Coquille River Lighthouse and more

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Coquille River Lighthouse in creamtone
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Tower of Coquille River Lighthouse through the beachgrass
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Lone tree in the fog
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Sunlight reflected on Cheadle Lake

Addendum: Oops! This was supposed to be posted to my photography blog, underapileofphotos.wordpress.com

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Share Your World – 8/27/18

It’s time for another installment of Cee’s Share Your World. Here are my answers to the latest questions:

Do you prefer eating foods with nuts or no nuts?

Lately, I’ve been nutty. I used to avoid anything with nuts, I’ve come to love them in and on all kinds of baked goods.

Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?

I sleep with them in whatever state I left them in. I’m honestly oblivious to the condition of my environment, at least until we have visitors, in which case every out-of-place object becomes glaringly obvious.

Are you usually late, early, or right on time?

I’m usually a little early or right on time. I get stressed out if I’m late, and even more so if someone else makes me late. My husband is more of a slightly late person, so you can picture how that goes.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

Spending the day at the fair with the kids was a lot of fun. We watched the X Treme Air Dogs at the Oregon State Fair on Saturday. What a fun time! Those dogs were amazing athletes! They are competing again this weekend. If you’re at the fair, check it out!


As always, thanks to Cee for the chance to share our worlds. Have a great week!

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Bliss

Still my bliss, though family dynamics have changed (am I their bliss?), the gorge in that picture endured a huge forest fire, and running was interrupted by work and a broken toe.

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Ah, bliss. A word that encompasses so many areas of my life. Pure enjoyment. Passion. For Photography 101 we were asked to represent out idea of bliss in a photo. I could not settle on just one.

My family is my bliss.

image Exploring the highlands north of Tucson with our son and his fiance

image My husband and partner in adventure

image Most of the family enjoying a beautiful sunset at one of our favorite spots

Being in nature l

image Oneata Gorge in the Colombia River Gorge, Oregon

image A lovely stream on one of many hikes

And running – my newfound bliss

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What is your bliss?

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Share Your World – 8/20/18

It’s time for another edition of Cee’s Share Your World. Here are my answers to the latest questions:

Which tastes better: black or green olives?

I’ve never been a fan of olives, but, like mushrooms and avocados, I’ve developed a taste for them fairly recently. I happen to have a container of olive tapenade in my fridge right now. I finally got to Trader Joe’s (not in my town) after craving it for weeks. I guess I prefer my olives all chopped up and mixed together.

What’s your favorite room in your home?

My favorite room is not actually a room at all. It’s my back patio. In the summer I spend a lot of early morning and evening time out there. (It gets insufferably hot at mid-day.) The hummingbirds buzz around and the dogs lay at my feet as I drink coffee, write, and edit pictures at my patio table. In the evenings I watch the stars and play (such as it is) the guitar out there.

What fictional family would you be a member of?

I think I’d be pretty comfortable in the Weasly family.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

I’m still loving that my son and daughter in law are here. It fills my heart to have them close by.


Thanks to Cee for this chance to share our worlds! Have a great week!

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Share Your World 8/13/18

Cannonball! I’m jumping back in after not sharing my world for what seems like ages. If you want to play along, go here. Here are my answers to the latest questions:

A class you wish you would have taken?

Drama in high school. I enrolled and completed the first assignment, which was a pantomime. I loved it, but I was painfully shy and hated being the center of attention for even a moment, so I dropped the class and took something I probably ended up hating. I have always regretted that decision. I should have just faced my fears then and there.

Are you scared of heights?

No… and yes. I am usually not afraid of heights, but sometimes the fear will hit me out of the blue and I will get horrible vertigo. It happened to me on a cliffside hike in Zion. I let go of the chain on a wider section of the trail to take some pictures. The fear struck quickly, and I grasped backwards for the chain. I don’t think I was going anywhere, but you can’t reason with a fearful brain.

Are you a good cook? If so, do you consider yourself a chef?

I am a good cook. I am no chef. I watch chefs all the time on Food Network. They are creative artists. I have a good sense of what goes together, but given a basket of anchovies and Sour Patch Kids (for example), I’d be at a complete loss.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

My son and daughter in law are staying with us for a while so she can recover from an ACL tear before they do a run of travel nursing. It does my heart good to have them here.


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It’s a New Day (Sadly)

As I sit here on a quiet Easter morning mulling over frenetic egg hunts of the past, I find myself struggling to overcome inertia, to seize this day, to make it something new. I really liked the old. It was full of love and belonging. The new is a wide open expanse of cold disconnection, and I don’t like it.

I have somehow failed myself. I have tried to live my life in a way that prioritized the people in it, and yet I now find myself mostly on my own. How did this happen? Was it always only me? Were the participants in the mad parade being pulled along by my fervor, all the while planning their escape?

The thoughts of getting up early to make Easter treats eventually evaporate like the Oregon fog, and I sigh as I realize that Easter dinner plans for two just don’t seem worth the effort. It’s a new day, for sure.

How I long for the old.

 

 

Share Your World – 3/12/18

It’s time again for Cee’s Share Your World. Here are my latest answers:

If a distant uncle dies and you were always his favorite and leaves you $50,000 (any currency) in his will, what would you do?

The first thing I would do is pay my kids’ student loans off. They are such an unnecessary burden at the start of adult life. I would then make sure my younger two sons got an education. I would put some in savings, and finally, I would travel.

What sound or sounds do you love?

  • babies’ laughter
  • rushing rivers
  • rain (but not too much or for too long)
  • wind in the trees
  • my kids’, husband’s, mom’s and dad’s voices – sometimes I save them on voicemail just to get a nice surprise when I play them back
  • songbirds
  • bees

What’s your middle name?  Why?

Denise. I don’t know why my parents chose this name. Maybe they told me at one time. I think it was just for how it sounded with my first and last name.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

We hatched chicks in my class, and watching my third graders’ excitement when the last one pushed out of the shell was is pretty special.


As always, thanks to Cee for giving us a chance to share our worlds. Have a great week!

Share Your World – 3/5/18

Here are my answers to the latest Share Your World: 

What did you or did not like about the first place you lived without your parents?

I think I liked the freedom to do what I wanted, to leave my dishes in the sink, to clean or not clean.

What is your most favorite smell/scent?

I can’t pick a favorite, so here’s my list:

  • fresh brewed coffee
  • chocolate
  • fresh baked bread
  • the smell of a baby’s head
  • vanilla anything
  • daphne
  • apple blossoms
  • blackberries
  • rivers
  • the beach
  • lemons, limes, and oranges
  • ripe quince
  • the first rain after a long dry spell

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Would you prefer snowy winters, or not, and why?

After a drive up into the snowy mountains, I’m waxing nostalgic for a snowy winter. One winter snowstorm brought drifts of snow piled against my childhood home. I remember long, playful walks, tall snow boots carving paths through a surreal landscape with the dog hopping through drifts beside us. I miss the muffled, blanketed silence of a snow covered landscape, and the crisp, cold freshness of the air. I long to walk with the soft crunch of snow underfoot on a soft, moonlit night.

Do I prefer snowy winters? You bet.

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What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

I appreciated the sun coming out for my 10K last Saturday. I had to run on my own after my sister was called out of town for a family emergency, and I hadn’t trained quite as much as I was hoping to, so a rainy day would have soured the experience. It was a hard run, but the beautiful day made it totally worth it.


As always, thanks to Cee for the chance to share our worlds. Have a great week!

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Share Your World – 1/20/18

I’ve fallen behind in my Share Your World posts thanks to a new job. Mixed blessings. 🙂 Here are my latest answers:

How do you like your eggs?

My favorite way to eat eggs is folded into an omelette around sauteed asparagus, cremini mushrooms, and pepper jack cheese with some sliced avocado on top.

Have you ever met anyone famous?

I once met a soap opera star. He came in the bakery where I worked. That’s when I realized I wasn’t one to get star-struck. To me he was just another person.

What was the first thing you bought with your own money?

I bought my own bike with one of my first paychecks. I then used it to get to work to earn more money to buy more stuff.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

I appreciate my mom, who turned 75 years young last Monday.

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Mom and Dad at the top of Iron Mountain in the middle of a 5+ mile hike.

As always, thanks to Cee for giving us the chance to share our worlds! Have a great week, everyone.