Thursday, April 17, 2014

the canyon

american fork canyon

my sister had an early morning flight out of utah,
so after I dropped her off,
I headed south and eastward to the canyons...

american fork canyon

I drove up the american fork canyon
following the river rushing
down the mountain.

it was a cool morning,
even snowing a little
when I reached the mountain view.

american fork canyon

american fork canyon

the early morning light
was fabulous, so I stopped
here and there to capture bits of it.

american fork canyon

my second trip to the airport
was in a downpour,
then we flew into a snowstorm changing planes in denver.

the mountains were a feast for my florida coast eyes,
and the spring greens
and snow added to my delight.

american fork canyon

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

the wedding


it was a wedding in three parts....

the first was the ceremony
in the temple in American Fork
where we waited outside
for the newly married couple to emerge



after lots of hugs
and huge smiles and photos,
we gathered for a family luncheon
and the speeches...

her longtime friend
and maid of honor
gave a moving tribute to my niece
that brought tears to our eyes


after a brief time to rest
for the evening festivities...
we gathered for more photos


and then the party began...

the food table was filled with goodies for everyone,
I think we all went back for a second or third gelato (they were so good),
the cake was cut, and we all joined the happy couple on the dance floor.



it was all so lovely, but I think the
smiles on the couple's faces
captured it best

Monday, April 14, 2014

her shoes


what a whirlwind weekend....
two days of airports and unfamiliar airlines,
gorgeous spring weather and flowering trees in utah
a snowstorm and plane de-icing in denver
home in the early hours of monday

but it was so good to be there....
to see her joy,
to meet her man,
and to share the celebration with family
more soon!

Friday, April 11, 2014

flying west


flying west
over the rockies
craggy, rugged,
and majestic
always stunning

Thursday, April 10, 2014



nighttime came
before I picked up my camera.

the night walk
to find the day's image was a good antidote
to a very long work day.

tomorrow we travel
to our niece's utah wedding!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

before and after work

beach walk

beach walk

a morning beach walk with my sister
who is visiting this week.
the gale-force winds that brought
yesterday's rain were still blowing.
it was an exhilarating start to the day.

dining relief

dining relief

in the evening we gathered for dinner
at our favorite restaurant, the new Italian one
where they welcome us like family
and always find us a table.
it was the relief we all needed from a long and eventful day.

dining relief

my sister and I ended our dinner with
affogato al caffe (literally, in italian, drowned)
gelato drowned in espresso,
topped with amaretto cookies.
so fabulous! definitely to be repeated!


Tuesday, April 8, 2014



a day of sounds,
the wind,
the rain,
the wild waves on the shore

Monday, April 7, 2014

scenes of a monday

a monday

a slow beginning to the week,
leisurely breakfast with my sister on the patio

a monday

a meeting in the early afternoon,
then errands

a monday

at mom's for dinner,
my lovely sister cooked

a monday

Sunday, April 6, 2014

coming of age

july 1987::minnesota

today is my daughter's birthday.
each year, I am so very grateful
for the joy she brought into my life.

we usually think of "coming of age"
as an event in our teens or early twenties.
but, as I reflected this morning

while walking the beach,
I came of age, on this day
when I became her mom.

beach morning

dear M, may your years continue to be full
of what you love and inspire your creativity!
love, mom

beach morning

Saturday, April 5, 2014



it seems a bit thoughtless to write
about another perfectly beautiful
sunny warm day,

capped by an evening beach walk
after reading about another foot,
yes, a foot, of snow in St Paul.

ugh, winter be gone,
so my friends can come out of hibernation.
I am wishing you all warmth and sun.

ruddy turnstones
ruddy turnstones
ruddy turnstones

Friday, April 4, 2014

friday evening

dear readers....
thank you for your visits
and your kind words....

they delight me!

Thursday, April 3, 2014


no fuss!

reading Billy Collins in the morning
from his newest collection Aimless Love

excerpt from "Paris"

time to start concentrating on which way
I would turn after I had locked the front door,
what shop signs I would see,
what bridges I would lean on
to watch the broad river undulating
like a long-playing record under the needle of my eye.


my husband: I read so I can understand what I am thinking....


my mom reading to me from one of my brother's letters to her

I saw a flock of blackbirds and for some reason they made me think of dad....I hope you are well.


my mom reading from a little book I made of my favorite blog posts

mom: why am I reading this to you when you wrote it?

me: I like hearing your voice, reading my words

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

this and that


my days begin on our patio,
breakfast, then working in the shade
until the sun is overhead.

on the patio

E asked me to lunch today.
we walked across the street,
amazed that we are so close.

on the patio

this evening, as I lay with my eyes closed
after a long computer day,
E asked if I'd been to the beach today.

the answer being no,
he coaxed me there, where we sat
and watched the sun disappear,
a lovely young family at play,
a guy that caught and released a stingray,
and sailboats vanishing into the horizon.

life is good.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

light fantastic


Fools Day.

Despite the cruel joke of snow in Minnesota
again today, we had a most perfect weather day.

I chased the light from morning to evening.
And started my daily yoga practice to support my friend
who is participating in a yogathon for the month of April.


I started easy
with a composed rest on the beach
as the sun was sending the last of
its beautiful rays.

sailing through the light

Monday, March 31, 2014

monday morning

monday morning




Sunday, March 30, 2014



it was sunny and sunday.
couldn't ask for more.

and a new week begins....

Saturday, March 29, 2014



she has gone home, but
we had a beach walk,
a cappuccino, and
a fresh raspberry scone
before she boarded the plane northward.
(and before it started to rain here all day again)!


so it's back to just the three of us
in our little villa by the sea!