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Happy Easter! And Spring Update

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Happy Easter, everyone! And I hope my Jewish friends had a wonderful Passover Seder. I enjoyed Easter church service this morning. I am glad that the pastor led us in prayers for all of those devastated by violence in Sri Lanka, and for the congregation of Notre Dame in Paris. I love seeing the children so happy, and enjoying the beautiful spring flowers.

After church, I came home and cooked lunch for my nephew and his girlfriend. They are leaving tomorrow for his new job in Albuquerque. I will miss them both. Yesterday Stephen, my nephew, called to ask if they could leave furniture and boxes in my garage until they find a new home in their new city. The other place where they had arranged storage fell through. So I had an urgent incentive to clean out my garage. It was a lot of work, long overdue, and a huge improvement. I am taking boxes of items to Goodwill, including clothes that don’t fit or are not flattering. Also I have boxes going to the recycling center. My back is sore today from lifting boxes, so I’m taking it very easy.

I’ve started spring yard clean up, but my progress has been hampered by allergies. It’s beautiful, but I can’t stay out long or the pollen overwhelms my medication.

Here are a few photos from recent hikes.

These are from a new hike at the Crooked River Wetlands project. This is an award winning water reclamation project that created ponds and settling pools for the sewage treatment plant. It is beautiful, doesn’t smell, and the birds are enjoying the pools.

Pilot Butte is a state park located with the city of Bend OR. Here is a view from the top. It is short but a steady uphill hike to the top.

Finally here are photos from my hike at Riley Ranch with my friend Hanne.

I love the red twig dogwood (osier) along the River.

Juniper tree trunks twist once the tree is very old.

Mt. Bachelor from Riley Ranch meadow.

Broken Top and South Sister

On these hikes, I wore pants that were too tight last year. This year, they are too loose and were falling down. I’ve ordered a smaller size.

Happy Easter!

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    These are beautiful pictures (as always) … I really enjoy them!! And I hope those allergies
    blow away in the wind---they can be so annoying! .. But-- emoticon to you for reducing
    and wearing a smaller size--that is Awesome!!
    229 days ago
    Spring looks good on you! emoticon getting stuff up and out of the garage. emoticon
    Thanks for sharing the lovely pictures. Love the snowy mountains in the distance. emoticon
    230 days ago
    Sounds like your weight and inches loss is coming along! Good for You!! You live in a great place to hike! emoticon emoticon
    230 days ago
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    I love the pictures of your hikes, especially the first one, where I can see the reflection of the sky in the water. Very cool❤
    231 days ago
    These pics are brighter and more colorful than ever. Lovely. I wear a support belt when I know I have to lift or move up and down - like yard work. Just one of those exercise belts work great to give my back some help and avoid strain.
    231 days ago
    Well done on the weight loss
    231 days ago
    emoticon on your weight loss, you are looking A-MAZ-ING!!!!

    Lovely pic of your hike route, stunning vista.
    231 days ago
    Congratulations on your loose pants..................I emoticon a NSV. When I chose an outfit to wear tonight (we went out for supper), I was able to wear a blouse that I haven't been able to wear comfortably for two years. I even received compliments........... It is nice after all of the work to have someone notice.

    Your hiking areas are so beautiful and you have so many. Has Hanne heard anything? Is she still hiking with you?

    I will send you pictures of Nola's dress when she gets back from Minnesota.

    Have a great week.
    231 days ago
    Wow - congratulations on the weight loss. You're looking great. Are you going to WW meetings, or doing their programme online? You have been very successful with it, and I wonder if you can explain how it is different from what you were doing with just SP... are you eating less... exercising more... or is part of it being accountable by going to a class... just wondering if you can identify what has changed.

    I was interested in your Goodwill donations... I tend to save things that Peter gives me, even when I don't like them, rather than donating them. I would add that I've had these things for a while, because now he generally gives me gift certificates, which works out much better.

    I know that you will miss your nephew and his girlfriend. You have been very close to them... but now you will have a new place to visit.

    Beautiful location for a hike.
    231 days ago
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