I dreamed of my grandmother last night. She had come for a party.

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In my dream, she looked taller and thinner, and wore her pearls,
The way she might have chosen to look as a glamorous grandmother.
In my dream, she said “I left my car down the street, like last year”
and handed me the keys, meaning, “Please park the car for me.”
I don’t know what party I was having in my dream. I’m glad she came.

This is the Emotikin who lived with her at the nursing home
for the last six months.
She’s a Fairy Tale Fairy wearing butterfly wings,
with a spool of pink thread as a bracelet,
(because she taught me to love fairy tales and sewing)
and she’s dancing.
I wonder where it went when she died?
Perhaps it went with her.

gretchen-bella-book-posterized

Hoisting our own sunshine on a non-sun Sunday in Seattle

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Some days in Seattle, especially Sundays,
it’s necessary to make your own.
Sun, that is.

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We have these Pantone color-matching cards that make the perfect,
and we mean perfect, sunshine colors.
Mimosa makes sense for PMS 14-0848,
like Sunday brunch at the beach.

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The mechanics are a bit like flying a kite,
string required, of course.
A bit of wind helps, but not too much.

hoisting-sun-mimosaYou wait for just the right breeze, the right lift,
and you hoist your sunshine into the sky.
And bask in the glow.
Good for the soul.
SPF 2 is plenty.

At the Rock Creek Farm Pumpkin Patch with Batikin #ced2010

One sunny Sunday not long ago, Batikin and I took the Nikon to the Rock Creek Farm Pumpkin Patch on Hwy 287 in Broomfield, Colorado. The fields go on and on for acres. We had a field nearly to ourselves for our photoshoot.  If you were to pick a photo for an October calendar page, which would you vote for?

October at the Pumpkin Patch

A (above) or B (below)?

October Batikin

Enjoy the rest of our photoshoot. We did!

Sneaking up on unsuspecting pumpkins

Sneaking up on unsuspecting pumpkins.

I am Zorro-kin

I am Zorro-kin

Riding the air waves on my pumpkin

Riding the air waves on my pumpkin

Alone with his thoughts

Alone with his thoughts

Batikin with EmotikinGirl

Batikin with EmotikinGirl ... Me and my shadow

Thanks, Rock Creek Farm Pumpkin Patch

Thanks, Rock Creek Farm Pumpkin Patch

A sense of perspective. (#ced2010) Poetry of purple weeds.

How tall is tall? Hip deep in weeds? Or flowers?
Imagine fingertips touching the whisps of wheat in wind

Imagine spinning slowly, fingertips touching wisps of wheat in wind

The magic of microvision. The lack of smellovision. The joy of spring.

good day. bad day.
flowers. weeds.
small. gigantic.
snowy morning.
sunny afternoon.
bad day. good day.
it’s all in your a sense of perspective.

fickle spring

monday

me

coloradoMind’s eye smelling blossoms from 8 yrs past (#ced2010)

St Francis Farm, April 9, 2002, Palisade, Colorado. Witnessing our first full spring of blossoms as orchardists. Cherries, apricots, pears, plums. Bees yet to kiss blossoms. Bushels yet to be bountiful. Anticipation. Spring. Nostalgia for eight years past. Before time passed. Happy memories. Mind’s eye smelling blossoms.

Today’s garden lacks blooming trees. Tree gift certificate from our winter wedding still waiting to be redeemed.  Plant pink blossoms? Soon.

Peach Blossoms Plum blossoms
Pear Blossoms Cherry Blossoms

2nd story view

mmmm, inhale!

Mmmm... Inhale!

Sense: Sight: Color for a Cloudy Day #ced2010

Color for a Cloudy Day

No leaf  buds yet on the swamp oak. Intermittent-only blue sky on a spring Saturday. 50 percent off pink, yellow, blue, green tags at the ARC. Nylon scarves in seven hues, 50% off. Thrify solution to a cloudy day. Make scarf-blossoms for the Emotikin family tree.  Make a rainbow toga for a Goddess. Make color count.

goddess in a tree

Scarf blossoms

Emotikins in a Tree

Like Birds on a Wire Flying

Shamanikin

Two in a Tree

the goddess

colors

goddess in a tree

goddess nest

scarves and a goddess

she is a goddess

Scarves in a Tree

Now it’s easier to believe Spring is coming.