Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Be a Ray of Light

Jeffrey Holland's counsel to Brigham Young University graduates is good counsel for all of us. 

“Go out there and be undaunted.... Go out there and light a candle. Be a ray of light. Be your best self and let your character shine. 

Cherish the gospel of Jesus Christ and live it. The world needs you, ... go forth to serve and strengthen.”  

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Mother's Day

Mom always wanted us to set our sights high - even when our focus was elsewhere

Mom - February 1956

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

My Father & Rhubarb

Rhubarb always reminds me of Dad. Don, our neighbor on Oak Street, frequently gave us rhubarb from his extensive gardens. Mom would prepare it with HUGE amounts of sugar. 

After Mom died, we discovered that rhubarb was something Dad really enjoyed. We cooked some up for him and then he learned how to prepare it himself. There weren't too many things he cooked "from scratch" in quantities for one person (His Navy and Scout experiences provided ample opportunities to cook for large numbers of people). After Dad died we found lots of rhubarb that he'd cooked and frozen in the basement freezer. 

I found the following in a note from a visit with Dad June 10, 2003, a few months after Mom's death. After tasting rhubarb I cooked for him, he said it was "just right. Sour enough to not quite take the enamel off your teeth!"

Dad had some definite opinions about food - what combinations were acceptable. Click here for his comment about a salad Mom's mother made for him (only one time). If I'm remembering correctly, Dad felt chocolate pudding didn't belong in a pie and neither did rhubarb. 

See another post about rhubarb here 

June 2003

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Path, Stairs, Handrail

We know life's journey has twists and turns
Sometimes we're even aware that stairs, steep stairs, are off in the distance
When the stairs are upon us they might be steep and difficult to climb
It's wise to look for handrails
Prayer, faith in Jesus Christ, family, friends, scriptures
So many people and things are within our reach
to help us in the difficult parts of the journey

 Heritage Park, Kirkland

Friday, May 4, 2018

Tulip Immersion - Part 3 of 3

It's OK to be different

a dandelion - its own kind of beautiful

For last year's pictures click here & other posts in early May 2017

Tulip Immersion - Part 2 of 3

RoozenGaarde ( is a division of Washington Bulb Company Inc., the largest flower bulb grower in North America with more than 1000 acres of tulip, daffodil, and iris fields located in the Skagit Valley. In addition to the vast fields of flowers, we also grow tulips and lilies year round in our 15 acres of greenhouses.

The company is owned by the Roozen family – tulip and bulb growers in Holland and the United States since the early 1700’s. RoozenGaarde has a beautiful 5 acre display garden (and gift shop) that is planted with over ¼ million bulbs and features an authentic Dutch Windmill! Each year we completely redesign and replant the display garden to provide for brand new floral sights and splendidly colorful scenes spring after spring. This year’s design will feature plenty of unique patterns, brilliant color combinations, and the always popular flowering rivers of deep blue muscari! Great photo opportunities abound. A 25 acre tulip field and 22 acre daffodil field sits next to the display garden. Check out our Facebook page for photos from the past and present.

Planted in the display garden are 90+ varieties of tulips and over 150 flower bulb varieties in total. Included are tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, crocus, muscari and other specialty flowers. (source)
Seattle Seahawks (see eye in upper middle of image)
I wasn't tall enough to get the entire head
Every year I look for the tulips planted in this sprawling tree


Thursday, May 3, 2018

Tulip Immersion - Part 1 of 3

Tulip time is a beautiful time in this neck of the woods. About an hour north of us RoozenGaarde has more than 1,000 acres of tulip, daffodil, and iris fields. RoozenGaarde is the largest flower bulb grower in North America. The five acre display garden is glorious with over 250,000 bulbs in bloom. It is spectacular!
 It's difficult to articulate the sight and feel of row after row after row of awesome color. 
 Different colors seem to give off different vibrations. 

My whole being feels reenergized after basking in all this beauty