Sunday, September 21, 2014

Barefooting… Meandering...

A few weeks ago my good friend, Amanda, and I decided the late afternoon was calling to be walked in. I love walks. I also have recently noticed how much my feet are wanting, shall I even say yearning, to be free of shoes. I grew up barefoot, but over the last—way to many—years I haven't bothered with too much barefootness. It never had occurred to me to take walks shoeless through neighborhoods—I have always kept shoes on when I am in town. But my feet were begging, and I realized what was stopping me was the thought of walking on filthy sidewalks. Up here it rains a lot, and I like to think it keeps the sidewalks fresh. Either way, it was a necessity… 
























                                                                                  My Best to Everyone!!!
                                                                                            ~Marica





Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Noticing that...

Autumn officially arrived today. Not by the calendar's standard, but the cooler air 
and sudden burnt orange colors showing up everywhere has made it official...  
 It has been happening on and off for the last few weeks, cooler mornings and 
then sharp swings back up to hotter spells….
 I've been waiting for the change...
 I can only handle so much heat, and this summer was far more extreme then I had expected...
 I'll miss the sun flowers...
 And Echinacea, that the people who lived here before us had so thoughtfully planted...
I'll miss all the flowers…
 But I'm ready for the shift… Are you?




Thank you to everyone who entered my book giveaway! I'm happy to announce Maria Simon won.


                                                                                Cheers to Everyone ~ 
                                                                                                   Marica


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Oh My Sweet Baby

I am so excited to show everyone my first children's book—PUBLISHED!!!!! 
It feels amazing to finally have a chance to hold in my hands, my very own work. 
A few weeks ago I called a good friend who manages a bookstore, to ask if he would consider carrying my book on their shelves. His response was "of course," and "congratulations on completing a project."  I loved this because his words fit my feelings so exactly. The most exhilarating part of my book being published, is the fact I have a totally finished, completed, ready to go, chunk of done. I kept pushing through, telling myself; once it is completed you will feel no guilt toward the longtime tucked away pages of this creation. I have so many tucked away creations, as I believe so many of us do. This one was started, I'm guessing, seven or eight years ago. It was inspired by my babies and my love of babies, and their sweet mothers, the old fashioned kind of mothers, who had so many children and all of them would follow her around, and on and on and on. 

Anyway, setting humbleness aside, I am proud to finally be done and published. 

As a little fun way to get a flurry around this publication, I am offering a giveaway of this book.
To enter, please leave a comment. If you wish to be entered twice, link to this post on your own blog, Facebook, or twitter and post that link in your post here. I will draw the winner at random on September 15th.

Thanks to all you lovely readers!!!!

                                  Cheers ~
                                            Marica


To order, you can find it at the usual, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, or at the publisher's site.


Giveaway Closed. Thank you for participating.
Maria Simon's is the winner.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A Bunch of Birthdays…

Catching up with pictures… 



                                                                                                    ~ Marica


Monday, July 28, 2014

Mount Saint Helens, an afternoon trip...

Several weeks ago we managed a day trip up to Mount Saint Helens. 
We curled our way through the Washington forests until we reached this most impressive volcanic world…
We did a short trek through one of the lava tunnels where the temperature stays an even forty-two degrees—a most wonderful break from the ninety plus weather we had been enduring above ground...
 What a relief to be far, far away from the city, even if I do love the city we now live in...
  We picnicked by a stream that ran straight down from the mountain…
 The water is still filled with ash from when Saint Helens blew in the early eighties...
The kids had a great time...
Barefoot in the wet volcanic sand...
 What a lovely day...

                                                                  Cheers to Everyone ~ 
                                                                                           Marica