Tuesday, February 20, 2018


Had a lovely long hike on Saturday and spent some happy moments listening to this creek.

Cosy afternoon. 

And then, some of the largest snowflakes I've seen started drifting down.

I really do love snow~as long as I'm not having to commute in it.

Change is afoot. Again. My housemate is getting married and buying a home with her man, so I'm back to the house/job hunting cycle again.

Monday, February 19, 2018

attention paying

'The quality of life is in proportion, always, to the capacity for delight. The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention.' 

~Julia Cameron

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Some times,

Love isn't about candy and flowers~

it can be the taciturn cousin who changes brake pads on a drizzling afternoon.
SO grateful to have safe braking abilities again.

Saturday, February 17, 2018


I feel lucky that the Aveda Institute where I get my hairs done is just a block away from the National Portrait Gallery and that I was able to go and see the Obama portraits that were unveiled last weekend. 

Whatever the opinion on style/artistry, there was a reverence and joyful tears in most of the people standing in the queues to see the portraits. 

Another new exhibit~I never did figure out what the sentence was saying as it scrolled around the tube. 

My favorite sculpture here~La Chandelle. (The painting makes me laugh as it looks like a cartoon character looking at the candle/window.)

Some fun graffiti for Valentines.

I never knew this! 

Dignity personified.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Gung Hay Fat Choy

Happy Year of the Dog!!

We’re Building the Ship as We Sail It
~Kay Ryan

The first fear being drowning,
the ship’s first shape was a raft,
which was hard to unflatten after that didn’t happen.
It’s awkward to have to do one’s planning in the early years –-
so hard to hide later:
sleekening the hull, making things more gracious.

Another week of staying afloat. While I do love the ocean, would like to spend some time on solid ground for awhile.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

meanwhile, on the left coast

Shamrocks are blooming. 

As are the violet's transplanted from Willamina (the Dunston grandparent acerage.) 

Nephews and feline enjoy their Valentine cards. 

And the family patriarch celebrates 79 cycles around the sun!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

buying my own roses

in the form of some lovely rose water. What did you do for yourself/others today? 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

and speaking of that succulent life

I finally took down my Christmas tree in time for Mardi Gras! Go ahead and roll those eyes~but I just saw a LIVE tree being carried out to the trash heap this afternoon. 

Since my space looks so stark and bare, I got a cute pot of plants at Trader's on the way home. 

Saw this fort on my walk and it brought back memories of roaming the woods/creeks in my happy childhood.

Monday, February 12, 2018


If I could have a superpower, it would be to fall asleep as soon as I laid down.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

full & dancing cups

Unless you're lucky enough to have been island dwelling for the past few weeks, you know that the commercial rush of Valentines is permeating everything.  Even on a good day, I find it annoying to have LUV shoved in my face in every shop and business I enter, & on bad days? I just want to kick the teddy bears.

Found this essay today and thought it was worth sharing. 

A Valentine Life~SARK
The whole concept of Valentine’s Day was not ever meant to be only for couples, or if it was, it’s missing out on a lot. If we’re going to have a celebration of love, let’s make it inclusive of EVERYone.
Loving ourselves so we can truly love others is the real valentine, and experiencing what I’m calling a Valentine Life is available to everyone.
I think a Valentine Life is one where we ongoingly blend and alchemize the wonderfull and the terrible into a brand new mixture we more easily use. I call that the “marvelous messy middle.”
I’m currently what I call soulfully single after my beloved fiancé John physically departed 2 years ago, and my soul is exponentially enriched by that love. I could choose to feel sad about Valentine’s Day because my partner died, and I don’t. I feel glad that I experienced that kind of miraculous love and now that love lives on mightily in me. Have I felt terribly sad? Of course! Monumentally so. Again and again.
And love is bigger.
Love is the message and love transcends form and measurement. Love of children, animals, nature is all around all of us and reminding us all the time to fill up on love.
And we are made to fill ourselves up from the inside- because we are all succulent creatures. A succulent consistently gives itself the nourishment it needs. There is no need to wait for love. Love isn’t to be found as much as it is to be felt.
Let the feelings of love fill you from everywhere and then offer that to others and the world.
If you feel alone or lonely, feel those feelings by acknowledging them- say out loud or under your breath; “Loneliness, I see you, I hear you, I acknowledge you.” This allows loneliness to soften and change shape. When we tend and care for our feelings in this way, it builds a tremendous power and resilience.
We do need to feel all of our feelings- I believe we just don’t need to stay quite so long in the challenging ones. Also of course, we aren’t meant to try to skip over the challenging ones. It’s all about the flow and movement. Emotions are made to be in motion and we’re the activators of that motion.
Go forward in love with ALL the feelings in your emotional family, including loneliness and all the others, and live more like a full cup of self love, sharing your overflow with the world.
The world needs all the full cups we can get- not half empty cups trying to get filled with flowers or chocolates or declarations of love from others.
Flowers and chocolates and all else are good unto themselves, and best applied to a full dancing heart, and let us all experience yours.

P.S.??  All chocolates are discounted on the 15th of February!!

Saturday, February 10, 2018


Wintry sunsets are lovely. 

No cents found on my splashy walk today, but two ersatz diamonds were fun.

Friday, February 9, 2018

tides of grace

I wish I could say that I'm one of those peeps who lives by the adage of "wait and see what the tide brings in". But I'm an anxious little soul that excels at worry. Just as I lost most of my ESL tutees over the past few days, I got an email asking me to do a 3-month music lesson sub for a maternity leave. It's only one day, but it's a solid twelve weeks of work.

Breathing a little easier as I continue to figure out my next chapter.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

ice, ice, baby

Some interesting pods that I see for several miles along the trail. Wonder what will come out of them this spring?

Still icy, but the sun has returned for a few hours. 

And when you're iced in, you start to rearrange your books by colour. Not sure if I'll leave them this way, but they're pretty to look at for now.