"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

Thursday, September 20, 2018

September Report "ing" Things

Ahoy, You!  
Most recently I read an "ing" post from my blogging friend, Jo, from Three Stories High.  I think the "ing" post format is fun and informative, so I thought I would launch my version here to see if you enjoy it, too.

Since I last posted, I have been:

Admiring my incredulous grandson Aron's Sea Robin fish he caught as his older brother Kenny is seriously fishing behind him off the coast of New York state, USA.

Harvesting and sharing more plums and apples from our trees near Portland, Oregon USA.

Crocheting a tube with size 10 cotton crochet thread and a 1/2.75MM crochet hook for the earpiece of my church receptionist friend's headphone.

Celebrating that she says the headphone is now more stable and comfortable to wear.

Traveling with a girlfriend for five days east along the Columbia River by Koberg Beach State Park, Hood River, Oregon,

crossing the Columbia River from Oregon, going north into Washington state and looking at a [productive but controversial to some] windmill farm on the dry hills.

Puzzling about how this could be called Rock Island Dam in such a landlocked part of southern Washington state.

Liking the touch of early autumn colors at Sun Mountain Lodge where we stopped one day for lunch.

Contemplating my lack of appreciation for taxidermy.

Cheering the little chipmunk perched on the rock as he munched on some yummy morsel.

Balancing near the railing to admire the view from the restaurant.

Delighting in the Bear Foods store in Chelan, Washington.

Resisting buying one of these practical but not needed by me totes.

Missing my chance to try a gluten-free crepe because I had just eaten lunch elsewhere.

Studying the wonderful wall mural by British artisan, John Pascoe.

Zooming in on his signature.

Exploring the Bavarian Village of Leavenworth, Washington.

Strolling eagerly into the gingerbread shop!

Savoring every spicey fragrant yummy bit of this gluten-free gingerbread!

Gawking at these pretty horsedrawn carriages before we headed back to Oregon.

Swinging back at home as I appreciate the vibrant colors of autumn become more evident.

Meditating through this transitional time in my life on this wisdom:

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV

Sending loving thoughts your way as I wonder, "What are your "ings"?

Gracie  xx


  1. Love all your ings. Looks like you had a great time on your trip. The scenery looks wonderful. B x

  2. What a beautiful post. I loved the ING theme. Oh how I wish I would have known when you were in Leavenworth. I would have driven over and we could have all had lunch together. Oh well. Maybe someday. Isn’t Leavenworth a fun little town? Chelan too. I’m glad you had this time out to enjoy yourself sweet Gracie.
    Blessings, Betsy

  3. Thanks for the shout out. I do love your ing post, it is such a great way to showcase a multitude of wonderful experiences and photographs. I admire your travelling and curious mind. Jo x

  4. I enjoyed your post today VERY much! I have been to both Lake Chelan and Leavenworth before and loved them! I, like you, have been enjoying the leaves changing color. I've also been enjoying harvesting our fruit since we returned from our time out of state.
    Funny, on 9/5 I have a photo on my phone of the same verses you quote above when I was struggling with something.

  5. I loved this post, Gracie. I'm so glad you got to go on this fun adventure, after all the months of hard work getting your house cleaned and fixed up so beautifully for it to go on the market. I hope the perfect family finds it and soon so you can find your perfect new home. Your grandsons are very cute! I'm with you on not loving stuffed animals. I enjoyed the photos you shared of Leavenworth. I would have had to get one of those Bear bags! I enjoyed swimming with you today. Time goes faster when we get to chat as we paddle back and forth. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  6. Oh my goodness what a lovely post :) I particularly like the view from the restaurant balcony, and also your swinging chair! It is my dreeam to one day own a house with a porch that has a swing :)

  7. I loved your "ings" post. This is an interesting way of posting and I enjoyed your photos of your trip.

  8. I'm enjoying
    your posting
    of daily living
    and appreciating.

  9. What amazing photos, from what looks like a brilliant trip. The view from the restaurant is absolutely stunning. The gingerbread looks pretty good too :)

  10. It looks like there is much fun and joy in your life Gracie. Thanks for sharing your lovely trip. It seems odd to have a Bavarian village in Washington State! I share your lack of appreciation for taxidermy. The fish your grandson has on his line looks interesting, I was wondering if it is edible? Have a lovely week. xx

    1. My son texted and said that Sea Robin's are good to eat...especially in soup. I hope you are having a good week, too! xx

  11. I've never been so far up the Columbia River. So I'm loving seeing those photos of Chelan and Leavenworth.
    Here at Willow's Cottage, I am knitting, weaving, reading, weeding, praying.
    Have a wonderful week.

  12. Wondering when you went gluten free (I had to a year ago).
    Sympathizing with your lack of appreciation for taxidermy.
    Oohing and ah-ing at your lovely photos, especially the view from the balcony rail.
    Remembering my own road trip to Washington two years ago and wishing I could go again.
    Satisfying your curiosity as to my ings! :)

  13. Hi Gracie, I really enjoy your "ings" post. Having not done much blogging lately that is a good way of catching up, I might try it too! The view from the balcony took my breath away. Sarah x

  14. Great photos and a fun post. I loved seeing it and learning your view of taxidermy and mine agree! Have a great week!

  15. So much loveliness. Harvesting, crocheting, traveling, strolling are some of my favorites. That little Bavarian town is charming. And the gingerbread looked so good. I'm with you on the taxidermy. :/ Happy October!

  16. Beautiful photos from your trip and I loved reading all your ings! I enjoy your gentle observations dear Gracie. Wishing you a very happy October and good luck with the house viewings. XXX


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