Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread - Proverbs 30:8

Monday, July 27, 2015

Good, Random, Fun ~ Week 29

GOOD, not so RANDOM and definitely FUN....
I got to meet Tamar (of Random-osity and who hosts this weekly link-up)
in person this past week! She was visiting my neck of the woods and 
met up for a couple hours. It's always fun and good to meet 
on-line friends in real life. 

and now on to my other good, random, fun things from the week....

the GOOD
so much summer beauty....
neighborhood flowers and backyard visitors

bringing beauty in, gigantic zucchini, celebrating 19 years
playing in fountains, frog meetings, wearing green for Fragile X awareness day

the FUN
when I'm out watering I get distracted by water droplets...

I'm linking up with Good, Random, Fun

Friday, July 24, 2015

Happy Weekend Reads

Every once in a while I stumble upon several blog posts that are too good not to share. This week was one of those weeks, and I'm happy to pass on some reads that inspired me.

So grab a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy...

I'm also greatly enjoying Tsh Oxenreider's new podcast - The Simple Show

Do you have any posts or links you'd like to share with me? Simply leave the link in a comment and I'll check it out! 

Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Everyday Beauty

taking a moment to find joy in the little things

sometimes you find beauty as you walk through a shop

sometimes it's in your backyard when you are out watering

sometimes happy hits you when you are walking down the street

other times it's when you look out your window

funny can hit anytime too...when you turn around because your daughter says, "mom..."

or you are getting ready to throw away some trash

or you find gigantic zucchini being given away for free
top - from a neighbor's garden, botttom - from my garden

We haven't had rain for months now - maybe a few drops here and there, but not the rain we are used to. The only green parts of my yard are the edges that get watered when the garden gets watered, and the weeds that seem to grow regardless of mositure. I don't know why, but dead grass bothers me so much, yet I can't bear to spend so much money watering it. I get so conflicted.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Good, Random, Fun ~ Week 28

the GOOD
poppies, queen anne's lace and more poppies
coneflower, garden bouquets, wildflowers (weeds?)

water droplets and macro lens
curly-Qs , wine and music
frogs, dandelions and carrots

the FUN
climbing South Sister

I'm linking up with Good, Random, Fun

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Sunflowers and Mountains

taking a moment to find joy in the little things

A friend of mine has the most gorgeous garden and I go periodically to take pics. Right now the sunflowers are blooming and it's just lovely. I have serious garden envy when I go, but thankfully she lets me come and enjoy it whenever I want, and I don't have to do all the work.

Before they bloom sunflowers can look a little strange...this one more than others.

Her passion flower vine is growing out of control!

And now moving on to the mountain...our girls are away at church camp this week, so my husband and I decided to celebrate our anniversary a bit early (19 years next week!) We headed to central Oregon for a few days, and tackled an epic hike. South Sister (also known as Charity), is Oregon's third tallest mountain and stands 10, 358 feet. 

This is the beautiful Moraine Lake - just getting here is a good hike. We've done this before with the girls.

Looking up at the summit from the saddle between the two glaciers (Lewis and Clark).

We finally made it to the summit!

The wildflowers were beautiful about half way up the mountain.

This is a long, hard hike. 12 1/2 miles round trip, but what this sign doesn't tell you is that you make a 5000ft gain in elevation. The higher you get, the harder it is to breathe - less oxygen and altitude sickness can and did make us dizzy at the top. you see those clouds? They roll in quickly and there were times near the top when I could see a foot in front of me and a foot behind me, but nothing else. In fact, when you get to the top you aren't actually at the summit. You have to walk around a glacier to get to the actual summit, but the clouds had rolled in and I couldn't see where to go. It was a little freaky. 

Standing on the summit - normally there would be a killer view, but it was so cloudy. And we got very cold very quickly. And did I mention the dizziness? Let's just say that the initial descent down was not very pleasant.

One of my instagram friends lives in central Oregon. As I was scrolling through my IG feed Monday morning, I noticed that she was watching her grandkids that day so her daughter and husband could climb South Sister. I commented that I, too, was climbing South Sister that day. We exchanged some info and sure enough, right at the top of the mountain I found her daughter!

Also real....muscle soreness!!!! I would consider myself in pretty good shape but a hike like this is killer. It's now Thursday and I can finally move without wincing in pain.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Good, Random, Fun ~ Week 27

the GOOD
more beauty from the Olympic National Park, Butchart Gardens,
 my neighborhood and backyard

painting, light shining through trees
butterflies and sparklers

the FUN
garden friends....all these pics taken in my backyard

I'm linking up with Good, Random, Fun

Friday, July 10, 2015

Six Word Fridays ~ Sparkle

Twinkle, sparkle, the dark

stand out, be different, add light

in a world full of darkness,

make a difference....twinkle, sparkle, shine!

linking up with Six Word Fridays