Weekend in Pictures

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Lovely hike around Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge in SE Portland. Not an easy place to get to by public transport from where we live so we Zipcar'd it :)

Lovely hike around Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge in SE Portland. Not an easy place to get to by public transport from where we live so we Zipcar‘d it :)

Dragonflies in abundance this summer...

Dragonflies in abundance this summer…

The husband & I are geeking out over the atlas we just bought! Yes there's that newfangled internet thing but this is great to physically touch not to mention have when you're in the mountains, etc.! We are contemplating a road trip in Spring 2015 through the Southeastern US, flying to the East Coast then driving through the whole region over a couple of weeks. Fun fun!

The husband & I are geeking out over the atlas we just bought! Yes there’s that newfangled internet thing but this is great to physically touch not to mention have when you’re in the mountains, etc.! We are planning a road trip in spring through the Southeast, flying to the East Coast then driving through the whole region over a couple of weeks. Fun!

Harvesting is getting amped up - cukes, basil, sweet peppers, more rhubarb, and our first tomatoes (including this Russian heirloom that's deliberately dark red with a green top - tastes OK but nothing exciting).

Harvesting is getting amped up – cukes, basil, sweet peppers, onions more rhubarb, and our first tomatoes (including this Russian heirloom that grows dark red with a green top – tastes OK but nothing exciting).

It's hard to really explain how crazy our pumpkins are getting. Six innocent seeds from last year's 'cinderella' pumpkin equals insanity (the bed they were planted in is at the bottom right corner). Fortunately we don't have a car so the driveway where all the vines are heading is a great place for the pumpkins to soak in the sun!

It’s hard to really explain how crazy our pumpkins are getting. Six innocent seeds from last year’s ‘cinderella’ pumpkin equals insanity (the bed they were planted in is at the bottom right corner). Fortunately we don’t have a car so the driveway where all the vines are heading is a great place for the pumpkins to soak in the sun! Oh yeah – and this is a banner sunflower year – those ones on the right that I planted are about 10-12′ now!

These are supposed to be small pumpkins. If this sucker continues to grow, by Halloween we're talking Charlie Brown Great Pumpkin!

These are supposed to be small pumpkins. If this sucker continues to grow, by Halloween we’re talking the Charlie Brown Great Pumpkin!

And yes, lots of canning this weekend - we biked downtown to get half a flat of organic blackberries (the ones found on our trip to Sauvie Island were unfortunately tasteless so we didn't pick any this year), so I made a nice batch of blackberry-rhubarb jam with the rhubarb from the garden, and along with it we have raspberry, blueberry-raspberry, and strawberry jam as well (the hubby likes toast to put it mildly). Also with the garden going crazy we have more sweet relish and peach salsa!

Lots of canning this weekend – we biked downtown to get half a flat of organic blackberries (the ones found on our trip to Sauvie Island were unfortunately tasteless so we didn’t pick any this year), so I made a nice batch of blackberry-rhubarb jam with the rhubarb from the garden, and along with it we have raspberry, blueberry-raspberry, and strawberry jam as well (the hubby likes toast to put it mildly). Also with the garden going crazy we have more sweet relish and peach salsa! Now staring down the green peppers, willing them to turn red so I can start roasting and marinating! We have had such an early season it’s got me impatient :)

Yay summer!

Yay for nature walks!!! (I swear I’m not as exasperated as I look!)

After a long talk with my fella, I've revamped my writing plan for what type of book I want to write first. While I still have something semiautobiographical in mind for the future, the first one is going to be based on my experiences professionally. Yay!

After a long talk with my fella, I’ve revamped my writing plan for what type of book I want to write first. While I still have something semiautobiographical in mind for the future, the first one is going to be based on my experiences professionally. I’ve decided to focus one full day per week on this to keep the focus and hopefully finish before year-end for self-publishing. Onward! (image source)

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2 thoughts on “Weekend in Pictures

  1. I always love seeing your garden and harvest! I’m positive that you have several green thumbs because your garden is always awesome! Looks like this year is no exception!

    I love maps … there’s just something about them. There’s so much information, too … like parks and green spaces … places that the Internet just doesn’t offer without a lot of digging. Your trip sounds wonderful and will be so much fun!

    Thanks as always for your weekend in pictures … love these glimpses into your life!

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