"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

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

HOPE in March 2020

This is a view of Mt. Hood in Gresham, Oregon south of Portland.  When I was at the Credit Union on March 10, 2020, I stood by my mini-van after parking it to get this perspective of the mountain.  Even after having lived in this area for over 12 years I am thrilled when  Mt. Hood looms in my vision... majestically, snowy white.

Although snow rarely makes it down in the valley area where I live, we got a brief dusting of snow on March 14, 2020.  My Hyacinths and I did not mind.  It was too quickly melted.

During this time of "social distancing" while many of us try to thwart and contend with the coronavirus, my schedule has been totally cleared of in-person meetings except for going to the grocery store.  I have distantly greeted neighbors when outside getting the mail or walking around the condominium complex loop.   However, I am busier than usual as I try to take advantage of technology to communicate with family and friends. My couch is a sorting spot as I also try to keep in touch with folks from groups I have facilitated when we met face to face.

The puzzle table I set up on my birthday in the middle of February still has the uncompleted puzzle with which two of my kids gifted me.  We got the puzzle this far put together on my birthday and I have not added even one more piece!  Instead, I am hiding it with piles of papers I am shuffling and sorting out.  Various codes are typed out or scribbled on some of those papers.  I managed to follow directions, type in a code on my phone, and join in on an online baby blanket making meeting Wednesday morning.  It was delightful to see some of the ladies I usually meet with, and I actually managed to knit some rows of the current baby blanket on which I am working!

One of the first things I read yesterday was an encouraging post from my dear childhood friend, Kathy.  We went to kindergarten through the second year of college together.  We lived in Missouri just south of Kansas City.  I lived on a research poultry farm and she lived on a farm with dairy cows, other animals and they grew crops as well. (I was amazed to see a goat be born on her farm!) We are both retired now from working in the field of education.  She lives on the East Coast and me on the West Coast. Click on HOPE to read her latest post.

How are your days going during this unique Spring?

Gracie xx


  1. Beautiful Gracie and loved seeing Mt Hood. In self isolation here with Paul after quickly ending our OS trip. Going ok and seeing blogs a highlight in my days

  2. We enjoyed the nice sunny weather last week. Now it's raining. Am now home from work for a few weeks. It's weird to see it ....only 8 pm when I'm home all day! I have a hyacinth on dining room table. I almost feel like planting it as it keeps going sideways....ever after I put toothpicks in the bulb to keep it right up! Leaning against a tall bottle does help. I think it's a dancing flowers!!! Hope all goes well for you and your family!

  3. It looks like you're keeping yourself well occupied and connected with friends during this time of staying home for self preservation. You'll have to show us the blanket you're working on. I'm still plugging away on the Dune blanket for Paige. But I am also enjoying a book called "The Lavender Garden" by Lucinda Riley. And of course I crocheted a Peep bunny today and am halfway done with a 2nd. It's kind of nice not having to go to appointments and meetings, to be honest. Sending love and friendship your way. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  4. Hello Gracie, It was great to visit with you tonight. That photo of Mt. Hood is absolutely gorgeous. It's snow cap is so pretty against the blue of the sky.
    We did a practice run with the ZOOM app tonight for our Bible study. All but one person were able to get online easily. Hopefully when we have our actual study on Thursday evening he will have it all figured out.
    Thank you for your words of encouragement tonight. I'll visit your friends blog in the morning. I need to go to bed as I can barely keep my eyes open.

  5. Lovely to read your post and know all is well with you. Fortunately I have a garden to keep me busy and lots of crafting. We’re the lucky ones I guess. Take care. B x

  6. Mt Hood is just stunning. I have seen it with my own eyes, back in the late 1990s when my husband lived in Portland. It seems like yesterday! I'd like to help you with that puzzle, such a soothing activity :-)

    My husband and I are working from home, the younger two children are home-learning under the watchful eye of my 16 year. She has so much time now that all her exams have been cancelled. I feel so sorry for her but at the same time I am very grateful she is able to look after the little ones while we continue working. My oldest is his own flat, recovering from the dreaded infection. He is almost well now, thank goodness.

  7. Hello Gracie. Mount Hood looks so spectacular!
    We have been enjoying some warm days with beautiful blue skies. I am enjoying the peacefulness that is around, but not the reason for it.
    I am distressed listening to some of the folk who are suffering so much. I pray for them and our eldest, Matthew who is a doctor and gearing up for what will soon be happening where he works. My D.I.L. is to return to nursing to help. I pray my grandsons, their children will be safe. Take care Gracie. Stay safe. X

  8. What a great photo of Mount Hood! For all the trips we've made to Oregon, it's usually been hiding. Once we drove up as far as Government Camp and that was very interesting. Good luck with that puzzle; it looks like it has a zillion pieces.

  9. Nice to catch up on your news, dear Gracie. It is crazy and scary out there and I find comfort in crafting and blogging (with a little stress cleaning thrown in). We are at the height of our beautiful spring, missing out on all the wild flowers and new leaves. But there is a comfort in knowing they are there. Stay safe and well, my friend.

  10. Lovely to see Mount Hood again, I always associate this Mountain with you! Stay safe and well. Sarah x

  11. Gracie, I am so glad you are staying in and staying safe. You have been on my mind my dear friend. Stay well.

  12. Mt Hood always makes me happy! Memories!
    We are walking twice a day in our neighborhood and greeting others from a distance.
    Stay well!


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