Blogging as Therapy

I have kept a diary since I was a little girl.

One of my crushing moments was when my older brother found it and read it aloud to his friends. We were all kids. I was furious then.

Now I smile at the memory. How I wish I still had those diaries with their locks and keys and childhood scribbling!

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Simple Daily Gifts

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These are not mind-blowing gifts.

They don’t take a lot of time.  I know because I have timed them.

Yet, these  gifts ease me into each new day with a sense of purpose and calm.   Continue reading “Simple Daily Gifts”

Girlz Trip to the Beach

Road Trip

Two yoga buddies, we headed out to the beach in my friend’s adorable Mini Cooper.

Adorable is usually reserved for puppies, but don’t you agree that this is the cutest, most adorable car??

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Red Hills Market

Even though the beach is less than two hours away from Portland, we stopped in Dundee for lunch.

Taking our time.  We were like school girls playing hooky!

We had a tasty egg salad on arugula sandwich and coffee at the Red Hills Market.

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Pretty soon, after conversing about everything under the sun, we arrived in Lincoln City.

The Beach

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My friend and I stayed in her contemporary beach house near Lincoln City.

An open floor plan, two-story,glass windows in the living room and bedrooms with incredible views.

Sunshine and light everywhere with simple elegant furniture and striking artwork.

Even though this was an elegant custom home, I felt comfortable.

She and her late husband designed and built it just in time for their honeymoon.

I smiled at the picture of him carrying her over the threshold over twenty years ago.

Her husband’s life was cut short a few years after the completion of the house.

There were many other photos of family gatherings, meals by the lake and life outdoors.

I felt honored to spend time in this special place filled with memories.

Settling In

We opened a bottle of French red wine to sip while enjoying the view.

After relaxing and watching the water for awhile, we prepared dinner.

I should say Linda prepared dinner.  I did help stuff and fold the dumplings.

In my bedroom, I left the blinds on the windows open so that I could enjoy the early morning sun.

The two large windows on two adjoining sides of the room provided a watery panorama.

At first, I felt a bit seasick watching the water…no joke!

Because it is Oregon in the spring, it rained and rained.

I slept well.

Our last day on the Oregon coast.

An amazing sunrise over the water.

A warm, dry day after days of rain.

Young eagles in the tree outside.

Fresh coffee.  An omelet with Linda’s homemade sundried tomatoes.

A bit of lunch before heading back to Portland?

Let’s go to Bella Beach!

Cafe C’est la Vie

Penelope Cole, the owner, has created a magical French creperie in this tiny beach community.

I always make it a point to go for breakfast or lunch when I am in the area.

The food is always good and Penelope is gracious and charming.

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Cafe C’est La Vie speaks to my heart with its French books, memorabilia and French cuisine.

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I think Sylvia Beach would approve.  As would the grand dame of French cuisine.

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C’est la vie!  

C’est si bon!  

Cafe C’est la Vie, 8 Bella Beach Drive, Depot Beach, OR 97341

Cafe C’est la Vie, Bella Beach, Depot Bay, OR

Beauty 3.26.17

Just home from a brief stay at the Oregon Coast.

My mind is  reeling with the beauty I saw.

Beauty on the shoreline.

Beauty in the  parks.

Beauty everywhere in its purest, natural state.

Back at home, I am determined to enjoy the beauty in my world.   Continue reading “Beauty 3.26.17”

Walkin’ in Sunshine!

There is nothing more glorious in the Pacific Northwest than when the sun shows its face.

Rain, rain, rain and then a sunny day to end the weekend.

Walking, I encountered a festive air among people on the sidewalks and at sidewalk cafes. It was chilly but that did not stop sun deprived Oregonians from sitting outside sipping their lattes. Continue reading “Walkin’ in Sunshine!”

I Love Sleep!

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Brunch anyone?

This sign was in a restaurant in Whistler, B.C.  which was expecting a large tour group for breakfast.

I was glad to dine just with my friend rather than in a herd.  It’s all good!

Most days I have healthy breakfasts.

On some weekends, I splurge by enjoying a scrumptious breakfast with a mimosa. Or two.

Happy weekend!

 

We Can Do This!

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Sign on a car in Portland, Oregon January 2017

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”  The Golden Rule

“What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.”  Confucius

“My religion is very simple.  Kindness is my religion.”  Dalai Lama

“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”  Matthew 7:12

“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”  Philippians 2:4

God Bless America

God bless America, land that I love
Stand beside her and guide her
Through the night with the light from above

 

 

Cool water**

 

Yes, I know water is good for me.

And I do try to drink at least eight glasses or more daily.  But somehow, especially, in the cold weather, I am lucky to drink two glasses!

Then again, I inhale coffee all day long. So, it’s not that I don’t drink.   Just not water.

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Choices!

“We can make choices.  We can create options to maximize our inner peace and serenity, our health, and our sense of self-worth.”  Edward T. Creagan, M.D.  Mayo Clinic

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Quirky Portland

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Street scene in the Pearl District, NW Portland, Oregon

 

In Portland, we think of everything! Continue reading “Quirky Portland”