Monday, December 22, 2008

It's Brrrrrrr in Portland

There are 4 snowplows in Portland which means that on our street no one went to work today. After a week of steady snow and freezing, it's just not safe to drive unless you have chains or snow tires. Most of us have neither.

I stocked up in a big way a week ago and had to try 8 times before my car finally mastered the very gentle slope at the end of my street. Except for occasional bouts of cabin fever, I have been content to stay home.

It's really pretty outside.

My blue fence is a welcome splash of color against the winter grays . . .

But I like this black and white look, too.

Wherever you may be, readers and lurchers, I hope you are warm and safe.


Monday, December 15, 2008

A Lovely Surprise

Cheryl of Jojo'Joys has honored me with the Proximidade Award which "focuses on the development of friendship and camaraderie through the blogging community. "Bloggers who receive this award are exceedingly charming, say its authors. They aren't interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement but to propagate friendships."

Now my happy duty is to bestow it on 8 of my favorite bloggers and here are the first seven:
Winos and Foodies
Paris Breakfasts
A Foothills Life
Cupcakes at Home
I need orange
A Brush with Color
Laura's Watercolors

The eighth one will go to JILL, formerly of "Charades in Brussels", who is in transcontinental transit and has not yet started a new blog in the U.S.

Now it will be your turn to choose 8 friends from blogland. Keep in mind that, "Bloggers who receive this award are exceedingly charming, say its authors. They aren't interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement but to propagate friendships."


Sunday, December 7, 2008

A December Amaryllis

One December, when I was a young girl, my father brought home a big fat bulb, bigger than any I had ever seen. With the family watching in a semi-circle he filled a big pot with special soil and set the bulb in its middle. It sprouted and grew centimeters almost as we watched. Its thick green head got rounder and rounder till it split right open, and the stunning red flower unfolded. I fell in love right there and then, and one of my Christmas tradition was born.

I caught these shots as the sun suddenly shone on an otherwise gray day

I tried a black and white look,

but I really do love that bright red!

Monday, December 1, 2008


At dawn my plane plane whizzed past Mt Hood on the way to California.

I arrived in time to admire the big sister's new short hairstyle,

and the little sister fetching beret.

We did some pre-Thanksgiving baking and then relaxed each in our own way. The family artists created cards,

with pigs and mythical goats,

till they had a stack of them.

The little sister started on a new colorful winter hat,

and the cat rested

while the grandmother sipped wine and leafed through all the wonderful art and craft books.

On the big day

the turkey was roasted,

glasses were raised and thanks expressed,

and great amounts of food were consumed. We played many games, and returned home to recover.

On the next day, we celebrated the big sister's 16th birthday. She received pretty things,

an apron embroidered with her favorite foods and

a homemade vintage dress which

needed some altering under the dog' sleepy supervision.

No one wanted to cook so we had lunch at the Naked Café where this picture of the sisters was taken.

And then, all to soon , it was time to

fly away home filled with happy memories.