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Frost a Plenty!!!


We have been experiencing good ole frost.  Not much snow to speak of but the frost is beautiful!

Frosty Branch

Frosty Weed

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Frosty Grass

Gloaming Frost

I took this picture real quick thinking it was an eagle, later as I was looking at it I am pretty sure it’s just a black bird.

Eagle in Flight (or maybe just some blackbird) Still interesting.

My walking companions seem to wonder why I am constantly stopping and bending over something or looking at something really close but they are fine with waiting until I am done.

Patient Dogs (Luke sometimes just waits until I am done taking pictures.)

Some pictures speak peace or closure, either closure of the day or closure of the growing season when all leaves have fallen and the ground starts to have its winter blanket.

Frosty Gloaming Picnic

This next quote is out of the book The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani, page 422:

“It seemed to Ciro that so much of life was about not holding on, but letting go and in so doing, the beauty of the past and the happiness he felt then came full circle like a band of gold.  The night sky, the cemetery, the memory of places past and the people who had been there to bear witness, provided all the constancy his heart required.  This is what it means to be part of a family.”

I am thankful for my family, the close and the extended.  We are there for each other through the good and the hard, the sweet and the bitter, the complicated and the simple.  We may not alway be able to fix each other’s problems but we can listen to a loved ones troubles and help them share the burden.  At times, when the unexplainable or the unwanted, or unacceptable things happen, we can lessen the pain. We can also lift one another up and double the joy when we share the blessings and the successes.  They are not always easy, impossible to be perfect, but family relations bring so much into our lives. At this time of year may you find yourself surrounded by loved ones – even if it’s on social media!!!

Almost Christmas!





Summer Dreaming


Life is full!  Full of good, bad, hard, sweet, harsh, gentle, peaceful and overwhelming moments.

In a make-believe world I would spend my summer days picking a bouquet of flowers in the morning, walking through my lovely, weed-free garden, with dew drops gently falling off the beautiful, vibrant flowers.


I would then enter my cozy, clean home and arrange them in a breath-taking array in a gorgeous vase which was a gift from my dearest friend.



I would place them on my desk


where I would write my daily correspondents to all my friends and loved ones.


Lunch, made up of fresh vegetables, creamy dressing, sarsaparilla tea, and lemon drop cookies, would be next on the schedule.


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I would find my way to my bedroom with white drapes that fall to the floor with a gentle breeze blowing through, swaying the drapes, causing them to billow in and out like breathing.


I would lie on my chaise lounge

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with my tea cup poodle


and read from my book of poems.


Falling asleep, I would dream of being rowed upon a still mountain lake


with the man of my dreams feeding me grapes while cooling my hot brow with a slow moving fan.

I would arise from my slumber refreshed and looking forward to preparing a scrumptious dinner for that man of my dreams who took me to his heart, to cherish me for a lifetime.


We would spend the evening sharing our day and reminiscing about our happy lives.  When darkness fell we would meander into the parlor and share deep rich coffee and luscious chocolate cake!



Sleep would come easy and sweet as we drifted off to dream land.

This is my dream world


Uuum, then reality hits.

I wake up, sit up and feel pains in my back.  Monday through Thursday I stumble around the house trying to get ready and out the door so I can catch my transit bus to work.  On the bus I read and look out the window at the beautiful view, and lately, often start falling to sleep!  What is up with that?  I work many hours then ride the bus back home, and at that point it is even harder to stay awake.  (As the years go by this is more of a problem then it use to be.)  I am so grateful when my hubby is around when I get home.  Sometimes he is out of town doing mission trips or speaking at a YWAM base.  Don’t get me wrong, I am happy to share him but I love when he is there to greet me.  In the winter the fire is going and the house is cozy.  (When he’s not there it means I MUST take the dogs for their evening walk, make the fire after bringing in loads of wood.  It also means heating up a frozen TV dinner.)  After dinner we sometimes watch TV or sit in the hot tub.  On the weekends I still wake up early, old habits die hard, then I waste my time watching TV until I feel so guilt ridden from the looks that Luke, the dog, is giving me that I get out and take them for a walk.  We are so blessed with spectacular views and a great path along the river.  (If only my knees could regrow cartilage!)  Then it’s back to the house and yard where I try to spend some time cleaning and weeding but that too requires better knees and so I have learned to “lower my standards” (or LYS as Hubster and I have learned to say to each other.)  The two dogs that track in sand, mud, and cockle burs along with the shedding cat have added to the need for LYSing beyond my wildest dreams.  No longer do I pride myself on my housekeeping skill but there are worse things to regret!  We are excited every chance we get to see our kids and our grands.  Life is too short to miss any opportunities to listen to their stories, watch their games, make donuts or play games with them until the sun goes down.

I have been so busy and have not posted for quite awhile and am going to try to be more faithful to this blog.  My plans are to share some pictures from the things we have been doing.  Don’t give up on me!!

Love to all!


In The Wild!


Walking the doggies this morning I took a picture of all the different flowers I could find!  I hope you enjoy them!






I also found new growth on the pine trees and some baby currents.  These speak of things to come and made me glad.




God’s handiwork is on display for ALL to see!!!



Moon Over the Mountain


Full Moon Setting

The moon was wonderful this morning and I was able to capture it somewhat with my camera.

It has been a busy time around here.  Our daughter and her daughter have moved to Boise and I have been helping her get that accomplished.  She was blessed with so much help from so many to get this move done.  She started the journey of college two weeks ago and is very excited about it. She has had so many God-opened doors and it is incredible the amount of work she has had to do to make this happen.  We are very proud of her and will pray that she will see her dreams come true!!!

Got home last night around 7:30 and walked into a home filled with the smell of granola baking, the toasty fire was crackling, two darling doggies with wagging tails to greet me and a hubby that had baked granola and made a chicken and rice casserole.  It doesn’t get much better than that!

Hubster is still recuperating from his knee replacement  It is a long road but well worth it.    My back is out, I am worn out and have a dirty house but “this too shall pass” and I am finding it easy to be grateful for many blessings…  one of which was this beautiful moonscape!



Some of Life’s Little Lessons



Snow Doggy

Snow Doggy Sammy













Life is full of little lessons.  I thought of three just in the half hour it took to walk my dogs when I got home from work the other day.

The first lesson was “Find Joy in the Little Things!”  Two words come to mind regarding my dogs when we start out on our walk – “wild abandon”  -They do their own face plants and rub their snouts left and right  in the new snow.  They prance with their tails high.  Makes me laugh and I realize joy is a simple thing found anywhere.  And it’s infectious!

As I walked along the river I heard a lone goose honking across the way and sensed it was flying closer.  Then I heard a sound I did not understand. As I was looking up for the source of the sound I was half afraid that I woud see a space ship hovering over me.  I was dumbfounded when I laid eyes on a gaggle of silent geese flying over, in their proverbial V formation, with only one sporadic honker/leader.  Because there was only the one goose honking I was able to hear their wings flapping and it was a very sharp, whirring sound that I had never heard before.  Lesson – in a big group, quit honking and listen to the leader and you might hear the sound of wind in your wings

The final lesson:  I was tired and sorta wondering how I would make it up the hill that I must climb to get home.  I quit worrying about it and just trudged on, putting one foot in front of the other and suddenly  I was surprised to find myself on top of the hill and didn’t even remember the struggle of the climb.   It’s good to learn to take your eyes off the looming struggle and just focus on what is before you, casting your worries aside.

This ends my lesson for today students. Your homework assignment:  Search out Life Lessons in your all life – you will be asked to share tomorrow!

Class Dismissed!


Quick Post to Say “Hey”!


Beautiful morning!  (Pictures taken two weeks ago.)

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These were taken last Sunday morning after a fresh snowfall.

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Here are some sure signs that new life is beginning to appear!  (It takes awhile here in the mountains of central Idaho!)

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Here is a picture of some friends come to call and a picture of what two doggy friends do to my couch on a regular basis.  Aahh the joys of spring dirt!

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

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Life has been busy, good!  Got to visit family last weekend!  Always a good thing!  Filling up with excitement for the coming summer!  Lots of plans, places to go, people to see.  Hubton I and think about family and friends with love and joy!  (This is rather gushy – but true!)