Archives for the month of: October, 2012

Look what our friends over at Happy Knits are up to. For those of you who are disappointed that our clinic knitting circle can no longer meet at the clinic on Tuesday nights, consider joining the sweater knit along. And for anyone touched by cancer, there’s a Thursday group. Both are free to participate, and the folks at this local yarn shop are super friendly, so don’t be shy!


As our family out east elbows their way through the corner store to stock up in preparation for Hurricane Sandy, we slog through Oregon rain.

Lucky still needs his exercise when it’s raining, but if truth be told, he’d rather skip the wet adventures.


Have you noticed the hydrangeas are having a spectacular year? All over the neighborhood, they continue to delight me with their shifting color show.

How lucky are we? These are blooming in our neighborhood right now.


Funny how a beautiful sight can keep me going all through the week. Saturday I was running errands with GG when I spotted this against our steely sky. I pulled over abruptly, stopped the car and got out to admire this rainbow before it had a chance to fade. I snapped a couple of photos. As I turned back to the car I saw a crowd had gathered in the window of the coffee shop behind me, all eyes on the rainbow. All smiles.

I love our autumn visits to Lee Farms! We’ve gone twice this October, and it’s as charming as ever.

I’ve been taking long walks in the park, and all around the neighborhood, soaking up Vitamin D for winter, knowing our moderately dry days are numbered. Soon enough we’ll be slogging through everlasting rain, and the pup will start giving me his “You’ve got to be kidding me” look when I open the front door for a walk.
We’ve been Costume brainstorming and browsing, but no decisions yet. Something involving these petticoats, maybe?

Girl Genius wants to be an architect. She’s also interested in photography, at the moment, which makes my heart sing because photography has been a passion for me since I was her age. I’ve always preferred to have a camera in my hands when I’m exploring, because it helps me see the world around me in different, more careful and beautiful, and lasting ways.

We’ve had some fun outings exploring with cameras in hand. My first instinct is usually to point my camera at her. I consider my largest physical gift to her the library of photographs in which I’ve catalogued her childhood. When not aimed at my daughter, my camera is generally pointed at other people I love, or at things I consider part of our natural environment. Ocean, cliffs, forest, horizon lines, and the small details of water, flowers, animals and trees. But GG notices architectural details, human-made forms. I’m learning to pay more attention to these things too. That’s what our trip through the Pearl District was about for me.

GG is using our 35 mm film camera with black and white film, which she’ll be developing in the school darkroom, just like I did in my own first year of high school. I’m using the super-simple (inexpensive) and shockproof digital Olympus I bought to tolerate hard adventure use on kayak trips and sandy beaches. It’s the kind of camera you can drop in the water without cringing, very good for me.

I can’t wait to see how GG’s prints from our Pearl day turn out. I love to see what we saw differently.


Hug Point

Sunday afternoon we decided we had to go back to Hug Point. I told my daughter if she could finish her homework by 2 pm we would go, and she did. Hug was as lovely on September 30 as it was 2 weeks earlier.
I feel so lucky to live close enough to visit the coast for a carefree afternoon, no air fare or lodging required.