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Get Stuck, Shake It Off, and Move On Down The Road

Published July 28, 2019 by tindertender

My idea was to get out of the house early in the day, go for a drive, maybe find some music somewhere.

I got hung up on the darn google search and social media. At 2pm my roommate asked if I was still going out. Yes! I replied.

I made my way toward the mountain. I was just that way on Friday, so I cut over and went toward the clackamas river, and on up the hill toward the ranger station. As I crested the hill before descending and entering the rivers area, I snapped a view of the rolling hill tops.

Beautiful place, but the fire from several years ago left it’s ugly scar across much of the land.

I stopped along the river to catch a sight and took a short video and a few pics.

The stone stairs were pretty cool, and steep!

I turned around and headed back to town because a classical string band was going to be playing a free concert in the park! It was really a relaxing and peaceful experience.

I took a few video clips and merged them so you can have an idea of the sounds.

Here it is, evening. I am tempted to retire early and see what dreams may come.

May the coming days bring you abundant blessing. 🙏🏼❤️

Four Hours Later …

Published July 27, 2019 by tindertender

I drove and drove through a thick fir-y forest continuing through a sparse piney woods to a more full and lush piney woods. This place is on a lake in volcano country and there is no cell service and no television. It is way out there folks. Nearly thirty miles from the eastern edge of Bend.

I was fortunate to get the bed by the entry, where there was a slider on the door window. I kept it open and the cool breeze blew in off the lake all night. What a sweet experience! It helps to be with friends, too.

I am so impressed by people who embrace fully the deep woods, the land upon which all of our feet rest at one point in line or another. It is always difficult for me to leave spaces such as this. The peace just washed over me almost immediately upon arrival.

Personally, I had never been this far East in Oregon. I was amazed at the changes in landscape as we journeyed. This is definitely something I want to do more of. Seriously, four hours and it seemed like I entered another world. There are so many unique and beautiful places to see, in just a few hours drive any direction.

Twenty-five years is a long time to be married. I am so happy that two of the nicest people I’ve ever met have each other and the land they love so much. How different it would be to have no television or cell service for months at a time. I am already considering retiring early … haha.

Days That Clear The Head

Published July 14, 2019 by tindertender

After a furious stint of sewing yesterday my brain was having quite a time of it kicking back into ‘normal’ mode.

About noon I thought, “I have got to get out of this house! It doesn’t matter where I go, just … get … outside!”

I readied myself and hopped in the car. I felt as though I was on auto pilot, just steering and giving gas, and braking.

About 15 minutes into the drive I felt the fog begin to lift. The windows were down and the wind was whipping my hair around. The closer I got to the trees the sweeter the air became.

It really was heavenly. The forest looked healthy, the undergrowth looked clean. The air was fresh and the birds were singing. Surprisingly, I heard the buzz of insects flying around, quite unusual these days.

It never fails.

Whatever it is … whether it be anxiety, anger, depression, or just plain ol’ brain fog … spending time among the trees clears it up, usually replacing it with a smile. The forests are power houses of healing potential.

Here are the sounds of a healthy forest. Too often when I’m in the wilderness these days it is dead silent. My heart was quite filled by the flurry of life, the joyful sounds and movements.

I originally thought I would find a U-pick berry farm and then pluck some sweetness from the earth. After my beautiful leisure cruise, I was ready to come home. To my amazed and grateful surprise, there was a lady selling fruits and veggies alongside the road, quite rural on the journey yet. I stopped and filled my box. Looks like cucumber, onion, tomato salad for supper and a fruit covered short bread with home made ice cream for dessert. Mmmmm.

Now I wait. Veggies are stewing in some sauce. Pretty soon it’ll be scrump-delicious!

It is days like today that remind me of the importance of getting up out of my chair and out of the house. Without these times, life just gets muddled, one day running into the next … auto pilot.

Reigning In And Going ‘Small’

Published May 19, 2019 by tindertender

Yesterday I decided to drive to Hood River to pick strawberries. There was only one farm open for u-pick. When I arrived I was told there was a limit of four pints.

In a bit I’ll look for recipes, maybe make a strawberry pie and then jam from the remaining berries.

The drive through the Columbia River Gorge is always a pleasure. I thought of my step-father bringing my family here to finish our ‘raising’. He was a lot of things, and one thing I’m grateful to him for is the location he chose for us to live. The memories are something I will treasure, always.

I took the Historic Columbia River Highway on the way back to the city. What amazing scenery! I imagined what life must have been like before the area was so populated … before roads. What Peace these people must have had!

I stopped at the Woman’s Pavilion lookout and enjoyed a wonderful Wind Dance performed by Nature itself. I love my immediate area, and am quite happy with my choice to remain in it, rather than in the expansive world ‘out there’.

My Haven

UPDATE:

Just finished making my 100 mile, hand picked, strawberry pie. I LOVE this pie! 100 mile hand picked strawberry pie is the best!

I admit I used a pre-made crust, but what’s inside it was all me! 😊

Walk In The Park

Published March 4, 2018 by tindertender

Took my pups to the park early this morning. Saw some pretty amazing scenery, and it wasn’t too populated. The cooler weather and time of day most likely had a lot to do with that. These two own my heart.

As we walked along I wore a smile that I had no intention of trying to hide. As far as I could tell there was no one to see it anyway. We stopped a few times just to listen for awhile and really take in the view.

The patterns of the rocks in the paths we took were interesting to me. Some were quite large and others just pebbles, yet they were embedded in the hard earth just the same. There was a lot of water flowing, my hope is that it will do more good than harm to the forests this year. Weather modification programs are out of control.

Here’s a short video I took while walking along with these two love bunnies. It’s the simple things …

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