"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

Monday, March 9, 2015

Daffodilly Days

We have some Daffodils in our yard, but our neighbor has a large patch of them and kindly brought over a bucketful to share with us.  These are in my room.

These are in the dining room.

Then he brought more varieties to share with us~~~~lovely fragrance~~~ and sunny colors :-)

This is the park off of Palmquist Ave. where our family has been walking recently.

One of my rewards for walking is catching a glimpse of Mt. Hood which I zoomed in on my camera so you could see better.

In  a previous photo there is a lovely little tulip tree in bloom in the park,  and I enjoyed seeing these trees in bloom on a street adjacent to the park.

The weather has been so beautiful it has been difficult to stay inside, so I recently drove down to nearby Dodge Park to see how Spring is springing up there...not with flowers, but beautiful green in some of the trees and grass and sparkling rippling water that is to me somehow both soothing and invigorating to watch. Do you know what I mean?




Then winding my way home I passed this farm which I have photographed before at this time of year, but I am not certain of what road I was on.  I kind of meander along various roads aimed in the general direction of home and eventually get there, but get so caught up in enjoying viewing the scenery I forget to note the name of the road...maybe next year :-)
My youngest son, Tim, indulged my whim and drove toward Mt. Hood on Sunday after church and I was able to snap this photo.
Last week when Tim was hiking near Mt. Hood he took this photo of a lenticular cloud.  I have seen them several times over Mt. Hood and find them so interesting.
This weekend I have been crocheting and knitting hats for Taci to take to Brazil this summer when she goes to visit her family there.  For years Taci's mom has been providing hats and blankets and such for needy newborns near her. If you would like to send some with Taci, she would be glad to take them.  I used Teresa's pattern to crochet the hat on the right and love it's pretty shell pattern.  To knit the hat on the left, I am using the pretty stitch marker Teresa made for me to help me keep track of the pattern Linda gave me.  I have not used dpn to knit in years and fear that I did not make a tight enough cast on row.  I am thinking I could crochet an edge on the cast on row to finish it off more evenly...what do you knitters-crocheters think?

Wishing you a happy week wherever you are!
xx
Gracie



28 comments:

  1. Pretty photos! I always love seeing Mt. Hood. Those pinky-lavender blooms on the trees are just gorgeous. What a walk! That's what I need so I don't have to think about the fact that I'm exercising.

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  2. Some truly lovely photos, spring is definitely in the air.

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  3. The tulip trees are gorgeous, and I love the daffodils! Can you send your warm weather this way?

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  4. What a fabulous post full of wonderful things! That photo of the pink trees and road is worthy of a glossy magazine! You're so lucky to have such a generous daffodilly neighbor! Love all your bouquets. Now you're making me want to take another drive to Dodge Park. It was fun to swim with you today! See you on Wednesday. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  5. Great photos!! Spring is always something I look forward to with all the daffodils and other blossoms! I just can't believe how wonderful our weather has been--you are SO right about wanting to get out and enjoy it:) I've even been drying laundry outside--unbelievable!
    Have a wonderful blessed week Gracie--love the yarn color you chose:)
    Blessings, Aimee

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  6. Beautiful scenes Gracie. How lucky to have all those daffodils - I do so love them. Your hat for Taci is so pretty. I must finish mine and send them to her. Anne x

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  7. Happy, happy post Gracie. I love the blossoms, on the trees and the daffodils. Everything is so beautiful Gracie. You make me want to get in my car and come see you. Soon so hope.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  8. Lovely pictures and lovely Daffodils ! Your hat looks cute, love the color:)

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  9. I think both hats look lovely Gracie and I love mr hood picturs and the street near yr house. What a lovely place to live near by.

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  10. Oh your photos are so lovely. I adore those beautiful Tulip trees. Goodness, they are so very pretty. Oh the yarn looks snuggly and soft. :) That was so very kind of your neighbor to share their flowers with you. How very thoughtful. Hope you have a day filled with many blessings. :)

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  11. That yellow yarn matches all the pretty daffs. How nice of your neighbor to share! Such gorgeous images of your area. Those trees down the farm road are absolutely beautiful! And Mt Hood is always a lovely sight to see. Best wishes, Tammy

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  12. Gracie, Spring looks so beautiful out your way. Love the hat you made for Taci. Mine were lost in the mail for a month, but the box found its way back to me and is now back on its way to Taci.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  13. Beautiful photos, Gracie. The daffodils and the trees with the beautiful pink blossoms remind me that spring can't be far off. The pictures of Mt Hood always look so majestic and the shot of the clouds is so unusual. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Gracie, maybe I just imagined that I left a comment earlier?! Quite possibly! Anyway, I love seeing these beautiful blossoms, and of course Mt. Hood. Your daffodils look splendid, and I bet they smell fantastic. There are daffodils for sale here but mine aren't in bloom in the garden yet, except for the little ones. Too cold still!

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  15. Wonderful pictures and post Gracie, this has been the best winter I have ever seen in the Pacific Northwest. The flowers trees are so pretty.

    Hugs diane

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  16. I love how knitters and crocheters bless the whole world around with their talents. A crochet edging will look sweet on the hat :)
    OH, Mt. Hood--how I miss thee!

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  17. Your photos are like a burst of spring Gracie, thanks so much for sharing!

    Helenxx

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  18. Fiquei feliz em conhecer o seu blog, já fiquei por aqui!!!Achei maravilhoso!!!
    Visite-me:http://algodaotaodoce.blogspot.com.br/
    Siga-me e pegue o meu selinho!!!

    Obrigada.

    Beijos Marie.

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  19. Greetings from sunny, too hot, southern California. I so enjoyed reading your blog and seeing your beautiful photographs. I'm originally from Washington and I lived 13 years in Gig Harbor. The beautiful Pacific Northwest has the most lovely spring time. The flowers, flowering trees, and bushes are amazing; just like you captured in your photos. I will stop by again. Have a great day :)

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  20. Really beautiful pictures of (early) springtime in Oregon. I especially enjoyed learning about that cloud!

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  21. Hi Grace, Andy has a cloud spotting book and he would have been bowled over to see that one! Great to catch up with you as always. we nearly have daffodils her but not in full bloom yet. Lucky you. Jo x

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  22. Hello Gracie Your pictures of spring beginning are beautiful....such lovely walks and wonderful views, and I loved seeing the tulip trees. The daffodils from your neighbour are such a treat. I share your feelings exactly about watching rippling, sparkling water, it is one of my favourite things to do!
    Your finished crochet hat is so sweet and your new knitted one is coming along well :)
    Helen xox

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  23. Oh my goodness-- you live is such a beautiful place. I can't imagine having those views practically in my backyard. Mt. Hood is so beautiful......
    And you have blooms and colors-- it's spring there. I'm so jealous!!! So very beautiful are your photos..

    Lovely yarn and hat project-- I know first hand how much those little hats are appreciated. We use them everyday for our little ones--
    Vicki

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  24. Oooooo I love the blossom on those trees - stunning!

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  25. Daffodils! Aren't they just the happiest, sunshiny-est flower?! I (finally) changed my blog header to daffodils. :) Spring has sprung in your area! How beautiful! The snow is melting here. Mud season. But that means spring is on her way here, too. *hugs* :)

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  26. Olá amiga,vim retribuir sua carinhosa visita ao meu cantinho.
    Fiquei feliz por seguir-me!!!
    Obrigada,volte sempre e pegue o meu selinho de agradecimento!

    Beijos Marie.

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  27. We've had lenticular clouds here lately too. But we've nothing to rival the glorious Mount Hood.

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  28. Hi Gracie, So lovely to see signs of spring are appearing with you! The avenue of blossom is a fantastic sight and I always enjoy the glimpses you share with us on Mount Hood. I have never seen a lenticular cloud before! Sarah x

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