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Something to Smile About

Human beings need pleasure the way they need vitamins. ~Lionel Tiger


Good things!

I have completed one of my New Year’s goals.  I went to the dentist!  Believe me, that is a big deal!  I lost a filling months ago, but have had no time to get a replacement.

Smile Clipart

Oh, happy day!  No more blackberry seeds, or any other kind of seed, getting stuck in the hole where a filling should be, and driving my tongue stark raving insane!

Hubby is recovering very well from his recent heart surgery.  Now that is reason to be very, very joyful!  I love this man, and I am grateful to a Heavenly Father that has blessed us so much!

Romantic Heart

And one more thing to add to my happiness:

Yup.  I’ve already got the seed for the garden!  Watching them grow will give me much pleasure and serenity (working on my word of the year…joy).  Hubby is researching drip systems to come up with a plan to make watering easier since the day job is so consuming of my time.

Garden Seeds

For those of you still in the grip of winter, do you have cabin fever?  Are you dreaming of your garden yet?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wild Turkey

Pillow Fun

Our daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren have been visiting with us.  Hubby and I have really enjoyed their stay!

My six year old granddaughter and I had a little craft time.


I think she likes her pillows, don’t you?


She has every right to be proud of her accomplishments!

Alyssa's Pillow

She will keep one of the pillows for herself, and give the other pillow to a cousin for Christmas.

Happy Independence Day!

“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.” ~Erma Bombeck

The4th of July

My son-in-law, Chris, serving in the US Coast Guard, with Hannah, his daughter.

Thank you to service men and women of all military branches, who have served, and are serving, to preserve liberty for our children, and future generations.

You are awesome!

Big Meadow Lake

One of our favorite places to camp and hike is at Big Meadow Lake in the Colville National Forest.  We took our children there many times, and now we are taking our grandchildren there.

Big Meadow Lake

Recently, we had a Saturday afternoon to spend with family, so we drove out to Big Meadow Lake to have some fun.

Big Meadow Lake

My six year old granddaughter and I are looking out over the swamp to see what we can see.  This area has an abundance of wildlife, including moose.  But we didn’t see moose on this day.


It seems that only Daddy can reach the trees on either side of the path.

Bunchberry and Strawberry

As well as an abundance of wildlife, there is a wonderful variety of flora.  In the above photo, wild strawberry and bunchberry grow side by side.

Big Meadow Lake

As you hike, you can walk in the deep woods, open areas, on pine needle laden paths, foot bridges and wooden walkways.

Big Meadow Lake

Big Meadow Lake

Big Meadow Lake

Big Meadow Lake is stocked with trout and bass.  We love to take our canoe out, but a kayak or rowboat will do.

Big Meadow Lake

No jet skis, or other large noisy watercraft allowed. 

As beautiful as the lake is, you don’t want to swim here.  There are leeches in this lake!

Big Meadow Lake

Isn’t the reflective quality absolutely gorgeous?!

Big Meadow Lake

The baby ducks were soaking up the rays on the dock.  They had no fear of us.

Big Meadow Lake

Big Meadow Lake is a precious jewel in the wilderness and we were treated to a fabulous afternoon for a walk in the woods!

Triumphs and Traumas of a Buddhist Egg Hunt

You don’t have to be a Christian, or a Catholic, or a Buddhist, or a Mormon, or an atheist, or a ….to agree with the author of this post. What is it that we really want our children to learn?


BuddhasEasterEggI did a terrible thing: In my quest for fairness, I overlooked my own son.  And I feel just terrible about it.

Here’s the scenario: My son belongs to a Buddhist children’s group, for which I volunteer from time to time.  Just recently, the entire sangha (or community) celebrated Buddha’s Birthday. The ceremony occurs in the Spring, so it incorporates themes similar to Easter, such as new life, hope, and joy.  The kids take part in the first part of ceremony before heading outside for some fun activities.

This year, running with the theme of Spring, we held an egg hunt on the grounds of the Zen center.  However, we try avoiding the competitive aspects of tradition egg hunts.  I bet many of us (with Christian backgrounds) have been there before as kids: our bodies quaking with anticipation at the start line, baskets in hand, waiting for the signal to…

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It’s A Boy!


Born December 26, 2011