Thursday, May 20, 2010

Missing you

Me without you is like peanut butter with no jelly -- incomplete.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Let's Dance

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass,
it's learning to dance in the rain.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Under the Bridge Downtown

One of my favorite things to do on a beautiful sunny day in Portland is to take a walk by the river. Finding shadows that weren't there before because the sun wasn't there either. I've walked down by the river, under the bridges so many times now that I've started to look for things that aren't always there -- shadows, reflections, colors.

Here's what I saw yesterday morning on the way to work.

It always amazes me how the universe presents such beauty to those who seek it.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Garden Update - First Harvest

The garden is doing fabulously!! We were lucky enough to have our first fresh veggies last night for dinner. The lettuce, spinach, and spring mix has been growing like crazy and we happened to be low on greens so it seemed like the perfect time to dig into the garden.

Here's a picture from the day we put the garden in about a month ago.

Here's a picture of how it looked last night.

As you can see, everything is chugging right along. The greens are doing exceptionally well. We're hoping to replant that section a few times over the summer since they have such a short growth cycle.

Harvesting spinach...

Harvesting spring mix...

We've figured out that we have 6 heads each of spinach, romaine, and spring mix. If we harvest them 1 at a time, we could possibly make this round last for a couple of weeks and replace them with starts as we harvest.

The parsnips finally started to sprout, so now everything that we planted is coming up or out!

Hooray for the two days of sun we had this past weekend!

Fun in the Sun and Hello from Clancy

Reading after yard work...

With live music...

and a huge doggie shnozz.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Jason's Brain -- Insideout

I invite all of you to check out Jason's blog The Digital Fallout. He did a great post on the different perspectives of Freedom.

Also, check out the JaSar Podcast. Jason posted one of his radio shows called "There it is". The text that goes with the show is all original by Jason.

His brain never ceases to amaze me!!

Friday, May 07, 2010

Blue Jay Haiku

Blue Jay pulls apart
coconut basket hanging
swoops through neighborhood

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Proof of sun and a request from the chives

After having only TWO days in April with no rain, I thought I should document what the sun looks like! I even walked outside barefoot to take this picture!

Also, the chives have a request...

Dear Mother Nature,

We really appreciate the two days of sun and no rain that you provided last month. However, we have been stuck in mid-bloom for many weeks now and really need about 4 solid days of sun and temperatures over 60 to get finished.

Thank you, The Chives

Monday, May 03, 2010

Down on Our Own Shield

As you may or may not know, Jason and I are huge fans of Bob Dylan. As I mentioned in a previous post, we got married in our Bob Dylan t-shirts.

So when his son, Jakob Dylan, recently put out his second solo album, we had to give it a spin! We were a little wary it would be like his Wallflowers album (which wasn't bad, but it wasn't Dylan-esque either).

However, for "Women + Country" Jakob wrote all the songs and lyrics, T-Bone Burnett produced it, and Neko Case provides backup vocals = The.Perfect.Combination.

It seems like Jakob is falling into his father's footsteps. Just look at his album cover compared to Bob's "Nashville Skyline" album cover.

Spittin' image if I ever saw one!!!

"Nashville Skyline" by Bob Dylan (1969)

"Women + Country" has been on permanent repeat in our house since we bought it. The songs are simple but beautiful and touching. Jason immediately pulled out his guitar and started playing along. He does an awesome rendition of "Nothing but the Whole Wide World". My fave is "Down on Our Own Shield." I think Jakob does a great job of capturing our relentless struggle against the world and never giving in or giving up. Here are the lyrics:

Down on Our Own Shield
It's a struggle, it's a shame
It's all give and no take
Whatever, it is now, it's right up to our waist
It's a pity, it's a shame to see it all slip away
I've seen you worried babe, but never this way
We hold our ground, we don't kneel
If we go down we go
Down on our own shield

It's a river of tears
And we're in over our ears
In the dark it rides off with our better years
It's a bottomless well
It's a little overkill
It's the end of a dragon's tail
That's whipping round our heels
But we don't bow, we make no deals
If we go down we go
Down on our own shield

In this corner ladies and gentlemen
Weighing in, all along my love for her is strong
We scaled pillars to be here tonight
It's not the kind of trick you get to pull twice

It's an ambush girl
A cold-blooded low down dirty world
See them yellow lanterns walk
A circle around our bit of earth
It's a turn for the worse
It's off with their heads if they don't learn

We do this over their dead bodies
Before it's over mine or yours
We don't beg for mercy dear
If we go down we go
Down on our own shield

I suggest you go check it out!!