Saturday, October 24, 2009
I love living where deer are often walking through the yard, nibbling on whatever they find. These two are still young. The buck spent well over a couple of hours back there. I watched him from our living room. The fawns were in and out. At one point there was three fawns, a doe and buck. Yes, that would be 5 deer in the backyard.
Posted by Jennifer In Oregon at 10:13 PM
Monday, October 19, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Posted by Jennifer In Oregon at 7:23 PM
Monday, October 5, 2009
Simon has been missing now for over a week. We found him four years ago driving from Oregon to Iowa. We pulled over in remote Idaho and there was a hawk diving in the field. When we got out I could hear a little meow and called to the kitty, with the hawk after him he ran right into my arms and buried his head. He was just a few weeks old, dehydrated and malnourished. We stopped and bought the litter box, cat food etc. When we pulled into Iowa, I immediately took him to the vet and he has been my baby since. Simon sleeps next to me at night. Often with his paw on my head. I miss him so much.
Simon is very clean, particular about himself and surroundings. He is also strict with his routine. In the morning when I get up he goes out. Simon comes right back in before I go to work and then out when I get home, back in for bedtime. Last Friday he went out in the morning and then visited the neighbors until around noon. They let him out and we have not seen him since.
We have walked door to door, posted advertisements etc. with no sign of him.
Posted by Jennifer In Oregon at 9:58 AM
Saturday, September 26, 2009
I like plums and how convenient having plum trees in the backyard. The deer must think so also. They usually rest their hooves on the fence and stand on their hind legs to eat the plums. Spitting the pits out on our lawn as they munch. This year they didn't pay a lot of attention to the fruit. I was most pleased!
Posted by Jennifer In Oregon at 11:44 PM
Sunday, September 6, 2009
I grew up in the midwest. Flat with some small hills.... One year when I was small we visited Boulder, CO. I remember the mountains and how beautiful. We began vacationing in the Black Hills and then the Grand Tetons. I was convinced I would some day live in the mountains and here I am. I love this view, the town I live in and the smell of the fresh mountain air in the morning.
Posted by Jennifer In Oregon at 9:12 PM
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Fall is in the air. Most of the days are still in the high 70's low 80's but the nights it cools down and there is definately a change coming. I hate limbo....especially between late summer and fall. The earth is dry and so everything is brown. Once fall is in full swing and the rain starts to fall a bit the trees change color and then I fully appreciate the season.
Posted by Jennifer In Oregon at 3:22 PM
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
I love to explore Oregon. That said just up behind our house is a great place to travel. Courtney and I headed out and ended up on top of the mountains at the tree line. While we were up there two coyotes ran across the road. It was a perfect day and we were literally "on top of the world".
Posted by Jennifer In Oregon at 10:14 PM
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
I have begun getting sentimental. This was the second to last performance for Courtney with the Oregon Music Teachers Association. Soon she will be in college. I am excited to watch her blossom into an amazing pianist and student but I am also sad for this part of our lives to come to an end. It has been an amazing adventure and I will miss her terribly. Courtney has chosen to study Piano Performance and International Studies. I am sure, as with everything she pursues, she will excel.
Posted by Jennifer In Oregon at 8:34 PM
Saturday, February 21, 2009
This was taken in early December. It feels like it was a long time ago we saw this scene. I love snow when it blankets the trees and the ground. If only for a day or two the normal landscape is turned into a surreal setting. My father took this photo. The lake is just behind their home.
Posted by Jennifer In Oregon at 9:44 PM
Friday, February 20, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
While my daughter and I were on a 5,800 mile road trip this summer we decided it would be wonderful to take a drive through Spearfish Canyon. I had spent a lot of time in the Black Hills growing up and wanted to explore the area as an adult. The canyon was more beautiful then I remembered!
Posted by Jennifer In Oregon at 10:07 PM
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
John and I decided that we would take a roadtrip for our honeymoon. We had a blast, heading out Sunday morning from Oregon enroute to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. I was so overwhelmed by the beauty I couldn't put my camera down!
Posted by Jennifer In Oregon at 7:03 PM
Sunday, February 15, 2009
I love spending time in Sunriver. It is the resort lifestyle coupled with outdoor activities. John and I spent Memorial Day weekend up there for our first year anniversary. The weather was unpredictable from snow, ice, rain to sun. I took this photo from the grounds of the Lodge. Even though the sky was icy blue the colors still were beautiful.
Posted by Jennifer In Oregon at 10:34 AM
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Last year John and I went to Hendrick's Park. Trees and flowers were in full bloom. These past few days in Oregon have been really dreary. The days lighten up a bit but I wouldn't call it daylight. I would call it less dark than night. I was at a funeral and the person speaking related a story of how he always drank his morning coffee on the patio - rain, snow, sun or gray - it didn't matter. He and his wife always plant beautiful flower gardens and have fabulous roses. One morning his wife asked him why he continued to drink his coffee on the patio during the cold and rainy days. He stated "I sit out here and look out into our yard and remember the roses and the flowers". He went on to say that our memories bring back the person we have lost just as our memories bring back the roses in the winter.
Posted by Jennifer In Oregon at 9:40 PM
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Courtney and I went to the coast last year for the day. It was so beautiful - I almost cried when the day was over. A perfect day on the coast is rare. Often times inland it is sunny and beautiful to only be foggy and chilly on the coast. Even if you watch the weather reports 9:10 they do not accurately reflect the weather. Sometimes you can watch the weather reports, listen to the weather reports and get a perfectly great report only to discover the weather has changed in the short time it takes to make the drive. So, this photo is to remind me that once in awhile whether it is at the coast or just life in general, occasionally there are perfect days. Unfortunately those days are difficult to plan for but I believe the surprise is part of the perfection.
Posted by Jennifer In Oregon at 11:59 AM
Friday, February 6, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Courtney and I were driving to Pierce, ID which is located 8,000 feet above the valley floor. The road up to Pierce is 2 lanes and narrow. On some of the turns it is 15 mph with not enough guard rails to make me feel secure. It is a beautiful drive if you can relax and not worry about the huge drop offs. By the time we hit the top Courtney had to jump out and soak up the beautiful surroundings.
Posted by Jennifer In Oregon at 9:47 PM
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
About one mile from our house you can see down into the valley. I love this drive but it is difficult to take a photograph because you have to stop on the road. The roads are extremely curvy so one has to ensure there are no other cars behind you. Last night proved to be a glorious sunset. I had to capture the scene.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
I love Bend, OR. When I first moved to Oregon, Bend was just a little town. Now with the property values escalating, little boutiques and great summer concerts, Bend has caught up with the rest of the cool west towns. I am not complaining because I always knew it had great potential, I am just sad I didn't move there before the boom. This is the scenery 10 miles outside of town.