Fruitful Endeavors

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Another gorgeous day! Well, it started off gloomy, dark and drizzly but after lunch turned warm and sunny. Now it’s all blue skies and fresh air.

Went to the local farmer’s market for fruit, primarily for props but once I’m done shooting, we get to eat them! I especially wanted to get more Rainier cherries, which are so divine and have such a short season. The grower I bought them from told me they would basically be over by next week.

As will the raspberries, sniff. I bought three pints which I’ve been reveling in all afternoon while shooting.

I came across a quote today which struck a chord – it speaks to me of summer and of our lives at Hillhaven, of working toward dreams that can come true, and endeavors that can come to fruition.

“I will learn what is obvious to a child… That each day should be spent finding beauty in flowers and poetry and talking to animals. That a day spent with dreaming and sunsets and refreshing breezes cannot be bettered.”

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Thank you, Chronically Vintage!

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Thanks so much to Jessica Cangiano at Chronically Vintage for featuring my photograph Lavender Harvest. See the post here. And check out the rest of Jessica’s blog for lots of fun and vintage finds.

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Farewell

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My Aunt Billie (Lesley) passed away this evening at age 96, my Mom’s cousin and last living relative.

She was like a sister to my Mom, having spent part of her adolescence living with my Mom and her parents. As an adult, she and her husband ran the radio service connecting the primitive areas of Idaho. Billie lived a full and fascinating life and was still feisty at 96. I remember talking to her some years ago and mentioned Mom felt herself slowing down at 77. Billie said, “Pffuh, I could kill a snake at 77″. I’m sure she could have, too.

We went to see her in Oregon in May and had a great visit over two days, for which we are very grateful.

I took this photo a few hours before we saw her for the last time.

Everyone’s time comes – no one is exempt. She kept going for almost 97 years and if anyone could have beat the system, it would have been her. Or my Dad.

Farewell, dear Billie. We love you and will miss you so. I hope your next journey is full of adventures and happiness.

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