Monday, October 31, 2011

Saturday, October 29, 2011

The art of remembering - Jen

Remembering Jen
my sweet darling baby girl
You are in my heart.

My sweet little Jen
always exploring new things
such curiosity! 

Beautiful young woman
graduating with high honors 
your spirit shining through.

My beautiful Jen
I will always remember 
You are in my heart 

The Art of Remembering as we approach Dia De Los Muertos

Friday, October 28, 2011


After heavy rains
a fairyland of mushrooms
growing in the shade

Along the garden path 
a mushroom toppled in it’s growth
forms a random heart. 

Everyday brings new discoveries in my backyard. The fairy land appeared overnight after a heavy rain. And imagine my delight at finding the fallen mushroom growing out of the wood chip mulch, showing the heart of the garden. 

Enjoy more Haiku my Heart with Rebecca @ recuerda mi corazon

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Mountain Trail Discovery

10.28 Heart in rock shelf Heather Meadows 10.18 (164) nws
Climbing up a ledge
on a rocky mountain trail
heart discovery

Discovered as I hiked around Heather Meadows with my husband, sharing the joy of a beautiful day with the person who makes my heart full.

It's so interesting to me to look at one of my pictures later, and see the other hearts that appear around the "obvious" heart I first noticed. How many can you see? 

I must stop and pay closer attention as I wander. Who knows what other treasures I am missing. :)

See more random hearts with Clytie at Guest Heart Thursday

Sharing with meri on Share the Joy Thursday

Monday, October 24, 2011

Paths on the Mountain

10.25 Trail to Bagley Lake
Drawing energy
amid the autumn colors
on the mountain trail.

Last week I spent a lovely day with my husband at Heather Meadows, near Mt. Baker. This was one of the paths we wandered... headed down to Bagley Lake.
There is something about being out in such a magnificent natural environment, you can feel the energy emanating from the rocks and trees as you wander about.
Quite the rush!

10.27 hearts in rocky path Heather Meadows 10.18 (121) nws
And this is what we discovered imbedded in the pathway as we climbed back up the hill from the lake.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Artistic Influence

A Remembrance of  Two Artists who Touched My Life 

Celebrating you
sharing your artistic soul
 teaching with your heart

When I was tiny, Aunt Rosemary and Uncle Dick took my big sister Janie and I to the Rose Parade. We got to sit on camp stools, or Uncle Dick's shoulders. And eat cotton candy. They were two of the early loving influences I had in my life. 

Aunt Rosemary was a school teacher, and had the most amazing art supplies at her house! They lived a few hours away, and we'd get to go visit for several days with the whole family. And we'd play and create! She encouraged my artistic exploration early in life.

We lost her several years ago, after a brief illness.

Another influence on my artistic exploration was my friend Sherri. Several years ago I serendipitously met someone at a photo copy shop, who invited me to join an art group meeting at her home, and Sheri was one of the artists there. I took a series of Visual Journaling classes from Sherri shortly thereafter, where we would play and create. Those classes, and the art group, began my exploration of mixed media which has become my passion.

Sherri was an encouraging teacher and friend. We lost her very suddenly last February.

This picture of a heart shaped rock wall, taken by my son on one of his trips, honors these two people who have been influences in my artistic life.


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Heart Full Day

Mt Shuksun Picture Lake 10.18.11
A beautiful day
exploring the mountain trails
before the snow flies.

Peaceful looking view
A distant sound of thunder
Avalanche occurs.

It has already snowed at the higher elevations, as you can tell from Mt Shuksun. The sun warmed the snow enough for a small avalanche while we gazed at the view and took pictures. It was a slight flurry of snow in one of the crevices.

Heart rocks-Heather meadows 10.18.11
This heart happened along as we wandered on one of the paths. Looking at the picture later, I see a few other hearts. It's amazing how they just appear.

It was a beautiful, peaceful, heart-full day out in nature with my husband. Life doesn't get better than this.

See more random hearts with Clytie at Guest Heart Thursday

Sharing my joy of a beautiful day with meri on Share the Joy Thursday

and Haiku my Heart Friday with Rebecca @ recuerda mi corazon

Monday, October 17, 2011

Rose Hips

Wild rose hips 10.16.11
Wild rose gone to seed
crawling through the shrubs and trees 
shows its flash of red.

Linking to Ruby Tuesday

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Remembering Grandma

Memories of Grandma
making little girls feel special
when we came to tea.

My Grandma Rose was an amazing woman, who made each of her grandchildren feel precious to her. It's a gift few have. This is one of the two photos I have of Grandma with me. My older sister Janie and I were having a tea party with Grandma. I cherish this photo.

Grandma survived the death of three sons in WWII, and her husband in a trucking accident, all within a few years. She was a strong woman who raised the remainder of her children as a single parent, including my mother, the baby of the family.

We lost Grandma when I was eight years old, but she has never left my mind. I've always considered her my guardian angel. If you look closely, you can almost see her wings.

 Celebrating Dia de Bloglandia with the folks at recuerdo mi corazon

Friday, October 14, 2011


pumpkin gourds 10.12.11
End of summer gourds
as a welcome to our guests
sitting on the porch.

Bought this week at our favorite Garden Spot Nursery, just to make things festive! 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Hump Day Haiku - Lavendar

lavender jennifer

Lovely lavender.
The memory of my daughter
continues to bloom.

This lavender plant was bought at the Cascade Cuts plant sale last spring, because it was named Jennifer. My daughter name. We lost her three and a half years ago. It was so lovely with pale leaves, that I had to have it. The blooms, when they arrived, were more blue than lavender on long sweeping stems.

We planted it in a pot on the deck and it's been blooming for months, and continues.

I have not been able to get a good picture of this plant, so this inferior photo will have to do. 

Submitting to Haiku My Heart Friday.

I started doing Hump Day Haiku with Carla Sonheim's Silly classes... and decided as a challenge for myself, I'd continue. And so I have.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Rosemary Cheddar Fingers

By request, I'm sharing the recipe for Rosemary Cheddar Fingers. This recipe card was made for me by WildHolly last year - in real life Holly Gagnon, a friend from atcsforall,com.  She's a fabulous artist and fabulous cook! I made these for the annual Halloween party with our art group on Sunday. I used reduced fat sharp cheddar, egg substitute, and organic butter, so they are quite healthy. And really are quite good! 

My husband loves them, and as we ate the left over pieces with dinner tonight, informed me that we need to have them around all the time. Okay, sure. I'll show him where the recipe card is kept. *wink*

Changing Leaves

Changing Leaves
Dreary rainy day
brightened by the color splash
of a nearby tree

Leaves that frame a heart
peeking though the left branches.
Hearts are everywhere.

Linking to Ruby Tuesday

Find more hearts with Clytie at Guest Heart Thursday

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Seed head

love in a mist seed head
Emerging seed heads.
Reminder that the summer
flowers are now spent.

This love in a mist came from seeds shared by my Auntie Ruth, many years ago. I was thinking today that the many plants I have in the garden, from seeds or starts by various relatives and friends, is another way to honor and remember them.


Also linked to Mellow Yellow Monday

Friday, October 7, 2011

Autumn Joy

Autumn discovers
sedum growing in the yard
red blooms and green heart.

Linking (a bit late) to Clytie at Guest Heart Thursday

 Also, this is my first time submitting to Haiku My Heart Friday.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Fungi haiku

Fungi in the yard
growing through the cedar chips
emerge with the rain.

It fills me with joy
to wander in the garden
new things all the time.

I have no clue what type of mushrooms these are, but with the recent (and continuing) rain, they are popping up all over the back yard. The furry looking heads start to poke through, and then they split in to a spiky flower looking head.
Wandering in the garden always brings new discoveries.  

I started doing Hump Day Haiku with Carla Sonheim's Silly classes... and decided as a challenge for myself, I'll be creating Haiku every "Hump Day". 

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