Saturday, February 25, 2017

Lots of Snow

"Send pictures", many of you have said both on FB and in emails. So here you are ~ the latest from our snowshoe this morning. As you can see it took a while getting to our trail but once there, it was a good hike.
Dean digging steps on the hill from the deck so we can get to a trail.
He was standing when I focused the shot. Ah well. 

Oso waiting "patiently" for me to put on my snowshoes. He never does understand why the family two-leggers take so long to get on the trail. All he has to do is walk out the back door. 

Me next to the chimney of the Swedish fireplace that we sometimes use on the deck in the summer. My guess is it stands 8 to 10 feet high. There's a Lot of snow out there!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A Little Light

Yesterday it snowed all day and once the sun was up (a phenomenon known only because the weather folks said it was), the light never changed. It stayed the same dull light all day while the snow came and came. My friend Dave Pierce helped me with the word I needed: it was disconcerting to look out and have nothing change, not the light, not the snow. 

It snowed all night and is still snowing this morning. However . . . a few minutes ago, the light changed. It got lighter. The snow is still falling, the wind is still blowing. And it is just a little lighter. That does so much for attitude and possibilities. We have turned off the dining room lights because just a little lighter made the room ok. Lighter becomes a wee bit of hope in the middle of a storm. There’s a sermon in there somewhere. 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Burt's Bees

As you know I live at altitude where the atmosphere is dry. That means dry skin, dry nasal passages and dry cuticles. The first two I have handled. The third drives me crazy as the skin around my nails cracks and hurts and I'm always having to put bandaids on them. Until about two months ago. Then Dean commented as he was anointing his hands with Burt's Bees Hand Salve after a day in the shop around saw dust, "maybe you should try this on your fingers."

I did and Hurray!! I put a little around my nails both morning and night and voila! the skin has quit cracking, my nails seem to be stronger, and I have reduced the use of band aids. This week I have even used it on an ice cut on my knuckle (the ice in our freezer is very sharp) and a small burn on the top of my hand from the fireplace. Both started healing immediately upon first application.

This is the only product of theirs I am presently using and I am sure if the others are as helpful as the hand salve, they are worth having around. I'm very pleased.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Shopping Spree

Well, it wasn't exactly a spree and we were in Reno over the weekend and when in Reno, one shops.

I have always loved my mugs for drinking tea. And once in a while, I miss a tea cup. I have my fancy china, I have my Christmas china. In my ordinary everyday ware, no cups. So I bought two cups and saucers in the plain white I use. Just two: one for me, one for any friend that happens to drop by for tea. I am very happy.

When we decided to give away all the old every day china, I gave it all away and that included my tea kettle. We gave them to grandson, Kyle, by the way. He needed dishes and they were his grandmother's so it all worked out.
Now we have a hot water on demand tap and it is wonderful. And I still add 30 more seconds in the microwave to my mug of tea. I had started using my tea kettle for my morning tea. So I wanted a new one. I thought I had one but had forgotten an induction cooktop takes only certain metals. I finally returned the first one, and found the perfect one for our kitchen at not much more cost. Once again I am very happy and enjoying my morning cuppa with water from the tea kettle. 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Today's Reality

Dear Friends ~ I am sharing this post because I think we need to know that this is happening, not to faceless masses but to friends, ordinary people going about their ordinary lives, and finding themselves trapped in the snare of our new President's paranoia. This. Is. Not. Normal.

Nazanin Zinouri feeling fed up at DXB - Dubai International Airport.Follow
I normally don't write long posts or any kind of political or religious comments.
I apologize in advance and I don't expect my friends to read this long long past!!
But today I just couldn't hold it any longer. Friday 1/20/17 started like any other normal day. I was excited about my trip to Tehran. After all I only get to visit them once a year. I was excited and anxious at the same time. I was worried about my little puppy but I couldn't wait to see my mom...
It was an uneventful trip. I made him home on Monday 1/22/17, after around 28 hours, exhausted but so so happy. We were all happy. I was going to eat lots of delicious Persian food and make tons of great memories and go back to my life in the US. But the happiness didn't last that long. On Wednesday, we started hearing rumors about new executive orders that will change immigration rules for some countries including Iran. Soon we started reading drafts like everyone else. I might be banned from going back?!?! No that can't be true. I'm not gonna let that ruin my trip. But then it got serious so fast. Before I knew it, it was actually happening. Even though I didn't want to leave my family, I quickly booked a ticket to get on the next flight back. Only a few hours after the order was signed, I got to the airport, got on a plane and made it to Dubai. After waiting in the line to get my documents checked and after 40 minutes of waiting, I was ready to board the plane to Washington, only to have officers ask me to live the boarding area. "For security reasons your boarding is denied."!!! Yes after almost 7 years of living the the United States, I got deported!!!
No one warned me when I was leaving, no one cared what will happen to my dog or my job or my life there. No one told me what I should do with my car that is still parked at the airport parking. Or what to do with my house and all my belongings.
They didn't say it with words but with their actions, that my life doesn't matter. Everything I worked for all these years doesn't matter.
I just had to say it...

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Last Week's Random Observations

~ Children are not political fodder. They must be off limits, they are not a partisan issue. They are children. 
~ peanut butter is good but not a perfect substitute when what you really want is a peanut butter cookie.
~ Little tiny snow flakes don’t look like much but when they fall continuously for 24 hours, they pile up.
~ I don’t like it when people on “my side” of the political spectrum are violent or ugly or say mean things. We are supposed to be above that. 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

What a Day!!!

I am So Proud of the women of the world! As close to home as my next-door neighbor and my daughter and granddaughter to as far away as London, literally millions of women and men marched in support of human rights. The pictures came into FaceBook first from Washington where I knew several people, and then from Boston, Atlanta, Seattle, Kings Beach and finally last night on my email, Ashland Oregon.

In Michelle’s words, “I had honestly expected that in our little town this ‘March’ would be a strolling gesture of a few dozen people.” But here they were, arriving at the Library in force. 

Once they had marched and Michelle and Trinity were ready to return home, there were still people making their way to the park. One of the signs she told about was one of my favorites. A man held a sign that said, “I’m with her.” Many arrows pointed all over the place so that it was clear he was with all women who marched and sang and raised their voices.

Granddaughter Trinity and her friend were handed a sign someone else had made and they carried it proudly for the whole march. 

Thank you, my sisters and brothers!! What a day for women, what a day for humanity, what a day for the world!!