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Orchids

After going to an orchid show in Sacramento a couple of years ago, I’ve developed a soft spot for orchids. We have more than a few plants on our kitchen drainboard. I think maybe five of them are orchids.

Inspired by the orchid show, I repotted a few of them and “rescued”1 another from a local big box home supplies store. Now, two are reblooming2 with another on the way.

If only I could make the Christmas cactus happy, too. I wonder, if I spent even a portion of the time I did learning about orchids, I bet I could.

Do you have a favorite house plant?


  1. Okay, it was half price at the end of the season, but it was one step away from the dust bin. 
  2. Including the rescue. 

Jamison’s First Day of School 2014

Woo hoo! Today is Jamison’s first day of school as an upperclassman. It’s time for the traditional first day of school photo in front of the Japanese maple tree.1

We’re proud of Jamison and the awesome young man he’s growing up to be.

Here’s to a great school year!


  1. And maybe a nontraditional photo, as well… :-D 

Labor Day Kayaking

Labor Day afternoon, we kayaked the Willamette, embarking at Willamette Park. The river was lower than the last time.1 The northern dock wasn’t in the water until its end and we weren’t able to go between Hardtack and East islands. Instead, we crossed closer to the floating houses and went father around the islands before deciding to turn around. Along the way, we watched the other paddlers, the bicyclists on the river path, and the train. We heard those at Oaks Parks screaming as their rides swung around.2

I’m even more convinced than ever that I need my own kayak.


  1. And the sky was bluer. :-) 
  2. And were glad we were on kayaks. 

Biking Recap for August 2014

My August Bicycling Accomplishments

  • I biked all but four days in August, including biking every weekday to work.
  • I didn’t quite hit my monthly record, but 462 miles is within 9 miles of it. Close enough! ;-)
  • I hit 2,000 miles so far for the calendar year. At this rate, 3,000 miles for the calendar year should be quite doable.
  • I biked 3,647 miles in the past 12 months! Wow! Is that right? 4,052 – 407. I guess so. =:-o
  • I continued to take more pictures while on bike rides. Here are some of my favorites from August:

Mileage Summary

DistanceTime / Bike
462Biked in August1
2,130Biked in 20142
3,647Biked in the last 12 months
4,127Biked on Sage3

How is your 2014 so far on the bike?

Keep pedaling!


  1. 4,052 – 3,291 
  2. 4,052 – 1,922 
  3. 4,052 + 75 

Favorites From Art in the Pearl

This afternoon, we went downtown Portland for Art in the Pearl. So many different ways to make art! Here are a few of my favorite artists from the show:

I’m looking forward to visiting again next year.

Fall is Still Coming

I returned to the scene of the acorn snap from a couple of days ago and tried again. At least a couple of these acorns starred in both.

Weekend Snaps

I’ve been using Instagram a little more recently. I love it’s editor — simple yet effective enough. These are a few snaps from the past couple of days.

Fall is Coming…

Bicycling to work, I noticed more acorns on the path. I stopped to take a quick snap that I posted to Instagram. I figured that given a little more time, I could do better.

Are you as excited as I am for cool weather and hot drinks?

Lunchtime Diversion, Part I

I’m not entirely thrilled with this picture, but I do find the subject interesting.1 I think this can be done much better.2 Stay tuned… ;-)


  1. I’ve pondered it many mornings and noons. 
  2. Maybe I needed some more caffeine. ;-) 

Camille and Christian

This past weekend, we had the honor of attending the wedding of a long-time family friend. The setting was magnificent and the bride, jubilant.

Congratulations, Camille and Christian! Thank you for inviting us to share in your special day. We wish you all the best!

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