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“We’re all just walking each other home.”
― Ram DassToday 0696

As I was sitting at my desk today I felt as if I had an elephant standing on my chest, the air was thick as no one really knows what to say to us! Friday a few of us were given notice that our jobs have been eliminated. This is business so I am not taking it personal. What is odd is that we are expected to go into the office each day even though other co workers are taking over our jobs so their is little or not much for us to do. Some are taking it harder than others. Some are feeling betrayed by friends that knew this was coming and did not send out clues.
The sadness in the office makes it hard to focus and their has been no direction on what we can do to help make the process go smoothly. I am trying to think of something nice I can do in the office every day that I am there. Wish me luck!

Tears of Joy & a Quote

“There are three things we cry for in life: things that are lost, things that are found, and things that are magnificent.”
― Douglas Coupland

The last few days have been a bit of a roller coaster ride emotionally. A few really awesome days with friends and participating in amazing fundraisers, and then Friday I found out that myself and a few other co workers were being laid off. The timing could not have been much worse for my phone to die all weekend I felt a bit lonely and isolated. Today I got my old flip phone out and was able to listen to my voice mails. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that one of my pieces of work at Columbia Winery will be getting a new home on Friday!


Things you don’t usually see in the woods & a quote


Sometimes I just need to get out of the office and clear my head. A short 20 or 30 minute walk during my lunch break is usually a perfect way to relax.

It looks like someone was doing some target practice here?


I have not been able to figure our how this bus ended up in the middle of the woods?




Today’s Quote

“Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace.”
– Oscar Wilde
About Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde, the clever, colorful Anglo-Irish writer, is best known for the play The Importance of Being Earnest and the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. He was born in Dublin in 1854 but left when his lady love became engaged to Bram Stoker. He was a leading member of the aesthetic movement and embraced its doctrine, “Art for art’s sake.” Though married with two children, Wilde was known to have affairs with younger men and was jailed in 1895 for “gross indecency.” He died in November 1900.

Fire starter & a quote

In cleaning up my work shop I decided to finish a few things that have been lying around for awhile.
Apparently I forgot to put my apron on. Shame on me! I have asked my helpful assistant to turn the power off if I try that again as I don’t want to ever go back to the ER for a burn! 20151220_114459

Today’s quote

“One day in retrospect the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.”
– Sigmund Freud
About Sigmund Freud
Sigmund Freud, the Austrian psychiatrist famous as the father of psychoanalysis, used the techniques of free association and dream analysis to develop what has been called the talking cure, or talk therapy. He was born in 1856 in Moravia. Many concepts he developed have become part of the culture: the Oedipus complex, defense mechanisms, and the unconscious mind. He fled the Nazi regime in Austria in 1938, settling in London, where he died of cancer just one year later.

Quest for blue skies & a quote

I am super happy to have sold a few of my horse paintings this week. On more than one occasion on a trip through the desert I have been lucky to come across a band of wild horses. When in Vantage I always take time to visit the 200-foot line of life-size charging horses, the creation of David Govedare, is titled “Grandfather Cuts Loose the Ponies”. The iron ponies can be seen on the hillside above the Columbia River just off I-90 in eastern WA



Today’s Quote

“You will not find poetry anywhere unless you bring some of it with you.”
– Joseph Joubert
About Joseph Joubert
French essayist Joseph Joubert became famous after his death when his friend, the renowned author Chateaubriand, gathered a selection of essays into the book Collected Thoughts of Mr. Joubert. Joubert was born in 1754 in Périgord. He attended and then taught at a religious college in Toulouse but left in 1778 for Paris, where he became friends with a number of great thinkers of the time. He wrote copiously on such subjects as ethics, politics, theology, and literature. He died in 1824.

Conquering the Winter Blah’s & a Quote

For me one way to tackle the winter blahs involves a short 2 hour drive East from our home in Issaquah Washington. The drive over the pass is well worth the opportunities to bask under the blue skies, to see the oranges of the desert surrounded by the snow capped mountains and of course the giant wind mills of Wild Horse Renewable Energy Center are breath taking. The center is located near Ellensburg, Washington and is home to over 200 plant species. Some say April and May are the best times to visit because you can see the brilliant wildflower displays but I love this place no matter what time of year!
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Take a snack and your camera!

Today’s Quote

“Pain is a part of being alive, and we need to learn that. Pain does not last forever, nor is it necessarily unbeatable, and we need to be taught that.”

– Harold Kushner
About Harold Kushner
American rabbi Harold Kushner has written several inspirational tomes, including the international best seller, When Bad Things Happen to Good People, selected by the Book of the Month Club as one of the ten most influential books of recent years. He was born in Brooklyn but moved to the Boston area, where he is Rabbi Laureate of a local congregation. He writes about the importance of personal acceptance and what it means to be human.

Clean Slate & A Quote

Over the past few months I have been struggling with the loss of a friendship. Tomorrow starts a new chapter of my life. I start a new job at a place I worked a few years ago. I shall miss the 4 legged customers, co- workers and friends I made over the past year at the Wash Spot. My heart feels a bit foggy today.




“We arrive at the truth, not by the reason only, but also by the heart.”
– Blaise Pascal
About Blaise Pascal
Blaise Pascal was not only a mathematician and philosopher, he was also an inventor, having created the hydraulic press and the syringe. He was born in France in 1623. He showed a gift for math early: At age 12, he started rediscovering Euclid’s theorems on his own. Later, spurred by a friend who liked gambling, he developed the theory of probabilities. After a life-threatening accident in 1654 he had a religious conversion, which led him to write about religious ethics and belief. He died in 1662.

I like to paint & a quote

I like to paint
I like to paint fast
When I paint I relax
When I relax I sleep well
When I sleep well I am nice to be around.
I paint a lot so others are happy!


Today’s Quote
“We are not what we know but what we are willing to learn.” – Mary Catherine Bateson
About Mary Catherine Bateson
American anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson is probably best known for her best seller Composing a Life, which examines five women’s lives and what it means to “live life as an improvisational art form.” She was born in New York in 1939. She studied linguistics and the Middle East before shifting to cultural anthropology like her famous parents, Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson.She splits her time between Cambridge, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. She has one daughter.

I had not painted in awhile and I was inspired last night by the sunset and low moving fog.
Dusk, 16 x 20 acrylic on canvas Holiday Special $40
“A good painting to me has always been like a friend. It keeps me company, comforts and inspires.”
-Hedy Lamarr was an Austrian and American film actress and inventor. After an early and brief film career in Germany, which included a controversial love-making scene in the film Ecstasy, she fled her husband and secretly moved to Paris.

At the beginning of World War II, keen to aid the Allied war effort, Lamarr identified jamming of Allied radio communications by the Axis as a particular problem, and with composer George Antheil, developed spread spectrum and frequency hopping technology to defeat it. Though the US Navy did not adopt the technology until the 1960s, the principles of her work are now incorporated into modern Wi-Fi, CDMA and Bluetooth technology, and this work led to her being inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014.

Today’s Quote!

So after work today I decided to have a little mini celebration since our Seattle Seahawks beat the Dallas Cowboys 13-12~ I got out some fabric scrapes and made some 12 man gear for Piper and me.


“Most people are so busy knocking themselves out trying to do everything they think they should do, they never get around to do what they want to do.”
– Kathleen Winsor
About Kathleen Winsor
American author Kathleen Winsor is best known for the racy historical novel, Forever Amber, which made a huge splash when it was first published in 1944, selling 100,000 copies the first week. It was banned in 14 states for its sexual content. The ensuing debate contributed to the loosening of restrictions that allowed works by D. H. Lawrence and Henry Miller to be published in the US. Winsor wrote a number of other novels, none as successful. She was born in 1919 and died in 2003.

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