Thursday, January 31, 2008

There Be Hawks Here


He was just sitting there watching, not even hunting but watching and waiting. Maybe he was thinking deep thoughts. Not being a hawk, I don't know if they think deep thoughts but maybe......
I am hoping someone will know what he is. I don't have any idea. I think I will have to break down and get a bird book so I can identify these guys.
I really love seeing them.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Muskrat or Nutria


I haven't the foggiest idea. They both look the same. If anyone can figure it out, I would be very happy. I met this little guy at the Wildlife Refuge in Ridgefield. He was awful cute and he was just munchin' away on the grass and then he would waddle over to some more grass and munch that. There were a whole mess of these little guys all just chowin' down on old dead grass. Wierd.
Can you all believe that January is almost over?
I wonder what this guy does in February?

Saturday, January 26, 2008

An Awesome Day



I went on an adventure yesterday and it was absolutely fantastic. Yesterday was a sunny day and I could not stay home. I had to go. I decided to go to the Cedar Creek Grist Mill which is located north of Vancouver near Amboy. It is also near Mount St.
Helen which is slowly becoming my favorite mountain(or volcano).
The Grist Mill is only open on Saturday and Sunday so it wasn't open which is probably good because I would not have been able to get close to take pictures. This way I had the place all to myself.
From there, I decided to go south to the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge. This is a wetland refuge and is located off the beaten path but it is a very nice place. My only complaint is they don't want you to get out of your car!!!!!!!!! I can't take pictures if I don't get out of my car.......at least not the pictures I want. However, I did get the bottom one. Ain't he something?????????
It was a good day and I had fun.
Today, it is raining but Elinor is coming home so I don't care.
I like awesome days!!!!!!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Bucket List


I saw a great movie today called The Bucket List.
It stars Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman and it is funny. I actually laughed out loud. Matter of fact, I gaffawed. It made me think about my life and what I would put on that list. I am pretty sure skydiving would not be there nor would car racing but some of the other stuff.......if I had the money would be wonderful. Methinks I need to give this more thought. A bucket list should be special and not just something to do when you know you are going to die(of course, we are all going to die sometime) but I mean if you have a disease or something. What would I like to do? There is certainly a bunch of things I can do without a whole lot of money. I will ponder this a bit.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Mount St. Helen



What a sight!!!!! It was sooooo clear. This is taken at my church. I thought it was Mt Hood. Imagine my surprise when a lady told me it was Mt St. Helen. I didn't think I was this close to it. I was soo excited that I went home after Bible Study and got my camera and drove back to capture this shot. I am glad I did.

It was a lovely day today.....cold but no rain. I don't really mind the rain but I have to admit that I cherish the days when it isn't dripping. Today was a feast. To quote my dear Uncle Shield...."Hotcha ma charlie"

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Lifeline


How incredible! Yesterday, I felt lost and alone; today, I am found. I went to bed feeling really low. I was awaken by my cell phone and a cheerful call from my buddy, Lynn Smith. It was so nice to hear her voice. Suddenly, I was connected again.
It was a little after nine, so I got dressed and went to my OA
meeting and I am so glad I did. I told them what I had been feeling and how much that phone call had meant to me. They, of
course, understood imediately because they have all experienced it too.
After my meeting, I decided to go to Curves and I am happy I did because I met another person that I like and I enjoyed talking to her. I guess what is truely fantastic is that even though I have neglected speaking to my Heavenly Father, He is
still watching out for me. He sent me just what I needed today and I am soooo very grateful. I am not alone. My Father is with me always. He will not let me drown. He will send a lifeline till I can get my act together. I am not completely on track but I am climbing upward instead of sliding down.
Thank you, my Father, for being there even when I don't ask for you because I am too ashamed. You always forgive me and love me and show me the light. I will try harder to stay on the path this time. If anyone else feels like they are drowning, ask for help..........it will come. If you aren't a believer, call me..........I will be there for you until you find your way.

Friday, January 18, 2008

I am in trouble


I feel myself in trouble. I recognize the signs. I am not eating right and I am putting on wieght. This is not good. I feel adrift and right now , there is nothing holding me. I hate this feeling and I have been sensing it for a while. This is what I feared moving here. It is feeling lost. I know what I must do but getting it into gear is difficult right now.
If you are reading this, say a little prayer. I need a bouy.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

An Amazing Woman



She is totally amazing. When we got there, there was a mountain of laundry yet she was cool and calm. Her home is lovely. Not fancy but warm and loving and comfortable.
She is a Navy wife, mother of three active and gorgeous young ladies, she sings, is deeply involved in her church and is a fantastic cook. I look at my niece, Evie, with total awe. She has accomplished so much in her young life and she is hungry for more. She is thinking about going back and getting her college degree. She is a little hesitant because she has to take a math course but she need not be.......this lady can do whatever she sets her mind on. With her, failure is not an option. It doesn't mean she hasn't failed but she doesn't think about it too much so therefore, it isn't an option. I love this lady. She is a joy to be around. She inspires me to work harder at the little I do. Thank you, Heavenly Father, for allowing me to know this wonderful woman. It is an honor to have her in my life. It is also an awful lot of fun.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

North to Seattle


Well, we are going on the road again. Elinor and I are off to Seattle(actually, Silverdale). We are going to visit my niece, Evie and her family. Right now we are waiting for a neighbor to come over so I can show her what Cashew needs. This will be Cashew's first time by herself in the new house. I hope she will be alright. My catsitter is a lovely lady who volunteered to come and visit Cashie while I am away.
It is about a three hour drive to Seattle so I will see how that goes. I am excited. I love Evie and I enjoy visiting with my great nieces as well.
Tally Ho

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Having a little fun




I like to have a little fun now and then. This old barn was just to cool to pass by especially since I
passed it by every Sunday on the way to Church. My little fun was washing the color out of the pictures and leaving the gray. This building is actually greenish because of all the moss growing on it. It looks like it is going to collapse soon so I am glad I took the pictures. Who knows, maybe it will make a nifty picture when it falls down too.
Hope I am there when it does.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

The Rest of the Room




Well, here is the rest of the layout. As you can see, my videos have taken over the closet and yes, the closet is orange. It is definately not a color I would have choosen and
yet it does grow on you. OK, it grew on me but it is there.
It is a comfy and cosy room and it is friendly. It is all I need.

Monday, January 7, 2008

My Room




I promised I would try and show some pictures of my room in Washington. As you can see, it is colorful and full of art: mine, my friends, and of course, my sister's.
The upper left hand picture shows the beautiful
picture by my friend, Donna Turgeon. I love the framing and I am crazy about the picture.
The right hand side shows a picture of another favorite artist of mine, my niece, Laura Gunn.
The clock was my mother's wedding gift to herself from Paris on her second honeymoon.
The last picture shows Cashew with some of my sister's creations: The Mermaid, daMuffer, Monique, Mehitabel Dell and there is also a Linda Baziluik Teddy Bear there too.(Cashew is lying on it). Yes the walls and ceiling are green and I love it. I'll show you the rest tomorrow.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Carrots


It is always amazing to me that when I do something for one person, it ends up something for me as well. I am planning a trip for my dear friend, Ruth Gil. I want to give her something to get her thru the winter, something to look forward to. Ruth has always enjoyed travel hense, the trip west. Since I don't want her to have any trouble, I am flying east to pick her up and I will fly out with her and back with her. Naturally, I have added a few days for myself while in Virginia. Suddenly, those few days have been taken over......luckily all by people I love and really want to see so it is ok. I now have a carrot as well to get me thru the winter. Wonderful thing carrots..........yum

Thursday, January 3, 2008

All By Myself


4:00AM is a ridiculous time to get up to take someone to the airport. It messes you up for the rest of the day. Elinor is off to Chico, CA to teach for a couple of days and I am on my own.
No problem. She's off slaying dragons and I'm
minding the castle.
So far so good. I 've handled our communication
crisis. Our phones were out. So were the TV and the Internet. Electricity is fine and I could still
watch movies but thats it. It seems that the wire that was run when Comcast hooked us up was faulty. It is underground and roots from trees, etc have probably bent it all over the place so we will get rewired in February( I hope) Meanwhile, everything is up and running again(Hence the blog,email,etc)
I don't mind being by myself but it is strange to be in a house. I'm not sure why that is stranger then an apartment but it feels different. Oh well, there is lots to do. Talley Ho!!!!!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Year


Today is the first day of the rest of your life. That was what I was thinking this morning. I didn't bother seeing the new year in last night. I was tired and just went to bed. But this morning, I woke up feeling good. So many thoughts went thru my mind. I've been humming a tune inside
my head for part of the day. It is a strange little song from the musical CABARET. It is not a major song nor is it sung by a major character but the last two lines are the ones that make me think.
"The morning will come when the world is mine,
Tomorrow belongs to me."
Actually, it is today that I should be interested in. Today is now and not in the future. I need to
be in the present and make this part of my life count. I want today to belong to me. This will be one of my goals. To make each day count. It's possible.