"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~George Bernard Shaw

"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time." ~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Monday, October 28, 2013

Eric Alders MPP October 28, 2013

Halloween House by Eric Alder

Goblins in the gloom
Paper bags rustling
Witches riding brooms
Ghosts are bustling
Shrieks of delight
Heard in the park
Halloween's fun
Being scared on the dark! 

Thanks to Eric Alder
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Awww Mondays! October 28, 2013

The newest addition!

With his two brothers!
Congratulations and best wishes to all!
Our family has grown by one-
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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Magpie Tales October 27, 2013

Le Jardin, 1962, by Max Ernst

Floating pod
Ripe desire waiting to be opened
Eden's gift 
Now that we've all recovered from
the Annual Willow Manor Ball 
please take a peek at what everyone
has written for this splendid painting:

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Shadow Shot Sunday October 27, 2013

Picture Gorge, John Day, Oregon October 26, 2013

One of my favorite rides....
Heading west out of John Day, Oregon
on Hwy 26 is Picture Gorge.
Amazing  natural beauty...
I never, ever tire of this drive.
Hwy 26 Tamaracks 

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It's Feline Friday!!! and Six Word Saturday!!! October 25-26, 2013

A hilarious sighting in Baker City!
Spotted this in a window above Short Term Gallery
in Baker City Oregon. Our wonderful artist friend 
Tom Novak created this cat and window! Tom has been
so instrumental in encouraging local artists here in Baker City. 
Here's a link to the gallery: http://www.shorttermgallery.com/
and here's a link to Tom Novak's art: http://novakstudio.com/
We are here in Baker City to visit Tom as he's quite
ill and needs lots of hugs, good thoughts and prayers sent his way.
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Poetry Jam! October 22, 2013 Reflecting

Lake Oswego Oregon October 22, 2013

When much younger I would stare
Into mirrors-finding flaws-
Wondering how others really saw me
Now as I  get ready for each new day 
I see my family in my face:
My mother, my children-even my siblings...
Not worrying about how others see me
Finally comfortable in my skin
Thanks to Alan of Poetry Jam for this weeks prompt-
To read more please scamper over to this link:
And have a lovely week!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Eric Alders MPP October 21, 2013

Eric Alders Little Lost Toy

I'm a little truck lost
Accidentally tossed
By my little boy
I'm his favorite toy
He is missing me
Screaming like a banshee
While his patient mother
Backs up and finds me

Eric Alder posts a photo every Monday
to inspire you and me.
Thanks Eric- and click on the link below 
to play along! Cheers!

It's Awww Monday!!

Obviously these piggies went
to the market far too often!

I spotted these two piggies in a field next to our 
local Pumpkin Patch. They were guarded by the dogs below.
As if they needed any guard dogs!!!

Thanks to Sandee of Comedy Plus for Awww Mondays
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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Six Word Saturday and Shadow Shot Sunday! October 19-20, 2013

Mt Shasta has some new snow
A few weeks ago we began to get some
rain and Mt Shasta some new snow.
Fall is here and winter is coming.....! 

Our driveway gets a new coat....
A few days ago one of our much needed projects
has been checked off our list. The driveway
really needed a new coat of asphalt before
winter settled in.  Now there's no chance 
of further deterioration and it looks great!
Have a great weekend!
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Unfortunately Six Word Saturdays is not up this week
due to illness and no link to hook up to.

Friday, October 18, 2013

It's Feline Friday!! October 18, 2013

Did you know.....

That cats sleep an average of 22 hours a day?

Thanks to Steve of BFDude 
we have Feline Fridays-
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Thursday, October 17, 2013

How one can get easily distracted in the kitchen

I made Focaccia yesterday for the first time and 
while I was cleaning up the extra flour I saw in
that pile of flour a Mermaid.

So then I had to start fiddling around
to see what else I could make.
I could have gone on forever, but
realized while I was drawing with flour
my sweetie pie was sweating away 
building his workshop in the garage.

I am so easily distracted....
and Russell can be so focused!

We've been here about 18 months and Russell
finally has time to put his garage in order! Hurrah!


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Home Home on the Range....

Oregon 66 near the Pinehurst Inn

Home, home on the dump
Where beer cans and cantalope rot
Where seldom is heard a recycling word
And the locals do need to be taught
Out in remote areas recycling is not easy
as there are not enough people to make it 
economically feasible. Some folks work 
at recycling and others just toss it aside
just like this used up stove.
Peggy at Poetry Jam came up with trash
as this weeks theme. To see what others wrote
or to participate just sashay over here:

And for heavens sake have a great day!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Russell's Ceramic Fish

One of Russell's creations...
made while taking classes at Noam's house.
It now is above the door going into 
our Art Hall. 

Here's a close up- pretty cool huh!
I hope he makes a few more.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Awww Monday October 14, 2013

This ram loves to have his head rubbed!

While this nanny goat just wants a hand out!
Both of these animals live on a farm near us-
we get our eggs here plus lots of good advice on growing food.
We have learned so much from all our neighbors -
plus we have made so many good friends here.
Have a great day and click on the link below to 
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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Magpie Tales October 13, 2013 Warning!

"Dog" by Scavenger Cat

Danger lurks
Behind these unnatural eyes
Do not trust
Every week Tess Kincaid posts an image for us.
To see what others have posted or to write along with us

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Six Word Saturday and Shadow Shot Sunday October 12-13,2013

Notes from our garden:

Summer is over....
vegetable garden sleeping....

Except for a few die hard flowers and 
the perennial herbs all the rest of the
garden has been put to bed. 
I have mulched with alfalfa hay, compost,
chicken manure and also scattered 
some cereal rye seeds to grow some "green manure".
I'll turn that over in early spring.  

Meanwhile Russell has finished our greenhouse!
He started in May and each month would spend a
bit more money adding to it. This month Russell put
the finishing touches of cedar siding, wood preservative,
paint, caulking and the piece de resistance was 
him finding a practically new storm door for only
$20 at a neighbors garage sale!! 
That was a great find as a new door  would have
 been $150 at the local building supply store.
Recycling at its best!

The greenhouse gets quite warm inside during the day.
Right now it gets up to 100F degrees at the highest
which means it will be a great place to grow winter
vegetables and start plants in the very early spring. 
Summer and fall it will be too warm. 
I figure it will also be a lovely place 
to sit and read in the winter....might even be a fun place 
for a pre-dinner party! I'll just have to keep a path
shoveled from the house to it.  

I spotted this Red Dragonfly on the garden fencing 
while cleaning up the garden for winter. 
It hung out with me for quite awhile.
Have a great weekend and to see more 
Six Words or Shadow Shots go to the links below! 

Friday, October 11, 2013

Feline Friday 10-11-2013

Lucy will do anything to stay warm.....
Thanks to Steve of BFDude and
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Monday, October 07, 2013

Eric Alders MPP October 7, 2013

Tree with Jar
photo by Eric Alder

          Soaking up
               Yummy water
(otherwise they'd have to use a glass jar)
Eric Alder patiently posts a photo for us every Monday
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...........and for heavens sake have a great week!

Awww Monday October 7, 2013

A few days ago we heard that familiar "bash" and "thud"
 while we were sitting outside and Russell picked up this cute
little male Goldfinch off the deck and held it in his hands 
so it might recover from the shock of hitting a window. 
After about 10 or so minutes he opened up his hands 
and the little guy just sat there for awhile looking around 
and finally flew away! Such a pretty little bird.
If we hadn't heard it hit the window the chances are it 
would have died.

As you can see the little Goldfinch left a calling card 
on Russell's hand. Was that a "Thank you" ?
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Sunday, October 06, 2013

Magpie Tales Tick Tock

Image by crilleb50

There once was a chef obsessed

About spices and what was the best

He kept checking his list

Of what he might have missed

Forgetting he might become thyme-less
Thanks to Tess Kincaid for Magpie Tales.
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Friday, October 04, 2013

It's Feline Friday! October 4, 2013

How does one spell relaxation?
Thanks to Steve of BFDude for Feline Friday
to link up and play or to just see more go to the link below!

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Three more baby quilts finally finished!

I started making these months ago
for three little boys due sometime this fall
and finally finished them yesterday!
The first one has been mailed off to Boston
as he was born September 29th.

I found this darling giraffe material
in Ashland, Oregon.
I call this quilt 
"Stand Tall and Reach For the Stars"

This will be going to North Carolina
eventually where this little baby boy's
US Navy daddy is stationed.
I had a jungle theme going with 
all three of these quilts.... 
This one is called "Jungle Buddies"

Last but not least this quilt will
be mailed off to Portland Oregon
once little "Max" is born.
The title of this quilt is 
"Lions and Tigers and No Bears Oh My"

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Eric Alders MPP September 30,2013

Original photo by Eric Alder

I'm sorry Eric 
I cannot explain
What made me do this
Please blame my brain
At my first glance
 I saw those pipes
I just had to meddle
And it wasn't nice
I stepped on the gas
Instead of the brake pedal
Eric Alder posts one of his fine photos
every week to challenge our writing muses...
and some weeks I just get carried away. 
This was one of those weeks.
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to play MPP please go here: