The PHOTOGRAPHY Show First Friday

I am excited to be included in Splendorporium’s photography show. It opens on Friday and should be fun!

First Friday Opening Reception April 1, 7 – 9pm
Show dates: April 1 through April 29
3421 SE 21st Ave., Portland, OR


Journal pages

I am actually not that happy. No sun and rain make me that way. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I might have been when I did this journal page though.

I have about 20 different journal pages or drawings that are not done but 3/4 finished. I tried to take photos and since it’s dark out and rainy everyday they don’t turn out in focus. This summer I am thinking that I will have great photos and color and joy for months at a time!

Spring Equinox celebration

We celebrated Spring Equinox a little late but it’s still very appropriate. I often think sometimes waiting a bit later until seasonal cues in your area dictate celebrating is a better idea. It is always raining, well almost, at Spring Equinox and it doesn’t matter a week or two either way when we actually mark the occasion. ๐Ÿ™‚

Melody found out at 4 p.m. Friday that I had gotten Spring cookies to bake so we made those.

Melody woke up at 6:20 a.m. Sunday wanting to dye eggs. She then found her Ostara/Eostre basket.

At 11 a.m. we set things up and then looked at the 3-breasted cookie created by our circle sister. She found the image of this Italian goddess who had three breasts. Two of the breasts gave milk and the other gave wine. The three breasted woman of Frascati goes by many names: La Pupazza di Frascati, pupazza frascatana, and โ€œMiss Frascatiโ€. She is a traditional cookie made from honey, flour and water.ย  She is a local goddess of abundance.

We ate locally-harvested mushrooms, potatoes with my chives, bread, the cookie, cheese, broccoli and strawberries and raspberries.

A mosaic

Flowers and feathers

Not a lot of art happening from me lately. I finished the other little painting though and will list that on Etsy later. I don’t think I should list some of the bigger pieces on there because well they are big and heavy and I doubt they would sell. I could put the option of delivering if the person is local maybe.

It is Spring but we are not really getting much Spring weather. I picked daffodils with the girls and my Mom yesterday which was fun. I forgot, or didn’t know, that they actually smell kind of good. ๐Ÿ™‚ We planted some more seeds in a starter tray to put in the garage including tomatoes, melon and carnations. We need to get a head start on things in case we don’t have a good summer (hoping we do).

Oh and chicks we can’t forget them. We got two this year to sort of replace the two old hens that were killed by the raccoon this past year. I wanted to get Rhode Island Reds again but wanted to be able to tell them apart from the other two we already have. We got golden sexlink instead. We were really happy with the black sexlink we used to have named Glenda. She had a nice disposition and also laid eggs until she died of old age almost. ๐Ÿ™‚ Melody names them after her teachers so they are Mrs. Paulson and Mrs. Hill this time. For now we have them indoors but will move them out in the garage once they get a little bigger. They need to be handled growing up so we can easily scoop them up when needed instead of herding them like sheep. In the garden I managed to tackle several blackberry weed vines and now have to figure out what to do with them as we don’t do yard debris and instead compost.


This was taken with my new Nikon camera when I got it last September. It was the first outing we went on after I got it. Things aren’t dew-ish right now they are soggy and muddy. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ The weather is doing what it usually does although I have a lot of outdoor projects I need to work on. Included is a remodeling of the chicken coops, Melody’s raised flower bed and then weeding and transferring compost into the raised beds for this year. We started basil, mandrake and nasturtium indoors so far. All have come up but the mandrake which is fine since it’s tempermental and also takes awhile to germinate. The seeds may be too old but I am thinking they are ok still. I am planting tomato and melon seeds tomorrow to get those going. I am also doing not only a seed planting calendar for us this year but also a chore chart. So that the girls and David can help more I am going to come up with a list of things that need to be done outside for the week. Melody and Willow like to help with what they can and can do weeding and watering now which is good. They can also both pick things for me which is nice. I can’t wait for the strawberries. We used up the last of our summer fruit in a smoothie last week. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Hope things are starting to look like Spring where you are.

Cheese rolling

This weekend was the 5th Annual Cheese Rolling competition. How this came about was I read about an English tradition of rolling a wheel of cheese down the hill in Spring. The idea was to bring back the sun or turn the wheel really (as in wheel of the year). So the first year we rolled a small cheese down the hill and rolled after it at a nearby park. Then we got a little better organized and had a box to put the cheese in which is now sort of distressed looking because I painted it green without sandpapering the surface first. I put the morel and leek cheese inside. This year I got another Irish cheese to eat with it afterward as well. So we have a competition with four adults every year rolling down the hill. There are problems with technique, wearing of waterproof gear and still a need for an official trophy besides the cheese and bragging rights. This year it was raining pretty hard and we got soaked. Melody decided to roll after the fact so we redid it a bit for her and I just took photos. Willow stared at us the whole time and didn’t participate at all. She just looked at us like we were crazy. If you are my friend on Facebook I posted the YouTube video on there.