Snow day and close encounters

We got our first winter snow this morning. I did a quick walk around the yard to take a few photos and I had just finished making my snow Angel. Then I saw a young boy in our backyard. Apparently his dog came over to visit Piper. I was able to get dressed before he got to our backdoor. This is the 3rd time in 14 years that anyone has come around to our backdoor.
I admit that I have been a member of the naked snow angel club since I was a small child. Maybe I should hang a sign that says this is a clothes optional property.

Six inches of snow
It is too cold for angels to fly!

a walk in the garden

As I walk around my garden I find little things that make me smile. Sometimes it is a blooming flower, a fancy spiderweb ,a bug or a bird, a squirrel or a fallen branch that looks like a mystical creature. Today on my walk this little metal dragonfly caught my attention.

Today’s Quote

“Instinct is the nose of the mind.”
– Delphine Gay de Girardin

About Delphine Gay de Girardin

French writer Delphine Gay de Girardin was equally well known for her patriotic poetry and for the brilliant literary gatherings at her home. She was born in France on January 24, 1804; her mother was the well-known author Sophie Gay. Delphine called herself the “Muse of the Nation” for her poetry about France. Under the pseudonym Vicomte Charles de Launay, she wrote a gossip column with comedic sketches of Parisian life. She died on June 29, 1855.

Today’s Blooms 7-14-17

“If one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better.”
– Jane Austen
About Jane Austen
Jane Austen (1775-1817), the British writer whose sparkling, socially incisive novels remain extremely popular two centuries after her death, is best known for Pride and Prejudice, which she called her “own darling child.” She started writing solely for her own family, and her novels, including Sense and Sensibility and Emma, were initially published anonymously (or “By a Lady”). Nevertheless, she won fame later in life, and she earned the high honor of burial in Winchester Cathedral after her death in 1817 at age 41.

Garden of Chaos

It was a lovely day to be at the workshop today. Since the weather was so nice instead of working inside the shop I pulled a few things outside to work. I think that this is my new favorite piece of work in this series. 4-5-16 1594-5-16 152
I can hardly wait to get the lights inside! Only $850

Today’s Quote
“Hope is not a dream, but a way of making dreams become reality.”
– Cardinal Leon Joseph Suenens
About Cardinal Leon Joseph Suenens
Cardinal Leon Joseph Suenens played a major leadership role during the Second Vatican Council in the early 1960s; his reforms include reciting the liturgy in modern languages, expanding the role of laypersons, and opening a dialogue with other religions. He was born in 1904 in Brussels. Wealthy relatives wanted him to study economics and manage their fortune, but instead he entered the priesthood. He was witty and charming, with an enthusiasm for soccer. He died in May 1996.

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.