Just for You

This is for you and your beautiful smile.

I’m sitting here listening to Mozart, looking at the wonderful pictures of my neighborhood that I took this morning, and feeling like a million bucks.  I have a joyful heart and a peaceful spirit.

I went for a walk this and snapped this shot to share here.  This is pretty much what my entire neighborhood looks like right now, and it is the perfect reflection of how I feel in my happy heart and mind.  I am infinitely grateful at this moment…for my life, for the beauty that surrounds me, for the love that I receive from those that love me and for the insight that I receive from those that don’t.  It seems everything is another lesson if I view it the right way.

I am working on a very difficult assignment this week, one that I I’ve mentioned previously, about a competency evaluation for a death penalty case.  This is an assignment that has kept me awake at night, worried about the poor defendant who is, without a doubt, guilty, but who does not at all deserve the death penalty, because he did not know what he was doing when he committed the crime.  I don’t believe in the death penalty at all.  Therefore, I have to write my own bias statement into my evaluation.

I told someone what I was working on yesterday and he laughed and called me a “Pluto Scorpio,” claiming that I was into the dark side of life.  I laughed in return.  Nothing could be further from the truth, and he knows it.  This is just an assignment. I never plan to work in this area of psychology.  It’s just all a part of the program.  The picture at the top of this entry much better represents what I am “into” right now….and how I feel.  Happy.  Through and through.

Spring is so beautiful in Portland…even when it comes in March.  It is made even more beautiful by how fortunate I am, and by the gratitude that I feel for what I have.

Big, busy day ahead of me today.  I hope all of you have a good one.  Oh…and thank you to all my new subscribers and welcome.  There are now 705 of you  + 3500 followers.  I hope I don’t let you down.

Soft, Gentle and Beautiful Portland

I was talking on the phone this evening, with a friend who lives in a harsh climate, and I was trying to tell him what it is like here in Portland during the springtime.  I used the words “soft” and “gentle” and “loving” a “wonderland”…yet I still did not convey in words the wonders that I beheld on my walk today.  This is what happens when I attempt to tell people how beautiful it is here.  No one quite “gets it” because it is indescribably beautiful.  Portland DAZZLES!

Maybe these photos will give you some idea.   This is my neighborhood.

The first photo shows how it looks down the sidewalk in front of our house:

the hood













red tulips tulip and muscara

Contemplating an Arbor

I asked for an arbor for Christmas this year.  At least the promise of one.


When my son lived in Seattle, he built a beautiful pergola for his girlfriend, Rai.    A grape arbor on our side yard would be so lovely!   See?  I’m thinking of spring already!   I like this one, built of bamboo.  It would go so well with our Zen rock garden.  A wooden one would be nice, also, but I enjoy the portability of a lighter-weight bamboo one.

I don’t ask for much.  Do I?  🙂

Guess I’ll have to wait and see what Santa has to say about that.





UPDATE:  GUESS WHAT SANTA DID??!!!  (Will post pictures when it has been completed.  I love Santa!!)  🙂