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Friday, October 4, 2013

WALKING MY DOG SAL




CHINESE LANTERNS ADD FALL COLOR IN MY COMPLEX

I sit here in the dark of the morning listening for the crows and ravens to begin their noisy flights between the conifers outside my window. The ravens in particular interest me with their thick beaks and grand stature.

The complex where I now live, called the Meadows, is slowly waking up to this Friday morn. Everyone with their own personal agenda. I have found that this small complex contains an ethnic mix that results in several different languages being spoken. I hear them off in the distance as I begin my walk with my dog Sal on this overcast morning. But as I pass them we seem to have one language in common -- a smile.

I contemplate my day as I walk back to my apartment. I know that if I watch the news on my computer this morning I will again witness the mess in Washington. Here in this little place where I now live, far from Washington, with people of different languages, we all seem to get along with just a smile or two.

Is my thinking simplistic? Probably. But come on -- lets get the show on the road in our government -- you know a few smiles would not hurt anyone and might even get the ball rolling again.







16 comments:

  1. Glad to hear you are acclimating to your new routine and setting. The show in Washington really does need to get it together.

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  2. Michelle -- Right now as I write the skies are sunny and blue. It has mostly rainy since I got here. Time now to get out and take some photos. thanks for the comment -- barbara

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  3. And don't forget. Portland is right over the bridge!
    Looking east: Have you been to the Maryhill Museum?

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    1. Hattie -- no I have not been to the museum that you mention. I looked up where it was located and I figure its about 2 hours from me. I have been to the Seattle museum and was very impressed with their Northwest Coast natives display. Yes I plan to be visiting Portland within the next couple weeks. Not for fun but to visit a knee doc. Will eventually get to the fun part of Portland. thanks for stopping -- barbara

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  4. If it is simplisitic, then hurray for simplistic. Your healthy view of the world does seem so far away from that other...I knew that you would find inspiration in your new home...A lot of happiness & appreciation of beauty comes from within us, no?

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    1. Rita -- I find that beauty can be found in many forms, don't you. Today I saw several orb spider webs between iron posts of a nice iron fence here in my complex. All lined up as if they were in an outdoor gallery. I guess nature can find you wherever you land. -- thanks -- barbara

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  5. I have a few Chinese lanterns, next year I am going to plant many more and keep the bugs away.

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    1. Tabor -- How wonderful that you raise your own Chinese Lanterns. I have always been an admirer of them -- such form and color! -- thanks -- barbara

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  6. Not simplistic at all! A child in kindergarten understands this.

    I just bought some Chinese lanterns. They are so bright and pretty!

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    1. Birdie -- I know your'll enjoy those lanterns. They really brighten a persons day. thanks for stopping -- barbara

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  7. A smile would help the rest of the world too. There are not too many around these days.

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    1. RuneE -- You are so right -- a smile could help out many folks around the world. So many folks ready to snarl. -- thanks -- barbara

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  8. Smile... even though it hurts and is so embarrassing to the Washington.

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    1. Birdman -- I don't see any smiles coming out of Washington which is unfortunate -- barbara

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  9. Love the Chinese lanterns I have been wanting to paint them, thanks fir sharing.
    About D.C. , more than smiles to fix that government. Keep smiling though and enjoy your new surroundings

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    1. Diane -- They would be lovely painted. I will keep smiling and hope you do too! -- thanks -- barbara

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