Two Years Ago Today…

Two years ago today we first looked at our house. D had driven by a few days earlier and noticed it for sale, but thought it would be way out of our price range. On this morning two years ago, we drove past and stopped so I could grab a flyer. When we got back to the condo, I called my sister (a real estate agent) and she arranged for us to see it within the hour. It was a beautiful day, and the little pink dogwood was in bloom, just like it is in this photo I took this afternoon, and as soon as we came up the steep drive, we fell in love with the house and grounds. We knew it wouldn’t stay on the market for long at all and that we’d have to make the leap and buy it that day. And so we did.

We have never regretted it for a minute and love every second we spend here. – g

Vessels of Light

Today I made my annual trip to Skagit Valley for the Tulip Festival. The bloom had been so delayed by the cold spring that I thought I wouldn’t go this year. But at nearly the last minute (well, the last official day of the festival), I drove up to the valley early and arrived pretty much before anyone else. Usually I go three or four times a year but I knew this would be the only visit for this season.

Although tulips are not my favorite flower, or even my favorite flower to photograph, no other captures light and holds it so vividly, offering it gratefully back up to the sun. – g

Please Help to Save the Frogs

I love frogs. Always have. One of my family nicknames is Frog. The other is Toad, which I was given at a young age due to Mom’s love of The Wind in the Willows.

Frogs, and other amphibians, are facing extinction from a host of mostly man-made threats. Each of us can contribute to helping prevent the disappearance of these wonderful and vital creatures. For example, at Hillhaven, we have completely eliminated any chemical pesticides and herbicides. Yes, this means a bit more work weeding and so on, but so what?

Please read up on this very dire situation to understand it and see what you can do. Thank you. – g

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