Sunday, August 4, 2013


I love to go to Seattle. The weather there is so invigorating to me as I am not very heat tolerant. We went on several neighborhood walks during my visit. One of them was on the waterfront in Wallingford. This was a view of downtown from that walk.

I have a little fascination with houseboats. The thought of living very simply in a small space appeals to me very much. Maybe it's because of all of my current responsibilities with two houses and all.
I've always loved red dwellings. They make me smile.
We did a lovely activity this week that was called "A sense of Place." We were to write descriptors while thinking of a very special place we felt we belonged to. I grew up in San Diego near the ocean, so that's what I wrote about (more about that in another post.) Anyway. . . on our walk I saw this pampus grass. I remember in our home in La Mesa (suburb of SD) that we had this grass growing behind our house where there was a canyon. It made me think of La Mesa.
I haven't been back for decades.
Another favorite: Craftsman style architecture

The porch of the house where I stayed. I spent several house leisurely reading my current fun book. . . "Wild" . . . about a young woman who hikes the Pacific Coast Trail by herself, with no previous hiking experience.
I shared my time with two Mexican Hairless dogs. One named Pixel (because he is black with speckles of pink) and one named Zaden (a video game character???). I call them my rubber dogs because that's what they feel like when you pet them. I regret not getting their pictures.
Another view. Pretty.
Quite a grand house.
Raccoon Statue in the backyard.
 Thank you to my hosts, whom I do not know because my friend was housesitting.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Woodland Park Zoo

I'm posting some zoo pictures today of the week I've had. A lot of the pictures I took are "behind the scenes," which I am not allowed to post. So I am putting up public area pictures along with my giraffe feeding today. After this picture, the giraffe did something like a sneeze and slimed the entire front of me. Not many people can say they've been slimed by a giraffe!

This is the giraffe that's not pregnant.
The expecting giraffe's name is "Olivia" and she is due any day!
I also had the pleasure of seeing the baby jaguars, but the glass makes photographing them difficult as there is a great deal of reflection.
You can see both the people and the cats here.
 The pictures are not great because this was the one day (of course) that I forgot my camera.
Playful Zebra.
Barn Owl.
Spectacle Owl.
Grey Wolf. These wolves can actually be several different colors. They used to range over most of the US, but now are only in the northern most latitudes of the states and in Canada. Their reappearance has been extremely controversial in Washington State.
One of the lion cubs. Sleeping. Of course. . . it's a cat after all.
Momma Lioness.  (Nayla) 7 years old.

It's been a wonderful week at the zoo. My class was "Engaging Communities in Conservation" and I have learned a great deal! We were blessed to have a small class, so we got to know one another so much better than some of the other classes we've had. It's so amazing doing work that I love so much!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Seattle Musings

I know many of you want to see zoo pictures, but I will be posting some pictures from my wonderings around Seattle first. I am staying with my friend, who is house sitting near the zoo. We are able to walk the neighborhood and see things like front yard veggie gardens and community free library boxes that look like little birdhouses! Here's some of my favorites:

I'm a little obsessed with lichen. I think it's so beautiful!
Community Lending Library. Such a great thing to do. . . I want to do one of these!
Tomatillos always remind me of Japanese lanterns. :)
This is an artichoke that has gone to flower. It looks like I'm not the only one enjoying it!
On my walk from the zoo to the house, I passed this building. Of course I had to take a picture!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013


I thought I would add some pictures today from our camping trip. These were flowers I was particulary drawn to.

I love these little flowers. I don't know what they are, but they always remind me of tiny Chinese lanterns.
Flowers at Soap Lake.

I've always loved sunflowers. Every year I tell myself I will plant them, but I haven't yet.

I love the colors in this Oregon Grape. I might have to watercolor these!

Kevin and I had white daisys and pink roses at our wedding. Any time I see anything remotely like a daisy, it makes me smile and remember that day (almost 30 years ago now!)

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Washington Park

Kevin and I were able to get away camping last week. This was one of our favorite views. It was taken from the south bluff of Washington Park.
These were some catipillers that had a giant webbing on a rose bush. I saw them a few times. They aren't making cacoons ~ so does anyone know about this species?

A watercolor entry in my journal about the Columbia River Gorge.
The Swinomish Reservation where we camped on the Puget Sound. Stunning.
All in all we had a wonderful time together!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Family Visit

My brothers came to visit for mom's 86th birthday.
My friend Barry took pictures of the family,
then we went to Dockside for dinner (Couer D' Alene Resort).
Below are some pictures from Manito Greenhouse...


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Gone Away

It's been 20 months since my last confession blog entry. Dad passed away February 9, 2012 and the months before his death were filled with caretaking: the months since filled with sorrow ~ and figuring out a new normal without my dad.

When reflecting on my dad, I think of the things he taught me:
He taught me how to ride a bike. . .
     how to sew. . .
          how to swim. . .
But most of all, he taught me how to love learning. For that I am eternally grateful.
Miss you dad.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

More Zoo Pictures

Poor tired bear. Don't you feel sorry for him?

This beautiful African Elepant is an elderly female whose left tusk just fell out one day. The keepers say she has not suffered any ill effects and they have no explanation for the loss.

Colobus Monkey

How are Flamingos like Whales? Both flamingos and baleen whales are filter feeders. Flamingos use their tongue to pump water into their math, then squirt it out past rows of spines and ridges. This filter traps the food inside their bill.

This flamingo was building her mud nest to prepare to lay her eggs. It's a very laborious process!

Beautiful Jaguar.

It was such a great week at the zoo and I look forward to returning soon!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Moonlight Paddle

Kevin and I decided we needed to break our date night routine of the bookstore and decided we would wait for a full moon to go for a special lake paddle date. Tonight was the full moon: Lake Williams past Turnbull Wildlife Refuge.

and just at sunset. . . stunning.