Tuesday, October 28, 2014


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I love to take photos of old cemeteries.   In honor of Halloween, I've spooked them out just a little!



"At first cock-crow the ghosts must go
Back to their quiet graves below"
Theodosia Garrison

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Mother-in-Law Day

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Today is a day to recognize all those mothers-in-law out there.  I had an amazing mother-in-law. She taught me how to cook oxtail stew and make chicken gizzards that weren't like rubber.  She always made me feel like an important part of the family.

I only knew her for a couple of years.  She passed three months after we were married, but I will be forever blessed by the short time she touched my life.

You are loved and missed Mae Fern.

That's Mae in the center


Friday, October 24, 2014

The Beauty of Water

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It's the rainy season here in Oregon.  It's the thing that keeps everything green and beautiful - and it has a beauty of it's own.....

Droplets on branches

Puddle patterns




Monday, October 20, 2014

The Tranquility of the Beach

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I have a busy life.  I work full time managing a child care center.  I'm writing my Master's thesis and I write four blogs.  I have a house, a husband and four cats to care for.  And when it all seems to be overwhelming, I go to the beach to bring my spirit back into alignment with the present.

 The wildly crashing and gently rolling waves lull me into the here and now.

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Beauty of the Forests

California Redwoods
As fall begins to gently creep into the air, I find myself musing over the beauty of the forests.  Surrounded by tall, majestic trees and sitting, listening to the inhabitants of the tree tops and roots - And I am lulled into a quietness in my soul.

Lady Byrd Johnson Grove - Cal. Redwoods

Drift Creek Area - Oregon Coastal Range


Oregon Coastal Range

Cook Park, Oregon

Bear Creek Area - Salem, Oregon




Monday, October 13, 2014

Chain Linky Climb - October week three!


Growing Garden



It's the month long Networking Blog Hop 

With our 12th CLIMB GIVEAWAY!
Networking means helping each other grow!! 
If you want to promote a CLIMB link, then use #ChainLinkyCLIMB on Twitter or Google+ so that we can all help each other grow!

Here's how the Giveaway & Co-hosting works - the co-hosts from the previous month's CLIMB will have the opportunity to participate in a Giveaway during the next CLIMB - that gives co-hosts 2 months in a row of blog growing fun!!  (If you would like to co-host please sign up at the end of this post using the last "Linky") 

Please enter below -one person will win:

- $15 Starbucks Coffee Gift Card from Sew Crafty Angel
- 1 Ad Space on A Peek Into My Paradise for 30 days - $30 value

- Turbo Sponsor Spot on 100lb Countdown - $10 value

- 1 Ad Space on Cuddlebug Cuties - $7 value

- 1 lb of Handmade Soap from Heidi's Wanderings - $12 value

- 1 Ad Space on God's Growing Garden - $10 value
- A beautiful Acorn Necklace with a brown basalt stone from Lake Michigan by
  ShorelineDesigned - $15 value

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ACORN NECKLACE - Brown basalt stone from Lake Michigan - Hand drilled 5 mm hole with 22 carat gold grommet, Brass acorn charm, Large NuGold brass tarnish-resistant jumpring & Brass big-ball bead chain with clam clasp: undone end to end measures 24 inches. As worn including stone pendant will hang 15.5 inches long. 


Handmade soap from Heidi's Wanderings
Total prize value is $99!!

CLIMB Giveaway Rules & Conditions:

- this is open worldwide (void where prohibited)

- You must be 18 years or older to enter 

- You MUST have a blog to win the Ad spaces (otherwise this will become a second place prize)

- You must live in the lower 48 of the United States to win the Acorn Necklace & the soap (otherwise this will become a second place prize)

- This Giveaway is open from September 29th, 2014 until October 31st, 2014

- Winner must respond to email within 48 hours or a different winner will be chosen

- Giveaway Hosts & Co-hosts can NOT enter this Giveaway!, however - OCTOBER 2014 CLIMB blog hop co-hosts ARE allowed to enter this Giveaway (provided they are not also part of the Giveaway)

- correspondence is done through email and the winner's email addresses will only be used to deliver or set-up e-prizes.  Email addresses will NEVER be sold or shared.

- All prizes will be delivered by the contributing Bloggers/Shop Owners.

- if you have any questions or concerns about this Giveaway please email one of the hosts:

Now onto the CLIMB (blog hop):

We have changed it up a bit - instead of linking your homepage you may now link up to 4 of your family friendly blog posts per month!!

CLIMB by Angie Ouellette-Tower
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CLIMB by Angie Ouellette-Tower
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By participating in this blog hop your understand that your link might be promoted on social media.  Also, by participating in this blog hop your email address will be added to our CLIMB list & you will be sent an email reminder next month. 

CLIMB by Angie Ouellette-Tower
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Remember - If you co-host you will receive a free Weekly Sidebar Ad and your blog button will appear on both Angie's blog & Angel's blog!!

(The Ad will run live a few weeks after you have co-hosted)

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Oregon Coastal Range - Seeking the Fungi

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We went into the Oregon Coastal range yesterday looking for wild mushrooms to take home and cook.  We found some fungi, but not the kind to take home for cooking.  We also found some wild life.  We headed up the long, winding road to the Drift Creek Falls trail head (although we didn't hike out to the falls). 

We pulled over into a clearing to check it out and here is what we found!



tiny, tiny clusters



my grandson

These reminded me of something from a science fiction movie

False Chanterelle

A little brown tree frog

A BIG brown tree frog


A salamander

A centipede