24 more hours

The sun was shining and warm for three straight days here!  It felt dreamily like Florida for a brief moment in the Pacific Northwest.  I went a little crazy with spring cleaning and washed every stitch of laundry, opened the windows and cleared the porch.

Munchkins helped me plant four little strawberry plants in a box on the porch.  I’m concerned that they wouldn’t last half a minute with the deer up here.  The garden is still in the planning stage, I’m debating where to put it.

Last year I attempted a garden without fencing to see how much the animals would leave for me.  They viewed it as an invitation to the salad bar, so we’ll be installing this lovely fencing I got for Mother’s Day last year.

It’s been a spring symphony with the trees here too.  The golden plums have turned from cotton to pale amber and the purple plums have joined with the apples to take their turns being snowy.

The deer painting I started long ago is now completed and I am working on a water background for her now.

Of course, she’s just a little thing in comparison to the art of Da Vinci.

A girlfriend of mine took her troupe with ours to see an exhibit at OMSI this week.  I absolutely adored his tiny book and wanted to run home and make one exactly like it immediately.

Instead, I wandered through the rest of the exhibit until I came to a little closet with mirrors all the way around the inside.  There was a pinhole by which I took this photo.  I reminds me of the art by Yayoi Kusama.

You have 24 more hours before I shut the doors on the “best birthday surprise” box and start drawing out the dreams…






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Treats and Projects

This is the last week for you to overcome your shyness about sharing your birthday dreams.  (You will receive a present if yours is memorable!)  I’ve put up a few treat photos to inspire you.

My “best birthday” would start with breakfast in downtown Portland at a bakery.  Do you have a special breakfast spot?


Secondly, I’ve finished the artwork I’m donating to raise money for building homes for families in Mexico.


I also have played around with beading on the stocking of the fairy.  It’s birthday planning time around here and I’m sleepy.  I’ll leave you with dreams of stockings like these…



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I love Easter

I really do.  I love that it’s symbolic of new life, I love the cheerful colors, and best of all, I love the whole “surprise” aspect.  I adore surprises. (Don’t forget to write to me about your best birthday dream here to find a surprise in your mailbox!)

I’m not crazy about plastic items.  I don’t like the thought that I’ve bought something that can contribute to a landfill at any point in time.  However, my Easter eggs are highly reusable, collectible (by me), and so darn cute!  I’m picky though. This year’s finds are a Hello Kitty head, carrot-top, a chick with wings, a pink striped one and of course, The Golden Egg.  Let me know if you find any particularly wonderful additions.  The munchkins had me read The Egg Tree to them tonight.  Another book

series that I like are the Daisy books.  The illustrations are so endearing and I loved the book that taught the munchkins that it really is important to listen to mum.  Of course, our Daisy duck has had her eyes loved off.  The munchkins have more empathy for blind stuffed animals

anyway.  It’s been raining, on and off this week, but between showers we’ve had simply gorgeous weather.  During the first sunny afternoon, the trees took their cue and began opening their blossoms.  It was as if we could see them opening right before our eyes.  All the plum and cherry trees in our neighborhood have bloomed out now.  It’s gorgeous.  They keep drawing me outside to peek at them, showing off like little girls in twirling white dresses.


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very best birthday

One of the munchkins announced that they’d had their very best birthday tonight.  I was a bit surprised, but then, they’d skipped school, played a board game with their daddy, had pancakes for dinner, a package arrived in the mail, and they finished off a new movie tonight.  I guess that would be a pretty big day for me too.

What’s your idea of a bestest birthday?  Send me your thoughts and if I pick it to post next week, you will get a “birthday” surprise from me…

The flowers are beginning, the rain is coming in torrents, and the grass is growing.  My sister told me that the cherry blossoms have started in Washington DC.  She thought she recalled mine being about three weeks later.  I think they may come sooner though as we’ve had a tiny warm spell.

A girlfriend of mine came and saw the “shack” in the back yard last weekend.  She declared that it was much larger than she’d imagined.

I guess my stating that it had been used as a doghouse had thrown her off.  I meant to say that it had been used by very large dogs after the children had outgrown it.

The birthday muchkin took a crooked picture of me by the “play house shack” this morning for you.  I hope this helps you to visualize it better.

Does it need curtains?  to be raised and have steps? Dream a little with me…


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