Love from a distance…

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Three weeks of glorious weather.
Three weeks of shorts and tee shirts.
Three weeks of coffee on the porch in the morning.
Three weeks of happy hour on the porch in early evening.

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There but for the grace of God…

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These little handprints are on the sidewalk in a little town in Alabama.

Try as I might I could not make out all of the names.

Too much time and too much weather had taken their toll. Continue reading “There but for the grace of God…”

No Time to Smell the Roses!

I live a pretty sweet life in Portland.
I keep busy but there is still plenty of time to linger over a meal.
To stop and smell the roses.
To practice yoga and meditation.
A nice gig!

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Breakfast in Portland.

 

Grandmother Duty

Babysitting my baby granddaughter for a few weeks in Alabama, my Portland life seems far away.   Did I ever enjoy leisurely meals?
Like a fireman I jump out of bed each morning and get dressed.
Off to the kitchen to prepare my breakfast, lunch and a few snacks before her parents leave for the day. I eat on the go with this precious little girl.

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Breakfast in Alabama

Toast with almond butter, a smoothie, a hard boiled egg, some fruit and raw vegetables…I am set for the day. And of course coffee…lots of coffee!

Of course, everything has to be set way back on the counter to prevent Hank, the gigantic standard poodle, from noshing on my food!

Hold me!

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Just the cutest baby ever!

Mabel has trained me to hold her most of the day.

Otherwise, she cries pitifully. She’s clever, that one!

I walk with her on my hip, try to read, let the dogs out and go about the day with this adorable, wiggly, chubby baby latched to my side.

“Peace at any price” is my motto and holding her is a small price to pay for serenity.

We are coming to terms with each other. I can prop her on the couch for short periods while I sip my coffee. Great progress!

Will work for snuggles.

Her newest thing is to wrap her fat little arms around my neck and put her head on my shoulder.

My heart melts. My aching back feels better. I love being with this little angel.

Mabel will be seven months old this week.

During the first seven months of her life I have traveled three times to Alabama to enjoy her and care for her.

It’s hard to believe how fast she is growing up.

Happy Birthday Mabel!

 

 

Some Gave All

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Photo taken in Tuscumbia, Alabama    November 30, 2014

 

The American Revolution, The War of 1812,  The Mexican-American War, The Civil War, The Spanish-American War, The Moro Rebellion, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War, the Kosovo War,  the War in Afghanistan, The War in Iraq, the War on ISIL.

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