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Sunset Walk in the Neighborhood

Friday, November 12th, 2010

I get so much inspiration from my late afternoon walks with Scooter. I took my camera today and captured some of the lovely reflections and sights. The sun came out this afternoon. We live on the east side of Portland, across the Willamette. I love this time of day when the sun is low in the sky and about to disappear behind the west hills.

This is the beginning of my walk as I look across the golf course down to the Crystal Springs Reservoir.

The entrance of the Rhodie Garden still presents a delightful array of fall colors.

The sun goes down and there is the half-moon.

The ducks were lining up, hoping for a snack from me. I had to disappoint them.

Isn’t this tree trunk gorgeous?

Even the ivy was showing fall colors.

You can see all the photos on my Flickr site.

An update on my leaf lamination. It is looking really good today. It feels like a piece of fabric. I might have to do some more.


Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

Mahalo is a word you hear often in Hawaii. It means thanks, gratitude, admiration, praise, esteem, regards, respects. I am thankful and full of gratitude for this wonderful time with Mr C in this beautiful place. I didn’t realize how much I needed or would appreciate this time away from my normal life.

I have my computer with me because I have a job that requires that I keep in touch and be available to send bulk e-mails for the SDA reps, but I have really tried to keep my online time to a minimum. I am reading a very huge tome. I am spending quality time with Mr C and I am even doing a bit of stitching on my circle quilt – it is really sloooow cloth!

Yesterday, we visited the Lumahai Botanical Gardens. It was not peak bloom time, but we learned a lot about native plants and plants that have become a problem in the forests. I loved the colors of this Hibiscus.

When we got back to the cottage, Mr C went to rent snorkel gear and was told the water was too rough, and they would not rent to him. A really nice guy on the beach lent him his gear, and so the birthday boy got in a little snorkeling. Does that look too rough?

Then, he went on a hunt for the bananas that grow on the property. We found 3 different trees. They have a very interesting flower that hangs down from the banana cluster.

We went out to dinner for Mr C’s birthday, but were not impressed with the meal. We decided that from now on we will eat lunch out and dinner at home.

Today, we stopped at the Hanalei farmer’s market. I bought papaya, avocado and organic greens for a salad.

We headed for the Kilauea light house and wildlife refuge. We stopped for lunch and had fish tacos with a pineapple salsa – yummy.

I love this photo of a painting of the lighthouse in progress. We saw a lot of red footed boobys. They nest on a huge cliff that can be seen from the lighthouse.

I am going back to stitching for a bit before I crash for the night. There are lots more photos on my Flickr site.

Aloha from Kauai

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Yesterday was a very long day and I did not sleep well before out flight yesterday. We arrived to wild trade winds and sporadic rain, but it was still balmy. Needless to say, I crashed early and got about 9 hours of sleep. Here is what Oahu looked like as we landed in Honolulu to get our connecting flight to Kauai.

Today was absolutely gorgeous – sunny and in the 70’s. The beautiful hibiscus, above, is right outside our door. There are also lots of fragrant Plumerias.

This is the seedpod of the Plumeria – almost as beautiful.

This is our cottage and the view from our little deck.

There are 5 cottages here, but only one other cottage is occupied so it is very private and really delightful having this beautiful spot almost to ourselves. The owner, who lives in Berkeley, was here for a few days. She brought us some wonderful small bananas from a tree nearby and also some lemons. The bananas are sort of lemony tasting. I had one with papaya and yogurt for breakfast.

We took a walk on the beach and I found some fun things to photograph.

Yes, that is a coconut.

One of the things I love about Hawaii is the variety of trees and other plants that can be seen.

I saw several of these perky Brazilian Cardinals today.

But, I think the official bird of the island is the chicken. They are everywhere!!

I am feeling so relaxed. I spent a little time in the sun, with lots of sunscreen, I have been reading Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett and loving it. I have done some stitching on the circle quilt. We had lunch out, but cooked a delicious fresh Ahi tuna for dinner tonight.

Tomorrow is Mr C’s official birthday so we are going to a nice restaurant called Postcards. It comes highly recommended by friends.

I am signing off to watch Project Runway. Mr C is snoring on the other sofa. LOL!

If you want to see more of my photos, they are on my Flickr site.


Tuesday, June 16th, 2009


Today, four of the STASH group went on a field trip to the Oregon Garden in Silverton. A Frank Lloyd Wright house is next door to the garden and Reva and I toured it without Terry and Gale as they had already seen it. Here is the group waiting for the tram to give us a leisurely ride around the garden.

Here is the FLW designed house, known as the Gordon house. It was originally built nearer Portland and was moved, a few years ago, to its current setting. It was due for demolition – imagine that. The design for this house was a modification of a family home which FLW designed for Life magazine. (Note: I should have mentioned that FLW called these Usonian Houses. Click here for more information about the house.)


Here are some interior shots. Here you see how the interior matches the exterior, an FLW design element.


For the less expensive family home, FLW designed these windows with an abstract wood design instead of the stained glass windows in his higher end homes.


The floors inside and out are stained concrete.


The kitchen was small and was designed so as not to be seen from te living area. How cool is that paneled refrigerator – original to the house.



The house had 3 bedrooms – 2 up and one down and 3 full baths.

When the house was moved, the top half was moved intact. The bottom half was dismantled and only the built-ins, windows, appliances, etc were moved. The rest of the first floor was rebuilt and then the top floor was reattached. Pretty amazing.

After lunch we toured the garden and then did a little bit of walking around the water features. I got these interesting and inspirational shots.







You can see all of my photos from the day on my Flickr Set.

Tonight, Terry and I met up again at the High Fiber Diet meeting. Terry was in the spotlight and got to tell about her art quilting journey. I learned lots of new things about her and saw some quilts I had not seen. I should have been taking photos, but was so enthralled with her presentation, that I forgot!

I did get a photo of a guest from Alaska who lives an amazing life, working out on the Alaska pipe line.


She has a wonderfully written blog. She does not blog often, but when she does, she writes beautiful stuff. Her name is Linda Powell. Her blog is called Sweet Dream Baby. I particularly recommend this entry: to walk is to dream. Linda is a fiber artist and a friend of Bonnie Bucknam. Bonnie is our current coordinator and keeps our meetings interesting and moving along.

And to close, I just had to share this silly photo of Scooter. He looks like he has a doofus grin!


Oh, Happy Day

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Got out early, in the sunshine, and planted my garden. Felt so good. I save space for tomatoes. I might plant some corn, too. Today I planted lettuce, cucumber, zucchini, eggplant, peppers, chard, sweet peas and strawberries plus several herbs. I planted carrot, radish and green bean seeds.

This bed has herbs and lettuce and the strawberries.


Another view. My beds are triangular because of the weird shape of the yard.


Here is the tumbler composter which is cooking away.


Look, I already have a strawberry.


I was also excited to find several buds on the peony I planted last year.


Miss Mia came by after school to hang out with me. We practiced sewing on the Janome sewing machine. She loves to do the fancy stitches. Look how grown up she is becoming.


I cooked a delicious pork tenderloin with pineapple and Asian seasonings in the crockpot and the whole family had dinner here.

It was such a beautiful, bright day, so I took advantage and photographed a bunch of quilts that I want to get on my website. I also have to send better photos of the two quilts going to Sacred threads in June.

While Mia was sewing, I started a second scrap piece, but didn’t have time to finish it.

Tomorrow, I finally get to have my eye exam and select new glass frames. Woo hoo!

That is about all there is to report from my happy day.