Saturday, October 25, 2014

Fireworks Flowers


















Dahlias from the final Saturday Spokane Farmers' Market.

GL, 10/25/2014. Prevail.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Saturday, October 4, 2014

From The Moth archives...and, today, I saw a limping turkey...

(While running through the Oak Tree Grove as Crazy Acorn Collecting Lady, I saw a raffle of turkeys...one who was limping...a first for me...today, I saw a limping turkey, where the boys and I counted trees.)

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Counting Trees

One of my favorite places to run through is a boulevard lined by four rows of huge red oak trees which drop their acorns in the fall…sounds of sizzling bacon. Recently, I stopped by on a low-key five miler and wondered about the trees who reside here. I have jogged here for years, never pausing to count them, and this seemed a good time as any.

You’d think that such a task would be easy, but I kept losing count…did I count that one? Oh yeah, I did but not the one behind it, diagonally to the left…or was it to the right? I simply could not keep them straight, so I decided to revisit during my lunch break.

From my car, I thought this should be a breeze. Nope. Still lost count and could NOT keep track of those counted and those among the not-yet numbered. Figuring that nearby homeowners would not appreciate my slathering the trees with bright red paint in an effort to stay organized, I decided I would return with more eyes.

So I recruited my boys on the way to a Tod Marshall poetry reading. I rolled down their car windows and gave clear instructions to each of them. To my nine-year-old I explained that he was to count only the trees that lined the left side curb and not to worry about the trees behind as we would catch them on our way back up. To my almost 12-year-old, I said, do the same thing, only on the right side. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised that they, too, became easily confused, because, after all, I as an adult was having difficulty. They kept messing each other up, so around again we went after I advised them that perhaps counting silently might be beneficial to the other and lead to a more accurate measuring. Then up the other side we went, counting the other two rows.

It was hysterical. I laughed until the tears were streaming down my cheeks. The boys’ facial expressions, responses, and questions just sent me into another peal of laughter.

“Um, Mom, why are we counting trees?” my nine-year-old asked.

“I’m not sure. I guess I am just curious about all these gorgeous trees,” I answered, thoughtfully rubbing my chin.

“If you don’t know why, then why do we HAVE TO count?” he persisted. “Hey, do we include the tree stumps?” (I still don’t have an answer for that one.)

My almost-12-year-old chimed in, “Curiosity makes people do the strangest of things!”

I couldn’t speak for almost 10 minutes, I was laughing so hard.

I finally have some numbers: between the multiple countings, my best guesstimate is somewhere in the 60’s. SWEET! (But please don’t quote me as mine was gloriously messy count. If you need precise numbers, perhaps you should just go count them yourself.)

I am now off to count the lilac bushes in Manito Park’s Lilac Gardens!

LL, 5/8/2009. Prevail.

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GL, 10/4/2014. Prevailing...

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Brain Flowers


















(Comb Flowers)

Thank you, Cindy, for the Perry Street Farmers' Market gifting

In honor of my dad, health nut like me, who died from a massive heart attack on August 30, 2014.

Prevailing...

GL, 9/11/2014. Prevailing...Brain Bleed survivor

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Montgomery, Alabama, Mental Health Interpreter Training Conference, interpreting team, 2014














I LOVE these people...they make me wickedly wicked happy...Montgomery, Alabama,my second home!)

(Thank you, Shannon Reese, for the picture!)

GL, 8/7/2014. Prevail.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Orange-red Sun


















Eerie light in smoky forest fires

GL, 7/18/2014. Prevail.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Oliver's cousins


















Black-Crowned Night-Herons

San Diego, 6/27/2014. Prevail.