green acres

I will miss some things about the house we are leaving – the vast outdoor space, the remote quiet, the beautiful gardens.

Basil has already spotted a squirrel in our new yard, so he is quite happy.

The skies are just as blue at the new house, and the natural light more abundant!

We made many great memories here over the years, and we look forward to making new ones in our new home!

Happy Sunday.


ducks in the pool

This always makes me smile.

Even though we are both SO ready to move on and SO ready to find our perfect next home, I’m going to miss this place. We have such an awesome couple acres, great yard and garden, and in the winter when the pool is covered, the ducks come play in it!

This is the duck couple that is always on our property. He is very protective of her – it is so sweet. Notice how he is always facing whatever direction she is going, watching over her?

The mallards are always so brightly colored and pretty.

These two are almost as big as Basil.

Basil flips out when they are in the yard or in the stream just below the yard… he just wants to play too!

I know Basil will miss all the critters and wildlife we have here, especially the squirrels that taunt him from the trees and that he chases through the grass.

I will miss this duck couple – aren’t they cute?

Happy Friday!


Photography Friday

…or should it be Phonetic Photography Friday?

Is it still alliteration if it’s phonetic?

I don’t know, but I do know this post is for the birds.

I recently realized I like birds, both feathered and friends. and friends.

Okay, this is where the alliteration ends.

I had parakeets in high school – Floyd (who had a pink cage) and Clayton. Jason had a bird he named Derek Smalls on bass.

I also lived with Jericho the parrot in college, and I’ve been bitten by a goose!

My bird fascination is mainly photographical, I think. Capturing them is the challenge I like – they don’t generally sit still long.

These photos so far were all from our recent trip to Seattle – they liked to share our balcony.

The fascination goes back a ways, though.

Remember the birds on the roof, all over our yard and peeking into the skylight? Yikes.

and the sweet seagull at the shore.

And that HUGE bird in our area that I finally got a photo of:

Twice the size of Basil and… in our back yard.

My little Basil loves his sunshine. His second love is chasing birds through the yard. He usually goes for the smaller birds, though.

Do you like birds, or are you like many who have a fear of them? 


Portland… from above

We went out for dinner last night – such an amazing dinner.

The whole evening was great fun, and enhanced by the rooftop views of beautiful Portland.

This city has some interesting building tops and architecture. I love vintage buildings.

Birds eye view of The Pioneer Courthouse

and Portland’s Living Room, Pioneer Courthouse Square.

I must be proofing and writing too many recipes lately – I wanted to spell that Quart house each time.

Portlanders – any guesses where we were last night?



Remember The Birds?

Today we have visitors of a different kind. A family of little bandits.

They are kinda cute.

My first thought was Raccoons in daylight? They’re rabid! 

A quick google search eased my concern, telling me while that could be a reason, it’s not always the case. Many times a new raccoon mama is out searching for food for her babies, and that is what these are, cute little babies! The mama was rumbling around on the ground near the river, while her kits (I’m learning so much from google today!) played in the trees.

Meanwhile, all Basil wanted to do was come outside to play with them. I constantly have visions of him running too far and ending up in the river, so I took him on a walk instead. For all of our Basil Fans out there who have been asking for more of him, here you go! It was chilly this morning, so sweaters were needed.

Little cutie.

Do you ever see critters throughout your day?

If you have a dog, does it have clothes? 😀


Bird-Day Thursday

Things are getting crazy around here. I feel like Tippi.

Around 7 this morning, I heard knocking noises coming from the front rooms of the house. It took me a minute to figure out there were HUGE birds hopping across our roof.

Also? Peeking in our skylights:

Peeking, heh. They were pecking!

In addition to the dozen hopping around on the roof, there were even more in our side yard.

Look at them all!

I let Basil outside. A few crazed barks and they all flew away:


They’re back now. One is watching me through the skylight.