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The columbines are mostly battered by the weather this year so I was happy to get a relatively decent shot of one this morning on the way back from my Weight Watcher’s meeting. I did have one s...


I took this on my way into the office yesterday morning as we were beginning to get a break in the oppressive overcast we have been living under for what seems like forever. We did have a break ...


It is coming on Rose on the flower clock here. (I am happy with this picture I took yesterday midday, as roses are hard to get right.) I have mixed feelings about this. Spring is banging into su...


I hope you are able to get out into your gardens no matter where you are or what season it is… I love the irises here this year, again, the varieties more delicate than before. In the days befo...


Wow, the princess thing worked in my case yesterday. My prescriptions were ready at the pharmacy before the procedure so I was able to get an antibiotic in before we started and able to come str...


Our last beautiful spring day before the rains, the gloom and cool temperatures return. I want to savor it. That was yesterday. I did savor it. Now it is cool and overcast and damp. Everybody w...


It is not raining! It hasn’t rained in over two days! It will start raining again on Thursday and then probably rain until July but at least we have had a break. The cats are moving from patch o...


Plantings on the Portland State campus on this last Friday evening. There is so much happening on the flower clock right now. We have a little ever-changing quiz on our main info page at work th...


The pink dogwoods are particularly gorgeous this year. It may have something to do with the gray mist, glare and fog we have had that make them stand out or it could be, like with the iris a cou...


The lilac garden yesterday at noon. It was gloomy and misty but that brings out the colors in the flowers. Yesterday was the annual May Day celebration at the park nearby with all the kids and ...


This blooming tree is so pretty when the light hits it. Today we have some intense glare but I am wearing sunblock anyway. The five days without rain are not going to materialize. We had rain l...


I took this on Wednesday on my way home from class. It is also my arduous commute to and from the office, all 2 ½ blocks of it. I look forward to these trees blossoming out each year creating th...


And a very well organized march it was. Plus I had a chance to see and hear my national Congressman who was home today, an enthusiastic speaker before the march. This helped me feel that there ...


These tulips are in Kes and Most Honorable’s garden. I like the wash of color and slight imperfection of the wayward petal as if this were a painting. There are pink blossoms out my east facing...


Yesterday morning. Sigh. The three and a half days went by so fast! But they were mellow and sweet. We didn’t even have that much rain. I was able to get out for long walks and spend hours watch...


We are at the beach! It is sunny and raining all at the same time. It has been like this for a couple of weeks, warm and cold, wet and dry all at the same time. I usually walk to the train stati...


Oh wonderful abundance, it is hard to choose which photo to put up. This is a house about two blocks away just after sunrise Sunday. I was going to go to the gym to do my leg presses this eveni...


Photobucket is somewhat operational again so I was able to get this picture and yesterdays up. It is weird because I could see my photo yesterday but apparently none of you could. Something to d...


I took this from the train on Sunday while we were stopped just south of Willamette Falls (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willamette_Falls) to let another train pass. That is one of the many plea...


If you have been reading here you will notice something extraordinary about this picture I took yesterday morning. Yes! Not only is it not raining we had blue sky!!! At 9 AM. It is a miracle. I...


This is Spring Break on the Portland State campus on Wednesday night at dusk. I’ve been kind of blue this week in some ways and fine in others. I didn’t have any students show up on Wednesday ...


The trees are coming into full gorgeous bloom under (mostly) sodden skies. It rained and rained and then rained some more yesterday. We are working on three times our average rainfall for March ...


This is the area next to the far end of our convention center this morning. When I ran/walked the half marathon the start and finish were here. On Rose Parade day in June all the participants wi...


Spring is moving through so fast. It is such a relief to have periods of clearing interspersed with the longer periods of rain. We are all talking about it here. We are edging towards 9 inches o...


March 19, 2017

What Counts in Everyday Ramblings

Will you look at that! The clouds moved back to the edges of the valley today to give us a break from the rain. That is Mt. St. Helen’s out there beyond the crane. I took the long way home from ...


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