Friday, October 31, 2014

Tonight is the Night......

Tonight is the night, when Dead leaves fly

Like Witches on Switches across the sky

When Elf and Sprite flit through the night

On a moony sheen-


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


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

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

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

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!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Oregon Coastal Range - Seeking the Fungi

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