What Works for Me


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In December of this year, we will have lived in Oregon for two years. We have done some exploring, but have spent most of our time still settling in. Planting plants is recreational for us and checking out different kinds of plants that are unfamiliar to us, is a treat. We have some new Bee residents now, and they appear to be doing well. I just have one bit of advice for you about bees, don’t let one get stuck in your hair. It has happened to me twice and the lesson was, always pull your hair back or wear a hat. Now, I don’t normally get that close to the bee’s and they do leave us alone, but I was assisting the Bee keeper and he just jumps right in there without any of that silly protective covering..Lol!  I really appreciate the look of a small quaint towns, but I find driving through Portland kind of fascinating. I like observing the old brick buildings, admiring the charm of older homes, with yards of lush greenery, and all of the great colors coming from Rhododendron’s, Clematis’s, Azalea’s and more. On a recent visit to Portland I had an opportunity to walk through a neighborhood while my husband went to shop at a Bee supply store.

DSCN5866None of the homes in this area are alike

DSCN5896Pretty Wisteria

DSCN5889A Rose garden

While on our way to locate a bakery we had passed, we ventured into a local farmer’s market. As I looked around I discovered some greeting cards for sale. I was very much attracted to the artist, Mason Parkers style of watercolor. They have that charm I like and I see that he will have some 2016 calendars for sale in the near future. I’ll be first in line..


Where I Want to Be


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I am thinking about John Denver again. I think it is because of our drive to Portland yesterday.There is a wonderful back road that will get us to Salem, and then from there Portland is not too far away. I love the slower pace of life and I find that when things get to hasty or stressful I lose my balance. I have talked about balance before. For me balance is a combination of my spiritual and emotional status, keeping a healthy perspective and outlook in life. I sometimes fail miserably. Then there is feeding my soul each day with positive food for thought, reading of the word or pondering on good healthy information, words of encouragement etc. How often do you come across someone who offers encouragement? I think people are depleted and need a boost. Are we willing to be that kind of person? When life is harsh and your are down all of the time and life looks bleak, we need a helping hand.

DSC_0018Sometimes we might have expectations that people should just bounce back or get a life. Many have not had good role models in life to set an example on the how too’s of making healthy choices. It is easy to point out the flaws in others. I am talking to myself on this subject. As I review these images, they remind me of where I want to be. There are stop signs, and we need to look both ways. Proceed with caution and go. Don’t speed and respect the laws of the land. Use wisdom and we will have a safer journey, not without bumps in the road but with challenges to help us learn and grow.

DSC_0008Take time to examine your internal conversation and checkout what is causing the lack of peace or stability in your thought life. Say yes to smelling roses or perhaps make a bouquet and give it away. Doing something special for someone  is always a remedy for getting out of a slump.

DSC_0048But most of all take time to be refueled and get refreshed, you will benefit greatly as well as those around you.. It is possible to have joy on the journey.. Enjoy it!


Fruit of Our Labor


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Some days I don’t get beyond our backyard. It has become a little haven of peace,  where I have been pouring my energy into. After the tragedy of Nepal and the loss of life I am thinking about what conveniences I could live without. My heart and prayers go out to all, that they will find peace and comfort in the midst of turmoil. That the volunteers stay strong and encouraged. That they be rewarded for the fruit of their labor. In my life the bee’s are buzzing, the sun shines, and the sky is blue. My little concerns are diminished to nothingness and I am content to just be in the present.


He gives beauty for ashes..


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