The Pacific Northwest was our destination of choice for vacation this year.  We traveled the Oregon Coast and through the states of Washington and  Idaho.  During our drive from Oregon to Washington we went through Cascade Locks.  I saw the opportunity for the first image right as we entered the town.  I had to stop to capture this man’s essence.  He was so charming.  When I asked if I could photograph him he said “Sure, my name is…”  If only I could remember his name.  But I kid you not, it was something similar to Bobby Dean Jones that just totally fit him and his personality.

Selling CherriesSelling Cherries

For a more artistic spin on cherries, I spent a bit of time photographing the very delicious jewels I had in my kitchen.

Life is a Bowl of Cherries I

“Life is just a bowl of cherries, dont take it serious, its mysterious. Life is just a bowl of cherries, so live and laugh and laugh at love, love a laugh, laugh and love.” – Bob Fosse

Cherries are Mysterious

When I sound the fairy call, gather here in silent meeting,

Chin to knee on the orchard wall, cooled with dew and cherries eating.

Merry, merry, take a cherry, mine are sounder, mine are rounder,

Mine are sweeter for the eater, when the dews fall, and you’ll be fairies all.” – Emily Dickinson

A Lone Cherry

“If life is a bowl of cherries, then what am I doing in the pits?” – Erma Bombeck

Life is a Bowl of Cherries III

“Life is just a bowl of cherries.” – Proverb


Easter Egg Fun

Happy Easter!

I hope you have all had a joyous day celebrating Easter – the holiday, the gift of grace that it affords us through Christ’s resurection, and family.  We’ve had the joy of having family visiting and creating memories with the kids.  Yeah for grandparents!

Several years ago I found this recipe for decorating Easter eggs in a “Family Fun” magazine.  For creative and fun family activities check out:  For an easy, relatively mess-free Easter egg decorating activity see below.

Ingredients Needed: white vinegar, food coloring, quantity of hard boiled eggs you wish to color.

Have Grandma rinse the eggs with vinegar. Note: We do this activity in the kitchen sink to avoid mess/stains.

Have the kids take turns dribbling the food coloring onto eggs - you can use lines, drops, dots, patterns, or whatever design you wish to create. Just keep in mind the color spreads.

After applying the food coloring onto the eggs rinse them in cold water. Watch the colors fade to pretty Easter pastels. For more vibrant colors, leave the food coloring on the eggs for a longer amount of time. We usually rinse them soon after applying the food coloring, but every now and then, we leave the color on longer and have more vibrant colored eggs.

To dry - rest the eggs on the egg cartons.

Display the colorful eggs in Grandma's antique dish and use them for your Easter centerpiece or an "any place" decoration.