Saturday, July 31, 2010


Even a light evening rain can produce a rainbow!

Mini Books

I created two small books with watercolor and Haiku, both as gifts to friends.

From Last Night

An evening star glows
in a pastel twilight sky
the planet, Venus.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Picnic by the River

Last night a friend and I had dinner in my mother's garden near the river.   I enjoy my mother's garden, but it is even more lovely when seen through another's eyes.

Guest Writer for A Year in Haiku

I am so pleased to have been asked to be a guest writer's on Grace's Blog: "My Year in Haiku."  I so enjoy her blog and her haiku.  I hope that you will visit it:

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

More Raspberries

I was out early to pick more raspberries.  They are so sweet to eat, and such a great contrast to the green leaves of the raspberry canes, you would think it would be easy to pick all the ripe ones.  They hide.  After I think I have gotten all the ripe one in a section, I look back and see more that I missed.

Popping raspberries
Juicy, red, plumb in my mouth
A summertime treat!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Garden raspberries

Raspberries ripen
Rush harvest / share with robins
Plumb, ruby, flavor.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

At the Cabin on South Fork

We spend most of our summer holidays at our cabin on the south fork of the Ogden river.  We have since childhood, when it was at my grandparents cabin.  My parents purchased our cabin in the same camp, when I was in my teens.

And, yes in Utah July 24th is a holiday.  It is Pioneer Day, when the people of Utah celebrate our statehood.

At our cabin, we tube on the river, talk with friends and family, play games, and just enjoy the summer.

On the South Fork

Floating the river
Stretched on an inner tube
Splash, gasp, chill ... rapids.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Felted Barrettes

Just wanted to share a few views of the fun barrettes I have created.

Summer Days & Thunderstorms

Long, hot summer day
then clouds - cumulonimbus
thunder, rain, downpour.

First Sunflowers of the Season

Sunday, I was surprised to see a lone sunflower in bloom, the first sunflower of the season. I think it seems early for sunflowers.

Yesterday, I noticed that they are now popping open everywhere. Can it really be that summer has moved by so fast?

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


While watering the flower beds in Layton. I was surrounded by damselflies, in fact a electric blue one landed on my arm twice.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Saturday, July 10, 2010

First Saturday Farmer's Market

Our first Saturday Farmer's/ Artist's Market was held this morning. Fresh peas, green beans, cherries, green onions, beet greens, visiting with artists and friends that I have not seen since the last Saturday Market last October.

Over Trapper's Loop

I am pet sitting in Layton. I came home this morning over Trapper's Loop, one of my favorite drives. My mother believes that I enjoy this drive as before I was born but very near my birth, my grandfather took her over Trapper's Loop to quicken my birth.

Pass at Trapper's Loop
hills undulating away
folds of green velvet

Monday, July 5, 2010

Chasing Dragonflies

My brother's house seems to attract dragonflies. As did my car's antenna.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Sweet Green Peas

I have enjoyed reading a year in Haiku. I have also enjoyed raising peas in my small garden. A haiku to share:

A handful of sweet
green peas from my own garden.
Yum! What a delight!

And a second written a while back while walking Mollie and thinking of the year in haiku blog.
Flashes of color
Whistles and trills of bird song
Riparian home.

Tanka - A Perfect Evening

Through the evergreens
sparks an orange-gold sunset
above dancing oaks
chimes played by a breeze
at my side a dog, Chula.

In a lovely wooded backyard a park bench is nestled under the oaks. I am house sitting a sweet dog named Chula.

View from Ogden's East Mountains

As for house sitting, I am in a house that is high up on Mountains east of Ogden. The view is fantastic. The dog is a bright-eye Australian Shepherd. Their yard is delightful. The front yard is filled with lovely flowers and the backyard is forested by oaks and evergreens.

Update Blog

I have been house sitting so have not taken the time to update.

On Wednesday, Mollie and I went to mow the lawn at the cabin. We were impressed with the amount of cotton collected in the grass.

It was fun to see that the thimble berries bushes were ready to bust intoblossoms, and to view the blossoms that were already out.