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I keep catching glances of sunflowers around town as I pass through on the bus but there are none growing visibly in my immediate neighborhood. So on Sunday I decided to branch out a bit and wal...


Because my place of employment pays for my Weight Watchers membership and I am hovering at 4 pounds over goal I need to go to meetings even though I often don’t want to. This is not necessarily ...


Yesterday I got all my stitches out! I had to wait an hour from my appointment time because the surgery my specialist was doing earlier ran long but it was great to get the all clear. Everything...


Yes! An interior shot, hard to believe but true. Now that I am healing (still won’t be able to chew on the right side of my mouth until the holidays) I have decided to make a commitment to reall...


This artichoke going to seed is up on the Portland State campus in front of the iconic Shattuck School building from 1914. I took this a few days ago. My mother was born in 1914 and it feels lik...


After I got all worked up (about the various unflattering whining going on out there in the world by men who are using it as an attention grabbing device and acting like they are victims when th...


I am wondering today if we have perhaps done the men in our lives a disservice by being kind and indulging them in the fantasy that they are stronger and more resilient than women. Sure they are...


It is so dry out there. Which is profoundly weird here in puddle town. And although we had a bit of a break in bad air quality we are back to smoky air full of particulate matter and not good f...


This is the crossroads at the top of the trail where we turned around on our bike ride on Tuesday. On the ride I was trying to estimate based on how I was feeling how much further I could go and...


This is also from our hike on Saturday. Just look at the way this house is sited! Wow. I love this picture. It has that windswept forlorn feel but with a big city vibe. It also reminds me a bit ...


As, a young teenager one of the first things I wanted to be when I grew up was an elf. Not a house elf like in Harry Potter but an Elf, as in The Lord of the Rings. My brother, and my boyfriend...


July 28, 2017

Fie on Them! in Everyday Ramblings

This picture is such a startling visual of the fact that most of the fabulous woods I hike in around here are 2nd growth. All logged by the early Anglo settlers in their voracious appetite for w...


Love the lush color here between the green and the dark yellow. This is from a couple of days ago up on the Portland State campus. I normally stay away from getting too worked up about this stu...


I did take a few pictures yesterday when we were hiking in a local state park (that I have only been around the edges in before) but the pictures all came out generic forest with creek looking. ...


Oh gosh I am so relieved, I just talked to a representative of the city/county tax department and she exempted my yoga business from any penalties or taxes for last year and told me how to handl...


His Nibs, Carlo in the sun. Awww. So yesterday I wanted to write specifically about the response on the pushup challenge. After I wrote the post I went to church where I allowed myself to feel ...


Title: Because of the scheduled workshop yesterday and the fact that Mrs. Sherlock was at the annual Women’s Retreat in the Columbia River Gorge (I bet it was beautiful) we didn’t have our week...


The weather has been fabulous this week, easy to be out in and most hospitable. Well…except for the allergens. The other morning I was out on the track and after taking an antihistamine and some...


On Sunday I took the train down to Salem to spend the day with Kes, Most Honorable and their cats. After lunch we went for a walk to see the new multi-use bridge (no cars or buses) that links th...


There. I said it. Mrs. Sherlock purchased a dinner for four; al fresco, on a farm out on Sauvie Island at an auction for this project that supports AIDS work in Africa. It was last night and she...


Yesterday the weather was mild (as summer goes) and clear (there was valley haze) enough to see the mountains. I always think that hydrangeas symbolize the 4th of July, our big summer holiday, a...


Yesterday in our further quest to get to know certain neighborhoods in our fair city we went for a “hill walk” on my side of town out of a book. It was the cemetery loop. We started out at a pa...


This is Heritage Tree #10; the white oak planted sometime around 1843 that is literally paces from Mrs. Sherlock’s house. I walked past it yesterday morning when I took a break from work and wal...


In the older house across the street that no one lives in is a nest of starlings. The young ones are out and about now and providing much entertainment for the cats through the various ground vi...


For our Saturday morning walk yesterday with Frida we started at a park not far from the last house Mr. Finch lived in; an area that used to be mostly farmland before it became mixed residential...


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