Thursday, December 24, 2015


Take a minute and enjoy this.

You deserve it.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

All the World's a Stage

I find these maps quite interesting. A friend sent them by way of her father and then by way of I wish i knew so that I could give proper credit. If you know, do share but for now just enjoy.

This is a very interesting set of maps showing a variety of similarities - and differences -- in the world as we think we know it.

1.This map shows the world divided into 7 sections (each with distinct color) 
   each section containing 1 billion people.


2. This map shows (in white) where 98 percent of Australia 's entire population  


3. It may not come as a surprise but more people live inside the circle than   
    outside of it.


4. This map shows what is on the other side of the world from where you're  
    standing.  For the most part it's water.


5. Apparently you can't get Big Macs everywhere.  This map shows (in red)
    the countries that have McDonalds.


6. This map shows the countries (in blue) where people drive on the left 
    side of the road.


7. This map shows countries (in white) that England has never invaded.   
    There are only 22.  (In the WORLD!)


8. The line on this map shows all of the world's Internet connections in 1969.


9. This map shows the countries that heavily restricted Internet access in 2013.


10. This map shows (in red) countries that were all Communist at one point 
      in time.


11. This map shows (in red) the countries that don't use the metric system.


12. This map shows (in blue) places where Google street view is available.


13. This map shows (in green) all the landlocked countries of the world.


14. And this is what the world would look like if all the countries with coast 
      lines sank.


15. This is a map of the all the rivers in the United States .


16. And these are all the rivers that feed into the Mississippi River .

17. This is a map of the highest paid public employees in the U. S.  (Quite 
      telling as to what our 'priorities' are.)


18. This map shows how much space the United States would occupy on the 

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Voices: Amy Purdy

At the age of 19, Amy Purdy contracted Meningococcal meningitus. As a result of this illness, both of her legs were amputated below her knees. This is enough to stop most people but not this young lady. She shared her story with us at Voices. And, it is amazing. She received a bronze medal in the Paralympics in snowboarding and runnerup status on Dancing with the Stars.

What a sense humor. She shared that she could be any height she wants by strapping on taller or shorter legs. She can make good use of shoe sales by varying her feet to fit the shoes.

She talked about wanting to learn to walk gracefully and does she ever.  She recently wrote a book: On My Own Two Feet. 

Do yourself a favor and listen to her here. What a gal!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Day 15: Auschwitz

A very profound experience. The first photo captures the sense of the place. 
The second in memoriam.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Day 14: Krakow

Rick and I in the salt mines. The Last Supper was carved from salt by some of the miners. WOW!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Day 13: Krakow

Pidgeons in Market Square (and where there hundreds of them) 

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Day 12: Prague

A sausage food cart. Lunch was awesome! 

Friday, October 09, 2015

Day 11: Prague

View from the Royal Castle of the Prague bridges 

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Day 10: Prague

Early morning on the Danube

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Day 8: Regensberg

A delightful hotel and shop window 

Monday, September 21, 2015

Day 7: Passau, Germany

A walk along and then look up,
artfully decorated umbrellas 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Day 6: Melk

The charming town of  Melk, Austria

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Day 5: Vienna

Rick meets Mozart near the Schonbrunn Palace

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Day 4: Budapest

Night Tour on the Danube 
The Budapest Parliament 

Friday, September 11, 2015

Day 3: Budapest

Horsing Around at the Ruins Bar

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Hole In One-Yippee!

The kids were all in town this weekend.

We decided to play golf at the Pub Course at McMenamins Edgefield. Notable things about this course are:
  • it has 20 holes (perhaps two are for warm up) 
  • the average hole length is about 70 yards
  • you only carry a wedge and putter around
  • the cart lady serves ups 22 oz bottles of beer
That said, I got a hole in one with all my family watching. It was worth the price of admission.

Here I am at the victory flag with ball, beer and club in hand. Is Rick photo bombing this shot?

Friday, August 07, 2015

First Harvest

Gardening in Oregon can be frustrating. Generally, the sunny season is too short; there is too much rain in the spring; and slugs and snails prevail. Most of that was for naught this year. I am picking cherry tomatoes every day now. I am loving this.

Friday, July 17, 2015

99 is Hot

I've worked hard at my golf game but it doesn't come easily or quickly. Granted the course is not aneasy-peasy one either. But today I broke 100, just by the hair on my chinny, chin, chin. I shot 99.

I texted Rick. "99 today"

He texted back...I thought it wasn't going to get hot until tomorrow.

What, what!

Saturday, July 04, 2015

The Fourth

Spent at a party out in the gorge, the day was as it should be. With friends, eating, dancing, watching the river.  But first, airing my flag quilt.

Next up were jello shots. How cute!

And last, a gorgeous sunset!

Before heading home just in time to see the fireworks display at Oak Hills.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Golfing with Deer Friends

Rick, Drew and I played golf last Thursday evening. The 11th hole is a par 5. From far back, we could just see deer ears sticking out of the sand trap. Rick and I both hit our balls near this trap. You can see mine circled in red. As we approached, our dear friend did not budge. It was a rather warm and humid evening and she was all about staying cool.  It's kind of nice to be able to get so close to these animals. They have been hanging around on the golf course for a long time and are not too afraid of the humans. It was a perfect day for all!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Airing the Quilts

I have a lot of quilts and fiber art. I've given many away but some remain with me. Inspired by the Sister's Outdoor Quilt Show, I have decided to air a different quilt on good weather Saturdays this summer. I have the perfect spot on the back deck. Since our house is on the corner, everyone walking past on the sidewalk can pause and look. Last week it was "Midnight in the Garden". I love the movement in the lines of this quilt and the large florals. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Sharing a Hanging Basket

I bought this planter in the spring for the edge of my deck. Mostly the rain has provided the watering and the blooms were abundant. It needed some TLC but when I took it down to pull off the spent flowers, a bird flew out and the neighborhood of birds made such a squawk, I peaked in and their it was. A tiny nest with three eggs in it. I promptly put the planter back in place sans deadheading.

It's been dry so I needed to water the flowers. Using a long spouted sprinkling can, I poured water in from the edge. Once again, mama tolerated some but let me know when enough was ENOUGH. For now, I will leave it/her/them alone. After all, a mama has work to do. MUMS the word!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Good Read: Boston Girl

Written by Anita Diamant of The Red Tent fame, Boston Girl is the story of a young Jewish woman from an immigrant family growing up in Boston in the early twentieth century.

Addie Baum is the Boston Girl and is telling the story of her life to her twenty-two-year-old granddaughter, who has asked her “How did you get to be the woman you are today.” She begins in 1915, the year she found her voice and made friends who would help shape the course of her life. From the one-room tenement apartment she shared with her parents and two sisters, to the library group for girls she joins at a neighborhood settlement house, to her first, disastrous love affair and the work she finds, Addie recalls her adventures with compassion and humor.

While reading this book, I couldn't help imagine that my own daughter was interviewing her grandmothers who belonged to this generation of women finding their place in the changing world of the twentieth century.

I highly recommend this good read.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Unlikely Friends

This image caught my eye the other day, mostly because of all the different colors on one vine.

It reminded of the new Android television ad. It's the ditty they chose that makes me look up. Roger Miller's "Robin Hood and Little John walking through the forest...". Next are the cutest and most unusual animal pairs having a great time. And in the end, the message: Be together. Not the same.
It's brilliant!

If you haven't seen it, here it is:

Don't you just love advertising like this!