Participating in the blogging world is great fun for me, but especially challenging when I want to learn technical skills, such as how to blog when I am away from my laptop computer.
I had hoped to send out several posts this past week, but could not figure out how to do so from my iPad or iPhone.
March 9-11 I attended a women's leadership retreat
at Twin Rocks Friends Camp and Conference Center at Rockaway Beach, OR
I loved the time away from my normal routine to focus on my relationship with God and others.
Throughout the weekend I was able to often look on this field.
I was delighted to see a doe and fawn one time,
a gathering of seagulls another time,
then a flurry of robins,
and finally a flock of mallard ducks.
On the way back to the Portland area we had to drive through
some snow, which partially prepared me for this past weekend
when I drove back from a week long visit with family
members and friends in the CA Bay area and we had to contend with even more snow.
Mt. Shasta was hidden in clouds both coming and going this trip.
Among the many wonderful folks we visited was my mother-in-law
who just celebrated her 93rd birthday!!!
It was fun to see again the quilt our family constructed to celebrate
the 50th wedding anniversary of my parents-in-law over fifteen years ago.
I enjoyed knitting several dishcloths and crocheting two more little hearts.
Although many landmarks have changed over the years, I marveled
that this cherry stand has been near Sonoma, CA for
at least the fifty years I have been around to recognize it.
I also marveled that these feathery turkey friends were
freely wandering near San Jose, CA. when ...
the San Jose Valley is so full of civilization!
And on the way north to OR I was amazed again
to witness how civilization has made it's mark on what I remember
as the very rural setting of Redding , CA , which now has
inspiring facilities like, Bethel church
and the unique sun dial bridge.
Nature vs. Civilization?
I have had a lovely time roaming the territory around me and contemplating
how we are connected and sustaining life.
What do you wonder as your wander in our world?