Nov 26, 2014

looking down

autumn 2014 squirrel
grey tree squirrel

This Japanese Stewartia tree is  just beyond my window.
I often look down to see what birds are at the bird feeder or what the tree squirrels are up to.
It's that time of year when the tree squirrels climb the tree and forage the nuts.

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Nov 12, 2014

reflection in the mirror

self nov 2014
november self, sooc

Sometimes I would get to thinking about my room, and in my imagination I would start at one corner and circle the room, mentally noting everything there was on the way. At first it didn't take long. But every time I started over, it took a little longer. I would remember every piece of furniture; and on every piece of furniture, every object; and of every object, all the details; and of the details themselves - a flake, a crack, or a chipped edge - the color and the texture. At the same time I would try not to lose the thread of my inventory, to make a complete list, so that after a few weeks I could spend hours just enumerating the things that were in my room. And the more I thought about it, the more I dug out of my memory things I had overlooked or forgotten. I realized then that a man who had lived only one day could easily live for a hundred years ...

from The Stranger by Albert Camus

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Nov 5, 2014

hot drinks, mainly coffee, actually only coffee

cappuccino in my favorite mug from Japan
Some reasons for having a hot cup of something:

Reason 1
Rewarding myself with a cappuccino after a good day of work. I bought a hand-held frothier for those times when I want that added pleasure of fluffy milky goodness topping my cup of coffee.

Reason 2
I work at home, and although I love the view from my art room, sometimes I need a change of environment. Going out to a coffee shop is a good break, and the walk to town gives me some fresh air and time to comb through my thoughts.

drip coffee
I'll take a cappuccino,  please.

november dessert and cafe
sunshine, cat haiku and coffee

Reason 3
A couple of years ago, I changed my morning routine from starting my work as soon as I got up to taking some time in the morning to study and collect my thoughts. I treasure these quiet mornings with coffee and time to reflect.

reflection Jan 17, 2014
coffee and quiet reflection

morning read and write
books and coffee

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Oct 15, 2014


july 2014, orange sunset

I've been trying to exercise more and have been successfully doing that, but on Monday my body said it needed a break. So I took an hour walk around the outskirts of the town.

orange concrete wall

The day was beautiful with a warm, autumn breeze blowing. I walked by my favorite local farm stand where I like to buy my vegetables. They were closed but had some mini pumpkins available.

mini pumpkins

I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

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Sep 24, 2014

wish come true

morning coffee
morning coffee and books

I remember two wishes I had as a six year old: longer hair and a sun dress. Both of those came true. The longer hair was just a matter of time. My mother made me a sun dress which I loved and can remember quite vividly.

Some current wishes I have: to own a house and have some cats and dogs. Like my first wish of longer hair, it is just a matter of time until these wishes come true.

spikes july 2014
deer with spikes in the woods near the house

One wish that came true recently was to have a place with a great view and plenty of light where I could do my art. The rental house I am in now has two stories with large windows on both floors that face the woods. My art space is upstairs and I spend the mornings reading and watching the trees and all the life that inhabits them.

daily sumi, gallery juana
sumi ink painting on a winter morning

Afternoons are for art when the light hits perfectly on my art tables. And no matter what the season is, the view is entrancing. So while I wait for that someday to come when I own a house and have some pets, I am grateful for what I can enjoy now.

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Sep 17, 2014

end of the season

forest and sun
changing seasons in the forest

The weather has been perfect for bicycle riding, and we got one more bike tour in last week. The ride to the state park was comfortable. With Autumn coming on, the humidity is almost nil and the mornings and nights are colder. We usually stay in the hiker/biker campground where cars are not allowed, but campfires weren't allowed there. Knowing the night would be cold without a campfire, we stayed in the regular campgrounds and enjoyed a bbq and campfire.

outdoor market surly ride
outdoor market ride

Saturdays we sometimes ride to the outdoor market in the next town. The outdoor markets will be ending soon. I'll miss buying those garden vegetables and fruits picked at their perfect ripeness. But I am sure, I'll find many things to like about riding in the Fall weather!

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Sep 12, 2014

old cars and dog walker

dog walker and old car

It's a dog-friendly town and you can find dog dishes filled with water and dog bones inside and outside of stores or along neighborhood streets.

old red car

On this particular day last Tuesday, there was a group of old cars that settled for the afternoon. Most of the town's buildings were built in the early 1900's, so the cars married well with the buildings. I enjoyed being taken back in history.

old cars

Most of the cars were from the years 1912 to 1915. There was even one that was steam-powered. Some of the drivers and their passengers were dressed in the time period as well. There were a total of 100 cars from that era in town!

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Sep 3, 2014

summer window reflections

seattle beer july 2014
window reflection in seattle

I love sitting outside. It doesn't matter if it's sunny or raining. It just feels good to breathe the fresh air. I took this photo outside a pub where my husband and I were enjoying a beer.

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