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Wow, we dodged a bullet in terms of bad weather. We had snow, we had wind, and it is still cold but so far only small amounts of ice. I took this early today out and about and I did see evidence...


Yesterday afternoon the parking lot of my local grocery was a mad house. I have never seen it like that before, even on the day before Thanksgiving. There was no spinach left (except two plastic...


February 05, 2019

Counting? Me? in Everyday Ramblings

Happy Lunar New Year! May your year be auspicious in all the ways. If you look very carefully at this shot I took up on the Portland State campus this afternoon you will see that those bare bra...


February 03, 2019

Grounding and Rest in Everyday Ramblings

This is a small watershed area where we went hiking (or at least attempted to hike) yesterday morning. We got to where we were planning on starting from and let Frida run around like a crazy dog...


They are saying we may have snow on Monday but for now…First we had snowdrops, and then crocuses and now daffodils as well as some fragrant bushes that are a gift to one’s passing senses. It is ...


Will you look at that? Crocuses in late January! They are about two weeks earlier than normal here. Yesterday they were such a welcome sight in the heavy almost freezing fog and noxious air. I l...


January 26, 2019

A Clearing? in Everyday Ramblings

Again not the most exciting picture taking opportunities lately. This is an area I walk by all the time. It is Department of Transportation land and sits right next to a series of freeways down ...


So not great picture taking weather lately…. This is another statue from our walk last weekend. Because my nose has been running during our colder weather I felt an affinity for the raindrops pr...


A stop along a self-directed public art tour in the fog we did this morning in Lake Oswego south of here. Mostly our walk was through residential streets that were quiet and full of trees. The h...


It is raining now but this is just a few days ago when we had sun. I finally received the report on the brain scan. Overall it is good news, my brain is normal and even though I didn’t know tha...


Looking carefully here you can see a flowerbed border of stone rabbits. It is a whimsical touch at this restored mansion I walked by yesterday that made me smile. The blue sky made me smile too,...


So I have been thinking about writing a poem about talking to each other in the kitchen but I haven’t had time to actually work on it and I am trying to figure out what I want to say with it. Jus...


This is a new photograph of a particular camellia bush that I have photographed every year about this time for about 5 years. It is a harbinger of warmth and color and light in the wet deep dark...


Ah, the drama of an urban winter. We are seeing early camellias in bloom and I saw some daffodil shoots yesterday as well. I had my MRI yesterday morning. It really is a bit like being trapped ...


This is from our hike yesterday morning, an old carriage barn. It was hard to get a centered perspective because there was this giant black truck parked in front of it. It was a rare dry winter ...


Cut back winter grasses with frost on New Year’s morning across the street at the Under Armor campus. So last week it was the appointment with the Ear, Nose and Throat doctor and the referral ...


Happy New Year! This is a shot of one of four heritage Hawthorns (Lavalle hawthorn Crataegus x lavallei) in front of my church. It is not a native tree but very pretty, with white flowers in the...


Carlo on Christmas morning. The gray throw was supposed to be a gift for me. We know how that worked out. There were fresh organic oranges in my Imperfect box on Monday so I had fresh squeezed ...


In an exchange of texts on Friday night Mrs. Sherlock asked if I wanted to hike up to Pittock Mansion instead of doing the default river loop walk we often do on Saturday mornings. I was to mee...


We made it to the solstice! A bit of a bumpy ride for the world but we made it. For those of you who have light and lots of it, may it not be too much of a sweaty burden and for those of us in ...


You know you take the good with the not so good, the beautiful and pleasing with the not so beautiful and pleasing. This is an old traffic structure in my neighborhood a couple of days ago and ...


Yesterday afternoon after teaching my work class I clocked out, came home and with perfect timing Kes and Most Honorable (my sister and Brother-in-Law and Love) appeared at my door. I had spent...


December 09, 2018

Why Bother? in Everyday Ramblings

It has been an unusually quiet weekend for me. In spite of a bunch of chores and holiday prep to do Friday after work I turned in early thinking I would get up and go to the gym and walk with Mr...


This is a shot from this time last year of one of the heritage trees we visited on our walk last weekend. It has been a bit of a challenge to get interesting pictures out and about right now as ...


It may be a little less than three weeks until the solstice but it sure looks (and feels) a lot like winter out there. Yesterday we mostly walked Frida through a residential neighborhood that ha...


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