Sunset Over the Olympic Mountains, USA

This is one of those lucky shots on my phone. I pulled over to take this photo. The sky does not look like this very often.

Good night sunshine.

Something I missed along the way, a few weeks ago this little blog turned eight years old. Time to celebrate the small moments.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.



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Ghost Riders in the Fog

We ventured to the beach on a sunny weekend in March. A fog bank drifted in from the Pacific extending its reach across the sands. A posse of riders drifted down the beach with it. A lone seagull marking their passage.

Ocean Shores, Washington, USA

Have fun with the unexpected this weekend.



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When Your Cat Loves Books as Much as You Do

When a picture is worth a thousand words . . . my cat will sleep on books full of words.

Then for something completely different she’ll sleep on the words.

Words of comfort.

Celebrating the moments of joy, reading by snoozing. Just try and turn the page.

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Watty Piper

Need motivation, or just a reason to smile, meet Watty Piper, editor of “The Little Engine That Could” over at the BoFN.

The Blog of Funny Names

“I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.” The words of the Little Engine That Could have inspired young children to reach beyond themselves since the beginning of the last century. The story was originally named The Pony Engine.  The story became famous when renamed and retold by Watty Piper and published by Platt & Munk. Turns out Watty Piper is the pen name of Arnold Munk, one of the owners of Platt & Munk.

Arnold Munk a.k.a. Watty Piper. Photo copyright of Janet Fenton, Mr. Munk’s daughter.

Under the energized name of Watty, Mr. Munk authored many children’s books and edited many of the books published by Platt & Munk during his time with the publishing house. Mr. Munk passed in 1957, but his story lives on inspiring many generations of youngsters to think they can.

Tracy – Fannie Cranium’s Guide to Irreverent Wisdom

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The Calm before the Crowd

The streets of Seattle on a quiet Sunday morning. The sun heralding it’s arrival, only a few awake to see it. The city is still sleeping.

Seattle on St. Patrick’s Day 2019.

Enjoy those quiet moments.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.




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Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

Oh the weather outside is delightful, or maybe not. This, perhaps, once-in-a-lifetime storm interrupted mail service for four days, cancelled school for a week, and cancelled garbage service for three weeks.

First there was the wind.

Then the clouds thickened and the snow flew.

How about a snow ball fight?

The giant flakes began to fall.

I don’t want to drive across that, do you?

It’s the type of storm the kids will tell their children about how they walk uphill to school, knee-deep in snow, both ways—and they’d be right about the knee-deep part.

Stay warm. Spring is only a week away.





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Mythical Two-Headed Deer Violates No Parking Ordinance

A few week’s ago, a massive snow storm double downed on our small town. In the breath between the first and second waves, I spotted a doe and fawn walking down the street.

The clouds blocked the sun leaving a dusk-like hue at 3 in the afternoon. I turned off the flash on my phone because no one wants to get trampled by a deer.

The doe moved between me and her fawn. Giving me this shot on my aging iPhone.

I will park wherever I like and there’s nothing you can do about it.

Clearly there was no parking available. I’m not one to argue with a two-headed deer bent on parking illegally.


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