salem spring weekend


We decided not to take a day trip anywhere this weekend since the forecast was for sun here in Salem.  It wasn't quite as sunny as we'd hoped, but at least it didn't rain.  We went to some favorite places in town and also got some yard work done - it felt great to be outside, neither cold nor wet!  A few Instagram photos from our weekend:

{sage and garlic in the back yard}

 {in bloom downtown}

 {orange, yellow & white violas for the front porch}

{getting the tomato bed ready}

{tiny blossoms on the strawberry plants}

 {looking up/thru the fence at neighbor's lovely red tree}

 {walking downtown salem}

{chair at the arbor}

 {"oregon berries" gelato at napoleon's}

 {outside napoleon's at the reed opera house}

{i love old volvos, and this one is a favorite color ...sigh} 

 {parsnips at salem saturday market}

 {more yummies}

  {buena vista flowers always has the prettiest bunches}

 {laundry on the clothesline yesterday}

I hope you had a great weekend, too! 

sunshine and tulips


This week marks my 45th birthday. The occasion took me to Walla Walla last weekend to be with my family, where we all fell under the spell of the sunshine and tulips. 

 “It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”  ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

taking the side road



We took a day trip to Sisters yesterday, what turned out to be a perfect day to drive over the mountains.  In Sisters, we walked around a bit, checked out the local realty listings, and had a nice lunch.  

On the way home, we decided to check out some side roads and found a beautiful lake - Suttle Lake - surrounded by pines of the Deschutes National Forest.  We must have driven by the sign to Suttle Lake many times, never taking much notice.  We ended up staying for a couple of hours - fishing, taking pictures, and exploring around the little cabins.  Thor couldn't get enough of watching the little waves roll onto shore.  We're so smitten, we're thinking of forgetting about trying to go to Hawaii and instead just staying in a cabin here for a week.  There's also a lodge in addition to the cabins (some with and some without running water), and a campground around the other side of the lake (still closed for the season so we couldn't check out the sites, but I think a campsite or a tiny cabin would be most fun!).  We could bring our kayaks, fishing poles, cameras, hiking shoes, and marshmallows.  

A sunny spring afternoon here was indeed magical, but a warm summer week here in the woods with my boys would be absolutely heavenly.  

joshua tree


At the end of March, Thor and I took our yearly trip down to California to meet my sister and see my folks.  We spent an afternoon visiting beautiful Joshua Tree National Park.

{I'd love to learn about photography...does anyone in the Salem area know of a good local beginner's photography class?}
by mlekoshi