shorter Bay Loop Trail. It is a beautiful walk that starts on the bay, then into the salt marshes and finally through the trees, back to the parking lot. 

NOTE: All photos are from my camera with no editing. These simple photos will showcase the beauty of this wonderful park. 




We started on the bay side, on the Bay Loop Trail.





























It is more beautiful in person, the trails are easy to navigate and we will complete the Dune Forrest Loop Trail on our next visit! This last photo of the trees is the end of the trail, and in a few more steps you are back at the parking lot. 


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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Our backyard includes, The Columbia Pacific Museum

My apologies for taking so long to share this outing we enjoyed at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, located in Ilwaco Washington. In our little corner of the world, we have been knee deep in winter, just now coming out of a 24-hour wind storm (lost one tree to extreme damage) with continued rain and flood warnings. 
Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, Ilwaco Washington.
We took the opportunity to see the museum when we had our granddaughter for a few days visit. At this time the Astoria Megler Bridge is celebrating its 50th anniversary. During the construction of the bridge, it was said that the new bridge would be the bridge to nowhere. But in truth, this bridge was the bridge to everywhere because it was the final piece of Highway 101 needed for a continuous highway system from Canada to Mexico. 
Memories of Megler, the name of the Astoria-Megler Bridge Exhibit.
I really enjoyed all the photographs, as they helped me to realize how the world was so many years ago. I cross the bridge on a regular basis, but I would have enjoyed the ferry. Taking a ferry across the river (any river for that matter) is always an adventure! 


Newspaper article about the Astoria Megler Bridge. 






Ilwaco is a quiet, small, fishing and harbor town, we come here often to enjoy everything that the community has to offer. The Columbia Pacific Museum is a fun and relaxed place to visit. The staff is friendly, and there is a lot to see and enjoy throughout the entire museum.

The original entrance to the ferry.



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Sunday, January 1, 2017

The new year always starts with my Mother's birthday...

You better, 
Her favorite saying...

I am standing here tapping out this memory of my Mother because I just took laundry from the dryer. Laundry that was warm to the touch this winter's day, which is very cold. As I unloaded the clothes from the dryer I spied my favorite long sleeved sweatshirt and immediately put it on. Ahhh, just like I remembered from so many years ago, warm and comforting.

I was immediately taken back to the cold winter days of my childhood, where (I should say our Mother, she wasn't just mine) mother would be trying to herd us out of the bathtub and into bed. But of course given the choice of a warm bath or a cold room to dry off in, which would you choose? Yeah, I thought so.... No one wanted to budge from the warm water, and yet time was tight and kids needed to be put to bed for the evening.

So my mother had a trick, she would put a towel for each child in the dryer and get them warm and inviting, and sure enough, before you knew it, we were out, dried and into bed.....As the years go by, these memories are very important and become more so. I quietly treasure them, Mom would have been 86 today. Born during the great depression, into a large family of 13 children, she was the only girl.

She always began celebrating her birthday on New Year's Eve, because, January 1st was her birthday, and the world celebrated with her! Or that is what it seemed like when I was very small and my folks left the house for an evening out, to ring in the new year. The next morning there would be party hats and whistles for us kids to make noise with, so we did.


The morning would ensue with my father reminding us to "keep it down, your mother is sleeping" and we would try, but 5 kids do make a lot of noise.....Dad would cook us his famous fried cornmeal mush, which was golden and crunchy and a bit greasy in all the right ways. I loved the salty taste, but some of my brothers and sisters topped theirs with maple pancake syrup. Dad ate his with eggs.

This is how we started out each new year, and to this day, I still think of New Year's Eve as the start of my mom's birthday.

Happy Birthday, Mom, love you and miss you!

3 generations, my mother, myself and my daughter, 1995

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The last week of the year....


I love the hush that takes over the neighborhood and my small town the day after Christmas. All the frenzy is put to rest and the celebration we all enjoyed is a warm memory to enjoy time and time again. But then we come to that last week in the year, you know the one, where it is difficult to know what to do with yourself. Because...

You're a bit tired from the wonderful Christmas you just enjoyed with family and friends and possibly a little too much of the foods that you don't routinely eat, except for special occasions, like Christmas.

You're pretty sure you want to take a vacation in a warm climate, but that old bank account is saying no, no, no...

You're growing a bit tired of the decor that spilled all over the house in this wonderful celebration we enjoy. But you're not ready to invest the energy to put it all away, as you clearly remember how much work it was to put it all up!


You're missing the cookies that have already been eaten, wishing the ones you don't enjoy as well, had been baked in a smaller batch or possibly not at all. Unfortunately, there is still too much food to ask for anything to be baked...

It is the middle of the week, and there is no football to watch, or shopping to do, or chores that are calling your name (well not loudly enough!). So you feel a bit off kilter.

And then someone gives you a big hug and a heartfelt Thank you, and you truly know that Christmas and all the work involved is so worth it and you really can't wait for next year!

But for now, you have decided that any New Year's resolutions, will just have to wait because right now it is the perfect time to do nothing and enjoy the memories of this year. Because this is the last week of the year, and this moment will never happen again, for you to enjoy!


It's a new week, thanks for stopping by!

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Regarding retirement, giving "the blues" the boot!

Retirement is a different animal that I was not used to. It is calmness where I use to work in an environment of busy, loud and endless need. Suffice to say that one does not succumb to retirement until a few rungs on the ladder have been stepped on. You see while you climb the ladder up in the working world, you must step down the ladder for retirement. And until you understand it a strangeness can come over you, and we shall call it the blues.


Once I realized I had entered into the blues, I also knew that I had to get out, fast! Where I had rule after rule in my working day, I had none in retirement, and that was the mistake that led to falling into the blues in the first place.

I had been enjoying the slow lane, even if it is so new, that the traveling is a bit scary because I have never traveled here before. And then one day, it seemed that as quickly as I entered retirement, I became bored with it as well. Silliness for sure. And it was because instead of changing a couple of rules, like no commutes and deadlines, and no endless inbox. I got rid of all rules entirely. The truth is one must have some rules to engage in life and those around you.

So now...

I have two rules for myself. The first one is to be present to the day ahead, which really means that I get up, get dressed and get busy. The second one is to openly discuss my plans for the day, not only to keep my dear husband in the loop of how I will spend my day but to set it in stone if you will, as in this is what I will accomplish/do/enjoy today, for accountability.

And it is going pretty well.

I have been busy working on Christmas gifts, one of my goals for this new life we are rebuilding. I say rebuilding because oh so many years ago, all my Christmas gifts were handmade. Just like the bread we ate, and the fruit in jars, in the pantry.

I have been getting to know my husband again.

I have had the opportunity to think in a calm setting of what I do want in this life, for the rest of my life.

And I have also given myself the permission to just sit and read or enjoy watching the birds at the feeder right outside the window.

And life is good again.


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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Baby it's cold outside...

First, my apologies for being away so long. We (or rather I) have had some changes to work through and they took up most of my thoughts. I am happy to say, that I am officially filing for retirement and I am so happy to be doing so! However coming to that decision was the part that took up my thoughts...

We are in a cold snap here on the peninsula, it was down to 33 degrees! Since this is our first winter here, we were surprised (I don't know why for Pete's sake, it is winter...) at the cold, and had not completed our usual winter chores. Given our frosty environment, the chores were fast-tracked, and quickly completed!

Here are some photos of our yard dressed in frost.


The violas have bloomed and are covered in frost.

The Salal is in bloom, after dropping all its berries.

The lava rocks around the sand and fire pit.

A very thin coating of ice on the bird bath.

Frozen rainwater in place of the food usually found in this feeder.

I am hoping we have a potato harvest. The vines had died back, this is not frost damage. Our neighbors have indicated they grow potatoes year round.

I was very (very, very) happy to see leaf buds on the currents, after the deer ate them all last summer!

Strawberry ground cover in the sand and fire pit area.

This guy wanted out in the worst way, until he got cold feet, literally! He like us, is adjusting to winter in a new home.

How are you doing with winter in your area?

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