Friday, October 30, 2009

Saying goodbye to good friends is sad...

Coco the witch in her school Hallowe'en play! Eowyn was the ghost in this play 2 years ago!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Little PEPperS! Happy Hallowe'en!!

My first wild Chanterelle EVER! (And a little cluster of Angels' Wings for the girls!)

Today I found CHANTERELLE MUSHROOMS, on the Necklace Valley trail! about 30! in little
cloisters all around the forest! We had a delicious chanterelle,
butter and garlic stir fry for dinner. (the girls had angel wings stir
fry - the angel wings were also harvested in the woods on my hike!)

To find this lovely Chanterelle spot, take the Foss River Road just past the ranger station on hwy 2, past Skykomish. Turn right at each fork in the road - the trail is on the left, before the junction where Maloney Mountain is to the right in 5, and the end of the road to the left in 2. After the trail crosses a stunning waterfally stream, on a lovely log bridge, wander along a while and the first copse is down the hill on the right. Come to a hollow tree which the trail seems to go right into (and actually goes to the left, but getting inside the tree and looking up is fun, and kind of irrestistable!) Keep walking. Soon, on the right is a great big nurse log. Where the trail meanders of to the left, stop! The Chanterelles are all around, on both sides of the trail, delightfully hiding. Climb over the nurse log to find more.......

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Saturday, October 24, 2009

For Seren!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

i love my family. We are all sick. We tried to reengage life today, and all went to work/school, and are consequently exhausted. I'm listening to Sufjan Stevens (John and Johanna burned us 'Greeting from Michigan' the day we drove from their place in Chicago to Hell, Michigan, which we didn't find), who just sang 'I live in America'. It is so very strange to me that in 43 days I won't live in America any more. How can one live any where other than America? (Substitute the country you've been living in 9+ years and you'll know what I mean!) I am reading John Irving's 'Widow for a Year', and am utterly absorbed. These pics are from earlier in October, when we were healthy and the sun shone. We're having magnificent fall fogs now, and the horse chestnut tree in our back garden awakens me each morn, Lothlorien yellow!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Friday, October 16, 2009

Japanese Maples, Washington State Arboretum


Monday, October 12, 2009

Jones Creek Farm!

Icy cold rays o' sunshine!

Blue Lake, North Cascades

Ice stew!

mount baker hot springs


Sunday, October 11, 2009

This is the White family, (L-R) Brisa, Alise, Hannah, Jesse, Josh, Liberty, Sierra, Joe, Sophia and Jewel. I first met them in 2000 when I was on LOGOS II and came with Bens to Ady Acres. They have been good friends ever since, and Eowyn and Coco love playdates with the Whites. Their home is very fun and relaxed, and reminds me of my own childhood, with my 5 siblings.

Today, we Adys attending Joe's funeral service and interment. Each of Joe's siblings expressed their love and sadness and memories of Joe. I feel so sad for these dear ones, and wanted to honour them, and ask for you to pray for them. My heart feels very raw and exposed, feeling sad for the White children, and remembering Tom, Rachel, Seren, Sam and me at our brother Stephen's funeral.

Siblings are very special, and I am extremely thankful for mine. Love you, Tom, Rachel, Seren, Sam & Stephen!

Friday, October 02, 2009

Coco's School Principal is much less scary than mine was!!!!!!!

Coco's cross country run was on Sunday. Eowyn ran in the same event at the same location when she was in kindergarten. We all went, and at the starting line, Coco decided she didn't want to run. The monster mummy within wanted to force her to, but thankfully there's a kindly mummy inside me too, to just snuggle and delight in my Coco. This balance is a challenge, I must say!

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Beyond Alpental there lies...

Snow Lake!

Welcome to Winter!