I’m definitely still having a hard time readjusting to “normal” life back home in NCW. But immersing myself in great friends, great weather, and great projects keeps me inspired and motivated to keep doing work that’s worthwhile. I’m brainstorming about some exciting big projects, but in the meantime check out my latest writing endeavors. You’ll find tips on green spring cleaning here and information about the best little writing conference in Washington here.
That’s Wenatchee’s motto (when it isn’t touting itself as the Apple Capital of the World or home of the world’s largest apple pie, that is).
Today met all of this criteria. We had a lovely visit with our Canadian friend, T, and his girlfriend, K. We took them on the Snow Lakes trail near Leavenworth. The river is gushing at the moment! Then we enjoyed some prime urban hiking and kitsch shopping in faux Bavaria before checking out the new brewery for lunch. All in all it has been a lovely way to spend a lazy rainy day.
My mother lovefest continues. Here are some virtual lilacs for you to enjoy throughout the seasons, Mom. They are the ones we passed near the canal. From here on out I’ll think of you every time I pass them. The sugar-coated air that drifts my way will substitute for your Chanel No. 5 wafting through the wind.
This has been a trying couple of weeks. In the grand scheme of things I know that these annoyances (bedbugs, spouse in ER, cat peeing, car rifled through, home improvement projects…) are pretty tame stressors (and for that I am lucky), but nonetheless it is stressful! Since most of us can’t do yoga 24/7 in order to keep ourselves sane we need to keep breathing, thinking good thoughts, and “going to our happy place.” This is one of my favorite places to go, in person or virtually. Where’s your happy place?
J and I were exhausted this weekend and thought we would “take it easy.” Apparently that meant endless house projects, cleaning, cooking, catching up on phone calls, organizing and EXERCISE. Today was supposed to be my rest day. We started with a five mile hike and later did a short four or five mile bike ride. Hmm… Will I be up for the Jail Yard circuit in the morning???
The hike was the first trip up Saddle Rock for the season. I love seeing how the trail changes at each time of year. Today I noticed the significant erosion damage that has occurred over the winter, the thick snowpack that still coats the mountains, the abundant fruit blossoms that are flowering around town, and of course I especially noted my favorite signs that spring are here–the hills are awash with golden balsamroot and periwinkle lupine.
Scant spotty snow on mountains
Sage Hills opens
Chairs lined up on Orondo Street
Apple Blossom royalty