Monday, May 30, 2011

Don't Forget

It may look neglected, but notice one flag decking a grave last week in this bit of the pioneer cemetery in Cleveland, Washington (pop. 20). Still open for burials, most of the graves here date back to the 1880s through the 1920s. You know those small towns whose populations swell when they have their annual festival? Thousands will come to Cleveland in two weeks for the annual Pioneer Picnic and Rodeo.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Hippety Hop

The Stellar Jay stayed with us throughout our picnic, but never stayed still for even a moment.

Stellar Jays are our Western version of the Blue Jay, and are very commmon in the mountains and forests all over the western states.

With their cousins the Gray Jay and the Clark's Nuthatcher, they are sometimes known familiarly as "Camp Robbers." Not hard to guess why.

Monday, May 23, 2011


This sculpture in the Olympic Sculpture Park is called Wake.

Friday, May 6, 2011


This weekend last year I walked with my former student Sahil and his family and friends in the walk for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund in Tacoma. Sahil was diagnosed as type 1 diabetic at the age of four. I can't join them this year, but cheer them on from the distance. You can donate to the JDRF and support Team Sahil Sonics in their efforts to conquer diabetes.

A year ago drive in the mountains

View not accessible today. With much greater snowpack this year, crews started clearing of this pass on April 11. It is not yet open for the season.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Sunday, May 1, 2011

My world

From a walk around the block (1 mile each side) this time last year. Water is what it's all about.

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I am a Grandma blogger, posting some regular stuff on some regular blogs--photos and memes. Most recently I have primarily participated in a weekly header challenge, but hopefully I will get back to more regular blogging again.