"I started photographing my domestic world and writing not just about what I had made,
but why I made it, examining the thoughts that accompany creativity and the act of making."
Jane Brocket from The Gentle Art of Domesticity p. 189 UK edition

Saturday, March 9, 2013

At Rainbow's End


It was a wonderful trip, but it went by so fast, my memories are a blur like some of the photos above :-) 

From Portland, Oregon, we drove south on interstate 5 to California.  Mt. Shasta in northern CA did not seem to have as much snow cover as Mt. Hood near Portland, but it was still a fabulous wintery view!  Then as we descended into the Sacramento Valley, we seemed to drive into Spring.

We saw cows and calves and sheep and lambs and flowering orchards of trees.  My kids dropped me off at my oldest sister's home just north of San Francisco in the wine country, and then drove across town to stay with family-friends.  My sister's neighbors had daffodils in bloom!

During our visit we celebrated my brother-in-law's 90th birthday, and my mother-in-law's 94th birthday, and our friend's 31st birthday.  I looked through some of our family albums and took some pictures for all of us who are chicken lovers, of my parents and my nieces on a poultry farm in Missouri where I lived from age 5 - 20.  

My great niece sent me 16 skeins of wool yarn several months ago.  One thing I wanted to do was surprise her by crocheting a hooded cowl for her and send it home with her mom, my niece, who was visiting from Nebraska while I was at my oldest sister's house.  However, I did not complete the cowl during our visit so will have to mail it....hopefully soon :-)

On the way home we drove through some rain at sunset, and we spotted a rainbow!  We arrived home at 9:30pm 3.7.2013, I emptied most of my suitcase into the washing machine, and managed to meet blogging friends, Teresa, Taci, and Betsy for lunch at 1:00pm 3.8.2013.  Whew!  We had a swift visit over yummy lunches, and exchanged little gifts, but even though I had my cell phone out to take pictures  I was stunned to see while preparing this post that I did not take even one picture..........what? :-(  Blurry brain!!!

Is your life going by in a blur? 



  1. That sounds like a wonderful trip! Yes Gracie life is going buy too fast. I often think about what I can do to make it slow down...

  2. Yep, my life always seems to be a blur. Seen photos on Teresa's blog too, so you're alright ;-)
    The snow looks fab.

  3. Gracie, your trip sounds so wonderful, so much to celebrate. Glad you made it home in time to meet the lovely ladies for lunch.
    Hugs to you,

  4. What a lovely post. The images are so fun to see .. We are cold and grey and rainy in Chicago today....
    thanks for all the eye candy

  5. Lovely, newsy post, sounds like you had a wonderful time!

    My life is truly going by in a blur at the moment, cant believe we are getting towards mid-March!


  6. Hello Gracie and thank you for sharing your lovely trip with us.I really enjoyed your photos and explanations. I also saw the photos on Teresa's blog - glad you were all able to get together for lunch. Life seems to have been a bit of a blur for me lately and threatens to be even more so in the next four weeks. I have to find a way to slow things down- not sure how yet. love and hugs Anne x

  7. Such beautiful pictures Gracie. It seems as though we were with you in the car on your trip. I do like the pictures of the poultry farm. I used to visit my Aunt & Uncles farm when we lived in Nebraska when I was a child and was in charge of egg collection. We were from the big city and I didn't know much about farms. :-)

    I'm so happy you weren't too tired for lunch on Friday. I'm only sorry that I had to leave so soon. I treasure the mies we all get together. You are truly a gift to me.

  8. I meant to say "times"! Don't understand the autocorrect sometimes.

  9. Hi Gracie.. thanks for showing us your trip, it was fun to go along with you. Feel free to steal the photos I took on my blog if you want. I just love our circle of friendship.. isn't it lovely? Hope to see you soon. I agree about wishing things could slow down. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  10. Wow it looks like such a wonderful trip, glad you had a good time.

  11. Oh what lovely pics of what sounds like a truly fabulous trip. Thanks for sharing it with us. Wishing you a happy Monday and a great week ahead,

  12. What a wonderful trip, Gracie! I loved seeing your pictures and hearing about your journey and visit with your relatives. I'm glad you had a lovely time.
    (Thank you so much for letting me know you have seen my book on sale there in Oregan!!)
    Wishing you a wonderful week in your lovely part of the world :)
    Helen x

  13. A wonderful trip and love the pic's. One thing with our blog's we can revisit the trip again
    and again ☺

  14. Oh I love Mt. Shasta - my grandfather lived in Modoc County and we saw it every time we visited him. It made my heart leap to see it again here.

    What a beautiful trip, and happy birthday to your dear relatives! Their days have indeed been long in the land....

    Beautiful yarn and I'm sure your niece will love her green cowl. :)

  15. Yes - a total blur here too Gracie!

    Your photography is getting more and more beautiful. I really enjoy all the photos you're posting these days. Just lovely.

  16. Sounds like a great tip. My life with the children always seems to be a blur, especially when one of them is ill. It must be great meeting up for bloggers lunches, did you see I won Teresa's giveaway? I'm so blessed. X

  17. What a lovely trip! And so many great memories! How sweet of your niece to send you so many skeins of yarn. If that green was a glimpse of it, looks lush!

  18. This was a fun post Gracie! When I was a child, my family made a lot of trips to California...but it has been years now since I've been there. Loved your scrapbook photos :-)
    And now I better get off before I hit the wrong button on my smartphone...again!
    Blessings, Aimee

  19. Having driven those sections of I5 too many times to count, I immediately recognized Mt. Shasta and the Siskiyou Mountains :)
    I'm glad you had a fun time in the Golden State.

  20. Yes, my life is going by in a blur!! Time is going way too fast! I missed your previous post on your trip! Sounded like it was a nice one.
    Glad you got to meet up with the gals for lunch!!!
    The green hooded cowl is pretty. Can't wait to see it all done!!!
    XO Kris

  21. Those empty roads would be divine.


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