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March 28, 2022

Deep Rest in Everyday Ramblings

Our daffodils started a few weeks back, but they are full on now. This one is from the community garden today. My starts all survived my going away expecting rain when none came. Good for the b...


March 25, 2022

Checking In in Everyday Ramblings

Here we are. I taught class this morning from the beach house with a window opened on Zoom with the view. A variation on a Room with a View. It is a lovely day. 56 degrees and clear and sunny....


March 20, 2022

Wherewithal in Everyday Ramblings

Daffodils in the lilac garden a few days back. The trees are starting to bloom and lovely as they are the pollen count is off the charts. But they are so beautiful. Even in the rain. Cauliflow...


From our walk last week, up on Mt. Tabor, which is a volcanic vent up in the east end of Portland. I like imagining the trees are on the move. :) Next week I am finally getting my teeth cleaned...


This is from our walk across town on Saturday morning. It was not a big hike or anything. Both of us had exerted ourselves to our limits recently so it was more of a stroll looking at the views...


The South Waterfront area yesterday morning. Look at that big sky. Today it is overcast. Nothing fancy; glare and clouds. It is dry though. We had quite the rainstorm Monday night and on Tuesd...


February 27, 2022

Orange Things in Everyday Ramblings

Quince. We have had a few bright clear and cold days lately. Today is not one of them. Rain is on its way back in and it is gloomy and warmer. We need the rain. The red rhododendrons outside my...


I read this to my class this morning… It helped me get some perspective. The Loneliness of the Military Historian Confess: it’s my profession that alarms you. This is why few people ask me to din...


February 20, 2022

Brave New World? in Everyday Ramblings

Occasionally, I nail a shot that I am happy with. One that matches what I am seeing. This is one of those. The Willamette River this morning from the new Sellwood bridge. Walking over it today ...


Having done my (blessedly annual now) full body skin check last year under Covid protocols it was easier this year. And the gown they gave me was warm. The only issue was a spot on my forehead ...


February 09, 2022

I'll Take It in Everyday Ramblings

Today I saw the first open daffodil of the year as I was out on a walk. This shot is from this morning in the neighborhood. I’d say the flower clock is officially open now for the season. This ...


February 05, 2022

What Behooves Us in Everyday Ramblings

Our version of snowdrops. The black grass is popular here. I have a busy week ahead so I am hoping I can rest and restore my vital energy for being out and about more than usual. I have a foll...


Frost in the lilac garden this week. We had a peak time event yesterday from 8 to 11 AM, where the power company encourages you to defer using energy and gives you a rebate for any reduction in...


Pretty hellebores from yesterday. Mr. Sherlock slipped on the rain-soaked ground Wednesday late afternoon shooing their one remaining chicken Hilda into the coop. He hit his head. There was a ...


January 20, 2022

Who and How in Everyday Ramblings

A neighborhood cottage. I love the detail here. It is raining. Not hard, no drama, just plain endless seeming rain. It is dark. It is cold, the dog days of winter even though spring is thrummi...


Mt. St. Helen’s at sunrise. Lately, I am not sure why exactly, but I have been doing a Scottish immersion. Initially it was the first book in the Outlander series in audiobook format, so I am ...


Look at the light! The angle, so low, of the sun, just up over the foothills to the southeast yesterday morning. You have seen pictures from here before, it is a small park area about a mile up...


It finally stopped raining yesterday afternoon and I was able to get out and stroll around the neighborhood, after the snow and endless rain it is a boon to be able to just go outside. There ar...


The “other” community garden on New Year’s Day. Soon, soon the surrounding fence will be ringed with daffodils. The snow is gone and now we are under a flood watch. It is above freezing and wil...


The park across the street Tuesday morning. There is a bit less snow and quite a bit more ice over there now as we hit the lowest temperature of this weather event early this morning. This hill...


Out front yesterday morning. It looks the same now after it all melted and then came back overnight. We are in for the deep freeze for at least 5 days. We have warming shelters set up all over ...


December 24, 2021

Deliveries in Everyday Ramblings

We are having this little break in the bad weather, and we had some sun today, distant but blue skies. Mrs. Sherlock forgot Frieda’s harness, so she came over here and got me and we stopped bac...


December 19, 2021

Let's Not Forget in Everyday Ramblings

Vincent van Gogh — ‘Let’s not forget that the little emotions are the great captains of our lives, and we obey them without realizing it.’ I can happily say that my emotions are a little less d...


December 16, 2021

The Blues in Everyday Ramblings

The lilac garden in all its late fall glory. There is a beauty here too. Our grocery store workers are going on strike tomorrow. It will be crazy today, but I will go down and get what I can. ...


December 13, 2021

There You Go in Everyday Ramblings

A young Crepe Myrtle in the neighborhood yesterday. There are two girls that live here, maybe 7 and 9 with their mom. That may be reflected in the level the ornaments are hung. Walking after th...


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