A few Spring quotes…

“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.”
― Pablo Neruda

“What a strange thing!
to be alive
beneath cherry blossoms.”
― Kobayashi Issa, Poems

“Spring is the time of plans and projects.”
― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

“The deep roots never doubt spring will come.”
― Marty Rubin

“When the groundhog casts his shadow
And the small birds sing
And the pussywillows happen
And the sun shines warm
And when the peepers peep
Then it is Spring”
― Margaret Wise Brown



Somewhere across the winter…

Somewhere across the winter world tonight
You will be hearing chimes that fill the air;
Christmas extends its all-enfolding light
Across the distance…something we can share.

You will be singing, just the same as I,
These familiar songs we know so well,
And you will see these same stars in your sky
And wish upon that brightest one that fell.

I shall remember you and trim my tree,
One shining star upon the topmost bough;
I will hang wreaths of faith that all may see —
Tonight I glimpse beyond the hear and now.

And all the time that we must be apart
I keep a candle in my heart.”
– Mary E. Linton, Candlelit Heart


grey clouds darken
mountain snow.”
– Michael P. Garofalo, Cuttings



Ish River

“Ish River”-

like breath.

like mist rising from the hillside.

Duwamish, Snohomish, Stillaguamish, Samish,
Skokomish, Skykomish . . . all the ish rivers.

I live in the Ish River country
between two mountain ranges
where many rivers run down to an inland sea.

– Robert Sund, March 29, 1979, Cloud House

Take It Outside

Join the new “green exercise movement.”  Move your workout outside and you’ll soak up the beauty and the benefits of being in nature.  Studies show that as little as 5 minutes of walking in a natural setting can increase your self-esteem, boost your mood, and slash high blood pressure.  Not only that, but new research says that people who are active outdoors exercise longer that those who work out inside only.  So lace up your shoes and head for the park or hit the trail.  Mother Nature will reward you.

~ taken from Prevention.com, May 2013

Well said.



Among the Pines…

One kind word can warm three winter months. ~Japanese Proverb

I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech-tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines.  ~Henry David Thoreau



Chihuly Garden and Glass

Chihuly Garden and Glass is an all-around must see!  Out of the various outings this holiday season, this was indeed my favorite.  Located at the Seattle Center (near the base of the Space Needle), Chihuly Garden and Glass is a gem whether rain or shine, day or night.  It showcases the inspiration and work of artist Dale Chihuly.

It is made up of an Exhibition Hall, Glasshouse, Theater, and a Garden.  The galleries showcased in the Exhibition Hall are the Northwest Room, Sealife Room, Glass Forest, Persian Ceiling,  Mille Fiori, Ikebana and Float Boat, Chandeliers, Macchia Forest, and Drawing Walls. The Glasshouse is the centerpiece of Chihuly Garden and Glass.  There is also a theater that presents short videos and the Gardens, which offers a lush landscape of art that depicts nature.  Visit  http://www.chihulygardenandglass.com/ to obtain more info on the various exhibits.

One thing I liked was that the museum provides plastic umbrella bags for use if you have just come in out of the rain.  Hint:  If you are a King County resident, have your ID ready and you’ll get $4 off the regular admission price.  They have a number of ticket package options available, including a ride to the Observation Deck of the Space Needle.  The Bookstore will tempt you with Chihuly coffee table books, glass ornaments, Pendleton blankets (especially designed for the Chihuly), and other fun gift items.  The Bookstore can be entered without admission to Chihuly Garden and Glass.

The Collections Cafe, located within the Exhibition Hall (come by anytime as the entrance is open to all that pass by), is complete with vibrant colors, vintage accordions hanging from the ceiling, vintage radios, a collection of bottle openers, and more (although I am not a fan of the carnival chalkware).  Each table has a glass enclosed center that showcases a different theme.  Each plate that passed our table looked especially delicious – they screamed fresh Northwest!  I will look forward to my next visit.

“I never met a color I didn’t like” – Dale Chihuly

“I love to find the beauty in everyday objects” – Dale Chihuly


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Encircled with cedar…

Cedar is like our mother.  Our whole lives were encircled with cedar.  – (Jerry) Dennis Jones, Tulalip Master Carver (1940  – 2003)

We are the salmon people.  We knew if we were to continue our heritage, we needed to find a way to bring the fish back.  –Terry Williams, Commissioner, Fisheries and Natural Resources, Tulalip Tribes

And the 2012 Taste of Tulalip highlights?

Small plates – 1) Chef David Buchanan – Dungeness Crab Towers (with roasted corn and apple bacon) 2) Chef Gerry Schultz – Smokey Risotto (smoked port belly, smokey bleu cheese, chanterelle mushrooms, roasted red peppers, sage and cippolini onions) 3) And it’s hard to resist a Seared Furikake Smoked  Scallop – Chef George Riedel

Wine – As far as the vast number of high quality wines available… some of my favorites included Five Star Cellars, Stephenson Cellars, Rasa Vineyards, JB Neufeld (all Washington State),Tenuta Dell Ornellaia (Northern Italian) – Wow!  And many more…

This event is one of the best of its kind.  Easily SOLD OUT, so plan ahead for November 2013!  Interested in a great night’s stay?  Stay at the Tulalip Resort – comfort at all turns…

http://www.tasteoftulalip.com/   http://www.tulalipresort.com/comfort/index.aspx