Monday, December 8, 2014

Here's a Gift Only the Grinch Wouldn't Like

Last year my friend published her first book and I posted about it here
It's called Black and White Cat, White and Black Dog, by Marlaena Shannon.

 This book is filled with her vibrant illustrations and the story is actually based on two of her (many) pets. She just received a shipment of the book in it's second printing.

If you are looking for a simple gift, even a stocking stuffer, you can order the soft cover from for about $10. A hard cover book is also available .

 I have a link to her book on Amazon in the right sidebar of this blog, 
it's there year-round if you want to find it later.

Here's the link, take a quick look and I imagine you will think of one person who would like this book, especially pet lovers.

If it doesn't work for your gift list, then consider asking your local library to get it.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Just Married...

As I've mentioned several times over the last year I was planning my wedding. On Saturday, November 1st I married the 'love of my life' in the theater at McMenamins Edgefield. We invited our family and closest friends and had a simple ceremony and reception. I was a little crazed the week before, but it went off perfectly and I believe we all had a good time.

The photo above was taken during set up. I'd been collecting colored glass vases and votives for months. My friend flew in from Florida and helped with just about everything including vase arrangements, buttonholes for all the guests, and my bouquet.

Chris and I then took a week's honeymoon to road trip to Colorado and New Mexico. We had a lot of fun and enjoyed unseasonably warm weather. We got home just in time for snow here in the Northwest.

We are also in time to start the holiday season, so I thought I would let you know why I'd been absent and that my posts may be fewer during the holidays.

Gratitude is my word for the year.
While I struggle sometimes to feel grateful, 
I am certainly most grateful for my husband, Chris.
I am grateful for many things about him, 
but one of the most important reasons is 
that he makes me want to be a better person.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Autumn Favorites

Fall is my favorite season. Not really for the colorful leaves, which I like, but the cool air and the way the light hits everything. I've been thinking that this light is the same in spring, but what's different is that (in my climate) we are still outdoors and there's less rain so there's more opportunity to be outside and watch the seasonal changes.

We finally made a trip back to the Wildlife Botanical Gardens. I've been there often enough now that I recognize plants that I keep gravitating toward. One is this tree, Eastern Redbud. I like the leaves and I know if I were to look back through old posts, I've probably shown photos of this tree in other seasons. Last weekend it had just started to turn, but the leaves lying around on the ground were eye-catching covered with droplets of water.

Here's another plant I know I've admired before, but until now I'd never seen the berries in fall. Wow! I absolutely love this and when I've got a yard I intend to try growing it. Porcelain Berry. The week before I'd seen 2 photos on Instagram and was surprised that it grows here in the Northwest. As you can see it does quite well.

The thing that strikes me when I'm at the gardens is the large number of plants and trees with fruit or berries or pods. The point of the gardens is to showcase plantings that attract birds and wildlife. These types of plants are underutilized in most local landscapes, which is odd to me, since they are very ornamental.

This tree was covered with rosy fruit (I'm guessing a crabapple, forgot to look for the tag).

Of course, every trip to the gardens results in one photo that I really love. I've posted it on Instagram and plan to add it to my Flickr page. The plant is a fennel and the purple flowers in the background are blooming like crazy in mid October. 

Gratitude is my word of the year.

Today I'm grateful for:
online shopping, returns by mail
gluten free corn dogs, just discovered in the freezer section
Blogger, grateful that I stuck with it
Where Women Create, found it in the magazine section at the grocery store - love it
I'm grateful for more substantial things like my pets and Chris, but these little things provide small increments of joy in my life.