Archive for January 2015

Lapis Lazuli

Such a pretty stone with a pretty name. Assortment of favorite items in the bead box came together when Todd found me this wooden triskele and thought I’d love it.



Tidying Up

We were blessed with warm sunshine past few days and I took the time yesterday to finally tidy up the garden. …Something I should have done at end of summer no doubt, but better late than never! Back to the usual foggy and chilly mornings today.


Little patches of moss are growing everywhere.


Lake Adventure

We wanted to go to the beach but the weather was ambiguous so we settled for an excursion to the lake closer by.


During winter, the water gets drained a bit so we can explore the muddy land that is at other times submerged.


What is this seed/pod/fruit thing?


The water really is really quite green.


We were here at this picnic area short while ago, it’s a lot less creepy looking in proper daylight.


Cinnamon Roll

I’ve always said, this town has everything I wish for in a town and more despite it’s small-ness. Several nice cafes, coffee roaster, bubble tea, yarn shop, thrift shop, sushi, Thai cuisine, local pizza & Chinese restaurant that delivers…all in walking distance. But it was suspiciously missing one thing — a real bakery! Well, no more. New bakery opened up so naturally we went. Absolutely delicious ginormous cinnamon roll with a homemade-charm and amazing frosting. So happy. We also got sour dough bread, I didn’t even get a bite, but Immi said it was the best ever (that’s a huge compliment, she’s a sour dough snob).


Magic Hour

Just an ordinary sort of picnic table — I happen to be here exactly when the sun light turned golden and enchanted this little grove.


We’ve been sick with a flu this passed week, finally starting to feel better.  I wouldn’t mind winter months if it weren’t for the continuous stream of illness kids bring home from school, which most definitely sucks.


A Little Pond and an Orchard

As we drove passed this little pond near our home, it suddenly occurred to me that in about 10 months or so of living here, I have not once felt that Portland was too inconveniently far away. When I was a teenager, I honestly thought I was a city-person — how wrong I was! …And how so long it took me to realize that.



How cute is this little orchard?


Creating as Meditation

I would have to say, most effective stress-relief activity for me is beading. With beads, I like to make things that inspire quiet because reality of life definitely lacks in that department.


This one here is made with sandalwood beads (accented with few vintage jade beads) and smells amazing! Sandalwood is the most heavenly scent in the whole world, maybe only second to coffee.

owlsandalwoodThat said, while I was taking these photos, Oskar the cat found a feather out of my treasure/photo-prop train-case, chewed it up, and when I looked his way (because I heard cat-barfing sound), he ran away stepping on and tearing antique book pages (which I use for background texture for photographing little things sometimes) in the process. Waahhhh. So much for quiet time.


Fog, Mist, Rain

Fog, mist and sprinkling of rain pretty much sums up the weather everyday these days. But beneath the whiteness, the greens remain surprisingly vibrant during winter days.



New Year 2015

Happy New Year!! First bread of the year turned out handsome, if I dare say so myself — I choose to think this is an auspicious sign for the year!


….And Immi learned to crochet. She learned it quickly too — good for her! Right now she is making a scarf. But I know Immi, she’ll make several scarfs (or some such thing) and then one day she’ll have a ginormous and ingenious idea and make it happen. Anyhow I’m excited, if there’s two of us that enjoy crafting with yarn, surely it justifies stash expansion expedition.