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Kindness rules!

There are people out there working, doing their jobs to the best of their ability, with staff shortages, shipping delays, product shortages and so much more in the way of providing what we use to take for granted. This is widespread. Practice kindness. Everyone is dealing with the same stresses that you are, only if they work with the public, their stresses include dealing constantly with increasingly crabby and angry people.
Cut everyone a break. It’s time. Kindness can change someone’s whole day, and maybe their whole outlook.

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Waterfalls PNW

Just a few of the many waterfalls we’ve visited over the last 3+ years. Some of them are duplicates, but taken at different times of the year….

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I Love oregon!

We kicked our own asses this weekend because we are still trying to get back into shape, but it was worth it!

Our Get Outside! trip this weekend was to Silver Falls in Oregon. I have a few pics and a video below for your enjoyment.

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Completing Things

Do you know that feeling you get when you finish something? That’s what I have going on right now! I finished the bulk of my third book in the Coffee and Emeralds series. It’s title will be “The Essence of Green”. A cover reveal is coming….

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Updates and Fun Stuff

The other thing we did was head to a local casino. I’m not much of a gambler, but it was fun. We wore gloves and double masked while we were there. We wanted to have some fun before things shut down again. At one point I was up $100 bucks, but promptly lost it. My partner managed to win back almost everything we lost and we just about broke even. We had a good time hanging with her sister and brother in law, and it’s something we can all do together, and will do again once it’s a little safer out there.

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Outdoor Adventures

On Sunday we took a boat out with a group wearing our masks to do some whale watching. Let’s just say that out of the eight of us half of us didn’t have a very good time. I was fine, didn’t get seasick at all. But others…

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Eugene Pride

It was nearly 100 degrees on Saturday, August 14th at Eugene Pride. I think this kept some people away, but all in all, it was a good time and a good turnout.

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Please give it a listen

Hey there. I’m hoping to grow my podcast follower family, so I’m hoping you will take a couple of minutes out of your day and give my podcast a listen! The more listens I get, the more chance I have of gaining followers. The next episode will release on Monday, but you can hear episode […]

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Coming August 2nd!

I will release three episodes a week and have twelve ready to go. Three will release on the 2nd and I will release another three on August 6th, then every Friday after that, barring any unforeseen circumstances.

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Absence

There are times when we feel as if she is standing right next to us, or sitting at the table telling us to take off our jacket. I see her hugging her dogs as they climb into her lap, and I see the smile on her face as she held her newest grandchild for the first time.

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Georgia…Vote!

Make your voice heard, vote your conscience. Vote for the two candidates for the senate that will listen to you, work for you and not listen to special interests.

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Onward to 2021

I want to first start out by saying Happy Holidays to everyone. I know this has been a tough year, and it’s not over yet. I wish you all health, happiness and success in the New Year.

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Hustle and Bustle

This time of year, it can be hard to get everything we need to do done in a day. The added stress, lack of time, and other factors play heavily into our mindset, causing us to feel overwhelmed.

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Transformation

A huge weight has been lifted off of our shoulders. Can you feel it? Over the last few days, I’ve found myself in a better mood, smiling more and hopeful again about the future. We have a long way to go, but I think we will get there.

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Reconnecting

The blue state vs. the red state thing has to end. We should not be fighting each other. We should be combating a virus to save lives. The virus is neither a democrat or a republican, it’s simply a killer.

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Out of the way places

Moon falls is a majestic area with an incredible waterfall and a relatively easy 1 mile trail. Getting to it is the big holdup here, and we had our issues. Although we had been here before, Google maps took us on a different route than previous and we ended up on a maze of confusing and rough logging roads that took us to a spot above the trailhead. Google announced “you have arrived” but in fact, we weren’t there yet.

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Unprecedented Times

People, this fire has been burning for far too long. Let’s put this fire out together. Now is the time. Stand up, speak up, do not stay silent any longer. This is not a time to say “me, me, me”, it’s a time to say “what can I do to help?” We need to come together as the human race. We are all human beings, are we not? It’s our right to peacefully protest to inspire change, and we’ve let this go on much too long.

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Off the Tracks…

It’s funny how life goes along at a livable pace and then something happens to throw everything off. Often, it doesn’t take much to do that, but sometimes it’s big things that take you off track and you fight like hell to get back on it.

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Fun and Games

Okay. That’s me. What about you? What are you doing to pass the time? Tell me of your inventive ways to spend your free time. What is keeping you sane right now?
Please share in the comments below. There are many of us that need ideas….SPILL!!!
Extra credit goes to the person that can identify the gaming controller in the picture above…LOL

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Hows Everyone Holding Up?

No matter where you live, I’m sure if you are reading this, the COVID-19 virus has affected your life in some way. Are you quarantined? Are you an essential worker? I would really like to know your stories. Please, if you have a comment or story to share, leave them in the comments below.

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Uncertain Times

I write this just as the Oregon Governor has issued a stay at home order for all Oregonians. I was in line at the bank drive thru when it was announced. Well…at least I made my car payment.

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Heartbreak

Whether you’re young or a little older, we’ve all had times in our lives when our heart was broken. A best friend moves away, a parent or sibling or other family member passes away, or a relationship falls apart. All of these things and so much more can cause heartbreak.

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2020

We finally got back out there this weekend! First hike of 2020 in the books. We did a simple trek to McDowell Creek. It’s closeby, and an easy one to start off with.

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Looking ahead

As I sit here, hunkered down to do some writing, I am trying also to look ahead at things to come. The last year is in the past and I have much to look forward to.

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Busy time of year

I know this is a tough time of year for everyone. It is for me. I work hard to try to remember my sister, my brother and my parents in a positive light, but the negative of the loss always seeps through. I miss them all. I wish they were here.

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Titles and Covers

It’s been so cold here in Oregon lately, and we stayed warm, huddled up on the couch under a blanket watching Dolly Parton’s Heart Strings on Netflix. Corny, I know but man that woman can still sing!

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Patience

It’s hard, isn’t it? Being patient about anything is a chore. Right now, I am exercising patience about several things, some of which I will mention, some I will keep to myself 😁

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As promised

We ventured back to Sweet Creek this past weekend and as promised, I have pictures for you. We didn’t make it in time for the intense Fall colors we were hoping for but it was still a lovely day spent outside.

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Happy Halloween!

Halloween has always been a fun time of the year. Seeing all the little dinosaurs, jedi knights, superheroes and princesses out and about trick or treating.

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Here we go

With the impending release of Crimson and Amber, Book Two of the Coffee and Emeralds series on Audible, life has been both busy and stressful.

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It’s been a while

It’s been a few weeks since my last blog post. Sorry I’ve been so absent.Life is so busy sometimes and it makes it hard to find time to do what I need to do.I apologize to my readers for not checking in.I’m still here!

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The PNW

Hiking anywhere in the Pacific Northwest is always a refreshing and renewing experience. It doesn’t matter where we go when we spend time in the trees, its always a rewarding and wonderful time.

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