Monthly Archives: May 2018

A Backyard Treasure

    ”Be the change that you want to see in the world.”~Mahatma Gandhi   🌻Hello, sweet friend and Happy June!🌻     The expression “you don’t have to look very far to see how lucky you are “ took on a whole new meaning recently…     as Joe and I headed home from an out of town trip and…         discovered a hidden treasure. practically in our own backyard (how lucky is that!)                         The Elkton Community Education Center (ECEC)  is a 30 acre nature preserve that includes extensive flower gardens                             native plant park and nursery,                         library     art exhibits     and a Butterfly Pavilion.     … Continue reading

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Kiss of Life

    “Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.” -Eleanor Roosevelt   Hello…🧤     I had a really good week. How about you?       I got a clean bill of health this week at my doctors appointment and…     I might be getting a chicken!     Somehow both these things made me realize just how wonderful, special, and fragile life is. This week also marked the 3rd anniversary of moving to the Oregon coast. Let me rephrase…     This weekend marks the 3rd anniversary date that our California property opened escrow. I always remember the date since it was Memorial Day weekend. It was such a bittersweet time for me.     Looking back I now see clearly that what I was really looking forward to was the adventure of it all.     That moment of intentionally taking a different path in life. Just … Continue reading

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Birdies, Bird House, & The Garden Lady

  ”I am more myself in a garden than anywhere else on earth.”~Doug Greene   👩‍🌾Hello…👩‍🌾   How was your week?         I spent a good part of the week outdoors specifically in my garden.      The weather has been a perfect combination of sunshine     and blue skies with large puffy clouds.     The more time I spend in the garden…     the more I’m convinced that gardens are for gardeners and for non gardeners alike.     A garden is the source of many experiences…     different satisfactions.     There is gardening and then…     there is being in the garden.      There are gardeners who love nothing better than wrestling with the elements digging bare fingers deep in the soil, struggling with shovels, digging and re-digging, planting and re-planting…     making and remaking their gardens as they strive toward that dream … Continue reading

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A California Spring Tea💐

  ”Laughter is an instant vacation”~Milton Berle   Hello…🌸   Since I’ve been out of town all week…I was tickled pink to receive an email from my  California girlfriend sharing a recent Spring Tea. The gals who attended are all dear former colleagues with an accumulative career spanning over 30 years. 💕                   Notes from my California girlfriend: “Sally had the tea at her beautiful home. She just kept bringing loads of delectable food.We had big scones first and were not ashamed that we ate them to the last crumb!  Of course we had a moment of silence for our mentor (you!) as we perused the pot of Oregon Blueberry Preserves (photo of chicken holding jar). Caught up on each other’s lives, families and activities around the table. Laughed so much and really relished the food and each other’s company. Who knew … Continue reading

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Reflections on Mother’s Day

                            “It is the wise mother…who gives her child roots and wings.”                                                                                             -ChinesProverb      With Mother’s Day just around the corner I’m stirred by the memories they conjure up.    It has been 7 years since I retired from teaching elementary school. And, almost every year beginning with the first until the thirtieth my class would celebrate Mother’s Day with a Mother’s Day Tea. The children would make special cards and set their desks like a fancy table. The tables were set with a plate of cookies, and a cup … Continue reading

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