Friday, December 31, 2010


We had a wild snowstorm that dumped a good amount of snow.  And now the temperatures are in the teens.  This helps make our walk a quick one, but there is always a few moments to enjoy the beauty of the season.

May the New Year bring you many good experiences!

Best wishes in 2011!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

My friend Nona and her briards

My friend Nona does excellent training in agility with her briards.

When she travels and is unable to take the briards, I dog sit with them.  We have been enjoying the holidays together.


Saturday, December 25, 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Dressing in the dark

The problem with dressing in the early morning on a dark winter day.  The problem with having the same shoe in different colors.

When some one notice my interesting style, I explained that I has a similar pair at home.
Lights of red, green, white
Twinkling in the evening snow
Festive holiday.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Winter Solstice

I missed the solar eclipse as our sky was overcast.  Happy Winter Solstice!  I am excited as now the days start getting longer.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Decorations

Mom created paper bag gingerbread men to decorate the stair rail. 

Zackery discovered that they are filled with wrapped candy.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Rain & Snow

Today's rain has turned yesterday's snow to ice.  Happy Skating!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

An Evening Phone Call from A Friend

I just finished chatting with a friend.  We shared a few new stories and a lot of laughs.  What a great way to spend the evening.  Thanks, friend!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Snow expected

We have had a few warm winter days.  Temperatures have been in the high 40's and the 50's.  Now forecaster's are saying that a storm is expected.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Artful Blogging

I have heard of Somerset Studio's magazine: Artful Blogging.  Last night, I picked it up a bookstore.  Wow!  What a beautiful publication.  And, I hope to visit the blogs that it is featuring.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Travels away from Ogden Canyon

With a friend, I took a couple of days away from the snow  to visit my niece and her husband- - - and had a couple of days of rain.  And yes, on the day we left the sun came out.

 On the Monterey pier, we watched jelly fish in the water.  Two large orange and pink jelly fishand a bunch of much small white ones.  Farther out in the bay, two sea otters played.

We visited a roadside market filled with vegetables and fruits.
It was interesting to see autumn leaves along with blooming flowers.  We enjoyed the flowers outside our motel room.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Doggy Bag

It is so cool.  All my bags are on display and for sale at the Carriage House Gallery at the Eccles Community Art Center.  We are having an evening of holidya shopping at the Gallery on Friday December 3rd from 6 to 9 p.m.  I hope that those of you that live locally stop by.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Blizzard November 2010

The blizzard that the weather forecaster's warned us about is ranging outside my window.  The drive home was slow and careful.  Mollie and I walked in the storm watching our footstep fill with snow.  Now, Mollie and I are snuggled up, warm under a blanket.  Dogs make wonderful companions on a snowy evening.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Change of Color

On CBS Sunday Morning News Magazine they showed the change of color in the Shenandoah Valley.  Beautiful changing leaves in yellows and golds.  This morning in Ogden Canyon, we had a change in color, too.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

First Snow

A layer of snow covers our lawn, the first of much more to come.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

A charming felted purse

I sewed flowers leaves and felt balls on to a felted bag.  Then added one of my felt charms.  This one is a bumble bee.  I think it is a fun addition.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Autumn School Memories

Underneath my feet
The crunch and shuffle of leaves
The walk home from school.

Winter Light

A rainbow halo
Rings a silver half-full moon
On a winter night.

Little Fear

Three deer feast on grass
Along a winding road way
Ignoring traffic.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Tiny Boxes

I received my latest copy of the magazine (November/December) "Cloth Paper Scissors"  Jane Lafazio's article "Tiny Boxes"  captured my imagination (pages 54 to 57).  I created two boxes from watercolor paper.  Decorated with mixed media watercolor and pen.  One box is an inch square, the other two inches square.  I finished them with a coating of Mod Podge.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Brightened Colors

A break in the rain just before sunset creates bright autumn color.  Many of these photos remind me of impressionistic art, as the digital camera shutter was open longer to capture the unique light.  With such a long shutter time it is hard to hold the camera still.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Rainy Morning

I watch falling rain
Create concentric circles
In the river's flow.

Friday, October 29, 2010


Our lives are filled with mileposts, large and small.  Birthdays, anniversaries, salary raises, first date, first kiss, graduation, and others; so many mileposts make up a life.  I have reached two small mileposts.  This is my 200th blog entry, and I have finished a journal.  I am ready to continue on with more blog entries, and I have a new crisp journal to fill.

Congratulations to all of you that have reached a milepost today!  Best wishes for continuing on your journey!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Evening Walk

Tonight on Mollie's and my evening walk we notice the neighbors home warm with light, while we walk through a cool blue dusk.

From a hillside home
The golden warmth of light glows
In contrast to dusk.

And after lunch I saw a garden filled with chrysanthemums on my way back to work.

Yellow, Purple, Red
Autumn Chrysanthemums
In Clumps of Bright Blooms.

River Reflections

River Reflections
Of Yellow Cottonwood Trees
And Red Dogwood Leaves.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Saturday, October 23, 2010

This morning's walk

October morning
Now only yellow leaves dance
Weather changes - rain ....

Sunday, October 17, 2010

More Autumn Color

A clump of yellow
Nestled by dark evergreen
Autumn aspen leaves.

Fossil imprint on Tintic Quartzite Boulder

The rock I sit on
Holds imprints of ripple marks
From an ancient sea.


"We're all unique, just never in the ways we imagine." - The Forgotten Garden  by Kate Morton, Washington Square Press, originally published in Australia by Allen & Unwin in 2008.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

A curve of petals
Gracefully reveals a bud...
The bloom of a rose.

Not Yet Frost!

A misting of dew
Glistens in the rising sun
On the fallen leaves.


A garden filled
with a fading abundance
Awaits the first frost.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


Mountain sumac leaves
Blaze in bright autumn color
Their final hurrah!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Rainbows - Beginning & End

I woke this morning to a much needed autumn rain.  The rain clouds defused the morning light creating a yellow-gold glow which highlighted the edges of the mountain cliffs.  The rain saturated the autumn colors- orange, red, yellow and green against the black trunks of maple trees.  The wet intensified the scent of autumn, the scent of damp earth, and ripening acorns.  Mollie and I enjoyed our walk through the rain and were gifted with the beauty of a morning rainbow.  It is lovely to have your day begin with the gift of a rainbow.

As the day continued, we experience a variety of weather, including rain, hail, thunder, sunshine, and cloud cover.

Then on our evening walk, just before sunset in the canyon, the sun broke though.  Looking up the canyon, Mollie and I viewed an evening rainbow.  What loveliness to have a day begin and end with the beauty of a rainbow.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Autumn Colors

Zackery & I create watercolor leaves and paper sculpture trees.  Zack likes red, black and blue leaves.  My leaves are yellow, green, orange, and brown.  Earlier in the week, I helped students create similar paper sculpture trees at a workshop at work.
Snapdragon petals
Move like lips looking for words
Then... out flies a bee.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Autumn Leaves

I worked on some watercolor leaf pins, as I keep getting compliments on the one that I wear.  I have taken them to the Carriage House Gallery at the Eccles Community Art Center.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Night View

Below the city
Lights sparkle like bight jewels
A home on a hill.


City lights - jewels
Topaz, ruby, and diamond
Scattered before me.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

In preparation for October

I have added my witches and the witch is in sign to my door.  I love my mother's pocket witches and isn't the pumpkin painting by Kris Wilson fun!
On October 1st I will pull out my fun T-shirts and vests with their Halloween themes.


Nature Expressions
Its unexpected beauty
Inspires writing.

First Day of Autumn 2010

Last day of summer
A brilliant double rainbow
Spans the canyon sky.

The path is littered
with green, yellow, orange, red ....
Autumn equinox.

An orange sun ball
Sets behind dark mountains
Paints the evening sky
In shades of blazing color
Orange, coral, lavender.

This morning:
A pale mourning sky,
A western golden full moon
Awaits the sunrise.