March 15, 2016

Dreams and a Vacation

It's been pouring down rain for what seems like a billion years, but there is always hope we'll see sunny skies and cherry blossoms again.  Can't stop dreaming now!

Speaking of dreams, Paris is now officially 6 months away, and my packing list is in progress!!!  Oh, there is so much to plan, and I'm relishing every moment.

It's time for a blog vacation, but I'll be checking in with you so I'm not completely out of touch. Hugs to you all. =)

Keep dreaming!

February 11, 2016


OK, one more spot of color to share.  A quick lunchtime walk at work and I was shocked to see every single rosemary bush along the way in bloom.  At home (in the highlands - you know, God's country!), we seem to be a few weeks behind.

February 10, 2016

...and Yellow

Oh, there is color returning!  I swear, we're all starved for spring.

February 9, 2016

A Blue (But Happy) Valentine's Week!

Valentine's Day is just around the corner but this is one girl who hardly cares for pink or red.  This year blue's the color.  Such a beautiful sky - we can't get enough of it!

February 8, 2016

Feeling Spring

After months of rain, it was finally clear and sunny...and in the Northwest, that means everyone and his brother headed outside, including us.  It was glorious!  Do you see this beech tree branch?  Those are BUDS.  Spring might just come!!

Hope. Springs. Eternal.

February 1, 2016

Seen On Satellite

Friends needed to look up our address...and Google Maps actually showed a street view with a wood pile in our front driveway.  Seriously??!! Knowing Sir Bradley, they were correct in their assumption they had located our house.

I'm hoping the sunshine will return and last of the wood will finally be split, stacked, and less visible to the world.  =)

January 20, 2016

Changing the World

I want to change the world.

There - I've said it!  It's a slow-burning, but steady desire that's been hidden away in the depths of my soul for so many years.  For whatever reason, I think it's time to figure this one out now.  Perhaps instead of "Extraordinary Living, Ordinary Life," what I'm seeking is "Extraordinary Life, Ordinary Living."  Let me know if any of you have figured something out along those lines!

Here is one inspiring story of a UK mom who is not only helping meet a physical need for tens of thousands of women but creating jobs as well.  Brilliant!  I can't say I want to be involved in a "nappie" program, but I am wowed by this woman's ingenuity and determination.

You HAVE to read about this mom.  She's amazing and deserves a prize.

January 19, 2016

Christmas Cactus

I have a friend who waters and smiles.

I, on the other hand, nurture, tend, water, fuss, fertilize, and prune.  And yet my thumb is the color of, well, a thumb.

But this week, after many years, my little Christmas cactus decided to burst out with color.  LOVE IT!  Woohoo!

January 8, 2016

Snow Dog

It was a fabulous hike in the woods with Elsie and Sir Bradley.  Everything looks so different with each season.

This is the hurry-up-I'm-waiting-for-you look!

January 5, 2016

Resolutions, Anyone?

So did any of you make New Year's resolutions?  Please share!

Personally, I adore resolutions.  Thinking through them purposefully and writing them down multiplies my will power and focus by about a kazillion times.  And now that my heart is strong there are so many new possibilities to consider!

Daily resolutions...
1.  Move.
2.  Eat well.
3.  Limit sugar.
4.  Give thanks.

And for the year...
5.  Dream big.  
6.  Hike Dog Mountain.
7.  Fly to France.

January 4, 2016

Little Hummer

It was a dreamy, wintery white Sunday, followed by freezing rain...preventing many of us from working today.  And so it has been a delightful morning at home.

Headed out with my camera to capture the scenes, I spied a little hummer. He patiently waited for me to move on so he could fly up to the feeder.  He was the dearest little thing!

December 31, 2015

Happy New Year's Eve!


The chaos of the holidays AND work is nothing short of insanity.  Hmmmm...I think there are books written about that.  Perhaps I should read one of them!?!

But tonight is something altogether different, an annual event not to be missed.  An evening with dear friends, eating, playing games, laughing, and laying on the couch (that would be me) is all good for the soul.  Sir Bradley has the honor of cleaning and prepping, so I'm free and clear!  Woohoo!

To all my blogging friends, enjoy tonight and stay safe and warm. 2016 promises to be a fine year!

December 21, 2015

Preserved Lemons

What a brilliant idea...preserved lemons!  Apparently they taste unbelievably wonderful in Moroccan food.  Which I don't cook.  But I know several who might be willing to try, and perhaps they will let me taste test??

It is really quite easy...salt, lemons, more salt, more salt, and some added lemon juice.  Just don't believe those Moroccan women when they tell you to quarter the lemons so they flower out. Cut them all the way, because they DO NOT fit in the jar like they do in those fancy internet pictures no matter how hard you pry and maneuver them.  There is no kitchen tool to make it work, and trust me, I tried all of them.

This Christmas, the wedge method rules!  

December 18, 2015

International Symposium - In the Sun!

The 26th ALS/MND Symposium was an incredible experience, learning and sharing together with researchers and practitioners from all over the world to try and solve the mysteries of ALS and other neurological diseases.  

As I shared with my friends on Facebook, after sitting through "Characterization of C9orf72 expression in pathological cohort uncovers new clinical associations with specific C9orf72 transcripts,"  a little pool therapy was in order!!  Nothing like a little sunshine to set things straight.

It was just a LITTLE weird to hear "White Christmas" streaming through the speakers...

December 16, 2015

The Circle of Life

It was a hard day going into work to learn a favorite patient passed away.  Because we are human, after all, it is sometimes hard for us to separate our emotions from our work, and patients squeeze their way into our hearts.  Today we lost a great man who will not be forgotten.  A newer team member called me and sobbed, asking me over and over how we do it, how we face death so much, especially with people we know and care about.  I did not have easy answers for her.

And just now I learned of a dear family member who is at the end of life, ready to go any day.

My heart is heavy and yet so thankful for these two who have allowed me to walk the journey with them. Christmas will be a quieter celebration this year, but still a celebration - as they both would have wanted.

December 8, 2015

Monday's Commute

Normally a day of rainstorms, flooding, detours, and a lengthy commute wouldn't belong on this's hard to come up with anything extraordinarily wonderful about being parked on the freeway!  (DO YOU SEE THAT SPEEDOMETER?) But my car time became a mental exercise in mindfulness.

I was thankful for a car with no leaks - no duct tape anywhere, and good tires.  And it's paid for - how good is that?! And Rain-X.  Love the stuff.

And I shot up a million prayers for friends who are struggling with kids, cancer, financial issues, life... my commute issues suddenly became smaller.  Funny how a little gratitude can change things!

December 7, 2015

New Neighbors

After many years, the house on the corner sold.  It looks like a nice family with young kids moved in. Treats are ready for delivery if I can catch them at home!