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50-52-2014: All that glitters…

50 52 2014 All That Glitters.....

December 14, 2014 – It’s been a busy December…who am I kidding, it’s been a busy year. I don’t ever remember Decembers being so busy, and I’m so far behind in a number of things. No gifts purchased, only some cards mailed away, more to do yet, but at least we did get some decorations up. Funny how it seems …

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49-52-2014: Mount Hood

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December 7, 2014 – I spent most of this past week down in Oregon at a conference. It was a hellish week of travel, but it had its bright spots…like this….flying between Mount St Helens and Mount Hood on a tiny little Cessna. It’s a common joke among our friends that we shouldn’t travel in the winter. More than one …

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48-52-2014: First Snow

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November 29, 2014 – It snowed Friday night, the first snow of the year. Hopefully not the last Nothing much to say about it, except that I love snowy, sunny, days. I love the crisp air and the blue sky. I grew up with that combination, but it’s not as common here where I live now. When we get snow …

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47-52-2014: Two, if by sea

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November 22, 2014 – Both Saturday and Sunday started off relatively crappy, but as the mornings wore on both days, the clouds blew on, the rains dried up, and the sun came out. When the wet season settles in, and that’s usually October to May, when the sun comes out you take advantage of it, you make sure you get …

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46-52-2014: Fallen

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November 16, 2014 – The weather has been cool, cold to some who live here, but since we are from colder climes originally, I’ll just call it cool. The cool air has brought sunny skies and changing colours. We’ve had it so warm for so long that the leaves are only just changing and falling finally. Kirk and I did …

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45-52-2014: Where’s Dinner?

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November 9, 2014 – Loki likes the new kitchen. He can sit there and beg for dinner and not get in trouble for it, because he’s on a stool rather than on the counter. Cats, they are such a pain at the same time I can’t imagine living without them. Today I was painting the powder room and when I …

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When tourism turns into narcissism

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There are a couple of commercials on tv lately that have resonated with me. You know, the ones where the people set up a campsite and take the obligatory selfie, then break it down and head home. The one where the couple races back to the tent after sneaking out to spend the night in the luxury hotel… I started …

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This is my home….

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I have always felt that I live in the most beautiful place on earth. I know I can’t really make that claim given that I haven’t been everywhere else in the world, but I still feel that I am pretty lucky, and terribly grateful, to have been born when and where I was, and to be able to call this …

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44-52-2014: Happy Halloween

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October 31, 2014 – Hard to believe we’ve been in our new place for one year now. On Halloween 2013 we got the keys to our dream home in a part of town we’d always loved and assumed we’d never be able to afford to live. Odd happenings, chances that worked out, a lot of diligence, and some hard work …

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