Special thanks to the folks at Issaquah City Hall for helping us celebrate our offspring Birthday!
Happy Birthday Griffin!


“Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash.”
– George S. Patton
About George S. Patton
George S. Patton, the American Army general who fought in both World Wars, received numerous awards during his 46 years of service, including the Purple Heart and the French Legion of Honor. He was born in 1885 in California and was descended from a long line of soldiers. He was an early advocate of armored warfare and led the U.S. Tank Corps in World War I. The 1970 movie Patton cemented his reputation as “Old Blood and Guts.” He died in 1945 of injuries sustained in a car accident.

“What is important is to keep learning, to enjoy challenge, and to tolerate ambiguity. In the end there are no certain answers.”
– Matina Horner
About Matina Horner
American psychologist Matina Horner is best known for her groundbreaking research in the late 1960’s on smart women’s fear of success, which became known as the Horner Effect. She was born in 1939 in Massachusetts. During her 17-year tenure as president of Radcliffe College, she helped integrate the women’s college into a mainstream presence for women on the Harvard University campus. She has received several awards and serves on the boards of many institutions.

For the holiday season I am working on a couple more light installations: $1800 each.


Twin Falls, North Bend Washington & a Quote

Every time I do this hike I cannot stop myself from thinking about the thousands of cars that drive by this spot each day and what they are missing!

It was my 2nd time hiking the falls today. The first time was with a good friend and when I got home and was showing off some photos my youngest offspring asked if I wanted to go again! So off we went ! We decided to explore a bit and I am glad we did!
We found a little trail that took us back to an area that is usually a place you can view from a look out point across the way. I was nervous watching from above as my offspring walked on some of the logs and explored below.


Youngest Offspring is the tiny person seen in the below photos.


When you are out in the woods don’t forget to look up and try to enjoy nature every chance you get!


Today’s Quote

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.”
– Lao Tzu
About Lao Tzu
The ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu is believed to have lived in the 4th century B.C. Little is known about him, but it is likely that he wrote the Tao te Ching, the foundation of Taoist philosophy, and engaged Confucius in debate, honing both men’s belief systems. His name means either “old master” or the “old child,” and one legend says he was born with white hair after spending 80 years in his mother’s womb.

Today’s Quote and a pretty picture

Today’s Quote
“Living well and beautifully and justly are all one thing.”
– Socrates
About Socrates
The ancient Greek philosopher Socrates is known to us through the writings of his student Plato. Socrates was born in 470 B.C. After serving in the Peloponnesian War, he studied science and philosophy. He taught by asking a series of questions intended to make the student rethink his beliefs, to test whether they are based on reason or hearsay. This is known as the Socratic method. He was executed in 399 B.C. for impiety because he questioned everything, even the gods.

This week in the work shop.

Today’s Quote

“We are made to persist. That’s how we find out who we are.”
– Tobias Wolff
About Tobias Wolff
American author Tobias Wolff is best known for the memoir A Boy’s Life, about Wolff’s childhood with an itinerant mother and abusive stepfather. He was born in 1945 in Alabama and spent most of his childhood in the Pacific Northwest. His book In Pharaoh’s Army: Memories of the Lost War recounts his experiences as a young soldier in Vietnam. He is an acclaimed writing professor at Stanford University. He has three children.

This week in the shop!
I have been asked to make another sculptor from my Light of War series, for a fellow artist and good friend Anette Lusher. I 16 hours n and almost finished with the cleaning! The top and bottom have been welded on. Next week I will finish with the cleaning and will clear coat so that the lights can be installed! I am hoping to have this finished by November 1st.





Having been a point and shoot kinda of girl in the past I am now learning to have a greater appreciation for the art of photography! I took just over 200 photos today and these are the 4 that turned out. I have so much to learn about using a camera!

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fall trees 1

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fall trees 3

Today’s Quote

“Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy.”
– Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
About Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, the Russian classical composer best known for the Nutcracker and Swan Lake ballets, was renowned for his passionate melodies and for bringing Western music into the Russian tradition. He was born in Kamsko-Votkinsk in 1840. He taught music until a widow offered her financial patronage, then retired to the country to compose full time. He never met his benefactor. He died in 1893, just after the first performance of his Sixth Symphony, the “Pathétique.”

Back in the saddle again

It was fun being back in my work shop today but I do not miss cleaning all the toxic paint off of them. It has been 8 hours and two showers later and I am still tasting or smelling nasty smell!

October is my month to finish things up that people have been waiting for.

I finally got “72 Hours” hung for my clients who calls his house, Cynthia Freese Gallery West.

Today’s Quote
“To play it safe is not to play.”
– Robert Altman
About Robert Altman
Robert Altman, the iconoclastic American filmmaker known for his naturalistic, multi-character dramas, has directed many acclaimed feature films, including M*A*S*H, Nashville, and The Player. He was born in 1925 in Kansas City, Missouri, to a socially prominent family. Alfred Hitchcock gave Altman his big break when he hired him to direct on the TV series Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Actors say they love to work with Altman because he gives them freedom to improvise. He died in 2006.