Of Winter’s sunset and fog

On a mid-January day, Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park was a great landing spot for views of Lake Washington, the Olympic Mountains, fog on the water and the beginning of a sunset worthy of viewing. The Puget Sound area was entertained by colorful skies and fog that continues to show itself.

In nature, everything has a job. The job of the fog is to beautify further the existing beauties! – Mehmet Murat ildan

As we close 2021…

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, good night.

“Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away.” – Marcus Aurelius

Winter Solstice

Today is December 21st, Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s the shortest day of the year.

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me lay an invincible summer.” -Albert Camus

Do you do anything differently? Go for a run, walk outside in the elements?

How are you celebrating? I’ll be watching the Seahawks vs Rams game but at the same time I’m acknowledging the change of seasons. If you want to create a new tradition to celebrate the change of this season, a few suggestions (thanks and credit to vivobarefoot):

• Make a solstice candle. Candle kits are widely available. You could go colourful, or add warming oils like clove or cinnamon.

• Create a winter mandala or collage – you might forage for materials on a winter walk.

• Make ornaments from paper and card – and ‘bless a tree’ – our ancestors gave thanks to the gods of old by leaving gifts in the forest (if you do this, make sure to use materials that won’t litter and don’t contain plastics – like glitter).

Or maybe you’ll find time just to take 5 minutes to pause and reflect on the turning of our amazing earth. 

The 1st Full Day of Spring

It’s the first full day of spring 2016. It’s a mix in the Pacific Northwest…rain, grey skies, and yet the the trees and flowers are budding and blooming.

Did you see that Easter next year will be on April 16th?   But, it is not the latest date on record. http://www.snopes.com/holidays/easter/easterdate.asp

A Spring Verse from http://www.almanac.com/content/first-day-spring-2016-vernal-equinox

One swallow does not make a spring.

Bluebirds are a sign of spring; warm weather and gentle south breezes they bring.

In spring, no one thinks of the snow that fell last year.

Don’t say that spring has come until you can put your foot on nine daisies.

Spring-time sweet!
The whole Earth smiles, thy coming to greet.

 

Priorities

The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule  your priorities. ~ Stephen Covey

Happy New Year 2016!

What are your priorities for this new year?  If something isn’t working, change it. Ask yourself, would it be better if I did it differently?

The real voyage of discovery…

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. ~ Marcel Proust

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.  ~ Albert Einstein

When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. ~ John Muir

Woodinville Whiskey Co.

Woodinville Whiskey Co., a craft distillery, is located in Woodinville, WA.  The decor is rustic and what I would call Pacific Northwest barrel style.  You will see the largest Pot Still on the West Coast working its magic.  The whiskey is good and it’s always a treat when you can also taste the barrel-aged honey and maple syrup (makes a great gift!).  Tasting on this day was from ‘The Microbarreled Collection’ – it’s aged to maturity in a 8-gallon handmade American oak barrel, with nearly 3 times the amount of wood in contact with whiskey compared to a standard barrel.

  • Mash Bill No. 9 Bourbon Whiskey
  • 100% Rye Whiskey
  • Peabody Jones Vodka

If you think yourself a connoisseur of bourbon, there is always something new to learn.  For example:

Bourbon Whiskey is American and must be made in the USA. The barrel must be new, charred oak.  It must be at least 51% corn. Rye, wheat and malted barley are typically other grains used.  It must be distilled no higher than 160 proof ensuring grain character. It must enter into a barrel no higher than 125 proof/62.5% ABV. It must go into the bottle no less than 80 proof/40% ABV. Also, no artificial coloring, flavoring, or additives are allowed. (Note: info here received from Woodinville Whiskey Co.)  Different traits make Single Malt Scotch Whiskey, Irish Whiskey and Canadian Whiskey what they are as well.

The tasting room is open daily from 11 am – 5 pm. The event space entices with hanging lights and a garage door that opens to a grassy space with a fire pit. Tours of the facility are on Saturdays and Sundays at 1 pm and 3 pm.  Note: my party of three ate next door at The Hollywood Tavern ~ try the Ancho Chile Tots or Fried Pickles.

http://www.woodinvillewhiskeyco.com/

“the light music of whisky falling into glasses made an agreeable interlude” ~ James Joyce

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Attitude

Happy New Year 2015!   Wishing you all the best.

Choice. Dignity. Love. Open. Acceptance. Strength. Opportunity. Progress. Compassion. Freedom.

Attitude… by Charles Swindoll

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.  Attitude to me, is more important than facts.  It is more important that the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do.  It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill.  It will make or break a company, a church, a home.  The remarkable thing is we have a choice every regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.  We cannot change our past, we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.  We cannot change the inevitable.  The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.  I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.  And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.

– taken from Lupus Foundation of America newsletter

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Snoqualmie Falls and Salish Lodge, WA – taken December 27, 2014 – a favorite of all places